At OKRA Charity Saloon, witness the strength of Houston’s community and how these organizations make our city a healthier, happier, and more creative place to live. For each drink or food item purchased, guests receive one voting ticket that they may cast for one of four local 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. The charities must be based in the Greater Houston Area. The charity with the most votes at the end of the month receives the next month’s proceeds. We encourage you to take the time to learn more about the organizations that speak to you and find ways to get involved.
If you know someone or are part of an organization that would like to participate at OKRA, apply here.
TOTAL DONATION TO-DATE: $1,156,845.33
This month, we raise money for The Children’s Assessment Center.
The Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families—a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve.
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED CHARITIES
CYCLE: Changing Young Children’s Lives through Education
We are a children’s charity dedicated to improving literacy in 2nd Grade in Title One schools in the Greater Houston area. We give young students the opportunity to earn a bicycle for achieving their set goals, and in return, they learn that hard work equals reward. We believe that learning this lesson can put schoolchildren on the path to a brighter future.
Students under the direction of their teachers sign a contract to improve their literacy. If they achieve their goals they are rewarded with a bicycle at Christmas time.
Houston Urban Debate League
The mission of the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) is to build, support and sustain programs in Houston public schools making policy debate an educational resource available to all students. Policy debate prepares students to be effective advocates for themselves, their families and their community. HUDL is a public-private partnership that enhances the investment of school districts in debate activities by providing business and community finance, mentoring and communication. It strives to permanently restore policy debate in all Houston area public high schools. HUDL believes that fostering student participation in academic debate is a long-term strategy to develop future leaders of our community and diversify the talent pipeline.
Focusing upon serving traditionally underserved communities will create lasting benefits for the Greater Houston community, the State of Texas and the nation as a whole. HUDL’s programs increase students’ academic achievement, give them skill sets that foster college and employment success and develop civic engagement and leadership.
iWRITE provides unique literacy programs to Houston’s most at-risk classrooms. They implement programs that teach writing essentials while nurturing a student’s undeveloped creativity and confidence. iWRITE’s mission is to ensure that low-income children have the same academic tools to increase their love for learning. As educational budgets continue to decrease, iWRITE strengthens its reserve to fill in the gap and support our city’s teachers through its in-school “i” The Guy Writer’s Journal program. This program allows us to offer a supplemental but fun writing journal to students functioning below grade level and for those who struggle with English as a second language. iWRITE gives students the chance to become professionally published in its annual writing contest. These young authors evolve into local leaders who inspire their peers at various presentations, school visits, and readings across the city.
Undies for Everyone
Undies for Everyone provides underwear to disadvantaged elementary and middle school students with the understanding that owning underwear is one piece of a larger picture helps students succeed in school and decreases their vulnerability to bullies.
Since 2012, UFE has given away over 500,000 pairs of underwear for students, distributing to children at back to school events with the City of Houston Back 2 School Fest, Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy, Houston Area Women’s Center, and BEAR (Be a Resource for CPS Kids).
658 elementary and middle school nurses receive 150 pairs of underwear to give to children who have accidents in the classroom. That’s almost 100,000 tushes. Since Hurricane Harvey 2,000,000 pairs have been given to men, women and children affected by the storm.