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Opportune in the Community

It is our mission to aid a variety of diverse organizations by contributing our time and financial resources to create a place to live that we are all proud to call home. We believe that by giving to several organizations, we are able to assist in increasing the quality of life for the citizens of the city, county and surrounding areas. 

Hess Houston corporate virtual 5k/10k Run

Opportune is proud to have participated in the Hess Houston Corporate Virtual 5K/10K Run! The event ended up with 2,500 participants across 70 different Houston area companies. In addition, 30 different states were represented with some employees from Houston-based companies located in other states. To put this in perspective, 2020's total beat the total participation from the first year of the in-person event in 2017 by 25%. 

Individuals from Opportune who signed up and participated include:

  • David Alvarado
  • Stephen Bell
  • Trey Brasseaux
  • Logan Chesney
  • Erick Dominguez
  • Adam Gerlich
  • Brooke Havig
  • Suzanne Holley
  • Jose Hurtado
  • Braden Knight
  • Gregg Laswell
  • Anderson Lee
  • Patrick Long
  • Reed Mattingly
  • Steve Roberts
  • April Smith

The Forge For families Golf classic

Opportune is proud to have served as a sponsor and participate in The Forge for Families Golf Classic. The Forge for Families has a unique approach to assisting families in need and making a difference in the lives of Houston’s Third Ward community. Its approach is to foster a fun, Christ-centered environment through strategic investment and collaboration, to help families grow educationally, economically, and spiritually. Its programs provide platforms to build relationships, inspire, teach, encourage, empower, and grow with the families it serves.

Amber Alert Pro-AM Golf Tournament

Opportune is proud to have served as a sponsor and participate in the Amber Alert Pro-AM Golf Tournament benefiting Texas Center for the Missing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Houston dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the missing and their families through crisis intervention, prevention, and community education.

Houston food bank

More than 1.1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. In order to address this issue, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners. In addition, it also provides programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help in securing state-funded assistance.

Opportune was proud to give back to the community at the Houston Food Bank. The collective group of volunteers organized 10 pallets holding 5,574 pounds of food, which was enough to provide 4,561 meals to those in need. 

Junior Achievement EnTEENpreneur Conference

Opportune is proud to have served as a presenting sponsor of the first Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas EnTEENpreneur Conference at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business. 

The conference celebrated National Entrepreneur Month in November 2019 with volunteers helping over 120 high school students pitch their best business plans in the "Pitch Perfect" competition. Students pitched their best business plans in a "Shark Tank"-style competition where they competed as teams with $500, $350 and $250 prize amounts awarded as seed money to be used towards their startup business idea. 

WEN Houston Chapter's Young Women Energized (YWE) Wins World Oil 2019 'Best Outreach Program' Award

The Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Houston Chapter’s Young Women Energized (YWE) program took home the World Oil 2019 Best Outreach Program award in Houston. YWE offers students, parents and educators a jump-start to college and career planning with an insiders’ look into different paths and careers with its signature mentoring circle format and interactive sessions for all attendees.

Opportune has been a proud sponsor of WEN at both the national and local levels since 2017 and is honored to have sponsored events for other chapters as well. Opportune supports WEN’s mission of fostering networking opportunities and leadership development of women in energy.

YWE is hosting a free seminar on November 9, 2019, at the University of Houston-Downtown for high school students grades 9-12 interested in learning about energy careers and STEM. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Opportune Is A Proud Sponsor of the Women's Energy Network

The Women’s Energy Network (WEN) was founded in 1994 by Karyl White with the purpose of fostering the development and advancement of women in energy by developing a strong network. After years of being the sole woman on energy transactions, Karyl believed that many women energy professionals were in the same position, but unable to connect with each other. Twenty-five years later, WEN remains committed to creating high-caliber events and networking opportunities for its diverse membership across the energy value chain. WEN is very active in the community and provides its members with a variety of possibilities to give back to others through volunteering and charity-oriented events.

WEN currently has more than 5,000 members in over 20 chapters including the following areas: Greater Albany, Greater Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Houston, South Louisiana, México, Greater New York City, Ohio, Greater Oklahoma, Permian Basin, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Pittsburgh, Susquehanna Valley (Pennsylvania), North Texas, South Texas, Utah, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.

Opportune has been a proud sponsor of WEN at both the national and local levels since 2017 and is honored to have sponsored events for other chapters as well. Opportune supports WEN’s mission of fostering networking opportunities and leadership development of women in energy.

2019 WEN Annual Houston Wine Tasting

Junior Achievement Annual Business Meeting Hosted by Opportune

Opportune was proud to sponsor the Annual Business Meeting for Junior Achievement (JA) of Southeast Texas’ Board of Directors in Houston in June 2019.

Opportune is committed to investing in the youth of our community and preparing them with work readiness, entrepreneurship and the financial literacy necessary to succeed in a global economy. By empowering students with the skills of leadership development, career awareness, character development, money management, STEM exploration and perseverance, we make a positive impact that inspires and prepares our future leaders for success in the 21st century.

With 109 local JA Areas across the nation, JA is the largest organization in the U.S. dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices. More than 90 individuals represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions from throughout the community and provide governance and leadership as members of the local JA of Southeast Texas board. Of the 96 members that sit on the board for JA Southeast Texas, there are 19 that proudly serves on the Executive Committee.

Nationally, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs and rural areas throughout the U.S. by 109 area offices in all 50 states. In 2018, JA of Southeast Texas reached 327,602 students.

Established in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts, JA celebrates in 2019 its 100th year of achievement. The non-profit organization has endured through the Great Depression, grew nationally with the expansion of the interstate highway system and globally with the advent of the jet age. As the economy moved from manufacturing to service, JA entered the nation’s classrooms. It was one of the first organizations to bring computers into schools and ran global business simulations years before the creation of the Internet.

Internationally, JA persevered through the changing tides of history, offering hope in the townships of South Africa, in defiance of apartheid; helped rebuild lives in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall; gave young entrepreneurs the tools to navigate emerging economies around the world; and empowered young women in the face of those who seek to marginalize them.

JA has reached 100 million people worldwide and has helped them become more likely to finish school, earn a degree, start a business and escape poverty. Some may say this is work better left to those that are younger, newer to the scene and more innovative. But, it’s difficult to make it this long without being innovative, adaptable and open to life-changing ideas. Because, when you start marking your age in centuries, it doesn’t make you old, it makes you timeless. 

Aspire Spring Gala 2019

Opportune was proud to support the Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Gala event in Boston, Massachusetts. Aspire helps children, teens and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder and related profiles develop the skills necessary to be successful in their communities and workplaces. Additionally, the program supports more than 15 area school districts and conducts workshops serving 700 education and private sector professionals each year.

paul bear bryant awards

Clemson University Head Coach Dabo Swinney earned his third Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award in four years and, as a proud sponsor, Opportune celebrated with an unforgettable Pat Green concert! Now in its 33rd year, the Coach of the Year Award recognizes the country’s top college football coach for their contributions both on and off the field.


Junior achievement bowl-a-thon

Junior Achievement’s (JA) Bowl-A-Thon is their largest peer-to-peer fundraiser. Opportune participants created teams, raised funds and celebrated their fundraising efforts at a fun, interactive bowling event hosted by JA.

For our second annual TV-themed Bowl-A-Thon, Opportune’s combined sponsorship and online fundraising totaled over $38,000! These funds will enable JA to reach over 280,000 students in the greater Houston area this school year. The donations we received make a direct impact in the lives of so many students: $100 provides funding for JA programs for four students; $250 provides funding for 10 students and $500 funds a whole classroom!

JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA’s unique, volunteer-delivered programs show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths: college, a specific trade, or start their own business. Through our impactful participation as an organization, the statistics below can begin to change in our community:

  • 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma
  • 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers
  • 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control
  • 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs

To learn about other ways you can help JA inspire kids to take control of their economic success, contact Cindy Dartez at 713-237-4813.

Junior Achievement Finance Park

At Junior Achievement’s (JA) Finance Park, students are given a unique life profile that includes an income, marital status and even kids! Using this new adult persona, students worked with Opportune volunteers to create a balanced monthly budget while making decisions regarding housing, transportation, insurance, savings, entertainment expenses and much more.

Founded in 1919, JA is a non-profit youth organization with a stated mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. JA’s Finance Park program reaches more than 4.8 million students nationally and JA programs are taught by volunteers in all 50 states. JA of Southeast Texas reaches about 306,445 students per year.

Dress For Success Houston

As a part of giving back to the community, Opportune sent volunteers to work at Dress for Success Houston. The mission of Dress for Success Houston is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women in work and life. We helped out in the Dress for Success warehouse by sorting inventory for the non-profit.

The Forge for Families

The Forge for Families has a unique approach to assisting families in need and making a difference in the lives of Houston’s Third Ward community. They created the “Holly Jolly Christmas Store”, which is set up to assist low-income families by providing toys for their children. The new toys are marked at garage sale prices and parents are invited to come and shop in a beautiful Christmas atmosphere. Thus, on Christmas morning, the parents experience the joy of knowing they have given their children gifts that were specifically chosen and purchased for them.

Buffalo Bayou Cleanup

Opportune volunteers eagerly helped shovel away muck and debris that smothered trees left after Hurricane Harvey swept through the city. In all, we cleared over a dozen trees. Buffalo Bayou Partnership Volunteer Coordinator Leticia Sierras was incredibly grateful and we all enjoyed ourselves (even when we could not move the next day).