Last week, we asked our community to help gather supplies needed to help first responders in the Houston area recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Our #GenesisGivesBack team, along with Pure Religion, sent a loaded trailer to Houston full of the requested supplies. To everyone who answered the call to help us help those who put their lives on the line each and every day, we sincerely appreciate your support.
Texas NENA — The Texas Chapter of the National Emergency Number (9-1-1) Association — has reached out to Genesis with very specific requests for hard goods they desperately need. They have three distribution centers set up for Public Safety personnel in the Texas Hurricane Harvey Disaster zone that need our help now. They have specifically requested we help them only with the items that they need and nothing else. As a result, Genesis will not be able to accept or deliver anything that isn’t specifically on their list. At this time, they are not equipped to manage or distribute secondhand items, so donations need to be new items in easily distributable packaging. They asked that we not send “travel sized” containers of supplies (for example: tiny bottles of hand sanitizer or hotel shampoos).
Everyone needs a hero, especially children who are abused or neglected. Thank goodness, there are superheroes among us in the world. These heroes do not wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are just regular people with huge hearts. CASA® for Kids of East Texas is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children of Smith, Wood and Van Zandt Counties. One night a year, these non-caped crusaders gather their forces for “Justice is Served”. This annual gala event, which features food, entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, benefits CASA of East Texas so they may continue the vital work they do for the children of our community. Many of our civic leaders showed up — some of whom donned aprons in lieu of capes — and sprang into action, opening their hearts and checkbooks.
The Genesis Group is actively involved in initiatives that support, promote and enhance education in our community, which is why we have partnered with The Whitehouse Education Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to support educational excellence, promote innovation in teaching, enhance educational programs consistent with the goals of the District, and partner with the community to enrich the quality of education for all students in the District.
During Saturday evening’s fundraising event entitled “Celebration of Innovation: A Taste of Whitehouse”, in which The Genesis Group was recognized as a Diamond Sponsor, Genesis President Jim Nipp was announced as the incoming President/Chair of The WISD Education Foundation. The third annual event honored innovators of the year as well as grant recipients, and featured a variety of food items from local restaurants.
Resident Genesis software developer Yessika Guerra was part of a group of technology leaders who led over 40 area middle school girls in hands-on technology exercises. The event was called “STEM Like a Girl” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) held at The Discovery Science Place. The event allowed young girls to collaborate with women in the community who work in STEM related fields. Yessika’s group used a cipher wheel to decrypt coded messages.
Whitehouse High School student (soon to be Baylor Bear) and aspiring entrepreneur Joshua Lively sought mentorship from Genesis leadership. He spent time today with Phil Burks, CEO and Jim Nipp, President.
“One of our biggest joys at Genesis is building relationships with the next generation, and passing down our knowledge and experience to them.”
CEO, The Genesis Group
Whitehouse High School Business Professionals of America members gain real world experience through competitions. This is the fourth consecutive year Whitehouse students have advanced to compete at the national level. They will represent their school at the National Leadership Conference in Boston, MA this May. Genesis President Jim Nipp presented the Whitehouse Business Professionals with a donation on behalf of The Genesis Group. Investing in student endeavors is a big part of how Genesis gives back to our community, and we are proud to support these future leaders.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of East Texas held its annual auction event at the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk last evening. This also marks CASA’s 25th anniversary, and this year’s theme: Justice is Served. For the CASA for Kids of East Texas 2016 Justice is Served event, Genesis provided manpower and technology at the auction payment tables. In typical Genesis fashion, we worked hard and had a lot of fun. The event raised funds to further the work of CASA and its volunteers.
What started as a Summer trial run with Meals on Wheels in 2014 has turned into an ongoing weekly institution at Genesis. Meals on Wheels ensures that seniors have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility and resources are lacking. It gives us another opportunity to give back to our community, and we enjoy the friendly visits every week.
Our 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off went well and relatively injury free! Why have a chili cook off? We did it to raise money as well as collect canned goods for the East Texas Food Bank.
To date, there are over 456,000 East Texans who are at risk of hunger — many of whom are children and the elderly. In 2014, the Food Bank provided 20,200,000 meals to people right in our own backyard.