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Community Service Programs

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Social Services
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Resource and Crisis Center
Contact: Marie Schwartz
Email: wrcc10@wt.net
Phone: 409-763-1441
Description: The mission of Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is to promote the safety and well being of women, men, children, and families and to advocate for the prevention of family violence and sexual assault.

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Contact: Marie Schwartz
Email: wrcc10@wt.net
Phone: 409-763-1441
Description: Voices for Children, a CASA program of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc, is a non-profit organization which provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers to work with the abused and neglected children in Galveston County. These volunteers are trained and supervised by a professional staff member.

American Heart Association
Contact: Ruth Finklestein
Email: finkelstein@i4ph.org and rfinkels@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-747-1247
Description: Each year, the American Heart Association relied on people just like you to help us reduce disability and death due to heart disease and stroke. There are many ways for you to volunteer your help. Consider joining us-- volunteers are at the heart of the American Heart Association and together we will make a difference. Contact your local office to get involved!

Red Cross of Houston
Contact: Rosie Flannigan
Phone: 713-526-8300
Description: Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross recruits and trains volunteers to help deliver services throughout an 18-county area. With the help of out dedicated volunteers the Red Cross is the preeminent provider of life saving services, including disaster preparedness, emergency social services, health and safety training. There are so many ways you can help save lives. Be a hero and get involved!

UTMB Blood Bank
Contact: Christy Hopkins
Email: cghopkin@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-772-6552
Description: Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch Blood Bank Donor Center, where you'll find information about donating blood and little known facts about blood donations. Please browse through our web site to find out inforation about whole blood donations, plateletpheresis, a schedule of blood drives and other interesting information.

Ronald McDonald House
Contact: Martha Steetle
Email: msteetle@yahoo.com
Phone: 409-737-3480
Description: The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a home-away-from-home for the families of children who are hospitalized for the treatment of serious and long-term illness. The house is more than a place to stay; as an alternative to an isolated hotel room, the families and children enjoy cheerful surroundings and the support of other families.

Galveston Island Infant Immunization Initiative
Contact: Ruth Finkelstein
Email: finlelstein@i4ph.org and rfinkels@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-747-1247

Children's Healthcare Coalition
Jessica Allen
Co-Director: Kyler Elwell
Mission Statement: The organization aims to bridge healthcare disparities, provide children access to healthcare programs, educate healthcare workers, and increase UTMB community involvement. (Works with the elementary schools and community agencies to physically help parents register their children for CHIP and Medicaid.)

Frontera de Salud
Contact: Co-Director: Milagros Martinez  
Contact: Co-Director: Jennifer Barnhill
Contact: Medical Director: John Ray
Description: Frontera de Salud is a service organization founded and staffed by medical, nursing, and allied health students committed to bringing primary healthcare to the under-served.

Galveston County Health Fair 
Chairman: Melanie Ruyle
Volunteer Coordinator: Angela Caskey
Children's Activities Coord.: Jessica Crawford
Fundraising Chair: Geoffrey Lerew
Mission Statement: To provide health care screenings and information to residents of Galveston County that may have barriers to health care. (The fair is held every spring and pulls together a number of students to administer the screenings and give out information.)

H.E.A.T. Hurricane Evacuation Assistance Team
SOM Representative: Emily Fisher
SOM Representative: Brian Brendel
Mission Statement: Aid in the evacuation of Galveston residents in the event of a category 4 or 5 hurricane. Members aid in shelters & evacuation buses.

St. Vincent's Clinic
Student Director: Erin Geordi
Student Director: Gayle "Hava" Haischer
Student Director: Cindy Lyou
Student Director: Viet Pham
Co-Director: Lauren Reynolds
Phone: 409-763-8521
Description: St. Vincent's House provides comprehensive social service ministry and community outreach programs for the entire family. Located on Galveston Island, St. Vincent's House serves the disadvantaged and underserved population of the greater Galveston community with programs to enhance their mental, physical, and spiritual well being.

Student Caring Clowns
President: Lindsey Waldrep
Vice President: Sarah Stafford
Treasurer: Sarah Meyer
Mission Statement: To establish & maintain a pool of volunteers to serve as clowns for visiting patients at UTMB.

Students Improving Global Health Together- SIGHT Web Site
Co-president: Katrina Leonard
Co-president: Emily Fisher
Treasurer: Bettina Cooper
Meetings/Events Coordinator: Miles Farr
Mission: To address the medical needs of the global community by creating awareness of health disparities in underserved populations by supporting the development of solutions for health issues facing society and promoting clinical research opportunities to students concerned with the development of health care on a local, national, and international level.

The Jesse Tree

Contact: Ted Hanley
Email: jessetree@aol.com
Phone: 409-762-2233
Description: The goal of the Jesse Tree is to help all members of our community locate and utilize available services, to advocate for new or expanded services, and to provide tools, resources, and in-service training to improve existing services.

Families, Children & Youth Renaissance Zone
Contact: Kathy Tiernan
Phone: 409-772-9448

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Contact: Ritchie Adoue
Email: raadoue@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-772-5361
Description: RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provide older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience to meeting community needs. RSVP volunteers serve in a diverse range of non-profit organizatoins, public agencies, and faith-based groups. Among other activities, they mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, test drinking water for contamination, teach English to immigrants, and lend their business skills to community groups that provide critical social services.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Gulf Coast
Executive Director: Cindy Schulz
Email: cschulz@gulfcoastbbbs.org
Phone: 409-763-4638
Description: Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters is a mentoring program that matches volunteers with children for a one-to-one relationship. The time requirement for a Big Brother or a Big Sister is to spend somewhere between one to four hours per week with their Little Brother/Sister.
Most of these children are between the ages of six and seventeen, and primarily come from single parent households. Our program provides these kids with a positive role model for encouragement, friendship, social skills development, and academic achievement through one-to-one mentoring. Mentors help these children grow up to be positive, productive adults.

Family Service Center of Galveston County, Texas
Executive Director: William Buffum, PhD, ACSW
Phone: (409) 762-8636
Description: Depressed?  Stressed? Troubled?  The Family Service Center offers counseling services to individuals, couples, and families for almost any concern.  The Center employs licensed mental health professionals in locations on the Island and in Texas City.  The Island location is convenient to the UTMB campus at Market Street and 22nd.  Many insurance policies are accepted and fees can be adjusted based on ability to pay.  FSCG is a nonprofit agency funded in part by the United Way, Galveston County, and area foundations.  We are here for you! .

Habitat for Humanity, Texas City

Contact: bob Greeley
Email: bobanddotgreeley@juno.com
Phone: 409-945-4696
Description: Habitat for Humanity promotes the building of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly houses, with the goal of conserving resources and lowering long-term costs to homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity, Bay Area-Dickinson
Contact: Tom Curran
Email: habitat.info@verizon.net
Phone: 281-337-3590
Description: Habitat for Humanity promotes the building of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly houses, with the goal of conserving resources and lowering long-term costs to homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity, Alvin-Friendswood-Pearland
Contact: Crys Flatt
Email: HabitatAFP@yahoo.com
Phone: 281-648-3633
Description: Habitat for Humanity promotes the building of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly houses, with the goal of conserving resources and lowering long-term costs to homeowners.

Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist Chapter
Contact: Julie Massey
Email: jk-massey@tamu.edu
Phone: 281-992-4914
Description: The Texas Master Naturalist program develops local teams of "master volunteers" to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and naturTuesday, August 22, 2006 2:36 PMach and visitor improvements for Galveston Island State Park, prarie health monitoring and visitor enhancement for Armand Bayou Nature Center, and Wetlands restoration efforts to name but a few.

Galveston Bay Foundation
Contact: Alicia Strogen
Email: astrogen@galvbay.org
Phone: 281-332-3381
Description: Galveston Bay Foundation's volunteers have generously given their time, talent, and expertise to the organization since its founding 15 years ago. As the Foundation enters the 21st century, the work our volunteers perform becomes more and more critical to our success. Volunteers help with habitat restoration, carry the message of the wonder of the Bay through the Bay Ambassadors program and speaker's bureau, and serve as officers and board members to guide the Foundation in fulfilling its mission.

UTMB Community Theatre and Outreach
Contact: Cheryl Kaplan
Phone: 409-772-9395

Animal Alliance
Contact Denise Warren
Email: animalalliancetx@yahoo.com

Galveston Island Humane Society
Contact: Caroline Dorsett
Email: gihs@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 409-740-1919
Description: The Animal Shelter and Adoption Center of Galveston Island, Inc. is solely dedicated to the cause and welfare of unwanted or homeless animals. This organization provides a temporary refuge for these animals, arranges placement in responsible homes, and provides community education toward the prevention of cruelty to animals and the instruction of humane pet care.

Feral Cat Adoption and Placement
Contact: Denise Boggs
Email: feralfelines@hotmail.com
Description: Citizens for Animal Protection's Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) is dedicated to educating the public on non-lethal ways of controlling feral cat colonies and to assist those intersted in saving the lives of feral cats.

Habitat for Horses
Contact: Sharon Tipton
Email: volunteer@habitatforhorses.org
Phone: 409-935-0277
Description: Habitat for Horses is dedicated to changin the lives of horses and humans. Our goal is to create a world where horses are respected for their intrinsic value and for their ability to help us fulfil our emotional, behavioral, and spiritual needs.

Recycled Canines
Contact: Amy Losh
Email: dalrescue123@hotmail.com
Phone: 281-554-9326
Description: Recycled Canines Dalmatian Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of the many homeless Dalmatians around Houston, Texas. However, we usually have a few canines without spots as well. Our mission is to take dogs from shelters, as strays, or from owners that can no longer care for them and provide them with indoor shelter, high quality food, water, microchipping, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, training, exercise, socialization, and lots of TLC.

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