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Fluent in Spanish? Support Spanish Speaking Girl Scouts!

Organization: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 31...




Discover the Best in Yourself: Volunteer with YFU Intercultural Exchange Prog...

Organization: Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: You...




PURPLE POWER CHAMPION Faith Outreach Volunteer

Organization: Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
Dates: this is an Ongoing ...




Pre-GED Tutor

Organization: YMCA International Services
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 6300 West...




Make a difference in the lives of children! Tutor Hispanic immigrant youth in...

Organization: Sewa International Houston
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: San Marcos...




Take a Bite out of Hunger at Whidby Elementary

Organization: Brighter Bites
Dates: Jan 10, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
Location: 7625 SpringSt hill, Houst...




Take a Brighter Bite out of Hunger at The Houston Food bank.

Organization: Brighter Bites
Dates: Jan 07, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Location: 535 Portwall St., Houston...




Host a High School Exchange Student!

Organization: SHARE! High School Student Exchange Program
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Loc...




PASADENA, Do you have a BIG HEART? If so, We NEED You!!!

Organization: Silverado Hospice South Houston
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 1201 ...




After School Garden Assistants !

Organization: Urban Harvest
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: Various school campuses...




Build a School Garden!

Organization: Urban Harvest
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: Various school campuses...




Social Media Rock Star

Organization: Recipe for Success Foundation
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 4400 Yu...




Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman

Organization: Harris County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity...




clean up of Texas Historical Cemetery

Organization: Descendants of Olivewood,Inc.
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 1300 Co...




Grant Researcher/Writer

Organization: StandUp For Kids - Houston, TX
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: Housto...




041 Outreach Sponsor- Meal Preparation

Organization: StandUp For Kids - Houston, TX
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: -www.s...




Host an Exchange Student!

Organization: EF Foundation for Foreign Study (effoundation.org)
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportu...




Mentor a refugee middle school student Thursday mornings!

Organization: Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)
Dates: Sep 29, 2016...




Patient Support Volunteers

Organization: Heart to Heart Hospice
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity
Location: 4300 Vista dr....




Health and Education Assistant

Organization: Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
Dates: this is an Ongoing opportunity...




ANNE CULVER
Executive Director
Scenic Houston
• Green tech is a growth industry in Houston. The petrochemical industry is heavily invested in alternative forms of energy and will continue to create green jobs with research facilities in Houston.
• Business in Houston is recognizing the economic value of trees, green landscaping and clean air. Businesses want to locate in a clean attractive environment and this will create new jobs.
• Look to the Houston Green Scene (houstongreenscene.org) for networking opportunities.
Groups like Scenic Houston represent a unique niche in the environmental movement. Scenic Houston incorporates more business support than most green movement organizations. With lax zoning law and strong free enterprise support, Houston developed a concrete and billboard freeway landscape that was both unattractive and unhealthy.

As executive director of Scenic Houston, Anne Culver leads an organization that has improved and beautified Houston with trees and landscaping. With the exception of the billboard industry, Houston businesses are recognizing the economic value of landscaping, trees, and controlled use of signage. Attractive places attract new business, better employees, and more jobs.

Green jobs in Houston will continue to be centered around the petrochemical (oil) industry. After ecological disasters like the BP Gulf oil spill, petrochemical companies need the positive press that investment in green industry creates. Energy companies will need to transition to new and hopefully greener forms of energy as oil supplies dwindle. This should substantially drive the growth of green technologies and green jobs in Houston.
COURTNEY SMITH
Vice President Of Operations
Galveston Bay Foundation
• Local Formal Education Opportunities: Texas A&M at Galveston has a reputable marine biology program, and the University of Houston-Clear Lake offers degree programs in environmental sciences and environmental management.
• Local Networking Opportunities: The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP.org) is a great organization to become involved with for networking opportunities and job leads.
• Local Volunteer Opportunities: The Galveston Bay Foundation offers a variety of volunteer opportunities-from habitat restoration to administrative work-that support work in this field.
Courtney Smith, Vice President of Operations, explained that the Galveston Bay Foundation performs many important services for the Galveston Bay community, including ecological preservation and restoration, environmental education, and advocacy work. With over 3,000 acres conserved and many more with successful habitat restoration accomplished by the Galveston Bay Foundation, this organization has a profound impact on the Galveston Bay ecological community. The Foundation works with many state and federal agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In her position as Vice President of Operations, Courtney works on grant writing, contract management, and reporting. Writing and communications are vital to non-profit organizations, especially to organizations like the Galveston Bay Foundation that depend on public participation and philanthropy for support.
SHAE COTTAR
Communications Director
Air Alliance Houston
• Develop a solid understanding of the local, state, and federal political processes to prepare yourself for a career with an environmental lobbying organization.
• Volunteer! Environmental organizations including Air Alliance Houston always need volunteers.
• Follow your passion.
If you have been through Houston, Texas, even briefly, then you have probably benefited from the work of Air Alliance Houston. The Air Alliance has worked since 1988 to prevent and eliminate smog in Houston. Air Alliance employees like Communications Director Shae Cottar work to educate the public, lobby local politicians, and occasionally file lawsuits in pursuit of the Alliance's mission. Air Alliance Houston is currently working to create a coalition of Gulf Coast groups that can work together to better spread awareness of environmental problems. With the abundance of the petrochemical industry in the Houston metropolitan area, dedicated environmental professionals are greatly needed.
KATIE MOLINA
General Manager
Citizen's Environmental Coalition
• Citizen's Environmental Coalition (CEC) regularly updates a well maintained jobs board where environmental professionals can seek out employment opportunities.
• The calendar of meet-ups on CEC's website is a great place to look for events that offer networking opportunities for environmental professionals. CEC's annual Synergy Awards is a who's-who of environmentalists in the Houston area.
• The CEC website houses an extensive archive of information for members of the environmental community looking to gain command of local issuses. In addition, the CEC newsletter provides regular updates on current issues and policy news.
For over 40 years Citizen's Environmental Coalition has been facilitating the collaborative efforts of the Houston environmental community, searching for a productive middle ground between planning and action through building community awereness of local issues and stimulating discussion. "We're a very active community, and we're getting a lot attention as of late, nationally," said General Manager Katie Molina, citing Mayor Annise D. Parker's sustainability credentials, as well as the reputation that city officials have earned for their environmentally friendly positions.

Molina noted Houston's size as a major port, its car-driven setting, and its history as an energy hub as challenges that the environmental community is working to overcome. "More agencies are more concerned than ever before," Molina said. The need for a coordinated plan between organizations has given rise to an event called Visions for a Greener Houston 2012, where the environmental community will work together to create a list of actionable goals across several
interest areas that the group feels can be reached by the end of the year. This is a collaborative effort for the immediate term, an effort to picture where they would like to see themselves by the end of just one year. "We want to bring the larger community into the conversation," Molina said, "All of the fire passion, and desire sometimes splinters the efficacy of environmental groups."

On a positive note, Molina said that funding for non-profit work in the city remains strong due to the old core of established energy money that has remained steady despite sparse economic times. Emerging environmental professionals looking to gather experience have a number of organizations to choose from that offer volunteer and internship opportunities, depending upon their area of expertise. Houston is also home to a well-respected green building program at the University of Houston School of Architecture and an environmental studies major at the University of St. Thomas. Environmental professionals can use the CEC website as a central clearinghouse for all of the area's environmental resources: www.cechouston.org.
TYSON SOWELL
Program Director
Texas Campaign For The Environment
• Emerging environmentalists in the Houston area can work with Texas Campaign for the Environment as community organizers. They are the only environmental group in Houston able to offer this kind of grassroots work experience on a regular basis.
• The Texas Campaign for the Environment takes interns as opportunities arise. For those looking to work in policy and research, the organization looks for interns with a strong writing background and any experience with graphic information systems.
• For green collar professionals looking to network in the Houston area, Air Alliance Houston holds an annual event well attended by the environmental community, and Houston Tomorrow hosts the Houston 2040 Lecture series once a month. More information is available at each organization's respective website.
The Texas Campaign for the Environment scored an important victory this year, successfully advocating for the state's TV Take-Back Law, which requires TV manufacturers to provide free and convenient TV recycling options to Texans.. This followed similar recycling legislation passed in 2007 that required computer manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling options to the public. On the local level, the organizations Houston office successfully interrupted the award of a 20 year no-bid recycling contract by the City of Houston to recycling contractor Waste Management. Texas Campaign for the Environment cited the need for an open-bid competition to ensure the best recycling deal for Houston Taxpayers. In addition, the organization seeks to expand city recycling to all Houstonians, at home and at work, including commercial and multi-family units. . Program Director Tyson Sowell noted that Houston is becoming more environmentally minded, which is in-step with the country at large. "We've had a lot of success organizing and getting people involved," said Sowell. He also noted that Houston hasn't had a history of environmental grassroots community organizing , which is a challenge that environmental groups in some more progressive areas of the country don't have to contend with. "It's not for everyone, but it's the fastest way to get started in the environmental sector," Sowell said, "You need toughness, especially in Texas." For those with the requisite passion for the environment, Sowell suggested working with Texas Campaign for the Environment could be exactly the kind of experience needed to excel in an environmental job: "You learn how to communicate with people at the door and how to gain their trust."
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