Published on: September 03, 2009
Event offers information about free and low cost services available in the Tomball, Magnolia and Waller communities
Local residents interested in learning more about free and low cost services provided by non-profit organizations are encouraged to attend CommUnity Resources Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lone Star College-Tomball Beckendorf Conference Center.
“Representatives from the areas of health, social services, education, recreation, employment and financial assistance will be on hand to share information on how to take advantage of what the communities of Tomball, Magnolia and Waller have to offer,” said LSC-Tomball Program Outreach Coordinator Irene Gutierrez-Briggs.
There will also be fun activities for the family. Representatives from the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer organization will be on hand, and the LSC-Tomball Chess Club will be giving instructions for visitors to learn to play chess (or just to enjoy a game). There will also be a moonwalk and face painting.
Developed through the LSC-Tomball Hispanic Outreach Committee, which consists of college, community, church and business representatives, the resource day is sponsored by LSC-Tomball in partnership with the Tomball, Magnolia and Waller Chambers of Commerce; the cities of Tomball, Magnolia and Waller; and the Tomball, Magnolia and Waller Independent School Districts. It is free and open to the public.
Tomball ISD Community Liaison and Hispanic Outreach Committee member Sergio Cortes suggested having a community resource day as a means to serve the at-risk students like those he works with throughout Tomball ISD.
“When the needs of the community impact the education of students it is important for the community to step in and provide assistance,” Cortes said. “This type of partnership is essential for everyone in our community.”
Tomball City Manager Jan Belcher said she is excited about the opportunity to share information on the many community events the City of Tomball hosts throughout the year. “We have several opportunities in Tomball for families to have good old fashioned fun,” said Belcher. Events include Second Saturday at the Depot which has included family water balloon fights and an outdoor movie, and the Walk Tomball event held on Saturdays where participants walk one, two or three miles with their families. All activities are free.
LJ Skibbe, president of the Magnolia Area Chamber of Commerce, said her office gets numerous calls from people requesting information on services such as activities for seniors, where to get food stamps, businesses that are hiring. But the number one question has always been about health care, she said.
“Putting an event on regarding community resources is a brilliant idea and one that is truly needed in this area,” she said.
For more information on CommUnity Resources Day, contact Gutierrez-Briggs at 281.351.3380.
Lone Star College-Tomball's Beckendorf Conference Center is located at 30555 Tomball Parkway/SH249.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.