Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is The Blue Bird Circle?
A: The Blue Bird Circle is a 501(c)(3) organization of women volunteers. The Blue Bird Circle’s mission is “to provide hope, love, and healing for children with neurological disorders and their families”. https://www.thebluebirdcircle.com/.
Fourteen percent of children are born with a neurological disorder. They can range from mild to very severe disorders that require a lifetime of treatment, therapies, and support.
Q: How long has the group existed?
A: Some ladies don’t like to reveal their age, but in our case, it’s a badge of honor! We are almost 100 years old! The Blue Bird Circle was founded in 1923 by 15 young women wanting to make a difference in children’s lives. It is the oldest women’s charitable organization in the Houston area. You can read a timeline of our milestones on our website.
Q: How does The Blue Bird Circle provide support?
A: Volunteers! They run the resale shop. Those proceeds support research. The volunteer’s time, effort, and donations help to support The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Q: How do you raise money?
A: There are a number of ways we raise money for our mission:
- The Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop
- Special projects such as the Handmade Easter Basket and Hand-decorated Easter Egg sale and a major annual fundraiser
- Volunteer dues ($100 annually)
- Private donations from individuals and support from outside grants
Q: How much money does The Blue Bird Circle donate each year?
A: The group donates over $1 million to help support the following organizations:
- The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital
- The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Lab at Baylor College of Medicine
- The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital
- The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center at Baylor College of Medicine
Q: Is The Blue Bird Circle on any social media platforms?
A: We are! You can follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook. Those are great places to learn about our latest events and activities.
Q: How many active volunteers are there?
A: We have over 300 dedicated volunteers.
Q: Is Blue Bird Circle accepting new volunteers?
A: Yes! We are always looking to grow our volunteer community with diverse and passionate women to make an even greater influence in the lives of children with neurological disorders.
There are three levels of Blue Bird volunteers. You can learn more about the volunteer program and opportunities online: https://www.thebluebirdcircle.com/about/#membership, or call 713.528.0470.
Q: What are the benefits of becoming a member?
A: The BBC offers the opportunity to meet lifelong friends and make a significant impact through volunteering in The Blue Bird Circle Shop and The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital. As a Blue Bird, you will meet diverse and passionate women who have a great influence on the lives of children with neurological disorders and their families.
Q: Where is the resale shop and when is it open?
A: The Shop is located at 615 West Alabama Street in Houston, Texas. We are currently open four days a week: Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Q: What kinds of items do you sell at the shop?
A: Our Shop is known for high-end, high-quality, and gently used (and sometimes new) furniture, antiques, jewelry, artwork, seasonal items, clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, and more. You’ll find name-brand items among our ever-changing inventory.
Q: Can I donate used items instead of making a cash donation?
A: Yes! Donations and consignment items are always welcome! You can see a list of items we can accept, donation and consignment policies, and other important information online at https://www.thebluebirdcircle.com/shop/ – donations-consignment. Or you can always give us a call at 713.528.0470 and a volunteer can answer your questions.