Philanthropy

The International mission of Pi Beta Phi is to enrich lives through community service. With Literacy as the International Philanthropy, The Houston Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi is leading the way by promoting literacy initiatives throughout the Houston community with these amazing charitable organizations.

Patient Family Library at Texas Children's Hospital Medical Center :: Book Nooks :: Patient Family Library at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus :: Learning Enrichment Program at MD Anderson Children's Hospital :: Champions Are Readers Elementary School Program :: Bo's Place Pi Beta Phi Library :: Children's Memorial Hermann Pi Beta Phi Half Pint Library :: Children's Museum of Houston :: Nehemiah Center Pi Beta Phi Library :: Neuhaus Center Pi Beta Phi Library :: Pi Beta Phi Lending Library at DePelchin Children's Center :: Yellowstone Academy


Pi Beta Phi Patient Family Library at Texas Children's Hospital Medical Center

A dream came true in 1984 when the first Pi Beta Phi Patient Family Library opened in a refurbished linen closet at Texas Children's Hospital. In 2001 the library was moved to a larger space with beautiful windows overlooking Houston. Today, the library offers something for everyone – books for all ages, computers, foreign language books, a Family Resource Room, DVDs, games, puzzles, plus special events and Story Times. Open seven days a week, 40-50 patients and their families are welcomed each day.

Pi Beta Phi Book Nooks

In 1999 Pi Beta Phi Book Nooks were introduced for the reading enjoyment of those who visit all the numerous Texas Children's Pediatric Associates, health centers and on-campus clinics. Each one holds 200 books for children and their parents to enjoy. Today there are more than 130 Pi Beta Phi Bok Nooks scattered all throughout Houston.

Pi Beta Phi Patient Family Library at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus opened in 2011 and with the Pi Beta Phi Patient Family Library's central location, it is a favorite spot for inpatients, outpatients and their families. Open seven days a week, it is much like the main campus library offering a broad array of resources, thus providing much needed diversion and enjoyment for patients and their families.

Pi Beta Phi Literacy Enrichment Program at The Children's Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center

This program provides an opportunity to promote active reading practices throughout the Children's Cancer Hospital for patients and their families adjusting to life with cancer. Patients and their families have the active use of the Pi Beta Phi Mobile Library, Pi Beta Phi Book Fun shelves, and Literacy through the arts.

Champions Are Readers (CAR)

Champions are Readers (CAR) is Pi Beta Phi's unique reading enrichment program for students in prekindergarten through third grade. Since its launch, students across the United States and Canada continue to participate in one of Pi Phi’s most successful Read>Lead>Achieve® reading initiatives. Currently the Houston area schools participating in the CAR program are in HISD, SBISD and at Yellowstone Academy.

Bo's Place Pi Beta Phi Library

Bo's Place provides children, families and adults who have faced a significant loss a safe place where they can express their feelings openly with others in grief and begin the healing needed to continue their lives in a healthy and productive manner. Clients have the opportunity to select books of interest from the Pi Beta Phi Lending Library. Books are selected to respond to varied readers, including children, teens, young adults and parents. The Pi Beta Phi Lending Library is available to the children and family members who attend Bo's Place Grief Support Groups.

Children's Memorial Hermann Pi Beta Phi Library

Since 2006, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital's Pi Beta Phi Library has offered patients the opportunity for reading enjoyment while in the hospital. In addition to supplying books for inpatients and their families, funding has established the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Resource Library which provides each family with a take home copy of "NICU Journal: A Parent's Story."

Children's Museum of Houston

Just like the Pi Beta Phi Foundation, education and literacy are crucial to the Children's Museum of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. The Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation's support of the Storytimes program provides books free-of-charge to each child participating in Storytimes on free family Thursday nights. Receiving their own book to keep and take home with them is so special and meaningful to these children and enables parents to continue the Storytime experience in their own homes.

Nehemiah Center Pi Beta Phi Library

The Nehemiah Center is a unique initiative offering a personal, intimate private education to children living in poverty. The mission of Nehemiah Center is "Neighbors helping neighbors create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired and equipped to realize their God-given potential." The Nehemiah Center Pi Beta Phi Library provides books for early childhood, pre-kindergarten and elementary levels as well as textbooks and reading books for Nehemiah Middle School.

Neuhaus Center Pi Beta Phi Library

Neuhaus Education Center has provided teaches professional development in research-based methods of literacy instruction for more than 30 years. The center and the Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation are working together to further the development of an audio and video library which will provide audio books for both parents and children. In addition, funding assists Neuhaus in providing post valuable parent seminars on the web for use locally, nationally and internationally.

Pi Beta Phi Lending Library at DePelchin Children's Center

This library provides books to circulate to children and parents who come to DePelchin for counseling, evaluation and therapy. Additional funding was used to purchase a rolling book cart, a book return drop in the Kinder Building, and book-themed take-away bags for the books the children take home.

Yellowstone Academy

Yellowstone Academy was founded in 2001 to provide a high quality, faith-based education exclusively for children from very low-income families in Houston's inner city. The school provides children living in poverty with the academic, social, and spiritual foundation they need to reach their full potential. Yellowstone currently serves more than 300 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation funds books and educational programs for Yellowstone that promote literacy and help break the cycle of poverty for at risk students.


 

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