Take the plunge – become a CASA

Emily Heglund

By Emily Heglund/CASA of Trinity Valley

I had a proud mama moment the other day.

My daughter, just shy of 4, worked up the courage to jump into the swimming pool all by herself. From the side, mind you, not the steps.

That may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme, but to a 4-year-old, it is a very Big Deal. In the past, she demanded that her father or I catch her, refusing to risk the water splashing into her face or rushing over her head. But then something clicked, and now jumping in from the side is all she wants to do.

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East Texas Giving Day in Henderson County


Tuesday, April 24, is East Texas Giving Day.

The website says, “East Texas Giving Day brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 18-hour online giving challenge. We inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all.”

You can donate to nonprofits at EastTexasGivingDay.Org until midnight.

Michael Hannigan visited the square this afternoon during the local East Texas Giving Day celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Watch the video above for more information about local nonprofits.

Local nonprofits involved include:

  • Athens Soup Kitchen
  • Love in Action Homeless Ministry
  • Henderson County Humane Society
  • United Way of Henderson County
  • Keep Athens Beautiful
  • East Texas Crisis Center
  • Forever Families
  • Family Peace Project
  • Henderson County Help Center
  • Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
  • Rag Tag Rescue
  • Henderson County Performing Arts Center
  • CASA of Trinity Valley
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Black History Committee receives TVEC grant

Pictured, from left, HCBHC member Marcus Hornbuckle, TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, and Delanda S. Johnson. (Courtesy photo) receives $2,000 for the HCBHC scholarship fund.

By Delanda Johnson/HCBHC

On Thursday, April 5, the Trinity Valley Electric Co-op (TVEC) Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the Henderson County Black History Committee.

The TVEC Charitable Foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round-up. Operation Round-up is a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up goes to the TVEC Charitable Foundation and may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations.

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Family Peace Project looks for Teen Dating Violence PSA Video Contest entries

Press release

Teenagers face many potentially life-altering choices daily when it comes to relationships. The Family Peace Project (FPP) hosts its 2nd Annual Love is Not Abuse PSA video contest. The goal is to help teens learn how to make the right decisions when it comes to relationships.

“Teen Dating Violence is an issue that affects many of our youth either directly by being victimized, or indirectly by knowing a victim of dating violence,” said Mary Farmer, Executive Director of The Family Peace Project. “It’s alarming and we must educate our kids to see the signs.”

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Family Peace Project Teen Dating Violence PSA Video Contest

Press release

The Family Peace Project is hosting its 2nd Annual Love is Not Abuse Teen Dating Violence PSA Video Contest.

Help prevent teen dating violence in your community by developing your own video public service announcement! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three videos.

Did you know 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 7 men, who have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years of age?

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