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BEAR / BE A RESOURCE FOR CPS KIDS

What Is It?: A nonprofit dedicated to restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children involved in Harris County Child Protective Services. BEAR provides basic necessities to the children in care, and support to the caseworkers of CPS.

 

Help Needed: Help provide and/or organize donations of basic supplies, holiday gifts, or school supplies, or help with celebrations for youth who are graduating from CPS care.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12

Help Needed

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BEARING GIFTS

This program provides holiday gifts to children under the care of CPS who otherwise would have no holiday cheer at all. Donors are able to sponsor a child, make a donation, and/or volunteer at the BEARing Gifts warehouse in the Heights. BEAR was able to provide gifts for more than 11,000 children in 2016.  Volunteers sort, select, and wrap gift donations.

For the 2017 holiday season, program hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM-4:30 PM, but there will be three Saturday opportunities: December 2, 9, and 16, from 9 AM-Noon.

More information is here.

 

 

 

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BEAR GRADUATION CELEBRATION

Once the youth in CPS care age out of the system most of them have little to no support and have to face adulthood alone. BEAR helps youth get started on their journey as they transition into adulthood. This program needs volunteers during early summer each year to help with the celebration or to help provide necessities for graduating students.

 

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BEAR BACK TO SCHOOL

BEAR provides over 5,000 children with new uniforms, school supplies and a backpack to help them start school. Volunteers are needed each summer to help with school supply and uniform inventory and packing backpacks.

 

 

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BEAR NECESSITIES

This program operates eight BEAR rooms throughout Harris County that provide emergency supplies for children who are in CPS care. These children often have nothing but the clothes they were wearing when the case worker arrived.  BEAR seeks donations of critical items such as formula, diapers, new clothing, and hygiene supplies.  More information is on the BEAR website.

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Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
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BEAR Be a Resource for CPS Kids Video (4 minutes 47 seconds) (2013)

Available For Scout Eagle or Gold Award Project?
Examples of past Scout projects
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Please note that the BEAR Warehouse is located at 630 W. 6th Street in the Heights, not at BEAR’s West Loop offices.

Comments / Reviews

Comments about “BEAR / BE A RESOURCE FOR CPS KIDS

  • during the holidays it’s so fun to help wrap and sort through all of the gifts. the kids lovee all of the rooms filled with toys!!

  • I volunteered here with my school and really enjoyed the time I spent here. It is so fun to look at the sheet you were given and go hunt through the tables and tables of toys to get the kids the toys they asked for.

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