Volunteer Initiatives Program

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 Sylvester Turner

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.

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Houston Still Needs You!

The devastating flood caused by Hurricane Harvey was one of the most significant weather events in our city’s history. Few in Houston were left unaffected, and it’s a testament to our community that in our moment of need, neighbors helped neighbors without hesitation. The flood waters have receded and the trash piles have been picked up, but there are still many people who need help rebuilding their homes and their lives – Houston Still Needs You!

This campaign is working to recruit and engage volunteers to work with area non-profits who are providing relief and recovery services to flood victims across Houston. If you are interested in volunteering fill out the HOUSTON STILL NEEDS YOU application!

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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!

About VIP - In Other Languages

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