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Staff Council Food Drive Benefits Cougar Cupboard Extended to March 12th

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    Staff Council Food Drive

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    Staff Council held a Food Drive benefiting the Cougar Cupboard at the University of Houston. Faculty, staff, and students participated from February 8 to March 12, 2021. 

    Thank you to all who participated in Staff Council’s Food Drive. The Food Drive received 75 pounds of food for the Cougar Cupboard.

    A no-contact dropbox was located in front of the UH Cougar Cupboard Office at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

    Download a printable list of items needed and safety protocols.

    The Staff Council Food Drive was organized by the Staff Council Community Outreach (Ad Hoc) Committee.

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    About Cougar Cupboard

    Launched in January 2020, the Cougar Cupboard served more than 300 students who received more than 6,800 pounds of food before COVID-19 hit. When social distancing was first enacted, the program modified to begin providing prepared bags of food twice a week to more than 35 students a day before closing when the university shut down campus. The pantry reopened in June 2020 with curbside services for students.

    To contribute funds directly to the Cougar Cupboard, please visit the following website: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Wellness. In the comments section please be sure to put “Cougar Cupboard on behalf of the UH Staff Council”. 

    You can also contribute directly to the Cougar Cupboard by texting the word “wellness” to 71777.  “Cougar Cupboard on behalf of the UH Staff Council”. 

    Visit https://uh.edu/dsaes/cougarcupboard/ . Students can continue to enroll in the program through an online session. 

    Cougar Cupboard Food Scholarship Enrollment Session Sign-Up. 

     

Adopting Families for the month of December

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    2020 Holiday Initiative

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    Staff Council partnered with the University of Houston’s Third Ward Initiative to adopt a total of three families from Blackshear Elementary, Shape Community Center, and the family of our late UH staff member Mr. Renee Cantu who was in need.

    Eight UH staff members contributed a total of $255.00 to this initiative, which allowed us to purchase three $85.00 HEB gift cards and provide holiday gifts, to the Mason, London, and Cantu families and their children.

    Thank you for your continued support. Together we truly continue to make a difference in the lives of others!

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    About the UH Third Ward Initiative

    The Third Ward Initiative is first and foremost a collaborative partnership with the Third Ward community. University of Houston faculty, administrators, staff, and students from almost every academic college and administrative division will combine their intellectual talents and physical energies to forge a sustainable partnership that demonstrably improves the quality of life in our shared neighborhood by improving educational outcomes, securing jobs, developing and strengthening businesses, and celebrating the arts, culture, and history of the area. 

     

    This program is organized by the Staff Council Community Outreach (Ad Hoc) Committee.

Sock & Blanket Drive

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    2020 Sock & Blanket Drive

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    The 2020 Staff Council Sock & Blanket Drive benefited the Star of Hope Mission. The drive took place at UH Technology Bridge from Monday, December 14, 2020, through Thursday, December 17, 2020.

    This year's drive was by no-contact delivery allowing Staff Council volunteers to safely receive donated items by removing them from the trunk of vehicles. 

    60 bags and boxes of new and clean, gently used items were donated to the Star of Hope Mission this year. 

     

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    Download a printable list of items needed and safety protocols.

    Please make sure to adhere to the latest safety protocols and follow UH Visitor Protocols.

    This annual program is organized by the Staff Council Events Committee.

Thanksgiving Meals for Senior Citizens

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    Staff Council partnered up with the Houston Texans YMCA to provide a Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans, yams, and a mini bunt cake, to seniors who did not have family in the Houston area. 

    Thanks to the generosity of 60 UH staff members, the UH Staff Council Thanksgiving Meal Initiative for Senior Citizens raised $1,809.57 and provided 172 meals to senior citizens who are residents of Greater Third Ward.  

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    Seniors who were able to drive had the option to pick up the meal on Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the Houston Texans YMCA. Seniors who were unable to drive had their meals delivered to them.

    This program is organized by the Staff Council Community Outreach (Ad Hoc) Committee.

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