2020 Outreach Grant Recipients
We are proud to support all of these great causes and encourage you to follow the links to find out more about these wonderful organizations and how you can support them as well!
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Galveston County: Funds will be used to recruit additional volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. CASA has served Texas for over 25 years.
Galveston Catholic Charities: Funds will help families who are affected by COVID-19 to cover rent and utilities. Galveston Catholic Charities has been serving this region for over 75 years, providing support to residents from all background and religious affiliations.
The Galveston Diaper Bank (GDB): Funds will be used to purchase diapers and wipes. GDB provides items to collaborating non-profit agencies and daycares serving those in need on the Island. In response to feedback from their community partners, they are now expanding the program to provide diapers for youth and adults as well. http://galvestondiaperbank.org/. https://www.facebook.com/thegalvestondiaperbank/
Sunshine Center: Funds will be used for the Client Enrichment expenses for clients in their Day Habilitation Program, who they’re creatively working to serve remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are individuals who have mental retardation or other learning disabilities and will gain from the experiences this program offers, including personal goals and adaptive life skills for community living.
Resource Crisis Center: Funds will be used to provide high-quality summer and after-school programs to children who are being served through their residential program. This will allow the Center to help support the mental, emotional, and social needs of children, as well as maintaining their physical safety.
Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market (GOFM): The funds will be used to build Victory Gardens in neighborhoods that lack access to fresh, high quality produce. Victory Gardens will empower area residents to come together, network, and learn the skills to better feed themselves and their families.
The Galveston County Food Bank: Funds will be used for costs associated with distribution of nutritional food to the Food Bank’s network of pantries, residential facilities, and meal sites serving Island residents, including the Homebound Nutritional Outreach Program.
Galveston Meals on Wheels: Funds will be used to cover the food expense for prepared meals being delivered by volunteers to individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to illness and/or aging. http://gimow.org/. https://www.facebook.com/GalvestonIslandMealsOnWheels/
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Funds will be used for their “Family2Family” program, providing mental health education and support. This program will specifically reach out to families in the Galveston schools, Moody Early Childhood Center, Family Service Center, and other faith-based groups.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center: Funds will go towards extending parenting education classes and support through online courses offered in English and Spanish. Participants will “earn while you learn,” gaining knowledge and practical support.
Galveston Island Swim Team (GIST): Funds will be used to help expand facilities, offering more access to the low-cost “Learn to Swim” program for Galveston area residents. GIST teaches lessons to children ages two and up, and also sponsors competitive swimming.
Galveston Urban Ministries: Money will fund the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” workshop, which assists participants in getting out of poverty. This six-month course incentives participants to attend and learn key skills in the areas of finance, emotions, mental health, language, social support, physical health, spiritual health, integrity, trust, motivation, persistence, and relationships/role models.