BYA exceeds last year’s donation to Harvest House
This holiday season, the Burleson Youth Association was able to donate more than $10,000 to Harvest House, a local faith-based nonprofit organization. The BYA operates a variety of sports teams for those in the community to get involved in such as baseball, basketball, football, cheer, volleyball and softball.
President of the BYA Kim Balderas said the organization used to do an annual Harvest House tournament but had a change of agreement with the city and has since done cash donations based on the number of registrations.
The tournament was so successful the BYA board went back to the city to ask if it could do the tournament again this year and were given the green light.
This was the the first time the tournament was held in four years. Even with the gap in time between the last one, the tournament was successful.
“Last year I think we gave a little over 8,000 thousand. We do two dollars per registrant so we had a little over 4,00 registrants,” Balderas said.
On top of the tournament, the Burleson Youth Association decided to also do the cash donation they always do per registration as well, making their donation exceed over 10,000.
Balderas said all of the board members and special events coordinator Melissa Harris helped make the tournament and donation a complete success.
“We have always been focused on giving back to our community and we do a lot of it through sports and sponsorships for people that need that assistance, but we always want to be a positive influence on our community,” Balderas said.
Executive Director for Harvest House, Jennifer Woods, was shocked when she heard about the donation. Although she has only been executive director for a little over a year-and-a-half, Woods said she recognizes what BYA does for Harvest House and has seen them continually grow their support for Harvest House.
“When you get an organization like that, that believes in what you’re doing to where they’re willing to give that (amount), it’s just overwhelming,” Woods said.
The mission of Harvest House is to provide services and help to those in Burleson and the surrounding communities by offering basic necessities, education, spiritual encouragement and care.
They serve around 2,000 individuals every month. The organization started in 1984 and is completely community-supported. “We do what we do because the community backs us,” Woods said.
Woods is eager to get the community, schools and organizations together this year in hopes of more food drives and volunteer opportunities that make the community better.
“The stronger that each family is in our community, then the stronger our community is,” she said.
As far as donations, food and monthly financial supporters are two of the biggest things residents in these communities can get involved and help out.
Balderas said BYA was happy to help out and donate. “We know Harvest House serves a great purpose amongst our people,” Balderas said.
As the new year begins, Balderas says registration for baseball and softball has started and they’re looking forward to the tournament for harvest house in the fall as well as hopefully making another big donation.