INTERFAITH ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF LATOYA COLLINS

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Monday, March 21, 2022) —Interfaith of The Woodlands is pleased to announce the appointment of LaToya Collins, as Director of Human Resources. Collins has over 10 years nonprofit experience and 20 years of management and employee relations. She is a welcomed addition to the Senior Leadership team at Interfaith of The Woodlands.

“LaToya’s vast experience in nonprofit and human resources with a focus on employee relations, diversity and inclusion and building organizational culture aligns perfectly with the forward-looking vision for Interfaith,” said Missy Herndon, President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Prior to joining Interfaith, Collins was the Director of Recruitment and Selection for Northwestern Mutual – The Woodlands. She spent ten years working in the nonprofit sector in Executive and Human Resources leadership roles for Family Promise of Montgomery County and YES to YOUTH – MCYS, primarily dedicating her efforts towards serving homeless youth and their families. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, a Diversity and Inclusion for HR Certificate through Cornell University and recently completed the SHRM-CP Certification course through Rice University. Her career background extends from retail management to nonprofit, specifically focusing on employee relations and customer service.

Collins is a current board member for Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) and the acting Team

Lead for the Diversity and Inclusion Council for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the LMC Class of 2016, a proud LMC Alumni, and an active member of the Montgomery County community. Some of the organizations Collins has an ongoing volunteer relationship with include Education for Tomorrow’s Alliance (EfTA), Bears Etc., Sleep in Heavenly Peace – TX Montgomery Co., the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Collins is a former board member for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and a former advisory board member for the Community Assistance Center.

LaToya Collins, Director of Human Resources, Interfaith of The Woodlands shared, “It’s an honor and a true blessing to be doing the work that I love to do for an organization that I care deeply about. I’m beyond grateful to be able to work with and alongside an incredible and diverse group of people who inspire me daily in my personal and professional life, and I’m extremely thankful to have been so warmly welcomed to become part of the Interfaith team!”

Collins is married to her husband, Jeffery. Together, they share six children, nine grandchildren, and their cat, Carti. Collins enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being a helping hand to her community whenever needed.

About Interfaith of The Woodlands: Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit: woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

FIVE WHO SHARE AWARDS

Interfaith’s Season of Excellence began with the Five Who Share Awards Breakfast on Friday, February 25, with presenting sponsor Huntsman Corporation. Five outstanding individuals were honored for their service and dedication to the community. Over 200 guests gathered at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center to celebrate the honorees and support the hometown nonprofit, Interfaith of The Woodlands.

 

Missy Herndon, Interfaith of The Woodlands President & CEO and Will Murphy, Interfaith of The Woodlands Board Chairman, welcomed guests. Interfaith Board Vice Chair, Julie Mayrant served as emcee for this year’s event and Interfaith Chaplain, Dr. Daniel Hannon delivered the invocation. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady and Nelda Luce Blair assisted with the program. Guests also enjoyed a live music performance during breakfast performed by the Lone Star Jazz Trio.

 

The 2022 Service of Excellence awards were given to Chardelle Adelson, Constable Ryan Gable, Alison Henderson, Brian Pellon and Theresa Wagaman. Each honoree received a Commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Kevin Brady, 8th District of Texas. Missy Herndon, Interfaith President & CEO shared, “These five incredible leaders, helpers and visionaries represent the best of our community and are a vital part of the reason our neighbors in need are able to find a way out of their difficult circumstances.”

 

Interfaith’s Season of Excellence continues with The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala on Friday, April 1, 2022 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The themed event, Miracle of Interfaith, will honor the 2022 Hometown Heroes: Paula Klapesky, Walt Lisiewski, Tim Welbes, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and an anonymous recipient. For additional information, tickets and sponsorships, please visit hometownheroesgala.org.

 

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS ANNOUNCES 2022 HOMETOWN HEROES

The Woodlands, TX (Thursday, November 19, 2021) —Interfaith of The Woodlands is honored to announce the selection of the 2022 Hometown Heroes. The tradition of Hometown Heroes began in 1999, in celebration of The Woodlands 25th Anniversary. This year, four individuals and two organizations have been named to the distinguished list of Heroes, each recognized in a unique way for the lasting impact they have made on The Woodlands community.

Paula Klapesky, Walt Lisiewski, Tim Welbes, Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands and an anonymous recipient will officially join 140 other distinguished individuals, businesses and organizations as Hometown Heroes during The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala on Friday, April 1, 2022. Recognized for their many contributions to the community, these honorees have each demonstrated exemplary leadership and a dedication to preserving Mr. George P. Mitchell’s vision for The Woodlands community.

The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala will also pay a special tribute to the late Reverend Don Gebert. A member of the first class of Hometown Heroes, Gebert was also the Founding Executive Director of Interfaith of The Woodlands and worked closely with Mr. Mitchell to establish The Woodlands. In addition to these honors, the Gala will feature dinner, a live auction and an after party headlined by The Bucktown All-Stars.

“We are truly excited to bring our community back together at The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, after a two-year absence. This event is rooted in celebrating our hometown, as well as our neighbors who go above and beyond in service to others. The last two years have shown us the true importance of personal connections, not only for our well-being, but also for the growth and prosperity of our region. We look forward to celebrating all of our Hometown Heroes, while remembering those that have come before us, whose contributions have created this very special place we call home,” shared Missy Herndon, President & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Criteria for the selection of the Hometown Heroes includes: serving as a positive role model, having a history of volunteerism, sacrificing personal gain to achieve noble goals, exhibiting leadership and courage and embodying the values of The Woodlands community. Nominations are open to the community and presented to a selection committee comprised of previously awarded Hometown Heroes.

 The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for Interfaith of The Woodlands. Generously sponsored by dozens of local businesses and organizations, all proceeds benefit Interfaith’s community programs and services. For sponsorship opportunities or individual tickets, please visit hometownheroesgala.org or contact Carolyn Donovan, Interfaith’s Director of Development, at development@woodlandsinterfaith.org or at 832-615-8225.

Paula Klapesky

Since the third grade, Paula Klapesky knew she wanted to be a teacher. She found a way to lead any activity she was a part of, and by the time she was in college had set her sights on becoming a school principal.

After achieving her degree, Klapesky began her career as a 3rd grade teacher in Humble ISD.  Encouraged by her then Principal, she began working on a Master’s degree in educational administration. During that time, she met her future husband, who was a teacher and coach in Conroe ISD. Together, they completed graduate school and began a marriage that has endured for more than 33 years. Klapesky moved to Conroe ISD and taught at both the elementary and intermediate school levels before accepting the role of Assistant Principal at Collins Intermediate.  Next, she joined the team who would open Mitchell Intermediate School, serving as the Assistant Principal for two years, and then becoming the Principal, where she has led thousands of children through their 5th and 6th grade experience for the last 24 years.

Beyond her caring and nurturing nature, parents remark that Klapesky not only ensures that all students achieve academically, they also learn to believe in themselves and find the drive to reach their goals. Under her leadership, students are reminded that they must always be true to themselves, and always remember their neighbor while they set-out on the path of life. In today’s challenging environment, pre-teens are faced with challenges to their emotional health and social well-being. Paula Klapesky meticulously boosts these traits, while emphasizing a delicate balance between their extracurricular activities and academics.

Outside of school, Klapesky and her husband, Larry, raised three children in The Woodlands, where each attended schools within the Conroe ISD system. With her husband serving as an Assistant Principal at The Woodlands High School, both were actively involved in their children’s lives. Now her oldest and his wife live in the community. Her daughter-in-law is a teacher in the Conroe ISD, her daughter is graduating from college in December and hopes to pursue a career in education, too. Her youngest is a photographer, videographer, and entrepreneur in the making.

Klapesky’s next goal in life is to earn a Doctorate in Educational Leadership while continuing her role as Principal of her second home, Mitchell Intermediate School. Educational formats have changed quite a bit in the last 30 years, but Klapesky is bringing the same commitment to her coursework that she has brought to her students and family for the past three decades. She graduates in December 2023. Klapesky’s love for her profession is boundless, and she is proud to have spent a lifetime positively influencing her students. In a hometown that has given her and her family so very much, Klapesky intends to continue nurturing and shaping young minds to become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

Pictured: Paula Klapesky, 2022 Hometown Hero, with husband, Larry, family members, and Missy Herndon, President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands

Walt Lisiewski

After four years in the United States Navy, Lisiewski enrolled and graduated from the University of South Florida School of Engineering earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduating, he began his career in Engineering Construction.

Lisiewski was employed for 23 years with Brown & Root, Inc. working in the fields of design, construction, and maintenance of nuclear power and petro-chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, refineries, pipe lines, and other specialties.

He was recruited by Jacobs Engineering for the position of Sr. Vice-President, North America, Construction and Maintenance. Lisiewski continued his career at Jacobs Engineering in this capacity for 12 years. His many duties included management and responsibility for a workforce of over 5,000 professionals.

After 35 years and over 2,000,000 flight miles, it was time to retire. Lisiewski decided to dedicate his time in service to his community. Just a few of Lisiewski’s community service activities include: volunteering with Neighborhood Watch for the last 13 years, Director and Vice-President of Montgomery County, Municipal Utility District #1 (two terms), Chairman of Panther Creek Residential Design Standards committee, Panther Creek flea market, Chairman of The Woodlands Township – Development Standards Committee, The Woodlands Township 4th of July Parade, Panther Creek Village Association, One Water Task Force, Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church Men’s Club, Habitat for Humanity, Voter Awareness Council, Founding Member of Township Future and Insperity Golf Tournament volunteer, earning his 10 year pin for service.

Lisiewski and his wife, Louise, have been married 47 years. They have two adult children, two grandsons, and two grand-dogs. They have lived in The Woodlands for the past 32 years.

Pictured: Walt Lisiewski, 2022 Hometown Hero, with wife Louise and family

Tim Welbes

Tim Welbes and his wife, Peg, have made The Woodlands home since 1985, raising four children and welcoming eight grandchildren. A Houston native, Tim graduated from The University of Houston with a degree in Accounting and shortly thereafter, obtained his CPA certification. He began his career with Ernst & Ernst, working in their Houston office for five years, before accepting a role with a small CPA firm in Colorado.

Houston quickly called him back home where he took a role with John Pace Homes as a new home sales consultant, ultimately becoming the Chief Executive Officer for the company. This led him to Standard Pacific Homes, where he began as a Sales and Marketing manager, eventually earning a promotion to Houston Division Manager. This role required him to purchase home lots in the newly developed master planned community of The Woodlands. Through this work, he met with executives at The Woodlands Development Company and in 1985, accepted a position on their team and relocated his family to the community. This began a 36-year career that led him to serve as the Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Welbes’ work in The Woodlands has led him to serve on various Boards, including United Way of Montgomery County, The South Montgomery County YMCA, Interfaith of The Woodlands, The Montgomery County Community Foundation, The Greater Houston Builders Association. He has devoted countless hours to guiding not only these nonprofit organizations, but also ensuring that Mr. Mitchell’s vision for The Woodlands continues.

Pictured L-R: Jim Carman, President, Houston Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation; Missy Herndon, President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands; Tim Welbes, 2022 Hometown Hero, Peg Welbes; Robert Heineman, 2019 Hometown Hero; Lorrie Parise, Director of PR & Community Relations, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center

Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is one of two survivorship centers in the state of Texas, and the only one serving the greater Houston area. Founded in 2016, Canopy has provided free programs and services to cancer survivors, patients and their families, regardless of where they are in their journeys or where they are receiving treatment.

Their strong community connection and compassionate support system make it possible for Canopy to provide programs geared towards improving the health and quality of life of cancer survivors post-diagnosis. Led by a volunteer team of over 70 individuals, Canopy offers 75 programs each month ranging from Art Therapy, Cooking and Yoga classes to consultations with oncology nurse navigators, numerous support groups, and a salon for wig, breast prosthesis and bra fittings.

In five short years, Canopy has become one of the preeminent leaders in survivorship centers, welcoming guests from around the region to learn more about the culture and programming they have created. Canopy is pioneering the effort to change the conversation about what survivorship means, seeking to not only support individuals during their continued medical plans of care, but also caring for them spiritually and emotionally. Visitors to Canopy instantly find a second family to walk alongside each patient, caregiver and family member through one of life’s most challenging medical diagnoses.

Pictured L-R, Front Row: Catherine Giegerich, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center; Justin Kendrick, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center; Amanda Poole, Manager, Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center; Lucy Gomez, Vice President Programs & Operations, Interfaith of The Woodlands Back Row: Missy Herndon, President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands; Linda Nelson, Director of Business Development, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center  pictured with staff and volunteers.

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands has seen exponential growth since opening its doors in 2016. The expert pediatric care offered at this 74-bed hospital means patients don’t need to drive into the Texas Medical Center for top-tier treatment. It is the area’s first true, freestanding pediatric hospital designed, equipped and staffed exclusively to treat children and adolescents.

The 22-acre site includes the only pediatric Level IV trauma center in the north region of Houston, a recently recertified Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Texas Children’s Urgent Care Clinic. It is the first local pediatric hospital to receive accreditation by the American College of Radiology. The hospital is widely recognized for its state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery and care, and is home to more than 41 pediatric subspecialties including Cancer and Hematology, Bariatric Surgery, Infectious Disease and Sports Medicine. No other pediatric hospital in the country is a national medical partner of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, treating the unique sport-related ailments of high level, competitive athletes. Additionally, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is proud to have administered more than 32,000 COVID-19 vaccinations since January of 2021, following pediatric patient approval by the CDC.

Pictured L-R: Michelle Riley-Brown, President, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands; Ketrese White, Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands; Missy Herndon, President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

 

INTERFAITH ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY-WIDE HOLIDAY GIVING CAMPAIGN

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Monday, November 8, 2021) – As the 2021 holiday season approaches, Interfaith of The Woodlands is making plans to assist families, children and seniors in need through the annual Interfaith Holiday GIVING programs.

Interfaith invites our community to celebrate with the gift of giving by participating in the Holiday GIVING programs, each of which helps brighten the holiday season with gifts and food for our neighbors in need: Adopt-A-Family, Toy Drive, and Gifts For Seniors. Each program enables Interfaith, with the help of our generous community and volunteers, to meet the very specific needs of those in need this holiday season.

Adopt-A-Family program matches community sponsors to families in need of help. Interfaith provides a list of gift ideas for the sponsored family members. Holiday Toy Drive offers the community an opportunity to collect toys for children of all ages. Families requesting assistance are able to choose gifts for their children from a variety of donated toys. Gifts for Seniors program provides hand-delivered holiday gifts to senior adults, ages 62 and older, in need of holiday cheer.

Interfaith invites all community members to hold food drives and collect non-perishable items to fill our pantry shelves. This is especially a great time to collect holiday food items. Click here to see our Holiday Food Pantry needs. In addition, Interfaith will be accepting Walmart gift cards in $25 increments and grocery gift cards in $20 increments to distribute to our families and seniors for holiday assistance. If your business or organization would like to hold a food, toy or gift card drive, Interfaith can provide you with a list of suggestions.

“Each year, thousands of children and Seniors receive food, gifts and holiday cheer through Interfaith, donated by our amazing community,” said Missy Herndon, President and CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands. “Our goal is the bring people together in the name of service. We believe everyone deserves to celebrate the holidays, feel loved and cared for. Our programs and wonderful donors make that mission possible.”

For details on all Interfaith Holiday GIVING programs, including how to get involved, important dates and contacts, or for assistance, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org/holidaygiving or call 281-367-1230.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

INTERFAITH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Woodlands, TX (Thursday, September 16, 2021) —Interfaith of The Woodlands is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Huffine, as Co-Director of Programs and Services. Huffine has over 10 years of nonprofit experience and 25 years of management and project management experience. She will join current Director of Programs and Services, Holly Mayer, and is a welcomed addition to the Senior Leadership team who leads Interfaith as it moves into its 48th year of serving South Montgomery County.

“Jennifer’s extensive knowledge and hands-on approach to program development and execution, as well as her personal desire to meet the ever-growing and changing needs of our community, makes her an incredible fit to co-lead our efforts to provide every neighbor with essential, basic needs so they can live self-sufficiently,” shared Missy Herndon, Interfaith of The Woodlands President & CEO.

Prior to joining Interfaith, Huffine was the Director of Operations and Programs at Community Assistance Center and Marketing Manager at Montgomery County United Way. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and served on the Montgomery County Food Bank Impact Council and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Leadership Advisory Board. She is married to Michael Huffine and they have 5 children.

“I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic team of leaders here at Interfaith. The impact that this team makes within our community is incredible and I am honored to be a small part of that work,” said Jennifer Huffine, Interfaith of The Woodlands Director of Programs and Services. Her many years of experience give her the ideal perspective to take on the role of Co-Director of Programs and Services at Interfaith of The Woodlands that will further our mission of bringing people together to build and more loving and caring community through service.

About Interfaith of The Woodlands:
Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit: woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

GIVING GOES GLAM DONATES OVER 200 MEALS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS

The Woodlands, TX (August 30, 2021) The Giving Goes Glam virtual event benefiting Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands was held on Friday, August 27th. Sponsors and guests attended watch parties to view this year’s Giving Goes Glam with special remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Ian Ramirez, Co-chairs – Erin Doré and Brianna Masterson, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, Missy Herndon and 2020-2021 President of Junior League of The Woodlands, Jennifer Sheehan. Presenting Sponsor St. Luke’s Health and Exclusive Automotive Sponsor, SEWELL Automotive Companies, were joined by dozens of other generous businesses and individuals who made this event possible. Many sponsors and guests chose to graciously donate over 200 meals to local hospitals. Meals prepared by The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center were delivered to Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, St. Luke’s Health and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

Ticket holders enjoyed a New York–style runway show highlighting the latest fashion trends by Saks Fifth Avenue, styled by renowned Houston fashion event producer, Lenny Matuszewski and Senior Fashion Stylist, Tamara Klosz Bonar. Special highlights of the show were the 12 community models, each celebrated for their exemplary volunteerism and service on behalf of Interfaith and Junior League. Jennifer Bulovas, Carol Durkee, Alison Judge, Michelle Little, Chad Miller, Kathryne Pruitt, Katie Schonert, Brooke Schmitt, Mike Seder, Lonny Soza, Rikki Speck and Blake Wilcox were honored for their long-standing commitment to various philanthropic activities throughout the region.

The Woodlands “hometown” social service organization, Interfaith of The Woodlands, continues its tradition of helping our neighbors in need through extensive programs, services, and projects directly developed out of community need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For information on Junior League of The Woodlands, please visit jlthewoodlands.org or call 281-376-5754.

LOCAL AGENCIES JOIN FORCES TO HELP STUDENTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

THE WOODLANDS, TX – (August 3, 2021) Community Assistance Center and Interfaith of The
Woodlands joined forces last Saturday for a Back to School Event at The Ark Church in Conroe, TX.
Hundreds of cars lined the parking lot while families waited for school supply packs for grades
Pre-K – 12th. Volunteers for The Ark Church along with staff from both nonprofits distributed
1,379 school supply packs, backpacks and snacks to children in Montgomery County.


As families continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or just struggling to make ends
meet, the school supply assistance through Community Assistance Center and Interfaith of The
Woodlands provided children the confidence to start the 2021-2022 school year prepared.
“I am grateful to a community of caring neighbors and donors who continue to support our efforts
to help families in need,” said Missy Herndon, President and CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands.
“Between their support, and the collaboration with Community Assistance Center and The Ark
Church, nearly 1,400 children in our County will be able to start school, prepared for success, like
their peers. I am so proud of the teams who came together to make this endeavor possible and
look forward to growing the event in the coming years.”
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Interfaith of The Woodlands and the Ark
Church for this Back to School distribution! We are focused on strengthening our collaborative
efforts throughout Montgomery County and this has been a great start to reaching our goal of bringing many more entities together next year in efforts to provide County wide event for
students and their families to receive all the help and resources they need to start the school year
off ready for success,” shared Jennifer Landers, Executive Director of Community Assistance
Center.
About Community Assistance Center:
Community Assistance Center has proudly served Montgomery County since 1981. They are a
non-profit 501(c)(3) social services organization that provides basic needs services and long-term
case management to individuals and families throughout Montgomery County who are struggling
through times of financial hardships. For more information, visit cac-mctx.org or call 936-539-
1096.
About Interfaith of The Woodlands:
Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social service agency providing numerous programs
and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information on
Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit: woodlandsinterfaith.org
or call 281-367-1230.

GIVING GOES GLAM ANNOUNCES 2021 EVENT

THE WOODLANDS, TX (July 29, 2021) — Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands are thrilled to announce the return of Giving Goes Glam, a Fashion Show and Luncheon, on Friday, August 27, 2021. Presenting Sponsor St. Luke’s Health and Exclusive Automotive Sponsor, SEWELL Automotive Companies, are joined by dozens of other generous businesses and individuals who make this event possible year after year. Guests to the event will enjoy a New York–style runway show highlighting the latest fashion trends by Saks Fifth Avenue, styled by renowned Houston fashion event producer, Lenny Matuszewski and Senior Fashion Stylist, Tamara Klosz Bonar.

 

Special highlights of the show are the 12 community models, each celebrated for their exemplary volunteerism and service on behalf of Interfaith and Junior League. Jennifer Bulovas, Carol Durkee, Alison Judge, Michelle Little, Chad Miller, Kathryne Pruitt, Katie Schonert, Brooke Schmitt, Mike Seder, Lonny Soza, Rikki Speck and Blake Wilcox will be honored for their long-standing commitment to various philanthropic activities throughout the region.

Along with their planning committee, event co-chairs, Erin Doré and Brianna Masterson, are looking forward to bringing the community back together after an especially challenging 18 months. The perfect combination of fashion and philanthropy, Giving Goes Glam proceeds benefit the missions of both organizations, providing programs and services for the North Harris and South Montgomery County communities.

“In a year when everything felt different, the strength and dedication of Junior League of The Woodlands remained constant to motivate, inspire, and going all in with recruiting, engagement, and raising vital funds to assist our community partners. The League is so grateful for the support of both our Members and community and look forward to recognizing those who have done so much to bring our Mission to life,” adds Jennifer Sheehan, Junior League of The Woodlands Immediate Past President.

Missy Herndon, President & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands shares, “Giving Goes Glam has been a marquee event in The Woodlands since 2012, and like most all social events, was not held in 2020. This year’s event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with gratitude the incredible community spirit that surrounds Interfaith as we continue to feed our neighbors and keep families in their homes. We are tremendously grateful for the support from our generous volunteers, friends and neighbors and the impact this event continues to have on our neighbors in need.”

For sponsorship opportunities, guest tickets or more event details, please visit givinggoesglam.org or contact Carolyn Donovan, Interfaith of The Woodlands’ Director of Development, at development@woodlandsinterfaith.org or 832-615-8225.

The Woodlands “hometown” social service organization, Interfaith of The Woodlands, continues its tradition of helping our neighbors in need through extensive programs, services, and projects directly developed out of community need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For information on Junior League of The Woodlands, please visit jlthewoodlands.org or call 281-376-5754.

WASTE CONNECTIONS GOLF CLASSIC FOR KIDS DONATES $100,000 TO HELP FUND PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

THE WOODLANDS, TX – (June 9, 2021) Interfaith of The Woodlands is a grateful beneficiary of the 13th
annual Waste Connections Golf Classic for Kids, receiving $100,000 to fund basic needs assistance
services for children and families in South Montgomery County. The gift comes to Interfaith of The Woodlands during a time of expected high community need, as families continue to rebuild after the winter storm, recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and enter the summer months.

“Summer is a challenge as many families with children struggle to provide daily meals, snacks and
supervised care when students are not in school. This generous gift from Waste Connections will help
feed food-insecure families and keep them in their homes with rent/mortgage and utility payment
assistance. These funds will also support the Kits 4 Kidz School Supplies Assistance Program providing
supplies and backpacks for the new school year and support Interfaith’s weekend nutrition program for
students when they return to the classroom. We are deeply grateful for Waste Connections’ continued
support of our goal to support families in need in our community,” shared Missy Herndon, President &
CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Interfaith’s Kits 4 Kidz School Supplies Assistance Program recently kicked off its community drives,
collecting supplies and backpacks to prepare to support more than 2,000 students as they return to
school in August. The Interfaith Food Pantry Program continues to support over 500 local families each
month with groceries to make 4-6 meals, toiletries, paper goods, cleaning products, baby care items
and produce from the Veggie Villages.

“For the past 13 years, our vendors, employees and volunteers have united together in support of this
event, raising critical funds for dozens of worthwhile organizations. We are truly grateful for their
continued generosity and humbled by the positive impact on the lives of so many children and families
throughout Montgomery County because of this Tournament,” shared Michelle Little, Executive
Director with Waste Connections.

About Waste Connections:
Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste
collection, transfer and disposal services, along with resource recovery primarily through recycling
and renewable fuels generation. The Company serves more than seven million residential,
commercial and industrial customers in mostly exclusive and secondary markets across 43 states in
the U.S. and six provinces in Canada. Waste Connections also provides non-hazardous oilfield waste
treatment, recovery and disposal services in several basins across the U.S., as well as intermodal
services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest. For more
information, visit Waste Connections at www.wasteconnections.com.

About Interfaith of The Woodlands:
Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social service agency providing numerous programs and
services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information on
Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit: woodlandsinterfaith.org or
call 281-367-1230.

THE WOODLANDS CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE GALA IS SET FOR OCTOBER AND NOW ACCEPTING HOMETOWN HERO NOMINATIONS

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. After a difficult year, the Gala returns to honor our Hometown Heroes and recognize the contribution by so many that has made The Woodlands the vibrant community it is today. The event was created in 1999 in conjunction with The Woodlands’ 25th Anniversary where Mr. George P. Mitchell inducted the first class of Hometown Heroes. Since that time, 139 individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations have received the honor. “The Woodlands has been blessed with dynamic visionaries who have not only contributed to its economic development, but who have also given much of their time in service to others,” remarked Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands. “The past twelve months have created numerous challenges for so many; and as result, Interfaith has served a record numbers of individuals and families who are facing unemployment for the first time in their lives. Through the generosity of this community, each client has received the help they needed and the encouragement to begin a new journey. Through all of the difficulties, we have witnessed acts of kindness each and every day, making this year’s Gala a fitting tribute to our tight knit community.” Together with Interfaith’s Board of Directors, led by Chair William H. Murphy, Gala Co-Chairs DeAnn Guidry and Nicole Murphy are planning a heartfelt evening, celebrating the newest Hometown Heroes, and honoring the compassion the South Montgomery County has shown to its neighbors throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hometown Hero nominations are open through 5:00 pm on Monday, May 31st. The nomination form, along with The Celebration of Excellence Gala details, can be found at hometownheroesgala.org.  Nominations can be submitted online, digitally to nominations@woodlandsinterfaith.org or mailed to Hometown Hero Selection Committee, c/o Interfaith of The Woodlands, 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX  77381. Questions on nominations or the Gala can be directed to Carolyn Donovan, Director of Development, at development@woodlandsinterfaith.org or 832-615-8225.


Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

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