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Native Plant Society of TX – Hou Chapter

Purpose: The mission of The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. Meetings: 7:00 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. of each month, Nov. Social & Seed & Plant Swap, Dec. holiday dinner, Jan.…More Details
Home P. O. Box 131254 Houston TX 77219-1254 Website: Native Plant Society of TX – Hou Chapter Website

Purpose: The mission of The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

Meetings: 7:00 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m., the 3rd Thurs. of each month, Nov. Social & Seed & Plant Swap, Dec. holiday dinner, Jan. propagation workshop. Spring & Fall field trips.

Programs: Speakers present topics such as landscaping with natives, trees, and butterfly & habitat gardening.

Major Events: The Wildscapes Workshop is our largest annual event, usually held in September, and is open to anyone interested in learning. The program includes lectures, workshops, field trips, a native plant sale, and vendor and educational exhibits. Check our website for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities: Native Plant rescues, invasive plant removal, Native Plant Demonstration Garden workdays (monthly), school wildlife habitat programs, cooperative efforts with other non-profits and government entities. Display Booth.

Speakers Bureau: Contact Linda Knowles.

Publications: Quarterly State newsletter; local quarterly newsletter.

Wally Ward, President
713-816-0063
[email protected]

Russ Kane, Publicity & Community Coordinator
[email protected]

Linda Knowles, Display Booth and Education Coordinator
[email protected]

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Trees for Houston

Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region. Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways. Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October. Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.…More Details
Home 104 N. Greenwood St. Houston TX 77011 Home P. O. Box 270477 Houston TX 77277 Work Phone: (713) 840-8733 Work Fax: (713) 840-8734 Website: Trees for Houston Website

Purpose: To plant, protect and promote trees in the greater Houston region.

Programs: Tree Planting; Trees for Schools; Urban Forest Tree Keeper classes in September (adult). Tribute Trees and Tree Giveaways.

Major Events: Arbor Day Awards, Jan.; Root Ball, April; Annual Meeting, May, Sporting Clays Tournament, October.

Children’s Activities: School presentations for all grade levels.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting; taking educational programs into Houston schools; special projects.

Publications: Monthly TreE-mail (online newsletter); quarterly newsletter, Annual Report; Root Ball 2013: Club Coco – March 21, 2013, and the Website,

http://www.treesforhouston.org.

Barry Ward, Executive Director
[email protected]

Randi Koenig , Development Director
[email protected]

Katherine Bravo, Projects Manager
[email protected]

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Keep Houston Beautiful

Purpose: To achieve sustainable community improvement by providing programs that educate the public, combat blight, prevent litter, minimize waste and beautify Houston’s public spaces. Programs: Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Ditch Program; weekend cleanups and tool lending library; community beautification and edible community garden projects; civic leader and teacher training workshops. Teacher worksheets are available on the website for classroom use.…More Details
Home 3000 Richmond, Suite 350 Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (713) 839-8855 Work Fax: (713) 839-8880 Website: Keep Houston Beautiful Website

Purpose: To achieve sustainable community improvement by providing programs that educate the public, combat blight, prevent litter, minimize waste and beautify Houston’s public spaces.

Programs: Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Ditch Program; weekend cleanups and tool lending library; community beautification and edible community garden projects; civic leader and teacher training workshops. Teacher worksheets are available on the website for classroom use. Speakers are available, contact Amy Reed.

Major Events: Mayor’s Proud Partners

Awards and Luncheon; Great American Cleanup; Keep Houston Beautiful Day; Annual Bar Association Cleanup; Texas Recycles Day; Home Run for Astros Tree Plantings; America Recycles Day.

Children’s Activities: Keep Schools Beautiful Day; Lucky the Ladybug; Storm water Curriculum; Keep America Beautiful’s Water in Place Curriculum.

Volunteer Opportunities: Clean up and beautification weekend workdays, clerical, artists, special event information booths.

Publications: Clean Neighborhoods Manual; Guide to Earth Quilt Gardens; Recycling Activity Book for Kids; A Guide to Creating Environmental Outdoor Learning Centers; Enewsletter; Adopt-an-Esplanade Guide.

Amy Reed, Executive Director
[email protected]

Mike Aden, Warehouse Technician
[email protected]

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Citizens’ Transportation Coalition

Purpose: Founded in 2004, the CTC is an all-volunteer grassroots transportation advocacy organization. The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition advocates for a broad-based public educational and planning process to identify neighborhood aspirations, influences projects to achieve the best transportation options, and engages our communities in designing a complete multimodal transportation system that serves us all. Meetings: Board meets on 4th Thursdays from Jan.…More Details
Home P.O. Box 66532 Houston TX 77266-6532 Work Phone: (832) 768-5258 Website: Citizens\\\’ Transportation Coalition Website

Purpose: Founded in 2004, the CTC is an all-volunteer grassroots transportation advocacy organization. The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition advocates for a broad-based public educational and planning process to identify neighborhood aspirations, influences projects to achieve the best transportation options, and engages our communities in designing a complete multimodal transportation system that serves us all.

Meetings: Board meets on 4th Thursdays from Jan. through Oct. at 6:45 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, in the upstairs community room. Member meeting in March, holiday gathering in December. All meetings open to interested individuals.

Publication: Free periodic eNews with project updates and meeting notices. Email

[email protected] to join the list.

Volunteer Opportunities: Attend public meetings of transportation agencies and then share reports in CTC’s online forum; project proposals; author project fact sheets and web content; give talks to civic clubs; meet with elected leaders regarding timely transportation issues.

Speaker’s Bureau: CTC delivers sharp PowerPoint talks on topics including urban transit and transportation alternatives for all.

Dexter Handy, Chair
[email protected]

Carol Caul, Advocacy Chair
Tom Dornbusch, Media Chair

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city's most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions. Major events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.…More Details
Home 1019 Commerce Street #200 Houston Texas 77002 Home Phone: 713-752-0314 Website: http://www.buffalobayou.org

Purpose: Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the Houston non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, our city’s most significant natural resource. Coordinating the integration of major improvements into the Bayou greenway, the Partnership seeks increased community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities, art installations, and other natural and built attractions.

Major events: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, kayak tours, history hikes, bat tours, Second Saturday Boat cruises, Nights on Blue Bayou events along the Sabine Promenade.

Children’s Activities: Kids’ Day on Buffalo Bayou, Second Saturday Boat Cruises, bat tours and kayak tours. Speakers are available to give presentations to your school classroom or group. Contact Trudi Smith for booking.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting, cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot, help with events, office work.

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Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community. Member: Commission for Accreditation of Park & Recreation Agencies. Major Events: Jan - Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin Feb - Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin Mar- Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness New Entry Apr- Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival May- Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening June - Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tournament; Hershey Track & Field Meet Jul- Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration Oct- Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting Nov- Via Colori Dec- Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting Year round - Lake Houston Park Nature Center events School year - After School Enrichment Program Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy (832) 395-7030 [email protected] Publications: Activities Catalog - Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue Apr 1,and Fall Issue Aug 1.…More Details
Home 2999 South Wayside Houston TX 77029 Work Phone: (832) 395-7000 Website: Houston Parks and Recreation Department Website

Purpose: To enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe, well-maintained parks and offering affordable programs for the community. Member: Commission for Accreditation of Park & Recreation Agencies.

Major Events:

Jan – Arbor Day; Youth Tennis classes begin
Feb – Salt Grass Trail Ride; Adult sports leagues begin
Mar- Tour de Houston, Metal & Muscle Expo; Lake Houston Wilderness New Entry
Apr- Houston Children’s Festival, Japan ­Festival, Houston International Festival
May- Challenge Day, Summer Pool Opening
June – Summer Food Program begins, Golf Tournament; Hershey Track & Field Meet
Jul- Freedom Over Texas; Houston Pops July 4th Celebration
Oct- Asian-American Festival; Wildflower seed planting
Nov- Via Colori
Dec- Heritage Society Candlelight Tour, Holiday Tree Lighting
Year round – Lake Houston Park Nature Center events
School year – After School Enrichment Program

Volunteer Opportunities: Oneika McCarthy (832) 395-7030
[email protected]

Publications: Activities Catalog – Winter/Spring Issue Dec 1, Summer Issue
Apr 1,and Fall Issue Aug 1.

Steve Wright, Director
[email protected]

Estella Espinosa, Division Manager, Communications
(832) 395-7022
[email protected]

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Last Organic Outpost

Purpose: The Last Organic Outpost generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston’s under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all. They envision growing ‘Food Everywhere’ and seeding an Urban Agricultural District that cultivates our region’s food and supports local farmers to thrive despite economic, environmental, health and social challenges.…More Details
Home P.O. Box 962 Houston TX 77001 Home P.O. Box 962 Houston TX 77001 Home Phone: (832) 422-8407 Website: Last Organic Outpost Website

Purpose: The Last Organic Outpost generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston’s under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all. They envision growing ‘Food Everywhere’ and seeding an Urban Agricultural District that cultivates our region’s food and supports local farmers to thrive despite economic, environmental, health and social challenges.

Programs: The Emile Street Community Learning Farm is located in Houston’s 5th Ward at 711 Emile St, Houston. Last Organic Outpost is also focusing efforts on the 5th Ward food desert with the following objectives:

Outreach – Initiate the growth of Food Everywhere by building home gardens and a neighborhood-wide orchard of fruit & nut trees in homes and public spaces.

Farming – Establish a local food economy by training farmers in non-conventional, but sustainable, environmentally sound methods, establish community farms and encourage farm and local food related businesses in the Fifth Ward.

Education – Host community events where we teach residents about healthy nutrition, urban agriculture, and sustainability.

Volunteer Opportunities: farming at the farm, help organize outreach and plan our projects, writers, web/software development, contacts, research and more. Contact [email protected] to find out about our meetings.

Publications: Visit our website to sign up for our newsletter.

Joe Icet, Founder

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White Oak Bayou Association

Purpose: To promote greater public awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of White Oak Bayou, its tributaries and environs by advocating the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the natural wildlife habitats thereof, while promoting compatible educational and recreational opportunities within the area. White Oak Bayou Association was founded in May 1986. Meetings: Monthly: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.…More Details
Work P.O. Box 9220510 Houston TX 77292-0510 Website: White Oak Bayou Association Website

Purpose: To promote greater public awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of White Oak Bayou, its tributaries and environs by advocating the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the natural wildlife habitats thereof, while promoting compatible educational and recreational opportunities within the area. White Oak Bayou Association was founded in May 1986.

Meetings: Monthly: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. except November;  Annual: November (Location, date, and time to be announced); Please confirm meeting location, date, and time by calling (713) 864-3008.

Programs: Field trips, tree planting, bike ways, storm water quality and environmental advocacy, participation in Harris County Flood Control District stakeholder committees, coordination with City of Houston Floodplain Management office, and education. Coordination with Bayou Preservation Association – http://www.bayoupreservation.org.

Publications: Website

Tom Gall, President
[email protected]

Christina Hughes, Vice President

Bob Lee, Vice President

Tom Dornbusch , Vice President
[email protected]

Teresa Matlock, Treasurer
[email protected]

Doug Shannon, Secretary

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Wildlife Center of Texas

Purpose: WTC was formed to care for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife through rehabilitation, public education and release in the Greater Houston / Upper Gulf Coast region. Each year the WCT cares for over 10,000 thousand injured or orphaned wild animals including over 300 different species. The WCT is Houston’s first trauma hospital that accepts all native injured, ill and orphaned wildlife.…More Details
Home 7007 Katy Road Houston TX 77024 Work Phone: (713) 861-WILD (9453) Website: Wildlife Center of Texas Website

Purpose: WTC was formed to care for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife through rehabilitation, public education and release in the Greater Houston / Upper Gulf Coast region. Each year the WCT cares for over 10,000 thousand injured or orphaned wild animals including over 300 different species. The WCT is Houston’s first trauma hospital that accepts all native injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. The Center is funded by the generous donations of the general public and corporations and receives no government funding.

Meetings: Monthly volunteer orientation meetings (excl. Dec. & Jan.) on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.- 12 noon. For information and to RSVP contact Margaret at [email protected].

9-6 M-F; 9–4 S & S Mar-Aug; 9-4 daily Sept-Feb

Programs: Wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, oiled wildlife training and response for the Gulf coast states and wildlife disaster response.

Major events: Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament in the spring. Annual Open House in the fall.

Publications: On-line newsletter.

Speakers Bureau: Trained speakers are available on the following topics: peaceful coexistence; responsible environmental stewardship; how to tell if an animal requires intervention; reuniting moms and babies; dealing with “nuisance” animals, and oiled wildlife response training workshops.

Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director
[email protected]

 

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Energy Corridor District

Purpose: Represent property owners, businesses, and residents in the district, serving as a liaison with local, state, and federal governments and agencies to improve public safety, transportation, parks and trails, and business development to enhance the district. Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office, 8:30 a.m. Major Events: Transportation Fairs, 75 Eldridge bus route, Bike to Work Day, ECD Livable Centers Plan, ECD Bicycle Master Plan, Grisby Square Preservation, National Park Service West Houston Trails Master Plan, Spring and Fall Recycling Events.…More Details
Home 777 N. Eldridge Parkway, Suite 270 Houston TX 77079 Work Phone: (281) 759-3800 Work Fax: (281) 709-6215 Website: Energy Corridor District Website

Purpose: Represent property owners, businesses, and residents in the district, serving as a liaison with local, state, and federal governments and agencies to improve public safety, transportation, parks and trails, and business development to enhance the district.

Meetings: Second Friday of each month in ECD office, 8:30 a.m.

Major Events: Transportation Fairs, 75 Eldridge bus route, Bike to Work Day, ECD Livable Centers Plan, ECD Bicycle Master Plan, Grisby Square Preservation, National Park Service West Houston Trails Master Plan, Spring and Fall Recycling Events.

Clark Martinson, General Manager
[email protected]

Robert Rayburn, Development & Natural Resource Director
[email protected]

Ali Lamkahouan, Finance and Economic Development Manager
[email protected]

Rachel Weaver, Community Relations Coordinator
[email protected]

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The Woods Project, Inc.

Purpose: To develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States. Goals: • To prepare students for college and beyond by fostering life skills and mindsets through outdoor education; • To provide hands-on science lessons in a natural environment; • To empower students to take advantage of leadership opportunities; • To teach students how to adapt to/accept and engage in foreign environments; and • To give students the opportunity to succeed in new endeavors.…More Details
Home 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite A Houston TX 77098 Work Phone: (281) 371-6696 Work Fax: (281) 371-6696 Website: Woods Project, Inc. Website

Purpose: To develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States. Goals: • To prepare students for college and beyond by fostering life skills and mindsets through outdoor education; • To provide hands-on science lessons in a natural environment; • To empower students to take advantage of leadership opportunities; • To teach students how to adapt to/accept and engage in foreign environments; and • To give students the opportunity to succeed in new endeavors. Our Mantra: Low Cost, High Impact, Volunteer Driven.

Programs: The Woods Project hosts a two-week summer trip to a national park to learn about environmental issues and leadership. They also host smaller weekend trips. After-School programs are available as well. Contact organization for sign-ups. Speakers from the group can also be booked through the website.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Woods Project is a 100% volunteer run organization. Opportunities for leaders to spend two weeks in Yosemite, Donner Pass/Desolation Wilderness, Marin Headlands and Glacier National working with our kids and hiking or backpacking in out-standing country. Volunteer opportunities are also available for weekend outings in the Houston area in spring and fall.

Major Events: The Walk For The Woods held each spring, the Fall Luncheon held each fall.

Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Executive Director
[email protected]

Brittany White, Assistant Director
[email protected]

Kelsey Bechelli, Alumni and School Year Program Manager
[email protected]

 

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Houston Climate Protection Alliance

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together. Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information. Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.…More Details
Home 3211 Elmridge St Houston TX 77025-4311 Home Phone: (713) 662-2879 Website: Houston Climate Protection Alliance Website

Purpose: Houston Climate Protection Alliance connects residents of the greater Houston-Galveston region concerned about global warming so we can learn and act together.

Meetings: First Sundays of each month at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore. Time is usually 1:15 p.m., but please call to confirm and for topic information.

Programs: Speakers are available to give presentations to your class or school group.

Tim Mock, Co-Chair
[email protected]
(713) 662-2879

Dr. Louis C. Smith, Co-Chair
[email protected]
(713) 528-1104

Nancy Edwards, Treasurer
[email protected]
(713) 661-9737

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Vegan for Life

Purpose: Vegan for Life’s mission is to educate the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet, including the prevention of unnecessary killing and mistreatment of animals, protection of the environment, and good health. Vegan for Life aims to increase recognition of veganism as an effective approach that individuals can take to help save the planet and spread compassion.…More Details
Home 4626 Redstart St. Houston TX 77035 Work Phone: (832) 202-3806 Website: Vegan for Life Website

Purpose: Vegan for Life’s mission is to educate the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet, including the prevention of unnecessary killing and mistreatment of animals, protection of the environment, and good health. Vegan for Life aims to increase recognition of veganism as an effective approach that individuals can take to help save the planet and spread compassion. Some measures of success are the number of people who choose to be vegan, and the accommodation of vegans in restaurants, stores, and other institutions. In addition to outreach and educational efforts, Vegan for Life selectively conducts lawful actions towards preventing practices that harm non-human animals.

Events and Actions: Outreach campaigns; helping students form new vegan organizations; Guided discussions, presentations, and guest speaker engagements; activist training and educational programs; community building.

Volunteer Opportunities: Vegan for Life needs vegan interns or volunteers to maintain  documentation and web presence, assist in event preparation, and handle such communication tasks as invitations and follow-up phone calls. Any creative vegan with dedication and professionalism can have opportunities to turn good ideas into effective actions.

Michael Battey, President
[email protected]

Virginia Miller, Vice President and Treasurer
[email protected]

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Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.…More Details
Home 3100 Cleburne Street Houston TX 77004 Work Phone: (713) 313-6849 Website: Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Website

Purpose: The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments.
Check online for information about degrees offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Programs: Research, Policy Advocacy, Campus Sustainability Initiatives, Educational Seminars, Lectures, and Workshops

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer and student internships; study abroad

Dr. Michael Adams, Interim Chair for Dept. of Political Science
(713) 313-7760
[email protected]

Dr. Gautam Nayer, Interim Chair for Admin. of Justice
(713) 313-4809
[email protected]

Dr. Sheri Smith, Interim Chair for Dept. of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
(713) 313-4807
[email protected]

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Houston Archeological Society

Purpose: To foster enthusiastic interest and active participation in the discovery, documentation, and preservation of cultural resources (prehistoric and historic properties) of the city of Houston, the Houston metropolitan area, and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Region. The Houston Archeological Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization that serves the professional, student and avocational archeological community of Houston.…More Details
Work PO Box 130631 Houston TX 77219-0631 Work Phone: 713-557-1496 Website: Houston Archeological Society Website

Purpose: To foster enthusiastic interest and active participation in the discovery, documentation, and preservation of cultural resources (prehistoric and historic properties) of the city of Houston, the Houston metropolitan area, and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Region. The Houston Archeological Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization that serves the professional, student and avocational archeological community of Houston.

Programs: The HAS holds monthly membership meetings on the third Thursday of each month with invited lecturers who speak on various topics of archeology and history. All meetings are free and open to the public. HAS members engage in fieldwork throughout the year. Artifacts recovered from those sites are then analyzed in the laboratory and interpretive reports are written.

Volunteer Opportunities: Available in the field, the lab, and at training and other events. Field work consists primarily of excavations and screening, and occasionally surveying, testing and monitoring, and involves physical labor such as digging, chopping, carrying and lifting. Training provided.

Publications: In addition to a monthly newsletter The Profile, the annual Archeological Review, and various bulletins and reports, the HAS supports two reference libraries: at the Rice University Fondren Library and the Adriance Library and Research Center located at the Brazoria County Historical Museum.

Linda Gorski, President
[email protected]

Louis Aulbach, Vice President
[email protected]

Bob Sewell, Treasurer
[email protected]

Beth Kennedy, Secretary
[email protected]

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Rice Design Alliance

Purpose: Dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. By sponsoring lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibits, and tours, RDA seeks to involve the public. Volunteer Opportunities: Docents needed for house tour, gala, and other events.…More Details
Home Rice University 6100 Main Street Anderson Hall, Room 149 Houston TX 77005 Home P.O Box 1892 Houston TX 77251-1892 Work Phone: (713) 348-4876 Work Fax: (713) 348-5924 Website: Rice Design Alliance Website

Purpose: Dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. By sponsoring lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibits, and tours, RDA seeks to involve the public.

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents needed for house tour, gala, and other events.

Publications: Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, published quarterly, Ephemeral City: Cite Looks at Houston (2003, UT Press).

Maria Nicanor, Executive Director
(713) 348-3288
[email protected]

Angie Chen, Interim Executive Director
(713) 348-5583
[email protected]

Raquel Puccio, Administrative Coordinator
(713) 348-4876
[email protected]

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Houston Habitat for Humanity, ReStore

Purpose: Since 1987, Houston Habitat for Humanity has been the premier affordable local home builder in Houston. We build sustainable, energy-efficient homes that are financially accessible by hard-working, low-income families, winning the EPA Energy Star Award 3 years in a row. Thru home ownership, families gain a stake in the community, become tax-paying citizens, build equity, raise their net worth, and offer better educational opportunities to their children.…More Details
Work 3750 N. McCarty Houston TX 77029 Home 6161 South Loop East (ReStore) Houston TX 77087 Work Phone: (713) 671-9993 Work Phone: (713) 643-1100 ReStore Website: Houston Habitat for Humanity, ReStore Website

Purpose: Since 1987, Houston Habitat for Humanity has been the premier affordable local home builder in Houston. We build sustainable, energy-efficient homes that are financially accessible by hard-working, low-income families, winning the EPA Energy Star Award 3 years in a row. Thru home ownership, families gain a stake in the community, become tax-paying citizens, build equity, raise their net worth, and offer better educational opportunities to their children.

Programs: Volunteer opportunities, home building, community development, sweat-equity program, educational classes and other homeowner opportunities. Provides sustainable communities and housing, supports community organization of Home Owner Associations, works with corporate and community sponsors to fund home sponsorships and provides team-building opportunities thru Volunteer Days. Trained construction leaders oversee volunteers for six-day builds. Houston Habitat ReStore, a building supply outlet, offers new and recycled or deconstructed products for sale to the public at great prices for a great cause. All proceeds support the Houston Habitat building program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Corry Bell, (713) 671-9993 x218, [email protected] or Laurie, [email protected]

Publication: Quarterly e-mail newsletter.

Houston Habitat for Humanity
Allison Hay, Executive Director
[email protected]

ReStore (a building supply outlet)
Matt Murphy, Store Manager
[email protected]

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Urban Harvest

Purpose: Urban Harvest encourages community, good nutrition and sustainability through the teaching and support of organic gardening. Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture priniciples. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. …More Details
Work 2311 Canal, Suite 200 Houston TX 77003 Work Phone: (713) 880-5540 Website: Urban Harvest Website

Purpose: Urban Harvest encourages community, good nutrition and sustainability through the teaching and support of organic gardening.

Programs: Every year, Urban Harvest conducts more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects ranging from canning vegetables to living sustainably through permaculture priniciples. We offer adviceeducation, and services to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with information to build and maintain a successful and sustainable school garden program. The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets bring the bounty of the garden to Houstonians several times a week year round, rain or shine. Urban Harvest supports more than 130 community gardens planted with a variety of goals. Urban Harvest provides gardening advice through classes, programs, books, and extensive resources online.

Major Events: Fruit Tree Sale.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fulfill its mission. Whether as a Farmers Market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help!

Publications: Quarterly newsletter Growing Season; Book: Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston by Bob Randall, Ph.D.

Heather Houston, Interim Executive Director
Ext. 1013
[email protected]

Libby Kennedy, Director of Development
Ext. 1021
[email protected]

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KPFT 90.1 FM

Purpose: To establish a foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, in which no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation. We promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community, and offer performance facilities to amateur musical performers, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students.…More Details
Work 419 Lovett Blvd. Houston TX 77006 Work Phone: (713) 526-4000 offices Work Phone: (713) 526-5738 on air call-ins Website: KPFT 90.1 FM Website

Purpose: To establish a foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, in which no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation. We promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community, and offer performance facilities to amateur musical performers, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students.

Programs: KPFT (90.1FM) broadcasts radio programs 24/7/365. As a part of the Pacifica Network, KPFT airs Democracy Now three times daily; this program features the news of the day as well as special reports and interviews with leading environmental and political figures from around the globe. KPFT’s local nightly news at 4PM. Eco-ology, Thresholds, and Progressive Forum put a spotlight on the environment and other topical issues.

Volunteer Opportunities: Almost all programmers at KPFT are volunteers.

Speaker’s Bureau: KPFT’s Outreach Committee, staffed mainly by volunteers, serves in this capacity. Members of management are also available to speak when their schedules permit.

Publications: KPFT produces a folio from time to time. It includes a full listing of the programs provided by KPFT; lots of information is on the website.

Larry Winters, Interim General Manager
[email protected]
(713)526-4000 x310

Robin Lewis, Development Director
[email protected]
(713)526-4000 x315

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Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.…More Details
Home 1900 Bering Drive Houston TX 77057 Cell Phone: (713) 782-8250 Website: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church Website

Purpose: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in 1960 to serve the growing western suburbs of Houston. Proudly recognized as a Welcoming Congregation (LGBTQ friendly), Emerson Church invites people of all races, ethnicity, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations to join us. The congregation has the diversity of spiritual beliefs, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations that make Unitarian Universalism such a dynamic faith.

Programs: The Ministry for Earth group is large and active. This group promotes the seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association: “…to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” They learn about environmental issues; advocate public policies to protect the global environment; act locally in our homes, church and city; and connect spiritually with the web-of-all-existence. Specific programs include the Renewable Congregations Campaign, the Ethical Eating and Environmental Justice series,  and Consumption and Sustainability Initiatives.

Learn more at http://www.emersonhouston.org/ministry-for-earth.html.

Volunteer Opportunities: Learn more at http://www.Emersonhouston.org/volunteer

Publications: Sign up for weekly email: http://www.emersonhouston.org/eblast-sign-up.html.

Becky Edmiston-Lange, Co-Pastor
(713) 782-8250 Ext. 125, [email protected]

Mark Edmiston-Lange, Co-Pastor
(713) 782-8250 Ext. 127, [email protected]