For more than 125 years, the YMCA of Greater Houston has been a cause-driven organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. A strong community can only be achieved when it invests in its kids, its health and its neighbors, and the Y proves that each day through its service to more than half a million people throughout the Greater Houston Community. The YMCA is committed to being a source of strength and encouragement to all they serve. Currently, there are 25 Ys in Greater Houston, a resident camp and international services Y, six early childcare centers, 13 opportunity centers in apartment complexes, and 200 afterschool sites. Spindletop is proud to be a longtime supporter of the YMCA and most recently supported their critical needs due to the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.
In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, devastating thousands of homes and businesses. Fourteen of the 26 YMCA facilities suffered flooding, and four Y’s had significant damage requiring long-term recovery or closure. Neighborhoods were devastated without their local Y programs causing children to be set back in academic and enrichment advancements due to lack of program availability. In 2018, Spindletop realized that there continued to be a need to help in the recovery process and pledged $100,000 to provide Hurricane Harvey relief to the YMCA of Greater Houston.
In appreciation for this gift, the Houston Texans YMCA child watch area, a safe space for children to play and learn, was named Spindletop Charities Child Watch. This beautiful Y is located in Houston’s East End neighborhood, and it is the only NFL-branded YMCA in the United States due to the Texans financial and volunteer support.
In May 2019, Spindletop Charities was the beneficiary of proceeds raised from the Offshore Technology Conference’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Spindletop was awarded $300,000 to be used to support 6 different charities of which the YMCA of Greater Houston was included.
Hurricane Harvey relief needs continued for several YMCA locations in the Greater Houston area. This grant provided $50,000 for the YMCA Spindletop Scholars Academy, a new summer enrichment program for elementary school students who have fallen behind academically due to the loss their Cossaboom Family YMCA and its afterschool programs.