The Houston Furniture Bank
Founded in 1992, the Houston Furniture Bank is a nonprofit whose mission is to” furnish hope and make empty houses homes” for Houston’s needy families, in order to make the road to independent living more manageable and the likelihood of success more probable. By working with 70+ nonprofit partner agencies, the Houston Furniture Bank assists individuals that are at or below the extreme poverty level, those with mental and physical disabilities, single women with children, people recovering from chemical dependencies, and those affected by natural disasters such as Katrina, Rita, and most recently, Ike. Since its inception, the Houston Furniture Bank has served over 80,000 individuals with furniture and other household goods
Frank Monacelli, Vice President, Board Member
Teach for America
Teach for America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity. Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Since inception, 33,000 individuals have participated in Teach for America, impacting the lives of more than 2.5 million Houston students.
Gloria Nino, President, former Advisory Board Member
YES Prep Public Schools exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities. Since YES Prep’s inception in 1998, 100% of seniors have graduated from high school and gained acceptance to four-year colleges and universities. Today, with 11 schools in operation, serving 7,000 students throughout Houston, YES Prep’s results continue to shatter mindsets around the country about what low-income students are capable of achieving.
Frank Monacelli, Vice President, former Board Member
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
St. Thomas High School
Teaching goodness, discipline and knowledge is the tradition of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of St. Thomas, a Catholic college preparatory high school.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. MD Anderson Cancer Center’s vision is to be the premier cancer center in the world, based on the excellence of their people, research-driven patient care and science.