School Readiness Fair
Every year at
the beginning of August, my office, along with the Northside Health and
Resource Committee, hosts the Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn North Side Health and Resource Fair in Houston’s Near Northside community.
Highly successful, this event grows in attendance every year. Last year, with
over 1,500 people in attendance, we were able to give away 1,250 backpacks
filled with school supplies to area children and teens. In addition to the
backpacks and school supplies, participants can also benefit from free
immunizations, health screenings, and giveaways. Attendees also received
invaluable information on resources available through local non-profits and
social service agencies.
was created to help families fill in the gaps that may stand in the way of a
child's ability to attend school fully prepared and able to learn. It is
organized by the Northside Health and Resource Committee which is made up of my
office, Wesley Community Center, Community Health Choice, Harris County
Hospital District, De Madres a Madres and Summit Dental Center. In addition to
these groups, various local companies, organizations, and individuals provide
sponsorship for the event, and we are always extremely grateful for their support
of this very worthy endeavor.
Preparations are well underway for our next Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn
North Side Health and Resource Fair which will take place on Friday,
August 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Leonel Castillo Community
Center, 2101 South Street. To help volunteer for the event, or to make a
donation, please contact the office at (713) 691-6912.
Fall Festival & Monster Mash
Every year around Halloween, my office in partnership with the
Houston Parks and Recreation Department, organizes two community Halloween
parties in District 148. The Monster Mash is held in the Near Northside and The
Fall Festival is held at Proctor Plaza Park. These events provide safe and fun
Halloween options for the community and offers food, candy, games, prizes, and
entertainment for children and their families at no charge. It also provides
neighbors a chance to meet and spend time together while having a good time.
Last year both events drew close to 1500 people from the community. Plans are
underway for 2014. To help volunteer for this event, or to make a donation,
please contact the office at (713) 691-6912.
Are you a student looking for an internship? Have extra time
in your schedule and would like to volunteer? Interns and volunteers are always
needed to help with various office responsibilities. Please contact my
office for current needs. Duties can range from community outreach, research,
coordinating events, answering phones, data entry or copying.