Pandemic

An Elite Club: Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Recipients Will Lead the Way

by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Uncertainty and weighty decisions plague the near future.  Texans are hurting from the coronavirus and the pandemic’s many consequences.  But – let’s have hope – I’m here to tell you our future is bright. This time of year I’m reminded of how smart, driven, and compassionate the next generation of young Texans are.  Our future leaders are making a real difference in the world – and they’re starting by […]

Holiday Spending Survey: Despite COVID Restrictions, Two-Thirds of Teens Expect to Do Holiday Shopping “In-Store”

Junior Achievement Survey Shows One-in-Ten Teens Expects to Spend Less This Year Due to the Pandemic Despite social distancing guidance in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey by Junior Achievement (JA) shows that two-thirds of teens (68%) expect to do some of their holiday shopping “in-store,” at malls, discount stores, electronics stores, and at small businesses. Nearly as many (65%) expect to do some of their holiday shopping online. The survey of 1,003 […]

Central Fort Bend Chamber Gala And Awards Celebration Held Virtually

On November 13, 2020, the Central Fort Bend Chamber held their Annual Gala and Awards Celebration virtually. “We’re taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and the health of our members, sponsors and volunteers is of great importance to us. That is why we made the difficult decision to hold our gala virtually this year,” said Kristin Weiss, President and CEO of the Central Fort Bend Chamber. Approximately 200 guests attended the virtual gala, which was […]

Keeping the Holiday Season Merry and Bright

How to Help Celebrate the Holidays More Safely this Year Preparations for the upcoming holiday festivities have begun, and while the usual hustle and bustle of this merry season may not be the same, there are still ways to celebrate and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. When making plans for the holidays, consider the following factors: Community Positivity Levels. Consider the level of positive cases in the community, whether your own or one you’ll […]

Memorial Assistance Ministries Launches Program to Help Families Facing the Loss of a Loved One Due to Covid-19

To provide financial assistance to families facing the loss of an immediate family member due to COVID-19, Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has launched the Lost Loved One program, with a grant from the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund, led by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. “Losing a loved one is never easy, and the pandemic and economic crisis has only made that grief and adjustment more challenging as some […]

HCDE Announces Grant Allocations of $207,013 to Local School Districts

From the Desk of HCDE Board President Eric Dick “Harris County is fortunate enough to have a Department of Education,” says Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Board Chairman Eric Dick. “Though the various businesses HCDE owns, we are able to take a nominal tax rate and turn it into serious money. We turn $1 of tax revenues into $5 of governmental services. We love education and use the profits to support our local school […]

Veterans Memorial Wall Unveiled at Parkway Place Senior Living Community

Senior adults honored the service of resident and employee military veterans in a socially distanced ceremony streamed throughout the community. Two days ahead of Veteran’s Day, Buckner Parkway Place unveiled its Veterans Memorial Wall inside the senior living community. The unveiling ceremony featured resident and employee military veterans in front of a small, socially distanced crowd of senior adults. The ceremony was also streamed throughout the community on the Parkway Place TV channel. The Parkway Place Veterans […]

Oakbend Medical Center’S 2020 Patchwork Of Life Event Raises Funds And Honors First Responders

Battalion Chief Bryan Lewis and Chief Mike Youngblood of the Richmond Fire Department present the Fire Department's plaque placed " In Honor of those who have suffered, sacrificed, and supported during the COVID 19 pandemic, may we always be grateful and never forget. “ - Richmond Fire Dept.

OakBend Medical Center’s eighth annual Patchwork of Life event went virtual this year and not only raised money for the hospital but honored First Responders around the county and named the recipient of the Jeff Council Award. Complying with the CDC recommendations for the COVID pandemic and State and County restrictions, the hospital reinvented this year’s event to become a virtual telethon à la Jerry Lewis. Several of the communities first responders were honored during […]

Harris County Issues New $40 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund, To Be Administered by Catholic Charities

Fund Will Provide $1200 Payments to 33,000+ Families; Open Enrollment for Harris County Residents November 2-6 (Not a first-come, first-served program) A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund, issued by Harris County, opens Monday, November 2, and will accept applications through Friday, November 6. The Harris County COVID-19 Emergency Direct Assistance Fund will be administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will provide one-time payments of $1200 to up to 33,333 families […]

Ford Fund, Elena Ford Expand Support for Reading; Invest $200,000 to Keep Young Students Learning During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted traditional school life, but Ford Motor Company wants to make sure children keep reading and learning. As champion of a Ford Motor Company Fund initiative aimed at increasing literacy among young people, Elena Ford is announcing a $200,000 investment that will provide 30,000 books and other critically needed school supplies for 1,500 educators and their students hard hit by COVID-19 in Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. The effort is part […]