UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who donated to the Houston People and Parks Hurricane Relief Fund! More than $95,000 was raised and distributed to 146 Houston Parks and Recreation Department employees.
The fund is no longer accepting donations. For other opportunities to give, please click here.
Before Hurricane Harvey, and as our city turns to cleanup, we might want to remember the thousands of Houstonians who care for our city's parks - mowing the grass, collecting the trash, fixing the playgrounds, leading summer programs, and so much more. Many of these hard-working people were hit hard by the hurricane. Like many others, they are staying with friends or living in shelters. If they don't have money in savings, it will be very difficult for them to address their immediate and short-term needs - needs as basic as food, school clothes, medicine and more.
The Houston Parks Board has established a fund for the employees of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (HPARD) and their families to meet these immediate needs. We hope you'll consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Houston People & Parks Hurricane Relief Fund. The proceeds will be distributed directly, speedily, and responsibly to HPARD workers so that they can bridge themselves from here to new or reclaimed homes.
Please click HERE to donate now.
If any funds are left over after all the employees' needs are met, the remainder will be donated to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. If you're interested in contributing to that directly, click HERE.
Houston's parks and green spaces did a world of good during the worst storm on record, absorbing rain and diverting waters to our bayous. We hope you'll help those who took care of the parks before the storm, will clean up now that we are in recovery mode, and will keep caring for our parks as we move forward as a community.
For other opportunities to give, please click here.