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The Westchase District Community Fund (WDCF) is the charitable arm of Westchase District, formed in 2009 to advance the District’s goals and objectives, as well as align donor support with area needs. The WDCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens, that raises and grants money to advance projects and programs that improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit Westchase District.
Since 2010, the WDCF has raised money in support of area organizations and projects. Our most visible and profitable fundraising event is the Westchase District Corporate Challenge, held each Spring.
Making It Better (MIB) began in January, 2007 in Westchase District serving 91 students (primarily children who’d escaped Hurricane Katrina) at Walnut Bend Elementary school. We were honored to have our work with some of Houston’s most under-served children be recognized by the Westchase District Community Fund’s donation.
Having business and community partners is one of the ways in which MIB has been able to grow from serving one school with 91 students to serving 2000+ students in 10 HISD schools during 2013-14. We’re grateful for the WDCF’s commitment to improving the community through investing in organizations “in the trenches” like ours.
– Jacque Daughtry, COO, Making It Better
Quillian Center’s summer day camp program owes so much to the Westchase District’s Community Fund. Over the years the WDCF has supported our camp program with a financial commitment allowing us to provide scholarships and assistance to families living in this community in order for their children to attend summer camp.
This year alone, Camp Quillian received over $14,000 which in return allows for 70 children to attend camp for 1 week. Quillian Center has been blessed throughout the years because of the WDCF and in return, lives have been changed through a positive camp experience.
– Tom Gaden, Director, Quillian Center
West Houston Assistance Ministries, Inc., was founded 32 years ago to be a “Door of Hope” to those in the community. Through our Client Services Department, WHAM assists over 27,000 individuals each year, who are often forgotten and under-served, with rent/ mortgage, utilities, employment services, food and clothing.
The $300 we received from the Westchase District Community Fund, made a significant impact on the families that benefitted from the funding. Aramark Food Service partnered with WHAM, and conducted onsite interviews for our clients and hired them on the spot. The 12 individuals that were hired needed black work pants to start their new job. WDCF funds provided all 12 new hires with brand new black work pants from WalMart. Several of the applicants had barriers that made it challenging to find work. However, all they needed was a second chance, and you helped to make it happen. Thank you for your support and for helping us to transform the lives of those we serve.
– Shirley Downing, CEO, West Houston Assistance Ministries, Inc.
“Literacy Advance of Houston was founded in 1964 with the goal of improving adult literacy in Houston as a doorway to better opportunities for individuals and families in our city. Through the generosity of supporters like the Westchase District Community Fund, Literacy Advance has been able to serve people like Maryam, who worked her way through our classes to reach her goal of getting a full-time job and being able to provide for her family.
In 2013, Literacy Advance provided more than 3,300 adults and families with literacy skills to help reach each learner’s individual goals. We would not be able to provide these critically-needed literacy services to as many people in Houston if it were not for the ongoing support of the Westchase District Community Fund.”
– Joe Wappelhorst, Executive Director, Literacy Advance of Houston
Chair – Tim Johnson
A longtime resident of Westchase District with his wife Blair, Tim is an associate director with the Alexander Group.
Treasurer/Secretary – Dave Gilkeson
Dave works full time for Westchase District as vice president and chief operating officer.
A longtime resident of Westchase District, Craig is a public relations specialist with the Alief Independent School District..
A longtime resident of Westchase District with her husband Tim, Blair is owner of Learn, Eat, Thrive, a nutrition and health education company.
As senior property manager with BMS Management, Kim manages two office buildings located in the District and at one time managed as many as eight buildings in the District.
Richard works for Concierge Asset Management, which owns and operates The Aberdeen Apartment Homes in Westchase District.
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