Mission: The Houston Parrot Head Club function is to provide members with social activities and to be involved with community service, as well as charity and environmental causes. Our club has supported several charities in the Houston area, and we're always looking to provide help to other organizations and charities. If you are a member and would like the club to be involved with a new charity or cause please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are some of the charities and causes our club has supported:
Toys For Tots: Since the beginning of our club we have been supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Starting in November club members are asked to help by bringing unwrapped toys to club happy hours and other events. In December we have our annual Christmas party where we pile all of the collected toys under the tree, and present our donation to Marine representatives.
Save The Manatee Club: We have now adopted 3 Manatees and their names are Amanda, Betsy, & Ariel! The Save the Manatee Club was established in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. SMC was started so the public could participate in conservation efforts to save endangered manatees from extinction. Rod Leger is heading up our campaign to support the Save the Manatee Club. Keep an eye out for Rod at our Happy Hour Phlockings because he'll have his collection jar handy. Please visit their web site for more information by clicking on logo or the the link below. We plan on continuing our support for the Manatee Club, so please feel free to donate any time.
Additionally, our club has joined the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network out of Galveston. Rod is also the club chairperson for this organization. Check out their website for volunteer information by clicking on their logo below. It's a wonderful organization!
Mud Bug Ball (MBB): In April 2002 the Mud Bug Ball became our official "Party of the Year". This party was started to raise monies for a local charity of the club's choice. The party involves live bands, conga lines, auctions, games, & of course boiled crawfish. The party has grown each year in every way. Make sure you don't miss the next one! Below is the list of charities that the MMB has supported in the past.
Beginning with MBB 2009 (MBB VIII) the Houston Parrot Head Club has decided to focus on local charities in the future - as opposed to National charities - which we feel will have a bigger impact on our community.
Please visit the web sites of previous charities for more information by clicking on the links below.
MBB I: Jerry's Kids - Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency. It is a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.
MBB II: Radio Lollipop- Radio Lollipop at Texas Children's Hospital broadcasts internally through the hospital's existing TV system. Volunteer deejays play Top 40 hits and children's favorites, take call-in requests, and put kids "on air" from the bedside or in the studio. Several evenings each week broadcasts feature games, art projects and contests in which kids can win prizes.
MBB III: DeGeorge House at Union Station - This residential program is designed to provide all the services necessary to help veterans successfully reintegrate into independent living. The program addresses barriers to socialization and employment. These barriers include the lack of stability and job skills, legal problems, lack of financial and emotional stability. We help the veteran create support networks that will ensure that they maintain a high level of independence once they leave the program. Click to view event sponsors.
MBB IV: Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) - This local organization since 1972 shelters, rescues, and finds homes for the homeless animals. Helping and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
MBB V: Sunshine Kids - The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, they are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.
MBB VI: Ronald McDonald House Houston - The Ronald McDonald House of Houston offers a home away from home for families with children being treated at a Texas Medical Center institution for cancer or other serious illnesses. They also support cancer research and medical treatment at Texas Children's Cancer Center.
MBB VII: Ronald McDonald House Houston - The Ronald McDonald House of Houston offers a home away from home for families with children being treated at a Texas Medical Center institution for cancer or other serious illnesses. They also support cancer research and medical treatment at Texas Children's Cancer Center. This MBB held on May 17th, 2008 raised over $19,000.00.
MBB VIII: Galveston County Recovery Fund - The Galveston County Recovery Fund's purpose is threefold: a) To solicit and manage monetary donations and other resources that will assist the City of Galveston and Galveston County in recovery efforts; b) To respond to hurricane-related grant requests from nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and governmental bodies that are providing services in Galveston County; c) To serve as repository for donor designated hurricane relief and recovery funds.This MBB held on May 16th, 2009 raised $17,625.00.
MBB IX: YES Prep Public Schools - 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.YES Prep Public Schools is a free, open-enrollment public school system that serves 4,200 students across eight schools in the Houston area. YES Prep has been ranked as among the top 100 public high schools in the nation byNewsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Every year, 100 percent of YES Prep's graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges. This MBB held on May 18th, 2010 raised $18,000.00.
MBB X: De George House at Union Station and Smiling Dog Farms - De George Hous, this residential program is designed to provide all the services necessary to help veterans successfully reintegrate into independent living. The program addresses barriers to socialization and employment. These barriers include the lack of stability and job skills, legal problems, lack of financial and emotional stability. We help the veteran create support networks that will ensure that they maintain a high level of independence once they leave the program. Smiling Dog Farms is a Sanctuary, not a traditional rescue. Our dogs come from shelters, rescues and private parties all across America. They may be deemed "unadoptable" because they have bitten someone, have medical issues, have other behavioral challenges, have grown old, have become a burden or have just run out of time at a shelter. If a dog is breathing, he qualifies to come live here! This MBB held in May , 2011 raised $12,500.00.
MBB XI: Texas Children's Hospital's Radio Lollipop Program -Radio Lollipop is a fully-equipped, on-site radio station that broadcasts to patients' rooms via Texas Children's television system. It is a 100% volunteer-driven program that involves children in play and activities, using the sounds of radio to help stimulate the children's imagination. Volunteer deejays create excitement among patients by playing Top 40 hits, taking call-in requests and putting kids "on air" to actively participate in the magic of radio. Each on-air broadcast also features games, art projects, storytelling and contests in which kids win prizes. Radio Lollipop makes kids feel important by giving them a voice and a choice during their hospital stay, a time when they may have few pleasant choices. This MBB held in May , 2012 raised $12,000.00
MBB XII: April 20, 2013 - Camp Hope and Lone Star Veterans- Camp Hope http://ptsdusa.net/locations/texas/ PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again – PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.Lone Star Veterans- http://www.lonestarveterans.org/he The Lone Star Veterans Association is a non-for-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting returning veterans and their families in making a successful transition from the military to civilan world. Founded by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, they provide career transition, social programs, peer mentoring, PTSD support, family events, community service projects, and advocacy on behalf of the Post 9/11 military generation. The Lone Star Veterans Association operates in the Greater Houston Area and is the largest Iraq and Afghanistan veteran organization in the state of Texas. We raised $20,000 which was given equally to both charities!
MBB XIII: May 10, 2014 - Camp Hope - http://ptsdusa.net/locations/texas/ – PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again – PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal. This MBB held in May, 2014 raised $13,000.
MBB XIV: May 16, 2015 - Special Cheers was our 2015 Mud Bug Ball charity. Special Cheers is an occupational therapy center in Houston, Texas that treats children and young adults with physical and mental challenges utilizing a multi-faceted approach to achieving functional living skills. We aim to provide these services to all who need them, but we cannot achieve our goals alone. They received a check for $10,000 and $679.38 donation in the form of tee shirts.
Clothing Donations: In October we have our annual Halloween party where we collect gently used clothing for battered women shelters. Since we started we have made clothing donations to many different shelters throughout the Houston and surrounding areas, thanks to all of our generous club members!
School Supplies: Our club often collects school supplies during our happy hours throughout the year. Since we started we have made several donations to many different schools throughout the Houston and surrounding areas, thanks again to all of our generous club members!
Beach Cleanups: From time to time our club will organize a beach cleanup, or we join the Galveston Bay PHC with one of their cleanups. It's a sunny & sandy job, but somebody's' got to do it!
Race for the Cure:The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is a national organization established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker in honor of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36. The Foundation operates with a network of volunteers working through 115 local affiliates and 112 Komen Race for the Cure® events. The mission is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment via one of the country's most innovative and responsive breast cancer grant programs. By funding basic and clinical research, the Foundation has laid the groundwork for some of today's most promising breast cancer treatments.