Holiday decorations. Carolers. Gifts. December is here! The festive month flourishes with giving and according to the nonprofit news source, Inside Charity, 1/3 of all annual giving occurs in December, known as “National Giving Month”.
At The Howard Hughes Corporation, we are committed to giving back and sustaining communities year round, both financially and through volunteerism. The company provides a corporate social responsibility program, HHCares, to support its philanthropic efforts. Here are some of our HHCares efforts:
- Supports approximately 130 causes of local charities financially and through volunteerism
- Team members serve on 44 non-profit boards and 28 committees or associations
- Awarded 14 annual high school scholarships
- Funded four scholarships through an endowment at Lone Star College System
“The Howard Hughes Corporation is proud of our HHCares initiatives and the ability to provide community-focused philanthropic efforts through financial donations and volunteerism. We believe in giving back to The Woodlands, a place our team has helped to create and where many of us live and raise our families,” said Jim Carman, President – Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Woodlands, both the residents and businesses, are very giving and it is inspiring what this community can do to make a positive impact on these charitable organizations.”
Fall Promotion Helps Five Local Charities
In September, The Howard Hughes Corporation raised over $90,000 for non-profit organizations through its Fall Giving Drive. For each new home sold in the award-winning communities of Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills, Howard Hughes donated $500 on behalf of the buyer to one of the following charities selected by the new homeowner: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, HomeAid Houston, Montgomery County Food Bank and YES to YOUTH. The charitable effort gave homebuyers the opportunity to make a positive impact in their new community.
Every builder in Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills, as well as various Realtors, partnered with Howard Hughes and donated to the selected charities.
“We were excited and proud to have raised over $90,000 for these worthwhile charities who provide such a significant impact in our communities,” stated Heath Melton, Executive Vice President of MPC, Residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Fall Giving Drive was very successful and reinforced the strength of our relationship with the non-profit organizations who provide so much to the residents in our region.”
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), one of the select charities in the Fall Giving Campaign, is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is extremely grateful for the efforts of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Over the past five years, Howard Hughes has had over $1 million of impact for LLS and personally, Heath Melton has raised over $600,000,” said Tracie Morden, Campaign Development Manager for LLS. “As a matter of fact, Heath was the #1 fundraiser in the country this year, raising over $258,000.”
Both Heath Melton and Jim Carman have been top fundraisers as an Executive Challenger for LLS the past three years.
The pandemic in 2020 brought unprecedented times and emerged with heroes – our essential frontline workers and first responders as well as the Texas National Guard who assisted the community with the Montgomery County Food Bank.
Howard Hughes showed appreciation to these heroes:
- Provided nearly 1,500 meals for local hospital frontline workers
- Provided food for our first responders
- Co-hosted with Woodforest National Bank a Texas National Guard Appreciation Dinner
The Howard Hughes Corporation participated in the nationwide, Light it Blue campaign, to honor the healthcare and essential frontline professionals who continue to work tirelessly during the COVD-19 pandemic. The skies were lit blue in Bridgeland, our community in Cypress, and The Woodlands Hills, located 13 miles north of The Woodlands.
In The Woodlands, Howard Hughes participated in the Light it Blue campaign together with The Woodlands Township and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. In addition, a large illuminated heart adorned the 31-story tower at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive.
Through its HHCares initiatives, Howard Hughes gives all fulltime employees 24 hours each year, to volunteer in their local communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation also offers a 1:1 matching donation to the charity of the employee’s choice.
“We are excited to see our team members give back to our communities, whether through offering a helping hand or providing a donation,” said Carman. “We look forward to growing our HHCares initiative to make a positive impact by helping those in need.”
December is truly a time of rejoicing and giving.
For more information on HHCares in The Woodlands, visit https://www.thewoodlands.com/community/hhcares/.