With so many groups dedicated to bringing Houston's young professionals together for good causes, finding the right organization for you can be a challenge.
CultureMap has created a breakdown of the leading young professional groups for those interested in improving the lives of those with health problems to make the process of choosing one much simpler. Whether you're looking to promote awareness about those living with disabilities or to support children with illness, there is a young professionals group in the health realm that fits your interests.
What do they do? Camp For All is a unique camp working to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year.
Perks: Membership includes access to the group's quarterly happy hours and discounted tickets to the Camp Culinary Challenge. The group also has two Camp Care Days a year where YPs get the chance to go to Camp For All and volunteer as a group.
Upcoming event: Young Professionals’ General Meeting and Holiday Party at Under the Volcano on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 for individual membership, $50 for dual membership
What do they do? Friends of DePelchin is a group of young professionals committed to supporting DePelchin Children's Center's mission through community awareness, philanthropy and volunteerism. Funds raised through the group's programs benefit the DePelchin, which helps strengthen the lives of children by enhancing their mental health and physical well-being.
Perks: The group organizes many networking opportunities, two annual fundraisers and unique volunteer opportunities.
Cost: $35 for individual membership, $45 for dual membership
What do they do? Bo's Buddies is a group of service-oriented young professionals committed to promoting awareness, raising funds and providing volunteer service to support the efforts of Bo's Place, an organization which helps grieving children.
Perks: Bo’s Buddies members volunteer and attend social fundraising events with other young professionals, hosted by and directly benefiting Bo's Place.
Cost: $40 for individual membership, $70 for dual membership
What do they do? YUPES is a group formed to support the Easter Seals organization in accomplishing its mission, which is to provide exceptional services for people with disabilities and their families so they can live, work, learn and play in the community.
Perks: The organization gives young professionals the opportunity to meet and socialize, while also helping raise awareness and resources for Easter Seals.
Upcoming event: Holiday Soiree and Toy Drive at Armandos on Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 annually