In October 2010, Team El Paso volunteers worked for one week building a home for the Castillo family. Today, Habitat for Humanity and El Paso Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the family and their new home. Together with Habitat for Humanity, El Paso is able to help change lives and empower families by building homes. Team El Paso has built 13 homes in the Houston area. This truly is an example of being The Neighbor to Have.
Team El Paso stepped out of the office and into the classroom this week to take part in Junior Achievement’s “JA in a Day” program benefiting the students of Houston’s Kennedy Elementary. The school’s kindergarteners, first and second graders enjoyed personal stories and lessons shared and taught by El Paso volunteers.
As we wrapped up the day and bid our farewells, many of the volunteers commented on their experience as being rewarding and fulfilling. They knew they had not only made a lasting impression on their students, but the students in turn had made a lasting impression on each of them.
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Categories: Houston, Team EP, Uncategorized, Volunteer Efforts
The weekend of January 28-30 brought thousands of runners and an estimated 250,000 spectators to downtown Houston and along the route as part of marathon weekend and Houston’s largest single day sporting event. More than 200 El Paso employees participated in one of the races and hundreds volunteered throughout the weekend, as El Paso was proud to once again sponsor the EP5K. In spite of the threat of rain, EP volunteers showed up Friday and Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center to hand out registration packets and tee shirts, or to hand out information and runners safety lights at the huge El Paso dome. Joining Team EP in the dome were representatives from SEARCH Homeless Services, our Run for a Reason charity for 2011.
On Sunday, our volunteers greeted around 200 Team EP runners before and after the races at the EP dome, and handed out finisher medals to the nearly 4,000 EP5K participants at the finish line. There were a few light showers and some drizzle, but the weather held up and spirits were high at Team El Paso and across Houston after a very successful weekend.
Team El Paso recently donated a pre-owned utility vehicle to long time community partner Houston Habitat for Humanity. Houston Habitat needed a large cargo van to haul tools and supplies around town from its central warehouse to various build sites across the city and El Paso was able to help. For two decades, Houston Habitat has worked to eliminate substandard housing by helping our neighbors purchase simple, decent homes in which to live. To date, the local chapter has built approximately 800 affordable homes and served more than 2,700 people – half of whom are children. El Paso volunteers have helped construct 12 of those homes and look forward to another successful build in 2011.
The Houston office kicked off the annual Secret Santa initiative Thursday, November 11, 2010. Team El Paso committed to adopt 717 elementary students and 60 senior citizens from Houston’s near north side. We had nearly 800 gifts to purchase, wrap, and deliver by mid December. The presents were successfully distributed to the bright-eyed and giddy recipients. Six weeks, three Santas, and 660 volunteer hours later, we can safely say That’s a Wrap!
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STARS was established in 2002 with the goal of making higher education accessible to the students of South Texas. Since its beginnings, the STARS Scholarship Foundation of South Texas has helped local students obtain higher education at the college or university of their choice.
The STARS Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to qualified students of South Texas annually. STARS provides scholarships through a general application process, in which recipients are selected on a competitive basis of academic achievement, personal strengths, leadership and financial need.