CPAs Helping Schools provides funding to local districts for educational projects, emphasizing aid to economically disadvantaged schools and volunteers participate in career day presentations at local schools.
The CPAs Helping Schools Committee has a primary goal to encourage all CPAs to become actively involved with the education of local youth. This broad committee focus permits a multitude of support that will aid students' learning process through improving the quality and scope of area education, grades PreK – 12.
Volunteers may support local education through student mentoring, tutoring, delivering grant checks, informing schools of the grant program, sharing accounting career information to students, or by making financial contributions in support of the programs.
The programs are funded through proceeds of the Houston CPA Society’s annual Scholarship Gala and the committee’s fall fundraiser. Other funds are secured through an established endowment for PreK-12 education and by member donations.
Since 2002, CPAs Helping Schools has reviewed over 600 grant applications, awarding funding in excess of $550,000 to over 200 schools in 35 local districts, private, parochial schools and nonprofit educational organizations. In addition to providing education basics for at-risk youth, the financial support of CPAs Helping Schools continues to establish initiatives including math, technology, and literacy programs, library improvements, science materials, resources for
CPAs Helping Schools also sponsors efforts of local nonprofit organizations, such as Fund for Teachers, to assist teachers in their pursuit of educational fellowships in accounting or mathematics, Junior Achievement and their school program, Future Business Leaders of America, and others that provide career awareness to local students.
CPAs Helping Schools hosts semi-annual receptions for our partners in education. Representatives of local districts, campuses, and recent grant recipients are invited to attend the P.I.E. Reception and learn about the grant program and the different presentations volunteers can provide for career day events.
The committee offers direct assistance to at-risk learners by mentoring, tutoring and other volunteer tasks:
• Collecting and distributing gently-used uniforms
• Participating as program judges at area campuses
• Speaking at career day activities
• Assisting high school students and their parents in completing applications for Federal or State Financial Aid
• Regularly participate in local schools as readers to younger students
• Delivering our grant checks to local schools
The committee meets monthly August through May.
For more information contact:
Staff Liaison Carol Spencer