For this year, we've chosen six organizations to receive funds from Theta Design Weekend. These groups make rich contributions to the Houston community in cultural, educational, medical or community capacities.
Apply To Be A Beneficiary
Theta Design Weekend is fueled by a love for the Houston community and a desire to support the organizations who work tirelessly to serve it. If you would like to apply to be a beneficiary of the 2018 Theta Design Weekend, download the PDF below and follow the instructions there to submit a Letter of Inquiry.
Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend Collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. Funds will help sustain the ongoing acquisition of early American decorative arts and paintings which serve as cultural and educational resources for visitors of all ages.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as guardians for children in foster care. Funds will support its Court Services Program which provides lifesaving advocacy services for abused and neglected children who are lost in the system.
The gift from this year’s Weekend will go to the Houston Alumnae Chapter Endowed Grant Fund, supporting Thetas who endeavor to expand their educational opportunities in non-academic pursuits. This gift will allow collegian and alumnae Thetas to participate in educational, leadership development, and service-learning programs around the world, gaining skills and hands-on experience they need, but can’t get inside traditional classrooms.
As experts in pediatric cancer and blood disorders, Texas Children’s Cancer Center is recognized as one of the best children’s cancer treatment centers in the country. Funds will benefit the Histiocytosis Program by establishing a fellowship to train young physician-scientists to become clinical experts and to translate lab discoveries into the next cures.
Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School Program has been keeping schools safe since 1997 by providing students with a safe and anonymous way to report crime and potential dangers on their campus and in their community. In addition to the TipLine, Crime Stoppers offers safety presentations. The underlying message to the children is how to be a good citizen and how to keep themselves safe. Parents are also presented with tools and tips for keeping their child safe. Training is available to school staff and school-based law enforcement officers to assist in keeping students and schools safe. The Safe School Program has educated over 1 million students from PK-12th grade in 28 Greater Houston Area school districts, including private and charter schools and satisfies state and federal mandates.
The Jung Center is an educational institution. It offers classes which encourage people to understand their behavior, make relationships work, live mindfully, and find meaning. They believe that when individuals are successful, communities are strong. Funds will benefit at-risk children in Houston’s Third Ward by giving them free afterschool classes in stress management and creative expression. These classes not only help to build self-esteem, coping strategies and focus, they also expose children to the arts and improve their mental health.
ROCO is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 all- star musicians, distinguished guest conductors and dynamic composers who come together from all over the world to present engaging performances of classical and original compositions. Founded in 2005 by oboist Alecia Lawyer, ROCO is the most fun you can have with serious music. Funds will go toward recording concerts.
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation seeks to improve the lives of people who have sustained central nervous system damage through injury or disease. TIRR Foundation created, directs and funds Mission Connect, a collaborative neurotrauma research project. Mission Connect is focused on supporting the discovery of preventions, treatments and cures for central nervous system damage caused by brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.
The WorkFaith Connection’s mission is to help people in transition build a new life through work and faith. WorkFaith is a Christ-centered organization that exists to encourage disadvantaged job seekers in their hope for a better future and to equip them with the skills and beliefs to gain employment and lead healthy, productive and spiritually rich lives. Funds will be used to purchase laptop computers.
Yellowstone Academy is the premier school in Houston’s inner-city. At Yellowstone, students receive an education that cultivates their intellect, nourishes their spirit, and empowers them to capitalize on their potential to create fulfilling futures for themselves. By providing an academically rigorous, Christian education, Yellowstone Academy is answering the challenge of the education crisis that faces many economically disadvantaged students.