First Lady Blog
Yesterday I had the honor of welcoming the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, to the Texas Gulf Coast. We were joined by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and visited families, schools and organizations in Corpus Christi, Rockport and Aransas Pass for updates on the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
Today is Giving Tuesday! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving to kick off the charitable holiday season.
We Texans have faced an unprecedented amount of hardship and heartbreak this year, but it has revealed something significant: that everything is bigger in Texas, especially the desire to lend a helping hand.
It’s no secret that promoting volunteerism and service to others is my top priority, and I especially love it when I see young Texans getting involved in giving back at an early age. This coming Saturday, a wonderful organization here in Austin – Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands) – is hosting their inaugural Family Volunteer Day that will leverage the power of hundreds of kids and their families to benefit several local nonprofits.
In 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural “Yellow Envelope” Luncheon for the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund. One of the oldest charities in Hood County, the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund is a local nonprofit that was established in 1984, originally to provide warm coats for winter to local children in need.
The following is from Commissioner Jinous Rouhani, Governor's Commission for Women: It's the time of year again when we focus on raising awareness for breast cancer. As a working single mom, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to make your own health a priority. It's the item on the agenda that often keeps getting put on the back burner. But, as the CEO of Austin's leading women's healthcare practice, I also know what a difference taking care of yourself can make.
Located in Lubbock, the South Plains Food Bank covers a 20-county service area and feeds over 57,000 individuals a year. The South Plains Food Bank aims to end hunger, give hope, and enrich lives. There are many programs at this food bank, such as Mobile Pantry, Children’s Feeding Programs, or Farm, Orchard and GRUB, all contributing to a stronger West Texas community.
Last night Greg and I hosted the 2017 Governor's Volunteer Awards at the Governor's Mansion, honoring this year's eleven winners. In their 34th year, the awards - presented in conjunction with the OneStar Foundation - honor individuals and organizations in Texas that have gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of those in their communities and throughout Texas through volunteerism and service.