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Partnership Members Respond to Winter Storm

Published Feb 22, 2021 by Julia McGowen

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In the aftermath of the sever winter storm impacting individuals and businesses across Texas, Partnership members are actively and generously supporting efforts to help Houstonians recover from the impacts of the storm.

Learn about some of our member companies supporting the community below.  

United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation: Launch Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund
The Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund, established by the City of Houston and Harris County, and overseen and administered by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation is helping our region’s most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time of need. The Fund is focused on relief and recovery efforts across the City of Houston and Harris County. Learn more

Partnership Member Donors to Relief Fund:

Bank of America: Providing $1.1 Million to Support Texans and Communities Impacted by Winter Storm with $350,000 directed towards the Houston community, pledging support to the Houston Food Bank, Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, the Houston-Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund and the Houston Area Urban League. Learn more

Bechtel: Bechtel Group Foundation is providing $150,000 in support of the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund and several community food banks. 

Cheniere: Cheniere donated much-needed funds for four local food banks to replenish food pantries after losses due to the storm. The company also donated supplies including water, blankets and socks to the Star of Hope Mission which were distributed to render aid to those in need.

Hess Corporation: Donating $2 million to Houston's Winter Storm relief efforts through $1 million gifts to the Houston Food Bank and Houston Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund. Company also matching donations made by employees through its matching gift program. Learn more

Houston Area Urban League: In response to the storm, the Houston Area Urban League launched Operation Safe Houston, a disaster response program that identifies resources for people in need, helping them avoid scams, and identifying trusted partners to ensure a safe transition from emergency and chaos, to immediate response and ongoing support. Learn more

H-E-B: Provided free groceries in a Texas city when power went out in the store. Stores have also been seen handing out flowers to community members waiting in line outside stores, bringing a bright spot into people’s days as they waiting to gain access to essentials inside the store. Learn more

Houston Food Bank: The Houston Food Bank routinely prepares disaster product in order to immediately respond to the needs of the community. In addition, the Food Bank works alongside community partners to continuously assess the needs of those in affected areas. Learn more

Houston Texans: Partnered with both the Houston Food Bank and Kids Meals, Inc. to aid in food distribution services for families throughout Houston. The Texans helped feed 5,000 families in partnership with the Houston Food Bank and Houston ISD, and made a $25,000 donation to the Kids Meals, Inc. These are just two of the many ways the Texans helped our community over the past week. Learn more

Kinder Foundation: Kinder Foundation commits $1.25 million to provide means to families in need through donation match with the Houston Food Bank and 1913 Conscious Community Collective. Learn more

Sempra Energy: Sempra Energy And Sempra Energy Foundation to contribute $1 million to assist communities in Texas recovering from the unprecedented winter storm that blanketed the state. Learn more

Silver Eagle Distributors: Provided more than 155,000 cans of emergency drinking water to aid in relief efforts from winter weather that impacted the Houston-area. This effort was in partnership with Anheuser-Busch and the American Red Cross and distributed water to those in need. Learn more

Texas Mutual Insurance Company: In response to the winter storm, Texas Mutual Insurance Company donated $100,000 to six organizations on the frontlines providing Texans with basic needs like food, water and shelter. The Coalition for the Homeless in Houston was one of the recipients. Before and during the storm, the organization advocated for people experiencing homelessness to ensure their needs were met in response to this emergency. Their teams helped to transport people without shelter to warming centers. Learn more

University of St. Thomas: More than 1.1 million people in Greater Houston are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. To help address this staggering issue, University of St. Thomas has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to help fill the pantries of those in need by holding monthly mobile food distribution events on campus. Learn more 

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