The holiday season is one of giving and goodwill, and Houston has many great nonprofit organizations that are in need of support and donations. If you want to give a little back to your community this holiday season, one or more of these great nonprofits could do a lot of good for Houston and its residents with your generous donations. From cookware to clothing to funds for specific projects or ongoing support and even your time, there is something that everyone can give to help make our city a better place to live.
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
3303 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
This group is dedicated to bringing together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds to promote dialogue and shared service of the community. One of its biggest programs is Meals on Wheels for local senior citizens who are housebound and cannot get out to do their own grocery shopping or cooking. Another large program is refugee services and helping those who come from war-torn countries start a new life in Houston. The group takes donations of new and gently used clothing and home items for its refugee clients as well as monetary donations to support their programs. Interfaith also offers service projects and volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.
This website allows donors to connect with local schools and the teachers in the classrooms every day to help improve education. Teachers ask for funding for specific classroom programs or activities – such as a class set of textbooks, a special piece of lab equipment or some new computer software to help the students learn better – and donors can choose which classroom project to donate to based on age and grade level, location, school subject, poverty level, and much more. This is a great way to make sure your donation goes exactly where you think it would help most.
4500 Bissonnet St.
Bellaire, TX 77401
One of the largest United Way organizations in the country, Neighborhood Centers is the largest nonprofit in the city of Houston. The nonprofit is split into four mission areas: Sheltering Arms Senior Services, which offers resources and support to senior citizens around the city with day centers and home care; Choices in Education, which promotes quality education initiatives and early childhood education programs; Public Sector Solutions, which offers childcare, veterans’ services and disaster relief; and Community Based Initiatives, which works to transform Houston communities in need with health care, education, free tax preparation and supportive programs for Houstonians of all ages. Donations can be made online.
United States Veterans Initiative – Houston
1200 Binz St., Suite 290
Houston, TX 77004
The United States Veterans Initiative helps veterans and their families reintegrate into civilian society and work after returning from duty. From providing housing assistance while the veteran looks for a permanent residence to supporting the veteran’s family members in times of need, this group looks to serve those who have served their country to protect our freedoms. The organization also has career services and training to help veterans prepare for and secure gainful employment.
Houston Public Media
Houston, TX 77204
Houston Public MediaHouston Public Media touches the lives of millions of Houstonians daily with quality news, local stories and great family programming. Because the radio and television stations are nonprofit, Houston Public Media relies on donations and sponsorships to keep the programs running commercial-free. If you’ve ever loved “Sesame Street,” “Downton Abbey” or local shows like “The Front Row” or “Houston Matters,” you’ll want to make sure some of your end-of-year giving goes to support these wonderful programs.
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.