First Lady Blog

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.

May 9

Texanthropy Spotlight: USAA - 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner

May is Military Appreciation Month, which makes it the perfect time to tell you about one of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winners – USAA, which was given the Corporate Community Impact Award. This award recognizes a private sector entity for having community service as a core value and business strategy, and for implementing employee volunteer programs that will have a long-term impact in their community.

May 8

Thank You to Texas Teachers

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! And all week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for all of us to take the opportunity to let our teachers know how immensely appreciative we are of them and their work.