As noted on CBSDFW.com, Gene Simmons and longtime partner Shannon Tweed hosted a live-music event coordinated by The Aces & Angels Foundation, which was later featured on Simmons's A&E reality show. The party was just one of many fundraisers that the nonprofit organization has created to provide assistance for active-duty and former members of the United States Armed Forces. They visit US military installations with a cadre of famous musicians, Hollywood celebrities, and athletes, doing their part to boost morale and the instances of excited, high-pitched screaming within the armed forces. They also organize charitable, star-studded events such as poker tournaments, VIP parties, and chili cook-offs.
Proceeds from the events benefit charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans recover from physical and mental injuries, and The Gleason Initiative Foundation, which raises public awareness of ALS and provides equipment and services to individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.
How do you create the largest food-distribution network in the country? Houston Food Bank has done that and more. First, it gathers enough fresh produce and shelf-stable items to create 64 million meals per year. Then, its team reaches out to local non-profit organizations and churches and ensures that food is delivered to more than 900,000 people across 18 counties. And the team cares about more than just filling stomachs—last year, fresh fruits and vegetables made up 35% of the food distributed. This way, Houston Food Bank can make sure people are getting the nutrients they need to maintain good health.
In addition to food distribution, Houston Food Bank sponsors a variety of programs to help individuals achieve self sufficiency. Serving for Success trains former offenders for living-wage jobs while they volunteer with the food bank, while the Social Services Outreach Program makes it easier to apply for SNAP benefits and raises awareness for available social services.
Trees for Houston has been dedicated to planting, protecting, and promoting trees for more than a quarter century. In that time, the organization has helped more than 420,000 trees spread their roots in the Houston community. Its mission is to use the benefits of lush vegetation to improve air quality, slow storm-water runoff, reduce urban heat, and reestablish the connection of people with nature.
Volunteer projects educate communities about urban forestry and reforestation. In addition to planting at schools, parks, and medians, Trees for Houston's volunteers donate seedlings at events, and work with third- and fourth-grade students to impart the importance of trees.
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.
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Through Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, people of diverse faith traditions connect to serve the greater community. Volunteers representing 10 different faiths—including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—join together to help seniors, refugees, and others in need, all while maintaining their separate religious and cultural beliefs. The group's four main areas of service are Meals on Wheels programs, refugee services, interfaith relations, and disaster preparedness and response. More than 3,000 volunteers work to provide these services, delivering food to seniors, manning clothing-donation drives, and leading youth programs.