Cy-Fair Edition - May 2020

NONPROFIT BRIEFS

How nonprots are adapting to the coronavirus

Houston-areaGirl Scouts lose $3million

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

existing Cookies4Heroes program, which allows buyers to donate boxes to “local heroes” such as essential workers. Local Girl Scouts have been sewing and donating masks, as well as sending cookie boxes with thank- you notes to rst responders, Chavez said. Troop meetings are happening virtually, and girls can engage in various Girl Scouting activities online. Girls interested in becoming Girl Scouts can participate in these at-home activities as well, as they are available to the public. Any changes to upcoming camps will be made based on public health guidance, and programming will be continually assessed and developed, Chavez said. The council anticipates a higher need for nancial aid after the pandemic subsides as girls take interest in the program. “Historically after disasters, families really grav- itate to programs like [Girl Scouts] because they’re accessible; they’re proven,” she said. “Girl Scouting is synonymous with helping and making the world a better place.”

As the coronavirus pandemic alters operations for various businesses and nonprots across the Houston area, members of the local Girl Scout council are adjusting activities to deal with millions in lost revenue frommissed cookie sales. Connie Chavez, the chief external aairs ocer for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, said 6,000 cookie booths were canceled when the cookie pro- gram was suspended in mid-March. This resulted in a revenue loss of $3 million. “COVID-19 just really struck at a vulnerable time,” Chavez said. Scouts sell cookies to help fund their camp activ- ities and resources for the year, including program fees, maintaining camp properties and the nancial aid program, Chavez said. The San Jacinto Council, which spans 26 counties including Harris, has more than 50,000 members and 18,000 volunteers. The council has tried to make up for the absence of physical booths by extending the online portion of cookie sales, Chavez said, and by expanding the

Amber and Aubrey Dominguez are some of the thousands of Girl Scouts who navigated new challenges in their cookie-selling endeavors this year. GIRL SCOUTS OF SAN JACINTO 713-292-0300 • www.gssjc.org

Cypress AssistanceMinistries reopenswith modied operations tomeet needs

BY DANICA SMITHWICK

CAMRESOURCES Cypress Assistance Ministries is oering several avenues of assistance to help those aected by COVID-19 get back on their feet. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Available to: residents of 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433 Learn more: www.cypressassistance. org/services/assistance/get-help OPERATION JOBS Available to: anyone Learn more: 281-955-5895 FOOD PANTRY Available to: residents of 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433, 77084 Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES 11265 Humeister Road, Houston 281-815-0162 www.cypressassistance.org the Angels’ Attic resale shop. “As our community begins to return to a new normal, many people will need a helping hand,” she said in a press release.

Local nonprot Cypress Assistance Ministries reopened all assistance programs on April 29 to help alleviate the nancial eects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ocials said. Safety proto- cols such as social distancing remain in eect to protect clients, sta and volunteers. CAM’s food pantry altered its hours in early April to better reach families in need of essential items. Director of Development Janet Ryan said the demand for food pantry services grew 450% during the pandemic. Individuals living in ZIP codes 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433 and 77084 can bring identication and proof of residence to receive food in a drive- thru format Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Financial assistance is available for individuals who lost income during the pandemic and are residents of ZIP codes 77065, 77095, 77429 or 77433. The organization’s Operation Jobs program is also helping newly unemployed individuals in any ZIP code prepare to nd work. Ryan said CAM is calling on the community to donate money, volunteer hours and items to stock

Cy-Hope partnerswithHouston Food Bank to feed thousands of families Cy-Hope sta and volunteers help distribute food in partnership with the Houston Food Bank at the Houston PremiumOutlets. (Courtesy Cy-Hope)

BY DANICA SMITHWICK

lost revenue sources during this time, including spring fundraisers, having the Hope Chest Resale Market close for several weeks and closing event spaces for rentals, according to a GoFundMe page that raised nearly $7,000 as of May 12. The Hope Chest reopened in early May to 25 customers at a time, requiring shoppers to wear face masks at all times. Cy-Hope counseling services reopened in-person appointments May 4. CYHOPE 12715 Telge Road, Cypress 713-466-4673 www.cy-hope.org

During the coronavirus pan- demic, Cy-Hope has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to provide volunteers for ve “mega food distribution” events in Cypress as of May 13. Executive Director Lynda Zelenka said volunteers served 16,400 families during the rst three events alone. The organi- zation has also organized blood drives and transitioned counseling services to a virtual format to continue to support mental health in Cy-Fair. In addition to having services such as some summer program- ming come to a halt, Cy-Hope has

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