• Volunteering Requirements

    Students in the class of 2019 and beyond, enrolled in the Academy, are required to complete a minimum of 12.5 hours of community service per semester. Students are to keep track of their community services hours through the YES program. Students are required to register online. Students are required to keep track of their hours both online and using physical documentation. All forms are to be turned in to the front office.
    Community service can be any work that is voluntary and service-oriented but without pay. Please refer to the YES guidelines for clarification. 
    Volunteering opportunities are listed below and at on the YES website
    Submission Deadlines:
         First Semester - December 3, 2018
         Second Semester - April 1, 2019 (for Class of 2019)
                                      - April 30, 2019 (for Classes of 2020, 2021 & 2022)


One-Time Volunteering Events

  • Park to Port Bike Race

    Date: October 6, 2018, 5:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    Register to Volunteer by: September 30, 2018

    Location: Hermann Park Conservancy

    Hermann Park Conservancy’s annual Park to Port Bike Ride takes place on October, 6th 2018. Many volunteers will be needed. No matter your skills we have a job for you!

    The 20-mile ride will start in Hermann Park and travel east along Brays Bayou to the Port, where there will be a turn-around celebration, sponsored by Port Houston, with snacks, music and activities. Riders will then return along the same path back to Hermann Park for a post-ride celebration with music, food, drinks and more!

    Park to Port is always an exciting event, and gives people a unique view of Houston! Sign up to be a part of the excitement. Groups, individuals, adults and youth/teens are welcome to volunteer.

    RSVP by September 30, 2018.


    Volunteer Descriptions: Please indicate which shift you can help with.

    5:30am -10am, Bill Coats Bridge: help with setting up tables, chairs, handing out vendor items, & directing riders

    9:30am - 2pm, Bill Coats Bridge: help with handing out vendor items; breaking down tents, tables, chairs; packing up event materials


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  • Pumpkin Patch

    Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October starting Oct. 12.

    Location: Holy Cross Episcopal Church

    Holy Cross 12th Annual Pumpkin Patch opens on Friday, October 12, 2018 and is open every  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of October.

    Our Pumpkin Patch began in 2007 as a small fundraiser selling a few pumpkins to support the ministries and outreach of Holy Cross. We're kicking off our 12th year and our Patch has grown to be the largest pumpkin patch in Ft. Bend County. We welcome thousands of visitors to our Pumpkin Patch each year, and we believe our big, beautiful pumpkins are unmatched in quality and freshness. That's right - our pumpkins are IN THE FIELD just days before they arrive in our Patch! We get them directly from northern New Mexico, where they are picked, loaded onto a truck, and driven straight to our Pumpkin Patch.

    The event begins with "Pumpkin Unloading Day" when the truck and 52' trailer arrives. Our entire church family (from the youngest to the oldest), with help from friends and local high school volunteers, unloads each and every pumpkin by hand (see photos below). Unloading 40,000-50,000 pounds of pumpkins is quite a feat, but it is a day that is greeted with great excitement and anticipation.

    We are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout October.

    Fridays--Open 12 noon until dark (pumpkin sales only--no concessions or activities)
    Saturdays--Open 9am until dark (food, concessions & activities)
    Sundays--Open 12 noon until dark (food, concessions & activities)
    Saturdays and Sundays feature our full menu of activities, food and drinks, including:
    Live Entertainment under the Big Tent by local musicians and dance groups
    Smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, sausage-on-a-stick, hot dogs, snacks, and drinks
    Activities for the young and young-at-heart:Hayrides
    Children's Maze
    Bounce House
    Family Photo Booth
    Face Painting
    Cotton Candy
    Silent Auction

    Make plans to bring the whole family and join us for FUN, FOOD and PUMPKINS! There is NO ADMITTANCE FEE, but we're confident you'll find a few fresh, beautiful pumpkins to purchase. Pumpkin prices range from $1 for the smallest to $40 for the HUGE pumpkins!

    Net proceeds from this fundraiser support the ministries and numerous community outreach activities of Holy Cross Church, including:

    Attack Poverty | Friends of North Richmond
    Pregnancy Resource Medical Center of Fort Bend County
    Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child
    Impact a Hero
    YWAM Houston - "Youth With A Mission" Street Reach
    Free the Captives
    Lord of the Streets
    Voice of the Martyrs
    Rainbow Room Christmas Giving Tree

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On-Going Volunteering Opportunities

  •  Autumn Grove Cottage

     Families with a patriarch or matriarch suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease can obtain aid through Autumn Grove Cottage, which sends volunteers to work with Alzheimer’s patients around the city. For kids and adults alike, there are also volunteer programs in which a difference can be made in the lives of families dealing with the effects of such a devastating disease.



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  • Mulitcultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts

    An appreciation for the arts isn’t limited by socioeconomic status, and neither should the resources to explore an affinity for artistic expression. The Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts program offers peer tutoring programs, allowing kids to work with one another as they learn more about art. Families can also volunteer to assist with sponsored events.



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  • Japhet Creek Nature Conservatory

    Learning about the environment is an important lesson for kids, which is why Japhet Creek Nature Conservancy is such an important volunteer organization for families looking to donate their time and energy. Cleaning up debris, planting bushes and trees and spreading mulch are all activities that any member of your family can help with at Japhet Creek.




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  • Ronald McDonald House

    When a child is stuck with a critical illness, it can have a devastating impact on the entire family. The Ronald McDonald House network provides a home away from home for the families of children being treated at member institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Families are also encouraged to volunteer their efforts, making RMH charities a great organization for families in need and families that want to help make a difference in their lives.



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  • RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast

    As a volunteer network for senior citizens, RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast impacts families by providing much-needed aid to at-risk youth and community outreach programs. RSVP also provides retirees with a worthwhile hobby, giving their adult children and young grandchildren a model of giving, compassionate living to follow.



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  • Star of Hope Mission

    Dedicated to helping Houston’s homeless population, Star of Hope Mission is a great organization that brings families in need and those willing to help together. Helping kids their own age who are far less fortunate can put your children’s own relative good fortune into perspective, while simultaneously making a very real difference in the lives of needy families.




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  • First Book

    A love of reading crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, and can help at-risk kids to discover a thirst for knowledge that propels them out of a cycle of poverty. With First Book’s services, children in need have access to new books and educational resources.



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  • The Forge for Families

    Located in a low-income area of Houston to serve the Second and Third Wards, the Forge for Families is a Christian volunteer organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged families. The Forge impacts both families in need and those looking to volunteer by connecting them in meaningful and life-changing ways.



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  • Target Hunger

    Providing community assistance through youth development, senior support services, food pantries and food delivery services as well as community gardens that promote self-sufficiency and agricultural awareness, Target Hunger is an organization that connects families in need with those willing to provide assistance, making a difference in the lives of everyone involved.



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    Lunches of Love

    Lunches of Love, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is committed to helping end childhood hunger in Rosenberg-Richmond by providing a free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays and weekends. LoL’s vision for the future is to sustain our current program while expanding to include additional Title 1 schools. We are committed to helping end childhood hunger among these innocent children. Various volunteer shifts are available on the weekends and over holidays. 

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    Second Mile

    Second mile is looking for volunteers. They are an organization that provides food, counseling, and health care to Fort Bend County residents.




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  • Houston Food Bank

    Your time is a gift to hungry kids, seniors and others who may not have enough to eat. Volunteers produce the equivalent of a meal a minute while helping the Houston Food Bank sort, process and pack food. And it's fun! You can volunteer in our big Portwall warehouse, or help prepare meals for kids at our Keegan Kitchen. Both are located just minutes from downtown Houston. 




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  • Serve Sugar Land

    Serve Sugar Land aims to connect the citizens of Sugar land to diverse volunteer opportunities that enable the city to further expand, enhance and enrich the services it provides to the community in new and innovative ways. 




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