At USO Houston, volunteers play a special and vital role in lifting the spirits of our troops and their families. Whether it is welcoming visitors to one of our Centers with a cup of coffee or providing a free phone call to a loved one, volunteers lead with their hearts and serve with integrity. In Houston, nearly 400 volunteers annually contribute more than 22,000 cumulative hours in service to our troops and military families through the USO.
To apply to be a volunteer with the USO, please visit www.volunteers.uso.org and choose one of the four Houston locations to start.
After applying, applicants will be contacted about attending an orientation session to learn more about the available volunteer opportunities with USO Houston. Applicants may be asked to provide a resume and references. The following are volunteer opportunities at USO Houston:
Center Representative. Provide a touch of home for troops and military family members who visit our USO Centers in Greater Houston. Each year, nearly 60,000 troops and military family members visit our USO Centers in Houston. Center representatives have great responsibility and are required to serve at least one four hour shift each month. USO Centers in Houston include:
Hobby Airport (HOU) USO Center. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Bush InterContinental Airport (IAH) USO Center. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (EFJRB) USO Center. Open five days a week (closed on government holidays), 8:00 a.m. - noon. Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) USO Center. Open five days a week (closed on government holidays), 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Programs & Outreach Volunteers. USO Houston serves 8,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and their families who are based in Greater Houston, as well as to those Houston-based families geographically separated from a loved one who is deployed or stationed overseas. USO Houston routinely hosts activities and programs to serve these troops and military families. This is a good volunteer opportunity for those with busy or unpredictable schedules. See our events calendar here.
‘Team USO BBQ’ Committee. Team USO BBQ competes at the Houston Rodeo’s BBQ Cook-off and is the only tent that exclusively serves our military. We host over 1,000 troops and military family members inside the tent over the three days of the event. Volunteers help cook, serve, decorate, entertain, and advise on sponsors and event planning. Planning for this event begins the summer prior and committees are finalized by the fall prior.
USO Woodlands Classic Committee. This annual charity golf tournament takes place at the Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas, each November. Volunteers assist in securing tee sponsors ($250) and silent auction items, as well as helping with activities on event day.
Outreach Committee. Our outreach committee members are specially charged to serve as ambassadors in the community to build awareness of the USO’s programs and services for troops and military families locally. To be a member of the Outreach Committee we prefer that you have served as a USO Houston volunteer for at least a year, and you must attend special training sessions throughout the year to stay abreast of USO messaging and programming. Committee activities include: speaking engagements, representation at community events, marketing & communications support (graphics design, printing, media alert / press release support, video-editing skills).
Young Professionals. Our YP group is comprised of registered USO Volunteers who are roughly between the ages of 21 and 40. The USO Houston Young Professional group’s purpose is to spread awareness of the USO’s mission to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families throughout Greater Houston’s young professional communities. Their goals are to make the USO brand more recognizable amongst 20 and 30-somethings locally, to promote USO Houston programming pillars, and to provide a support network for troops and spouses who are transitioning out of the military and reintegrating into the Greater Houston community. Join the USO Houston YP Facebook group.
Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC). The USO Houston VAC was formed to facilitate information flow to/from staff and between Centers. Each USO Center in Houston has members representing their respective Centers on the VAC, and those members meet routinely with one another to confer with staff on Center operations, program planning, outreach and/or fundraising. VAC advisors and members are chosen by staff through an application process and serve one-year terms. To be eligible, a volunteer must have served with USO Houston for at least one year. Check out our current VAC members and open positions here.