Houston Children’s Charity Programs
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.
Over the past 18 years, through an array of capital and operating support, HCC has provided over $21.5 million to program services for over 265 agencies and more than 100,000 individual families. In addition, the Becker Emergency Fund has provided over $85,000 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. Including our 2014 van recipients, HCC has awarded 88 passenger vans, 18 handicapped accessible vehicles, 3 box trucks, 1 car and 2 vehicle modifications to 92 agencies and 18 individual families.
Houston Children’s Charity has 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.
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.
Houston Children’s Charity opened the doors to our “HCC Closet” with GREAT success. Semi-monthly appointments are made giving clients an opportunity to “shop with dignity” in the boutique-styled rooms while selecting items for each and every member of their family. The unique and special feature of our “HCC Closet” remains that all items donated are provided at absolutely no cost to our clients.
Our “Back-2-School” program is paving the road for success. This program provides school-aged children with a foundation ready for great accomplishments. Overall, this annual project has helped more than 14,850 children. We believe that all children should walk into school on day one with a backpack and basic supplies, not empty-handed.
Too many of Houston’s children do not have beds and are sleeping on the floor. An opportunity for “A Better Night’s Sleep,” is provided through our monthly bed distributions. This program has the goal of ensuring every child has sweet dreams by providing a twin mattress set, bed frame, sheets, pillow and blanket to children in need. To date, HCC has provided over 5,800 beds to children.
Out of need in our community, HCC launched our newest program, “Kool Kidz”. It’s an inevitable fact that a large number of Houston’s most needy families don’t have an air conditioner. This program has allowed 72 families the opportunity to stay cool during the hottest months of the year.
Our annual Easter and Christmas Parties, Christmas Toy Distributions, Adopt-A-Family, along with the numerous Sports Outings and Cultural Events, help disadvantaged children expand their awareness and experience some of the joys of life. Helping the children of our community provides a positive outlook on their futures and the future of our community.
Houston Children’s Charity benefits from a “hands on” Board of Directors, which provide over 40% of the total funding. Combining careful decision-making with rapid response allows HCC 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, many of the busiest and most high profile executives in Houston, 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.
Houston Children’s Charity seeks an ever-broadening base of support, dedicated sponsors and committed volunteers to expand its ability to help children. There are numerous avenues of participation available for any individual or corporation willing to provide resources to assist children. HCC measures success by the number of children’s lives that are touched, and that is dependent upon how many of you, as individuals or companies, are willing to give of your resources, talents and time.