project leader
Carl W
location
500 Greens RD
(Greenspoint also known as North Houston in Houston, TX)
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the project

On August 10th, 2019, Mangrove Community and its community partners will be hosting the 1st Annual Aldine-Greenspoint Back 2 School Bash. We are looking forward to bringing valuable resources to the Greenspoint Area of Houston, Texas. This area has been impacted by major flood events including the Tax Day Flood of 2016 and was hit again the following year by Hurricane Harvey. On top of 48% of its residents making under $25,000 a year, back to school can cause a financial strain on families from this area. 

So, Mangrove Community and partnering organizations have teamed together to provide 3,000+ backpacks with school supplies, free immunizations, health screening, haircuts, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, and undergarments to students from elementary to middle school ages. We will also have services and resources provided to high school students like job skills training programs, college application assistance, and scholarships to first year college students. Greenspoint's population has lower levels of educational attainment than the city of Houston as a whole. Only 6% of Greenspoint residents had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2012, compared with 29% of Houston residents. Conversely, 45% of Greenspoint residents have no high school diploma, compared with only 25% of Houstonians overall. Therefore, it is important for us to get involve in education by first making sure the students in this area have the tools to set them up for success.

 

We build communities by strengthening one branch at a time. At this event, we are focused on providing tools and resources needed for student’s success. We also provide food programs and mentoring programs to provide a well-rounded program to give students stability and structure in the different aspects of their lives that they may not be able to get at home. We also provide mental health counselors to provide for their overall well-being.

 

We also provide ways for our students to give back through various volunteer efforts such as community clean ups, food distributions, coaching, and assisting senior citizens with filing paper work on computer for those who lack technical computer knowledge.

the steps

• Conduct outreach to past and new community partners

• Host collaborative meetings to plan event and make sure everything is in place and runs smoothly

• Support partners in community through cross promotion and showing up

• Print flyers and advertisement for event

• Produce shirts, food, and water for volunteers

• Gather all services and products needed to make the event a success

• Community cleanup leading to and after event

• Celebrate the Back 2 School Bash on August 11th event!

why we're doing it

Mangrove is passionate about strengthening the community one branch at a time in disenfranchised communities. The more you work in these communities the more you realize they suffer from a lack of knowledge and resources that are readily available to them. These areas also lack advocates for these resources. Mangrove Community is working to bridge the gap through education, training, community events, and economic development. These programs are design and custom to the various age groups in the community from child to senior citizens.

Your help with this event will not only assist on the day but also for the years to come. We have monthly community clean upsand various volunteer efforts. We also host mentoring programs and summer camps that provide life skills and education such as cooking classes, car maintenance, and S.T.E.M programs. Your support is very valuable in the continuance of Mangrove Community and its mission.

There are disenfranchised communities all over this nation and Mangrove Community looks to design the blueprint on how to empower these communities through educating and training residents to become proficient in advocating for themselves and the resources available. We also teach communities how to become self-sustainable through community gardens and economic development.  

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”

-Lao Tzu

budget

We are fortunate enough to have sponsors and donors for backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, beauticians, immunization, dentistry and etc. We are currently raising funds for the entertainment and giveaways. We are doing our best to make this an unforgettable positive experience for families in the underserved community of Greenspoint where 48% of residents annual income is less than $25,000. We will have a community based talent show, motivational speakers, poets, musicians and even the Mayor of Houston will attend. Please help us make this vision a reality by providing sponsorship, donations, or in kind services for the items listed below. Any remaining funding will be donated to a local church (Greenhouse International) or community organization (Greenspoint Packers).

 

Stage - $453.50 + $453.50 deposit( refunded at time of return

Bounce House -$500

Train -$500 for 4 hours 

2 laptops for giveaway -$300 each

Scholarship -$1000

Prizes and Giveaways -$1000

Lemons and Lemonade Stand Supplies -$300

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $274
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $164
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,473

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