Operation Bayou City Blitz

November 7-15, 2020 | Houston, Texas

Members of the Houston platoon at a food drive as part of Operation Nourish

Operation Bayou City Blitz

Operation Bayou City Blitz required resources, energy, and a volunteer-force into our ongoing, long-term operations in Houston. The city is home to an incredibly diverse population and is known for its rodeo, oil industry, and space center. Yet like many urban centers, Houston faces challenges including unemployment, declining population, and food insecurity – all made worse by the effects of COVID-19.

Since 2015, our five service platoons, comprised of over 900 volunteers have been collaborating with partners on the ground to tackle challenges like food insecurity, access to safe community spaces, and more.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017 as a Category 4 storm, dumping more than 275 trillion pounds of rain on the city over the course of several days and claiming at least 88 lives. The communities where our service platoon members live and serve saw over 65% of their homes damaged. Though the storm has passed, Houston’s recovery efforts are still ongoing.

Since 2017, our veteran-leaders have been responding in-force to work with community members in revitalizing neighborhoods throughout Houston like Independence Heights and Kashmere Gardens. Veteran volunteers helped clean debris, repaired damaged houses, hosted food drives and more.

Operation Bayou City Blitz continued this recovery effort. A force of veteran-led volunteers mobilized alongside our Houston Service Platoons, partners, volunteers, and program sponsors to advance these recovery efforts and united the community through service.


Read about the Operation Bayou City Blitz Impact

Jane Long Academy & Las Americas Newcomer School

November 7, 2020

These two schools share the same campus in the Gulfton community and served as a supply distribution center for more than 400 families after Hurricane Harvey. The campus serves a large refugee student population and is the first point of entry into academia for many.

We refurbished the Jane Long Academy’s outdoor space including building an outdoor classroom, seating, and communal lounge space. At Los Americas Newcomer School, volunteers added pops of color throughout the campus including a school mascot mural, and upgraded outdoor learning areas including creating a trauma-sensitive garden, landscaping, and peer meditation spaces.

Blodgett Urban Gardens

November 8, 2020

The garden is on 2.3 acres and about two-thirds of the land is planted. We worked to support Blodgett Urban Gardens in their goal to refurbish the space and have it fully cultivated by the end of 2021.

Independence Heights

November 11, 2020

Homes in Independence Heights are continually affected by hurricanes and tropical storms. In partnership with Independence Heights Redevelopment Council, we focused on exterior painting and landscaping for homes affected by flood damage so that residents can return to their lives. 

We also provided signage and beautification efforts that helped the community in their goal to be recognized as a part of the Emancipation Trail, a 51-mile trail that would show the migration route used by newly freed slaves and other people of African descent in the 19th century. As one of the first black communities, and recorded as its own city in the 1920 Census, we helped Independence Heights display the stories and landmarks of their community as a result of our project.

Kashmere High School

November 14, 2020

We refreshed the space outdoors and created outdoor study spaces on school grounds. We also refreshed the interior of the building to add school colors and school spirit, and completed outdoor landscaping to further beautify the campus.


Veterans Retreat Center

November 15, 2020

The VRC acts as a gathering space for community members, families, and groups to spend time connecting outdoors and was severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We worked together to refresh and restore the outdoor areas of the Veteran Retreat Center.

Our Impact in Houston

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