During the month of December, we are often reminded of the heartwarming joy we feel when helping others in need. As we reminisce on the Fall Giving Drive where The Howard Hughes Corporation distributed nearly $45,000 to three local nonprofit organizations, we reflect on these nonprofits – Montgomery County Food Bank, YES to YOUTH and Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

During the Fall Giving Drive in September, Howard Hughes donated $500 on behalf of each new home buyer in The Woodlands Hills and Bridgeland. Each buyer had the choice to select one of three local charities in the Greater Houston area to be impacted in a positive way – Montgomery County Food Bank, YES to YOUTH and Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. Many of Howard Hughes’ builder partners, including Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, M/I Homes, Taylor Morrison and Westin Homes contributed to the Fall Giving Drive by donating to the charities.

Here is a spotlight on each of these nonprofits with a word from a representative about how the donated funds will benefit others:

Montgomery County Food Bank collects and distributes food and resources to those in need in the community, with a mission to unite the community to fight hunger. It has a vision of a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food which is made possible through the support of volunteers and community and corporate partners. They are a partner of Houston Food Bank, a member of Feeding Texas and a distribution partner of Feeding America.

“The Howard Hughes Fall Giving Drive is a blessing to those in need in our community,” said Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “At Montgomery County Food Bank, every dollar donated helps provide up to five meals for our many neighbors facing hunger. The Fall Giving Drive makes a huge impact in the lives of food-insecure children, seniors, and families in Montgomery County. We are grateful for Howard Hughes’ commitment to ending hunger in our community.”

YES to YOUTH (previously Montgomery County Youth Services) is dedicated to strengthening the emotional and mental health development of youth and families by providing crisis intervention, counseling, and suicide prevention services. It provides a safe and nurturing home where abused, battered, sex-trafficked, homeless, and at-risk youth begin healing from the past and become empowered for the future.

“The generous contribution to YES to YOUTH from The Howard Hughes Corporation’s Fall Giving Drive enables us to provide counseling, crisis prevention and a home to abused, neglected and homeless youth,” said Mitzi Pearson, Development Supervisor for YES to YOUTH.

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is dedicated to empowering today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders through higher education by providing college scholarships to graduating seniors of Cy-Fair ISD. It also provides grants for staff development programs to help offer educational excellence to the children in Cy-Fair ISD schools.

“We are grateful for the long-term relationship and support we have had from The Howard Hughes Corporation,” said Marie Holmes, Executive Director of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. “The funds we received from them this year benefit graduating Cy-Fair ISD seniors for college scholarships.”

Since its inception, Howard Hughes Corporation has been an active philanthropist, contributing and volunteering to more than 180 charitable causes in the Houston region annually as part of its corporate social responsibility program HHCares. Through its annual Fall Giving Drive, Howard Hughes and its builder partners have donated more than $220,000 to nonprofits that are dedicated to making positive impacts in and around our communities. 

We encourage everyone to give and support their favorite nonprofit during December’s National Giving Month.  Here is information on the nonprofit spotlights:

Montgomery County Food Bank

www.mcfoodbank.org

YES to YOUTH

www.sayyestoyouth.org

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

www.thecfef.org