Thought for Today:
" It ain't a bad thing to keep still occasionally,
even when you know what you're talking about."
--- Kin Hubbard

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As of January 1, 2013

HELP THE HOMELESS by volunteering at a day center near Broadway and Park Place in southeast Houston. Depending on your preference, you can help check in clients in the morning, prepare breakfast or lunch in the facility's kitchen, distribute towels and hygiene items in a shower area, sort clothing donations, or assist with laundry. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer time commitments can be flexible.
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TRAVEL BACK IN TIME by serving as a living history interpreter at a large park in Humble. Two stellar exhibits at the park are its meticulously re-created pioneer homestead and Indian village. Giving visitors an authentic feel for local life at that time, you can demonstrate woodworking, butter churning, soap making, or any of a number of other early settler skills. Your time commitment typically would involve as little as two hours at a time, one Saturday a month.
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A CONSUMER HOTLINE supported by relevant nonprofits, municipal agencies, and a local television station is recruiting new volunteers. Covering weekly 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. shifts on their choice of weekdays, these volunteers will field questions from the public and help callers identify resources to resolve their problems. This assignment requires volunteers who possess patience and good interpersonal and communiucation skills. Comprehensive training will be provided. The assignment is available at the television station's facility near Weslayan and the Southwest Freeway.
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SCOPE OUT BARGAINS as a volunteer at a popular, recently expanded thrift shop in the Spring Branch area. Taking on a weekly morning or afternoon shift on weekdays or Saturdays, you can assist customers with their selections and help sort, price, display, and sell donated merchandise. Proceeds from sales directly support a local church coalition’s broad array of services to the needy.
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AIRPORT TRAVELERS have positive experiences when they arrive at Bush and Hobby airports thanks to the efforts of information booth volunteers. These volunteers greet passengers, direct them to various areas of the airport, and answer questions about getting to their destinations in the Houston area. Weekly four-hour shifts are available on weekdays and weekends, during the daytime or evening. Extensive training is provided.
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CONDUCT INTERVIEWS for a faith-based Greenway Plaza area agency that helps families experiencing economic hardship. If you can commit three hours a week on the weekday of your choice, you can be trained to interview clients and assess their needs. When appropriate, you'll authorize tangible assistance with food, clothing, or financial aid. The main requirements for this assignment are good judgment and a sympathetic ear.
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TAKE ON A KEY ROLE as a volunteer at a fascinating museum devoted to the history of printing. Duties will include greeting visitors, scheduling guided tours, assisting with phone coverage, and processing sales in the facility's gift shop. A commitment of one day a week is asked. The museum is located about a mile west of downtown Houston and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m..
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HELP KIDS SUCCEED school and in life by volunteering for a character-building program based at several elementary, middle, and high schools in the Heights, Alief, Spring Branch, and central Houston. Teamed with instructors at the school of your choice, you’ll help motivate at-risk youngsters to apply themselves academically and resist harmful peer-pressure. Program sessions take place immediately after school on selected weekdays and last about two hours. Training will be provided.
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THE LONG JOURNEY toward recovery for many cancer patients begins with a flight to Houston provided by a network of volunteer pilots. The sponsoring agency is trying to build its corps of other volunteers -- called "Ground Angels"-- to take patients from Bush or Hobby airports to the hospitals where they will receive treatment. If you can spare an hour or two a month transporting a patient in your car, the agency will try to schedule your assignments at times convenient to you.
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GOOD ORGANIZERS are wanted on weekdays in the donations center of a Hockley nonprofit that maintains small group homes for foster children. Almost every day the center takes in donations of clothing, furniture, books, and other items. Volunteers are invited to help out by sorting and categorizing items to help ready them for distribution to the homes. The work normally isn't terribly heavy, but volunteers should be able to do some moderate lifting.
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TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITY as an action-committee member for an all-volunteer organization based in southwest Houston that provides medical services and supplies to impoverished persons in Sierra Leone. Working closely with the organization's board of directors, you'll help develop and implement plans focusing on fundraising and delivery of services. Your time commitment would probably involve about eight hours a week.
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LIVING INDEPENDENTLY is a little easier for elderly persons in the Spring Branch and Memorial areas thanks to an all-volunteer organization that provides them with transportation to medical appointments and grocery stores. If you have a good driving record, consider using your car or van to help one or more of these folks run essential errands. Assignments can usually be fitted to individual volunteers' schedules.
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BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS (active or retired) help small businesses by volunteering for a non-profit agency officially sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. These volunteers can take on a weekly shift counseling with entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs at any of ten offices maintained by the agency throughout the greater Houston area. Currently, the agency is especially interested in recruiting volunteers with expertise in advertising, banking, information technology, marketing, or sales.
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