Hill Country Freethinkers Association donates $10K to Community Action
All vaccinated and boosted, the Hill Country Freethinkers Association, along with Santa, chose Winter Solstice as the day to deliver the HCFA annual donation, a check for $10,000 to Community Action I[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his campaign fund $35 million in surest sign yet of reelection bid
But the out-of-pocket donation represents the surest sign yet of his intention to seek a second term. Additionally, with the departure of embattled former House Speaker Michael Madigan from his post in government and as chairman of the state Democratic Party, Pritzker will be counted upon more heavily to help fund party efforts to maintain Democratic supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.chicagotribune.com
KPRC 2, Graham Media Group donate $25,000 to winter storm relief efforts
The demand for resources is high and that is why KPRC 2 and our parent company Graham Media Group have donated $25,000 to help people across our community. Houston Food BankKPRC 2 General Manager Jerry Martin presented Houston Food Bank President and CEO Brian Greene with $12,500 from the television station and Graham Media Group to help feed families. AdYou can find a Houston Food Bank partner near you through the organization’s website or by calling its helpline at 832-369-9390. Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief FundThe Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund, established by the City of Houston and Harris County, also received $12,500 from KPRC 2 and Graham Media Group. If you would like to contribute to the Winter Storm Relief Fund, you can do that HERE or by texting HOUSTONFREEZE to 51555.
Send some love: How to give to local isolated seniors this Valentine’s Day
CONROE, Texas – Two local Firehouse Subs locations hope to bring smiles to nursing home residents isolated during the coronavirus pandemic. Both locations, 235 I-45 South, Suite A in Huntsville and 3021 I-45 North in Conroe are running the Silver Valentine Donation Drive from now until Valentine’s Day, inviting guests to donate traditional Valentine’s gifts and comfort items. “We wanted to continue this support for our local senior citizens especially, and show them they’re cared for even if they are unable to spend quality time with others right now,” said Jill Jackson, Firehouse Subs franchise manager in a news release. Guests can drop off items at either or both restaurant locations during business hours between 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Items accepted are blankets, activity books, socks, slippers, and traditional Valentine’s Day gifts such as teddy bears.
MacKenzie Scott gift to Houston YMCAs leads to pay bump for some frontline employees
HOUSTON – The YMCA of Greater Houston announced Thursday that it will increase the minimum pay for all full-time and part-time associates. The starting minimum pay is $15 an hour for full-time associates and $10 an hour for part-time associates, according to a news release. Stephen Ives, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Houston said in a statement the initiative was a result of a generous gift received from MacKenzie Scott, who donated $18 million to the organization last year. Read more: MacKenzie Scott says she has given $4.1 billion to charity“Our intention is to increase equity and inclusion starting with ourselves, and this entry level wage adjustment is just one of the ways we are taking action internally,” Ives added. The YMCA will also use their $18 million gift to sustain efforts and to assist with other initiatives to fight inequality, address food insecurity and inspire youth to thrive.
Anonymous donor gifts $10 million to help students at Prairie View
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M University received $10 million from an anonymous donor on Wednesday. “It will really help my family. The school says they will continue to strive for excellence and help students as much as they can. We all know how expensive college can be for people and their families, but one person stepped up to help student at Prairie View A&M University in big way. An anonymous donor gave $10 million to the university so juniors and seniors can stay enrolled in school and graduate on time.
Prairie View A&M University president gifts Fifth Ward non-profit with $100,000 donation
HOUSTON – The president of Prairie View A&M University, Dr. Ruth Simmons, has gifted the Fifth Ward community with a major boost in an effort to help a non-profit founded 77 years ago. Simmons presented the Julia C. Hester House, a long-standing community center in the Fifth Ward area, a donation in the amount of $100,000 on Saturday. Simmons said the gift will help the organization continue to serve residents with a variety of programs, including child development, education, community swim classes, senior services and meal distributions. “My siblings and I owe a great deal to Julia C. Hester House," Simmons said. “We were both surprised and elated with gratitude when we received the news of this thoughtful donation.
HL Wine Club: 3 bottles that support great causes in Houston
HOUSTON Wine Club Wednesday returns with bottles that give back to Houston causes. Nice Winery is a small, family-owned winery right here in Houston that loves to make wine and help the community in the process. 2019 NICE WINERY ARIANA - $242019 NICE WINERY 'ARIANA' (2019 NICE WINERY 'ARIANA')All sales support the work of the OpHeart Foundation, a local charity serving infants born with congenital heart defect. 2019 NICE ROSE - $302019 NICE ROSE (2019 NICE ROSE)Every bottle sold benefits The Emma Jacobs Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, sales will help fund the establishment of Houston's first ever sustainable wine grape farm in the Houston city limits, The Nice Winery.
Mayor Turner accepts donation of 500,000 masks from Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA and Ismaili Council for Southwestern US
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted 500,000 reusable face masks generously donated to the city of Houston by Focus Humanitarian USA (FOCUS USA) and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States. Upon receiving the masks, Turner expressed his gratitude towards the Ismaili community, which he says has always supported the Houston community in times of need. As the number of positive coronavirus cases rise in Houston, Turner has strongly encouraged residents to wear a mask in public spaces. “We are in a public health crisis now, and face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Turner said. As a part of the city’s overall response efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, face masks will be distributed among Houston residents and first responders.
Here’s how you can support the fight against racial injustice without leaving your home
Color of Change is the largest online racial injustice organization. It’s a great place to donate to help fight racial injustices. If there is any organization that has been fighting for social justice and change for years and years, it’s the ACLU. Not only does it fight for racial justice, it fights for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and so much more. This is pretty simple: The petition is asking for justice for George Floyd’s death.
Bank of America pledges $1 billion to fight racial inequality
Bank of America is donating $1 billion over the next four years to community programs and small businesses to help address economic and racial inequality that has been exacerbated by Covid-19. The billion-dollar donation is an expansion of the several hundreds of millions of dollars Bank of America donates to nonprofits and lends to small, minitority-owned businesses. Bank of America said the money will expand health services, like vaccination clinics, in communities of color, "support" small businesses, and recruitment of new bank employees in economically disadvantaged communities. Bank of America's donation, which amounts to $250 million a year over the next four, is tiny fraction of the $27.4 billion it made in 2019. It also returned a record $34 billion in share repurchases last year, the bank announced earlier this year.