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Volunteer Initiatives Program

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The spirit of volunteerism and civic duty is deeply rooted in Houston's culture. The City of Houston Volunteer Initiatives Program (VIP) is responsible for engaging Houstonians in city government through volunteer service activities and community projects.

"Whether it is helping our neighbors next door or those far away, Houstonians never hesitate to step up and lend a hand. Too often we fail to recognize and appreciate those who give of their time to others. This is our chance to say thank you." ~ Mayor Annise D. Parker

The City of Houston encourages individuals to explore a variety of programs that allow them to experience the many facets of civic engagement. In doing so, each volunteer helps to make their community a better place to live. The VIP is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods.

If you are interested in volunteering with the City of Houston you can sign up through the VIP website by clicking VOLUNTEER NOW!

About VIP - In Other Languages

The following links are .pdf

Compassion HoustonCompassion Week - April 12 to 18, 2015

As part of Mayor Parker's recent designation of Houston as a "Compassionate City," Houston will celebrate National Volunteer Week this year as COMPASSION WEEK, April 12 - 18, 2015. COMPASSION WEEK is about taking action and encouraging individuals to volunteer in their communities. To participate in the movement and sign up your project please click on the link below to register. To see a calendar of events please refer to the Compassionate Houston website:

Quick Links

Idealist.orgCampus CompactE-volunteerism.comHands on NetworkNetwork for GoodCorporation for National and Community Service Resource CenterEnergize, Susan EllisNon-Profit QuarterlyNonprofit Risk Management

Volunteer Engagement Survey

The purpose of this survey is to perform an assessment on whether or not the needs of the Volunteers and the Community in the greater Houston area are met. In addition, the information you provide will assist in identifying areas where services may be limited or lacking.  Go to Survey.

If you are a non profit, faith-based organization or university interested in signing up for this free service to post volunteer opportunities or events please click on the link below.

* HoustonSERVICE is also a valuable tool for Houstonians looking to see what organizations are providing services in the city, as well as volunteer opportunities within those organizations.

With the launch of this new website, we hope to make Houston one of the most volunteer friendly cities in the country!

Contact Us

Katherine Price
Chief Service Officer
Volunteer Initiatives Program
900 Bagby, Public Level
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.0971


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