Are you are a member of The Camarilla?

Are you excited about getting involved?

In the preamble of our organizational constitution it states, "Our purpose is social, charitable and literary."  We address all three of these as we selflessly dedicate ourselves to the aid and assistance of those less fortunate than ourselves.  Charity work helps the helper in countless ways--bringing relief to victims and pleasure to volunteers.  Below, I have spotlighted some opportunities right here in the greater Houston metropolitan area.  All of these organizations are Be sure to involve your coordinators, chapter members and myself so that we can all reap the joy of bonding and giving in fellowship. 

AIDS Foundation Houston

HIV infection and the clinical complications that follow are placing a heavy strain on medical and social services in both the public and private sectors. HIV infection and AIDS is the second leading cause of death among adults ages 25-44.  An estimated 13.9 million people have died from AIDS since the epidemic began. 10.7 million were adults, including 4.7 million women. 3.2 million were children under 15.  This is more people than have died in the sum of ALL major wars and armed conflicts this century!  Chances are you know someone living with the virus.  AIDS Foundation Houston is committed to improving the quality of life in the greater Houston community through HIV/AIDS education, healthcare, social services, and volunteerism.  You can help by contacting:

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.
3202 Weslayan Annex
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-6796

afh@aidshelp.org


The American Red Cross and its affiliated global partners provide thousands of services for billions of people.  You can help the American Red Cross by giving blood, teaching any of a variety of classes, or being there to help the needy in crisis.   There are always people in need, so get involved and give a moment of your time.  The Red Cross also accepts other donations of food, clothing and money.  In times of disaster, contact your local Red Cross Chapter to pitch in your time and manpower to help those that are helpless.  For more information please contact:

The Greater Houston Area Red Cross
2700 Southwest Freeway
(Hwy 59 @ Kirby Drive)
Houston, Texas 77098
(713)526-8300


American Red Cross

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.  MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.  MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world.  There are many ways that you can help.  To volunteer, discuss a fund raising program, learn about upcoming local events, or suggest a new concept with the MDA, please call the:

MDA Houston
District Director
713-522-8561


The Better Business Bureau and the Educational Foundation believe that consumer education is the best protection against deceptive business practices.  Additionally, statistics indicate that senior citizens are often special targets for fraud because they are more trusting and less suspecting of the presence of fraud.  The Silver Sleuth Program is a volunteer arm of the BBB of the greater Houston area.   Sleuths are trained to monitor and identify fraudulent schemes and scams in their neighborhoods and report them to the Better Business Bureau for review.  If you are interested in learning more about the Silver Sleuth Program, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact:

Candice Twyman
(713)341-6141
ctwyman@bbbhou.org.


The mission of The Volunteer Center is to develop, support, and promote volunteerism and its rewards for individuals and organizations in the greater Houston community.  Its core program is called CONNECT HOUSTON, which functions as a clearinghouse linking interested parties with information on volunteer opportunities with any of more than 660 nonprofit agencies and institutions.  Camarilla member groups or chapters interested in availing themselves of The Volunteer Center's recruitment services, please contact Walter R. Black at (713)964-0229.  Please involve your coordinators to insure prestige criteria are met. Individuals seeking additional information can contact:

The Volunteer Center
3100 Timmons Lane
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77027
(713)965-0031
tvc@phoenix.net


Impact Online is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing volunteerism through the Internet. IOL offers Volunteer Match, a matching service for volunteers and nonprofits and resources on volunteerism.  Whether it's building a house for Habitat for Humanity, organizing an arts and crafts fair for inner city children, or participating in an AIDS walk-a-thon, Volunteer Match provides information on volunteer events that fit everyone's interests and schedules.  For more information check out their web site or contact:  [note they are not in Houston]

Impact Online
325 'B' Forest Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650)327-1389
respond@impactonline.org


The Friends of Hermann Park is a non-profit  citizens' organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of one of Houston's oldest and most historically significant public greenspaces. Our Goal is to preserve the integrity of Hermann Park, enrich its heritage as a unique landmark, and transform it into one of the nation's premier urban parks.  For information on how you can help, please contact:

Friends of Hermann Park
P.O. Box 541447
Houston, Texas
77254-1447
(713)524-5876
fhp@neosoft.com

The Steven's & Pruett Foundation for Children & Animals serves the needs of abandoned or abused children & animals. The ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to the most vulnerable members of our society, those who cannot speak on their own behalf, and defend the most basic right of all...the right to life.  The Ranch continually needs clothing, school supplies, and time year round.  You can support The Ranch by volunteering or donating items that help provide an environment which is safe and comfortable. 

Terry Blair
P.O. Box 876
Manvel, TX  77578
(281) 489-4255
Ranch Administrator


The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston is to provide dependable adult friendship to children from single-parent families.  The children the agency serves are between the ages of six and 15, from single-parent families, and in need of a positive adult influence.  While the children differ in socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds, they all have a common bond: each child needs an adult to serve as a friend and companion as he or she matures.  Volunteers and donations are needed in many ways besides being a "Big."  For more information please contact:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
6437 High Star Drive
Houston, TX 77074
(713)271-5683


Since 1970, volunteers have answered Crisis Hotline 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Join this legacy of volunteering at one of the largest Hotlines in the country. Telephone volunteers are provided 53 hours of training; 33 hours of didactic and interactive classroom training including role plays and 20 hours of on-line training.  For information about volunteer opportunities please contact:

Crisis Hotline
713-5CRISIS

volunteer@crisishotline.org


The Mental Health Association of Greater Houston is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting mental health and to improve the care and treatment of persons with mental illness through education and advocacy, by a volunteer/staff partnership.  This organization has a wide range of volunteer programs.  The "We Help Ourselves" and "Adults and Children Together" programs deal with child abuse and neglect.  "Information and Referral" and the "Self-Help Resource Center" offer assistance in locating resources and programs for the mental health needy.  The "Helping Hands" program allows volunteers to participate in the administrative side of the organization.  And the "Mental Health Voter Empowerment Program" helps in the registration, transportation, and education of eligible voters that otherwise would not have the means.  For more information about this dynamic organization and how you can help, please contact:

Mental Health Association of Greater Houston
2211 Norfolk, Suite 810
Houston, Texas  77098
(713)523-8963


The Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC) provides shelter and support services to survivors of sexual assault and family violence. We educate and inform the community in order to prevent and eliminate the causes of this violence. Our vision, leadership and action empower women to advance their roles, their rights and their well-being. HAWC was able to touch the lives of 41,372 victims in 1998 with over 900 programs.  There are many ways you can help support the Houston Area Women's Center.  For information on how you can make a difference, please contact:

Houston Area Women's Center
1010 Waugh
Houston, TX 77019
(713)528-6798

Homelessness is more than just the absence of a permanent residence, it is the absence of food, personal hygiene, and medical care. But more importantly, it is the absence of dignity and self respect. And homelessness affects us all. It breeds crime, violence and health hazards. Not only do the homeless of Houston have severe health problems which endanger their own lives, but also they have health problems which pose a serious public health risk to others. The level of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, childhood communicable diseases and mental illness are higher among the homeless than any other subpopulation. SEARCH is looking for individuals who are excited about working with our clients. We have individual volunteers and groups who come to us from churches, corporations, and hearing about us from a friend. Our opportunities range from tutoring in our GED lab, working with children at the House of Tiny Treasures, or playing bingo with our on-site residents. The couple of hours you can commit each month to SEARCH can make a big difference in the life of a client and to the successful entry out of homelessness. If you can help add hope to these desperately needy, please contact:

SEARCH
2505 Fannin
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 739-7752
info@searchproject.org