First Lady Blog

Jul 20

Texanthropy Spotlight: Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano – 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner

This week I am spotlighting the final 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Winner. Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano won the GVA for Corporate Community Impact for Small Business.

Jul 5

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours! Thank you to the brave men and women who have, and continue to, defend our freedoms. What a wonderful country we live in! I hope you spent the day celebrating America’s independence with family and friends, and I hope it was a fun and safe one. God bless America!

Jun 22

Texanthropy Spotlight: Spring Branch Family Development Center – 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner

Today I’m highlighting the second-to-last of the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner – the Spring Branch Family Development Center.

Jun 16

The 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners are Announced!

Yesterday I had the honor of announcing the 2017 winners of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards. The GVA’s, administered by OneStar Foundation, honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering.

Jun 7

Little Helping Hands

Yesterday I had the honor of visiting one of my favorite Austin-area nonprofits, Little Helping Hands. You may remember that Little Helping Hands’ founder, Marissa Vogel, joined me for my Texanthropy announcement last spring.

Apr 27

April is Volunteer Month

Over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to travel all across the Lone Star State: from El Paso to Beaumont, from Amarillo to McAllen, and

Apr 24

Welcoming the 2017 Texas Main Street Communities

Last week I had the honor of continuing the grand tradition of the Texas Historical Commission Texas Main Street Program’s First Lady’s

Apr 13

Texanthropy Spotlight: Blue Corps - 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner

There were eleven GVA winners in 2016 and eight have been highlighted so far. Today I’m going to tell you about the winner of the GVA for