$500 Will Be Donated to Local Non-Profits for Every Home Sold During September
The Howard Hughes Corporation is pleased to announce its Houston-area master planned communities of The Woodlands Hills and Bridgeland will launch their annual Fall Giving Drive on September 1. For each new home sold at one of these award-winning communities during the month of September, Howard Hughes will donate $500 to one of the following charities on behalf of the buyer: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Operation FINALLY HOME, Montgomery County Food Bank, Willis ISD Education Foundation and Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. The charitable effort gives homebuyers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Greater Houston region through the purchase of a new home.
Since its inception, The Howard Hughes Corporation has been an active philanthropist, donating annually to over 130 local causes for non-profit organizations. HHCares, the company’s corporate social responsibility program, is founded on a commitment to community-focused philanthropy, including financial donations, civic engagement and volunteerism. Last year, during a time of record home sales, over $90,000 was distributed to participating non-profits during the Fall Giving Drive.
“The Fall Giving Drive is one of our most impactful outreach efforts at Howard Hughes, casting a wide net to help others in and around our communities,” said Heath Melton, Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “When homebuyers choose to purchase a home in our master planned communities, they are making an immediate positive change. It is our hope this will encourage new residents in their philanthropic efforts and levels of volunteerism with these vital and important non-profits.”
Each selected charity in the Fall Giving Drive aids and assists hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individuals while fulfilling their respective missions. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a nationally recognized charity with LLS funds going towards the research for blood cancer cures and improving quality of life for patients and affected families.
“Community partnerships are hugely important to our organization and a big reason why we can help so many people in need during a difficult time in their lives,” said Tracie Morden, Campaign Development Manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We are thankful for Howard Hughes, Bridgeland, and The Woodlands Hills for their efforts to raise much needed funds to continue our mission in cancer research and direct assistance to patients.”
Operation FINALLY HOME provides homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and the widows of fallen soldiers, bringing together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, and volunteers to help build homes for veterans and their families. The organization recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of a new home for Afghanistan veteran, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Netzley, in Bridgeland.
The Montgomery County Food Bank’s mission is to unite the community to fight hunger, providing over 11 million nutritional meals through a vast network of over 70 partner pantries, local school districts and community partners.
The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) seeks to raise funds to increase college access for graduates and instructional support for teachers of Cy-Fair ISD. Since inception, CFEF has provided over $10 million in scholarships to more than 2,100 graduates and donated over $3.5 million to Cy-Fair ISD staff development.
“As a result of the funds we’ve received from Fall Giving Drive over the last three years, Howard Hughes’ contributions have provided the opportunity for 184 students to receive scholarships that allowed them to take dual credit classes and three Cypress-Fairbanks ISD graduating seniors have received college scholarships,” said Marie Holmes, Executive Director of the Cy-Fair ISD Educational Foundation.
The mission of the Willis ISD Education Foundation is to promote education excellence and opportunity beyond the scope of the Willis school system by generating financial resources from private funds to provide support for educational programs.
The Fall Giving Drive is also a partnership between Howard Hughes and all of their builder partners that build within the two Houston communities: Beazer Homes, Chesmar Homes, Century Communities, Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Fedrick Harris, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Lennar Homes, M/I Homes, Newmark Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Ravenna Homes, Taylor Morrison, Tri Pointe Homes, Village Builders and Westin Homes. Each builder has made a $2,500 contribution to the fundraising efforts that will help impact the total donation to the five charities. Additionally, several of Howard Hughes’ Realtor partners have also made donations to the cause: The Lippincott Team, Shelley Cooley with eXp Realty/The Franklin Team, and The Flory Team.
“The Fall Giving Drive is mutually beneficial for our charities and newest residents in our award-winning communities,” said Jim Carman, President, Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The initiative is a perfect example of our HHCares program and community-focused philanthropy as Howard Hughes as an organization remains committed to giving back to those in need through the non-profit organizations that bring out the best in our neighborhoods.”