First Lady Blog

Jun 8

Texanthropy Spotlight: Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Austin Chapter

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with fundraising professional representatives from the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during their Advocacy Workshop. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to join dozens of dedicated professionals from so many extraordinary Austin non-profit organizations.

Jun 6

Get Out and Discover the Great Outdoors

I am excited to announce that June is Great Outdoors Month in Texas. The Lone Star State has been blessed with glorious natural beauty from the corners of the Panhandle to the fertile Rio Grande Valley. Tourists from all across our nation travel to see the beautiful national landmarks in our great state. Texas has outdoor activities for all to enjoy that include—but are certainly not limited to—hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, boating, camping, geocaching, and wildlife watching.

May 30

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month and all month Adult Protective Services (APS) has been working with community partners and professional groups around the state to raise awareness about adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

May 25

Guest Post from the Texas Department of Public Safety: DPS Warns of Dangers of Leaving Children in Vehicles

Summer is approaching, and here in Texas, that means hot, HOT temperatures. One of the most preventable tragedies during the summer months is death caused by leaving children and pets unattended in vehicles. Keeping all Texans safe is mine and Greg's top priority, so today I want to share with all Texans this message from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

May 24

Texanthropy Spotlight: Haven for Hope – 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners

Throughout the Spring, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winners have been spotlighted for the amazing work they are each doing in their communities and across Texas, and today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is the eleventh and final 2017 GVA winner: Haven for Hope, which was the winner of the Community Leadership Award.

May 18

Texanthropy Spotlight: Arlen and Mary ‘Beth Lohse – 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners

Each May is celebrated as Older Americans Month, a time to honor and celebrate the many contributions of our senior citizens. This year the Administration for Community Living, which leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month, has designated the theme as “Engage at Every Age” which emphasizes the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities through service. That is why this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is on Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse, two Senior Corps volunteers in San Angelo, and the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Senior Corps “Make a Difference” Award winners.

May 11

Texas Travel and Tourism Week

Governor Abbott has proclaimed May 6-12, 2018 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week, a time to celebrate the many ways traveling in and around Texas is awesome, as well as the impact travel has as one of our state’s top economic drivers.

May 10

Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Good mental health is essential to our well-being, especially for the youngest among us whose healthy development is vital to a successful future. Sadly, many children in Texas suffer from mental health problems. That is why today has been declared Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Texas, and this year there is a particular focus on children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma.