- Theresa Parani showed us how La Marque Aid and Guidance provides basic needs assistance (food, rent, utilities) to La Marque ISD residents. They are opening their Thrift Store on August 8, which will both help fund their operations as well as provide clothing and other goods to people and families in need.
- Liz Ginn explained how many medical services are available at no cost to residents of Galveston County through the Teen Health Centers. We toured the La Marque High School Teen Health Center to see how they see more than 3000 patients per year. We also saw their telepsych technology which virtually connects students to their off-site psychiatrist.
- Judy Slocumb-Farrell and the gang at The Independence Village gave us a chance to see how almost 20 people with physical and mental developmental disabilities have a chance to live a better life. Residents at The Independence Village are engaged by the opportunities to interact with others through arts and crafts, volunteer opportunities, live music and other group activities.
- Mark Davis shared the startling statistic that one in 5 families in Galveston County are facing food insecurity. We learned how one man's passion for feeding the hungry turned into a community-service machine that handles millions of pounds of food in Galveston County. Gleanings from the Harvest - Galveston County Food Bank has added much-needed capacity to serve an ever-growing need in our area.
Leadership Mainland took a tour from the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce to four United Way Galveston County Mainland Partner Agencies on Friday, August 5. Leadership Mainland has been an institution of our community for quite some time and you probably know one or many of its well-known graduates. Our own Elizabeth White was in the Leadership Mainland class of 2007. Enrollees in this course must meet application guidelines and make a long-term, serious commitment to participate. Linnie Bond and Lindsey White, of UWGCM, accompanied Leadership Mainland on this tour of four of our partner agencies. These tours gave all of us a new perspective with an in-depth look at how these four agencies are helping people of all walks of life in our community.