We invite you to take some time out of your busy schedule during Convergence to make a difference in the Houston community. Join us for this year’s Convergence 2012 Volunteerism opportunities.
Offsite Volunteer Opportunity
This year’s offsite volunteerism opportunity on Sunday, March 18 will be working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity to benefit inner city children and families in the Independence Heights neighborhood. This area is just 15 minutes from the George R. Brown Convention Center and is a historical district being brought back to life. There are as many as 4,000 school aged children who reside in Independence Heights, and helping to rebuild the neighborhood will help to jumpstart the community and create a more supportive environment for these children. Our scope of work is designed to address just that – building community – from home refurbishment to the creation of a food pantry and a community garden. There will be work for every skillset! No matter what you help with, our collective efforts will make a difference (and it’s a great networking opportunity, too!)
Register to volunteer during the Convergence registration process by choosing from one of three available timeslots (Morning-8:30am-12:00pm / Afternoon-1:15-5:00pm / All Day-8:30am-5:00pm). Transportation to the offsite volunteer location will be provided directly from the convention center.
*Please note: Specific instructions, what to wear/bring, etc will be sent to volunteer registrants via email a few weeks before Convergence.
Onsite Volunteer Opportunity
Starting on the afternoon of Sunday, March 18 and continuing throughout the event, you can stop by the Convergence Experience Center and take part in our onsite volunteerism opportunity benefiting MD Anderson, one of the premier cancer centers in the world. This world-renown hospital is known for its research, training and treatment for doctors and patients from around the world. They treat thousands of patients each day from infants to seniors. While MD Anderson is focused on treating the disease, they are also focused on the whole person. Our tasks will include a number of simple activities that offer a bit of joy, hope and a little gift of love to patients and family members. Make time in your Convergence schedule to drop by the Experience Center to assemble amenity kits for the Emergency Center and candy cups to be distributed by volunteers to patients, and decorate journal covers given to patients during their stay and to participants of the 2012 Survivorship Week.
Additionally, there is a great need for reading materials for patients and family members to enjoy throughout the facility, so we’re asking you to bring any current magazines or paperback backs in good condition to the Experience Center, where we’ll collect them throughout the entire conference.
Please email the MBS Events Inbox with further questions around volunteer activities.