We invite all Houstonians to join us in being the Hands of Houston, making our city a better place every day.
Whether you’re looking to offer one-time assistance or long-term support, these Houston organizations are a great place to give back to the areas Houstonians love most.
Houston has a big animal overpopulation problem. By the city's own estimate, there are over a million homeless animals in Houston, many in the East End. Barrio Dogs has been working in the East End since 2010 to educate and empower residents to address overpopulation and improve conditions for the animals around them. Barrio Dogs’ volunteers spend their time working with local residents teaching them the importance of spaying and neutering their animals and providing the proper care for pets to live a long and happy life. To support Barrio Dogs, the organization is seeking leashes and collars.
Little Free Library promotes neighborhood book exchanges with more than 90,000 public book exchanges registered. LFL inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges worldwide. Book-sharing boxes can improve book access and thus help improve literacy where books are scarce. They can mitigate slippage of reading skills during summer breaks and make it possible for kids and parents to share books at times that are convenient. In addition, LFL book-sharing boxes project a message of welcome and good will. Their books attract patrons from all over the community and provide a continuing opportunity for people to interact with one another and improve neighborhood connectedness. To support Little Free Libraries, the organization is seeking books for any age.
The Conservancy was established in 1992 as Friends of Hermann Park by community members to address growing concerns about the Park's deterioration due to high attendance and insufficient funding. Through a public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Hermann Park Conservancy raises millions of dollars each year to enhance and maintain the Park. The Conservancy also manages the design of projects, and then shares construction costs with the City of Houston. The Conservancy also oversees programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations and maintenance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens. To support the Conservancy, the organization is seeking pruning shears.
Each Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty (MTSIR) location has three donation collection boxes, one for each charity. Please consider making donations of one or all three items for these great organizations. This is a very easy way for all of us to give back to our city and to organizations that are helping those in need, keeping our city beautiful. Of course, each organization is accepting donations on their website as well.