The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Advancing community transformation in Greater Houston by helping churches serve local schools.
Houston is one of the most economically vibrant cities in the world today. Despite the cyclical nature of the energy industry, Houston remains one of the best places to live and work. We love Houston!
Unfortunately, income inequality is still an issue. Consider these simple facts:
1 in 4 Houstonians (1 in 3 children) live in poverty.
1 in 5 Houston households (1 in 4 households with children) are food insecure and must turn to others for help to feed their families.
A low-income child in Houston has only a 6% chance of graduating from college; in some area high schools, 50% of students drop out.
This doesn’t bode well for Houston’s future. With so many government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Houston, it’s easy to think that others will attend to these needs -- that "anyone but me" can take care of the hunger, poverty, joblessness, and illiteracy that exist in every neighborhood. Yet these needs persist. With thousands of Houstonians living in poverty and struggling to meet basic needs, the Church in Houston must step up.
If our kids succeed in school, so many social and economic issues can be reversed over time.
This is why we’re focusing first on our local schools. We're casting vision for church-school partnerships and helping churches get started!