04 Oct Financial Support for School Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
A Note from the CEO
In the final week of August 2017, Mother Nature humbled us down here in the southern parts of Texas and in Louisiana via Hurricane Harvey. In the aftermath, we were thankful to learn that none of our employees, contractors, and related loved ones were significantly impacted. However, many more folks in these communities suffered devastating losses. Our hearts are broken from the loss of precious lives and we feel for those who have lost their homes and personal effects due to this storm.
Several of ATOM’s human resources engaged in relief and repair efforts to help those within our communities who have been impacted. Many of us have deep roots and ties to Texas and the city of Houston. This city has given us opportunities to build our careers and raise our families and we are forever indebted to her for it. It only makes sense for us to now step up and help out those in need in this time of distress.
We have witnessed individuals and businesses in our community and the country in general pitch in admirably to support victims of this disaster and to address their immediate needs and we are eternally grateful. We also noticed that school districts along the Texas coast have suffered significant damage. Some schools had recently started while others were right about to start when the storm hit. Many students, parents, and teachers have been personally affected and have also suffered losses of items necessary for the school year. Our core belief is that education is a key to success and getting kids back into the classroom is a top priority. Given all of this, we decided to focus our relief efforts on helping school districts get back up on their feet and running again.
ATOM Solutions is contributing $10,000 towards Harvey relief efforts to help some of the school districts deal with the impact of this storm in their communities Highlighted below are organizations where we have contributed. There are other similar foundations and organizations out there besides the ones listed below who still need help. If you have the means to help, we request you to please do so.
1) HISD Foundation – This organization works with the community to support teachers, students, and parents in providing students with a quality education. Information about them can be found at http://www.houstonidsfoundation.org/about-us. They are currenlty raising funds to help families of HISD recover from Harvey. The Houston Independent School District is the largest in Texas and the seventh largest in the U.S. It has over 215,000 students and over 75% are economically disadvantaged according to the statistics on their Web site. Schools were originally scheduled to open on August 28th. Some will open on the 11th of September and others will open later. The district is dealing with damaged schools and determining where to place students from these schools along with a myriad of other issues created by the storm. In the wake of the storm, the district announced three free meals a day to ALL HISD students for the entire school year and has recently announced events to distribute free uniforms to needy students. To make a donation, please visit http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281
2) Dickinson ISD Education Foundation – This foundation’s mission is to ensure that all students have successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. Their fundraiser page is https://www.facebook.com/donate/255258248301282/
3) Aransas County ISD Education Foundation – As we know, Rockport, Tx was one of the hardest hit areas on the coast. A note from their school district: “My name is Suzanne Ransleben, and I am Executive Director for the Aransas County ISD Education Foundation. Rockport Fulton schools in Aransas County Texas were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Rockport and Fulton were ground zero, and our five campuses have catastrophic damage. Buildings are missing, supplies gone. Many students, 65% of whom come from economically disadvantaged households, lost their homes. The whole community is working to restore power and help refugees, but for this storm, the damage was so immense that, as the saying goes, “it will take a village.” Any help you can provide will go to help rebuild our schools and furnish supplies.” To donate to this campaign please visit – https://www.gofundme.com/rockport-fulton-schools-hurricane
4) Humble ISD Education Foundation – This foundation helps the Humble ISD community by raising funds to help with initiatives which are not included in the budget. They are raising money for Harvey relief to help Humble ISD recover. Their fundraising site is http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Hurricane_Harvey
5) Spring ISD Education Foundation – Regions of Spring, TX experienced significant flooding. A note from their fundraiser “Please consider making a donation to the Spring ISD Education Foundation’s Harvey Relief Fund. All of the funds will be distributed to Spring ISD families and staff affected by the storm”. To donate to Spring ISD please visit – https://www.springisd.org/harveyrelief
6) Port Arthur ISD – The region of Port Arthur experienced flooding and PAISD sustained quite a bit of damage as a result of the storm. Checks for donations should be made out to Port Arthur ISD with a memo indicating Harvey Relief and may be sent via mail to PAISD Media/Communications Specialist P.O. Box 1388 Port Arthur, TX 77641
Texans are some of the most resilient people on the face of this planet. We may have been knocked down by this storm but we are getting back up on our feet. We will work hard to rebuild our cities and communities to be stronger and better than ever before. We are confident that our kids will continue to have a bright future in this region. #HarveyRelief #hoUStonStrong #TexasStrong #dontforgetaboutrockport