Ignite Community Engagement

Information & Resources to Support Students & Families

The Read Every Day Initiative encourages students at Thrive/Ignite campuses to read independently every day. Studies show that consistent recreational readers tend to experience greater academic and career success. Your tax-deductible donation will go toward meaningful incentives that will spark a lifelong love of reading in students at all of our economically challenged campuses. In addition to prizes for participation, five of our most active readers will receive an Amazon Fire tablet thanks to your generosity.

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Need a fun activity to occupy your scholar for three days over spring break? Check out our Virtual Museum Days on March 16th through March 18th hosted in conjunction with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. Don't forget to attend the live Q&A session each night at 6:30pm. Log-in links are HERE.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Please click the links below for emergency rental assistance in your county.

FEMA Assistance Registration

FEMA is giving away $800 in food vouchers and assisting with home repairs. Call 800-621-3362 or go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to apply. The application process is very quick – likely about ten minutes.

You'll need the following to complete your registration:

  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Qualified Alien

  • Annual Household Income

  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)

  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)

  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Please see this article on FEMA.gov about how to avoid scams.

Immediate Winter Storm Resources

This list will be updated as resources are found throughout Texas.

Austin

Austin Disaster Relief Network is collaborating with four churches to provide showers and laundry to those without water. Residents who need access to these services can register for a time slot here. The following locations will open today and tomorrow to begin providing access to warm clean showers and laundry units – residents MUST sign up in advance through ADRN.org for a designated time slot before arriving at the locations:

    • OPEN STARTING TODAY 2/22/2021
      Northwest Austin: City Reach Church (3502 Hatch Road, Cedar Park 78623)
      Southwest Austin: Austin Oaks Church (4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin 78749)

    • OPEN STARTING TOMORROW 2/23/2021
      Northeast Austin: Our Savior Lutheran Church (1513 East Yager Lane, Austin 78756)
      Southeast Austin: Shoreline Church – South Campus (2008 Brandt. Rd., Austin 78744)

Crisis Cleanup Hotline for Central Texas Homeowners -- 1-800-329-8052

Homeowners can register for assistance through the “Crisis Clean Up” number until Tuesday, March 2

The “Crisis Clean Up” line will operate:

Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm

Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm


Distribution of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) in East Austin.

Mon. 2/22 and Tues. 2/23 from 1-6pm @ Millennium Youth Complex (1156 Hargrave Street)


United Way Food Distribution daily information can be found here.

For updated water distribution locations, please click here.

Natural Grocers will be providing free filtered water through Feb. 23. The company says to fill up on free water, customers will need to provide their own jugs or bottles and select stores will have an assortment for purchase. Then, customers will take their filled receptacle to the register. Each person will be limited to two gallons of water.

Click here to find your closest Natural Grocers store.

The Austin restaurant and brewery Batch is also giving away water at its East Austin facility, 3220 Manor Road.

Beaumont - Southeast Texas

Motiva Enterprise will be handing out more than 800 cases of bottled water at a contactless drive-thru event Friday, February 19, 2021, at 12 p.m. at the Port Arthur Downtown Pavilion at 600 Procter Street.

Victory Temple on 11th Street remain open for people needing shelter through Saturday. Volunteers are providing three meals a day and a shower to anyone who needs one.

Dallas-Fort Worth

For updated information regarding food and water distribution please click here.

North Texas Food Bank mobile pantry schedule is available here.

Gozova, a Fort Worth-based moving company, is delivering free firewood to anyone in need in the DFW Metroplex. The company is prioritizing people who are without power and unable to leave to pick up supplies themselves. If you're in need of firewood, just fill out this form on Gozova's website. The company is utilizing the help of volunteer drivers to ensure the firewood gets delivered to people as quickly as possible.

Full list of restaurants providing free hot meals click here.

Additional information available here.


Stewpot Dallas is feeding people at Bridge Homeless Recovery Shelter and the Dallas Convention Center @ 1221 Canton Street.

For additional information please call 214-746-2785 or click here.


Tarrant County Food Bank food distribution events

  • Monday, Feb. 22: Special Distribution Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Herman Clark Stadium.

Natural Grocers will be providing free filtered water through Feb. 23. The company says to fill up on free water, customers will need to provide their own jugs or bottles and select stores will have an assortment for purchase. Then, customers will take their filled receptacle to the register. Each person will be limited to two gallons of water.

Click here to find your closest Natural Grocers store.

Find a list of warming stations and shelters open across North Texas here.

Find a list of free food resources in the Dallas area here.

Galveston

For additional information on food and water distribution please click here.


Water distribution to residents will begin Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the following locations:

Parking Lot of Schlitterbahn @ 2109 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX

Island Community Center @ 4700 Broadway Avenue, Galveston, TX

Supplies distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Families of four will receive one case of water and families of five or more will receive two.


Houston/Harris County

For additional information on food and water distribution please click here.


Houston Food Bank resources available here.


Contact Katfish and Grits @ 713-528-8561

Limited meals available through donations from Houston Texans Charles Omenihu and Tytus Howard.

Leaders will be distributing bottled water to people who are not able to boil water Friday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Delmar Stadium at 2020 Mangum Road. The distribution event was supposed to begin at 11:30 a.m., but a city spokesperson said officials made the decision to move the start time up by an hour.

Other locations include (open times for some sites were not listed):

  • Greenhouse International Church: 200 Greens Road, 77067

  • New Faith Baptist Church N.E.: 8955 North Wayside Dr., 77028

  • Garden Oaks Church of Christ: 4926 North Shepherd Dr., 77018

  • Kingdom Builder Cathedral: 8146 East Houston, 77028

  • J Robinson, SR Community Center: 1422 Ledwicke, 77029

  • Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church: 3015 N MacGregor Way, 77004

  • Bethel Institutional Baptist: 5530 Selinsky, 77048

  • Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church: 7817 Calhoun, 77033

  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church: 8309 Brandon Street, 77051

  • Friday 11 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM): 10501 Meadowglen Dr, 77042

  • Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Church at the Cross: 3835 S. Dairy Ashford, 77082

  • Townwood Park: 3402 Simsbrook Drive, 77045

  • Fountain Life Center: 14083 S Main, 77035

  • Viet Alley Restaurant: 11210 Bellaire Blvd #133

Precinct 2

Starting at 10 a.m. six Harris County Precinct 2 Parks will host free water distributions. People must bring their own containers to fill with water which will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is a five-gallon limit per person. Note: since this water is sourced from the taps located at the parks, it is subject to the area’s boil-order notice to be safe for consumption.

The six parks that will have water available are Clear Lake Park (5001 NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586), Sylvan Beach Park (636 N. Bayshore Dr., La Porte, TX 77571), Bill Crowley Park (5100 Lauder Rd., Houston, TX 77039), Jim and Joann Fonteno Park (14350 ½ Wallisville Rd., Houston, TX 77049), Crosby Community Center (409 Hare Rd., Crosby, TX 77532), and Riley Community Center (808 1/2 Magnolia, Barrett, TX, 77532).

Precinct 4

The Precinct 4 team will be on hand this afternoon to distribute non-potable water to county residents in need from noon to 5 p.m. Supplies are limited to 10 gallons per person, and recipients must bring their own appropriate container (milk jugs, ice chests, etc.)

  • Burroughs Park – 9738 Huffsmith Road, Tomball, TX 77375.

  • Levy Park – 3801 Eastside St., Houston, TX 77098.

  • Humble Civic Center – 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338.

  • Barbara Bush Library – 6817 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379.

  • Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center – 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055.

Here are the food distribution sites:

Houston Women’s Shelter

Nan and Company Properties will be at the Houston Women’s Shelter at 1:30 p.m. Friday to provide 145 food plates to staff, residents, and Houstonians seeking shelter from this week’s winter storms. The location is at 1010 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77019.

Earlier, Nan and Company Properties had stopped by Gallery Furniture to provide 300 breakfast tacos at the 6006 North Freeway location for all those impacted by the winter storms.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Food Bank will have a Food and Water distribution event in Willis at 600 Gerald St. at noon on Friday. The event is first-come, first-serve.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Would you like to know how to incorporate habits to reduce stress at home that will also improve your child's results in the classroom?

Join us on February 11th in our next Winter Family Workshop and be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Echo!

Te gustaría saber cómo incorporar hábitos para reducir el estrés en casa que también mejorarán los resultados de tu hijo en el salón de clase?

¡Venga con nosotros el 11 de Febrero a nuestro próximo Taller Familiar de Invierno y participe en un sorteo para ganar un Amazon Echo!

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