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When you volunteer at SEARCH, the gift of your time can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients. Volunteer opportunities at SEARCH are numerous and varied. (Most volunteer activities take place during regular business hours, Monday – Friday.)

We look forward to working with you and providing you with a memorable and meaningful volunteer experience. Below is a list of some of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. Other special opportunities arise throughout the year.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at SEARCH (2015 Congress Avenue)

Provide Administrative/Clerical Support
Volunteer Role: Volunteers can be an extra set of hands and provide much needed support by helping SEARCH staff in the office in various ways (data entry, filing, assembling mailings, etc.)
Number of Volunteers: 1 – 3 per shift
When: Flexible. Weekdays between 9 am – 5 pm, as needed.
Location: 2015 Congress
Ride Along with SEARCH Navigators
Volunteer Role: Volunteers will accompany our Housing Navigators as our clients receive their housing vouchers and/or move into their new homes.
Number of Volunteers: 1 – 2 per shift
When: Monday through Friday, on call with 30 minutes to -1 hour notice between 9 am – 5pm
Location: Starting at 2015 Congress then traveling to various locations
Ride Along with our Mobile Outreach Team
Volunteer Role: SEARCH’s Mobile Outreach Team travels throughout Houston providing on-the-spot assessments, interventions, and referrals to over 1,300 individuals living on the streets each year. Armed with water, sack lunches, and other essentials, Mobile Outreach provides an important lifeline and the first step in helping someone move from the streets into a safe, stable home. Volunteers are needed to assist our Outreach Team in their work and will have an eye-opening and rewarding experience. To schedule, please contact Jonathan Danforth at jdanforth@searchhomeless.org.
Number of Volunteers: 1 – 3
When: Weekdays approximately 8 am – 1 pm and Monday evenings approximately 4 pm – 8 pm
Location: Starting at 2015 Congress then traveling to various locations
Volunteer in SEARCH Clothing Closet & Food Pantry
Volunteer Role: Volunteers will provide customer service while clients “shop” as well as organize/sort donated items for our clothing closet and food pantry.
Number of Volunteers: 1 -2 each day.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, any 1 – 2 hour shift from 9 am – 4pm
Location: 2015 Congress
Assist with Facilities Projects
Volunteer Role: SEARCH frequently needs volunteers to help with various facilities projects at our main building or one of the House of Tiny Treasures locations. Examples including painting, repairs to buildings or playgrounds, landscaping, etc. Facilities projects can be suitable for groups and team building activities.
Number of Volunteers: Varies but can accommodate larger groups
When: Flexible. Typically, weekdays between 8 am – 5 pm, as needed.
Location: 2015 Congress, 1529 Lombardy, 2323 Francis, or other sites

Volunteer Opportunities at the House of Tiny Treasures (1529 Lombardy or 2323 Francis)

 

Assist in the HTT Kitchen
Volunteer Role: Volunteers assist in the HTT Kitchen by helping prep food, washing dishes, preparing a cart, and delivering food to students in the classrooms. Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with students and be an enormous support to the HTT staff.
Number of Volunteers: 1-2 each day (Ideally, regular individuals or teams would be scheduled on the same day or days each week or each month).
When: Monday through Friday, approximately 9 am – 1 pm
Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis
Brighter Bites Volunteers
Volunteer Role: SEARCH and HTT are happy to partner with Brighter Bites to provide healthy produce for our clients who struggle to meet their family’s basic needs. Volunteers will gather on their group’s scheduled day of the week, meet the produce truck, sort, and package bags filled with produce for each family at HTT.
Number of Volunteers: 10 – 12
When: Approximately 1 – 2 hours during the school day; time t.b.d.(starts summer 2018)
Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis
Adopt a Student for Back to School Supplies
Volunteer Role: Many of our clients struggle to meet their family’s basic needs. Sponsoring students for back to school will help our families as they strive to provide for their children. Volunteers will shop for school supplies for a specific child and deliver them to SEARCH.
Number of Volunteers: Open
When: Late summer
Location: Drop-off at SEARCH
Fulfill a Child's Holiday Wish List
Volunteer Role: Many of our clients struggle each day to meet their family’s needs. Sponsoring children for the holidays will help bring holiday cheer for our families. Volunteers will receive a specific child’s wish list and shop to make the child’s holiday wishes come true.
Number of Volunteers: Open
When: Winter
Location: Drop-off at SEARCH or House of Tiny Treasures locations
Be an Expert Guest Speaker for our House of Tiny Treasures Students
Volunteer Role: If you are an artist, ballerina, gardener, musician, story teller, pilot, writer, photographer, mechanic, etc. (even as a hobby), we invite you to visit our classrooms and share your passion with our students. They love to learn about everything!
Number of Volunteers: 1 or more
When: Tuesday through Friday – approximately 10 am – 11 am
Location: Tuesday through Friday – approximately 10 am – 11 am

Offsite Volunteer Opportunities, Fundraisers, and Drives

Prepare Sack Lunches for SEARCH Clients
Prepare Snack Packs for SEARCH Clients
Host a Drive for the House of Tiny Treasures
Volunteer Role: Host a drive with your family, friends, or community to benefit HTT.
Drive Items: Most frequently needed items include:

  • Travel sized tooth paste
  • Kid’s sized tooth brushes
  • Size 4-6 diapers and baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Insect repellent
  • Bubbles
  • Water colors
  • Construction Paper
  • Sketch Pads
Host a Basic Needs Drive
Volunteer Role: Host a drive with your family, friends, or community to benefit SEARCH clients.
Drive Items: Most frequently needed items include:

  • Adult sized socks
  • Men’s underwear (boxers)
  • Men’s shoes (casual or tennis)
  • Women’s feminine products
  • Plus size and big & tall casual clothing (polo style shirts, jeans, khaki pants)
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Bibles and/or sacred texts
  • Food (Oatmeal, Heart Healthy canned vegetables, chili, tuna)
Host a Fundraiser for SEARCH
Volunteer Role: Host a fundraiser benefitting SEARCH and/or HTT. Suggestions include but are not limited to golf tournaments, softball game, or movie nights. The possibilities are endless. You can also set up your own Everyday Hero fundraising page.
Number of Volunteers: Open
When: Open as scheduled
Location: Open
Provide Holiday Stockings for SEARCH's Adult Clients
Volunteer Role: Assemble a holiday stocking of treats and gifts for our adult clients to brighten their holidays. This can be a great holiday project for you, your family, congregation, or a special group of friends. These stockings will bring joy and help to provide some basic needs for the holiday season. We suggest that each stocking include a $10 gift card (Kroger, Fiesta, Dollar Store, Walmart) as well as a few small items such as socks, gloves, winter hat, scarf, key chain, encouraging book or Bible (pocket size), and/or holiday chocolates or cookies (not homemade). Stockings should not include electronics or exceed $35 in value.
When: Early November through early December
Location: Drop-off at SEARCH

Corporate Connections Volunteer Opportunities

Provide an In-House Field Trip for our House of Tiny Treasures Students
Volunteer Role: We strive to expose our students to a multitude of different experiences. You or your group can give the gift of experience to the students with an onsite fieldtrip. These are like offsite fieldtrips but you bring the fieldtrip to the students! These experiences provide a fun and informative activity within the safety of our school grounds for the entire class of students. Examples include mobile movie theatre, petting zoo, magic show, pumpkin patch, or even pony rides. The possibilities are endless!
Number of Volunteers: 5 – 10
When: Tuesday through Friday – approximately 10 am – 11 am, depending on the activities selected.
Location: House of Tiny Treasures – 1529 Lombardy or 2323 Francis
Sponsor Family Night at our House of Tiny Treasures
Volunteer Role: Family Nights at HTT provide an opportunity for our families to gather for a meal, community building, an educational program for the parents, and a fun activity for the children. The sponsoring group is asked to provide and serve a meal for our families (approximately 80 – 120 people depending on the location), including plates, drinks, utensils, etc. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4:00 to set up for the event. Volunteers also provide an activity for the children during family night (ex: coloring, puppets, or music).
Number of Volunteers: 5 – 10
When: Typically, the last Thursday of each month – approximately 4 pm – 6 pm
Location: House of Tiny Treasures – 1529 Lombardy or 2323 Francis
Host Splash Day or Fun Day at our House of Tiny Treasures
Volunteer Role: Volunteers will host a fun-filled day in the summer sun with our HTT students! Help make a mini-water park on our playground and play in the water with the students. You will be setting up the supplies (water hoses, sprinklers, toys, shaving cream, etc.) and helping clean up after the students are back in the classroom. Be prepared to get a little wet and messy! Volunteers are free to dress in their company t-shirts and shorts.
Number of Volunteers: 8 – 10
When: Summer on scheduled Fridays 9 am – 11 am
Location: House of Tiny Treasures – 1529 Lombardy or 2323 Francis

For more information or to sign up, please contact Katherine White at kwhite@searchhomeless.org or 713-276-3063.

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