From Black Restaurant Week to Covenant House, our own Monica Jones has found 7 more Ways for Houstonians to Give Back in April.

It may be hard to believe, but it’s already April. While the time may be moving quickly, there’s no shortage of chances to volunteer and help out in the city of Houston. With a new month, comes a new installment of our own Monica Jones’s monthly “7 Ways to Give Back to the 713.” Whether it’s contributing to a cause for Autism Awareness Month or National Sexual Assault Health Awareness Health, or helping out by dining out, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you. We’ll let Monica take it from here.

Hola, Houstonians! It may be the month for April showers, but April should also bring with it an unselfish spirit. April presents a great time for Houstonians to get out and active in the community. Once again, I’ve tracked down 7 Ways YOU can make the most of the 30 days in April by Giving Back to the 713 and making a difference.

 

1. Silence the Shame – Join the movement to Silence The Shame regarding sexual assault by supporting the #MeToo movement during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Reports of sexual assault against both women AND men are at an all-time high, and donating to the cause is just one small way you can do your part to help end sexual violence. Visit MeToo.org to donate.

2. The AIDS Foundation hosts an annual dining fundraiser, #DiningOutForLife, to help support HIV/AIDS research and services across the country. 30 Houston-area restaurants are participating in #DiningOutforLife this year, which takes place on Thursday, April 26th. Whether you decide to dine solo or make it a date night, it’s the perfect opportunity to give back and get fed, as well. Visit AidsHelp here to find a list of the participating restaurants.

3. Got a green thumb? Well, Spring has sprung, so you can volunteer your assistance with the planting and maintenance at one of Houston’s community gardens. The Gladys R. Goffney Community Garden located in Kashmere Gardens, for example, is just one place to start, as they’re currently encouraging families and companies to Adopt-A-Plot. green thumb?

4. You may not know that April is also Autism Awareness Month. Local music and entertainment professional Verda “Tootie” Carr annually hosts “#Tunes4Autism,” a charity concert that aims to bring awareness to the cause. This April, Carr has also partnered with the Avondale House for Students with Autism to encourage Houstonians to “Light It Up Blue” at a dance party, going down on April 17th from 1-3 PM. Connect with @tootiewootie via social media if you’re interested in volunteering with either of these endeavors.

5. Now in its third year, Houston’s Black Restaurant Week has balanced Food + Philanthropy to successful bring awareness to local nonprofit organizations and Black-owned businesses in the community. Starting next week, on April 16, and continuing through the end of the month, you can support BRW in a variety of ways, whether it’s attending their culinary showcase, pop-up dinner, bartender competition, or by dining out at any one of the participating restaurants. Grab your tickets now here.

6. You don’t always need money to do good and give back. If you’re a makeup or hair artist with mad skills, then the Covenant House Texas could use your help providing cosmetology services for the teens residing there. Visit the Houston-area Covenant House’s website to learn how you can get more involved.

7. For those in the Houston area who consider themselves man’s best friend, consider hosting a pet food collection drive, with all donations going towards a Houston-area pet shelter. You might even consider taking donations for other much-needed items like leashes and dog shampoos, too.

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