Brittany W. Volunteers - Montalvo House

June 12, 2017 – Visit any small-town across the United States and you’re bound to see a historic building. While many of these homes remind us of the history of pioneers forging the way for the next generation, many of these historical sites are falling apart due to age, running the risk of being forgotten.

The Montalvo House in Brackettville, Texas seeks to restore one such historical site. The Montalvo House, and Montalvo House Market, is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, preserving, and maintaining the Montalvo House. Through this effort, the goal is to teach the community both how our ancestors achieved sustainable lives, and how to achieve sustainability today.

Brittany W., our Marketing Director coordinated with the organization to completely redesign the website, building a more cohesive, online presence that supported and unified the two unique aspects of the Montalvo House and Montalvo Market into a single design.

Brittany W. talked a little about her thought process:

“The Montalvo House is a non-profit originally created to restore a historic building in the community, and the Montalvo House Market was created later as a way to raise funds, but has taken on a life of its own. Both buildings sit on the same property, but each have a unique, yet connected purpose. The biggest step in helping to create one brand, while conveying the purposes of each of the buildings, was the creation of a new website with a strong homepage that gives a brief summary and acts as a decision point for visitors.”

The Montalvo House – The Montalvo House is a Texas Domestic Nonprofit Corporation, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation, maintenance, and management of the Montalvo House, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. The Montalvo House Market is a Farm-To-Table market that offers 100% Certified Organic produce. It features products from over 18 small, local Texas farms. Both buildings are located in the Community of Brackettville, Texas at 202 North Ann Street.


Inflowees Support the Disaster Effort

Hurricane Harvey has affected a great deal of families, costing billions of dollars in damages. While it’s during these times we may see the worst in people – it’s also during these times that we see the vast goodness of entire communities.

With the damages and implications of the hurricane, several of our Inflowees buckled down and volunteered to support different groups who are assisting in the hurricane relief effort.

August 29th, 2017 – Emily B. volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank where she packaged personal hygiene kits to be sent to local evacuees in the San Antonio area. This is what Emily said:

“It was important for me to take action and do something to try and support the lives of people who could have potentially lost everything. It was amazing to see how many people showed up from all different backgrounds. […] the San Antonio Food Bank has excellent organization and leadership to deploy their emergency response processes.

August 31st, 2017 – Elle M. supported the San Antonio Food Bank as well where she was part of a warehouse group tasked with sorting and packing perishable goods for donations. This is what Elle said about her experience:

“[We] packed approximately 24,000lbs of produce (carrots and corn), [which] can help prepare about 18,000 meals! For my small part, and in just a short amount of time, I felt like it was quite an accomplishment to help aid in providing that many meals to those in dire need.”

September 6th, 2017 – Mason C. volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank where he organized and packed bread to be sent to families in need. This is what Mason said:

“Helping the food bank is really rewarding, especially during this time of crisis with Hurricane Harvey. Being able to help provide a basic necessity to those in need, when we ourselves are so blessed, is a great reminder both to be thankful for what we have, but to also be willing to give of what we have to those in need.”

September 8th, 2017 – John C. supported the organization United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) where he and his wife assembled buckets of cleaning supplies to give assistance to those needing help to clean their homes after the disaster. This is what John said:

“My wife and I are Hurricane Katrina survivors and were recipients of the boots on the ground assistance of this organization. We know very well how this organization helps survivors of disasters and wanted to give back in anyway needed.

As for all our Inflowees who may have privately given to both Harvey, and now Irma, whether in private donations to organizations, dropping off supplies, or volunteering in some other fashion, we thank you. Thank you for truly making it matter for those who need it the most.

Emily and Elise Volunteer

June 14th, 2017 – The unfortunate truth about society is there has always been those who end up going to bed without a meal. Though a clichéd answer to the often-asked prompt of, “How would you change the world,” the desire to solve hunger, either globally or locally, has been an on-going mission that has continually attracted passionate and compassionate people who aim to help solve world hunger, one small step at a time.

The San Antonio Food Bank is just one organization supporting this cause, feeding 58,000 people each week in the SA community. Two of our Inflowees, Emily B., and Elise A. volunteered to support and clean invasive plants in the Food Banks orchard. Emily and Elise, along with several other local volunteers, were able to clear the whole acre plot of land in just 2.5 hours – what would have taken the resident gardener 3 weeks to produce the same result.

We asked Elise about her experience: “The San Antonio Food Bank has one of the largest service areas in Texas, but they don't only feed hungry people; they empower them and provide them with resources and training so they can, in turn, work to sustain their own food sources. The community garden does just that, teaching people how they can grow, care for, and maintain their own food.”

Emily also offered her thoughts: “Food is a subject that is very close to my heart. From seed to dinner table. The San Antonio Food Bank’s mission depends heavily on outside volunteers to reach their goals. Getting to know the people that dedicate their lives to this mission and being a witness of their selfless service to the community was an enriching experience I'll never forget. I hope to continue volunteering with this organization and aspire to serve the community in any way possible.”

Emily (left) and Elise (right) after a hard days work at the SA Food Bank orchard.

Emily (left) and Elise (right) after a hard days work at the SA Food Bank orchard.

San Antonio Food Bank - The San Antonio Food Bank takes pride in fighting hunger, feeding hope in our 16-county service area. We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, adults should not have to choose between a hot meal and utilities, nor a senior sacrifice medical care for the sake of a meal.

Founded in 1980, The San Antonio Food Bank has quickly grown to serve 58,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas in Texas. Our focus is for clients to have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.

Fighting hunger is our number one priority but we also serve to educate and provide assistance in many other ways. We achieve this through our variety of programs and resources available to families, individuals, seniors, children, and military members in need.