It’s been almost one month to the day that Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on the city of Houston and surrounding towns. At the time, no one quite knew what to expect and what the days and months to come would hold. From the first moments, after the storm hit to the moment the rain stopped, the true spirit of Texans did not. Whether it is as a single mom or dad with kids, or as an individual, help of all children is needed and welcomed all across the city. If you, as a parent with kids, are wondering just how you and your kids can help, volunteering with your children is certainly an excellent way to do so. It is not only something that is rewarding but also a great way, as a single mom or dad, to teach responsibility.
A few ways and opportunities to help are below:
1. Houston Food Bank
Registered volunteers will be needed on an on-going basis. Children as young as age six are welcome for kid-friendly projects. Volunteers ages 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Closed-toe shoes and sleeved shirts are required.
Donations are also being accepted, and curbside drop-off is now in effect.
- Canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops: vegetables, fruit
- Protein in pouches or pull-top cans: tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken
- Peanut butter
- Snacks: granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.
- Paper goods
- Cleaning supplies: mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray
2. Lakewood Church
After the storm, Lakewood Church open its doors to those needing shelter and are still seeking volunteers and collecting diapers, baby formula and baby food and other shelter supplies as well as taking volunteers for clean up’s around the city.
3. Volunteers with Pets at NRG
As you may or may not know, NRG Center has turned from a shelter for people whose homes flooded to a shelter for abandoned pets from all around the city. Barrio Dogs is looking to recruit volunteers to handle pets that people will be bringing in. They are in need of volunteers and pet items.
The shelter is in need of pet items including:
- Pet carriers
- Dog/cat food
- Cat litter
- Poopy pads
- Water bowls
If you are interested in volunteering at NRG, volunteers can start arriving at NRG Center (not the stadium); please enter via Kirby. Gate 10, Red Lot 2 or 4. At the gate, make sure to state “I am volunteering with Baker Ripley/Neighborhood Centers.”
Text Bo Fraga at 713.446.9365.
4. Relief List
If you do not have the time to be able to go out and volunteer, but you and your family are still looking for a way to be able to help give back to those who lost everything, Relief List is an excellent way to do so. They have a running list of people all over the city, in various zip codes, in need of specific supplies and items. Relief List also has a link on their website with credible organizations seeking volunteers.
Rest assured, as we have seen already, this city will rebuild and with your help would only be that much better.