Dear Houston Community

Super Bowl Host Committee mascot "TD" with Foundation President Dr. Julie Baker Finck.

Super Bowl Host Committee mascot "TD" with Foundation President Dr. Julie Baker Finck.

Many of us will gather with family and friends later this month to celebrate Thanksgiving and the many blessings in our lives. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the “Season of Giving.” I urge you to take time as a family to discuss what the “Season of Giving” means to you and how you may create a family legacy of service to others by giving your time and resources.

One family tradition I encourage you to begin is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 29. #GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy across more than 70 countries and 30,000 organizations that is fueled by social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and recognizes the power of service to others and the value of giving back. Whether you give $5 or $5,000 on #GivingTuesday to a charitable organization, feel confident that your generosity can bring about real change in our community.

A second tradition to adopt during the “Season of Giving” is to volunteer as a family. Volunteers can change lives. By engaging in acts of kindness and helping others in need, you will indeed lead by example and inspire your children to live a life of service. We are hosting family-friendly volunteer opportunities throughout the month of December. Go to Connect4Literacy.org to sign up and join us.

This Season of Giving, reach beyond yourself. Take action. Make a difference.

Yours in service,

 

Julie Baker Finck, Ph.D.
President