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A Book Drive for Kids




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

Fall 2021 Volunteer Opportunities



Sock & Blanket Drive

This year’s 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

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 2022 to help kick off the holiday season.




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.

Community Partners

  • Carl Davis
  • James McKnight
  • Jack Yates High School
  • Jack Yates National Alumni Association
  • George Floyd Foundation
  • CHUMP 88
  • Blackshear Elementary
  • Change Happens!
  • Houston Fire Department
  • Houston Police Department


  • Project Row Houses (PRH)
  • Emancipation Economic Development Council
  • Holman Street Baptist Church
  • Christian Hope Baptist Church
  • Trinity East United Methodist Church
  • Houston Praise and Worship Center
  • University of Houston & UH Third Ward Initiative
  • Texas Southern University
  • SHAPE Community Center
  • Third Ward Super Neighborhood
  • Neighborhood Recovery CDC
  • Houston National Pan Hellenic Council
  • Houston Public Works Department
  • Houston Public Waste Department
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Senator Borris Miles
  • Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
  • Commissioner Rodney Ellis

2020-2021 Community Outreach

  • 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.

  • Thanksgiving Meals for Senior Citizens



    Staff Council partnered up with the Houston Texans YMCA to provide a Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans, yams, and a mini bunt cake, to seniors who did not have family in the Houston area.

    Thanks to the generosity of 60 UH staff members, the UH Staff Council Thanksgiving Meal Initiative for Senior Citizens raised $1,809.57 and provided 172 meals to senior citizens who are residents of Greater Third Ward.