Each month, the Young Professionals Committee chooses a not-for-profit organization to highlight at the monthly happy hour.  A representative is invited to come and is given time to introduce their organization and tell attendees what volunteer opportunities exist for members of the Young Professionals group.  In addition, the committee organizes periodic group outings to do community service projects together.

Below is a listing of organizations who have been featured at Young Professional events.

September 2013 Happy Hour – Harris County Department of Education (HCDE)

Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) provides educational resources to school districts and the general public throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. They offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, school finance support and records management. Since 1889, their services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public.

HCDE is dedicated to the equalization of educational opportunity and to the advancement of public schools. They impact the educational community through visionary leadership, shared resources and innovative programs.

March 2013 Happy Hour – Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 14, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. For more information, please visit www.bbbstx.org.

November 2012 Happy Hour – Star of Hope

Established in 1907, Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and children.  Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovering from substance abuse.  In 2011 alone, 8,722 individual children, women and men stayed at Star of Hope for a total of 310,585 nights and 615,068 healthy, nourishing meals were provided to the hungry.

For more information, visit their website at www.sohmission.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Star of Hope Mission) and on Twitter (@StarofHope).

Additional information specifically about addiction resources for the homeless can be found at http://sunrisehouse.com/addiction-demographics/homeless-population/.

October 2012 Happy Hour – Santa CPAs

For more than 40 years, the Houston CPA Society’s Community Services Committee has coordinated the Santa CPAs fund drive among Society members for toys and books for underprivileged children in the Gulf Coast Community Services Head Start program.  The effort has provided more than $10,000 in books, gifts, and fruit during the holidays.

For more information, visit the Society’s website at www.houstoncpa.org.  You can also email Elyse Turla at ETurla@houstoncpa.org.

September 2012 Happy Hour – Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The goal is to provide a joyful and meaningful experience that gives the immediate family time together away from medical treatments & medical bills.

For more information, visit their website at texgulf.wish.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana).

August 2012 Happy Hour – B.I.G. Love Cancer Care

B.I.G. Love Cancer Care is a 501c(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to providing basic necessities and personalized care to cancer kids and their families at Arkansas and Texas Children’s Hospitals in honor of the founders’ five year old daughter, Brooke Alyson Phillips, after her battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

For more information, visit their website at www.biglovecancercare.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (BIG Love Cancer Care) and on Twitter (@BIGLove_ca_care).

July 2012 Happy Hour – Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank has been serving the Houston community for 30 years and distributes over 45 million meals every year. They feed over 137,000 different people every week through the help of almost 300,000 volunteers every year. Houston Restaurant Weeks begins on August 1st, and a portion of meals purchased at participating restaurants will go to the Houston Food Bank. Learn more about this program here. Make sure to visit your favorite Houston restaurant to participate.

For more information, visit their website at www.houstonfoodbank.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Houston Food Bank) and on Twitter (@houstonfoodbank).

June 2012 Happy Hour – Team In Training

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training has trained over a half million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers and raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving cancer research.  Participants train with a network of certified coaches and have mentors for fundraising support.  There are more than 200 exciting endurance events to choose from, so there’s something for just about all fitness levels.

For more information, visit their website at www.teamintraining.org/.  You can also find them on Facebook (Team In Training) and on Twitter (@teamintraining).

May 2012 Happy Hour – Houston Area Women’s Center

The Houston Area Women’s Center helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. They provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence.

For more information, visit their website at www.hawk.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Houston Area Women’s Center) and on Twitter (@hawctalk).

April 2012 Service Project – Habitat for Humanity (Fort Bend Chapter)

Habitat for Humanity has built more than 500,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.  The Fort Bend chapter has completed 62 houses in Fort Bend County and more than 65 others overseas.

Qualified families who will reside in the homes must invest a minimum of 300 hours of their own work (sweat equity) to help build their home and their neighbors’ homes.

For more information, visit the Fort Bend chapter’s website at www.fortbendhabitat.org or the main Habitat page at www.habitat.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Habitat for Humanity) and on Twitter (@Habitat_org).

April 2012 Happy Hour – Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success.  Their volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.  The programs use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

For more information, visit their website at www.ja.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Junior Achievement) and on Twitter (@JA_USA).

March 2012 Happy Hour – Skills For Living

Skills For Living provides award-winning financial, career and college-planning workshops to at-risk students and low- and moderate-income families in the Greater Houston area.  Their coaching enables participants to build wealth, find fulfilling work and educational opportunities and, ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.

For more information, visit their website at www.skills4living.org.  You can also find them on Facebook (Skills For Living, Inc) and on Twitter (@SkillsForLiving).