The Back Story
Students Helping Studentsand Families
We are Claire and Emma, high school sophomore students in Houston. We have volunteered for different causes since we were in pre-school thanks to great teachers and family and we know we can make a positive, lasting difference in our own backyard, that's Houston, with the help of a team of like-minded, generous Houstonians, regardless of age.
This summer,we chose to volunteer for organizations that really changed us. We wanted to do more as we sat side by side playing cards with students who could not add or read even though they were in 7th grade. Some went home to no electricity, some no food, others no parents and many needs that are not supported or adequately helped by anyone except through the generosity of charities.
As a result, we decided to volunteer our time AND to raise money to donate so these charities can buy and offer needed resources to children and families who need it most. One deck of cards isn't enough for 140 children.
Along with our friends we design, make and sell jewelry with 100% of all proceeds going to several specific charities. We seek help to cover start-up costs and continue to build our inventory. We have already used all of our savings. When we raise money, we will sell more jewelry and donate more money to great charities that serve Houstonians. We picked charities that have a 4 or 5 star ratio of donation dollars reaching children and that we have had personal experiences with.
1. The Nehemiah Center serving at-risk students.
2. The Ronald McDonald House which keeps families together while children seek medical services from the Medical Center in Houston.
3. The Lighthouse of Houston which serves our visually impaired Houstonians.
4. Kids Meals which provides free meals and nutrition to our under 5 children population in poverty.
Regarding personal experiences, Emma and my Mom have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House when they traveled for a doctors appointment. Emma has been to camp at the Lighthouse of Houston while she has also volunteered there. It is also where she learned to swim which is really different for any child who is visually impaired or blind. The love and kindness by which needs are met from these charities directly influenced their selection.
We ask for your financial support whether it is $5 or $10 - however much you can afford - to help us sustain momentum and reach our goals for thesecharities and "Houstonians".
Our donation goal to the charities is $50,000. We hope to raise $20,000 from YouCaring for start-up expense upcoming inventory requirements. We pay no salaries at Hope Thrives and all personnel are volunteers. We have submitted our non-profit application to the IRS and will provide you with 501-c3 receipt for all donations as soon as we are formally approved.
Whatever people like to say about Generation Z, we are students helping other students and families and the next generation of community-minded philanthropists and community-minded leaders and followers. Please, join our efforts regardless if you are from generation Y, X, or a Boomer. Teach us what you know works well as we share a commitment to America and together we can help students and families in need and special circumstances THRIVE with skills and positive self-worth while becoming valuable contributors to our society.