Join all members of the UH community – incoming students, returning students, faculty, and staff- for a day of service with our campus and community partners working to address social issues facing Houston. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between the following service shifts:
Transportation, lunch, a t-shirt, and all materials required for service projects will be provided for all volunteers. Participants will be assigned to service projects the morning of the event. If you wish to volunteer at the same service site with your team, organization, or friends, plan to check in together so we can make every effort to accommodate this request. There will be a wide range of projects available including gardening, painting, and neighborhood cleanups.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.”
We are excited to work with an amazing team of Campus and Community partners for this year’s ServeHTX! Below you will find additional information about each of our partners and the projects we will be doing. You will have the opportunity to select your service site at check in. Please note that there is not a guarantee you will be able to select your top choice, but we will make our best effort to accommodate everyone!
All students must check in to the event and use the provided transportation. You may not meet us at a specific service site.
Bayou Preservation Association
Join the Bayou Preservation Association as they partner with Friends of Woodland Park, and Stopping Plastics and Litter Along Shorelines (SPLASh) for a bayou clean up. SPLASh aims to create a cleaner environment for people, birds, and other wildlife in the Houston-Galveston region through community science, education, and outreach. This project will include park beautification along the bayou.
Shasta’s Pocket Prairie
Before the University of Houston existed, the ground it sits on was covered with acres of thick, tallgrass prairie and vibrant wildflowers. This kind of habitat is referred to as a Coastal Tall Grass Prairie. Prairies of this kind used to stretch from Texas to Alabama, but today, less than 0.1% of the habitat remains. Off campus, the UH Coastal Center maintains about 300 acres of tall grass prairie in an effort to maintain and rejuvenate these habitats. This project will include removing invasive trees and morning glory from the Prairie.
Food insecurity, or the inability to afford enough nutritious food to fuel a regularly healthy lifestyle, is a growing concern on college campuses nationwide. In an effort to address this significant barrier to student success, the University of Houston has opened the Cougar Cupboard in partnership with the Houston Food Bank’s Food for Change market network. The cupboard is available to all enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who may need access to additional food. This project will include sorting food donations.
Houston Food Bank
More than 1.1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. In order to address this issue, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners. In addition, they also provide programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help in securing state-funded assistance. This project will include sorting food donations and preparing boxes for delivery.
Houston Furniture Bank
Masks required if not vaccinated
The Houston Furniture Bank provides essential furniture to families in transition, thanks to the support of our community. In 28 years of service, they have helped 30,000 families. Following Hurricane Harvey, Houston Furniture Bank has provided assistance to over 3,500 families affected by the storm. Volunteers with this project will be helping to prepare mattresses for recycling.
South Union Civic Association
The South Union Civic Association is a Civic Club dedicated to the Greater OST/South Union neighborhoods in south central Houston. The Association, in partnership with the Macgregor Palm Terrace Association among many others, has worked with the community to support the revitalization of the Old Spanish Trail (OST) area. Students who volunteer with this project will support a neighborhood beautification project surrounding Zollie Scales park.