Texanthropy Spotlight: United Way of San Antonio MISSION UNITED, 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner
As the entire nation celebrates Veterans Day and gives our thanks for the service and sacrifice of all of our veterans, this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight highlights the 2018 GVA winner of the Service to Veterans Award, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s MISSION UNITED Information and Referral Program.
This week’s Texanthropy Spotlight features the Individual Community Leadership Award Winner – Marissa Vogel. This award recognizes an individual for strengthening their community through intentional partnerships and by forging collaborative solutions to meet local needs, a much-deserved award for the founder of such a groundbreaking organization here in Central Texas: Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands).
For the next couple of months, the weekly Texanthropy Spotlights will go in-depth about the 2018 Governor's Volunteer Award winners, starting this week with John Poston, the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award winner. This award is given to an individual who has volunteered for a minimum of 15 years and who has shown that they are that rare Texanthropist who has the ability to recognize a community need and create new systems, programs, and/or processes to achieve positive change.
October has been declared “Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month” in Texas, a time to celebrate the many Texans with disabilities who have influenced our history. One organization in Texas that has done a wonderful job of advocating alongside and on behalf of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is The Arc of Texas.
Texanthropy Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage Month and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce
During Hispanic Heritage Month, here in Texas we celebrate the many contributions to the Lone Star State that Hispanics have made, but in particular I want to emphasize the indelible impact that Hispanics have had on our state’s economy. Texas is among the top state for Hispanic-owned businesses and for the jobs they create. In fact, Texas leads the nation for jobs created by Hispanic women business owners. At the same time, Texas cities are among the most welcoming in the nation for Hispanic entrepreneurs.
I had the opportunity this week to visit the East Austin location of LifeWorks Austin, located on Pleasant Valley Road. LifeWorks Austin is a local non-profit with a mission to serve as fearless advocates for youth and young families seeking self-sufficiency by fulfilling needs for housing, education and workforce or counseling.
There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and one of our state’s most helpful and giving businesses is H-E-B. As summer draws to an end and Texas families begin to think about back-to-school, H-E-B is working with partners all across the state to ensure that ALL Texas schoolchildren have access to the school supplies they need to help them succeed in school.
Challenge of Tarrant County is a nonprofit that aims to eliminate substance abuse in the local communities in and around Fort Worth. The three main principles of Challenge are education, advocacy and action, with a focus on prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Just one of the many ways they are making an impact is by recognizing the amazing things the youth of Tarrant County are doing. Each year in April, Challenge holds their annual Leo C. Benavides Awards Dinner.