Giving Goes Glam Announces 2019 Event

Giving Goes Glam Announces 2019 Event

THE WOODLANDS, TX (November 21, 2018) — Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands are pleased to announce CHI St. Luke’s Health as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon, as well as Event Chairs Nicole Murphy and Emily Wilcox. The highly anticipated 8th annual event will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, April 5, 2019.

“Nicole and Emily are both deeply entrenched within this community, sharing their time and talent with many philanthropic endeavors. We are thrilled that they will be lending their expertise to Giving Goes Glam, leading an energetic and creative committee of 50 volunteers. This year is certain to be an event to remember, whose far-reaching effects will be making a difference in the lives of many families, seniors, women and children in need,” said Jennifer Colerick, Junior League of The Woodlands’ President.

The event will include a New York–style runway show highlighting fashion provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. The perfect combination of fashion, philanthropy and friendship, Giving Goes Glam’s proceeds benefit the missions of both organizations, providing programs and services for the South Montgomery County community.

“JLTW shares our commitment of service to our neighbors by providing assistance programs, educational outreach and general support for organizations, families and individuals,” shared Missy Herndon, Interfaith of The Woodlands’ President & CEO. “The heart and dedication from both groups is what drives the success of this event year after year. Since 2012, we have raised over $1.4 million, which goes directly to those that need a helping hand. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support we receive from our donors who make this possible, and to CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands for their ongoing commitment to both organizations.”

For sponsorship opportunities or further 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.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency celebrating its 45th year of providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands community 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 Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, 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 The Junior League of The Woodlands, please visit jlthewoodlands.org

(l-r) Nicole Murphy and Emily Wilcox, Event Chairs of Giving Goes Glam; Jim Parisi, President of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands; Diane Pardew Freeman, VP and CNO of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands; and Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Event Chairs, Emily Wilcox (left) and Nicole Murphy (right), at Saks Fifth Avenue in preparation for the New York–style runway show at Giving Goes Glam.

INTERFAITH INVITES COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE THROUGH HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAMS

The Woodlands, TX (Wednesday, October 24, 2018) — As the Holiday Season quickly approaches, Interfaith of The Woodlands is preparing to serve families and seniors in crisis through their annual Holiday GIVING programs. “Each year, nearly 6,000 individuals depend on Interfaith during the holidays,” says Missy Herndon, Interfaith President and CEO. “These are families who work hard, but just need extra help. Providing assistance to all in need has been a long-standing tradition at Interfaith for over 45 years. We are blessed that our community has continued to support these efforts through serving, donating and volunteering.”

Interfaith’s Holiday GIVING programs rely on community generosity to be able to serve others, each program offering a unique way to get involved. The Holiday GIVING programs include Adopt-a-Family, Holiday Toy Drive, and Gifts for Seniors. The Adopt-a-Family program provides requested gifts to families who have been adopted by local community members. The Holiday Toy Drive offers businesses and individuals an opportunity to collect toys and gifts for children of all ages. Families requesting assistance are able to choose items for their children from the incredible assortment of donated toys, which are set up at The Woodlands Fire Department central location on Grogan’s Mill Dr. New toy donations are being accepted at the Interfaith office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Monday, November 26.

Gifts for Seniors provides gifts to senior neighbors who are in need or alone for the holidays. Various volunteer groups hand-deliver these gifts. The culmination and highpoint of the GIVING program for seniors is the annual Holiday GIVING Dinner, with Carols by Candlelight, where over 400 senior adults come together to share a meal and participate in caroling and other festive activities.

Additionally, all individuals and families enrolled also receive food from the Interfaith Food Pantry to prepare a holiday meal and a clothing voucher from the Hand Me Up Shop for winter clothes.

Businesses, organizations and individuals will all have the opportunity to come together to donate time, food and gifts. Interfaith invites everyone to help their neighbors, as even the smallest gift or donation makes a difference during the holidays for families in crisis. Additionally, Interfaith is thankful to Waste Connections for their commitment to donating bikes once again from their annual Bike Build.

Lucy Gomez, VP of Programs, shares, “We are looking forward to the Holiday GIVING Program once again this year. The families and seniors light up with appreciation. This community has always shown such commitment to giving, and we believe they will again this year. Due to their generosity, together we will be able to meet the needs of families and seniors this holiday season.”

To learn more about Interfaith of The Woodlands and how to get involved and help support their Holiday GIVING and other programs, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org/holidaygiving

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, 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.

Collection of toys and gifts for children of all ages.

Senior adults enjoy a holiday-themed meal served by volunteer Lorrie Parise of Howard Hughes Corp.

Waste Connections donated much-needed bikes to families for the Holiday GIVING 2017 Toy Drive.

Interfaith Honors Hometown Heroes and Celebrates 45 Years of Caring

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Monday, October 8, 2018) — The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, themed “45 Years of Caring,” welcomed 750 guests at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center Saturday, October 6.

The 19th annual event, co-chaired by Shirelle Chimenti and Elvira Graham, was dedicated to honoring the 2018 Hometown Heroes and celebrating Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 45th Anniversary. This year’s event raised $750,000 for crisis assistance in South Montgomery County.

Upon arrival, guests entered a beautifully lit ballroom filled with photos depicting Interfaith’s legacy of caring since it began in 1973. 11-year old harpist Elizabeth Howard entertained the guests with beautiful music while they enjoyed the silent auction and cocktail reception.

Rob Johnson, President of Interfaith’s Board of Directors, welcomed guests alongside Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and celebrated Honorary Co-Chairs, Ann and Jerry Snyder.

During the evening’s program, Rev. Don Gebert, Founding Executive Director of Interfaith of The Woodlands, received The Mitchell Award in honor of his more than 40 years of service to The Woodlands Community. Alex Sutton, Co-President of The Woodlands Township, bestowed the honor on Gebert on behalf of The Mitchell Family. Gebert remarked, “We belong to each other! The bottom line of life is not strife, but love! That vision caused residents of every faith under the sun to rise up & reach out in service through Interfaith.”

Since 1999, Interfaith has recognized local heroes in the community by presenting them with the title of Hometown Hero. Touching videos played on the screens, reflecting their contributions in making a difference in the community. Congressman Kevin Brady presented each hero with a medallion and a Congressional Commendation. This year’s recipients were Dr. Joel Reed, Robert Heineman, Patti Rivela, Steve Leakey, Mrs. Brynn Ballard Huntsman and Mr. Peter Riley Huntsman, Entergy Texas Inc. and Junior League of The Woodlands.

The event offered fantastic live and silent auctions, featuring numerous excursions and unique items. Mark Pharo Extraordinary Jewels provided a 24 karat gold necklace featuring 16 multi-colored gemstones that one lucky winner claimed.

Interfaith typically serves 1,100 clients in crisis monthly, with those numbers expected to increase as the Holiday Season approaches. Gala guests were among the first to view a video testimony from a client who fell on hard times and utilized the many programs and services at Interfaith to help her and her family get back on their feet. The impact of this storytelling was felt throughout the room as attendees were asked to lend their support. As each guest made a donation, they were handed a candle that was raised in homage to the thousands of clients Interfaith has assisted since opening its doors in 1973.

“We live in a community filled with incredible people,” says Herndon. “For 45 years Interfaith has walked alongside our neighbors in crisis. Sometimes it is a family dealing with a devastating medical diagnosis, a single parent coping with an unexpected job loss, or hundreds of our neighbors struggling after a natural disaster. No matter the magnitude, we step in to help families rebuild. Being able to offer hope in the midst of devastation is only possible through the generous donations we are blessed to receive. We are forever grateful to our donors.”

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, 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.

Alex Sutton, Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, presenting the Mitchell Award to Reverend Don Gebert, Executive Founder of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Congressman Kevin Brady, Interfaith President and CEO, Missy Herndon, Interfaith Board Chairman Rob Johnson with 2018 Hometown Heroes.

Over 750 guests gathered at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention center

2018 Interfaith Staff

INTERFAITH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Woodlands, TX (Friday, September 7, 2018) — The Board of Directors for Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic are pleased to announce the appointments of Holly Mayer, Director of Programs and Services, and Carolyn Donovan, Director of Development. Both women bring a combined total of over 30 years of service and nonprofit experience to the Senior Leadership team that will lead Interfaith as it moves into its 45th year of serving South Montgomery County.

“Holly and Carolyn join a group of dedicated and experienced leaders who are committed to Interfaith’s mission and the leading of over 350 employees and the many communities we serve,” said President and CEO, Missy Herndon. “A leader at Interfaith is asked to not just come to work; they are asked to focus on serving the people of our community, and for our team, that is a passion. This is a calling and I am grateful that both of these amazing women answered the call.”

Holly Mayer is Interfaith’s Director of Programs and Services, a position that was previously filled by Lucy Gomez, who was promoted to Vice President of Programs in May. Mayer has served at Interfaith for six years working as Volunteer Manager and on the Senior Services team, positions that required her to expertly cultivate relationships and resources in order to best serve the needs of both those serving and those being served. During her time at Interfaith, Mayer worked with all programs requiring volunteer resources and was instrumental in the organizing of the over 12,000 volunteers during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Her many years of nonprofit management and experience give her the ideal perspective to take on the role of Director of Programs and Services.

Mayer has lived in The Woodlands since 1992 with her husband and three children. Prior to coming to Interfaith, she served for many community, church, and school committees and was named a Montgomery County Woman of Distinction in 2008. She has served as a Board Member of NOAH (The National Organization of Albinism and Hypopigmentation), as President of National Charity League The Woodlands Chapter and currently serves on the Board for The Woodlands Lions Club.

Mayer says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving The Woodlands in this new role. My years at Interfaith have deepened my commitment to the programs and services that Interfaith offers and how they change the lives of local people.”

Carolyn Donovan joins Interfaith of The Woodlands with a wealth of nonprofit management experience spanning a 17-year career working with educational, healthcare and social service organizations. Her track record of successful strategic planning, program development and donor cultivation has prepared her well to lead Interfaith’s Development efforts. From working on capital campaigns to leading annual events and fundraising efforts, Carolyn’s emphasis has always been on connecting donors with the mission of the organization.

Donovan says, “I am honored and humbled to be a part of the team responsible for carrying on Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 45-year legacy of helping our neighbors in need. In my short time with the organization, I have seen first-hand how lives in crisis became lives blessed with assistance and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Our loyal donors make miracles happen every day and I am thrilled to work alongside them, continuing the tradition.”

Prior to joining Interfaith, Carolyn served as a Corporate Market Director with the American Heart Association and as Development Manager for Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Carolyn and her family have lived in The Woodlands for ten years.

In regards to these new additions to the Senior Leadership Team, Herndon has this to say: “As we move into our 45th year of service, we are assembling a leadership team that will continue our mission to build a more loving and caring community through service, and Carolyn and Holly both bring the veteran skills and ideas that will help us grow within our community. Interfaith is well equipped to continue our commitment to serving the people 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 the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, 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.

Holly Mayer

Holly Mayer, the new Director of Programs and Services at Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Carolyn Donovan

Carolyn Donovan, the new Director of Development at Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Day of Caring Announcement

Interfaith celebrates 45 year anniversary with community-wide food drive

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Thursday, August 30, 2018) — How amazing is it that a man had a vision to create an organization, in his brand new community, whose sole purpose was to build community? That is exactly what The Woodlands Founder, George P. Mitchell, created in The Woodlands Religious Communities, Inc., known as Interfaith of The Woodlands, in 1973.

On October 5, 2018, Interfaith of The Woodlands will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a Day of Caring: A Community-Wide Food Drive in the parking lot of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

The goal? To do what Interfaith of The Woodlands does best: bring together neighbors representing the spiritual, corporate, school, civic, families and individuals of our community in the name of service, to help our neighbors in need and celebrate the past, present and future of our beloved Interfaith.

“Our history as the ‘hometown nonprofit’ has been full of caring about our neighbors through service. This celebration is about the past, but it’s about our future too. We thought the best way to celebrate these 45 years was to go back to our mission: care. Naturally, a food drive is what came to mind. Everyone can give a can of food,” says Missy Herndon, Interfaith’s President and CEO, on developing the celebration observance plans.

Interfaith will host a community-wide food drive with a goal of raising 45,000 pounds of food in honor of its anniversary.

“We want this to be a big birthday party, one where our neighbors do what they’ve always done, which is gather to help each other. Our mission is based on caring and building a more loving community through service, and we continue to do just that as we honor the past 45 years,” Herndon says.

The upcoming celebration will feature local businesses, community leaders, volunteers and staff, all working together to collect food for Interfaith’s food pantry. Interfaith is inviting anyone to participate, as the food panty serves over 18,000 individuals on average annually.

Items can be delivered at Interfaith Central, at 4242 Interfaith Way, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’re hoping to see a caravan of people, just like during Harvey, as neighbors lined up our street to donate and give back,” Herndon says. Any interested parties may go to woodlandsinterfaith.org/dayofcaring for information on how to participate or just show up on October 5.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, 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.

 

2018 Interfaith Staff

2018 Interfaith Staff

 

Missy Herndon and Rev Don Gebert

(l-r) Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, standing with Rev. Don Gebert, Interfaith’s First Executive Director.

 

Rob Johnson serving Thanksgiving Meal

Rob Johnson (left), Board Director of Interfaith of The Woodlands, serves a complete Thanksgiving meal to senior adults at the South County Community Center.

Kits 4 Kidz Distribution

Over 2,100 Local CISD Students Received School Supplies from Interfaith of The Woodlands

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Tuesday, August 14, 2018) — With the start of the 2018–2019 school year, Interfaith of The Woodlands served nearly 2,150 local students and 682 families in total as part of their Kits 4 Kidz program. In addition to the required school supply kits, children also received a new backpack and a voucher for a back-to-school outfit to use at the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop. The efforts of Interfaith and its donors ensure that every child has the necessary tools for a successful school year.

This is the 34th year that Interfaith has been providing school supplies to area students. As many as 41 local schools have students that use Interfaith’s Kits 4 Kidz program for their school supplies. “Interfaith is a blessing to my family. Without this program, I’m not sure how I would be able to afford school supplies for my child,” an Interfaith client shared with Robert Reyes, Interfaith’s Program Coordinator in the Family Services department.

Interfaith’s President and CEO, Missy Herndon, says she was honored to serve these children. “By giving children the same school supply packs that the PTOs produce at the schools, we hope to ensure every child has the same opportunity for success in the classroom,” she says. “We are very thankful for the many Interfaith volunteers and donors who played an integral role in the success of this program.”

Families signed up in advance to order grade and school specific supplies; however, Interfaith also served anyone who missed the registration. Through late distribution, an additional 321 children and 123 families were able to choose miscellaneous school supplies and a new backpack from community-wide school supply drives.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, 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.