Technology and Innovation Access Campaign


Residents in Fifth Ward and similar low-income communities are 53% more likely to lack access to basic technology and related education. We’re going to change that.

Double Your Impact!

Every dollar that you invest in this program will be matched by Milligan Partners, up to $10,000. To ensure that your impact goes twice as far, please complete your donation by December 31st.

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Internet Access

Partner with mission-aligned companies to provide stipends and plans for long-term account ownership

Tech Education Classes & Support

Teach fundamentals such as Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom to help community members stay connected and improve employment outcomes

Resource Application

Support residents in navigating local, state and national resources available through online application

Permanent Tech Experts

Secure dedicated and experienced team members to execute our organizational innovation strategy and provide real-time support to our team and programs

Computer Training

Assist first-time computer owners and users in navigating device basics and cyber security


Outdoor Classrooms

Host safe, socially distant training sessions for those who benefit most from in-person & hands on learning

Efficient Software

Obtain instrumental programs that enable our team to most effectively support community members

Innovative Program and Service Design

Continue to pivot and expand programs and services to meet the current and growing needs of local community members during the pandemic and beyond

Understand the Problem.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the challenges that traditional face-to-face human services organizations, such as Hester House are striving to mitigate during the pandemic. In addition to rapidly adapting operation and service models for virtual application, effective non-profits must simultaneously lead community members to technological access, ownership and literacy.


For any questions or inquiries not answered in this section, please reach out to our Development Director, Andrea Sankey at or 713.374.1384.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Your gift to Julia C. Hester House as a 501(c)(3) organization is 100% tax deductible. 

How can I make a donation?

You can click here to make a secure payment via PayPal. You can also mail a check to our office address. You can also contact our office to help coordinate a wire transfer or other methods that you prefer.

What if I prefer to hand my gift to someone in-person?

That is perfectly fine! Our team members are in office and are happy to arrange a safe, masked pick-up or drop-off with you. 

How can I denote my donation to make sure it is part of this program?

Please note on your check or the note section of your online gift form that your gift is for the “Technology and Innovation Access Campaign.”

Will all of my donation go towards this program?

Yes. 100% of your gift will be used for programming, hardware and operational costs specific to the Technology and Innovation program.

Will I receive documentation of my donation?

Yes. Our office will mail a gift acknowledgement letter to your given address within two weeks of your gift being received.