Rio Rancho, NM – In early May, the king of the Bemba tribe in Zambia and a small delegation with him visited the Albuquerque area. They were scheduled to meet with a humanitarian organization called Women of Worth in the city of Rio Rancho (located next to Albuquerque) to personally thank the volunteers for their service.
In May of 2018, Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) hosted the fourth annual Daily Dose graduation, which provides adult conversational English instruction to parents.
Linda Buchman, Community Relations Officer with SBISD, gave the opening remarks to an overflow crowd. “We are so, so, so proud of you,” she said to the over one hundred graduates gathered in the Spring Woods Middle school parent center. “Each of you who has taken the time to come to class and to learn and to improve, you all are inspirations to each and every one of us. Our goals for your children are the same as you have set for yourselves, to continue to learn, to grow and to try new things. I hope that you will take these new skills that you have developed and continue to grow in your learning.”
For his Eagle Project, Houston, Texas Scout Asher Joseph considered the standard criteria – his project should benefit the community, involve other Scouts and enable him to demonstrate leadership.
The big toothy grins were impossible to miss as Houston area second graders attending Project Saving Smiles, a dental program provided by The Houston Health Department and Houston Health Foundation. Support for the project also came from community volunteers and missionaries from the Texas Houston South Mission.
When the Relief Society Presidency of the Katy Texas Stake was planning their fall social, held in conjunction with the General Women’s Broadcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they turned to the JustServe.org site to find meaningful service opportunities.
They selected several projects from the following groups: For the Angel Gowns Foundation organization, they chose to create, from donated wedding gowns, little burial gowns for babies who pass away prior to, or shortly after, birth. For the kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital, they chose to make bright and cheerful pillowcases. And for Books Between Kids, they chose to collect gently-used books, to be given to children in the local area. Seven LDS congregations of women, in the Katy Texas Stake, were asked to find 10 volunteers for each of these service projects so that a total of 70 angel burial gowns, 70 pillowcases, and lots of books could be dropped off at the Women’s Broadcast on September 23rd, and then donated to their various JustServe.org organizations.
It has now been two months since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Many of the immediate emergency needs have been met, but long-term needs continue. In the days after the storm an Emergency Operations Center was set up in northwest Houston. The EOC took calls from homeowners in need and sent out work crews to help them. The EOC also received supplies, not only for the workers, but for people who lost many of their household goods.
Now that recovery is winding down, the EOC is offering some of the surplus supplies to community groups that can get them to those in need. These included bedding, paper goods, diapers, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. [Read more…]
Extremely well done and touching video about Hurricane Harvey, floods and people…
The pervasiveness of Hurricane Harvey is such that everyone in the area has been affected or is closely connected with someone who has been affected emotionally and physically by its devastation. In Richmond, Texas in southwest Houston, members of the Richmond 1 and 2 wards in the Richmond Stake, rallied around fellow saints including Tace Hart, whose home was impacted by the flood waters brought on by the 50 plus inches of rain dumped by Harvey over 5 days.