Community Service Day 2015

As part of the 2015 First Year Law Center Orientation, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, the University of Houston Law Center invites the entering first year class to make a difference by volunteering a few hours of time to give back to the community and positively impact the lives of others.

Select your August 15th Community Service Day project at one of the following:

Mayor’s Back-to-School Fest (Family Friendly)
Houston Food Bank
Hermann Park Conservancy (Family Friendly)
NAACP Legal Redress
Houston Habitat ReStore

Step 1: Please click here to RSVP for one volunteer event listed above. There is limited availability for each project. Descriptions for each event are below.

Step 2: Follow the instructions for the project that you selected.


Mayor’s Back-to-School Fest (75 volunteers needed)

Service time is from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Registration: Click here. Be sure to include your affiliation with University of Houston on the registration page.

The University of Houston is proud to welcome back the fifth annual Mayor’s Back-to-School Fest on Saturday, August 15, 2015. This event is a unique opportunity to showcase our campus to the community. The goal of the Back-to-School Fest is to offer school supplies, immunizations, uniforms and health screenings to area children and help send healthy, prepared children back to school.

This event is in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods. We anticipate 25,000 families will be on campus. For many, this event will be their first visit to a Tier One university.


Houston Food Bank (65 volunteers needed)

Service time is from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Registration: Click here to register.

You will be prompted to create a Houston Food Bank Login. (If you have volunteered with the Houston Food Bank before you do not have to create another one.) If you are registering for the first time, please select “New User” to create a profile. Once logged in, you will find the information about the Law Center’s event.

The project will be located at the Houston Food Bank distribution headquarters located at 535 Portwall Street, Houston, Texas 77029. http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/aboutus/directions/


Hermann Park Conservancy (65 volunteers needed)

Service time is from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM (approximately).

Registration: No further registration is required after completing the RSVP in Step 1. Also everyone must complete a waiver and photo release form. Bring those with you on the day of the event. The forms may be accessed at the following link: http://www.law.uh.edu/oss/UHForm.pdf.  

Parking: Cars can park in Lot F; enter through Lot G (near the Zoo) or Lot E (at Miller side street). Carpooling is always encouraged.

Meet near the pedal boats next to the café and behind the train station.

Projects:  Projects range from weeding, mulching, raking trails/grounds to removing invasive plants. Projects are subject to change depending on the needs of the park at the time your group comes out. 

Attire:  All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants; weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty, wet, or muddy.  Please do not wear shorts, halter tops, or clothing with references to alcohol, drugs, or sex. Do not wear sandals or flip-flops. Volunteers should wear cool and comfortable clothing. 

Bring: Volunteers should bring their own individual water bottles, snacks (recommended during warm months); completed HPC waivers/photo releases for all participants (this includes leaders, chaperones, teachers, adults and youth). 

Provided by HPC: The Herman Park Conservatory will provide gloves, tools, and a cooler of water with paper cups to all volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools or to donate tools as a means to replenish HPC’s limited supply. 

Rain-date:  if there is severe weather please keep in mind your safety comes first. 


NAACP Legal Redress Clinic (25 volunteers needed)

Service time is from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM (approximately).

Registration: No further registration is required after completing the RSVP in Step 1.

The law can be a tool for justice or for domination. The law can be used to empower and transform, or to oppress and degrade. It can secure a participatory democracy, or it can preserve tyranny of the majority. The law can imprison or liberate. It can honor the sanctity of life and create strong families and communities, or it can facilitate the destruction of human lives and families in the service of powerful interests.

Branch Legal Redress Committees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are charged with the task of examining complaints that are reported to it. The Committee will consider whether the problem is (1) one the branch thinks it may be able to help and is line with the mission and interests of the NAACP and/or (2) one that should be referred to someone else.

The Houston Branch Committee considers issues involving the following: Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Public Benefits, and Real Estate Law. Students will assist with intake and also may have an opportunity to observe counseling sessions.
Location: 2002 Wheeler St.; Houston, TX 77004 (near the Museum District)


Houston Habitat ReStore (14 volunteers needed)

Service time is from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM

The Houston Habitat ReStore is a non-profit home improvement store and donation center that offers new and like-new building materials, furniture, paint, cabinetry and more at deeply discounted prices. Proceeds from the ReStore help Houston Habitat build more homes for hard-working, low-income families.

Volunteers will work with the Houston Habitat ReStore staff to help create a great shopping experience for the customers. Specific activities include assisting on the sales floor, labeling, loading and unloading merchandise, working in our warehouse, soliciting donations and answering phones.

Registration: Advance registration is required, so please follow the instructions below to register for an open opportunity:

  • CLICK on link: http://houstonhabitat.volunteerhub.com
  • CLICK “Register” 
  • ENTER join code: "uh1L" *case sensitive*
  • SKIP “Group Membership” (join code auto-identifies to your group) 
  • COMPLETE the registration form information 
  • CLICK “Next” to find Restore Volunteer Event – UH Law School
  • CLICK “Signup” to register for your event. 
  • FIND both the registration and event confirmations in your email inbox (Contains: instructions, direction and details about the event)

Locations: 6161 South Loop East. (Google maps will take you right to the door.)


Be sure to pick up your UH Law Center Community Service Day 2015 T-Shirt at your service location.

Do you have any future volunteer ideas/suggestions? Would you like to volunteer with us? We want to hear from you! Please submit any volunteer ideas, suggestions or questions by emailing Dean Sondra Tennessee, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, at stennessee@uh.edu.

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