Our Mission

We looked around and realized that our city is full of good people eager to make a difference. There are people looking to help however they can. There are organizations in need of help. And most of the time, they never meet. Serve Houston was founded as a bridge to fix that simple problem. We equip and mobilize skilled volunteers to help Impact Organizations take their crucial work even further. By creating a united front, we are harnessing the power of volunteers and non-profits, extending our reach to create even greater impact.

Our purpose is to take on local challenges to restore communities, fight for social justice, and bring hope where it’s needed most. If you’re looking to make a real difference in our city, you’re in the right place. Start here.

Our Focus

Equip: cultivate volunteers and non-profits to better serve the city through diagnostics and workshops

Connect: match volunteers’ talents and passions with needs of an Impact Organization

Mobilize: build and mobilize teams and individuals to actively serve our city

Hope: undergirding every step is a deep conviction to see hope light up our city

How We Do It

Gatherings

Workshops and Meetups crafted to give you the essentials you need to volunteer where your skills and passions intersect with the needs of an Impact Organization.

Service Opportunities

Ready to get started now? Jump start the process by looking through team and individual volunteer opportunities.
 

Impact Organizations

All Nations Sports Academy (ANSA)

All Nations Sports Academy seeks to transform and empower youth and their families of all nations through a free soccer league, currently operating in Spring Branch and Alief.

Redwood Living

Redwood Living believes that apartment communities can be made stronger by uniting the residents and investing in the youth. Their staff live alongside residents in under-resourced apartment communities to gain relationships that lead neighbors to serve neighbors.

The WorkFaith Connection

The WorkFaith Connection helps people in transition build a new life through work and faith. They equip disadvantaged job seekers with skills and beliefs to gain employment and lead full lives.

Our Team

Ginger Harris

Executive Director

Ginger Harris joined the team of Serve Houston in March 2015 as the Executive Director.  Ginger brings over 20 years of experience working for non-profit organizations.  She has a special interest in capacity building and infrastructure development among non-profits that have a clear vision and demonstrate methodology that transforms individuals and communities.

Ginger says, “Serve Houston boosts the impact of volunteerism in our city to a new level.  We engage volunteers to invest their job skills in non-profits as well as provide much needed resources to non-profits who may not otherwise be able to afford such professional work.”

Tamer Assaad

Chairman / Board Member

Tamer Assaad leads the Refining Risk Management group at LyondellBasell and was formerly with the international accounting and consulting firm, PwC. He has over a decade of experience in consulting and finance and is passionate about leveraging that experience and acquired skill sets to serve others.

Tamer joined the Serve Houston Board because he has seen first-hand how skills acquired from corporate world can dramatically aid non-profits in areas that they particularly struggle with. He is passionate about using the skills he has developed and continues to build upon in the corporate world to help non-profits serve others more effectively, efficiently, and to a greater capacity and to help others do the same. He believes that everyone has things that they are good at and experienced in, which they can leverage in a new way to benefit the community and serve others.

Ashley Hurley

Founder / Board Member

Ashley Hurley is the Founder of Serve Houston and a current board member. An eight-year veteran of the Oil and Gas industry, Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University.
While she was still in the corporate world, Ashley’s eyes began to open to the needs around her– homelessness, human trafficking, at-risk youth, and more– she began searching for non-profits that were seeking to address these needs. The more time she spent with these non-profits, she realized some of their greatest challenges were centered on administrative capacity.  Ashley noticed her coworkers around her had both the skills and the passion to address some of the biggest core needs of these non-profits.
Ashley embarked on a journey to discover how skilled volunteers could come alongside non-profits and help strengthen their infrastructure so that together they could have a greater impact on the city. Through this journey, Serve Houston was born.

Rebecca McPhetridge

Secretary & Treasurer / Board Member

Rebecca McPhetridge is an assistant in CornerBooks at Houston’s First Baptist Church where she coordinates over 70 volunteers and supports the accounting functions. Prior to joining HFBC, Rebecca served as the manager of finance at As Our Own, NFP for several years. Before moving to the nonprofit world, she has worked in the accounting/finance industry for over 8 years. Rebecca holds a B.S. in accounting from Abilene Christian University, and a Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University. Rebecca lives with her husband near the Heights.

While I have served the community for many years, I have often felt useless when it comes to serving a non-profit. I have many skills, but not the stereotypical skills considered necessary for non-profit work (e.g. painting, moving heavy items, mentoring kids, etc.) However, Serve Houston has set out to change these stereotypes by reaching out to non-profits, seeking all skills that are needed and connecting individuals with these skills (e.g. budgeting, organizing, planning, etc.). I am super excited to know that skills I have are also needed. I am looking forward to helping others find ways to use their gifts and talents to help others!

Mike Rigo

Board Member

Mike Rigo is Managing Counsel of the Alternative Energy legal team at BP and was formerly an attorney in the global projects group at Baker Botts. Mike is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, obtained his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and has more than 15 years of experience working in the legal community in Houston. Mike is the co-founder and serves on the Board of Houston Welcomes Refugees, a Houston-based non-profit organization. Mike lives in the West Memorial area with his wife, Michelle, and four school-aged children.

Mike joined the Serve Houston Board because he is passionate about serving the City of Houston and cultivating the amazingly talented and diverse people of the city. He has a passion for generously and joyfully giving back, for equipping and motivating the next generation of leaders, and for bringing people together to serve where their individual skill-sets and passions are best utilized.

Barbara Allen

Board Member

Barbara Allen is the Chief Operations Officer at the Ronald McDonald House Houston whose mission is to provide a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director for Nabor House Community one of the initial impact organizations that worked with Serve Houston. Barbara launched NHC from a concept to a nonprofit that served 150 children and their families by providing affordable quality early childhood education in a Christian environment so parents could work or go to school. It was this experience with a start-up nonprofit that made evident the need for skill based volunteers for nonprofits. Nonprofit’s limited budgets, small staff, and  life impacting missions is why Barbara is passionate about joining Serve Houston as a board member to grow the potential to help more organization and utilize volunteer’s skills in meaningful ways.

Barbara has additional experience in internal audit, financial reporting, and administration of preschool programs. She earned a BBA in Accounting, a M.Ed. in Early Childhood, and was awarded a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University.

Clay Dewees

Advisory Committee

Clay Dewees is a Pastor at StoneBridge Church in The Woodlands and oversees Adult Education and Men’s Ministry there.  Prior to going into ministry full-time, he was a Partner at the international accounting firm of KPMG and later an independent consultant in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, process improvement and general business problem solving.  Since becoming a Christ follower in his late 20’s, Clay’s primary ministry has been teaching Bible Studies and leading Small Groups.  Clay also spent 12 years on the Board of KSBJ, including a 3 year term as its Chairman, and is active in leading a local community outreach ministry called Legacy Outfitters which reaches out to men who love the outdoors.

Through his involvement in KSBJ, Clay gained an appreciation for the breadth of ministry in the City of Houston and some of their resource needs.  His current involvement at StoneBridge has given him an appreciation for the challenge of finding worthwhile service opportunities for people who want to make a difference.  The vision of Serve Houston addresses both those issues on a scale that Clay believes could significantly enhance the effectiveness of area ministries and provide transformational experiences to those that volunteer.