Community Outreach Projects
The Community Outreach Committee (COC) was formed in 2001 to provide our membership with an opportunity to give back to the Houston-area community. Our primary focus has always been to contribute to organizations who worked for the benefit of women and children. Since its inception, the COC has coordinated projects for the American Red Cross, Houston Area Women’s Center, the Houston Food Bank, Dress for Success and developed care packages for female military personnel overseas. We also “adopted” our Fire Station #86 when it first opened, providing kitchen supplies and appliances. We maintain an ongoing relationship with our local fire station.
We currently have four primary projects for which we dedicate most of our resources. Please contact each Project Coordinator directly for additional details. Recommendations for new projects can be sent to Outreach Projects Coordinator
Stocking Project – Child Advocates, Inc.
Child 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 removed from 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.
Lakes of Parkway Women’s Club began its affiliation with Child Advocates in 2003, creating a first-of-its-kind program to 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 2003, we have provided nearly 11,000 stockings. Because of the size and scope of this project, we hold several fundraisers each year. Volunteers are needed year round for shopping, sale spotting, organizing and the actual stocking stuffing days. Contact Stocking Project Chair and let’s get shopping!
Santa’s Wish List – Child Advocates, Inc.
In addition to providing stockings, the Women’s Club also “adopts” children in the Child Advocates system for Christmas. Each child works with their court-appointed advocate to create a wish list for Santa. Women’s Club members then shop to fulfill the wish list for the 20-25 children we sponsor each year.
For additional information about the Child Advocates projects, contact Santa’s Wish List Chair.
AniMeals on Wheels – Interfaith Ministries
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. Interfaith 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.
In 2009, the LOP 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 7,000 pounds of pet food. Contact AniMeals Chair for more information.
Tutoring Program – 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 of 650 students from pre-K to 4th grade. 75% of the children are from economically disadvantaged homes with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. There is limited parental volunteering at the school because of language barriers or parents’ schedules.
Responding to the need for help, a group of LOPWC 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 subjects. According to the teachers and the principal, the children love working with their tutors and are seeing lots of progress. It is our goal to continue to grow this LOPWC/Petrosky partnership.
Tutors do not need to be a member of the LOPWC to participate. Anyone interested can volunteer! All that is required is the desire and commitment to help a child. Schedules are very flexible. If you’re interested in becoming part of the tutoring program, please contact Petrosky Tutoring Chair. You can make a difference in the life of a child!
Sugar & Spice – Fire Station #86
The LOP Women’s Club adopted Fire Station #86 when it opened in 2006 as a way of saying “welcome to our neighborhood.” In 2016, we initiated a “Sugar & Spice” program where LOPWC volunteers bake goodies and prepare gift baskets for all four crews of firefighters. Contact Station #86 Chair and get cookin!