Please join The Hive Society for the 3rd annual #HoustonCares as we partner with Houston Food Bank to host the largest, single-shift service project.
September is Hunger Action Month. However, this September also marks a period of resilience in the face of recovery.
An unprecedented number of people in the greater Houston area are affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey as the storm unleashed monumental destruction across southeast Texas. For individuals who already struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs, the flooding is even more catastrophic.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Houston Food Bank and The Hive Society have worked tirelessly to provide food and supplies in the short-term, and will continue to do so in the months to come. We hope that you, your friends, family, coworkers and colleagues will join us on September 30th for an afternoon of service that will mean more than it ever has to the communities we serve as they rebuild their lives.
Volunteers will donate their time and effort to a 3-hour service project at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday, September 30th from 1 – 4 PM.
Keeping with the tradition of The Hive Society’s service projects, volunteers will have the chance to win prizes!
Past prizes have included: Concert tickets, T-Shirts, Sporting Event Tickets, Gift Cards, and more!
To qualify to win prizes, there are (3) simple rules:
How did Houston Cares start?
When the project idea first came to Hive Society’s Community Event Director, it was intended to be a small community service project the weekend of her birthday, then the wheels in our head started spinning, and we decided The Hive Society should invite friends and family. Better yet, let’s invite everyone! Enter: Houston Cares.
Each year, we inch closer and closer to our goal of 1,000 volunteers and to make 150,000 meals. These goals are not for the faint of heart, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned while serving, it’s this: our passion outweighs our doubts. Houston Cares is an ambitious service project which makes it exactly what Houston needs. Each year, we get closer and closer to our goal. Let’s make 2017 the year that Houston Cares logs 1,000 volunteers on site. Join us!
Want to donate directly to Houston Food Bank? The Hive Society has launched a fund drive to make it easy for you! Remember: Houston Food Bank can produce 3 meals for every $1 donated. Your monetary donation will directly support #HoustonCares’ goal. Every $1 raised will help us get 3 meals closer to our goal of 150,000 meals. Click Houston Food Bank apple to donate now.
Why the Houston Food Bank?
Houston Food Bank was honored as Feeding America’s 2016 Food Bank of the Year. Food Bank of the Year award is the highest honor given to one food bank among the 200 Feeding America members across the U.S. The Member of the Year award recognized the Houston Food Bank for their creative, efficient and successful programs; serving as a strengthening force for the entire Feeding America network; and exemplifying the highest standards of operations.
Since The Hive Society reorganized as a non-profit in March 2014, the Houston Food Bank has been genuine, supportive partner in our efforts to make philanthropy cool. We’ve hosted several volunteer projects at their Portwall Facility and they’ve ensured our volunteers have a fun time while making a huge impact. To date, The Hive Society volunteers have helped prepare nearly 500,000 meals. Why is this important? Two words:
The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
In Texas, 6.5% of households experience hunger, or “very low food security.” If you’re worried about keeping food on the table, it’s likely you’re worried about all your household expenses and distracted from achieving other goals that can make life better. For those who already struggle to provide for their families, flooding and its devastating aftermath can be catastrophic.
The flooding is even more catastrophic for individuals who already struggle to provide for their families. But thanks to your support and projects like #HoustonCares, Houston Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short-term and for many months to come as our neighbors rebuild their lives. If you’re ready to do your part, register for #HoustonCares!
What will I be doing?
Most of the projects at the warehouse involve inspection, sorting, and repackaging of donated food items for community distribution. These efforts benefit programs like Backpack Buddy, Senior Box Program, and Keegan’s Kitchen. Volunteers with different and/or abilities will be accommodated as best we can.
Why do I have to register twice?
Good question! Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Registering with the Houston Food Bank allows us to make sure you have a productive volunteer experience. Registering with The Hive Society allows us to make sure you have a #HiveLife volunteer experience. Remember the prizes? Do it for the prizes!
Yes. All volunteers ages 18+ must create a Houston Food Bank volunteer profile.
This will allow adult volunteers to digitally sign the volunteer waiver before arriving, significantly speeding up the check in process. Not already a volunteer? Please create a Houston Food Bank Volunteer Profile by clicking here.
Okay, I get that, but do I really have to create a volunteer profile?
During service projects, every minute counts and we want our volunteers to spend as much time as possible fighting hunger! By creating your Houston Food Bank profile prior to the event, you will be able to digitally sign your waiver and receive your volunteer bar code. On September 30th, you’ll walk in to the Houston Food Bank, scan your bar code and get straight to work fighting against hunger. Skip the registration line and head straight to the service fun!
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
The Houston Food Bank Portwall Warehouse can accommodate volunteers as young as 6 years old accompanied by their parent or guardian. Groups of up to 10 volunteers between 6 and 15 years old must be chaperoned by at least one adult. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 can volunteer without a parent/guardian, but must bring in a waiver with a parent/guardian signature. All minors must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian when they arrive to volunteer. Please see the attached minor waiver here.
Adult volunteers 18 years or older are required to register with Houston Food Bank. You will be redirected to HFB’s registration page after completing Eventbrite registration.
Can I register a group of volunteers?
Absolutely! The Hive Society and Houston Cares’ success will depend on large groups of volunteers to come together for this day of service. Companies, student and professional organizations, schools, churches, and volunteer groups are all welcome to join us.
Please only create Group registration for groups of 10+ people.
To register as a group captain or “Group Manager” can select “Create a group” and:
– Register others for the group and event
– Invite others to the group
– Email group members
– Update group page details, including the image and group name
Alternatively, if you know a group you would like to join is already established, simply select “Join a Group”, type all or part of the Group name in the search box, then select the appropriate group to join.
Will my group be assigned to the same project(s)?
We understand the importance of volunteering with friends and family! The Houston Food Bank and The Hive Society will make every reasonable effort to keep groups on the same projects. However, it is strongly suggested that groups arrive and check in together to best ensure they can work the same project. In the event that your large group gets split between two or more service projects, we ask that you are all good sports. Get to know new people and remember the most important fact of the day: you’re fighting against hunger!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For any questions, use the Contact Organizer button on Eventbrite or email Volunteer@HiveSociety.com with “#HoustonCares” in the subject line.
Where do I go and where can I park?
From Downtown: Take IH-10 east and exit Gellhorn St. (exit #774). Make a U-turn at Gellhorn, stay on feeder and turn right on Portwall St.
If space permits it, you may park in the front parking lot, but due the expected large volunteer turnout, you may be directed to Houston Food Bank’s overflow lot located behind the building.
What can/can’t I bring with me?
As a safety precaution, cell phones are not allowed to be out and backpacks/purses are prohibited in most project areas. Houston Food Bank has limited available free lockers, so please be mindful of this.
Don’t worry. There will be planned social media breaks so you can share a #Helpie.
How do I dress for the event?
Closed-toe shoes REQUIRED – smashed toes are no fun, so we strongly enforce this safety precaution. Casual dress, long pants (preferred), shirt with sleeves.
All of the Houston Food Bank’s Rules and Guidelines must be followed.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You will not need to bring your Houston Cares eventbrite confirmation. However, adult volunteers need to bring their Houston Food Bank QR Code (provided via email from Houston Food Bank after you register here). Digital QR codes displayed on your phone/tablet will also be accepted.
All minors must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian when they arrive to volunteer. Please see the attached minor waiver here.
What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
Double check the FAQs for good measure, then email Volunteer@HiveSociety.com with subject “#HoustonCares”