This coming Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to recognizing Dr. King’s leadership in nonviolent civil rights activism, the day is a designated National Day of Service. You can learn more about Dr. King, #MLKDay, and the power of service at MLKDay.gov.
Local environmental groups in the Houston region offer a vast array of opportunities to volunteer and to serve our community. One of my favorite calls are inquiries about volunteer opportunities: with a community of almost 150 member organizations, we can suggest great volunteer opportunities for everyone. Here are some of my favorite resources for finding local environmental volunteering opportunities:
- VolunteerHouston.org–opportunities with CEC and several of its member organizations, including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, Mercer Botanic Garden, TWRC Wildlife Center, Memorial Park Conservancy, Nature Discovery Center, Recipe for Success, Armand Bayou Nature Center, BikeHouston Galveston Bay Foundation, Hermann Park Conservancy, and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas.
- VolunteerMatch.org–Many organizations, including most of the above, also post opportunities on this national site, where you can search for both local and virtual opportunities.
- Serveforgood.org–A resource developed by local teens for teens.
- EarthShare of Texas provides, among other things, suggestions for corporate volunteer groups.
Speaking of volunteering… You may have heard about the record number of cold-stunned sea turtles that have been rescued along Texas beaches during the cold weather last week–the Houston Chronicle has reported on the situation. Volunteers were critical to finding and rescuing the hundreds of turtles that were cold stunned. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Coast Program has been sharing information about the event on facebook. If you are interested in helping with future patrolling efforts–either during cold event or during nesting season–you might consider becoming a trained volunteer. Learn more about and sign up for upcoming trainings in February at the sea turtle patrol website.
Banner Photo Notes: A cold-stunned green sea turtle warms up at the ARK (Animal Rescue Keep) in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo by Earl Nottingham, TPWD.