POPA Helping Houston

In the days following Hurricane Harvey, our community came together to help each other and Houston. Entire families—from little children to grandparents—responded to the call to donate supplies, help with the drives, and even clean out strangers’ flooded houses. That week, we embodied the Post Oak spirit of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, and civic responsibility. My children saw the adults in their lives working hard to help those impacted by the hurricane and learned that through small acts, they too could be part of the recovery process.

—Nicole Pedersen, POPA Co-Chair

How You Can Help

We now have the opportunity to continue that effort throughout the school year:

    Sat., April 21 and 28, 2018
    POPA has been partnering this year with Nat Q. Henderson Elementary in the upper eastside of Houston to do a weekly literacy event called A Bridge of Books where Upper Elementary students read with Henderson first and second graders to help practice and promote literacy. It’s been a terrific program and much appreciated by the folks and students at Henderson Elementary, and a great experience for Post Oak kids, too.

    Henderson Elementary’s library needs a full overhaul. POPA Co-Chair Nicole Pedersen worked with Council Member Jerry Davis to secure funds so we can buy paint, a new rug, take off burglar bars, and give the library a refresh. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 28 to help create a bright and inviting space for kids to read.

    Read our flyer for details!
    We are working with City Council Member Jerry Davis to provide peer to peer mentoring of students from the northeast side of Houston. Upper Elementary students who want to join and can commit to four Saturday afternoons, will learn how to tutor children in literacy and meet with kids from the northeast side neighborhoods. Contact Nicole Pedersen to sign up.


—The POPA Helping Houston committee: John Duboise, Allison Wong, Stacey Martin, Jennifer Chavis, Nicole Pedersen, and Christina Cantu.


Past Opportunities

    Veteran’s Day: On Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we will meet at a Salvation Army warehouse to box supplies for families impacted by the hurricane.
    On Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, we will provide volunteer hours to the Food Bank. Volunteers must be at least six years old.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: On Monday, January 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we will meet in our own gym to make blankets for a health clinic that serves low-income families. Stop by for all or part of the day.
    Saturday, Feb 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to serve Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries. Volunteer projects vary depending on need, but volunteers often help count books, sort books, pack books into boxes, move boxes of books around the warehouse, prepare school inventory lanes, prepare boxes of books to be sent off to schools, or even clean and reorganize the warehouse. The volunteer event is at the Books Between Kids warehouse, located at 9947 Harwin Drive, Suite B, Houston, TX 77036. (Please note that you will not be able to see 9947 from the street. Turn in between 9941 and 9949 Harwin Drive.) Here is a link to the volunteer registration form:
    Volunteer FAQs
    Volunteers must be 5 and up
    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    Time: 8:15–8:30—Volunteers check-in
    8:40—Group photo/orientation/grab equipment
    8:50—Begin project
    11:15—Clean-up time

    Where: We will meet on the East side of Sabine (see Google map)

    Parking: 105 Sabine at the Water Works Visitor’s center parking lot (map)
    If the parking lot is already full, you can park across the street at the Fonde Community Center. (110 Sabine St)
    Carpooling is recommended. There will be reserved parking for volunteers that have registered only at the 105 Sabine. 

    What: Removing invasive plants…that means weeding! A couple of hours of getting your hands in the dirt is good for the soul!

    Wear: Rubber boots or rain boots, garden gloves, long pants, loose t-shirt, hat, sunglasses

    Bring: Reusable water bottle (cold water will be available to refill), garden gloves(!), snacks if you want

    Sign Waiver: You can sign the waiver online. Please put your date and indicate you’re The Post Oak School under the “group space”. Please sign the waiver by Friday evening. For anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on the waiver. Please use this link to download and print a form.