Make a commitment - For Good!

A woman adds her pledge to a wall with hundreds of other Houstonians during the launch of the For Good campaign hosted by Neighborhood Centers Inc. and the city of Houston. (Facebook.com/NeighborhoodCenters)
March 2, 2013 12:02:58 PM PST
Create. Teach. Share. Help others. These are just some of the pledges hundreds of Houstonians made this week.

It's all part of the For Good Movement -- a campaign focused on making Houston an even safer, stronger, happier city. The effort was started by Neighborhood Centers Inc. to inspire people to make commitments to improving their communities.

A kickoff ceremony was held by Neighborhood Centers and the city of Houston on Wednesday outside City Hall. It culminated with the unveiling of an interactive art installation: two large chalkboard walls that repeatedly read, "[Blank]. For Good."

Attendees were encouraged to fill in the blank with what they can do to improve their community.

"It's no secret Houston is growing faster than any other city. People are recognizing our spirit, our business sense, our potential and our big hearts," Mayor Annise Parker said. "But we need to make sure that as we grow, Houston continues to be the best city it can be. And that's where the For Good movement comes in."

During the launch event, Neighborhood Centers also honored four individuals who were nominated and selected because they embody the For Good Movement. The "Four For Good" are: Elizabeth Adams, a volunteer tutor; Diane O'Brien, Trees of Hope associate director; Amy Mena, immigration attorney and community leader; and Samir Rahi, a high school freshman who started the nonprofit LiveSmart Initiatives two years ago.

"We want this event, this artwork and this movement to inspire Houston and beyond to transform communities -- for good," Neighborhood Centers CEO and President Angela Blanchard said.

The artwork will be showcased at City Hall and Discovery Green through March 8, and at City Centre through March 13.

For more information about the For Good Movement, visit iamforgood.org. There, you can make your own commitment and share it to inspire others. You can also upload photos, make donations and sign up to volunteer for Neighborhood Centers.

For more information about Neighborhood Centers, visit neighborhood-centers.org.
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