The 2017 “Compassion in Action” CMC wrapped Nov. 1, and city employees raised just over $750,000 for more than 700 nonprofit organizations registered with the campaign.
Notable department fundraisers included Human Resources’ “Pie Toss to the Boss” and “Painting with a Purpose;” Planning and Community Development’s “Who Wants to be a Houstonaire;” General Services’ “Great BBQ Meal Deal;” and "City Hall vs. The Annex CMC Basketball Throwdown," to name a few. The annual CMC online auction also raised $8,000, up $1,000 from last year. The auction featured items such as autographed sports memorabilia, kids’ toys, unique household items, and gift certificates to fitness gyms, restaurants and fun outings. Start thinking about what you want to donate next year.
Each year, the CMC allows employees the opportunity to exercise their social responsibility.
“Giving back is such a rewarding feeling,” said Jennifer Cobb, CMC chair. “Just like we are called to public service, the folks behind the nonprofits registered with the CMC are also called to serve and need our assistance.”
Every employee donation ¬¬– made through payroll deduction, one-time donation, or participating in department fundraisers – helps CMC agencies with fulfilling their missions.
For example, $25 to the Texas Center for the Missing funds identification kits for one classroom; $50 provides a spay or neuter surgery for a small dog or cat by the Houston Humane Society; and $30 helps the NJB FOUNDation with preparing one care package for each of their scholars each semester.
Monetary donations are vital, but so too is the time spent by city employees volunteering in soup kitchens, planting trees and flowers in a revitalized city park or tutoring/mentoring at-risk youth.
“If you were unable to donate or participate during the CMC, I encourage you to reach out to one of the CMC nonprofits or another organization dear to you and volunteer a few hours of your time during the holidays,” said Cobb. “Every bit helps and means so much to the organization and to those that benefit from its services.”