Archive for April 21st, 2012
Today is a big day for the Houston Bar Association (HBA): members of the Association and their children have been celebrating a Family Day of Service, by volunteering for a number of projects: most of the activities were scheduled to take place this morning.
Projects newly supported by the Association:
- The Houston Food Bank, sorting and packing food for distribution to needy families, and the Kids’ Meals project, preparing sandwiches and packed lunches for needy children;
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping run a soccer clinic at Houston Baptist University;
- Special Olympics, helping run an athletic skills camp for intellectually-challenged residents of The Centre;
- Houston Area Women’s Center, organising and cleaning a children’s play area and replanting two gardens for children;
- Star of Hope Spring Carnival, for the family shelter’s young residents;
- Birthday cake kits for needy children looked after by the Spring Branch Family Development Center.
Projects that the Association sponsors annually:
- Habitat for Humanity, helping to build a Habitat home (their 15th) in the Milby Park subdivision;
- Lawyers Against Waste Trash Bash, cleaning and replanting Buffalo Bend Nature Park’s wetlands;
- A Children’s Clothing and Diaper Drive, sorting items for distribution to local charities – all items donated by HBA members.
The rationale behind today’s events is that by volunteering with their children parents are providing them with an example that will last into adulthood, encouraging them to show concern for others and to participate in community service for many years to come. (This is consistent with what we were saying yesterday about Global Youth Service Day.) It also allows HBA members to spread a little happiness while having an enjoyable time with their kids.
The HBA is “a non-profit professional association for attorneys”, which “provides education, professional development and service programs for both the legal profession and the community”.