A line of cheerleaders from the Marine Military Academy greet attendees Executive Director Jennifer Allen of United Way of Northern Cameron County and her daughter Taylor as they enter the venue Friday during the annual HCISD Football Coaches Forum at the Hilton Garden Inn.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)myrgv.com
Brownsville food drive helps residents amid inflation
The Brownsville Wellness Coalition Food Bank RGV and United Way of Southern Cameron County helped local families Friday during a drive-thru emergency food distribution drive at the Brownsville Events Center. “One of the main goals is to distribute protein and produce along with canned goods,” Jessica Molina, wellness coordinator for the Brownsville Wellness coalition, told The Brownsville Herald. Asked how important it is to have food drives amid rising prices for food items, Molina replied: “It’s huge. And that’s OK, we’re here to educate also.”The next food drive will be held July 1, with a location to be determined. For information on the upcoming food drive or how to volunteer or donate, visit the organization’s Facebook page at Brownsville Wellness Coalition or its Instagram: @brownsvillewellnesscoalition.myrgv.com
Drive-thru food distribution returns Friday in Brownsville
With food prices rising, United Way of Southern Cameron County and other organizations have stepped up to help. The organizations, which include Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and the Brownsville Wellness Coalition, will hold a drive-thru food distribution event from 8 to 11 a.m. – or until supplies last – Friday at the Brownsville Event Center, located off Paredes Line Road in Brownsville. During that first event, motorists waited in line overnight to ensure they would receive groceries. “We know that we do have people waiting overnight to get food and we don’t encourage it. Organizers anticipate the food distribution events to continue through the summer.myrgv.com
Exhibition targets human trafficking
A traveling exhibition on display through April 9 at Texas Southmost College aims to dispel misconceptions aboout human trafficking and combat its prevalence by providing resources to help victims become survivors. “Not Alone: Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” employs museum-style poster boards in English and Spanish that guide visitors through all aspects of human trafficking. The National Human Trafficking hotline defines human trafficking as the business of stealing freedom for profit. The exhibition uses five guiding questions to help visitors understand the issue and how they can help:>> What is human trafficking? >> Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and provides resources on sex and labor trafficking.myrgv.com
Local organizations to hold free vaccine clinic
Mano Amiga, United Way and Hays Latinos United and numerous organizations have teamed up with Sendero Health Plans and Walgreens to offer free doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as booster [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Still Helping: Need for food distributions remains steady
Since April of 2020, United Way of Southern Cameron County implemented its program “United Against Hunger” where they distribute thousands of food bags every Friday so that those who have been impacted the hardest due to the pandemic could have food on their table.myrgv.com
A desperate need for help. Are some people forgotten during this time?
With COVID-19 still disrupting our lives, now more than ever many people in our community are in desperate need of help. She ended up homeless and in desperate need of help. Call the United Way at 2-1-1 to get help connecting with the best groups for you. The United Way was able to connect Regina to resources for food, rent, and unemployment help. The United Way can also help people find childcare, food stamps, or even care for an aging parent.
Houston Newsmakers: Responding to Hurricane Laura
The United Way and the American Red Cross are the principal agencies kicking into gear to help with the initial response and to help build communities back to normal. The American Red Cross is often on the scene before a storm moves in and stays long after its gone. Henry Van de Putte is the CEO of the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast and gives the many options we have for helping the Red Cross help others. For those wanting to donate to the United Way agencies in that impacted area, they can text Laura to 40403And for those wanting to donate to the Red Cross, text Laura to 90999. Laura: A Near missthis timeKPRC Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley is joined by Jeff Lindner, meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District to talk about why Laura missed the Houston Metro and what to expect the rest of this hurricane season.
This is what Houstonians are calling 211 about during the coronavirus pandemic
HOUSTON The coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty across the globe. According to a tweet by United Way Houston, thousands of Texans have turned to the 211 Texas/United Way helpline with questions regarding the pandemic. The 211 Texas program is designed to help people connect with the services or information they need. United Way Houston said in the tweet that from March 1 through June 14, 211 answered 102,908 about coronavirus for the greater Houston area. 14, 211 answered 102,908 #COVID19 related calls in our four-county area reflecting the dire needs of so many in our community.
Students Pick Fruit to Donate to People in Need
EXETER, Calif. -- Students in Tulare County want to make sure no one goes to bed hungry this Thanksgiving. The process is simple: local farmers and residents call Harvesting Hope and let them know they'd like to donate some fruit. Then the students gather on a weekend morning and pick the fruit, which is then taken to local food banks.Students from six Tulare County schools gathered on their first day of Thanksgiving break to pick grapes in Exeter in partnership with local organization God's Vineyard. "It's given me a new appreciation and a new like pride I guess for being from Tulare County because it's hard work. It's hard work," Betancourt said.If you live in Tulare County and would like to donate fruit trees or learn how to get involved with Harvesting Hope, contact United Way of Tulare County at 559-685-1766 or visit their website.abc13.com
To-Do List: 12 events around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose in October and November
Oct. 15: Run or walk a 5k for the United WayEnergy company Williams will host a 5K Fun Run to raise money for the United Way of Greater Houston. Participants are invited to dress in costumes representing a decade of their choice. Register in advance at www.runsignup.com or on site the day of. Buffalo Bayou Park Water Works, 105 Sabine St., Houston. www.unitedwayhouston.orgcommunityimpact.com
Cameron Boyce's Friends and Fans Raise Thousands for Charity in Late Actor's Name
Cameron Boyce's friends and fans are honoring him after his death. "Cameron Boyce (@thecameronboyce) worked hard to help other people through great charitable organizations like @thirstproject & @launitedway," Sandler, who started Facebook fundraisers for both charities, wrote on Instagram. We will honor #CameronBoyces legacy by fighting for this basic human right ," the Thirst Project wrote on Twitter in response to Sandler's support. "Now is the time to make a change," Boyce's dad wrote on Instagram in reference to the foundation. RELATED CONTENT:'Descendants' Star Sofia Carson Pens Heartbreaking Tribute to Late Co-Star Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce's Sister Pens Heartbreaking Note Recalling the 'Hours Before He Died''Descendants 3' Premiere Canceled: How Disney Channel Is Honoring Cameron Boyce's Death
Money donated after Tax Day flood remains unspent
HOUSTON – The City of Houston has authorized nonprofits to spend a chunk of the $1.8 million donated to the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund by people and businesses, but $695,000 sits unspent. It will be spent on flood victims’ long-term needs. David said the United Way vetted each charity’s spending plan before a charity was given money. Some money went to fix flooded cars or provide kitchen appliances for storm victims. Flood victims who still need help can contact the United Way by calling 211.