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Volunteer in the Community

Below are listed organizations that facilitate volunteering in the Third Ward Community.

Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation My Home Library Program

This foundation has teamed up with the UH College of Education to launch My Home Library at Blackshear Elementary School, an initiative that seeks to send home books for all 526 Blackshear students for their summer reading. Anyone can sponsor a child's book wish for $30. There is no minimum or maximum amount. To participate, visit the My Home Library site and insert Blackshear in the search box.

Dream Academy

3919 Ward Street
Houston, Texas 77021
Office: 713-490-6432

Dipen Bhakta, Learning Center Director,

Walter Hull, Mentor Coordinator,

Many UH students and student organizations have mentored Foster Elementary students by volunteering with the Dream Academy at Foster.

Change Happens

3353 Elgin Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: 713-374-1200

Rev. Leslie Smith, Founder & CEO,

Trinelle Davis, Volunteer Coordinator,

Shape Community Center

3815 Live Oak
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: 713-521-0641

Deloyd Parker, Dir., Founder, & Volunteer Coordinator,

Shape provides after school program volunteer opportunities; applicants must pass a background check and attend an orientation.

Project Row Houses

2521 Holman Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: 713-526-7662

Sign up to volunteer at


2501 Holman Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: 346-980-5635

The UJIMA House is a resource center that provides information concerning housing, jobs, and educational opportunities. To volunteer, contact Dr. Richards at

Hermann Park Rotary Club

12137 Stone West Drive
Houston, Texas 77035

Ted Weisgal, President,

Robert L Ford, Ph.D., CEO,
Leader of Hermann Park Mentoring Initiatives
DRF Industries, LLC
5215 Palmer Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Cell: 713-201-7641
Efax: 281-529-6384

This initiative hopes to provide mentors/tutors at Blackshear elementary, Lockhart elementary, Cullen middle school and Jack Yates high school. To indicate interest please fill out this form. For more information contact Robert Ford, Co-Chair of the Hermann Park Rotary Club, at

Workshop Houston

2615 Sauer Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: 713-807-7911

The award winning after school program offers innovative classes in music, the performing arts, fashion and enrichment. One time and regular volunteer opportunities are available.