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Department of Neighborhoods
Volunteer Initiatives Program

Celebrating the Spirit of Volunteerism

Jefferson Davis HS JROTC for Be An Angel



Volunteer Opportunities


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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 on the link below.


Volunteer Now!


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Global Youth Service Day 2014
April 11-13, 2014


Global Youth Service Day


Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.


GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors-- to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities. For more information on projects in your area, or to register a project please refer to the link.


With the launch of the Houston Service Plan, the Mayor’s Office received a Cities of Service Leadership Grant sponsored website that allows for non-profits, faith based organizations, and universities in the Houston area to post volunteer opportunities free of charge.


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!


Mayor's Youth Council


The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is an organization that allows Houston youth to discuss pertinent issues while promoting activism and community service through its role in civic engagement.


Mayor Annise Parker renewed the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) when she began her term, continuing a fifteen year tradition of the MYC.


The MYC is modeled after the elected City Council with a Chair, City Secretary, At-Large and District Council Members, while the respective Senior Aide positions support the work of the council.



Go to MYC

About Cities of Service


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Founded in New York on September 10, 2009 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the mayors of 16 other cities, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors who have answered the historic Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act’s call to action. Representing more than 46 million Americans in 100 cities, all coalition members have signed a “Declaration of Service,” committing to work together to lead a multi-year effort to expand community service and volunteerism by:



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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City of Houston 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

City of Houston Service Plan


City of Houston Service Plan



There are many diverse populations doing good work in the City.


Our focus with Houston SERVICE is to engage more volunteers and to use them more effectively to achieve impact for at-risk youth, veterans affairs, and to educate citizens on life-saving CPR techniques.



COH Service Plan (.pdf)