Fit or Fat, Houston?

We don't have to live up to our reputation around the world as "Fat City." Sure, there are plenty of strikes against us -- cheap food and drinks, year-round hot weather and a dearth of green space -- but there are plenty of gyms. You'll find one in every corner of the city, and they're all equipped with what we love best: air conditioning. From big to small, from personal to meat market, there's a gym -- and a workout routine -- for everyone.

American Fitness for Women

1401 Yale St., 713-457-8406; 915 N. Shepherd Dr., 713-457-8407


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American Lady Spa & Men's Gym

9301 Bissonnet St., 713-270-0300

American Lady Spa & Men's Gym caters to professionals, individuals and families. So get your kid off the Xbox and get in there. They offer cutting-edge workout facilities with a child-friendly environment.

Bally Total Fitness

430 W. Greens Rd., 281-872-1130; 5215 FM 1960 Road W., ste. B, 281-440-9835; 7255 Clarewood Dr., ste. 250, 713-771-8395; 2500 Dunstan Rd., 713-521-3113; 15415 Katy Fwy., 281-578-9191; 3936 N. Shepherd Dr., 713-695-5824; 9801 Katy Fwy., 713-467-8181; 1980 Post Oak Blvd., ste. A, 713-960-1037; 7737 W. Bellfort St., 713-729-7049; 13350 Northwest Fwy., 713-690-1006

Built with your workout in mind. Whether you're looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers or nutritional products, Bally's has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities and support you need to help you get the results you want.

BeneFIT Personal Training


BeneFIT Personal Training provides affordable, in-home personal fitness training services throughout the country. Since its founding in 1996, BeneFIT's personal trainers have helped hundreds of people reach their health and fitness goals.

Bennington Fitness

1407 Richmond Ave., 713-528-2488

Body & Soul Nutrition & Fitness

14085 Main St., 713-721-7099,

They've got it all down there on the south side: free weights, universal equipment, circuit training, supervised weight training, personal trainers, corporate fitness program, juice and smoothie bar, apparel boutique, sauna and massages.

B.O.N.A. Fitness

10640 W.heimer Rd., 832-251-8080,

Houston's newest fitness club offers some of the area's best personal trainers with incredible track records. Whether you work out with a personal trainer or just need a great place to exercise, you'll be certain to get results at B.O.N.A. Fitness. Experience a motivating atmosphere with a wide range of free weights and exercise equipment to fit your needs.

Champions Fitness Together

5505 FM 1960 Road W., ste. 516, 281-583-2348,

You might see lots of weight machines in this facility, but it's far from the ordinary gym. We're told they smell much better, too. The emphasis at Fitness Together is personal training; the rooms are private. In fact, they guarantee that you will never have to wait in line for a machine or feel like anyone else is judging your physical ability. That's because every time you enter the facility, your personal trainer will take you to your private room and guide you through your entire exercise routine.

Choice Fitness Resources

1627 Fall Valley Dr., 281-497-3726

Fitness consulting firm specializing in helping black females with exercise, nutritional, health and fitness information and related issues.

Clear Lakes Fitness Studios

17049 El Camino Real, ste. 102, 281-280-0619

Copperfield Jazzercise

15420 FM 529 Rd., Bear Creek, 281-855-3488

You know you've still got those leg warmers you used to sport in the '80s. Dig 'em out and feel the revolution that is Jazzercise.

Costa's Gym Fitness & Aerobics Inc

No. 1: 10850 Jones Rd., 281-890-7378; No. 2: 16460 Kuykendahl, ste. 190, 281-537-5222

Curves International


N. Shore, 13301 East Fwy., ste. 221, 713-330-1200; 17550 W. Little York, ste. 9, 281-463-1939; Jones Road N., 12218 Jones Rd., ste. I, 281-890-5900; 5125 FM 1960 W., 281-537-3000; Jersey Village, 11300 W. Rd., 281-477-8855; Mission Bend, 14641 Beechnut, 832-328-0779; Clear Lake, 1956 El Dorado Blvd., 281-990-9636; Galleria, 7575 San Felipe St., ste. 101, 713-975-0500; W. University, 5326 Weslayan, 713-839-0500; Spring Valley, 1330 Wirt Rd., ste. L, 713-956-4846; Royal Oaks, 12002 Richmond, #400, 281-531-1302; Spring Branch, 2600 Gessner, ste. 114, 713-939-8088; Garden Oaks, 1225 W. 43rd St., 713-957-2003; Houston Heights, 444 W. 19th St., 713-861-9602; Greenspoint, 12124 Greenspoint Dr., 281-875-9999; Memorial, 14749 Memorial Dr., 281-920-3300; Northwest 249, 13420 Tomball Pkwy., ste. C, 281-272-9292; 8592 Highway 6 N., 281-861-9854; Sagemont Park, 11003 Fuqua St., 713-910-8500; Northwest Crossing, 13147 Northwest Fwy., ste. 130, 713-460-4846; Medical Center N., 4916 S. Main St., ste. 120, 713-524-5005; Humble, 259 FM 1960 E. Bypass, 281-446-1122

Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world, with more than 8,000 locations. They are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women, and they started right here in Houston. Only one place can give you the strength of more than four million women. The concept of 30-minute fitness, strength training, weight-loss guidance and a comfortable environment designed for women appeals to ladies on the go.

DJ's Better Body Fitness

1987 W. T.C. Jester Blvd., 713-864-1231,

This studio offers weights, cardio, supplements and top-notch personal training.

E & CO Fitness

2294 W. Holcombe Blvd., 713-663-7622,

Exposure Indoor Rock Climbing

6970 FM 1960 W., 281-397-9520,

Exposure has more than 10,000 square feet of rocklike textured climbing area with routes for all skill levels -- from beginner to advanced -- to keep you challenged all day long. Exposure is primarily a top rope gym, meaning the rope is already set for you, and all you have to focus on is climbing. For those who have been climbing for some time and are lead-certified, about a fourth of the gym is grid-bolted, and lead ropes are available.

Fit Athletic Club River Oaks

1532 W. Gray St., 713-529-1515,

Fit Athletic Club River Oaks brings a fitness experience of unrivaled quality to Houston. Their beautifully designed space, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge programs will enable you to reach and maintain your fitness goals for a healthier and happier life.

Hank's Gym

5320 Elm St., 713-668-6219

This no-frills gym in the Galleria area offers the perfect environment for the serious weight-lifter.

Hart and Hind Fitness

3028 Washington Ave., 713-868-1264,

Houston Gym

1501 Durham Dr., 713-880-9191,

Houston Gym boasts leading-edge equipment yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. It's a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness.

Lady of America Fitness Centers / Ladies Workout Express

River Oaks, 2621 S. Shepherd Dr., ste. 230, 713-522-LOSE; southwest, 9621 Hillcroft Ave., 713-729-5322; Woodlake Square, 9630 W.heimer, ste. 9, 713-952-8400; N., 4444 FM 1960 W., ste. 31, 281-537-0066; Spring, 1424 Spring Cypress Rd., 281-353-1268; Spring, 20635 Kuykendahl, 800-833-5239 ext. 1; Pearland, 10228 Broadway, ste. 154, 713-436-3660; Missouri City, 5425 State Highway 6, ste. A 300, 281-403-6454; 14900 W.heimer, 281-293-7777; 16305 W.heimer, ste. 108, 281-920-4550; Sugar Land, 9750 Highway 6 S., ste. 104, 832-351-2828; Sugar Land, 1480 Highway 6 S., 281-313-8333; Cypress, 12754 Grant Rd., 281-955-1510; Humble, 19310 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., ste. 130, 281-540-5239; Webster, 122-A W. Bay Area Blvd., 281-557-0018; Katy, 947 S. Mason Rd., 281-579-8503

Lady of America Fitness Centers offers a full-service women's-only health club. Each Lady of America knows what works for women and women only. They offer the latest contemporary female-sized equipment, innovative aerobic and cardiovascular programs, tanning, personal training and child care.

Lobo Sports Club

16223 Moon Rock Dr., 281-480-2255,

Lobo offers one of the best upscale adult fitness clubs in the Houston/Clear Lake area and features an attentive and knowledgeable staff. With a large variety of the most current workout equipment and a clean, comfortable facility, their goal is to make your workout as enjoyable as possible.

Marty's Gym

3211 Edloe St., ste. 104, 713-622-6348

Memorial Athletic Club and Aquatic Center

14690 Memorial Dr., 281-497-7570,

A high-quality health and fitness center located in west Houston, Memorial Athletic Club has a no-contract philosophy that contributes to quality health programs -- aerobics classes, cardiovascular and fitness centers, an aquatic center, racquetball facility and spinning classes. They pride themselves on providing a comfortable and clean environment, state-of-the-art equipment and programs that evolve with members' needs.

Nick's Fitness Center

10500 W. Bellfort, ste. 200, 281-933-8822

Northwest Fitness and Sports Club

5304 Hollister, 713-895-8688,

Members at Northwest Fitness and Sports Club enjoy ten racquetball courts, a squash court, basketball court, volleyball court, an outdoor lap pool, a large free-weight room and a complete cardiovascular/fitness center along with classes in aerobics, yoga and karate. For the past 20 years, Northwest Fitness and Sports Club has provided its members with a friendly staff, experienced trainers and a social atmosphere that encourages them to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities.

One on One Personal Fitness Studio

15219 Stuebner Airline, ste. 10, 281-397-9175

The personal touch is the key here. Tired of the crowds and craziness at some of the commercial gyms? One on One promises you the personal attention you deserve.

One 2 One Training Center

6322 Richmond Ave., 713-339-1100; 3930 Kirby Dr., 713-524-0300

Need a little inspiration to get those exercise juices flowing? One 2 One Training Center can assign you a personal trainer who'll kick your butt right into shape.

Phat Body Gym

4945 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 713-644-7426

Well, the name might throw you off, but in this case "phat" means "good," not "fat." So come on down and work off those pounds in an old-school way.

Post Oak Fitness Center

1111 W. Loop S., ste. 170, 713-961-7774

Powerhouse Gym Inc.

6136 Highway 6 N., 281-861-9494,

A state-of-the-art facility with all the needed components to make your workout an effective and enjoyable experience. This facility offers a wide variety of amenities, including racquetball. Membership comes with complimentary travel privileges to more than 250 locations worldwide. Their cutting-edge personal training programs are specially designed with your needs in mind -- including fitness and weight management and nutritional consultations from certified professionals.

River Oaks Fitness

1950 W. Gray St., ste. 6, 713-529-9601

River Oaks One On One Gym / River Oaks SpinCycle

2740 Kirby Dr., 713-526-0046,

River Oaks SpinCycle teaches group cycling classes at River Oaks One On One Gym, offering you a safe and effective way to stay fit. They have experienced instructors and a variety of class times for your convenience. Group cycling is a fun new way to work out for men and women of all ages, and it provides a great cardiovascular workout or training for bike races.

Serious Fitness

18379 Kuykendahl, 281-587-8077

ShapeXpress Fitness for Women

4854 Beechnut St., 713-663-6444,

ShapeXpress provides women of all ages and fitness levels with cutting-edge fitness programs, advanced nutritional products and weight-loss counseling all under one roof. Their clubs feature the ShapeXpress Total Body Workout, utilizing their proprietary dual-hydraulic equipment in a high impact circuit-training format. They also offer free weights, advanced cardio equipment and fitness classes. ShapeXpress fitness programs also incorporate personal training from ShapeXpress fitness instructors to help you achieve your fitness, health and weight-loss goals.

Spa Gym Day Spa & Fitness

1307 S. Voss Rd., 713-977-2496

Stone's Gym Co-Ed

2424 Falcon Passage, 281-488-3155, 281-488-8250,

Stone's Gym offers women-only and coed fitness facilities. Features 52 aerobic classes per week, three nonaerobic classes per week, yoga and kardio kick classes, spinning, martial arts classes, one-on-one personal training, regular body composition testing, personalized programs, resistance equipment, free weights, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and dressing rooms. Nursery facilities, massage therapy and tanning beds are available for an additional fee.

Timberline Fitness Studio

3939 Montrose Blvd., ste. A, 713-523-7007

24 Hour Fitness

1550 Post Oak Blvd., 713-840-1436; 7300 W. Greens Road, 281-894-6151; Willowbrook, 7300 W. Greens Road, 281-894-6151; 12260 Gulf Fwy., 713-943-2220; 4950 FM 1960 Road W., ste. A1, 281-583-9333; 1000 Campbell Road, 713-984-0606; 12400 W.heimer Road, 281-493-1874; 11320 W.heimer Road, 281-870-8600; 5080 Richmond Avenue, 713-963-9644; 16203 Clay Road, 281-550-3066, 10707 W.heimer Road, 713-977-0057; 8650 Endicott Lane, 713-665-2411

Your excuse list just got shorter -- you can cross "can't make the time" right off it. Just as the name says, 24 Hour Fitness is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, with locations all over the city. Work out at 4 a.m. if you want to.

Village Fitness

2369 Rice Blvd., 713-874-1433,

Village Fitness is a professional, personalized fitness training studio providing structured fitness programs designed to meet individual needs. The studio is a private, 4,300-square-foot facility located in the heart of Rice Village, convenient to the Medical Center, Greenway Plaza and residents of W. University. The environment is non-intimidating to the novice, yet sufficiently equipped for the most experienced fitness enthusiast.

West Oak Fitness

14900 W.heimer Rd., 281-293-7777

YMCA Houston

10960 N. Fwy, 832-484-9622; 7850 Howell-Sugarland Rd., 281-495-9100; 1800 FM 1462. Alvin, 281-585-3112; 201 YMCA Dr., Baytown, 281-427-1797; 10655 Clay Rd., 713-467-9622; 10245 Owen Dr., Conroe, 936-441-9622; 7903 S. Loop East, 713-643-4396; 19915 SH 249, 281-469-1481; 1600 Louisiana, 713-659-8501; 14650 Highway 3, Webster, 281-486-9622; 4433 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City, 281-499-9622; 291 Highway 75 N., Huntsville, 936-295-8009; 6300 W.park, ste. 600, 713-339-9015; 22807 W.heimer Parkway, Katy, TX, 281-392-5055; 2420 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood, 281-360-2500; 16725 Longenbaugh, 281-859-6143; 512 N. Main, Dayton, 936-257-2888; 36725 FM 1774, Magnolia, 281-356-4077; 705 Cavalcade, 713-697-0648; 1101 W. Main St., ste. C, League City, 281-338-9622; 17125 Ella Blvd., 281-444-3550; 7901 Tidwell Rd., 713-633-0530; 1234 W. 34th St., 713-869-3378; 1331 Augusta Dr., 713-781-1061; 1716 Jasmine, Pasadena, 713-473-9441; 3531 Wheeler, 713-748-5405; 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, 281-367-9622; 5614 H Mark Crosswell, Jr., 713-747-2173; 911 Thompson Hwy, Richmond, 281-341-0791; 2700 YMCA Dr., Pearland, 281-485-6805; 15055 Wallisville Rd., 281-458-7777; 7101 Stella Link Rd., 713-664-9622; 10402 Fondren, 713-771-8333

This is a one-stop gym for any family. With 33 centers serving 80,000 people every day, the Y has activities and programs for young and old. The facilities are built to encompass everyone, and they promote programs to help build health, spirit, mind and body.

Weight Loss Centers

A Doctor's Weight Control Center

25000 Pitkin Rd., 281-367-0070

Body Design

1021 Eighth St., 281-232-9142

Cook's of Texas

24935 Stuebner Airline Rd., 281-351-5876

Diet Center

905 W. Main, 281-332-4432

Diet Gourmet

3917 Richmond Ave., 713-850-0900

Diet's Don't Work

421 Emerson, 713-522-7660

Health Plus Weight Loss Center

909 Frostwood, ste. 162, 713-827-1500

Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers

5507 FM 1960 Rd W., 281-586-7451

Kelley Shaun Weight Control

6512 San Felipe, 713-781-5566

LA Weight Loss Center

13423 East Fwy., 713-451-9922

Miracle Weight Loss Clinic

6440 Hillcroft, ste. 100, 713-779-7546

Nutri-System Weight Loss Center

11920 W.heimer Rd., 281-556-1438

Quick Weight Loss Centers

165 Greens Rd., 281-872-0067

Salud Em Forma

7700 Fulton St., 713-699-1035

Texas Sports Nutrient & Weight Loss

2600 S. Loop W., 713-666-8048

Weight Warriors

12375 Bissonnet, 281-879-8818

Weight Watchers

7045 Southwest Fwy., 713-665-0050,

Yoga and Holistic Alternatives

If you want to reach a place of enlightenment and self-fulfillment without any psychedelics, look to the East: They've known for centuries what we're just discovering -- that mind and body work together. If you're a beginner and a bit intimidated by folks around you who can put their feet around their ears, start at the YMCA ( Most locations have yoga classes for beginners to pros. But if you really want to embrace the lifestyle, check out the places below.

Aikido in the Village

2520 Albans, 713-464-6407,

Acupuncture and Natural Qigong

3131 Eastside St., ste. 435, 713-524-0083

Acupuncture Therapy & Research Clinic

8453 Howard Dr., 713-661-2024

Bikram's Yoga College of India

2438 S. Blvd., 713-664-5333; 1854 Fountain View Dr., 713-664-5333,

Boustany Hatha Yoga Studios

2100 Winrock Blvd., 713-953-9642,

B.J. & Margaret Bradshaw Wellness Center

7731 Southwest Fwy., 713-448-8000

Cho's Tae Kwon Do Centers

12899 W.heimer, 281-497-2633

Dahn Holistic Fitness Center

3321 W.park Dr., 713-664-3246; 13184 Memorial Dr., 713-464-7012; 14019 S. W. Fwy., ste. 408, Sugar Land, 281-242-3246; 1515 S. Mason Rd., Katy, 281-492-7000; 5319-C FM 1960 W., 281-440-6160,

Devanand Yoga Center

3115 W. Loop S., ste. 21, 713-965-9642,

Elite Martial Arts

10640 W.heimer, 713-974-1044

Global Healing Center Inc.

2040 N. Loop W., 713-476-0016; 9650 Longmont Dr., 713-484-6550

Good Space Pilates Studio

5757 Woodway Dr., ste. 150, 713-784-8555

Healthy Pathways

9555 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., 713-270-8100,

Hot Yoga Here

Gauranga Hall, second floor, 1320 W. 34th St., 832-483-5787,

Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio

1210 W. Clay St., 713-527-9100

Houston Karate Academy

10321 Katy Fwy., 713-464-7937,

Joy Yoga Center

1916 W. 18th St., 713-819-9390

Master Mungu Karate School

4608 Almeda Rd., 713-522-4319

Pathways To Health

427 W. 20th St., 832-618-1414

Tejas, Ashtanga Yoga

River Oaks One on One Gym, 2740 Kirby Dr., 713-526-0046

Urban Jungle Self Defense

707 Yale St., 713-861-7252,

Yoga Body

526 Waugh Dr., 713-522-6080

Yoga Center of Houston Inc.

1605 Banks St., 713-524-4572

Yoga Central-Kundalini Yoga

1123 Jackson Blvd., 713-526-4175

Yoga Hmmm

1801 S. Dairy Ashford St., 281-558-3497,

The Yoga Institute & Bookshop

2150 Portsmouth, 713-526-6674,

Yoga Lotus Inc.

10001 W.heimer Rd., ste. 1110, 713-550-1125

Yoga West Studio

2430 Fry Rd., 281-392-5575,

Your Body Center

1415 California St., 713-874-0800

Is That a Monkey on Your Back?

You need every vice you have as a crutch for the holidays. It's uncomfortable to be around your mother more than 24 hours, and it's depressing that your dad's current wife is younger and thinner than you. But after the holidaze are over, it's time to clear the body and mind. Nothing a little rehab couldn't help. Or acupuncture. Or maybe some hypnosis so you just forget about the whole thing. 'Tis the season to toss the cigarettes, needles and potato chips in the trash. These guys can help.

Achievement Success Center

2715 Bissonnet St., ste. 301, 713-524-6377

Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic

9660 Hillcroft, ste. 405, 713-721-7755

Acupuncture & Quit Smoking Center

1990 FM 1960 Road W., 281-444-8310

Acupuncture Center International - LIC ACU Yin Bong Cheng

6910 Bellaire Blvd., ste. 10, 713-776-3442

Acupuncture Clinic of Beijing

5959 W. Loop S., 713-661-0346,

Acupuncture @ Rice Village

2365 Rice Blvd., ste. 214, 713-240-1074,

Advanced Medical Hypnosis Clinic

908 Town And Country Blvd., ste. 650, 713-722-8616

Alcohol 24 Hour Abuse Hotline

1121 Capitol St., 713-226-7407

Alcoholicos Anonimos Oficina Intergrupal Hispana

4800 W. 34th St., 713-683-9277

Alcoholics Anonymous Spanish Group

8926 Clarkcrest St., 713-975-8666

Alcoholics Anonymous Area Intergroup Association

4140 Directors Row, ste. D,713-686-6300

Alcoholics Anonymous

14540 Minetta St., 713-729-3415; 4010 Highway 6 S., 281-752-4414; 3809 Main St., 713-524-3682; 701 N Post Oak Rd, ste. 10, 713-956-5061; 1200 Blalock Rd., 713-468-9103; 126 Forest Hill Blvd., 713-928-7121; 10035 Jensen Dr., 713-692-7812; Galena Park, 1611 First St, 713-673-8409; 126 Forest Hill Blvd., 713-928-7121; 6640 Harwin Dr., 713-972-0034; 13333 Chrisman Rd., 281-442-9519; 14340 W. Sylvanfield Dr., 281-444-7238; 3809 Main St., 713-524-3682; 7219 Harrisburg Blvd., 713-921-1905; 617 E. Witcher Ln., 713-694-3401; 4282 S. Kirkwood Rd., 281-575-9649; 2115 Lawrence St., 713-862-9064

Alternative Medicine and Therapy Treatment Center

3920 W. FM 1960, 281-587-8191

Behavioral Dynamics

2323 S. Voss Rd., ste. 470, 713-789-0713

Betty Ford Center


Cocaine Anonymous


Community Recovery Center


Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston

303 Jackson Hill St., 713-942-4100

Cypress Creek Hospital

17750 Cali, 281-586-7600

Detox and Treatment Center


Drug, Cocaine, Heroin Detox Helpline & Treatment


Gamblers Anonymous

10900 Northwest Fwy., 713-684-6654

La Hacienda Treatment Center




Houston Hypnotherapy


Houston Recovery Zone

9000 W. Bellfort St, ste. 250, 713-981-0922

Intracare Hospital


Kimin Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic

1335 Space Park Dr., ste. D, 281-333-0881

Last Chance Recovery Center

5130 Milwee St., 713-529-1581

Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center

1550 La Concha, 713-578-3100

Montrose Counseling Center

701 Richmond Ave., 713-529-0037

Methadone Clinic and Heroin Treatment Clinic


Methadone Maintenance Adult Rehabilitation and Detox

6600 Hornwood Dr., ste. 6624, 713-541-4422

Methadone Maintenance Clinic

9320 W.view Dr., ste. 10, 713-468-0536

Motivational Center

2715 Bissonnet St., 713-524-6377

New Hope Women's Center

3636 Meadowood, 713-472-9573

North Houston Acupuncture Clinic

1990 FM 1960 Road W., 281-444-8310

Overeaters Anonymous

P.O. Box 741836, 713-973-6633

People's Choice Recovery Shop

26515 Preston, 281-335-1048

Positive Changes Hypnosis

2201 W. Holcombe Blvd., ste. 225, 832-242-1220, 713-838-1800

Post Oak Club

701 N. Post Oak, 713-956-5061

Recovery Network Services

5502 First St., Katy, 281-391-9650

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, Texas, 800-292-0148

Sunrise Recovery Programs

2611 W. FM 1960, 281-587-9696

Watershed Treatment Programs


Weekly Warning

5100 San Felipe St., 713-622-0640,

Woman for Sobriety


YAMO Tobacco Prevention Project

3422 Holman St., 713-741-4591

Keep the Devil at Bay by Volunteering

Remember all those promises you drunkenly made on New Year's Eve? Well, several weeks have passed, buddy, and you haven't lifted a finger, have you? Not to worry: You haven't been assigned to hell -- yet. The following places are actively seeking volunteers; work here as you try to earn a special spot in heaven.

Bering Omega Community Services,

1429 Hawthorne St., Liz Tise, 713-524-9304 ext. 101, .

Volunteer for the Bayou City Art Festival, a biannual event that helps emerging artists gain exposure and raises money for local nonprofits. Bering Omega Community Services is one of the beneficiaries. They provide well-being for persons with critical health needs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston 6347 High Star, Janny Lara, 713-271-5683 ext. 127, .

Mentors, data entry volunteers and development assistants needed.

The Butterfly Museum at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Dr., Sibyl Robertson, 713-639-4656

Volunteers escort the screamers outside and encourage kids not to kill the butterflies -- although volunteers do give kids dead ones to play with.

Center For Cultural Interchange Houston

1615 Sandman St., David Godwin, 713-880-4142

Host families are needed for this program, which is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development and world peace through cultural exchanges.

Child Advocates, Inc.

2401 Portsmouth, ste. 210, 713-529-1396

Volunteer to help abused kids.

Community Family Centers

7524 Ave. E, Stephanie Rivera, 713-923-2316,

Tutors and homework helpers are needed to serve the predominantly Latino community with social services and educational programs.

Harris County Flood Control District

9900 Northwest Fwy., Rachel Powers, 713-684-4000,

Plant trees all over Harris County. The Flood Control District provides urban flood damage reduction projects using appropriate regard for community and natural values.

Interfaith Ministries of Houston

3217 Montrose Blvd., Catherine Barry, 713-533-4922,

Volunteers hand-deliver lunches to children's homes one morning a month. The project runs Mondays through Fridays and serves more than 800 children daily.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd., Department of Volunteer Services, Box 115, Mary Donnelly, 713-792-7180

Improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Be a knitting instructor or cart volunteer, help at the information desk or work in the beauty/barber shop.

SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center

24161 Spring Dr., Hockley; 4610 Sloangate, Spring; 5757 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, Penny Kvello, 281-356-7588,

Assist disabled riders and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through horseback riding and related therapeutic activities.

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition

595 Wycliffe, Roslyn Even, 713-468-8972,

Help promote environmental conservation through public education and rehabilitation of native Texas wildlife. Emergency wildlife shelter open to the public. Volunteer opportunities include baby-bird feeder, shift volunteer and wildlife rehabilitator.


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