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


Adopt A Beach

Carpool from Student Center

Come join MVP as we clean up Surfside Beach! Transportation and lunch is provided.

Please meet at the Student Center Circle Drive at 7:50am.

For any questions contact Elizabeth Pham at mvpes@central.uh.edu.

The Beacon

Carpool from Student Center

  • 09/21/2018
  • 10:45am – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER

The Beacon is a non-profit organization that serves the Houston homeless community through daily services, civil legal aid, counseling and mentoring and access to housing. Volunteers will help to prepare and cook meals for the homeless. You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Thao Diep at mvphh@central.uh.edu.

CHAMP

Carpool from Student Center

CHAMP is a Mathematics and STEM outreach program for high school and middle school students from underserved communities surrounding the University of Houston. CHAMP puts students from the local community into direct contact with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from the University of Houston campus all of whom serve as tutors, advisors, and mentors for the students.

You will receive a reminder email prior to the day of the event containing more information. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Ezemba at mvpce@central.uh.edu.

Harris County Animal Shelter

Carpool from Student Center

The Harris County Animal Shelter offers a safe haven to hundreds of lost, neglected and abandoned animals. They are working to create a secure, healthy and caring environment for all the animals in their care until the animals are adopted.

Volunteers will be taking dogs out of their kennels to the outside play area to walk and play with them. This allows the shelter dogs to exercise and socialize outside, making their personalities come out to increase their chances of adoption/ rescue.

Volunteers must be comfortable handling larger dogs. Larger dogs need more group play time because they have a more difficult time being adopted.

You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Pham at mvpes@central.uh.edu.

Harris Health

Carpool from Student Center

Harris Health is regarded as one of the best public health systems for its provision of quality patient care and medical treatment. Their dedicated team of professionals is highly experienced in treating adults and children with all types of needs – from routine care to life-saving procedures.

Volunteers for this event will help with various hospital tasks.

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

Houston Food Bank

Carpool from Student Center

Houston Food Bank is the largest food bank in the US as well as America’s largest and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year in 2015. Each year, the Food Bank distributes 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year. They also serve a network of 1,500 community partners in 18 southeast Texas counties, including food pantries, soup kitchens, meal sites and shelters. Volunteers will help to sort food, repack dry food into family sized bags and stock the Emergency Food Pantry. You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Thao Diep at mvphh@central.uh.edu.

LibroFest

Carpool from Student Center

  • 09/29/2018
  • 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • REGISTER

Become a part of Libro Fest, a festival that aims to encourage reading within the Houston Hispanic community. Volunteers will help the Houston Public Library setup and facilitate this festival.

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

Loaves and Fishes

Carpool from Student Center

  • 09/07/2018
  • 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • REGISTER

Loaves and Fish is a program run by Magnificat House, a Christian assistance ministry, that serves several nutritious meals for the homeless in downtown Houston. Volunteers, will prepare the food, help serve the meal, chat with diners, and help clean up. You'll receive a reminder email prior to the event containing more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Thao Diep at mvphh@central.uh.edu.

Medical Bridges

Carpool from Student Center

Medical Bridges aims to bridge the healthcare gap worldwide by procuring and distributing medical equipment and supplies to underserved communities.

Volunteers for this event will help sort donated medical supplies in preparation for shipment to developing countries.

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

PM Pals

Carpool from Student Center

P.M. Pals is our “kids night out” program for families with children of special needs. Our program is offered free to church members and the community.

The children’s wing of St. Luke’s is transformed into a fun and creative place for special needs children, their siblings and volunteers to interact and play. Each child is paired with a volunteer “Pal” who stays with the child throughout the evening. Our program provides parents with the opportunity for a night out, giving them a chance to reconnect with each other and rest.

REQUIRED PRE-ASSESSMENT: https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/pm-pals-training/

You will receive a reminder email prior to the day of the event containing more information. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Ezemba at mvpce@central.uh.edu.

Prevent Blindness TX

Carpool from Student Center

  • 09/14/2018
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER
  • 09/26/2018
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • REGISTER

Prevent Blindness Texas is the state's leading voluntary eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. They focus on improving the state's vision and eye health by enhancing community capacity through their core competencies of early detection, patient support, systems enhancement, public policy, public awareness and health education.

Volunteers for this event will provide in-office assistance and help work towards the goal of preserving sight.

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

Service Night

Student Center North, Synergy Room

  • 09/12/2018
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • REGISTER on site.

Come out and get your service hours in, bring your friends and organizations. The more the merrier! Volunteers for this event will help make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and non-sew blankets.

Register on site. For questions, please contact Robin Johnson.

Sickle Cell Houston Walk 5K/1K

Carpool from Student Center

  • 09/08/2018
  • 7:00am – 11:00am
  • REGISTER

Founded and headquartered in Houston, the Sickle Cell Association of Houston serves as Houston’s leading full service sickle cell disease community based organization and care coordination center. Their services are aimed at achieving healthier outcomes for individuals living with the rare genetic disorder and the family directly impacted by sickle cell anemia.

Volunteers for this event will help set up the 2018 Sickle Cell Houston Walk, greet participants, and cheer them on during the race.

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

Stress Management Workshop

Carpool from Student Center

This fun, interactive, and informative workshop (conducted by CAPS) will focus on reducing stress amongst college students. After the workshop, make DIY planters, a calming activity that enables you to create a positive and healthy environment. Having plants around is said to alleviate stress and anxiety!

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

Tour De Hood

Carpool from Student Center

Tour De Hood is an non-profit organization that is geared toward getting people the practical information they need to be both mentally and physically healthy. It started in 2003 with Dr. Veon McReynolds, riding with friends and family around the neighborhood. It has evolved to a tradition where people of all fitness levels, ages, and family sizes come together to ride around Houston to view the history and beauty that most people don't notice.

Volunteers for this event will help beautify the Third Ward by painting a mural. After the painting activity, take a bike ride across the Houston community. Bikes will be provided!

For questions, please contact Akhila Nair at mvphw@central.uh.edu.

UH Cares/MVP Painting Project

Carpool from Student Center

Come join UH Cares and MVP as we help paint a house affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will carpool from the Student Center South at 8:15am. Since we will be painting, please wear clothing you would not mind getting paint on.

For questions contact Robin Johnson at mvpdir@central.uh.edu.