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: $1,205,700.93.
This month, we raise money for re:MIND.
re:MIND (formerly known as Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston) provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders.
re:MIND free support groups help individuals, family members and friends understand these two difficult, yet treatable, mental disorders. In addition, re:MIND works to educate the public about depression and bipolar disorders, confront social stigma and advocate for the rights of people living with mental disorders.
Our free support groups are led by licensed mental health professionals and co-facilitated by trained volunteers. Our groups provide a compassionate environment consisting of peers who accept and understand each other. This sense of community and empathy gives participants encouragement to live more meaningful and healthy lives.
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED CHARITIES
Animal Justice League (AJL) is a 501(c)3 tax exempt dog and cat rescue organization with a focus on the Oak Forest and surrounding neighborhoods of Houston, TX.
Our purpose is to rescue and care for stray and homeless dogs and cats, raise funds to assist with medical expenses, foster and place animals in loving and suitable adoptive homes, educate the public about proper care of animals, and the importance of spay and neuter.
Animal Justice League is run solely by volunteers. We rely on fosters, adopters, donations, and most importantly, community support to make it all happen!
Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) saves cats and dogs from euthanasia at BARC and Harris County municipal shelters. In 2018 alone, HPA! saved over 3,000 lives! If it weren’t for HPA!, those 3,000 lives, and the thousands of other lives that HPA! has saved, would have been lost.
Our mission is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) works with BARC (the City of Houston) and Harris County Animal Control to save the animals who have run out of options. Each day, we receive from these shelters a list of the animals most at risk for euthanasia; these are the animals we save. Some of these animals have only hours left to live before we tag them for transport to HPA!. For many homeless pets, HPA! is their last chance. Once in our care, they receive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lots of love from HPA! staff, volunteers, and fosters, as they wait to find their fur-ever homes. Houston Pets Alive! saved over 3000 animals from euthanasia in 2018. With your help, we can save even more!
Three Little Pitties is an all breed dog rescue working to save as many lives as possible! We love all breeds, but we have a special place in our heart for the pitties who are little cuddle bugs but get a bad rap. We send 150+ dogs a month to the Pacific Northwest where there is a shortage of animals (We couldn’t believe it either!) With these transports dogs that were destined for euthanasia in local shelters or a life on the streets in Houston have found loving wonderful homes in Portland, Seattle, and surrounding areas. Our goals for 2019 are to send 600+ dogs each month to safety in order to give local shelters breathing room to hopefully decrease euthanasia rates in order to save more innocent lives!