Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Volunteer Programs

Every year the Houston Parks and Recreation Department depends on hundreds of volunteers to assist in a variety of programs and activities from coaching youth sports teams to cleanup projects in neighborhood parks. Sign up in one of our volunteer programs to make a difference in the lives of children, communities and park programs. Get involved!

We encourage individuals, businesses, youth and adult organizations and corporate sponsors to learn more about our volunteer and adoption programs. If you would like to volunteer with us please contact either Oneika Shelby at 832.395.7030 or via email at oneika.shelby@houstontx.gov or Kay Joshua at 832-395-7270 or via email at kay.joshua@houstontx.gov.



Volunteer With H.P.A.R.D. ! Van Washing

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) is seeking volunteers (groups of 5 are requested) to wash transportation vans one Saturday morning (8:30am – 11:30am) a month from May through November. The vans are used to transport youth and seniors to nature, sporting, and community events. All supplies are provided. Volunteers are asked to sign a volunteer waiver form and are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring their own rain boots. The van wash takes place at 6200 Wheeler Street, Houston 77023. If your group of 5 is interested in volunteering for one month or more please email H.P.A.R.D.’s Volunteer Coordinator at Oneika.shelby@houstontx.gov to set up a date.

Volunteer Dates Time Location
May 24, 2014
 June 28, 2014
 July 26, 2014
 August 23, 2014
 September 27, 2014
 October 25, 2014
 November 22, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023
 6200 Wheeler Street, 77023

Other Volunteer Projects

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Wildflower Planting

Every fall, volunteers across the city join H.P.A.R.D. staff to sow seeds that will turn into beautiful beds of wildflowers in the spring.

Green Team

Green Team volunteers provide landscaping maintenance and improvements, tree planting, park and/or bayou de-littering and help with beautification projects.

Community Center Volunteer

Community Center volunteers aid with field trips, youth Summer and After-school Enrichment Programs and senior activities. Activities range from homework tutoring and computer classes to teen and senior citizen programs. Volunteers must complete an application and successfully pass a background check to participate.

Athletic Team Volunteer

Team volunteers serve as coaches, assistant coaches or provide support to youth participating in baseball, basketball, cycling, flag football, golf, soccer, track and field and volleyball. Volunteers must complete an application and successfully pass a background check to participate.

Parks Count!

Parks Count! volunteers provide information important to the development and assessment of the Houston parks system. Opportunities include on site counting of visitors using a count methodology and direct community interaction through surveying. Volunteers must complete an application and successfully pass a background check to participate.

Internship Program

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department provides a professional environment in which undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students may acquire experience, which relates to their academic course of study. The internship program is open to all students from an accredited college or university who are seeking and actively pursuing a career in the fields of recreation, parks management or other related professions. You are welcome to apply to be an intern at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

Eagle Scout Projects

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department helped in the coordination of many Eagle Scout community projects. These projects have benefited our green spaces, youth sports programs and our community centers.