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LINC Group Gifts Homer Teachers

The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County’s Lead, Impact, Network and Change (LINC) initiative launched their first service project by giving back Homer Drive Elementary teachers. Shopping “Supermarket Sweep” style, the team purchased top items teachers placed on their wish lists.

“United Way’s partnership with Homer Drive provided the perfect opportunity to illustrate the goals of the local LINC,” said Karyn Husbands, President/CEO of United Way of Beaumont. “The group is designed to give back to our community in a unique way. In addition to fundraising, the group will focus their efforts on volunteer initiatives and jointly decide how the funds raised by the local LINC will be invested in our community.“

Tables of tissues, paper towels, Lysol spray and wipes, snacks, school supplies and other classroom essentials surprised the teachers as they arrived for the school day. 

“Our Homer Drive team is so thankful for our continued partnership with the United Way,” said Dr. Belinda George, principal of Homer Drive. “The smiles on their faces this morning said it all.”

The Local LINC will provide young givers in Southeast Texas with an opportunity to help raise funds for local agencies and be directly involved in determining how those funds are allocated to meet local needs.

“More than anything, the Local LINC hopes to be a community resource,” said Sade Chick, Local LINC Chair. “We want to bridge gaps that exist in the nonprofit world, without duplicating the efforts of any of the great groups that already exist in our area, and fulfilling the wish lists of teachers at Homer Drive Elementary School was the first step in bringing this initiative to life.”

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