Texanthropy Spotlight: University of Houston SURE™ Program - 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners
This past weekend I had the honor of giving the commencement address to the over 150 entrepreneurs graduating from the University of Houston SURE™ Program, which was the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winner of the Higher Education Community Impact Award, and this week's Texanthropy Spotlight!
As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, I want to highlight one more group doing great work to help children affected by abuse, and in particular, child sex trafficking – The Refuge. The Refuge is a non-profit serving sex trafficking victims in Central Texas, and their mission is to provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls who are survivors of sex trafficking. Importantly, The Refuge helps protect our children by recognizing the threat, and by helping victims to recover and restore their well-being.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it is fitting that this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is highlighting the top organization in Texas committed to preventing child abuse: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX). Greg and I have been longstanding supporters of the children’s advocacy center model in Texas.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so for each of the weekly Texanthropy Spotlights for the month of April, I will be highlighting an organization that is dedicated to taking care of our children. This week it’s the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and in particular, the heroic efforts of their dedicated employees to care for children during Hurricane Harvey.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of visiting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, which is the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving the children and families in Fort Bend County. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency that has been making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children for 26 years. Their mission is to provide a voice, heal the hurt, and break the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County.
You may already know that Meals on Wheels is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I have been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for almost a decade. Because I love this program so much, I am always looking for ways to get the word out about how wonderful it is, and the invaluable services it provides to seniors. During the month of March, Meals on Wheels programs across the country participate in March for Meals, where they hold fundraising events, walks or races, rallies, galas and more to raise awareness and funding. So Texanthropy is helping to spread the news with this week's #TexanthropySpotlight!
In honor of AmeriCorps Week, today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is Shelby Thomas, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards AmeriCorps VISTA “Make a Difference” Award Winner. This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps VISTA who is currently serving or has served the State of Texas. Shelby Thomas has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM) in their Disaster Relief and Recovery Division.
This whole week – from March 11-17 – is AmeriCorps Week, where we celebrate the programs, organizations and individuals that make this national service initiative possible in thousands of locations across the country. That is why today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is on Erin Moody, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards AmeriCorps “Make a Difference” Award Winner. This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps member who is currently serving or has served the State of Texas.