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When you volunteer at SEARCH, the gift of your time changes our clients’ lives as well as your own. SEARCH has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available.  Please note that most volunteer activities take place during regular business hours, Monday – Friday.

We look forward to working with you to provide a meaningful volunteer experience.  Please review this document or the information below for a list of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. Seasonal and special event opportunities also arise throughout the year.  These include our House of Tiny Treasures Fall and Spring Fest, House of Tiny Treasures Holiday Party, Family Nights at House of Tiny Treasures, the Brighter Bites summer project, and summer Splash Days at House of Tiny Treasures.  Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin is available to answer questions about these volunteer commitments.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at SEARCH Main Building

Administrative Assistant

Volunteer role: SEARCH staff members are responsible for many projects as we strive to prioritize our clients’ needs. Volunteers can support this client focus by helping with various administrative tasks like filing and data entry.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per shift

Time: Monday through Friday, varied shifts as needed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Location: SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave.  Parking is available in the lot directly across the street from SEARCH.  You can obtain a day pass from the Welcome Center.

Navigation Ride-Along Volunteer

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

Time: Monday through Friday, varied shifts as needed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  This opportunity often works well for volunteers with flexible schedules since it is “on call.”  Housing Navigators’ schedules vary based on client needs.

Location: Starting at 2015 Congress Ave. and then traveling to various locations. Parking is available in the lot directly across the street from SEARCH.  You can obtain a day pass from the Welcome Center.

Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Assistant

Volunteer role: Volunteers will provide customer service while clients shop for items in our clothing closet and food pantry.  They will also organize/sort donated items in our designated sorting space.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per shift

Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. as needed.  Shifts generally last 2 hours.

Location: SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave.  Parking is available in the lot directly across the street from SEARCH.  You can obtain a day pass from the Welcome Center.


Volunteer Opportunities at SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures

Kitchen/Lunch Cart Volunteer

Volunteer role: Volunteers assist in the HTT kitchen by washing dishes, preparing a lunch cart, delivering food to students in the classrooms, and talking with students while they eat. Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with students and serve as enormous support to the HTT staff.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per day.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

Art Studio Assistant

Volunteer role: Volunteers help in the HTT art studio, supporting teachers as they collaborate with children on student-led art projects.  Volunteers can make a difference by keeping surfaces and materials clean and working with students to implement their creative ideas.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per day.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or after 3:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

Gardener

Volunteer role: Volunteers assist HTT staff with the upkeep of our sensory garden and landscaping through activities like weeding, watering, etc.  Interested volunteers can also work with students to involve them in gardening activities, asking for their help drawing water from the rainwater tank and answering questions about the environment around them.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per week.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or after 3:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

Teacher's Assistant

Volunteer role: Volunteers provide general support to HTT staff by jumping right in to the activities students have planned for the day!  The extra set of hands keeps students engaged and helps the day flow smoothly.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per day.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

Naptime Help

Volunteer role: Volunteers help HTT teachers transition students from lunch and get students settled in for their daily naps.  They may pat backs, tuck students in, etc. and assist with administrative and classroom upkeep tasks that teachers sometimes tackle during naptime.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per day.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

Enriching Entertainer

Volunteer role: Volunteers perform for students and their families during school drop-off and pick-up time.  They encourage students to engage in the performance and invite student interaction with their craft and equipment.  SEARCH seeks to expose students to a wide variety of communication and art forms (e.g. music, mime, acting, puppeteering, etc.). We’d love to see your talent!

Number of volunteers: 1-2 per day.  Ideally, individuals or volunteer teams would commit to service on the same day each week.  Our students benefit from the consistency regular volunteer service offers and love developing deeper relationships with our frequent volunteers!

Time: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.

In-House Field Trip Facilitator

Volunteer role: Volunteers bring the field trip to HTT!  Volunteers can work with outside organizations (e.g. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, etc.) to bring their mobile outreach education programs to the school or plan educational presentations and stations based on their own expertise.  We encourage volunteers to consult with SEARCH staff about students’ current curriculum so that in-house field trips directly further students’ learning efforts.

Number of volunteers: 1-2 in-house field trips per month.  We find this opportunity often works well for professional and corporate groups with a budget (usually $300-$500) to put toward the event.  Thank you for your generosity!

Time: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: House of Tiny Treasures, located at 2323 Francis.  The building is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence.  Parking is available on Francis St. and Stuart St.


Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Back-to-School Sponsor

Volunteer role: Volunteers are matched with a SEARCH client and assemble a backpack containing school supplies appropriate to the student’s grade level.  SEARCH serves students from pre-K to college!  Backpack purchase and assembly generally costs $50-$75 per student.

Number of volunteers: 50 or more

Time: SEARCH recruits sponsors in June and July.  Backpack drop-off occurs from late July to mid-August.  Drop-off is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Location: Drop-off at SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave. 

Holiday Wish List Sponsor

Volunteer role: Volunteers are matched with a SEARCH client and his or her holiday wish list of three items.  As our neighbors often struggle to meet their daily needs, volunteers who purchase wish list items play a crucial part in making holiday cheer available to all!

Number of volunteers: 50 or more

Time: SEARCH recruits sponsors in October.  Wish list item drop-off occurs throughout November and in early December.  Drop-off is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Location: Drop-off at SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave. or SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures located at 2323 Francis.  House of Tiny Treasures is unmarked for safety reasons but surrounded by a noticeable wooden fence. 

Snack Pack Preparer

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Survival Kit Assembler

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In-Kind Drive Sponsor

Volunteer role:  SEARCH clients consistently report certain needs that volunteers can help us meet by organizing in-kind donation drives at their schools, workplaces, extracurricular groups, places of worship, etc..  Client needs vary depending on the kinds of services they are receiving from SEARCH.  Volunteers are invited to collect any and all of the following items.  Thank you for considering a donation to SEARCH!

House of Tiny Treasures In-Kind Drive:

  • Diapers (sizes 5 – 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Swim diapers (sizes 5 – 6)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic (first aid) wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Child-size toothbrushes

Essential Items In-Kind Drive:

  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Socks
  • Men’s underwear (boxers)
  • Men’s shoes (casual or tennis)
  • Feminine products
  • Plus-size/big and tall casual clothing (polo-style shirts, jeans, khaki pants)
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • First aid kits
  • Bibles and/or sacred texts
  • Food (oatmeal, heart healthy canned vegetables, chili, tuna)
  • Instant coffee

In-Kind Drive for Clients Transitioning to Housing:

  • TVs
  • Radios
  • Lamps
  • Small end tables
  • Rugs
  • Griddles/electric skillets
  • Coffee machines
  • Coasters
  • Blankets/throws
  • Picture frames
  • Crockpots
  • Small storage items
  • Decorative vases

Number of volunteers: Open.  This opportunity often works well for larger groups!

Time: Item drop-off is Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Location: Drop-off at SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave.

Fundraising Event Host

Volunteer role: Host a fundraiser benefitting SEARCH and/or HTT. Suggestions include but are not limited to golf tournaments, softball games, donation-based yoga classes, and movie nights.

Number of volunteers: Open

Time: As scheduled

Location: Open.  SEARCH staff would love to attend your event, and please let us know how we can assist with organization!

Holiday Stocking Assembler

Volunteer role: Host a holiday stocking drive with your family, friends, or community to benefit SEARCH clients. These gifts will bring joy and help to meet some basic needs during the holiday season. 

We recommend that volunteers stuff stockings with a $10 gift card to a grocery store like Kroger, Fiesta, or Walmart or to a dollar store.  Additional items volunteers may want to add to stockings include socks, gloves, hats, scarves, encouraging books, and pre-packaged holiday treats (no homemade, please).

Number of volunteers: Open. This opportunity often works well for larger groups!

Time: Early November through early December

Location: Drop-off at SEARCH’s main building located at 2015 Congress Ave.


For more information about volunteering with SEARCH, please contact Molly Martin at mmartin@searchhomeless.org or 713-276-3063.

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