From helping to feed the homeless to volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club, our own Monica Jones shares 7 more Ways Houstonians can Give Back to the 713 in the month of June.

The halfway mark of the year is here, which means summer in Houston is just getting started. While many are starting on their Summer Break, extending a helping hand to others never takes a day off. As she has for the last few months, our own Monica Jones has once again tracked down 7 unique ways that Houstonians can dedicate just a little bit of their time towards, in order to make our beloved city a little greater. We’ll let Monica take it from here.

It’s getting hotter in Houston, Texas, but the Summer is the perfect time for Service. I’ve found seven more ways for Houstonians to Give Back to the 713, both large and small. Remember, even the littlest thing that you can do, can make a big impact on someone in need.

1. Houston is home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the United States. June is Pride Month, so show your pride or awareness for organizations like Pride Houston, Inc., or The Montrose Center, who advocate for and aim to protect the rights of members of the LGBTQ community.

2. Each year Houstonians gather in the historical Third Ward neighborhood for the celebration of Juneteenth, commemorating the date when enslaved African-Americans were set free in Texas. Volunteers are needed to assist with crowd control for this year’s Juneteenth Parade at Emancipation Park. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will also be hosting his 7th annual parade in his childhood neighborhood of Acres Homes. Reach out to the Emancipation Park Conservancy here if you’d like to help volunteer.

3. We’ve made it to the midway point of the year, but that’s no excuse to slow down on your commitment to fitness. Remember, Health is Wealth! And June is Health & Wellness Month, as well. If you’ve already met your New Year’s Resolution workout goals, then give yourself a round of applause. Now might be a good time to assist a friend, coworker, or even a family member in reaching their fitness goals, too.

4. With school finally out for the summer, the kids will be looking for something to do. Luckily, thanks to organizations like The Boys & Girls Club and their #SummerMatters programming, students won’t have to worry about being bored. The Boys & Girls Club is in need of volunteers to help them assist with reading, games, the arts, and more.

5. We tend to take our basic necessities for granted; and what’s expected for us, others require just to survive. The harsh reality is that, in Houston, many children often go to bed hungry. Take time to dedicate yourself to finding a solution that will help eliminate the hunger crisis in our community. One opportunity is F.E.A.S.T., a local organization that brings people together to provide food to over 250 homeless individuals in need. Reach out to F.E.A.S.T. via email here if you’d to volunteer and help out with their next gathering.

6. Music is the universal language that connects us all, and June is especially significant because it’s Black Music Month. If you’re a musician, vocalist, or producer/engineer in the Houston area, consider donating your time and talents to organizations like The House of Blues Foundation or Workshop Houston, both of whom provide opportunities for the advancement of students looking to break into the music and entertainment business.

7. Record high temperatures are expected this year as Houston summer has begun to settle in. Don’t forget to check on the seniors in your community, especially those who might have to face the extreme heat in their homes without access to a central A/C system.