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: $1,187,376.59.

This month, we raise money for Colon Cancer Coalition.

Colon Cancer Coalition helps empower local communities to promote prevention and early detection of colon cancer and provides support to those affected. Schedule your colonoscopy… it’s the only booty call that could save your life! 1 in 5 people that are diagnosed with colorectal cancer are between 20-54 years old.

 

THIS MONTH’S FEATURED CHARITIES

Every December, we hold the Second Chance Tournament. We invite back all of the charities who competed over the past year and did not win their month’s votes. Rather than voting between four charities, you will help us narrow down 32 charities to one winner.  Below is a list of the 32 charities competing in the tournament.

8 MILLION STORIES –  Eight Million Stories Program (A SER Jobs for Progress Program) is an alternative education program that seeks to upend the school-to-prison pipeline by supporting previously incarcerated youth as they re-enter their community and curbing unnecessary referrals from schools to the justice system.

AAMA – AAMA was established as a non-profit organization in 1970 as the Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans. AAMA’s mission is to inspire and empower Latinos to pursue their potential and achieve success. Our efforts are focused in the areas of education, workforce readiness and health services.

ALLEY THEATRE – Lights up on Education…. Alley Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement programs encourage creative expression and academic growth in not only theatre arts but also STEM, literacy, and Social Emotional Learning.

ARMS WIDE OPEN ADOPTION SERVICES – Arms Wide Adoption Services transforms the lives of children in foster care in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.

AUTISM RESCUE ANGELS – Autism Rescue Angels is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was created in 2014 by special-needs parents in the Houston area to emotionally and financially support Houston area autism families who are providing care to a loved one with autism for medical, therapeutic and respite needs as well as support autism programs in the local Houston area.

BUFFALO BAYOU ROWING CENTER – Buffalo Bayou Rowing Center promotes leadership, teamwork, college attendance, and personal growth through competitive Olympic-style rowing to all youth and adults of Houston.

CAMP FOR ALL – Camp For All is a unique, barrier-free camp dedicated to helping children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families realize all that they CAN do throughout the year.

CAN CARE, INC. – CanCare is a community of survivors who lift up and inspire cancer patients and caregivers through one-on-one support, empathy, and hope, to ensure that no one endures cancer alone.

CAN DO HOUSTON – CAN DO Houston advances healthy living through community-driven solutions. We work with residents and partner organizations to develop and support neighborhood-based initiatives that make the healthy choice the easy choice!

CCCA TEXAS – The stated purpose of CCA Texas is to advise and educate the public on the conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA Texas is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM – The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston makes today’s boldest contemporary art accessible to all visitors, providing free admission and all-ages educational programs.

CREATIVITY SHELL – The Creativity Shell is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. Our organization teaches sewing/textile arts and other trades classes to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking.

CYCLE – CYCLE is 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.

FISHING POLE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Many students today are motivated and hard-working, but without the resources to pursue higher education.  Fishing Pole works to help bridge that gap by providing high school students with funds for higher education while also encouraging them to participate in resume building extracurricular activities.

HAVE SHEARS WILL TRAVEL – Have Shears Will Travel is a non-profit hair care ministry organized to serve the local community with special needs that restrict their ability to obtain these services due to physical impairment, lack of transportation or financial means.

HEALING SPECIES OF TEXAS – We’re the nation’s first proven-effective violence prevention program reaching youth and addressing issues of the heart to overcome abuse, bullying, and crime – with the assistance of rescued dogs whom no one else wanted.

HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY – Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park. In addition to raising funds to improve the Park, HPC oversees programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, tree care, and operations of the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

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 debate an educational resource available to all students.

iWRITE – The iWRITE Literacy Organization provides educational, literacy programs to Houston’s most underserved classrooms. iWRITE’s mission is to ensure at-risk kids have the academic tools they need increase self-esteem and their chances of success.

LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES – As a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Legacy identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs.

PRINT MATTERS – PrintMatters is a volunteer organization made up of artists, art professionals, and collectors who share the common goal of promoting awareness of and appreciation for printmaking as a vital and valued art form.

PUP SQUAD ANIMAL RESCUE – Pup Squad focuses on pregnant mommas, nursing litters, and puppies under six months old. Powered by volunteers, Pup Squad works with local shelters and the community to save as many pups and their mommas as possible.

RED COLLAR RESCUE – Red Collar Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing and providing medical care, foster care, training, and adoptive placement to animals who have been abandoned to die in high-kill shelters or on the streets in the Houston area.

SAN JOSE CLINIC – San José Clinic is a safety-net, charity care clinic offering quality, affordable medical, dental and pharmacy services for low-income, uninsured southeast Texans, which has been serving Houstonians since 1922.

SUNSHINE THRU THE RAIN – Sunshine Thru The Rain is dedicated to helping children that have lost one or both of their parents, by providing a safe environment for them to express and share their experiences and make new memories.

THE HOUSTON WALK FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a community based event that helps raise awareness and funding for Greater Houston area non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services; creating an environment for our positive public dialogue.

THE LANDING – The Landing is a daytime drop-in center serving as a publicly accessible safe space that fills the gap between the streets and services for victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Our goal is to provide a nonjudgmental place to increase victim identification and provide access to specialized, trauma-informed care while on the journey to restoration.

THE T.R.U.T.H. PROJECT – The T.R.U.T.H. Project is a community based organization that educates and mobilizes LGBTQ communities of color and their allies by providing safe venues for the expression of individual truths as LGBTQ persons of color in Houston.

THERAGOOD DEEDS – TheraGood Deeds is a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, counseling and outreach opportunities to encourage a positive impact on youth also known as Future Achievers.

TONY’S PLACE – The mission of Tony’s Place is to provide a dependable, safe place where homeless LGBT + youth can find support and access to services that will help them survive and thrive.

WC HANDY FOUNDATION – WC Handy Foundation’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Father of the Blues and to gift financial support to disadvantaged or disabled children to further their music education.

YMCA INTERNATIONAL – YMCA International Services is part of the Y family, providing local refugees, immigrants, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable populations with client-focused services.