Cy-Fair Resource Guide: Education, volunteer opportunities available

Cy-Fair Resource Guide: Education, volunteer opportunities available

Cy-Fair Resource Guide: Education, volunteer opportunities available


Families in the Cy-Fair area are struggling to keep food on the table while staying clear of the COVID-19 virus.

Nonprofit and community organizations in Cy-Fair, such as Northwest Assistance Ministries and Cypress Assistance Ministries, have worked to fill in gaps for local families with food, school supplies, financial assistance and mental health services for all ages.

Food Assistance

Cypress Assistance Ministries,
a nonprofit for low-income families in need of assistance is seeking donations and volunteers in order to continue providing for the local community.

“In order to serve the people who find themselves in crisis we need the money to help them with their rent, mortgage or utilities, plus money to continue to pay the rent and utilities on our buildings and personnel costs,” said Janet Ryan, director of development for Cypress Assistance Ministries. “The community continues to be generous in their donations of food. CAM’s greatest need at this time is money and volunteers.”

Anyone receiving food from CAM will need one of the following documents: SNAP, social security benefits, disability benefits, veteran’s benefits, proof of free lunch or breakfast through CFISD, Medicaid, CHIP or an award letter from a government funding program.

“Individuals not currently participating in one of these assistance programs must make an appointment with a client assistance counselor to determine eligibility,” Ryan said. “This is more in line with how we operated prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.”

CAM is also accepting Operation Jobs clients in person, requiring they register online or by calling 281-955-5895. Operation Jobs helps clients learn how to write their resume, sign up for receiving job leads and how to interview well.

CAM is also in need of financial donations to help clients with bills and food.

Families in the 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433 and 77084 ZIP codes can receive free food with an ID and proof of residence at the food pantry from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The CAM food pantry is located at 11265 Huffmeister Rd. in Cypress.

For more information, visit

is a nonprofit benefiting low-income students in Cy-Fair ISD. Cy-Hope is in need of volunteers for bagging food each month. For more information, visit

Cy-Hope is in need of volunteers for their backpack program. Sign up can be found at

Cy-Fair Helping Hands,
a nonprofit dedicated to homeless and low-income communities, is also providing food for Cy-Fair area families. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and the first and third Saturdays of the month Cy-Fair Helping Hands provides perishable and nonperishable foods from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with a drive-thru model.

For more information, including how to donate, visit

Northwest Assistance Ministries,
or NAM, serves hundreds of in-need families a week through their onsite food pantry with both nonperishable and perishable foods and is using a drive-thru model.

NAM is providing food assistance Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at their main building and accepting donations between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

NAM is in need of food and financial donations. Frozen meat, fruit and vegetables, and canned and dry goods are needed for the food pantry.

“Northwest Assistance Ministries has seen a consistent increase in requests for rent and food assistance,” Carr said.

NAM will be hosting a free immunization clinic for children between 2 and 18 on March 4 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 281-885-4649.

The NAM Resale warehouse is also accepting donations, such as furniture and household appliances. NAM Resale warehouse will be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The NAM Resale Boutique, at 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

NAM is also accepting registration for fall classes until June 14. For more information, visit

For Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, NAM is kicking off a month of support with a TDVAM toolkit, and videos during respect week from Feb. 8-12. All materials will be posted at

“The unfortunate reality is that we have to break the silence, talk about teen dating violence, and be aware of the gravity of the issue,” a NAM news release states. “The CDC reports that 1 in 3 adolescents will experience some form of abuse in an intimate relationship before they graduate from high school. Of those who do experience abusive relationships, only 33% tell someone. Thus, the majority of those who experience teen dating violence suffer in silence.”

NAM is located at 15555 Kuykendahl Rd. in northwest Houston. For more information, visit

Financial services

also provides financial assistance for clients needing help with bills or other expenses after losing their job due to COVID-19.

“Because of the way our funding is structured, our advice to our clients is to use the unemployment (payments) for your utilities, for your prescriptions, for some groceries and allow us to subsidize the rent because we can make that one payment to the landlord and get that caught up,” Carr said.


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