Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

November 19, 2013
by Christine Cantrell
This year, Discovery Green is participating in Giving Tuesday, a nationwide movement to change how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.  Our hope, and that of the other 5,000+ Giving Tuesday partners across the country, is that Giving Tuesday will inspire people to give back to the charities or causes they care about, and to help create a better world.
So after you shop the sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please consider giving something back on Giving Tuesday – December 3, 2013 – whether it be a financial contribution, your time, or a gift in-kind.

We kindly ask that you consider supporting Discovery Green during this giving season, and especially on December 3, in a number of ways:
  • Make a gift! Your charitable donations can fund the free exercise classes, family activities, concerts, movies, festivals, and the winter ice rink that take place at the park each year. Click here to make a donation.
  • Purchase a paver or plaque! Honor a loved one by having his or her name forever engraved in the park. Click here to purchase a paver or plaque.
  • Volunteer! We could use your hard work. There are always opportunities for you to volunteer your time at Discovery Green. Click here to sign up.
  • Bring a new or gently used children’s book to the park on Giving Tuesday – December 3rd.  We will distribute the books at our Toddler Tuesday events in the spring.
  • Spread the word! Tell your friends about Giving Tuesday and how you are participating!
Why should you give to Discovery Green this Giving Tuesday?
Discovery Green was created by public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the Discovery Green Conservancy. The park was first made possible by several individuals and organizations that believed this park could make difference in thousands of Houstonian’s lives. Since the park opened in 2008, more than 5 million visitors have enjoyed this green space. Because the park receives minimal public funding, Discovery Green depends on your generosity to help fund the over 600 FREE events happening at Discovery Green each year. 
In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, we spoke with four park supporters about why they chose to support Discovery Green, which is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. 

Earlene Joseph, park volunteer
“When I learned that I could volunteer at Discovery Green, I quickly signed up. And while volunteering for Families on the Green this past spring, I learned that Discovery Green is not a city park and therefore had to raise money to fund all the great programs I enjoy. So now I not only give my time, but also make monetary donations.” 

Walter Alexander, park user

“I came to know about Discovery Green just over 4 years ago when my ex-wife and I were going through a separation and ultimately a divorce. I was going through a rough emotional and financial time. 
“Discovery Green provided so many opportunities for me to create new memories with my kids and we found ourselves there every other weekend (my weekends) sailing the boats, eating on the lawn while playing backgammon and listening to the entertainment or watching a movie on the big screen. 
“Discovery Green was the VERY BEST place for me during that time and has been since. It was inexpensive (mostly free, which I needed) and filled with so many cultural experiences. 
“I recently got remarried and we have a set of twin boys who we now, too, take to Discovery Green.
“Thank you for providing a beautiful, clean and wonderful outlet called Discovery Green. The plaque and paver purchase I made to honor my children is just a way for me to give back a portion of what has blessed us so much.”

Barry Mandel, Executive Director of Discovery Green

“I find it important to work for Discovery Green because these 12 acres of green space in Downtown Houston have now become a hub for the changing demographics happening in Houston. People are now working, living and playing downtown because of places like Discovery Green. This park allows kids to get outside and play, a concept that has almost become a dying art form.      
“I’m a fourth-generation Houstonian and there are iconic places I remember from my childhood – the train at Hermann Park, Kiddie Wonderland, Bellaire Roller Skating Rink – where I spent most of my free time. I find it very rewarding that now I have a part in creating those kinds of memories for kids that will last them a lifetime, like mine have. 
“Purchasing plaques and pavers are a great way to donate to Discovery Green. I am fortunate enough to have very loving and giving friends that have donated plaques and pavers in my honor. I personally purchased a paver for my mom and dad for their 80th and 85th birthdays and then when my father passed away, a number of people donated a paver in his memory.
“I have long history of working for nonprofits like Discovery Green. It’s wonderful to see the good work happening across our city. Throughout the year and on days like Giving Tuesday, I think it is incumbent upon us who are fortunate to do everything we can to give of our resources to help others and better our community. ” 

Allen Hill, music booker and park supporter

“I am happy to invest in Discovery Green’s fantastic programming because the park is such a vital part of our community.  As the booking agent for the Thursday Concert Series, I love the opportunity to delight our constantly growing audiences by selecting exciting entertainers to create magical experiences in a beautiful setting.  Our goal with these free, family friendly concerts is to reflect the spirit, diversity, and the energy level of our great city with world class performers.  Nothing beats the pure joy and energy of several thousand Houstonians coming together to share a beautiful, fun filled evening in the heart of downtown!”

A little more about Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.