Funds donated to the City’s “Laredoans 4 Haitian Relief Group” will be divided amongst three non-profit organizations currently helping victims.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating and tumultuous earthquake hit Haiti, leaving many people seriously injured, homeless, and causing many deaths. While Haiti was searching for answers to somehow excavate themselves from the impending dangers that laid ahead for them, many organizations, such as the United Independent School District (UISD), decided to launch a district-wide fund raising project to help. The project entitled: United We Stand-Operation Give them Hope, initially asked for a one dollar donation. However, the project kicked off into high gear as students and employees got together and raised over $25,000 at a press conference announced today.
“At UISD, we not only ensure a quality education that will lead our students to success, but we lead by example in how to help, inspire, and motivate others in doing great things so that future generations can look back and learn the necessary qualities and characteristics that make up a great leader,” said UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “As you can see, it is in our nature to help those who need a helping hand. I would like to congratulate all our campuses and departments for making this project a great success,” Santos continued.
Joining Santos at the press conference was City of Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, who along with the Laredoans 4 Haitian Relief Committee, were Volunteer Chairperson Tricia Cortez, and the committee’s non-profit representatives: Carol Sherwood, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, Ysela Sanchez of the American Red Cross Webb County Chapter, and the non-profit group, Doctors without Borders. All funds collected, including UISD’s donation, will be divided amongst these three organizations who are already assisting in Haiti.
“Through our donation, we placed the needs of others ahead of ours to help those who desperately need it the most. This is what our great nation stands for. The ability to move mountains as a team demonstrates that there is no greater force than strength in numbers,” said UISD Board President Pat Campos. “UNITED as one, we moved forward and helped the citizens of Haiti,” Campos continued.
For more information contact the UISD Office of Public Relations at (956) 473-6286.
The United Independent School District is the largest employer in Laredo serving approximately 40,900 students and employs 6,700 employees. UISD is comprised of 40 campuses in addition to three magnet programs, one Career Academy and an alternative education campus. UISD encompasses 75% of Laredo and serves communities in Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.