Global resources leader BHP announces a gift of $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to allow the nonprofit to continue to provide essential services to youth and their families during the ongoing global pandemic. The company notes that today’s children are our future leaders, educators, scientists, lawyers and doctors, and shaping their lives for success starts now.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, my team and I realized that this was not going to be a two-week stay at home to flatten the curve event,” says Selby Bush, Head of Corporate Affairs at BHP. “This is going to be a long-lasting global event.”
“On a personal note, it was important to my team and me to take care of the most vulnerable in our population,” Bush continues. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston fit perfectly. They never once closed their doors during the pandemic.”
BHP is the world’s largest mining and global resources company with the purpose of bringing people and resources together to build a better world. The company works with communities through partnerships that create shared value and generate opportunities for families, towns, regions and nation. This is reflected in the half million-dollar gift presented to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to better serve Houston families during this public health crisis and time of socioeconomic upheaval.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is humbled by the incredible generosity of BHP with this gift targeted to support our COVID relief efforts,” says Kevin Hattery, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. “Their donation will allow us to expand initiatives that address food insecurity, learning loss and a safe learning environment for children, all of which have affected our Boys & Girls Clubs members and their families during the global pandemic. We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with BHP, which is committed to supporting strong, healthy communities.”
From this donation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston has been able to:
- Provide more than 71,240 meals to individuals over the past 33 weeks through drive-thru pantries
- Serve an average of 217 youth per week via the virtual Club experience
- Offer family wellness check-ins with 92,440 calls, texts and emails to ensure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston families continue to have their needs met
- Distribute 530 grocery store gift cards of $100 each to deserving families
- Register 257 members for the food security program, Hunger Not Impossible
- Support more than 1,500 youth that have attended three or more days of the Club
With the gift of hope from BHP, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston can continue to provide a safe and enriching environment for the youth of Houston, as well as offering meaningful relief services to families in need.
To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, please visit www.bgcgh.org.