In Our City

The following are opportunities for groups to serve together on weeknights and weekends to accommodate most people’s schedules.  If you’re looking for ways to volunteer during the weekday, please contact the individual organizations directly.

Community Organizations:

Keep Pearland Beautiful
Care for God’s creation.
keeppearlandbeautiful.org

  • Litter Clean Up – Grassroots Church has adopted a stretch of Magnolia Road between Harkey and FM 1128.  Your group can organize a clean-up of this spot at any time.  Also, twice a year, Keep Pearland Beautiful hosts special city-wide clean-up days.
  • Community Garden – Groups can volunteer on a weeknight alongside experienced gardeners.  The garden is located on 1.5 acres of land at the Vic Coppinger YMCA.  Over 95% of the produce harvested is donated to the local food bank. pearlandcommunitygardens.com

Houston Food Bank
Help with the collection and distribution of food to hunger-relief charities.
houstonfoodbank.org/get-involved/events-calendar

  • Family Night, First Fridays, 6-9 p.m. – Once a month, the Houston Food Bank invites families with children as young as 4 years old to join the fight against hunger.  While parents and children 6 years old and older are volunteering, the younger kids will make cards and pictures that will be placed in senior and/or holiday boxes.  Must register as a group at least 3-days prior to shift:  houstonfoodbank.civicore.com/index.php?section=volOpportunities&action=calendar

Partners in Education (Pearland ISD)
Partner with the education system to provide for children.
pearlandisd.org/departments.cfm?subpage=19218

  • Groups can adopt a campus so that counselors can call upon them when a need arises (i.e. kids might need shoes or gift cards to Payless).  Groups can collect regularly needed items such as undergarments and socks for younger students.  Groups can also volunteer through the PTA for special events and carnivals at a campus.  Contact Tyson McMullen in at 832-736-6179 / mcmullent@pearlandisd.org or the counselor at your local school to verify needed items and sizes.

Pearland Parks and Recreation
Help provide services and programs that connect our community.
pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/volunteers 

  • In addition to special events, some areas of our city regularly need attention.  The recycling Center on Magnolia regularly needs debris clean up.  The Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail at Kingsley Drive can regularly use clean up.  Contact Pat Wiley 281-412-8911, pwiley@pearlandtx.gov.

Living Water International (Houston)
Demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water” – the gospel of Jesus Christ – which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
water.cc/church 

  • Plan a week-long drilling and well repair trip to Central America or Haiti with Living Water’s team.  Participate in the H2O project by making tap water your only beverage for a time and offer the savings to the thirsty.  Pray for water using a 20-day journey of prayer.  Sponsor a water project for a village.  Participate in the Advent Conspiracy – spend less on each other at Christmas and give more to water projects.  Grassroots Church is planning a trip to Honduras on June 4.

The Mercy Tree (Clear Lake)
Feed the homeless in Clear Lake.
themercytree.org

  • Groups can cook and deliver a simple meal for 15 homeless persons.  Deliver 20 minutes prior to the start time of the meal or arrange with Gina Evans, 832-661-2823 to deliver the food in advance at your convenience.  Please use disposable food containers.  Include paper plates, napkins, plasticware and cold drinks, (no pork please).  Please look for a date marked “open” on the calendar at themercytree.org/volunteer-1.html and email volunteer@themercytree.org to sign up.  Meal times and locations:
    Sunday:  Dinner at Clear Lake AME Church, 4:40 set-up, 5:00-6:30 serve.
    Monday-Friday:  Lunch at Clear Lake AME Church, 11:40 set-up, 12:00-2:00 serve.
    Saturday:  Lunch at Park (near Freeman Library), 11:40 set-up, 12:00-2:00 serve.

Builders without Borders (Friendswood/Alvin)
builderswithoutbordersoftexas.org

  • Various projects, including home repair, packing rice and beans, etc.   They also organize trips to Mexico and Haiti (just completed an orphanage in Haiti).  Contact Kim Reed 832-274-3893.

Tuscany Village Skilled Nursing Facility
barcelocare.com/Tuscany_Village

  • Provide a 1-hour “program” of some kind (games, singing, bingo, etc) in the evenings at 6:30/7:00, or on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., or on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  Other activities like caroling during the Christmas season may be done at supper time from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Contact the Activities Director, Michelle 713-770-5300. 

Counseling Connections for Change, Inc.
Provide basic needs to support a Pearland Christian counseling non-profit.
counselingconnections.org

  • Collect and donate regularly needed supplies such as: Kleenex (square boxes), Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Copy Paper, Wall Crosses, Used Toys, Nerf Darts, Play Dough, Washable Paints, Play Costumes for Kids.  Monetary donations are also appreciated. Groups can also organize an evening tour of the counseling facility to learn more. Contact Dawn Lawless 281-485-9280.

Golden Rule Services, Inc
Spend time with people with disabilities and special needs
goldenruleservices.org

Special Events:

Pearland Parks and Recreation
Special events throughout the year.  Check out their calendar here:
http://pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events

Anchor Point “Run For Health” Fun Run (League City)
www.anchorpoint.us
Annual 5K run/walk in November.  More info here.

Pearland Pear Run
pearrun.wordpress.com
Proceeds benefit the Pearland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, whose purpose is to educate members of the community about the Police Department, to help citizens understand the situations police officers encounter and to enlist support for the department as well as our city. Members of the Association donate their time and talents to the Pearland Police Department and the City of Pearland in an effort to bridge the gap between citizens and the Police in hopes of maintaining a better understanding between law enforcement and the community. May 2016.

Superhero Childhood Cancer Fun Run (Pearland Town Center)
biglovecancercare.org
Annual 5K, kids’ mile and kids’ dash on the last weekend of September in Pearland.  Participate in the race or volunteer as the following:  Route Volunteer, Booth Volunteer, Sponsor and team recruitment volunteer, Registration volunteers, Publicity Volunteer, In-kind donation volunteer, Water station volunteer, Packet pick-up volunteer, Set-up and clean-up volunteers. Contact Jessica Phillips, jessica@biglovecancercare.org.

Builders Without Borders Charity Golf Tournament and Auction

Opportunities for Individuals to Serve:

RISE Mentoring in Pearland ISD
Spend 30 minutes a week talking with a child on a Pearland school campus. There is power in just showing up for these kids. Contact Mandy Benedix281-485-3203.

Pearland Neighborhood Center
pnctexas.com
Donate to food, hygiene products, etc to people in need.  Other volunteer opportunities during the daytime as well.

Christian Helping Hands (Pearland)
christianhelpinghands.org
Pick-up food in your truck from Kroger and deliver to CHH.  Sign up to be an “alternate” and help on Saturday and Sunday mornings when needed.  More opportunities to serve during the day.

Keep Pearland Beautiful Demonstration Garden
keeppearlandbeautiful.org/yardwise-garden-crew
KPB is looking for volunteers to provide once-a-month maintenance of the Yardwise Demonstration Garden located on the east side of the Recycling Center. Participants will agree to weed and hoe on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. (for 10 out of 12 months of the year) working alongside gardening experts who have been maintaining the garden for years.  Participants will be provided with gloves, tools and a special t-shirt identifying them as part of our Yard Wise Crew!  Please call 281-652-1779 or email Fay Watson (fwatson@mykpb.org) at the KPB offices to be added to the crew email list.

Anchor Point Pregnancy Center (League City)
anchorpoint.us
Offer hope and assistance to the modern day orphans in our society:  troubled you and their families, unborn children, pregnant teens, foster children, and adoptive children.

Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center (Houston)
lifelinecpc.org/volunteer
Be a Lifeline for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies and an advocate for their unborn children.