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SBISD Community Engagement team sorting donated kits from Volunteer Houston


Since 1974, Volunteer Houston has connected individuals, organizations and companies to nonprofit agencies to transform communities for good through volunteerism. 

Students in Spring Branch ISD were the beneficiaries of the work of 150 volunteers from five companies who donated supplies and heir time during January’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to package education, hygiene and COVID-19 safety kits.  Each kit included a personal note to the student from the volunteer who packed it.

“This year, our goal was to engage corporate partners to develop and assemble kits designed to build capacity to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a ‘Beloved Community,’” said Gayla Wilson, program manager for Volunteer Houston.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 

“We are so appreciative of the many organizations that took time to gather volunteers, purchase kit items and pack the kits,” said SBISD Coordinator of Community Services and Mentoring Programs Mary Pizana. 

SBISD Community Engagement team members sorted the more than 675 kits for delivery to students at 20 schools.
The students who received the kits not only benefited from the volunteers’ generosity, but also will realize there are people in the community who care and have hearts for service; a true life lesson. 


If you or your organization would like to contribute items for SBISD students, please contact


Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications


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