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: $1,276,785.73.
This month, we raise money for Child Advocates.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide a voice for children in foster care. As Harris County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, we provide lifesaving advocacy that helps abused and neglected children exit foster care to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Our volunteers’ main job is to provide the court with recommendations about where the children they represent should live on a permanent basis. Throughout the case, our volunteers maintain contact with everyone involved in the children’s lives, from foster parents, biological parents and therapists to Child Protective Services caseworkers and attorneys appointed by the court. They make sure the children are receiving the medical and psychological help they need, and they meet with teachers and principals to help the children thrive in school. They dry tears and give hugs and throw birthday parties, too. Most importantly, they serve as a ‘constant’ person for the children to count on during this tumultuous time. Essentially, our volunteers do whatever it takes to ensure that the needs of the children are being met while they are in care.
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED CHARITIES
Emancipet clinics offer high-quality, affordable veterinary care in underserved neighborhoods. Affordable vet clinics are a critical component of civic infrastructure that strengthens communities.
And every day we see just how much the people of Houston love their pets – showing up early for wellness exams, scheduling spay/neuter appointments weeks in advance and going the extra mile to make sure their pets stay healthy.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we can keep our fees low every day – keeping people and pets across Houston healthy and together, right where they belong.
Since our inception in 2000, Houston Collie Rescue has been able to rescue well over 1000 Collie and Collie mixes in Houston and surrounding areas. HCR has been able to do this only with the efforts of our foster families, friends, volunteers and donations to help offset the costs of medical needs.
HCR works diligently to save not only this gentle loving breed, but hundreds of mixed breed collies, from starvation, abuse, abandonment, and owner surrenders.
Every HCR rescue receives medical treatment, spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm/parasite treatment, and a Microchip. All potential adopters are screened personally to ensure the best home for the dog and to safeguard the dog from another day of suffering.
Houston K-911 Rescue saves the lives of the helpless & invisible dogs who suffer in silence on Houston streets. Caring about dogs & our communities.
Houston K911 Rescue is a non-profit organization with a mission to address the immediate crisis of animal overpopulation in Houston by rescuing street dogs in poor health and in danger. We provide safe haven and rehabilitation. We place them in loving homes to be fostered and adopted. We turn their lives around.
Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary serves senior, injured, ill, and special needs dogs who would have difficulty striving in a normal shelter environment. We work directly with Houston-area shelters and rescues to provide care for these unique pups that require a little extra in terms of expenses, resources, and love. We are an open-air, kennel-free sanctuary that believes all dogs deserve a safe place with lots of love and sunshine, either to heal on the way to a forever home, or to live out their lives in peace, comfort, and love — no matter their age or physical condition!