Letter from Our President (March 16, 2020)
Hello, IFMA Houston,
As everyone is well aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is quickly affecting every area of our lives.
IFMA Houston and our events are no different. The safety and health of our members and guests are always our top priority.
As a result, the IFMA Houston Board of Directors have met and come to the following conclusions regarding our upcoming events:
30th Annual Fish Fry - March 26, 2020 - POSTPONED for a later date
33rd Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting FM Education - April 20, 2020 - POSTPONED for a later date
CFM Prep Course - April 28, 2020 - POSTPONED for a later date
As more information becomes available regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be able to make better decisions moving forward regarding our events.
In the meantime, please refer to those organizations with the best, most up-to-date information regarding the virus.
I have included these links below for your reference:
Global Health Resources Coronavirus Outbreak News and Updates - World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Resources and Updates – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus - CDC
IFMA Houston will continue to keep you updated by using our social media channels, website and email to communicate.
Please be safe and stay healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above information, do not hesitate to reach out to me or a member of the IFMA Houston Board.
IFMA Houston President
We need your help to make Books for Better Lives a reality!
Books for Better Lives, or BBL, is a new collaboration between the Houston Food Bank, Books Between Kids, the Houston Public Library System, and Houston Community ToolBank to distribute books to deserving students when they are not in school. The distributions will be in partnership with the Houston Food Bank’s meal programs for these same students.
Gensler has agreed to spearhead the book drive for this summer’s pilot program. The goal is to collect a minimum of 12,000 books, one for each youth served, this first year. IFMA Cares and IFMA Sustainability have joined forces to contribute toward this goal.
The Houston Food Bank, among its many programs, serves meals in the summer to 12,000 deserving school-age youth at 300 locations through the Food Bank's Kids Cafe program. During crises like the COVID-19, they are using additional means to distribute meals to HISD students in need.
Books Between Kids is a nonprofit that collects, prepares, sorts, and distributes donated books to children at their schools. Last year alone, they distributed over 300,000 books to children in the Houston area.
Here is how you can help. While you are at home, please gather books that can be donated. We ask that you please share this email with your co-workers, friends, neighbors, places of worship, college alums, gyms, and other groups. This is also a great opportunity to involve your children and let them spearhead drives among their own networks, including sports teams, schools, and scout groups.
Eligible Books: new and like-new books for ages 0-18, including:
- Story books
- Chapter books
- Leveled readers
- Children’s non-fiction books (that kids would pick out to read for fun)
- Board/toddler books
- Spanish or dual language books
Books we cannot use:
- Books with torn binding, pages or covers
- Books with yellowed or discolored pages
- Religious books
- Workbooks, coloring books, sticker books, and puzzle books
- Reference books, textbooks or outdated non-fiction books
- Teacher or parenting books and materials, such as flashcards
- Audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
- Books with content that is inappropriate for children
In light of the COVID-19 crises, this is the time to get the word out and start collecting. The Books for Better Lives team is staying flexible for now as to all means for collecting and distributing these books to those in need.
Stay safe, stay tuned, and thank you for making a difference.