Here are some of our favorite charities located in cities nearby Houston, TX. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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Preparing, protecting, empowering
ChildBuilders is a non-profit organization that has been strengthening Houston since 1974. We train individuals to deliver our solutions to children and youth of greater Houston that promote healthy decision-making skills proven to prevent risky behaviors and abuse. We influence their awareness, beliefs and attitudes with measurable results. Our programs teach children, teachers and parents important skills to help children lead healthier emotional and social lives.
We save animals' lives
Friends for Life saves animals' lives. We find creative ways to do it and are passionate about success at it. Animals are our primary clients and everything we do is based on what is in their best interest individually or as a group. We envision a community in which no animal will be killed for want of a loving home. Shelters accept their rightful responsibility as guardians and protectors of animals and we, as a society, accept no less from them. Shelters will lead by example to promote a larger and more compassionate vision of the way companion animals are valued beginning with refusing to kill them.
Fighting hunger, shaping lives, strengthening our community
Founded in 1989, Target Hunger works to alleviate hunger and its root causes in the heart of Houston's inner city. Target Hunger is one of Houston's largest organizations that distributes food to families. We assist individuals in inner-city neighborhoods who are food insecure. Our agency focuses on rebuilding and strengthening family units by empowering our clients to become self-sufficient through our programs. More than three million pounds of food are distributed each year and more than 9,600 individuals are served each month.
Find your spark
Inspire Women was founded in 2003 with no money in the bank, just a clear vision from God for a ministry that would go beyond conferences to provide mentorship, support and investment to women looking to unlock their God-given potential. Since our founding, we have grown to invest millions in scholarships, grants and support for women of all races and economic backgrounds. Through our leadership institute, inner circles, citywide events and annual servant search program and, most importantly, the ministry work of the women we invest in around the world, we help women find their spark and follow their God-given calling.
Character through Karate
Kickstart Kids is a non-profit foundation that delivers a Texas Education Agency (TEA) recognized in-school physical education program teaching character through karate. Daily lessons include martial arts instruction and lessons from our unique values curriculum focusing on honesty, courage, dedication, and discipline. Kickstart Kids gives youth the tools and support they need to successfully navigate challenges they confront each day. Students of the program enjoy higher levels of academic and social success, becoming more productive members of their schools and local communities.
Preserving and advancing knowledge of natural science
The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects, and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class. The Museum is a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.
Making a difference in Jewish lives
The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston was originally founded in 1936 as the Jewish Community Council to provide for Jewish social welfare and philanthropic works. Since that time, the Federation has generated and distributed more than $100 million to meet the wide-ranging needs of the Jewish community by working with our numerous community partners, both locally and globally. Our mission is to preserve and enrich Jewish communal life through innovative and visionary leadership that is responsive and responsible to Jewish communities locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world.
Excellence through collection, exhibition, preservation, conservation, and education
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 68,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum is developing plans to create a new building for 20th- and 21st-century art and a new facility for the Glassell School of Art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston's mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA has always stayed true to its mission, values and purpose. With 36 centers and over 300 program locations serving eleven counties, the YMCA of Greater Houston is helping to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The YMCA is serving more than 500,000 boys and girls, men and women each year.
Wesley invests in the potential of individuals and creates opportunities to strengthen families and build neighborhoods
Founded in 1904, the Wesley Community Center Wesley Community Center is a social service agency that has been serving residents of the Near Northside Village neighborhood and the Greater Houston area for 108 years, serving over 110 zip codes in 2011. Our mission statement:"Wesley Community Center invests in the potential of individuals and creates opportunities to strengthen families and build neighborhoods."
Dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children
Founded in 1907, Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. On any given day, there are approximately one thousand homeless men, women and children being helped at the Men's Development Center, the Women and Family Emergency Shelter, the Transitional Living Center for Women & Families and New Horizons. The key to the success of Star of Hope Mission is its comprehensive approach to addressing the diverse issues, both immediate and long term, that impact homeless individuals and families.
United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County was chartered in 1946 as the Tri-Cities and East Harris Community Chest after World War II ended. We develop, promote and support solutions to meet targeted community needs. Dollars given here stay in our community to serve families and individuals in Baytown, Highlands and Chambers County.
Changing Lives Through the Power of Work
Goodwill Industries of Houston provides education, training and job opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, improving the lives of individuals, families and communities. Goodwill Houston strives to be the premier workforce development resource in greater Houston, based on the excellence of our people and our career services.
Promoting commitment to and respect for all animals and freeing them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.
Founded in 1924, the Houston SPCA is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation, and our vision is that we will lead our community to appreciate the value of animals. Committed to all animals, the Houston SPCA provides quality, humane care to dogs and cats, rabbits and other small mammals, birds, horses, farm animals and more. We also facilitate the protection and rehabilitation of injured, ill, orphaned and oiled native wildlife through our affiliate, Wildlife Rehab & Education. We are also the only shelter in the Greater Gulf Coast area with the ability to provide humane, temporary shelter to big cats and other exotic animals. All programs offered by the Houston SPCA-excluding adoptions, pet-training classes and Critter Camp-are free of charge, a service to our community and its animals, and we place 100% of our adoptable animals.
AMIGOS works to create a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens.
Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.Our vision is a world where each young person becomes a life-long catalyst for social change.Founded in 1965 in Houston, AMIGOS is an international organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas. Supported by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college students from diverse backgrounds immerse themselves in the lives of their host communities and truly experience collaborative development work. During its 50-year history, more than 27,000 AMIGOS Volunteers have gained a life-long commitment to community service, while strengthening multicultural understanding and friendships in the Americas.
Connecting communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.
Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests.
Serving as the fundraising arm of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
The Memorial Hermann Foundation serves as the fundraising arm of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Philanthropic support is a crucial source of funding that helps ensure Memorial Hermann's ongoing commitment and ability to provide critical programs and services to meet the community's growing healthcare needs. Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is a community-owned health care system with spiritual values, dedicated to providing high quality health services in order to improve the health of the people in Southeast Texas.
The channel that changes you
The Houston Public Media Foundation (formerly known as the Association for Community Broadcasting) serves to secure the financial future of Houston Public Media and to cultivate and engage community resources to support its mission of opening minds, changing lives and enriching the quality of life in Southeast Texas. The Houston Public Media Foundation assists Houston Public Media staff with fundraising efforts. In addition to personal gifts of support, Houston Public Media Foundation Board members go on calls with staff, write letters of support and serve as ambassadors for public broadcasting in the community on a local and national level. The Houston Public Media Foundation also is involved in many special events and activities that help raise funds for Houston Public Media. Board members secure sponsorships and auction items, sell tickets and serve on committees while regularly attending events for Houston Public Media
Creating, improving and protecting parkland for Houston
The Houston Parks Board was created in 1976 in response to a request by Houston's major foundations and civic leaders who wanted to contribute to the city's park system through an organization that would represent their needs and desires. Since its inception, the Houston Parks Board has raised and leveraged millions of dollars and touched at least 75% of the City's parkland either through acquisitions and/or capital improvements. As a result of the flexibility with which Houston Parks Board operates, it is involved in a wide range of activities related to the expansion and improvement of the parks system. The Houston Parks Board's primary programs are its Park Creation Campaign (acquiring parkland to create new parks and expand existing parks) and its Park Improvement Projects (creating new amenities or renovating existing facilities).
Educating the public on conservation of marine resources
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is comprised of 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific coasts. CCA's strength is drawn from the tens of thousands of recreational saltwater anglers who make up its membership. From South Texas to the upper reaches of Maine, CCA's grassroots influence is felt through state capitals, U.S. Congress and, most importantly, in the conservation and restoration of our coastal marine resources. CCA's unmatched breadth and depth of volunteer involvement has made it the largest marine conservation group of its kind. Its grassroots network and unique combination of membership, fundraising and advocacy have enacted positive change on all levels of coastal marine conservation and management.
Sharing the strength of our home
Since 1981, Ronald McDonald House Houston has been serving families with children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses at Texas Medical Center institutions. We offer loving, home-like environments, where families can find support and share experiences with others, including in-hospital facilities and a freestanding 50-bedroom home for longer term stays. Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. We are proud to offer a safe and loving environment to all families of children facing a life threatening condition, including those in need of an organ transplant or fighting cancer.
Ending domestic and sexual violence
The Houston Area Women's Center's helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential and available to everyone.
Serving the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is a community-based organization serving the inner-city Houston community. We were incorporated in 1980 and since that time CCSC has grown to encompass a coalition of 41 churches united in service. Our mission is to serve the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences. CCSC was created out of faith, and founded in the belief that we are called to help all God's children heart to heart and hand in hand. Thanks to over 2,000 volunteers, CCSC currently offers services through the following outreach programs: Emergency Services-Central, Emergency Services-southwest (formerly Gethsemane Food Pantry), JobNet, Vocational Training/Martha's Way, Jingle Bell Express, Back To School, The Louise J. Moran Vision Care Program and the Sunshine Resale Shop.
Not another moment lost to seizures
The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. Established in 1983, the Epilepsy Foundation Texas-Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth/West Texas is a group of dedicated staff members and volunteers working to improve the lives of people with epilepsy and those who care for them. As an affiliate of the national office of the Epilepsy Foundation, our organization serves 176 of the 254 counties in Texas. Our programs and services empower people with epilepsy to live productive lives by providing information and guidance on epilepsy self-management and promoting awareness of the condition among professionals and the public.
Founded in 1982, KSBJ Educational Foundation is a Christ-centered, listener-supported radio ministry. KSBJ shares the Gospel through Christian music, ministry, and education using broadcasting, events, and mentoring; promotes unity among Christians; and actively participates in our community. Sharing the Gospel of Christ, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together under His banner, and impacting our community in His name are things we're passionate about. KSBJ broadcasts to an audience of over 640,000 people of various culture and denominational backgrounds.
Filling pantries. Filling lives.
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts' mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting was founded in Houston in 1922 by Corinne Fonde and Frances Mann Law, only 10 years after Juliette Gordon Low established Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) in Savannah, Georgia. Nationwide, more than 2.8 million girls and adults are Girl Scouts today, and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has the largest girl membership in Texas. GSSJC reached over 61,000 girls in the 2014-2015 program year from 26 counties stretching east to the Louisiana border, north to Nacogdoches, west to Katy, and south to Matagorda. Membership is open to anyone who embraces the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Over 30 percent of the Council's membership consists of at-risk girls living in underserved areas. A primary goal of the Council is to build a membership base that represents the diverse communities we serve.
Leading with the heart
Founded in 1962, the Texas Heart Institute is dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative programs in research, education and patient care. The Texas Heart Institute and its clinical partner, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, have become one of the nation's largest cardiovascular centers. Members of the Institute's 160 member professional staff have performed more than 100,000 open heart operations, 200,000 cardiac catheterizations and 1,000 heart transplants - experience no other facility can match. The Texas Heart Institute has offered hope to victims of cardiovascular disease around the world. As long as heart disease remains a threat to all our lives, its efforts will continue.
Dedicated to children with cancer
Founded in 1982, The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what Kids are meant to do . . . have fun and celebrate life! Young cancer patients participate in positive group activities which promote self-esteem, personal accomplishment and just plain old fashioned fun. Thousands of children from hospitals across the country have benefited from The Sunshine Kids Foundation's many programs and national and regional events. The Sunshine Kids continues, as it has since its inception, to provide all of its activities completely free of charge to the children, their families and hospitals.
Helping kids stay in school and prepare for life
Beginning in 1979, Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) began making a difference in the stay-in-school and graduation rates among Houston area schools! The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is based on the belief that programs don't change people-relationships do! CIS of Houston works with at-risk students in grades pre-K through post-secondary, by placing a full-time social service provider on the school campus to implement a student-centered, goal-oriented, solution-focused case management model, which is a process for assessing and meeting a student's needs. CIS Project Managers are committed adults who invest in at-risk students' personal and academic success, building significant relationships with students to encourage him/her to set and attain academic, personal, and career goals.CIS mental health professionals provide mental and behavioral health support services for over 6,600 students annually, and partners with community mental health providers under the CIS Mental Health Initiative. Within that initiative mental health services are provided to meet the specific needs of Newcomer students and their families who are recent immigrants or refugees. The CIS Project MOVE Dental provides preventative and restorative dental care to 1,200 students annually in partnership with the University of Texas Dental Branch. The collective impact of these and hundreds of CIS partnerships throughout the community projects well into the future with each student who successfully completes school and succeeds in life.
A place for change Better Health. Better Lives.
Cenikor is committed to helping people deal with behavioral health issues and addictions by providing a full continuum of care. Cenikor has a variety of programs including short-term and long-term inpatient programs, detoxification, outpatient and intensive outpatient services. Cenikor also provides adolescent short-term inpatient treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient care. Cenikor Foundation is one of the oldest and most successful substance abuse treatment centers in the nation with services throughout Texas and Louisiana. Since 1967, Cenikor has expanded to assist approximately 1,000 people a week achieve better health and better lives.Cenikor Foundation is dedicated to providing quality behavioral health care services to the communities we serve.
Assuring that families have the means to meet their basic needs
Founded in 1982, Memorial Assistance Ministries' mission is to assure that families have the means to meet their basic needs. To carry out that mission, we assist families facing financial crisis to avoid homelessness, offer programs to enable long-term financial self-sufficiency, assure children an improved school experience, facilitate client access to other support networks, and enhance MAM's value to its member congregations and the community. MAM clients live or work in Houston‘s central and close-in West and Northwest neighborhoods such as the Heights, Spring Branch, Acres Homes, Memorial, Jersey Village and more
Advancing Language, Empowering Learners
Established in 1983, The Parish School's (TPS) mission is to identify, educate, and empower children who have language and learning differences. The Parish School specializes in early language intervention and individualized instruction with a focus on the education of the whole child. The Parish School is the only school in Houston, public or private, which offers a multi-age, language-based, developmental curriculum for children 18 months through fifth grade. Children served have communication and learning differences, but average to above average learning potential. TPS utilizes a classroom based therapy program implemented by certified teachers and speech/language pathologists. Classroom ratios are low and treatment/education plans are individualized to maximize the success of each child.
Empowering individuals, families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. has been in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first cases were reported in 1981. Immediately after the first cases began to surface, a group of caring community members came together to provide food and clothing to those devastated by the disease. In June 1982, this group of community activists became officially known as the KS/AIDS Foundation Houston, later renamed, AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH).As expressed in our mission statement, "AIDS Foundation Houston leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives." AFH envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination. With passion and creativity our staff provide direct care services to over 7,000 men, women and children and prevention education,
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The concept of Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) was presented as a community service project to the Northwest Clergy Association in April 1983. A little more than six months later, NAM began operations with a small Food Pantry, Assistance Program and Resale Shop. Today, NAM is a multi-program, community-based social services agency. NAM's mission is to strive to meet basic human needs through neighbors helping neighbors. Our goal is to serve in a spirit of humility and charity and to enable people toward independence while respecting racial, cultural, and religious differences.
Houston's leading voice for the rights of abused children
Founded in 1984, Child Advocates mobilizes court appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. We speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive. Volunteers are assigned to the cases of children who have been victims of life-threatening abuse or neglect and, as a result, have been placed in protective custody. They contact caseworkers, interview parents, ensure necessary medical care, look out for educational interests and make recommendations in court regarding the permanent placement of the child. Most importantly, they serve as a constant person for that child to count on during a very tumultuous time. Essentially, our volunteers do whatever it takes to ensure that the needs of the child are being met while that child is in care.
Connecting Knowledge...and Enhancing Lives.
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation seeks to improve the lives of people who have sustained central nervous system damage through injury or disease. TIRR Foundation created, directs and funds Mission Connect, a collaborative neurotrauma research project. Mission Connect is focused on the discovery of preventions, treatments and cures for central nervous system damage caused by brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases. TIRR Foundation also supports youth programs including a summer camp and sports team for wheelchair dependent children. To aid with the rehabilitation of patients, TIRR Foundation provides funding to purchase critical equipment within one of Houston's premier rehabilitation outpatient clinics.
Providing free and confidential support groups
Founded in 2004, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders. Our support groups help anyone who is trying to understand these two difficult mental disorders so they can better assist their loved ones on their path to wellness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston support groups are facilitated by trained, dedicated and passionate facilitators. There is no fee or registration required, just show up. All groups are 1.5 hours.
Building homes, communities and hope
Houston Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1987, is a Christian-based housing ministry. Embracing all faiths, the organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our community by helping low-income families purchase a simple, decent home in which to live. To date, Houston Habitat has built over 1,000 affordable homes and served more than 4,200 people - half of whom are children. For two decades, Houston Habitat has worked to eliminate substandard housing by helping our neighbors purchase simple, decent homes in which to live.
Great Futures Start Here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston works to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs serve nearly 10,000 children and teens ages 7 to 17 each year, many of whom have few other positive relationships or dependable resources in their lives. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston provides these youth a safe haven in the midst of chaotic, dangerous neighborhoods and family contexts and delivers high-quality programming that builds character; enhances academic performance; improves physical health and fitness; expands life skills; develops leadership potential; promotes civic engagement; and equips youth for pursuing rigorous postsecondary educational opportunities and productive careers.
Helping community residents in crisis by providing essential resources to move towards self-sufficiency
Founded in 1990, Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) is a faith-based organization that helps community residents in crisis by providing essential resources to move towards self-sufficiency. The vision of HAAM is to meet immediate basic living needs, promote self-sufficiency, partner with other community agencies/organizations to continue to assist those in the community, and proactively seek new resources and tools to serve those in need.
Where hearts are healed.
Bo's Place is a free-of-charge bereavement center offering multiple grief support services for children, families, and adults in their grief journey, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief. Bo's Place exists to enhance the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Founded in 1990, Bo's Place operates on the belief that it is helpful and healing for grieving children and adults to share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with other grieving children and adults. Bo's Place offers the only free on-going grief support program in the greater Houston area for children and their families.
Dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park
Hermann Park Conservancy (HPC), formerly Friends of Hermann Park, encourages the development of more attractive, usable green space in Hermann Park, and promotes the restoration of the Park to its original standards of beauty. Hermann Park, presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, is one of Houston's most historically significant public green spaces. Over the years, the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Garden Center, and the Hermann Park Golf Course have all added to the Park's importance as a recreational destination. In the last ten years, under a partnership with the City of Houston, HPC and the city have spent over $40 million to enhance and restore Hermann Park.
Improving the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy
CHILDREN AT RISK, founded in 1989, is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK has grown to become a statewide organization impacting all children in Texas, and has been speaking out and driving change for Texas' most defenseless youth for over twenty years. Using the tools of advocacy, CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children's issues, including education, parenting and family well being, health and nutrition, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas' children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others.
Life changing medical mission
Incorporated in 1994, the mission of Faith In Practice is to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Our mission is based on an ecumenical understanding that as people of God we are called to demonstrate the love and compassion that is an outward sign of God's presence among us. Faith In Practice's life-changing medical mission is to minister to the poor, while providing a spiritually enriching experience for our volunteers.
Graduation Really Achieves Dreams
Project GRAD Houston (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) is an education reform model with a goal of creating the most cost effective and research-based methods for addressing the needs of students and families in low-income communities so that students graduate from high school, then access and succeed in college. The GRAD Scholarship Program provides financial assistance toward a college education to eligible seniors in Houston, Texas. To aid the delivery of College Access and College Success services, GRAD is leveraging expanded partnerships and collaborations to respond to the growing demand for efficient services. These partnerships include community-based organizations and institutions of higher education, as well as public, charter and private schools.
Providing a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families
The Children's Assessment Center Foundation is a functionally integrated supporting organization for the Children's Assessment Center (CAC). The CAC provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families - a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve. The CAC employs an extraordinarily effective, multi-disciplinary team approach in the prevention, assessment, investigation, referral for prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse. The goal of the CAC is to promote the complete healing of child victims of sexual abuse and their families.
Promoting academically rich and purposeful education
The mission of The Houston A+ Challenge is to promote an academically rich and purposeful education for more of our children and to demonstrate how such an education could become possible for all our children. We do this by investing in people, through initiatives that coach teachers and school leaders to acquire the skills they need to help students of diverse backgrounds succeed academically, professionally and socially. Houston A+ has supported public school improvement in the Houston area since 1997. Houston A+ Challenge initiatives are guided by three imperatives: we promote personalization of classrooms and working communities; we facilitate networks and relationships, so that parents, educators, communities and the business sector can work in collaboration to improve schools; and we focus on teaching and learning, by training educators to assess diverse learning styles and select effective teaching strategies to reach each student.
Bridging the healthcare gap worldwide
Founded in 1997, the mission of Medical Bridges is to bridge the healthcare gap by procuring medical, dental and surgical supplies and equipment for redistribution to qualified organizations and medical missions primarily in the developing world. Sponsoring organizations such as churches, civic groups, local corporations doing business abroad, and international organizations all have to apply to send medical supplies to clinics and/or hospitals in developing countries. The application process ensures that we are sending supplies to a qualified facility that serves the indigent population.
Supporting literacy through newspapers in education
The Readers Are Leaders Foundation was founded in 1999 by The Houston Chronicle to promote newspapers as effective tools for improving the academic skills of young people in the Greater Houston, Texas area. The Foundation has a two-fold purpose: to encourage schoolchildren to read, and to foster a better understanding of current events and world affairs by these children. Programs include the Adopt-a-class program, which provides free newspaper subscriptions and a variety of teaching guides to needy classrooms; the Family-based Literacy program, providing educational assistance to students and family of 47 inner-city school communities in the Houston area; and Club Chronicle, where children and adults can improve their reading skills by reading serial stories.
Delivering intelligent compassion to people in complex situations
Houston-based Millennium Relief & Development Services is a network of international development centers and field workers who live long-term among the people they serve. These workers speak the local language and are experts in the local culture. By listening to and understanding the needs of the people, field workers design social investment projects to help solve human problems at the local level. Our projects focus health and social services, micro-economic development, education, disaster relief and assistance, and consulting services.
We are truly beyond the suit
Founded in 1998, Dress for Success Houston's purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success Houston is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.
Enriching lives through fellowship, memory care, and wellness
The mission of Amazing Place is to provide fellowship, memory care and wellness for adults with mild to moderate memory loss and support to their families and the community. Amazing Place is currently located in a state-of-the-art, "green" facility where the organization can serve up to 60 participants per day. Our model day program offers five unique rooms and a beautiful garden for participant activities. Caregiver families also have space designed specifically for their training, education, socialization and conferencing with staff.
Stop the Cycle
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. (SNAP) works to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas. SNAP provides free and reduced-cost sterilization for animals through regular clinic programs and specially-funded projects throughout Texas. Our vision is to create a world where there are no homeless cats and dogs.
Every child in school and learning well
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization providing quality education to underprivileged children of India. With a budget of less than $14 million, Pratham uses very low-cost and scalable methods and works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to educate millions of children every year. Pratham's mission is "Every Child in School and Learning Well." Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors to create educational reform throughout India. For more information, visit www.prathamusa.org.