Hunger & Homelessness

This committee is responsible for providing service and awareness related events about hunger and homelessness in Houston. We plug our volunteers into the community by prepping and providing meals for those less fortunate, sorting through clothes at various homeless shelters, and numerous other service events that relate to aiding the hungry or homeless civilians. Our committee aims to bridge the gap between the less fortunate in Houston and those who can give back to the community. Come volunteer at our events to have a great time while serving your community.

Chair: Kristyn Hietala


The Beacon

Carpool from Student Center

  • 02/25/2018
  • 7:15am – 10:45am
  • 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

  • 02/21/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 02/19/18 at 11:59pm
  • 02/28/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 02/26/18 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.

Community Garden

Cougar Woods Dining hall

  • 03/04/2018
  • 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.

Friends For Life

107 E 22nd St, Houston, TX 77008

  • 03/09/2018
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 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

  • 02/20/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 02/18/18 at 11:59pm
  • 02/27/2018
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • REGISTER by 02/25/18 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

  • 02/24/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 03/24/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 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

  • 02/17/2018
  • 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • REGISTER by 02/15/18 at 11:59pm
  • 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.

Kids' Meals

Carpool from Student Center

  • 02/27/2018
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 03/08/2018
  • 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

  • 02/16/2018
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 03/30/2018
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 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.​

P.M. Pals

St. Luke’s Westheimer Campus

  • 02/09/2018
  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • REGISTER by 02/05/18 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

  • 02/16/2018
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER by 02/15/18 at 11:59pm
  • 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.

Ronald McDonald House

Carpool from Student Center

  • 02/17/2018
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • REGISTER by 02/16/18 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.