Thoughts from the Exec. Dir.

Hurricane Harvey

It is said that the name “Harvey” means “warrior.”

And a warrior Hurricane Harvey has proven to be. For those of us not in Houston or the other many communities in Southeastern Texas, we watch the news and see unimaginable devastation from the winds, tornadoes and rain. It’s hard to imagine what five inches of rain per hour looks like and what damage lies ahead as rain continues and flooding is imminent.

At AJLI, we reached out to our South Texas Junior Leagues last Thursday, and over the weekend. We will keep League leaders posted once we hear from the individual League Presidents. We know that across the Association, members stand ready to help. Those wishing to provide immediate assistance are encouraged to give to the American Red Cross. Longer term, we will share specific ways that Leagues can help the South Texas Leagues and their communities.

Harvey is a warrior, but we are fighting back. Read about what Leagues are doing locally to lead, convene and collaborate in this time of crisis.


11 Responses

  1. Derrica (DeeDee) Williams says:

    Praying for my JL sisters in Texas…..please know Junior League of DeKalb (Georgia) is ready to jump in and assist with whatever is needed.

  2. Gayle says:

    Your in our prayers, let us know how we can help from Junior League Annapolis, MD.

  3. Prayers to all. Please let us know what can we do to help our neighbors in Texas!

  4. Christina Minier says:

    Junior League of Greater Elmira Corning (upstate New York) is happy to help in any way we can! Please keep us posted!

  5. Laurie Somerhausen says:

    Junior League of Sacramento has you in our hearts and prayers. We are ready to help where we can. Stay safe.

  6. Faryn Killebrew Hackett says:

    Praying for Texas! Junior League of Albany, GA. Is ready to help!

  7. Lauren Betsinger says:

    I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing organization who is happy and willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Prayers go out to all our Junior League sisters as well as the members of the communities in Texas who have been affected. Martin County, Florida is ready and willing to help with anything.

  8. Dear Texas sisters, we’re thinking of you and sending virtual hugs from London and wishing you a speedy recovery from the effects of Harvey. You can do this and we’re here to help whenever you need us!!

  9. Lynn Croas says:

    I am at my home in West Texas. My home in Houston is spared. I have opened my home to those who need to come. And standby for shelter relief in Austin. I know what it is to lose a home in Katrina. The most important matter is life there after the strength to go forward. The most moving and resilience builder is the unity of human kindness. On behalf of Texans and fellow Jr Leagueres here I thank all our chapters and my chapter in London for your unity, kindness and support. We can feel it and it makes us stronger.

  10. Linda B. Clarke says:

    As a sustainer in the Junior League of Fort Worth, I hope that in all the soul searching about how to help southeast Texans within the shelters, we don’t forget those who are placed in shelters far from disaster areas such as Fort Worth and Dallas. A call has gone out (as in the aftermath of Katrina) for those with experience with working in emergency shelters. Most Junior League members don’t have that experience.I have many college friends in that area that I can’t find. Another thought might be to involve sororities and fraternities to help also. Thanks for your prayers, donations, and concern.

  11. Luann G says:

    The Junior League of Bergen County (NJ) offers our prayers and support to our Junior League members in the affected areas.

    We are ready to help with whatever is needed.

    Stay strong..and safe