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State employees help each other after disaster strikes

Oct. 16, 2017 - Committee established to accept and manage crowdsourced donations

When Hurricane Harvey drenched the Texas coast with unprecedented rainfall, TCEQ employees were among the residents who found their lives turned upside down. Since then, they have dealt with flooding and destruction alongside their neighbors, but have continued to perform their jobs faithfully despite the added difficulty. As a result, a fund was started so that TCEQ employees could donate money to help their colleagues.  A Hurricane Relief Committee made up of personnel from various offices within the agency was established to accept and manage crowdsourced donations that came in.

The Texas Public Employees Association has given the committee a gift of $1,000 to assist the agency’s employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help, especially because of the work your employees were doing down in the affected area,” said Kate Johanns, marketing and communications director for the TPEA. “It really brings to the forefront how important state employees are.”

The committee has received approximately $22,000 overall, which will be distributed among affected employees to help them get their lives back to normal.

Personnel from the TCEQ Hurricane Relief Committee accept a gift from the Texas Public Employees Association.

Personnel from the TCEQ Hurricane Relief Committee accept a gift from the Texas Public Employees Association.