Summer Service Ideas!

As summer approaches and you are looking for fun and meaningful activities, check out this list for some inspiration!

Projects listed in

Other Service Opportunities

Volunteer at the Ballard House

Because there are so many opportunities to help out at our house, we will gladly work with you to tailor volunteer assignments to best match your schedule and preferences. Whether you are coming in as a group, a family, a civic organization or a business, our guests and staff value and appreciate your help.  Below are some suggested activities for your group or for individuals interested in making the Ballard House your place of service.

  • Guest Wranglers:Volunteers are awesome receptionists, first impressionists and quickly learn to greet everyone who enters the front door with a hearty, “Welcome to the Ballard House.” Our Wranglers also answer the phone, check guests in and out as well as become “tour guides.”
  • Hoe Downers–Work in the yard:There are several times during the year when we need extra help to plant flowers, pull weeds and mulch beds. Please bring any work gloves or work tools you might need. We do not have enough supplies for an entire group.
  • Dustin’ Divas Needed:  Our house can always use a little extra TLC to get to those tasks that don’t get completed every day. This role is so valuable in keeping the house clean and welcoming, and helps people have a positive first impression.
  • Host a Pantry Party:We are always in need of items to fill our pantry. Some groups have held “paper parties” to collect tissue, paper towels, paper napkins and toilet paper (we can use 50 rolls a week)! Put the TP Challenge out to your group. What you use in your house we use in ours–we just use more of it. We update our list of supplies needed regularly.
  • Dinner Dudes and Angels:Love to cook and serve? You are welcome to try out your favorite recipes on us. Meals are always appreciated by our guests.
  • Friendly Floaters: Anything and everything that needs done around the Ballard House  this courageous task force rises to the occasion–watering plants, making beds, cleaning out the refrigerator or pantry, filing, making copies—all done with a skip in their step and a smile on their face. Could this be you?


Ongoing Needs for Texas Children’s Hospital

There is an ongoing need for certain items at the hospital. All materials should be appropriate for a general pediatric population. References to illnesses should only be positive. If there are any questions about what items are acceptable, please contact Volunteer Services Main Campus at 832-824-2257. Advance notice is appreciated. View a full list of items, but the following are a few suggestions:

  • New books, magazines, playing cards, puzzles, board games and inexpensive toys for various age groups.
  • Items a hospitalized child may enjoy doing in their room, unsupervised. No toy guns, remote controlled cars/planes, large toy sets etc
  • Care kits including: toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, disposable razors/shaving cream, comb/hairbrush, and lotion.
  • Coloring books and crayons. Crayons must be non-toxic. Crayola brand is preferred.
  • No religious references for holidays — for example, use bunnies or eggs for Easter. Please deliver holiday items a week before the holiday in order to provide adequate time to share items with our patients.
  • Coloring sheets and tray mats should be 8 1/2 x 11″ bond paper of any color. No markers, buttons, ribbon, glitter on tray mats. Crayons may be used. Lamination is acceptable, but not necessary. The patients prefer something interactive such as a crossword puzzle, dot-to-dot or trivia game. Written messages should be of an up-beat nature such as “hope this brings a smile to your day”. No “get well” or messages with a religious theme. We prefer a large number of these at once (100+).
  • Craft packets that include pre-made craft supplies that patients can work on in their rooms. Examples include activity booklets, door hangers, nametags, or small crafts patients can complete in their rooms unsupervised.
  • Decorated pillowcases to brighten hospital rooms- tie-dye, fabric paint.
  • Homemade blankets and quilts.
  • All items must be new for infection control purposes.

Donations may be dropped off at both the Main Campus, West Campus and The Woodlands.

Main Campus Volunteer Services Office, 6621 Fannin Street Suite A125, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. If you must bring donations at another time, please call 832-824-2257 to see if other arrangements can be made.

West Campus Volunteer Services Office, 18200 Katy Freeway, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -7:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Woodlands Volunteer Services Office, 17600 IH 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM.

Vehicle Donation
Wondering what to do with your used car or truck? Donating your old vehicle to Texas Children’s Hospital is convenient, easy and may qualify you for a charitable income tax deduction, while helping Texas Children’s Hospital heal sick children.

Key Features

  • Any car, truck, RV or boat can be donated
  • It need not be running
  • Your gift may be more attractive than a low trade-in value or high repairs
  • Free pickup, including towing, is provided
  • Your contribution is tax-deductible and a gift receipt will be provided

Call 866-628-CARS (866-628-2277) or complete our simple online donation form at and we’ll take care of the rest.

Thank you for your generosity to Texas Children’s Hospital.


For more info on volunteering at KCM or if you are interested in volunteering as a group with your church/school/organization
: 281-391-5261 or email:

KCM Volunteer Guidelines

  • All those who volunteer in our stores or any other KCM programs must be at least 13 years of age or older. Those volunteers who are between the ages of 13-15 must have an adult accompany them at all times
  • All volunteers must have completed an online Volunteer application.
  • All volunteers must volunteer for a minimum of two hours during one shift.
  • Volunteers must follow the dress code as listed below:
    • Only closed toe shoes are acceptable.
    • Shorts must be of appropriate length. Tight or revealing clothing will not be allowed.
    • No references to drugs, alcohol, nudity, obscene language or slogans will be allowed on clothing.

KCM Store Volunteer Guidelines

  • NO walk-ins
  • Volunteer must have been contacted and approved by Volunteer Coordinator or Store Manager prior to volunteering
  • All first time volunteers must go through orientation with department manager
  • Must follow dress code and agency policies
  • Must volunteer a minimum of 2 hours at any one time

KCM Group Volunteer Guidelines

  • One month advance notice required
  • Project and/or group must be approved in advance
  • Group release for each person in group
  • Must meet age requirements and have ample supervision:  ratio of 1 adult/5 children or youth

Additional Volunteer Opportunities at KCM

KCM loves for families and groups to get involved with serving our programs. Below please find several options for volunteering that can be accomplished at home, in your church, neighborhood or school.

These may be appropriate for children under 13 and for group

Food Drives – Collect food for our food pantry, schedule a time to deliver the food and get a tour of our food pantry.  Click here for a regularly updated list of needed items.

Gas Cards – Collect money for gas cards.  One of the biggest obstacles for our clients is the ability to travel to find work. In our Social Service office, we are accepting gas cards to distribute to those clients who meet the stringent guidelines set forth by their case managers.

Furniture/Housewares/Clothing Drives – The KCM resale stores help support our programs, with $.87 of every dollar going back into the programs. This is only possible through the generous donations from our community. We can pick up your donations or you can deliver them to our donations center. More information can be found here.

Blanket Drives – Collect new blankets for Crisis victims.

Fun bags – collect items for children of Crisis victims  (coloring books, crayons, etc)

For more info on volunteering at KCM or If you are interested in volunteering as a group with your church/school/organization please
Phone: 281-391-5261 ext. 4022 or email

Need a Letter Confirming Your Volunteer Hours?

Use the button below to request verification of your volunteer hours. Please allow 2 business days (Mon-Thurs) to process your request.

Request Volunteer Hours Verification

Ongoing Needs for Christ’s Clinic


The clinic’s success is dependent on In-Kind goods and services and donation from individuals and community businesses and organization. If you know of any opportunity for us to obtain the following items, we would greatly appreciate it.


We accept unused and unopened OTC and prescription medications. This helps us fill orders when patients are most in need. We cannot accept a donation of narcotic medications


Many of our patients are unable to afford the basics you and I take for granted including shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, feminine products, Diabetic Foot care kits (compression socks, foot powder, lotion, toenail clippers) and $5 Walmart gift cards to help with the cost of medications. 


Any office supplies such as copy paper, binders, notepads, coffee, snacks for volunteers are greatly appreciated. 


Christ Clinic can accept some medical equipment and supplied. You may also want to contact a member of the development team if you plan to donate for questions at (832) 913-8476. 

Collecting Items needed at Various Organizations

Ongoing Needs for Hope Impacts (Helping the Homeless is Katy Area)

If you’d like an easy way to get involved, consider making a donation. We are constantly in need of the following items. Make a personal donation, or mobilize a church group, office, or family to collect and donate these needed items:

Sleeping Bags

Adult Backpacks

New socks

New mens boxer briefs ( all sizes)

Men’s pocket T shirts lg-2x

Gently used men’s jeans all sizes

Gently used men’s belts

Gently used men’s tennis shoes

Adult Size blankets ( no small throws please)

Rain ponchos

Propane for camp stoves

Any gently used camping equipment

Tents, chairs, cooking stoves, tables, etc

Paper goods

Plastic goods

Large trash bags

Plastic storage containers

Body wipes

Hygiene items (all)


Easy open food containers

Complete meals  ( found on grocery shelf. Not freezer)

Soft breakfast or granola bars

Individual fruit cups

Tuna packages

GAS cards

Grocery cards

Phone cards

Restaurant cards

Generic gift cards

Monetary Donations

Volunteer with the Katy Prairie Conservancy (14+)

Are you looking for an opportunity to do your part for the prairie? Without the support and hard work of our generous volunteers, the Katy Prairie Conservancy would not be where we are today. Volunteers play a tremendous role with helping to protect and preserve the prairie. It’s also a wonderful time you to connect with nature and other passionate volunteers!

We have a variety of ways for volunteers to get involved. We welcome the participation of corporate teams, service organizations, scouting groups, families, and individuals.

How to become a KPC Volunteer

For more information about volunteering with KPC please contact

Volunteer Projects

Help Collect Seeds for Conservation

Help Enhance a Prairie Builders School or Park

Help with Prairie Work Days in our Native Seed Nursery

Grow prairie plants at home with the Great Grow Out

Join our volunteer email list to receive updates about additional projects – make sure to check the Volunteer box.

KPC’s policy on working with minors

Minors 14 years and older are welcomed to volunteer for KPC. We also enjoy working with our younger friends when parents are also available to volunteer. Please contact us to learn more.

Summary of Service to Date & Plans for This Weekend!

Over the past 10 days, so many of you have put forth tremendous labors to aid our neighbors who were impacted by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  Your donations, service, prayers, meals, time, organizational assistance, hugs, tears, and sacrifices have blessed their lives in countless ways!

  • 107 different work crews
  • 1,500 members and friends from the Katy stake
  • 156 homes remediated!

 This past weekend, across Houston there were: 

  • 11,000 LDS Church members serving on Sunday; 10,000 members on Saturday from 53 stakes! Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Mississippi
  • At least 5 stakes from Austin serving in Katy
  • Estimated 200,000 hours!

More opportunities to serve this weekend 9/16-17:

We have been asked by the Area Seventy to send out as many work crews as possible again this Saturday and Sunday.  Thousands of additional LDS volunteers will be coming in to help us from across Texas.  Our LDS volunteers from Louisiana and Mississippi are heading to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma clean-up.   Please sign up with your ward leaders to join a crew and invite friends and neighbors to join us!

Requesting Help for Homeowners.  If you become aware of people who still need assistance re-mediating their homes, please have them call 844-965-1386. If you have friends, family, or co-workers for whom you’d like Mormon Helping Hands to personally assist them, please email with their name/address/phone number/details of the work needed/and your ward name.  Since we aren’t doing any mid-work remediation, please communicate to your friend that our next availability to assist them will be this Saturday/Sunday.

 Thank you for your efforts in this great work!


Service Opportunities for the Weekend 9/8, 9/9 & 9/10

The flood waters have receded and plan that all members of the Church in the Katy area will have completed the mucking and gutting of their homes by the end of the weekend. We will also be placing increased focus on helping with the countless other homes across our community which still need remediation.  To help in this endeavor, teachers from Katy ISD will be joining us, as will up to 1,000 church members from the Austin area.

If you know of anyone in the area that still needs assistance with re-mediating their home, we’d like to assist.  For friends and neighbors for whom you want Mormon Helping Hands to personally do the flood clean up in their home, please send their name, address, phone #, and details of work to be done to  Otherwise, you can have them call the following phone number and either our group or another non-LDS group will help them: 800-451-1954.

Please work with your ward leaders to sign up for a work crew.   Also, please bring any gloves, masks and safety goggles you have–or that others can donate–as we want to ensure we have sufficient safety protection for all our volunteers.  Here is the slate of service opportunities for the upcoming weekend:

Friday:   70 teachers from Katy IDS will be joining Mormon Helping Hands–come out and participate with us.  Meet at Beck Jr. High at 10 AM to work until 4 PM.   We do need a few additional crew chiefs–so if you could help lead a team, please let Fred Lewis know (

Saturday:  meet at the Katy Stake Center at 8 AM (teachers from Katy ISD may again be joining us).

Sunday:   a special sacrament meeting will be held for flood relief volunteers at 8 AM at the new Heritage Bluff bldg.  All other wards will have a 1 hour sacrament mtg at the usual time and location—except:

-Cross Creek and Grand Lakes: combined sacrament meeting at 9:30 AM at the Heritage Bluff bldg.  Sealy: 8 AM at the Sealy bldg.

We have seen firsthand the level of sacrifice and devotion that so many of you have put forth in the past week. We’re so thankful for all you’re doing.  Please ensure you are getting sufficient rest. We do not expect you to participate in each service event–so pace yourself and choose only those that you’re reasonably able to assist with.

We continue to see the Lord’s hand in this work. We see miracles each day.  Doors opening. Hearts softening.  Remarkable relationships forming.   We pray for your continued safety and well being in the days ahead as we carry His love and hope into the hearts of those we serve.

We will now be placing additional focus on assisting them with their spiritual and temporal needs they begin the rebuilding process.


The Katy Texas Stake Presidency


Resources for Dealing with Flooding

There is so much information to sort through as families are recovering from the flooding, we have put in a few more documents in the share folder to access: Hurricane Harvey Recovery

These documents include navigating FEMA, cleaning up personal property after a flood and a response guide to dealing with this crisis.

Please share these documents with those who can benefit the most!

Opportunities to Serve Thursday 9/7 and Friday 9/8 – Mucking Homes & KCM

The needs continue to be great. Thank you for your service! We had 75 people show up this morning to work on homes! The generosity of time and resources is overwhelming!

We have multiple projects on for service this week. Katy Christian Ministries is in great need of volunteers for a variety of projects. Also, there will be work crews this Thursday and Friday and the projects are listed in as well. The links are listed below for all these projects or you can go to and put in a Katy zip code and they should come up! Thank you!!!

Front Desk at Katy Christian Ministries

Admin Volunteers

Food Pantry Volunteers

Mucking Homes in Katy 9/7

Mucking Homes in Katy 9/8




Hurricane Relief Update 9/4

17 Homes Completed Today!

What a day it has been! Some of you have been doing relief work in homes for over 4 days straight! Today we had at least 180 women, men and youth cleaning out homes and we thank you for your sacrifice!

Regarding Signing Up for Help

Earlier today we posted fliers to share with others that are in need of service at their home. By calling one of these numbers, they will be added to a database that many organizations are using, including the LDS Church, to plan for the projects and recruit volunteers. If you have a close friend or neighbor you specifically want members of the Katy Texas stake to handle, please have them email Philip Miller directly at: That way we can ensure our stake will manage the project. If you have time and would like to help input names into, please also contact Philip – they could use the help!

Updates for Hurricane Relief – 9/1/17

This is an update, the main information is listed below in the previous post. Updates & Opportunities to Serve After Hurricane Harvey

So much service was done these last few days!

  • On Friday, members of the stake organized a “build a flood cleaning bucket” brigade and a whopping 450 buckets we created by members of the Church and members of the community.  They will all be distributed on Saturday.
  • Bright yellow helping hands shirts have been seen all over Katy Christian Ministries the last 3 days accepting, sorting, and distributing donations for those in need!
  • HEB donated a truckload of 42,000 lbs of fresh produce at the United Way in Brookshire. Many stake members were there leading this unloading and distribution of these fresh goods yesterday afternoon

Service for this weekend (9/2-4)

  • Work crews are being arranged for cleaning up, muck & gut projects in the area. Over 160 members from the Katy Stake have committed their time and talents tomorrow! Because the water has not receded yet in many parts of east & south part of the stake, we will be helping with flood clean up in the western part of our stake in the community of Brookshire.  The people are so grateful.  The Mayor and others are ecstatic and grateful to the Church. Please contact your ward crew leader to get the details for Saturday (tomorrow) if you haven’t heard already
  • More crews will be going out on Sunday and Monday.  We have slots open on both days for flood related cleanup, so, please check with friends, neighbors and associates – if they do need help, please email that information to
  • If you are looking for other service opportunities outside of cleaning up from the flood, send an email to as there are many ways to serve behinds the scenes or in the community.

Updates & Opportunities to Serve After Hurricane Harvey

In this time of need, there are many that are looking to serve and provide their time and resources for our community. The Katy Stake leadership will keep a running list with information for you to reference during the coming days and weeks.

Volunteer and Donations:

Mormon Helping Hands are being organized at the ward level and then stake level to assist individual home owners gut their homes once their house has drained from the flood waters. These work crews will be organized for this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (September 2-4th) as well as in the coming weeks and/or months as the needs get addressed and the flood waters leave. Strict safety guidelines will be provided with training for each crew.  Projects will be announced shortly and we welcome volunteers, ages 14 and up, to help in this challenging but rewarding service.

  • On Friday, 9/1, Ben Hilton will be leading a group for drywall removal out of a half dozen homes starting at 2935 Lake Drive, Katy TX 77494.  We will be starting there at 9 a.m. ending around noon.  What to bring (essentials):Gloves, Drywall knives or Box Cutter knives. Optional: Wheelbarrow if you have one, Pry bars if you have one, Chisel and Hammer, Bottled water or other refreshments! Book of Mormon to pass out! Questions, contact Ben Hilton, Cell 281-773-5772

  • September 1-2: Here are immediate needs at Katy Christian Ministries and they will be accepting donations Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm: powdered laundry detergent (small sizes), shampoo & conditioner, razors/shaving cream, toilet paper, dried beans, rice, ramen, mac & cheese, pasta/pasta sauce, canned meats, canned tomatoes, canned fruit. All must have expiration dates of 2018 or later.
  • If you are looking for other ways to serve, this website lists many opportunities with various churches collecting, sorting, etc: as well as On there is listed many opportunities to contribute.
  • If you would like to sign up to donate to clean supply kits, use this sign-up genius link:
  • If you have housing to share – either in the short-term or know of long-term housing for families displaced, add to this document:

Information for Those Who Have Been Flooded

  • This link takes you to a folder with helpful tips on managing your home after a flood – it was written by a family that just experienced their home flooding in Baton Rouge last August. Also there are self-care tips for everyone to review after a disaster Hurricane Harvey Documents
  • If you want to share where people can receive work crews to come help “muck and gut” their flooded home once the water recedes, call these numbers at This is a centralized database that all churches use, including Mormon Helping Hands, to strategically address the needs in the community and use volunteer resources most effectively. This is a hotline available to submit work orders for specific need requests related to the damages and for cleanup efforts. There is no charge if these services. They are mobilizing thousands to come and help mucking out homes, cleaning etc.  By calling the hotline number, a volunteer will take down the information you need and create a work order and then attempt to send a volunteer crew out to help. This includes removing carpet, cutting down tree limbs, etc. Obviously there’s still difficulty getting crews into the neighborhood, but this will allow us to start the rebuilding process, and they will come as they are able.



APRIL 10 – 16, 2016

Elder Dan Jones, Area Authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has encouraged members of the church to reach out and volunteer during Compassionate Houston Week April 10 – 16. Below are a few events still seeking volunteers in the Katy/nearby area. We invite you to volunteer for one of the events as we serve and help strengthen individuals and our community. Sign up is required. See link for each event.

Fri. Apr 15, 2pm- 4pm and Sat. Apr 16, 9 am-11am Sort food donations for Katy Christian Ministries, age 12 and older preferred, volunteers 12 – 13 years old need an adult to accompany them.
To sign up:

Sat. Apr 16, 1pm – 4 pm Walk and Bike at Brookwood Community. Family friendly!
Sign up to volunteer. Limited space.

Sat. Apr 16, 8am – Special Olympics Track and Field Meet hosted by Katy Stake YM/YW. See ward YM/YW leaders for details. Katy Stake YM/YW ages 12 –18.

Sat. Apr 16, 8am- 12:30pm – Tree Planting At Paul D. Rushing Park 9114 Katy Hockley Cut off at Hwy 290.
Must sign up in advance to help.
Call Stephen DuBois, Landscaper 713-295-8320 work, 713-459-3981 cell;

Apr. 16-17 – BP MS 150 Bike Ride Houston to Austin. Volunteers needed along the route to support the riders.
Register at

Refugee Assistance
Help Interfaith Ministries as they assist refugees settling in the greater Houston area.

Check for many other volunteer listings and Just Serve.

Questions??? Contact Steve or Sue Feil, Katy Stake Public Affairs Community Service Specialists at or 281-578-5047.

Houston’s Compassion Week, 4/9-16

compassion houston

Compassionate Houston began in 2011 by developing a network of organizations and individuals interested in focusing on developing more compassion in Houston. Every year they celebrate Houston’s Compassion Week to encourage and promote greater service and increasing relationships within our city. For more information and a list of the participating churches, organizations and individuals, go to:

By participating in service projects during this week of service April 9-16th we can emulate the example of Jesus Christ and join with church members and friends in the greater Houston area to serve and strengthen our community. Listed below are the projects that the Katy Texas Stake have planned or are supporting. We invite our members and friends to participate. Please support this opportunity to serve our community and sign up you and/or your family for one or more of the events.

  • Saturday, April 9th, 9am– 1pm.  Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off Katy Style! a community wide cleanup event spearheaded by TxDOT and Keep Katy Beautiful. Volunteer as an individual, family, or team.  Every volunteer age 1 – 101 will need to register online no later than April 1.  Family friendly. For more information and to sign up online
  • Friday, April 15th afternoon and Sat Apr 16th morning – ‘If you can’t feed a hundred people, you can feed just one.’  ~Mother Theresa. Help Katy Christian Ministries as they feed many each month. Sort and organize food donations in preparation for distribution.  For more information and to sign up:  Due to space limitations, volunteers should be age 12 and older only, and volunteers 12 – 13 years old need an adult to volunteer with them.
  • Saturday April 16th, 1pm – 4 pm.  Support fitness at Brookwood Community in Brookshire for a Walk and Bike Bring your bike to ride, walk with the residents or come and cheer everyone on.  We will begin gathering at 1 PM, then bike, walk or cheer the participants on.  A brief social will be held around 3:30 for all to enjoy. Family friendly!   Sign up to volunteer, space is limited.
  • Sat, April 16, Katy Stake YM/YW will host the Special Olympics Track and Field Meet at Cinco Ranch High School.  Check with your ward YM/YW leaders for more details.  Katy Stake YM/YW ages 14 – 18.

There are many other opportunities listed on including:

  • BP MS 150 Bike Ride Houston to Austin April 16-17:  volunteers needed along the route to support the riders.  For many BPMS 150 Bike Ride opportunities and to sign up see
  • Saturday, Apr 16, 8am- 12:30pm – Tree Planting At Paul D. Rushing Park  9114 Katy Hockley Cut off at Hwy 290.  Must sign up in advance to help (please do not just show up). Call  Stephen DuBois, Landscaper 713-295-8320 work, 713-459-3981 cell Precinct 3 is willing to open the park weekdays during the Week of Service April 11-16. Please call for an appointment if your group wishes to volunteer on a date other than Saturday. Apr 16, 8am – 12:30pm. They will accommodate volunteer’s schedules.  Groups up to 50 volunteers are welcome: Families, Scouts (Eagle Scouts), and other groups. If you need more information, contact Steve & Sue Feil at

If you have any questions about participating in Houston’s Compassion Week, please contact Sue & Steve Feil, Katy Stake Public Affairs Community Service Specialists, at or 281-578-5047.