Formerly known as North Houston Frontiers Club, the Greater Houston Frontiers Club, Inc. (GHFC) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), service organization, dedicated to providing educational and monetary assistance to talented, deserving high school seniors in the greater Houston’s Harris County. The Greater Houston Frontiers Club’s membership is composed of a diverse group of men and women volunteers, no paid staff, who are determined to transforms the lives of the local high school students. With the help from individuals, foundation, grantors, and corporations, we have grown into one of the oldest, and most effective international service organizations with chapters throughout the world.
The Greater Houston Frontiers Club is just one of several chapters of the Frontiers International, Inc. originally called Frontiers of America. The Club was founded in Columbus Ohio, on November 10, 1936 by Nimrod B. Allen, a former Executive Director of the Akron YMCA and a well-known leader in the African community. The primary purpose of the organization was to provide an outlet and opportunity for African American males, to collectively give service to their communities through a civic, service leadership organization that did not discriminate against them, as was custom of other organizations at that time. On December 24, 1938, the name was changed to The Frontiers International and was also incorporated in Ohio .In the early days, Frontiers International was very instrumental in setting a platform for local politicians to speak to the African-American community. The club did not endorse candidates, but welcomed them to speak to the group. Contrary to the foundation on which the organization was founded, after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Frontiers International Club began to base its mission and values on the outstanding philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of service. He believed that a person’s worth should not be measured by his or her color, culture, or class but rather by his or her commitment to making a better life for all. King said, “We must work increasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau, to a
more noble expression of humanness.” As he once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.’’ The Frontiers International also began to open its membership to both men and women interested in service, establishing ‘Service to the Community’ as the overall theme of the Frontiers.
AAPOL members attended the Greater Houston Frontiers Club 30th Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast.
Assist The Officer, Houston
Founded in 1993, Assist the Officer (ATO) is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3, providing short-term, immediate need financial assistance to peace officers in the Greater Houston area critically injured or disabled in the line of duty. Assist the Officer serves to provides programs to fulfill an immediate need including:
- Financial Assistance Program to assist with financial hardship to those officers prevented to return back to work prior to 30 consecutive days due to catastrophic injury in the line of duty.
- Scholarships to qualifying High School Seniors of those critically injured or disabled officers in need. These scholarships are part of an essay-writing contest judged by independent panels.
- Scholarships to qualifying disabled officers forced to retire due to medical disability and having to seek further education for a career change.
Law enforcement officers serve and protect our communities. It is an unfortunate reality that many of these officers face work-related risks with the potential for injury on a daily basis. When an injury occurs, it can often times be financially catastrophic especially if they are the sole provider for their family. During their time of recovery, the last thing an officer should have to worry about is how he or she will make ends meet while recuperating.
ATO Houston held its first Annual Top Cop Gala. AAPOL and HPOU were two of several organizations that helped sponsor the event. Thanks to everyone
who came out, including some of our AAPOL members:
- Chief Art Acevedo
- AAPOL President Eric Carr
- J’Marcus Adams
AAPOL Board Members
- Officer Robinson
- Officer Ali McHenry
Congrats to ATO Top Cop Award recipients
Officer Sean Jordan
Officer Pablo Flores-Ramirez
Detective Christopher Hartman