First Lady Blog

Jun 14

Texanthropy Spotlight: AGE of Central Texas

During my years working at a senior health care services company, I had the pleasure of learning about a wonderful organization here in Austin that offers programming to older adults and family caregivers: AGE of Central Texas. Founded in 1986, AGE provides direct services to hundreds of older adults each year. AGE is the only licensed adult day health care center in the area. Other services include free loans of durable medical equipment to keep seniors safe and mobile, and invaluable education, resources, and support to the unpaid family caregivers who are supporting an older loved one.

Jun 13

Honoring our Texas Women Veterans

Yesterday I attended the first annual Texas Women Veterans Day Celebration at the Texas State Capitol, where I was joined by hundreds of Texans in Austin – and thousands more at events across the state – in honoring our women veterans in the Lone Star State.

Jun 12

Hurricane Harvey Resource Fairs for Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner who was impacted by Hurricane Harvey? If you are, or know someone who is, join the Rebuild Texas Fund, Governor’s Commission for Women and other partners for one of the upcoming Hurricane Harvey Resource Fairs for Small Businesses.

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.