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1. How can I renew my membership?

You can renew your membership online. Or you can pay by check made out to TWRC (Please reference membership in the memo).

Mailing address
TWRC Wildlife Center
10801 Hammerly Blvd., #200
Houston, TX 77043.

2. When is my TWRC membership due?

New volunteers pay a membership fee when they sign up to become members at the Center Volunteer Orientation. Thereafter, membership is based on a calendar year and due December 31st.

3. Am I required a have any vaccinations prior to volunteering in the Center?

We recommend that all our volunteers receive a Tetanus vaccines. Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in soil, dust, and manure. The bacteria enters the body through a wound, such as a deep cut. When people are infected, the bacteria produce a toxin (poison) in the body that causes serious, painful spasms and stiffness of all muscles in the body. This can lead to “locking” of the jaw so a person cannot open his or her mouth, swallow, or breathe. Complete recovery from tetanus can take months.

4. Can I volunteer at your Woodlands location?

The Woolands location is no longer open, so we encourage you to work through the ranks at our Hammerly location where you will receive all the necessary training so you are confident to assume all the duties of the Admissions Certified Volunteer.

5. Do you have volunteer opportunities for teens?

Children as young as 12 years old can participate in our Baby Bird and Baby Squirrel Program as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who volunteers alongside them as a volunteer. We require a parent to child ratio of 1:1.  Also, teens as young as 15 years old can participate as a Center Volunteer.

6. Are you only open in the mornings?

No, we have evening hours too, but only during high season.  Find hours of operation for our locations on our contact page.

7. To participate in the Baby Bird, Baby Squirrel Program, or Onsite Care, do I have to attend Center Volunteer Orientation?

No, you only need to attend a Center Volunteer Orientation if you want to participate in any of the opportunities associated with the center:  general center operations (caring for the education animals, helping with admissions over the counter, answering the phones, household chores), education opportunities, wildlife rehabilitation, vet room training, fundraising, data entry or being a board member.

To participate in the Baby Bird Program, you will be required to attend Baby Bird Orientation and to participate in the Baby Squirrel Program, you will be required to attend Baby Squirrel Orientation and a Training class. At this time, the Onsite Care Program doesn’t require an orientation. However, these programs do require a separate registration fee.

8. Are Center Volunteer Orientations only held on Saturdays?

Yes, we find that the majority of people are available on Saturday. We hold Center Volunteer Orientations once a month during the low season and bi-monthly during the high season.

RSVP for a Center Volunteer Orientation

9. Can I Write Any Donations Off On My Taxes?

TWRC Wildlife Center is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. TWRC Wildlife Center is a nonprofit charity operating since 1979. Our federal tax identification number is 74-2130258.

10. Do you have a recurring donation system?

Recurring donations can be set up online by viewing the donation page.

11. How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online by visiting the donation page, or if you prefer, you can speak personally with the Executive Director at 713-468-8972 x 151.

12. My group would like to set up a service day, do we need to attend an orientation?

Groups interested in one-time or short-term projects do not need to attend an orientation session. Based on the age, size, and availability of the group, we can arrange an appropriate activity for you. Please email our Executive Director and include the name of your organization, number of volunteers, and whether anyone in your group is under 18.

13. I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?

If you are seeking community service hours for school, an organization, or personal pleasure, please follow the steps to become a volunteer. You will be in charge of any documentation, including tracking your volunteer hours on your own time sheet. You may request than a TWRC supervisor initial your time sheet each time you volunteer. If you require other documentation of your volunteer hours including TWRC letterhead, please contact our volunteer coordinator before beginning your service.

If you are seeking court-ordered community service hours, please contact our volunteer coordinator before attending orientation. In your email, list the nature of your charge, your age, number of service hours required, and the deadline by which the hours are due.

 

14. I attended an orientation, now what?

Once you have attended Center Volunteer Orientation and become an active TWRC Member, the Volunteer Coordinator will email you an invitation to the VolunteerSpot website. Proceed by following the instruction online to register and sign in. If don’t receive this invitation within 24-48 hours, please call or contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Also check your junk box. Many times, your invitation to VolunteerSpot will go to your junk box or we were unable to read your handwriting. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can start your volunteer experience.

15. How long is orientation?

The entire program typically lasts one and a half hours.

16. Is advance registration required for orientation?

No, but it is recommended. It will help us to prepare if we know how many people to expect. You will also have to option to pre-pay for your membership if you RSVP online. This will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to get signed up as a volunteer.