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Fall 2022 Outreach Opportunities

Sock and Blanket Drive 2022


The Staff Council Events Committee is excited to host this year’s Staff Council Sock & Blanket Drive, which benefits the Star of Hope Mission. Collections for both new items, and clean & gently used items are needed. Drop-offs will be set-up to receive items from Tuesday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 14, 2022. A complete list of items and drop-off locations are available on a printable-friendly red or white flyer for ease of sharing. Contact Co-Chairs Stefanie Florencio or Sabrina Grant for more information. 



The Staff Council Community Outreach Committee is inviting everyone to support Kids' Meals mission to end childhood hunger. An estimated 50,000 Houston children under age 6 are facing food insecurity right now. Kids' Meals is the only home meal delivery service in the nation, providing free healthy meals right to the doorstep of preschool age children. Together, we can support Kids' Meals mission to change more than just mealtimes, but their lifetimes! Contact Co-Chairs Diedra Fontaine, Dr. Karl Hearne, or Shanequea White for more information.

A Book Drive for Kids - Spring 2022




Staff Council in partnership with Books Between Kids presents “A Book Drive for Kids” at the University of Houston.  Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization serving Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries.

A Book Drive For Kids
Monday, May 23, 2022 to Monday, June 6, 2022

Donation sites will be set up in E-Cullen, Agnes Arnold Hall, and Technology Bridge. Give new and like-new books for Pre-K through 5th-grade students. 

  • Story Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Leveled readers
  • Children’s non-fiction books (that kids would pick out and read for fun)
  • Board and Toddler Books
  • Spanish or dual language books

For more information about the book drive on campus contact Staff Council Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Diedra FontaineDr. Karl Hearne, and Shanequea White

2020-2021 Community Outreach

  • Sock and Blanket Drive 2021


    The 2021 Staff Council Sock & Blanket Drive benefited the Star of Hope Mission. New and cleaned, gently used items were dropped off at various no-contact locations from November 1 – December 16, 2021.

    Thirtyfive large 50-gallon bags of new and gently used items were donated. Thank you to all who contributed!

  • Thanksgiving Meals for Seniors 2021


    Thanksgiving Meals for Seniors

    Thanksgiving Meals for Seniors

    Staff Council raised over $1,000 to provide 60 Thanksgiving meals to the residents at the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (WALLIP) Senior Residence located in Third Ward. 

    Thank you to all who contributed!

    The WALIPP Senior Residence is a four-story structure offering independent living for adults age 55 and above, which opened in 2004. It provides 42 two-bedroom and 8 one-bedroom apartments. All amenities comply with the American Disabilities Act. It is located in Houston’s Third Ward community.

    Additionally, Staff Council donated treats to the WALIPP Senior Residence in December 2021 to help kick off the holiday season.

  • Staff Council Food Drive Benefited the Cougar Cupboard



    Staff Council held a Food Drive benefiting the Cougar Cupboard at the University of Houston. Faculty, staff, and students participated from February 8 to March 12, 2021.

    Thank you to all who participated in Staff Council’s Food Drive. The Food Drive received 75 pounds of food for the Cougar Cupboard.

    A no-contact dropbox was located in front of the UH Cougar Cupboard Office at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

  • Adopting Families for the month of December


    2020 Holiday Initiative


    Staff Council partnered with the University of Houston’s Third Ward Initiative to adopt a total of three families from Blackshear Elementary, Shape Community Center, and the family of our late UH staff member Mr. Renee Cantu who was in need.

    Eight UH staff members contributed a total of $255.00 to this initiative, which allowed us to purchase three $85.00 HEB gift cards and provide holiday gifts, to the Mason, London, and Cantu families and their children.

    Thank you for your continued support. Together we truly continue to make a difference in the lives of others!

  • Sock & Blanket Drive



    2020 Sock & Blanket Drive


    The 2020 Staff Council Sock & Blanket Drive benefited the Star of Hope Mission. The drive took place at UH Technology Bridge from Monday, December 14, 2020, through Thursday, December 17, 2020.

    This year's drive was by no-contact delivery allowing Staff Council volunteers to safely receive donated items by removing them from the trunk of vehicles.

    60 bags and boxes of new and clean, gently used items were donated to the Star of Hope Mission this year.

  • 3rd Ward Community Clean Up


    Thank you to all who joined the University of Houston Staff Council in partnership with the University of Houston Third Ward Initiative, College of Technology, Keep America Beautiful, and the NFL for the Third Ward Community Clean Up with Jack Yates High School in honor of George Floyd on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

    30 UH volunteers consisting of students, faculty, and staff cleaned up various sites in Third Ward including Jack Yates High School, SHAPE Community Center, Blackshear Elementary, and Trinity East United Methodist Church. 

    Among the UH students’ volunteers were the 2021 UH Homecoming Queen Jayce Ball and Homecoming King Jordan Booker volunteered and participated in the clean-up by mowing grass and planting flowers at Blackshear Elementary School.

Get Involved

Interested in joining the Events or Staff Council Community Outreach (Ad Hoc) Committees?

Please visit the Staff Council Standing and Ad Hoc Committee webpage to contact this year's Co-Chairs. 

You do not have to be a Staff Council member to join or participate in a committee. 

Want to volunteer for an event?

Staff Council needs volunteers to help with our events. Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are all welcome to sign up.