As oil travels through a vehicle, it collects gunk, chemicals, and novelty spoons. Keep your vehicle free of gunk and your kitchen wall free of kitschy displays with today's Groupon: for $18, you get two oil changes on the same vehicle at one of 20 Houston auto service shops (see participating locations in the side bar). As part of the annual Car Pros for Kids event, proceeds will benefit Child Advocates a local nonprofit organization that has been named Charity of the Year by the Houston Press for its fight against child abuse, as well as for the support and resources it provides to victims. Musty engines will rejoice with internal combustions of cheer when old, dingy oil is replaced with fresh Texas tea. Mechanics will also swap out fast-fading filters for fresh engine-saving sieves, extending the life of your cherished chariot.
Houston Press named Child Advocates its Charity of the Year in 2010.
Since it was founded almost three decades ago, Child Advocates has developed and maintained a team of court-appointed advocates, guardian ad litems, who support individual kids in cases of abuse and neglect and advocate for these children in court. After sending volunteers through 30 hours of specialized training where they learn about the court system and how to tell when a gavel is banged sarcastically, the nonprofit organization links each guardian with a youngster who's in foster care and in need of a permanent residence. By assigning each advocate to only one child or sibling set, Child Advocates provides individualized attention that caseworkers and court-appointed attorneys can't always deliver.