“The greatest good is what we do for one another.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you for considering volunteering with us! Volunteers are essential in fulfilling our mission here at Catholic Charities. They help us ensure that the stranger gets welcomed, the senior is looked after, the hungry are fed, and the children are served.

Catholic Charities constantly evolves to meet the needs of the community, and so do the jobs of our volunteers. You can help us provide services to those in need regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. Give your time and share your talent with Catholic Charities. All are welcome!

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Volunteer at Catholic Charities’ Food Distributions

Catholic Charities is providing drive-through food distributions to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need volunteers to assist with bagging and distributing food to families in need at our regional food pantries. Please use the links below to sign up for a shift:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I volunteer? What can I do?

Browse Volunteer Opportunities

The first step in volunteering with Catholic Charities is decide where would you like to volunteer. We have volunteer opportunities at our various sites in Houston, Galveston, and Fort Bend County for individuals and groups. You can help:

  • Feed the hungry at our food pantries or food fairs on certain Saturdays
  • Coordinate events for children, adults and the elderly
  • Teach life skills or language classes
  • Assist with our donation centers and gift shops
  • Intern with a specific program
  • As a Pro Bono Attorney and much more!

More information can be found in the Volunteer Directories at the specific locations you would like to volunteer in.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Visit the Application Process page for step-by-step instructions on completing the online volunteer application.

Can I just drop in any time to volunteer?

We prefer our volunteers to sign up for a shift in advance of volunteering. This helps our staff determine what our needs are for that day and time, and whether we need to request additional volunteers or not. Additionally, some opportunities require that our volunteers attend our virtual orientation or complete VIRTUS training prior to volunteering.

You can sign up to volunteer for our food distributions:

Or apply to become a regular volunteer here.

Do you have to be Catholic to volunteer?

No, we enjoy and encourage anyone who is interested to volunteer!

Can I bring my family?

Yes! We are a family here at Catholic Charities and encourage families to volunteer. We ask for parents/adult guardian to supervise youth 16 and under.

Can I volunteer by myself?

Yes! We have many volunteers who come to Catholic Charities by themselves. It’s a great way to meet other people in the community.

How do I host a drive?

Can’t make the commute to volunteer in our offices? You can do it from home, at your school, your church, or anywhere by hosting a drive for one or more of our programs. We are always in in need of items for those that we serve.

You will be asked to drop off the items at the appropriate program site. If it is a large donation Catholic Charities may be able to schedule a pick-up. Items collected must be unopened and unused.

For more information about hosting a drive please contact Karina Hernandez at 713.874.6645.

Download the Host a Drive for Catholic Charities flyer for a quick glimpse of our agency needs.

How can I apply to be a pro bono attorney?

Volunteer services are vital to our St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance’s ability to provide high-quality immigration legal services to the Houston community.

Apply to become a pro bono attorney

Can I volunteer for Student Service Hours?

Yes! We provide volunteer opportunities for students. We do ask if you are 16 or younger that you have a parent/chaperone with you.

How do I apply for an internship?

Visit our Internship page to learn more and complete the application.


To volunteer with Catholic Charities, you must first complete an application online. Follow the step-by-step instructions here.

Still have a question? Contact our volunteer managers:

Houston/Galveston: Karina Hernandez, khernandez@catholiccharities.org or 713.874.6563.
Fort Bend: Dottie Bateman, dbateman@catholiccharities.org or 281-202-6222.