When you think of charities, you might assume the causes are for situations that happen elsewhere. However, the reality is that for any given cause a nonprofit organization supports, from food insecurity, emergency utility assistance, healthcare, and housing to senior services and more, many people don’t realize they could be closer to a situation than they think.
Oftentimes, recipients of services provided by charitable organizations have endured a series of unforeseen and uncontrollable occurrences that have led them to need a helping hand. For example, a job loss that is compounded by the onset of a sudden illness, and further exasperated by a natural disaster. Furthermore, many of us don’t realize the person in need could actually be their next door neighbor, suffering in silence.
The Howard Hughes Corporation strongly believes in helping neighbors in the community through its HHCares initiatives. Each year, it donates to over 180 local causes of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Houston area, providing contributions of monetary donations as well as hours of hands-on volunteering.
There are so many wonderful organizations and worthwhile causes out there that need and deserve support. Here are three examples that make a significant impact on the lives of so many:
Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social services agency that provides programs and services to families, children and seniors living in The Woodlands and surrounding area.
Through its Family Services department, Interfaith works to evaluate the needs of children, individuals, families and senior adults and helps them achieve self-sufficiency and independence.
For residents in Montgomery County who have no form of health insurance, the Interfaith Community Clinic delivers medical and dental care as well as mental health counseling and social support.
Interfaith also offers a food pantry, resale shop, senior citizen care and wellness programs – key components of the outreach provided by Interfaith of The Woodlands.
Learn more at www.woodlandsinterfaith.org.
Montgomery County Food Bank has a motto of “Fighting Hunger. Feeding Hope”.
Last year alone, they provided over 11 million nutritional meals through their network of over 70 partner pantries, local school districts and community partners.
The Food Bank provided a solution for food waste by rescuing food that would otherwise go to the landfill, working in partnership with retailers and wholesalers.
The Montgomery County Food Bank operates an onsite Produce Rescue Center that allows them to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, which emphasizes the importance of sustainability and promotes healthy food choices.
The Food Bank also hosts mobile food distributions, offers nutritional education programs, provides emergency assistance in times of a disaster or crisis and provides meal programs for children and senior citizens.
Their vision entails a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food has been made possible through the support of volunteers and community and corporate partners.
Learn more at www.mcfoodbank.org.
Meals on Wheels Montgomery County has been hitting the road since 1973, offering programs that are designed to combat the top three issues of aging: hunger, loneliness and the loss of independence.
Their work helps to foster independence and dignity for homebound seniors in Montgomery County by providing nutritious meals, caring contacts and transportation.
Through the efforts of their staff and volunteers, Meals on Wheels has helped numerous homebound seniors be able to remain safe and happy in their homes, avoid the high costs of nursing home care and help alleviate the stress of caregiving felt by their families, friends and neighbors.
Learn more at www.mowmc.org.
“Community-focused philanthropy is a guiding principle for The Howard Hughes Corporation,” said Jim Carman, President, Houston Region for Howard Hughes. “We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in and around our communities. We are truly happy to support so many deserving organizations, and we encourage all to be mindful of the local charities in your community and remember to support them as you can, especially during the holiday season.”
A little help can go a long way. And giving to others can be mutually beneficial and heartwarming. Happy Holidays!