Community Outreach Projects
Community Outreach committee was formed in 2001 at the suggestion of member,
Andy Marlatt, to provide our membership with an opportunity to give back to theHouston-area community. Our primary
focus has always been to contribute to organizations who worked for the benefit
of women and children.
inception, the Community Outreach team has coordinated projects for the
American Red Cross, Houston Area Women’s Center, and the Houston Food Bank, as
well as Dress for Success and care packages for female military personnel
overseas. We also “adopted” our Fire
Station 86 when it first opened, providing kitchen supplies and appliances, and
we maintain an ongoing relationship with our local fire station.
We currently have four primary projects for which we dedicate most of our resources:
Stocking Project: Child Advocates, Inc.
Advocates is an organization which trains volunteers to become court-appointed
Guardian ad Litems for severe child abuse cases in the Harris County Court
System. These children have been removedfrom their homes by CPS due to significant abuse or neglect. There are typically 1,200 children per year
in the Child Advocates system, many of whom are in foster homes.
In 2003, the
Lakes of Parkway Women’s Club began its affiliation with Child Advocates
creating a first-of-its-kind programto provide Christmas stockings stuffed full of goodies for the children. We proudly sponsor stockings for boys and
girls ages 4-14 (typically 800 children) and work with several co-sponsors to
provide stockings for all 1,200 children in the Child Advocates system. Since we began this project, we haveprovided more than 9,000 stockings.
For additional information about the Child Advocates project, contact Andy Marlatt at [email protected]
AniMeals on Wheels
AniMeals on Wheels is a “pet” project of Interfaith Ministries
for Greater Houston which provides pet food for home-bound senior citizens to
feed their beloved cat and dog companions.
By having pet food available, seniors are encouraged to eat their own
meals without having to share food with their pets.
In 2009, theLOP Women’s Club adopted AniMeals on Wheels as a charity project. Each year since then, the Club conducts a
drive to collect pet food (canned and dry), pet treats, toys, collars, etc.,
for this program. Since we began this project, we
have collected more than 6,000 pounds of pet food.
Ministries of Greater Houston provides daily nutritional support to help more
than 5,000 senior citizens stay independent and in their own homes through its Meals on Wheels program. AniMeals on Wheels is part of that program.
For more information, contact Lou Symington at [email protected]
Tutoring Program at Petrosky Elementary School (Alief ISD)
In 2013, the
LOPWC initiated a new service program at Petrosky Elementary School in Alief
ISD. The school has an enrollment of650 students from pre-K to 4th grade. 75% of the children are from economicallydisadvantaged homes with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. There is limited parental volunteering at theschool because of language barriers or parents’ schedules. Responding to the need for help, a group ofLOPWC women volunteered to mentor students at Petrosky. Each tutor visits the school once a week
working with two students, each for 30 minutes, on a variety of skills and
the teachers and the principal, Bernadette Bentley, the children love working
with their tutors and are seeing lots of progress. It is our goal to continue to grow this
Tutors donot need to be a member of the Women’s Club to participate. Anyone interested can volunteer! All that is required is the desire andcommitment to help a child. Schedulesare very flexible. If you’re interestedin becoming part of the tutoring program, please contact Janette Zackary [email protected] You can make a
difference in the life of a child!
Fire Station #86
The LOPWomen’s Club adopted Fire Station #86 when it opened in 2006. As a way of saying “welcome to our
neighborhood”, we provided them with an inventory of kitchen essentials and
have donated something on their wish list every year. They are an integral part of our community
and proudly lead our 4th of July parade each year.
In 2016, we
initiated a “Sugar & Spice” program where LOP volunteers bake goodies and
prepare gift baskets for all four crews of firefighters. For more information on how to participate,contact Maureen Akin at [email protected]