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Galveston Island is famous for its wonderful people. And it's those citizens that have helped make Galveston the wonderful city it is... brimming with wonderful organizations, groups, possibilities, and philanthropies.


Civic Organizations

Junior League of Galveston
210 Kempner
Galveston, Texas
The Junior League of Galveston, Inc. is an organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Rotary Club of Galveston
2301 The Strand, Suite 270
Galveston, Texas
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Economic Development

Galveston Chamber of Commerce
519 25th St.
Galveston, Texas
The Chamber's mission is to strengthen the business climate, promote community development, enhance the quality of life on Galveston Island, and expand and diversify Galveston’s economic base.

Galveston Economic Development Partnership
519 25th St.
Galveston, Texas
The Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP) is the pre-eminent economic development organization on Galveston Island. The GEDP partners with the City of Galveston, the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, and many leading businesses and non-profit organizations both on the Island and in the South Texas region.

Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership
2326 Strand, Suite 220
Galveston, Texas
The Partnership promotes, enhances and sustains the economic vitality, physical attractiveness and quality of life in historic downtown Galveston.



Galveston County Reads
Galveston, Texas
Galveston County Reads is a voluntary organization composed of community representatives. It's modeled after "one city, one book" projects around the country that are designed to promote the reading of the same book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. The committee endeavors to choose a book of interest to this community and to use the accompanying events to unify the community of Galveston County by encouraging reading and thoughtful discussions.

Galveston Independent School District
3904 Avenue T
Galveston, Texas
Galveston schools were governed by the City of Galveston until 1949 when the Texas Legislature established the Galveston Independent School District. GISD is located in Galveston County and covers 94.82 square miles, including all of Galveston Island and a portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The school district is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency.


Historic Preservation

Galveston Historical Foundation
502 20th St.
Galveston, Texas
GHF is Texas' oldest historic preservation group and the second largest locally-based historic preservation organization in the nation. It began in 1871 as the Galveston Historical Society, organized to preserve papers and documents that were accumulating as Galveston developed into the “Queen City” of the Gulf during the latter decades of the 19th Century. In 1954, the society incorporated to become Galveston Historical Foundation and expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education and historic preservation activities. The foundation now has more than 5,100 members from 38 states and two foreign countries. It operates nine museums and historic properties and works in the community to preserve the historic architecture and the cultural heritage of the island.



Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy Ave.
Galveston, Texas
The Rosenberg Library, successor to the Galveston Mercantile Library, which was founded in 1871, is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. With funding provided through a bequest from Henry Rosenberg, the Rosenberg Library Association was organized in 1900 as a private corporation to give free library service to all Galvestonians.


Municipal Organizations

The City of Galveston
823 25th St.
Galveston, Texas
Like state and federal government, Galveston city government is organized to balance the legislative, executive, and judicial powers. City Council is the legislative branch which derives authority from a Charter granted by the State of Texas; the City Manager is the chief executive officer; and the Municipal Courts judge the guilt or innocence of those accused of breaking City laws and determine punishment for those who are guilty.The City Council and Mayor establish policy through the adoption of ordinances. The six council positions are elected by district to two year terms and the mayor is elected at large to a two year term. Council positions are eligible to serve up to three two year terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager and five other positions: City Secretary, City Auditor, City Attorney, Tax Collector, and Municipal Court Judge. The City Manager is responsible for administering all City functions: employment of personnel; development, presentation and administration of the City budget; and implementation of City Council's policies.

Galveston Firefighter's Association
Galveston, Texas
The Galveston Firefighter's Association is a group of professional firefighters dedicated to serving the residents, businesses, and industry of Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Municipal Police Association
Galveston, Texas
The Galveston Municipal Police Officers' Association has been an active participant with the community and it's police officers since 1950. Currently the Association represents approximately 170 members in matters of collective bargaining, discipline, grievances and community relations. They provide activities for members and their families as well as serve as a vehicle for fund raising for certain local charities. The Association also maintains an active profile within the local political arena to insure that matters of law enforcement and employee rights are ensured for all persons.

The Port of Galveston
P.O. Box 328
Galveston, Texas
The mission of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves is to manage the assets and resources under its stewardship so as to create optimum economic benefit for the City of Galveston and its local region.


Neighborhood Associations

Denver Court Neighborhood Association
4801 Denver
Galveston, Texas

East End Historical District Association
P.O. Box 2424
Galveston, Texas
The East End Historical District is comprised of over 50 city blocks bounded on the south by Broadway, the east by 10th Street, the north by Mechanic Avenue and the west by 19th Street. The District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

San Jacinto Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 2575
Galveston, Texas

University Area Association
427 Market St.
Galveston, Texas


Non-Profit Organizations

AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas
707 23rd St.
Galveston, Texas
AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas, Inc. (ACCT) was founded in 1985 for the purpose of providing compassionate community based education and services that empower people of all ages to live courageously with HIV/AIDS.

Artist Boat
2415 Avenue K
Galveston, Texas
Artist Boat is dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts.

The Children's Center
4424 Ursuline Street
Galveston, Texas
The Children's Center, Inc., (TCCI) is a private, not-for-profit organization location in Galveston, Texas. TCCI was formed through the merger of four child welfare agencies serving Galveston County since 1878. The organization specializes in bringing positive change to lives of children and their families, helping to redefine the family structure.

Clean Galveston
2102 Mechanic, Second Floor
Galveston, Texas
Clean Galveston is a community based membership organization dedicated to making the Island of Galveston "as pretty as it oughta be." Clean Galveston provides a place to stand to those members who know that they can move the world toward a better place. Clean Galveston is a proud member of the Keep Texas Beautiful and the Keep America Beautiful organizations.

Family Service Center of Galveston County
2200 Market Street, Suite 600
Galveston, Texas
Family Service Center is a private, not-for-profit counseling agency in Galveston County, with offices on Galveston Island and Dickinson. Since 1914, FSC has assisted people in pursuing healthy, independent and fulfilling lives through the provision of counseling, education and related social services. FSC also partners with local schools and organizations to provide counseling and life skills groups throughout the community.

Galveston Bay Foundation
17324-A Highway 3
Webster, Texas
The Galveston Bay Foundation was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay -- one of the world's most productive estuaries. Through programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research GBF seeks a balance between the ecological needs of the Galveston Bay system - the Bay and all its tributaries -- and the demands of commercial and recreational users. The board and members of the Galveston Bay Foundation are drawn from environmental, recreational, commercial, and industrial interests, reflecting the diversity of those who use Galveston Bay.

Galveston Island Humane Society
5301 Ave S
Galveston, Texas
The Animal Shelter and Adoption Center of Galveston Island, Inc. is soley dedicated to the cause and welfare of unwanted or homeless animals.

Galveston Seafarers Center
221 20th St.
Galveston, Texas
The mission of Galveston Seafarers Center is to provide seafarers of the world a safe place to rest, relax and to enjoy the freedom of religious expression; to regain contact with family and friends; to provide counseling and comfort in time of need. The Center offers a home away from home where the men and women who work at sea can feel comfortable, share their stories and be a part of our community.  The Center's services include but are not limited to: ship visitation, internet and telephone service, reading material, transportation, billiards and ping-pong tables and advocacy. Many volunteer opportunities are available and if English is all you speak, that's fine. The Center believes a smile and a handshake mean welcome in any language!

Gleanings from the Harvest
903 53rd St.
Galveston, Texas
Gleanings From The Harvest for Galveston is a vital and necessary food procurement and distribution network that maximizes its relationships with major food distributors and producers to effectively provide nourishing food to those who most need it. Not only to the truly destitute but the many families in our area that represent the working poor. Their efforts are being supported through Interfaith and Community Cooperation.

The Jesse Tree
2622 Market Street
Galveston, Texas
Since 1995, The Jesse Tree, a faith-based, convening organization, has developed programs and projects that help achieve the overall goals of: improving stewardship of local resources, reducing duplication of effort, integrating healthcare, social services and ministerial assistance and teaching individuals and families to take charge of chronic conditions that negatively impact their health and well being.

Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County
2202 Avenue L
Galveston, Texas
The mission of Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is to promote the safety and well being of women, men, children and families and to advocate for the prevention of family violence and sexual assault.

Ronald McDonald House of Galveston
301 14th Street
Galveston, Texas
The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a home-away-from-home for the families of children who are seeking medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners Hospital for Children and Transitional Learning Center. The House is more than a place to stay; as an alternative to an isolated hotel room, the families and children enjoy cheerful surroundings and the support of other families, volunteers and staff.



Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund
2201 Market St. Ste 601
Galveston, Texas
The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund has deep roots in Galveston, where the family and its businesses have flourished, beginning with Harris Kempner's arrival in 1868. The trustees have always felt a strong commitment to address the needs of their home community. Annually more than 80% of the Fund's grants are awarded to organizations that benefit the people of Galveston. The grants cover the broad areas of arts and historic preservation, community development, education, health, and human services.


Tourism Development

Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association
Galveston, Texas
The object and purpose of the Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association shall be to encourage and foster business ethics and practices and to assist in the solving of mutual problems relative to the hotel and motel industry in the Galveston area

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