Houston Children’s Charity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Our goal is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered.
It all began as a fundraiser for Laura Ward’s own children’s school – five bucks a head for a spaghetti dinner in the high school gym of a private Christian school. Over forty-million dollars and thirty years later, her drive to help children in need ranks her among the top Executive Directors of children’s charities.
For the past 20 years, through an array of capital and operating support, HCC has provided program services for over 300 agencies and more than 1,500,000 children. In addition, the Becker Emergency Fund has provided over $100,000 to assist families in an emergency crisis situation.
Through our “Chariots for Children,” we provide special purpose vehicles used to deliver mobility freedom not otherwise available. This program is dedicated to providing specifically designed handicapped accessible vans to families and equipped transportation to organizations with a similar mission. HCC has awarded 90 passenger vans, 51 handicapped accessible vehicles, 3 box trucks, 1 car and 2 vehicle modifications to 94 agencies and 53 individual families.
Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, scholarships are being provided to enable underprivileged youth to attend college, potentially breaking the cycle of poverty in their families. HCC has awarded scholarships, totaling $240,000, to deserving Houston area students through the Houston Children’s Charity Scholarship Fund.
In 2006, Houston Children’s Charity pledged a gift in the amount of $1,000,000 to establish the “Houston Children’s Charity Family Emergency Fund at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.” This fund is used exclusively for the fulfillment of the needs of the children and the families of children under treatment in Texas Children’s Cancer Center. In 2016, HCC renewed its commitment and made another $1,000,000 pledge.
Since its inception in 2009, the “HCC Closet ” has provided gently-used clothing and shoes to over 10,000 children and their families. This program was designed to provide a positive experience for families to shop at absolutely no cost to them.
Houston Children’s Charity’s “Back2School ” program has been paving the road for success for under-served children in Houston since 2005. Beginning with just one school district, our program now encompasses a number of independent school districts, charter schools across 5 counties. Overall, this annual project has helped more than 20,000 children.
We truly believe that all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, should walk into school on day one with a backpack and the basic supplies needed to succeed.
Since 2007, HCC’s “A Better Night’s Sleep” program has been providing families with a twin mattress set, bed frame, sheets, pillow and blanket on a monthly basis. To date, HCC has provided over 11,000 children with a bed of their very own.
In 2010, Houston broke the 1980 record of 32 days over 100° temperatures and ended up with 46 days over that 100° mark. In 2011, out of need in our community, HCC launched “Kool Kidz.” This program has allowed 98 families the opportunity to stay cool during the hottest months of the year.
Each year, during our annual Easter and Christmas Parties, Christmas Toy Distributions, Adopt-A-Family programs, the Greater Houston Area’s under-served children can experience some of the joys of life. Along with these events, additional sports outings and cultural events, help disadvantaged children expand their horizons throughout the year. Helping the children of our community provides a positive outlook on their futures and the future of our community.
We are making progress, assisting one child at a time, and measure our success by the number of children whose lives are touched. Houston Children’s Charity benefits from a steadfast Executive Director and a “hands on” Board of Directors who carefully decide how to efficiently and effectively meet children’s needs.
Our supporters come from all walks of life. They are people who understand that caring means giving of themselves. You will often see members of the Board of Directors, which provide over 40% of the total funding, working hand-in-hand among volunteers chaperoning children at our Annual Children’s Events. More often than not, our volunteers feel they receive much more than they give. Thank you for your generosity over the past 20 years at each event. We could not do it without your help!
Remember our goal is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered. We are always seeking an ever-broadening base of support, dedicated sponsors and committed volunteers to expand our ability to help children. There are numerous avenues of participation available for any individual or corporation willing to provide resources to assist children.