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Saturday, November 17th is Family Volunteer Day, a nationwide day of service for families who volunteer together to support their communities.
Texanthropy Spotlight: United Way of San Antonio MISSION UNITED, 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner
As the entire nation celebrates Veterans Day and gives our thanks for the service and sacrifice of all of our veterans, this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight highlights the 2018 GVA winner of the Service to Veterans Award, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s MISSION UNITED Information and Referral Program.
This week’s Texanthropy Spotlight features the Individual Community Leadership Award Winner – Marissa Vogel. This award recognizes an individual for strengthening their community through intentional partnerships and by forging collaborative solutions to meet local needs, a much-deserved award for the founder of such a groundbreaking organization here in Central Texas: Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands).
For the next couple of months, the weekly Texanthropy Spotlights will go in-depth about the 2018 Governor's Volunteer Award winners, starting this week with John Poston, the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award winner. This award is given to an individual who has volunteered for a minimum of 15 years and who has shown that they are that rare Texanthropist who has the ability to recognize a community need and create new systems, programs, and/or processes to achieve positive change.
October has been declared “Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month” in Texas, a time to celebrate the many Texans with disabilities who have influenced our history. One organization in Texas that has done a wonderful job of advocating alongside and on behalf of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is The Arc of Texas.
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer and second most common cause of cancer-related death among Texas women. It is expected that over 17,000 new cases will occur in Texas this year alone. That is why each October is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when individuals and organizations throughout Texas and the United States work to foster an increased awareness of breast cancer, prevention options and ongoing research toward a cure.
With the ongoing severe weather and flooding currently impacting parts of Texas, especially Central Texas, I want to urge everyone in affected areas to stay vigilant and always remember to take seriously any warnings or instructions from your local officials. The Governor’s Office and all relevant state agencies are actively monitoring the situation and deploying needed resources to respond to the current disasters. Additionally, I know there are many Texans wondering how they can help those here in Central Texas affected by the recent rain and flooding.
One of my favorite events was once again held at the Texas Governor’s Mansion last night – the annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards! It was a beautiful, festive night and I was so pleased to meet all of this year’s winners and hear more about the amazing things they have done, and continue to do, to help their fellow Texans. We also heard from Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes – and also a former GVA winner – about the importance of finding ways to help others.