In Houston, *29% of children live in poverty, the highest of all Texas metropolitan cities.
81% of students graduate from high school in Houston, 2% below the national average.
1 in 3 Houston children lives in poverty, tied with Dallas for the highest in Texas cities.
*Kids Count Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Underwear is only one small part of supporting children who struggle with the many consequences of poverty. 7 pairs of new underwear can increase regular school attendance and boost self-esteem for the neediest among us.
Houston, Fort Bend, and Lamar Consolidated public school districts support students enrolled in the federally mandated homeless department. Most of the students are “couch surfing”, many fewer students live in shelters with their families. The department makes sure these children attend their home schools, assuring continuity in their education. The department also provides basic needs, including UFE underwear.
Child Protective Services (CPS) located in Houston is a branch of Texas’ social services department responsible for cases of child abuse and neglect. Children found to live in dangerous situations are removed at a moment’s notice and often leave without any belongings. An assigned social worker takes each child “shopping” in a room stocked with basic needs where they receive UFE underwear.
Houston is fortunate to have mobile health units sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, providing immunizations, physicals, and other services for families in underserved communities. Medical staff reports that 90% of patients are not wearing underwear, a statistic that led to UFE stocking the units with underwear.
The Houston Food Bank doesn’t just give food to families! It has a program that provides 7 pairs of UFE underwear to qualifying children in need.
Sort, stack, and pack colorful undies!
If you live in the Houston area, visit Undies World Headquarters and to back to others, beginning with this basic but universal need for undies.
Start your own Undies drive – virtually!
Host a virtual undies drive by inviting your group’s members, friends and family. Click a button and send some undies for a child in need.
To help you promote your drive, we’ll equip you with UFE-branded templates and ideas for social posts to spread the digital word far and wide.
A new way to volunteer!
Undies for Change is a fee-based volunteer opportunity. UFE sends your group underwear, supplies and instructions to make perfect packs of 7 pairs that you deliver to a pre-identified local children’s agency.
Undies for Change makes it easy roll, pack and deliver undies for local kids. It’s a great opportunity for corporations, organizations, and schools to make a big difference in a child’s life.