Support Our Families
Your financial contributions, in-kind donations, and the “priceless” gift of your time provide equally valuable support for RaiseUp Families clients. With your help, we can strengthen struggling families who may be facing the possibility of homelessness, to ensure an uninterrupted school year for their children. Together, we can make a difference! For additional information on ways to help or to make an in-kind donation, please contact Koralee Boucher, Community Engagement Manager, at 713-973-8083, ext. 105.
Every $1 invested in RaiseUp Families programming generates an estimated $20 in long-term value to participating families and the community through improved earnings and reduced dependence on safety-net services. RaiseUp Families is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
How your donation helps:
$8,500 covers all expenses for one family to complete our signature 9-Month HandUp Program
$5,000 subsidizes rent throughout our entire program for one family as they work towards self-sufficiency
$1,200 provides one month’s rent, utilities, and continuing education courses to help parents increase their earning potential
$500 gives 2 families safe after-school care for their children while parents are working
$250 purchases a mattress and bedframe for a child sleeping on the floor or sofa
$100 helps 1 adult secure transportation to get to and from work
$50 offers a parent a 30-minute counseling session with a licensed clinician
$25 ensures internet service for families (via a school discount rate)
Join the RaiseUp Families Volunteer Team! We work diligently to match your interests and availability with our volunteer opportunities. Our goal is to provide a positive, meaningful experience for both volunteers and families. Opportunities for volunteer involvement include:
Client Education and Encouragement
Organize a Client Workshop and/or Family event – Present a topic that would benefit our clients, such as household budgeting, job retention, parenting, family communication, or healthy living.
Provide Pro Bono Professional Services – Legal, Financial/Accounting, Human Resources, Medical.
Office and Program Support
Pre-Screen Client Support and Resource Referrals – Respond to families who have reached out for help but do not qualify for our program. Provide them with other resources in the community that may be able to assist them
Client Follow-up – Make follow-up calls to clients six months after they complete the HandUp Housing Program. (Spanish language skills are helpful but not necessary.)
Monthly Check Deliveries – Deliver checks to apartment management offices and childcare facilities at the beginning of each month.
Special Projects – Assist Case Managers with transportation/errands, client job training, preparedness support, and additional client needs as they arise.
From time to time, volunteers are needed to organize or assist with seasonal events that educate and celebrate our client families. Responsibilities range from providing a simple meal before the start of a class, to planning activities for children.
RaiseUp Families is often in need of specific in-kind donations or collections for client families. While we accept most appropriate donations, we have limited storage facilities and ask that you contact us to coordinate all donations.
Examples of in-kind needs:
Home start-up kits (Cleaning Supplies/Paper Goods/Laundry Basket)
Personal hygiene kits
Family first-aid kits
Gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target or HEB
Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets
Birthday-in-a-Bag (cake mix, frosting, candles, and a gift for a child)
Backpacks and school supplies
Summer camp gear