Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness committee is responsible for providing service opportunities that benefit the health and wellness of the community. We have partnered with many different organizations such as Sickle Cell, Harris Health, and Ronald McDonald House to create volunteering events for our members. At these events, we will be assembling hygiene kits for patients, socializing with children being treated at the Texas Medical Center, and sorting medical supplies that will be sent to developing nations. Our committee aims to allow our members to have an opportunity to be more involved and engaged in the community while leaving a positive impact on the city’s population and on themselves.

Chair: Sandra Gonzalez


The Beacon

Carpool from Student Center

  • 04/21/2018
  • 7:15am – 10:30am
  • REGISTER

The Beacon is an organization that works to provide essential services to members of the homeless population in Houston.

Volunteers will meet in front of the Student Center 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event and will carpool to the site at 7:00 AM. We will then take part in helping with laundry and food services at the Beacon. After the event, volunteers will return to campus at 10:45 AM.

You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Kristyn Hietala.

Boys & Girls Club

Allen Parkway Club

  • 04/11/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 04/09/18 at 11:59pm

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston strives to empower low-income youth through their multi-faceted approach to youth development. Volunteers will participate in a variety of youth engagement activities such as outdoor play, arts & crafts, board games, and tutoring.

Volunteers for this event will meet at the benches besides the entrance of the Student Center 15 minutes before the start time of the event to sign waivers. At the start time of the event, we will then proceed to carpool to the Allen Parkway club.

For questions, please contact Sana Shaikh.

Service Night

Student Center South Skyline Room

  • 04/23/2018
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Service Night is an on-campus volunteer activity, where students will be making blankets, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, etc. This service night falls under the Environment and Sustainability Theme Week, and anyone who comes out to volunteer is eligible for an MVP tote bag in honor of E&S week. Registration is not required, so if you want to come out, you simply come to the Skyline Room Monday at 6pm. See you there!

Make Your Own Planter (D.I.Y. Planters)

Student Center South Impact Room

D.I.Y. Planters is an event where students make plants, or at least start the plant growing process all within a plastic water bottle. Learning to recycle, and utilize plastic bottles other than just drinking out of them. It will be a great opportunity to meet people and do a little arts and crafts D.I.Y. Also because this event falls under the Environment and Sustainability Theme Week, anyone that comes out is eligible for an MVP tote bag in honor of E&S Week.

Community Garden

Cougar Woods Dining hall

  • 04/25/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER

In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, the Community Garden serves as our on campus garden, that donates food to the greater houston. Volunteer will work in gardening, weeding,planting, and any further beautification needed.

Before The Flood (Documentary Viewing)

Student Center South River Oaks Room

Before the Flood is a National Geographic documentary featuring Leonardo DiCapario that spans five continent discussing and displaying the climate change that the planet is experiencing. Watching it might/will help you get a better perspective of the things that we as humans do, and the direct effect that it is having. This event fall under the Environment and Sustainability Theme Week, so anyone that comes out to the event is eligible for an MVP tote bag in honor of E&S Week.

Fight for Air Climb

1001 Fannin Building in downtown Houston

  • 03/24/2018
  • 7:00am – 11:00am
  • REGISTER

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising event. These unique event is hosted in the First City Tower in Houston, and challenges participants as they walk, run or race up 1,062 steps. The funds we raise support research, education and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases. Visit the Fight For Air Climb website to learn more. We count on volunteers-of all levels-to become involved, engaged and passionate about our mission. There are many ways to volunteer that are fulfilling and make a real impact. We are seeking volunteers to help out with the following: Registration, Walk-up table, Gear check Table, Delivery Dock Cheerleader, etc.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Sandra Gonzalez

Transportation will be provided. All volunteers will meet at the Student Center South by 7:00am to depart at 8:15am.

Friends For Life

107 E 22nd St, Houston, TX 77008

  • 04/13/2018
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • REGISTER

Cat socialization is where volunteers will spend time in one or all of their four free-roaming cat rooms. This activity is typically combined with building warm houses, and making feline foraging toys for completing a donation drive.

Generation One

Generation One

  • 04/17/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 04/15/18 at 11:59pm

In an effort to end generational poverty within the Third Ward, Generation One provides an after-school program in which volunteers will assist with tutoring and other youth enrichment activities such as dance, board games, sports, and crafts.

Volunteers for this event will meet at the benches besides the entrance of the Student Center 15 minutes before the start time of the event to sign waivers. At the start time of the event, we will then proceed to carpool to Generation One.

For questions, please contact Sana Shaikh.

Houston Food Bank

Carpool from Student Center

The Houston Food Bank is an organization that aims to increase accessibility to food resources for those who are in need, and which distributed 83,000,000 meals in 2016-2017 alone.

Volunteers will meet in front of the Student Center 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event and will carpool to the site at 8:45 AM. We will then take part in sorting through and preparing donations at the Food Bank's Warehouse. After the event, volunteers will return to campus at 12:00 PM.

You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Kristyn Hietala.

Houston Pets Alive

8620 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX 77025

  • 04/28/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER

Houston Pets Alive is No-Kill animal shelter, that adopts animals that are at risk of being put to sleep, and care for them until they find a permanent home. Volunteers wil help take care of the dogs/cats by feeding, watering, walking, and cleaning kennels.

Houston Public Library Warehouse

Houston Public Library Book Warehouse

  • 03/03/2018
  • 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • REGISTER by 03/01/18 at 11:59pm

The Friends of the Houston Public Library aim to support the community and the central Houston Public Library through donations and book sales throughout the year. At the Book Warehouse, volunteers will sort/scan recycled books and assist with various other warehouse projects in order to facilitate the Friends' mission.

Volunteers for this event will meet at the benches besides the entrance of the Student Center 15 minutes before the start time of the event to sign waivers. At the start time of the event, we will then proceed to carpool to the book warehouse.

For questions, please contact Sana Shaikh.

Houston Zoo: Party for the Planet!

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

  • 04/22/2018
  • 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • REGISTER

Must be able to stay the whole shift!!!

The project will be helping at Party for the Planet! Celebrating Earth Day with conservation-themed games and crafts. You’ll be front-of-scenes making memorable experiences for our guests while instilling a passion for responsibility for the environment. You will be on your feet interacting with our guests most of this time so volunteers need to bring smiles and energy!

Kids' Meals

Carpool from Student Center

  • 04/10/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER

Volunteers at Kids' Meals will be able to help prepare meals for food-insecure preschool-aged children in Houston, so we appreciate your willingness to volunteer! Volunteers will meet in front of the Student Center 20 minutes prior to the start time of the event and will carpool to the site at 8:40 AM. After the event, volunteers will return to campus at 12:00 PM.

You'll receive a reminder email prior to the day of the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Kristyn Hietala.

Last Organic Outpost

3611 Ennis St, Houston, TX 77004

  • 04/27/2018
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER

The Dawn Center provides diabetes self-management, and health-related services. Volunteers will be working in their on-site garden completing tasks such as gardening, weeding, planting, and beautification.​

"One Million Acts of Good" campaign

Courtyard between Cougar Village I & II

  • 03/07/2018
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER

UH is participating in the "One Million Acts of Good" campaign, a partnership between The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Cheerios. During this event, students will be assembling 300 MATTERboxes. These boxes will include healthy, shelf-stable snacks and information on nutrition, as well as notes from the students packaging them. MATTERbox is an organization dedicated to combating the affects of nutritional poverty by providing healthy and shelf-stable foods. 

On the Friday of that week, March 9th these boxes will be delivered to the community partner, Change Happens! (Change Happens! is an organization dedicated to serving the youth of Third Ward)

More event details will be emailed to volunteers the day before the event.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Sandra Gonzalez.

P.M. Pals

St. Luke’s Westheimer Campus

  • 04/13/2018
  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • REGISTER by 04/08/18 at 11:59pm

P.M. Pals is an evening program offered by St. Luke’s for families of the surrounding community. Volunteers, children with exceptionalities, and their siblings can interact with one another while engaging in a variety of activities such as sports, crafts, coloring, outdoor play, and movie watching.

If you would like to register for the event, please complete the Safe Sanctuary Training and Quiz in addition to the Safe Sanctuary Application. Upon completion of the application, please email a screenshot of the registration confirmation to Sana Shaikh and email Bevin Barret to RSVP for the event.

Volunteers for this event will meet at the benches besides the entrance of the Student Center 15 minutes before the start time of the event to sign waivers. At the start time of the event, we will then proceed to carpool to St. Luke’s Westheimer Campus.

For questions, please contact Sana Shaikh.

Prevent Blindness Texas

Student Center South

  • 04/13/2018
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER by 04/12/18 at 11:59pm

Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1965, Prevent Blindness Texas is the state's leading voluntary eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. Volunteers will be helping with in office assistance. For questions, please contact Sandra Gonzalez.

Transportation will be provided. All volunteers will meet at the Student Center South by 10:15am to depart at 10:30am.

Rock The Block!

Carpool from the Student Center South Circle Drive

  • 04/07/2018
  • 9:00am – 11:00am
    10:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER

It's that time of year! Are you ready for MVP's largest annual event? Rock The Block is finally here on April 7th with 9am and 10am shifts. At this volunteer event we will be taking shuttles from campus to various sites around the city in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful Day! Afterwards, we will be hosting a block party at Agape Development for kids in the Third Ward. Join us as we beautify our city together. Free lunch and shirts are provided.

If you have any questions email Lisa Menda

Ronald McDonald House

Carpool from Student Center

  • 03/24/2018
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • REGISTER by 03/23/18 at 11:59pm

Ronald McDonald House is an American independent nonprofit organization whose stated mission to creat, find, support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Volunteers will mainly play with the kids and help out in anyway we can. For questions, please contact Sandra Gonzalez. Please bring your valid forms of Government ID to the event.

Transportation will be provided. All volunteers will meet at the Front Desk of Student Center South by 12:15pm to depart at 12:30pm.