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.

WINTER STORM RECOVERY EFFORTS

 

As we look to open our doors tomorrow morning, we know that many of our neighbors are rebuilding after last week’s Arctic Blast.

This is a devastating situation for anyone, but even more so for our neighbors who live paycheck to paycheck. In addition to their usual first of the month expenses, affected individuals and families are facing their insurance deductible and mounting costs to replace damaged items. With your help, Interfaith will be able to bridge the gap by offering:

Financial Assistance for Rent, Mortgage or Utility Payments
Food Pantry Distribution
Grocery Store and Gasoline Gift Cards
Vouchers to our Hand Me Up Shop for Clothing and Housewares

Interfaith of The Woodlands is also working with United Way of Greater Houston, who has activated MCCARES, the Montgomery County long-term recovery group, providing additional resources to those in need. Additionally, the Interfaith team has continued their weekly wellness calls and grocery delivery for Senior Adults, ensuring they have everything they need during this time. Many in this group are still homebound, awaiting a complete COVID-19 vaccination.

For nearly 50 years, Interfaith of The Woodlands has served the South Montgomery County community through times of personal crisis, natural disasters, and economic downturns, because of the generosity of local businesses and residents. Thank you for always answering our call for help, preventing your neighbors from facing food insecurity or homelessness.

You can continue this legacy of service by using the link  to make a financial donation, or bringing a donation for the Food Pantry during 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Click here for the list of Food Pantry items needed.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling from the storm’s impact, please contact Interfaith at fs@woodlandsinterfaith.org or 281-367-1230.

As your Hometown Non-Profit for nearly 50 years, we stand ready to serve.

With much gratitude,

Missy Herndon
President & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands

COVID- Update from President and CEO

Dear Friends of Interfaith,

While crisis inherently incites fear of the unknown, I am always overwhelmed by the goodness of our community. You rise to the occasion despite the most difficult of circumstances and give with your heart, allowing Interfaith to serve our neighbors in need, with groceries from our Food Pantry and financial assistance to help with a portion of rent, mortgage, or utility bills.

During the month of March, your gifts allowed Interfaith to:

  • Serve 3,132 individuals through our Food Pantry; a 100% increase over March 2019
  • Provide crisis assistance to 1,853 individuals; a 30% increase over March 2019
  • Care for our Senior neighbors, increasing their grocery deliveries from monthly to weekly, as requested the need increases, Interfaith pledges to continue our weekly curbside Food Pantry distribution, feeding all families who ask for help.

Additionally, crisis assistance is provided all day, every day, by telephone. The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed our world in ways we never expected, but through it all, the spirit of our community remains strong.

Thank you for helping us fulfill our 46-year mission of building a more loving and caring community through service. I am humbled to serve alongside you and am deeply grateful for your steadfast generosity.

Thank you,
Missy Herndon
Interfaith President & CEO

How Can You Help?

  • FOOD DRIVES
    Non-perishable food donations accepted on: Wednesdays from 9-11am. Download food pantry list here.
  • DONATIONS
    All monetary donations will help fund crisis assistance efforts and provide food for individuals and families with job or wage losses. Make a Donation Online Here.

HOURS OF OPERATION

In an effort to reduce employee and client interaction, but continue serving at a level of excellence, please see the following changes in service:

  • Disaster Financial Assistance: BY PHONE (281)367-1230
    Monday – Thursday,  9am-4pm
  • Food Pantry Distribution: DRIVE-THRU ONLY
    Tuesday and Thursdays: 10am-3pm
    4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX 77381
  • For Senior Grocery Delivery or Resources:
    Please Call (281)367-1230
    Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm

Help Us Serve Home bound Seniors and Families in Crisis.

Dear Neighbor,
We are in unprecedented times, so forgive us as messaging and activities are continuing to evolve as we work hard to assess and meet community needs while still working very hard to keep our staff, clients and customers as healthy as possible.
Our goal is to continue to serve our neighbors in need to the best of our ability.
Interfaith is continuing:
  • Senior Grocery Delivery, moving it from monthly to weekly
  • Crisis assistance services (i.e. rent, mortgage, utilities, gas vouchers, and prescription assistance) for Seniors and Families
  • Food Pantry Assistance for families includes three Food Bags filled with groceries for 5 meals, plus snacks, toilet paper and baby goods if needed. Bags are distributed by driving through our parking lot.

Our biggest need in the coming weeks is funding to purchase specific and essential foods, toiletries and paper goods in bulk from local grocery stores and The Food Bank. This funding ensures we are able to meet the community’s current food needs, as well as providing financial assistance to families and Seniors who are experiencing wage loss or additional crisis as related to business and school closures.

Donations to these efforts can be made here.

In the days and weeks ahead, we anticipate an increased need as our community responds to the Pandemic. Just as we have for nearly 47 years, Interfaith plans to walk alongside our neighbors in need. We are able to do that with your partnership and support.
Thank you for caring, stay safe, and healthy.
Missy Herndon
President and CEO