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Community Outreach

The University of Houston has more than 600 community initiatives developed to address every aspect of life in Houston and beyond. Several departments from the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences sponsor projects and programs with community. CLASS is the largest college at UH and home to the most diverse assortments of programs and departments on campus. From African American Studies to World Cultures and Literatures you'll find projects from free lectures and workshops to clothing and canned food drives.

Each department in CLASS has developed a commitment to the communities associated with their fields of study as well as the city of Houston and surrounding areas.

Community Outreach Events

Hobby Center for Public Policy Pet Food Drive

The Hobby Center for Public Policy (HCPP) is organizing a pet food drive to benefit AniMeals. AniMeals on Wheels is a program benefiting clients of Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, which provides home-delivered meals to more than 3,600 homebound seniors.

Dry cat and dog food donations are being accepted from April 1-16 at the following locations:

  • 104 Heyne
  • 402 Agnes Arnold
  • 205 Roy Cullen Bldg
  • 101 Communications Bldg
  • 447 PGH

Look for the big red box! For more information visit the HCPP website.

Past Events

Fairy Godmother Project

The Women's Resource Center and CLASS teamed up with The Houston Fairy Godmother Project to collect prom dresses for area disadvantaged students. Eighty-seven dresses were initially collected, but just before the delivery was to be made to the Fairy Godmother Project shopping day event, a last-minute surge of donations pushed the total number of dresses to 127.

Thank you to all the generous donors who helped make prom a memorable event for so many young women.

Communication major and Graffit-e reporter Sasha Schwendenwein created a special promo for this community outreach initiative, watch it on YouTube.

Ongoing Projects

Contact Us

On campus: If your department, student group or affiliated organization is planning a community outreach project, let us help get the word out. Send the event details to CLASS Web Services

Community/ charitable organization: Planning an event, looking for help with an upcoming project? Send us the details and we'll connect you to the CLASS department that best fits your needs. Contact CLASS Web Services with your information. There are over 60 main departments with numerous student and research groups on campus, all willing to step out and participate in community service and outreach.

Funding Opportunities

Contact Angela Clifton, Research Liaison Officer. She can answer questions and provide information on how to apply for funding for departmental outreach projects.

Visit to browse for applicable funding opportunities. Angela can assist with application process.