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: $1,224,327.23.

This month, we raise money for It Takes a Tribe.

It Takes A Tribe is a non-profit organization formed by Kelvin Williams (The Urban Farmer). Their goal is to seek and circulate knowledge, resources, skills and opportunities to ensure a sustainable society by engaging in numerous activities that promote skills, healthy eating, active living and community engagement. For the past few years, they have been initiating and developing community and school gardens in Urban Houston. They are committed to providing quality nutrition that is accessible to all through education and learning skills hands on.

THIS MONTH’S FEATURED CHARITIES

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Bayou City Waterkeeper works to protect and restore our bayous, rivers and streams throughout the Galveston Bay Watershed. Our work ranges from protecting our amazing wetlands, to working with communities to build a more resilient Houston, to holding polluters accountable through direct action.

• We’re working with the City to keep sewage pollution out of our bayous;
• Bayou City Waterkeeper partners with University of Houston-Downtown students to test and monitor our waterways throughout Harris County;
• We’re working to protect our wetlands and floodplains to help prevent future flooding and provide wide-open spaces for everyone to enjoy!

Our vision for Houston is to be a productive and healthy ecosystem that serves our communities’ natural, economic, and recreational needs for generations to come. Through advocacy, education, and action, Bayou City Waterkeeper is committed to a clean and healthy watershed, making our waterways fishable, swimmable, and drinkable for all.

 

Citizens’ Climate Education

Are you ready to SOLVE climate change AND grow the economy?

CCE’s Houston Central Chapter, one of 12 in the Houston Metro, empowers Texans to engage within our communities and with our members of Congress to advance a national, bipartisan, market-based policy to substantially reduce emissions (EnergyInnovationAct.org).

The policy will reduce emissions by 40% in 12 years, and garners support from business leaders, including many oil/gas majors, because of its simple, transparent, and predictable approach.

OKRA’s generous donation will (a) fund scholarships for volunteers in need to travel to meet their members of Congress, and (b) help to offset the regular costs of materials, travel, and fees our volunteers often incur as we outreach around town (giving presentations, tabling at events, etc.).

We ask for your vote – and your voice! Please write a respectful letter to your members of Congress and submit it below so we can hand-deliver your letter.

Ultimately, our solution to climate change is our belief in democracy. And Texas needs you on the team!

 

Houston Audubon

Houston Audubon’s mission is to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. This is accomplished in three main ways: habitat protection and restoration, conservation advocacy, and environmental education. Our mission-focused strategies are protecting priority habitats for birds, creating bird-friendly communities, and inspiring people to learn more about and appreciate wild birds. We own and manage 17 sanctuaries totaling more than 3,000 acres of piney woods, marshes and endangered coastal prairies where birds can eat, rest, nest, and roost. This is vital for the thousands of migratory birds that pass through Houston each year due to our prominent location in the central flyway. Our logo features the Yellow-throated Warbler, a beautiful migratory bird that depends on our sanctuaries to complete its journey north to nesting grounds.

Houston Audubon is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We celebrate the past 50 years of hard work and positive change, and look forward to the possibilities and the impact we can make in the next 50 years. Our goal is to achieve our vision of creating a healthier natural environment and more beautiful place to live by leading and nurturing a community that values and supports birds.

 

Trees for Houston

Trees For Houston has evolved into what many consider to be the most innovative, urban forestry organization in the country. For the last 36 years, Trees For Houston has been focused on the simple mission of planting trees for the benefit of our entire community. Continuing to grow, we consistently plant more than 20,000 trees per year throughout our region.

Since 1983, we have planted 577,951 trees across the Houston region, including 41,883 trees at 714 schools.

We currently operate six tree nurseries located strategically throughout the area. With current growing capacity at about 20,000 trees, we hope to bring even greater numbers of free and low-cost trees to every corner of Houston.

Trees For Houston provided trees for exciting projects throughout the city, including the Houston Arboretum’s master plan, Texas Children’s Hospital, the YMCA of Greater Houston Miracle League and numerous other groups. It is estimated that Trees For Houston’s involvement in these projects saved these organizations more than $350,000 collectively.

We are a vital component for several large and transformational projects in Houston including the Houston Parks Board Bayou Greenways 2020 project, providing trees to replenish Buffalo Bayou Park, Memorial Park Conservancy and the Houston Zoo’s master plans and numerous other groups. Trees For Houston is a crucial part of building green space throughout our region.