The holidays are a great time of year to connect with family, mingle with friends, enjoy delicious food, and give thanks to all we have. However, it is also a great time to give back and consider how we can help someone a little less fortunate than us. The good news…you don’t have to look that far! Here are a couple of ways you can give back this season right here in Baytown.
Help the Homeless
Not everyone is as fortunate to have a warm home to cuddle up in during the winter nights. Therefore, as the temperature continues to drop, it is an optimal time to donate to Bay Area Homeless Services Inc. (BAHS). BAHS is a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless population and those at risk of homelessness; their goal is to help their clients “to attain self-sufficiency, acquire permanent housing, and return to independent living as contributing members of society, providing an array of supportive services.”
You can get involved by donating cash or becoming a volunteer. They are looking for volunteers for the following roles: administrative assistant, donations assistants, maintenance/landscape experts, social media assistants, to name a few. If you want to get a group involved you can even collect a bag of their current needs, which includes: new or gently used twin and full sheet sets, toiletries, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, washing machine detergent, boxes of copier paper, paper goods, new or gently used towels, children’s books, disposable diapers and canned goods.
Foster an Animal
Open your heart and home to an animal in search of a family by becoming a foster for the Baytown Humane Society. The Baytown Humane Society is a “non-profit organization composed of concerned Baytown citizens working separately from–but in cooperation with–the Baytown Area Shelters and Individuals in the area to relieve the suffering of animals and to improve their chances for adoption into loving homes.”
If you don’t have a home to offer you can still offer your heart by becoming a volunteer. This will give you an opportunity to give back while also enhancing your personal skills. Some volunteer duties include helping with administering first-aid and medication to the animals, counseling potential adopters, walking dogs at the shelter, assisting with paperwork, sponsoring or participating in a fundraising event, and more! If you have the time, contact the shelter and get started to give an animal a home for the holidays.
Are you interested in ensuring the future of our children and helping them become the best they can be? If so, then maybe it is time to reach out and become a part of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Baytown. CIS of Baytown is “an affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective nonprofit organization dedicated to drop-out prevention and student success.” They currently serve over 1,700 students on eleven campuses within the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District. CIS provides its students with basic needs, academic assistance, career and college readiness, life skills training, support and guidance, and family support.
If you want to get involved you can donate today or contact CIS to become a volunteer!
Don’t See an Organization that Interests You?
If you are not drawn into the three organizations identified above, don’t let this be a reason not to give back this holiday season. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations that are always looking for assistance. Whether you want to volunteer or just donate to the cause of your choice, all you need to do is a quick google search and we are sure you can find the right charity for you! Remember, it’s a time of giving, so give what you can whether it’s cash, companionship, or something else!
Who we are:
Gulf State Homebuyers is a local, full service real estate investment company founded in 2006 by Dwayne White, a Baytown native who not only knows the area of Greater Houston, but the people as well. We here at Gulf State Homebuyers have been given the 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Distinction Award by the Better Business Bureau for not only our service excellence, but our impact in the real estate business.
Our company specializes in purchasing residential and commercial properties in Houston and its surrounding areas. We not only supply clients with the ability to sell their home for cash; in many situations, we allow our clients to rent or owner finance from us as well. Our staff has purchased hundreds of homes in all cash throughout the years, in addition to offering sellers fair market prices for their homes with closings in a matter of days.