Pandemic

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Accepting Applications from Libraries for $1.8 Million in ARPA Grants

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting applications on Sept. 3 for three new grant programs made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Available funds total at least $1.8 million and are provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under ARPA. Texas libraries are encouraged to apply through TSLAC’s online grants management program by Oct. 1. TSLAC will host an informational webinar […]

The George Foundation Awards Attack Poverty a Multi-Year $300,000 Grant with Additional Match

Support Will Help Nonprofit End the Cycle of Generational Poverty Attack Poverty, a local nonprofit organization committed to strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs, announced it will receive a multi-year $300,000 grant from The George Foundation with a $25,000 annual match opportunity for the next two years. The George Foundation serves Fort Bend County to enhance the community and quality of life for those in need by providing grants to local nonprofits […]

Harris Health Surpasses Half-Million Virtual Visit since Pandemic Start

The COVID-19 pandemic caught healthcare providers worldwide off guard. Almost immediately, doors shuttered to most in-person non-COVID care. Harris Health System, like many providers, quickly ramped up its virtual and telemedicine program—most recently completing nearly 565,000 virtual care visits since the start of the pandemic. Virtual care has become an important tool to safely treat patients and contain the spread of COVID-19. Since mid-March 2020, Harris Health has enlisted 1,600 medical providers through home or […]

“Tompkins High School student launches a volunteering system to assist organizations during the pandemic.”

Covid-19 has affected many people’s lives and has prevented them from accomplishing their desired tasks. Highschoolers, especially those in 11th and 12th grade, have been greatly affected by this treacherous pandemic, since it has limited them towards completing their mandatory volunteer hours that are to be done each year. Volunteer organizations and nonprofits have also been greatly affected by this pandemic in similar manner. Recognizing this as an opportunity, a Tompkins Highschool student, LakshyaGupta, created […]

Houston Methodist to Receive $10.6M Federal Reimbursement for Early Coronavirus Emergency Protective Measures

Houston Methodist Hospital will receive $10,645,501.85 in federal funds for Emergency Protective Measures during the coronavirus pandemic from February through April.  The funding comes through the Robert T. Stafford Act, which grants authority for the federal government to assist in local disaster aid efforts. “Health care workers in Houston have gone above and beyond in protecting Texans from the coronavirus from the very start, and I’m thankful the federal government recognizes their hard work,” said Sen. […]

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 […]