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Program Connects Rice University with Fifth Ward to Reduce Poverty

Posted on · Five years ago, Rice University launched a program to connect students with organizations in Houston's Fifth Ward. The primary goal of the Community Bridges program is to sustainably reduce poverty in the area, which community leaders describe as impoverished. One of the organizations Rice is partnering with is Small Steps Nurturing Center. It's a preschool […]

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Houston Sun Founder Discusses How Community Newspapers Have Changed in 30 Years

Posted on · The Houston Sun will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in December. The community newspaper targets the African American demographic in Houston. We talk with its founder and publisher, Dorris Ellis, about the history of the paper and the changing role of the community newspaper in an evolving media age.

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What Do You Get Out of Volunteering?

Posted on · It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United […]

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How Religious Orgs Balance Community Service & Proselytizing

Posted on · We discuss how religious organizations throughout Greater Houston often find themselves engaged on two fronts: supporting their own congregants with services and events based on their particular religious beliefs, and providing services to the community at large, based on the moral convictions of the congregation, regardless of whether those served hold similar religious views. Along […]