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If you are looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of others, here are some great opportunities in our area.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital:Whether you are interested in working in the nursery, reception desk, gift shop, or even transporting patients, they have a place for you.  For more information, please contact Brenda Kepner, Manager of Volunteer Services at 281-644-7581.

Houston Area Project Linus: Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides new, homemade blankets for children who are seriously ill or traumatized.  They can use the following items you might be discarding:  fabri-cotton, cotton blends, flannel and fleece, yarn, crochet thread, and narrow ribbon.  If you would like to donate or would like more information about Project Linus, please call Karen Hagin at 281-693-7150 or Sally Burns, 281-492-2679 or visit www.projectlinus.org.

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc.:  Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife.  Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill, and injured native Texas wildlife.  Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs, and wildlife rehabilitation.  Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need.  TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators.  Call the center at 713-468-8972 x 158 for more information or email the Volunteer Coordinator at membership@twrc-houston.org or visit www.twrc-houston.org.

Crossroads:  Crossroads mentors are regular people who prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships.  The goal is crime prevention.  The mentors must be 21 year of age and volunteer a minimum of 1 hour  week.  There are many sites, areas and available times of the week for male and female mentors to meet with their assigned child.  The Delta Boot Camp and Krause Center are in Katy and close to home.  They desperately need loving and caring Katy resident mentors for the 150+ boys that do not have anyone at the bootcamp, as well as many boys and girls at Krause!  One Crossroads mentor says, “Volunteering through Crossroads has been a truly rewarding experience.  I’ve mentored some really good kids who made some really bad choices and it’s been gratifying to get to know them, earn their trust, and watch them grow.”  Please consider devoting just e hour a week to the future of a needy child.  Contact Susan Burden of Katy at 713-295-2784 or sbcrossroads@gamil.com or visit www.crossraods-volunteer.org.

Pregnancy Help Center:  Invest your time by volunteering with Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston educating and supporting men and women in making healthy choices for life in sexual integrity, unplanned pregnancy and post-abortion loss.  Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, facilitating small groups, administrative assistance, medical services, donation room and development.  Discover your calling!  For information inquire through the web site vsc@phckaty.org or call 281-578-0078, Volunteer Services Coordinator.  The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston is a non-profit faith based organization.

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers:  Nothing else can compare with therapy on horseback.  Equine-assisted activities improve physical balance and coordination, mental acuity, emotional stability ad social interactions.  At SIRE, they see miracles happen on horseback every day.  The work of their dedicated volunteers helps guarantee that children and adults with disabilities in the Greater Houston Area will have the programs they need to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

In additional to their weekly work in the arena, many volunteers donate their time and talents at fund-raising evens such as their annual Ride-A-Thon and the yearly Trailblazers Luncheon.  Volunteers are on hand during the NARHA on-site certification and annual SIRE Show-Off and volunteers are vital to their Client’s successes at the Top Hands Horse Show, during the Houston Rodeo and competition at the regional and state Special Olympics.  Therapeutic Horseback riding creates a bond of success between the rider and their horse.  Volunteers are their own personal cheering section and the instructor is their mentor and coach.  Clients become more empowered and better equipped to fully live their lives each day.

To volunteer, please call one of our arenas and ask to speak with a volunteer coordinator.  SIRESpring, call 281-353-160, SIREHockley, call 281-356-7588 and SIRE Fort Bend at Siennna Stables, call 281-431-1741.

Autumn Grove Cottage:  Do you enjoy spending time with seniors?  Autumn Grove Cottage is an assisted living facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia related to illnesses.  They are interested in volunteers socializing with their Residents.  They are a small cottage with just 16 Residents.  If you would like to volunteer ina  cozy, home-like atmosphere then call the Volunteer Coordinator at 281-398-6845 or visit their website www.autumngrovecottage.com.  Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application and attend a brief training session.

Sunrise Assisted Living of Cinco Ranch:  Enrich lives through your generous gift of service as a Sunrise Volunteer.  Please call Ozzie Ausborn, Activity and Volunteer Coordinator, for opportunities and details, at 281-240-0500 or e-mail cinco-ranch.avc@sunriseseniorliving.com.  Sunrise Assisted Living of Cinco Ranch is located at 21939 Cinco Ranch Blvd, katy, TX 77450.  They have partnered with Disney and the Helping Hands Network, please inquire to learn how you could qualify for tickets to Disney.  For more information, visit their website www.sunriseseniorliving.com.

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