Volunteer in the District

School Readiness Fair

Every year at the beginning of August, my office, along with the Northside Health and Resource Committee, hosts the Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn North Side Health and Resource Fair in Houston’s Near Northside community. Highly successful, this event grows in attendance every year. Last year, with over 1,500 people in attendance, we were able to give away 1,250 backpacks filled with school supplies to area children and teens. In addition to the backpacks and school supplies, participants can also benefit from free immunizations, health screenings, and giveaways. Attendees also received invaluable information on resources available through local non-profits and social service agencies.

This event was created to help families fill in the gaps that may stand in the way of a child's ability to attend school fully prepared and able to learn. It is organized by the Northside Health and Resource Committee which is made up of my office, Wesley Community Center, Community Health Choice, Harris County Hospital District, De Madres a Madres and Summit Dental Center. In addition to these groups, various local companies, organizations, and individuals provide sponsorship for the event, and we are always extremely grateful for their support of this very worthy endeavor.

Preparations are well underway for our next Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn North Side Health and Resource Fair which will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Leonel Castillo Community Center, 2101 South Street. To help volunteer for the event, or to make a donation, please contact the office at (713) 691-6912.

Fall Festival & Monster Mash

Every year around Halloween, my office in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, organizes two community Halloween parties in District 148. The Monster Mash is held in the Near Northside and The Fall Festival is held at Proctor Plaza Park. These events provide safe and fun Halloween options for the community and offers food, candy, games, prizes, and entertainment for children and their families at no charge. It also provides neighbors a chance to meet and spend time together while having a good time. Last year both events drew close to 1500 people from the community. Plans are underway for 2014. To help volunteer for this event, or to make a donation, please contact the office at (713) 691-6912.

In-House Support

Are you a student looking for an internship? Have extra time in your schedule and would like to volunteer? Interns and volunteers are always needed to help with various office responsibilities.  Please contact my office for current needs. Duties can range from community outreach, research, coordinating events, answering phones, data entry or copying.