Helping Hands: Houston teen starts nonprofit to help students find volunteer work

HOUSTON – If you’re looking for some Monday motivation, here’s something that’s sure to inspire you. When faced with a school-wide issue caused by the pandemic, one local teen took action to find a solution. Haiqa Faheem, Founder of Houston Helping Hands, took it upon herself to start a nonprofit to help her peers as well as other students across the city.

“My initial reaction to the start of the pandemic was primarily confusion because at the time a pandemic seemed to be something that we would only hear about in textbooks,” said Faheem.

Haiqa Faheem, 16, founded the nonprofit Houston Helping Hands to help students find volunteer opportunities. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

Faheem was actually out of the country for a family wedding when she first received news of the COVID-19 outbreak. After returning home safe and healthy, she soon faced new unforeseen challenges caused by the pandemic.

“As school began to close our volunteer opportunities that mostly did come from school such as the sporting events or fundraisers were no longer available,” said Faheem. “Many students were struggling to complete their school’s volunteer requirements.”

Knowing how challenging it can be to complete volunteer hours under normal circumstances, Faheem started brainstorming ways to help.

“I was inclined to find a solution to this issue because I understood how difficult it is to get those hours done and how much commitment and time it does take,” said Faheem.

Haiqa Faheem, 16, founded the nonprofit Houston Helping Hands to help students find volunteer opportunities. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

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