Every year the Enoch Pratt Library of Baltimore reaches out to the library of their Monday Night Football competitor to extend a fundraising challenge in preparation for #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. This November 27th, our Houston Texans play the Baltimore Ravens, and HPL and the HPL Foundation have accepted the opportunity to beat Baltimore at football and fundraising! From 7:30pm (kick-off time) on November 27th until 11:59pm, November 28th Houston will be competing dollar for dollar to beat the Baltimore library.
The Goal: A New Mobile Express
To help with the recovery, HPL’s greatest need is the ability to get back into the community where our branches are closed. As Houstonians rebuild, they continue to need access to technology, homework help, youth and family programming. To provide this vital assistance, without taking programming from other areas within the community, HPL has an urgent need for a new Mobile Express unit. The cost of this unit is $506,000; our fundraising goal for the Book Bowl Challenge.
This is an aggressive goal but we are HoUSton Strong and believe in the strength of our Houston community to come together, to not only beat Baltimore for this Book Bowl challenge, but to also help each other rebuild after one of the nation’s most catastrophic hurricanes.
Calling all football fans! Gather your friends, coworkers and colleagues to pledge to give, fill out our simple form by clicking the button below.
Hurricane Harvey left seven of the HPL community libraries out of service, two of which were the top-visited branches in the system (Kendall Library and Stella-Link Library). Due to the extent of the damage, these seven libraries will be down anywhere from six to eighteen months.
Last year HPL’s Community Outreach team went to 826 events in the community, served 305 organizations, provided 448 programs, and made direct contact with over 21,000 people in 60 zip codes through the mobile units.
Get Ready to Give Big!