Select CultureMap's 2014 Community Service Project
At CultureMap, one of the things we love most about Houston is its philanthropic spirit. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we're hosting the first-ever CultureMap Charity Challenge. We've selected 12 charities to compete. You can vote for your favorite every day, once a day from Dec. 9 to Dec. 20. The winning organization, announced Jan. 6, will become CultureMap's community service project for 2014. Plus, CultureMap is throwing in an advertising package and a $2,500 cash donation. Now it's up to you. Ready, set, vote!
Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom to view all twelve.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor of volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 14. Vote for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston to help young people develop positive relationships that have direct and lasting effects on their lives.
Bo’s Place is named in memory of Laurence Bosworth Neuhaus, Jr., who died of liver cancer in 1985 at the age of 12. Bo’s faith, humor and openness were strengths to his family and he left behind a lasting legacy of warmth and love that is reflected in support programs for the grieving. Bo’s Place offers the only free on-going grief support program in the Greater Houston area for children and their families. Vote for Bo’s Place to help enhance the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership is a non-profit organization whose mission is to revitalize and transform Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. The BBP helps to maintain the trails, remove trash from the waterway and attract thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the banks of Buffalo Bayou. BBP has successfully put the bayou back in the “Bayou City.” Vote for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to help them continue to enhance the city's best loved bayou.
Child Advocates trains everyday people to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children in order to help them find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Child Advocates volunteers are appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child or sibling group in foster care, serving as the judge’s eyes and ears while the children are in custody and ensuring their unique needs are met until they can safely return home. Vote for Child Advocates to make sure no child falls through the cracks of the child welfare system.
In fall 2008, the Houston Food Bank merged with End Hunger Network, a Houston-area food rescue organization, thus making more effective use of community resources by working together as one. In fiscal year 2012-2013, HFB distributed 64 million nutritious meals food and other necessities. Their vision for the future is to expand service to the community to 100 million nutritious meals by 2018. Vote for the Houston Food Bank and help make food accessible to hungry people in their greatest times of need.
Legacy Community Health Services identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs. Legacy provides a multitude of health services, including adult primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN and maternity care, vaccinations and immunizations, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care. Vote for Legacy to help them continue to provide quality health care to all, regardless of patients' ability to pay.
The March of Dimes Texas Chapter works to help moms have full-term pregnancies and for babies to start healthy lives. The March of Dimes promotes healthy pregnancies and babies and works to prevent premature births and birth defects through programs and services across Texas. They help to educate moms and support families during difficult times and are a resource for healthcare professionals. Vote for the March of Dimes to further prevent premature births and birth defects and promote healthy pregnancies.
Whether for recreation or simply enjoying the outdoors, over 4 million people have access to Memorial Park each year. Thirty miles of hiking trails provide a respite from urban life, while local sports enthusiasts flock to the park’s many amenities and facilities. Although the park is located in the center of bustling Houston, commuters drive through winding, wooded roads, free of billboards and commerce. Vote for the Memorial Park Conservancy to support the protection, restoration and preservation of Memorial Park.
Preservation Houston is the only citywide organization advocating for historic preservation. Since 1978, Preservation Houston has promoted the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, which creates increased economic value and helps develop a stronger sense of community. Vote for Preservation Houston to support their continued protection of Houston’s irreplaceable historic structures.
The Salvation Army of Greater Houston serves Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties through various programs and services intended to meet human needs without discrimination. The Christian nonprofit organization has a mission to serve those less fortunate and has a strong commitment to Houston's communities. 88.4 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army of Greater Houston goes directly to services for residents. Vote for the Salvation Army of Greater Houston to help provide important services for those in need.
SEARCH Homeless Services is an interfaith nonprofit organization that responds to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Houston. They are a leading homeless service provider in the Greater Houston community, feeding more than 6,000 of Houston's homeless each year. The hallmark of the SEARCH mission is their focus on the needs of each individual. Vote for SEARCH Homeless Services to help them continue feeding, teaching, employing and housing Houston’s homeless.
VICTORY, a branch of the American Cancer Society, is a special group dedicated to raising funds to help in the fight against cancer. Since its inception in 1987, VICTORY has raised over $32 million to fund cancer research, education, and patient services in the Houston area. The group has more than 120 active members and incoming members make a four-year commitment to work year-round to support VICTORY's events. Vote for VICTORY to further their enduring fight against cancer.