Volunteer Opportunities

For information on the varied volunteer opportunities available, please contact Tess Ridgway, Special Events and Marketing Assistant I Corporate Volunteer Program Coordinator at TRidgway@AvanceHouston.org x158

AVANCE depends on parent, community, and corporate volunteers for assistance in many areas.  We can use a helping hand, whether at an early childhood development center or at an adult education center (weekdays, during hours of operation). 

Our volunteer projects are designed to be enjoyable, fulfilling, and to give you a sense of ownership in the Houston Community.  At AVANCE, we offer individual or group, on- or off-site, and one-time or ongoing opportunities (For large group projects accomodations can be done on our outside business hours or weekend)

Our flexible staff will work with you to design a volunteer experience that will have a major impact on those you serve while also making sure we stay aligned with your philanthropic mission.

Should you already have a specific activity in mind, we would love to hear it.  If not, here are some volunteer opportunities to select from:

  • Parents can assist in daily classroom activities  This is totally encouraged!
  • Read to the children in English or Spanish
  • Help make classrooms back to school ready (i.e.: disinfect toys and furniture, label supplies, and decorate bulletin boards) (during summer or winter breaks)
  • Assist on days with special activities.  (Help set up, run booths, and clean up at our Fall Festival. On days we have an in-house petting zoo or magic show, the children may require additional adult supervision.) Large groups of volunteers are welcome!)
  • Prepare Toy Making Kits (cut out felt patterns, braid yarn, count buttons)-For the Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)
  • Beautify a center (i.e.: plant a community garden, paint, or repair cabinets) Corporate volunteers are Welcome
  • Share your knowledge and experience! Be a guest speaker at one of our classes or events. Topics can range from "How to handle a bully" to "Financial Literacy" and anything in between.
  • Adopt-A-Project (we can help specify an activity that you/your corporation can make your own)
  • Serve and/or donate food, so our participants can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal
  • Be Holiday Helper and aid in the delivery of donated toys to our children
  • Projects requiring special skills (i.e.: build a concrete tricycle track around the children's playground or paint a mural)



Other volunteer opportunities

Join our C-PALS program to serve as a role model, tutor or mentor to a GED student

Learn more about C-PALS

For more information about C-PALS, contact Carolina Delgado at cdelgado@avancehouston.org

Click here for the Corporate Volunteer Brochure