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Double your Giving through Corporate Employee Matching Gift Programs

What is a Corporate Match and how do they benefit The Salvation Army?

Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. For example, if a donor works for Chevron and donates $100 to The Salvation Army, Chevron will double the donation by also writing a check for $100.

Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs. A few examples include:

  • Chevron Corporation – Matches donation with $1:$1 up to $10,000 annually per employee and retiree.
  • ConocoPhillips – Matches donations with $1:$1 up to $10,000 annually per employee and retiree.
  • Shell Oil Co. – Matches donations with $1:$1 up to $5,500 annually per employee and retiree.

The impact of these programs can be substantial! In 2011, Microsoft matched $48.9 million worth of employee donations to schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Did you know that more than 15 million employees work for companies with matching gift programs?

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Increasing fundraising from matching gifts isn’t rocket science. Last year we raised over $100,000 from matching gifts. We know many of our donors work for companies with matching gift programs and we’ve set a goal of raising $150,000 from these programs. If we meet our goal, we’ll be able to better meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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2016 Youth of the Year scholarship recipients

2017 Youth of the Year

2017 Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards Banquet

Bright Futures

March 1, 2017

Event Chairs:Rhonda Jones, Debby Leighton, Joella Mach

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Youth of the Year

Keeping in mind the educational obstacles faced by many of our youth members, the Youth of the Year Scholarship Program was established in 2005 to encourage academic success and a college-going culture among students. The scholarship program is a year-round youth development program for Boys & Girls Club members ages 10 – 18.
Each fall, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Houston holds a Youth of the Year Contest in which all youth who meet the requirements can compete in a speech and interview contest judged by local community leaders. The participants are responsible for completing a three-minute speech about how they have been positively affected personally and academically by club leaders and fellow members. After listening to each of the students, the judges choose winners in each age group based on the content, presentation, and overall message of the speech.
Winners and finalists in each of the divisions are awarded college scholarships at the annual Youth of the Year Scholarship Banquet. Last year, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs awarded $125,000 to a total of 20 recipients.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to sponsors, The Salvation Army has been able to award over a $1 million to over 200 participants for the past ten years. We invite you to help support Bright Futures by becoming a sponsor of our Youth of the Year scholarship program.

Levels of Sponsorship

$5,000     Building Blocks to Success
$3,000     Dreams of Today / Realities of Tomorrow
$2,500     Unleash Your Potential
$1,500     A Step in the Right Direction
$175         Individual Ticket

Summer Camp Assistance

Can’t make it out to the event but still want to support The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs? Please consider making a financial contribution.
$500     Allows 2 youth to attend camp for 10 weeks
$250     Allows 1 youth to attend camp for 10 weeks
$100     Allows 1 youth to attend camp for 4 weeks
$50       Provides for camp field trips
$25       Provides for camp supplies
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lisa Garces, Development Director, at (832) 201-8016 or Lisa.Garces@uss.salvationarmy.org.

 

MISSION

Motivated by the love of God, the Mission of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Houston is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring Christ-centered citizens. 

Super Bowl donations

Super Bowl selects The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs

NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee select our Boys & Girls Clubs

The Salvation Army is so grateful that our Boys & Girls Clubs were selected by the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee to benefit from the Super Kids-Super Sharing project.

Super Kids-Super Sharing is one of several projects created by the NFL to respond to the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and to leave a positive, “green” legacy in the host communities.

Super Kids-Super Sharing Project

On January 19th, more than 22 thousand books, pieces of sports equipment, school supplies and games donated by greater Houston area students were distributed to local agencies serving underserved youth.

The items collected by The Salvation Army will be used at our five area Boys & Girls Clubs whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

About The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs

We serve 400 youth on any given day, and our curriculum focuses on five core areas including: arts and music, healthy lifestyle choices, sports and fitness activities, leadership and character building opportunities, and academic support

Angel Tree bags in gym with volunteers

Christmas 2016 a success thanks to your support!

Thanks to your support, we had another successful Christmas season. We were able to help individuals and families in need with holiday assistance thanks to all of our volunteers and donors.

The Angel Tree program provided gifts to over 20,000 children and seniors thanks to the support of 188 Corporate Partners and 500 volunteers at our Santa’s Secret Warehouse. That’s 8,200 families we assisted with Christmas gifts.

Making sure all enjoy a holiday feast, the Harbor Light Center and Family Residence served a combined 2,272 meals with the support of 348 volunteers on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

And a staple during the Christmas season, our iconic red kettles collected a total of $1,132,705 at 525 locations.

THANK YOU! You touched the lives and enriched the holidays of many in the Greater Houston Area.

YARC receives Opportunity Award

The Salvation Army receives Opportunity Award from H-GAC

Our Great Region Awards

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) presented the first Our Great Region Awards in early December to recognize outstanding local projects that advance goals and strategies identified in their Our Great Region 2040 plan.

Opportunity Award

Of the five awards presented, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston received The Opportunity Award. This award honors a project that helps to overcome disparities in access to opportunity. The Salvation Army received this recognition for its Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) program.

About the Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.
Bank of America grant for YARC

Bank of America awards $10,000 to YARC

The award goes to…

On December 8, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Bank of America is investing in local communities, like ours, in order to support organizations that are providing critical services and programs that help improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Grant for the Young Adult Resource Center

This grant will benefit the Young Adult Resource Center (YARC), specifically helping young adults experiencing homelessness secure housing. Thank you Bank of America for Doing The Most Good.

Bell Ringer dressed as Santa

Jewett Mayo Pettry is a Salvation Army Bell Ringer

How I Got Involved in the Red Kettle Campaign

My friend, who was ringing bells for The Salvation Army, encouraged me last year to join him in ringing bells. He told me that I’d be perfect because I love to talk and I am a people person. I decided to give it a try and after a week, I knew I would stay for the remainder of the season and come back the following year.

Why I Love Being a Bell Ringer

I never got married and never had children so it gives me great satisfaction to be bell ringer during the Christmas season. I dress up as Santa Claus and hand out candy to children who stop by the red kettle. Nothing gives me more joy than ringing those bells and brightening people’s day when they come shopping at the store I’m at.

Angel Tree recipient

You are making Christmas bright for the Lavergne Family

The Lavergne Family

Dellita Lavergne is the proud mother of five children, ages 11, 7, 5 (twins), and 1 month old baby. Dellita works a part-time job, and at Christmas she spends her earnings on necessities like clothing and shoes for her children. This is why support for our Angel Tree program or Secret Santa Toy Drive are so invaluable. The donated toys are what the Lavergne children will open on Christmas day.

Santa Claus’ gifts at The Salvation Army

“I tell my children that I pick up the toys from Santa Claus because we do not have a chimney, but the truth is that without The Salvation Army, they wouldn’t have toys at all. I love seeing the excitement on my children’s faces when they unwrap their gifts. Last year they got Barbies, and Frozen toys, and even some new clothes. Thanks to those who donate toys to The Salvation Army, I am able to provide gifts to my kids on Christmas.”

Loretta Ray with husband

Loretta Ray is 2016 Achiever of the Year

2016 World Homeless Day

Loretta Ray, Caseworker Specialist at Sally’s House, received the Achiever of the Year award from the Coalition for the Homeless at the 2016 World Homeless Day Luncheon on October 12. Ray received this recognition for successfully transitioning from being homeless to being self-sufficient and being a positive role model.

Loretta’s Story

Ray grew up in a toxic home environment and was homeless at age 14. For the next seventeen years, Ray would be in a cycle of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration. After being released from prison for the ninth time, Ray sought help at The Salvation Army in 2006.

Ray stayed at Sally’s House from August 2006 to March 2007. Here she learned about her addiction and how to overcome it as well as life skills like obtaining a job, budgeting, and parenting skills. Ray had a calling to help those in need and came back to Sally’s House in 2009 as a Receptionist. Ray moved up the ranks at Sally’s House and today is a Caseworker Specialist.

Personal and Professional Milestones

While working at The Salvation Army, Ray continued to reach personal milestones. In 2009, she became a proud homeowner. She also went back to school and is currently into her second year of graduate school working toward a Master of Social Work. She and her husband also opened their own freight business in 2013, Ray’s Trucking.

Congratulations Loretta on this much deserved award!

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DICK’S Sporting Goods awards Boys & Girls Clubs with $10,000 Equipment Donation

Thank you DICK’S Sporting Goods

On September 20, 2016, DICK’S Sporting Goods visited our Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs – Aldine Westfield Branch to surprise over 200 of our Club members with an equipment donation valued at $10,000, following the Boy and Girls Club’s annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event.

Footballs, Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

The donation includes equipment such as DICK’S Sporting Goods branded footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, canopies and camping chairs. This donation event is part of DICK’S Sporting Goods’ mission to inspire and enable sports participation.

Thank you DICK’S Sporting Goods for your generous donation to our Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs and supporting bright futures of our Club members.