LaDena B. Volunteers

Our very own LaDena B. volunteered back in April in support of the Spelman College Research Day. The Spelman College Research Day is a day long event showcasing the scholar and creative work of over 200 students spanning 25 disciplines. Their theme to "'Inquire, Discover, Imagine, Explore, Create' represents Spelman's commitment to inquiry-based, student-centered, integrated learning."

Spelman College specifically is historically a "Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, [and] is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change." Their Research Day is an opportunity to showcase these young women and their research, providing an avenue to share their findings and shape the community around them.

LaDena B. volunteered as a judge, where she was responsible for poster presentations in the general area of science, including chemistry, physics, sociology, and mathematics. Those she judged did research in various institutions, including L'Oréal, St. Jude, National Laboratories, and more.

Here are LaDena's thoughts on the Research Day:

"I have been judging at Spelman College's Research Day for the past 5 years and eagerly look forward to it annually. It is not only an opportunity for me to give back to my community and stay abreast of recent developments in research, but it's also an awesome opportunity to network with local professionals."

Thank you LaDena for your commitment to this school and its students!

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Every Inflowee receives 16 hours of Volunteer Paid Time Off to support the charity of their choice. As a part of who we strive to be as Inflowees, we encourage each Inflowee to use their paid Volunteer time to support their local communities. This is just one way we Make it Matter.

Inflowees Support Fisher House

We had the opportunity to support the Fisher House. Each Fisher House provides free room and stay for Military families who have veterans or active military family members currently in the VA Hospital. During this emotional time for those families, the Fisher House encourages willing volunteers to provide a simple, yet meaningful service that many take for granted –  a home cooked meal.

Our Inflowees and their families at the San Antonio HQ site got together to cook the residents some good old fashion, Tex-Mex cuisine: enchiladas!

Here’s what some of our Inflowees and their kids said about it:

“My Family was truly honored to help out at the Fisher House. We have never had exposure to such an opportunity and didn’t quite understand the impact we could have for the families. After being there and better understanding the mission, it made it feel like we were actually making a difference for families who are enduring a tough go in life at the moment.” – Ricky L.

“Dad! That was a lot of fun to cook for those families! And did you see how big the back yard was? That house was really cool!” – Ricky L.'s son

We are honored to be able to support these families and are looking forward to more opportunities to do it again. To learn more about the Fisher House or to find a location near you, visit https://www.fisherhouse.org/

Every Inflowee receives 16 hours of Volunteer Paid Time Off to support the charity of their choice. As a part of who we strive to be as Inflowees, we encourage each Inflowee to use their paid Volunteer time to support their local communities. This is just one way we Make it Matter.

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.