Monday, June 12, 2006

Houston Kids Volunteer

Many Houston parents have asked me how to get their kids (especially preteens & teens) involved in volunteer activities. I'm listening. Here are some great starters.

Are you a good role model by volunteering yourself? Even when it's as simple as baking cookies for your church or synagogue or helping a neighbor, you are your child's first example of the importance in voluntering. I've found that kids as young as 3 years old can help in community outreach, although some volunteer activities actually require older children.

If you want more structured volunteer opportunities, here are some that your older children (and you) can check out this summer in Houston.

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.
Contact: Marc Cohen

Memorial Hermann Hospital
Must be age 15 or older

American Diabetes Association
Contact: Ralston Creswell
713-977-7706 x6083

Museum of Fine Arts
Contact: Lou Palermo

BEAR...Be A Resource for CPS Kids
Contact: Charlotte Pennye
Must be age 16 or older; I love reading to kids
& really enjoyed this volunteer opportunity.

Reach Out & Read, Texas
Contact: Diane Latson

The Children's Museum of Houston
Contact: Renee Gonzalez

DePelchin Children's Center
Contact: Wendy Wood

Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Contact: Joan Arnold

Dress for Success
Contact: Chandra Brooks

Contact: Julie Knapp
713-869-7722 x129

Holocaust Museum Houston
Contact: Suzanne Sutherland
713-942-8000 x102

The Houston Food Bank

Star of Hope
Contact: Elizabeth Hatler
713-748-0700 x222
Must be age 16 or older

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Contact: David Temple

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas
Contact: Maggi Suttles

Teen Health Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine
Contact: Peggy B. Smith
High school seniors only

Texas Children's Hospital
Contact: Pat Dolan

Special thanks to the Junior League of Houston for identifying these great volunteer activities for Houston kids.