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Help the victims of Hurricane Harvey  

By Ebony Johnson

Updated 9:41am EDT, Tue August 29, 2017

Survivors of Hurricane Harvey continue to evacuate as rescuers work diligently to pull people from rising floodwaters. The evacuees have been forced to flee with just the clothes on their backs. Humanitarian Aid groups are working together to provide food, shelter, and emergency services to the survivors. 

Here are several ways you can help. 

American Red Cross
You can donate by phone and online to help the hurricane victims through the American Red Cross –

You can give any amount online, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10. Or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

GoFundMe has set up a Hurricane Harvey Relief page to help support those who have been affected by the storm.

Houston Flood Relief Fund formed by Houston Texan JJ Watt. The fund has reached over $383,000. 
Houston Flood Relief Fund – 

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has begun a page for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. There, anyone can make a financial donation to a disaster relief charity by phone, mail or online.

Catholic Charities the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is accepting donations. Their recovery efforts will include disaster response and recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services.

You can make donations online or by phone. You can also text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.

Catholic Charities –

Amazon/Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market Headquarters, based in Austin, Texas, has teamed up with to help raise funds for flood victims.

Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made on, up to $1 million total, to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

If you are in Texas, there are additional ways you can help: 

Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center desperately needs more than 2,000 units of blood. The biggest need is for O positive and O negative. A list of locations to donate blood can be found here:

Donate food and clothing: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking people to donate clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food to nearby shelters. Feeding Texas ( is coordinating with local food banks to distribute food and cleaning supplies. The organization is asking people to drop off non-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels. The Texas Diaper bank ( is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address.

Help with clean up: Austin Disaster Relief Network ( asking for toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools. They can be dropped off at the Hope Family Thrift Store ( in Austin. Volunteers can also sign up for cleaning efforts there.

#Houston Shelters are available to provide a safe place for residents evacuated by the hurricane.

Gallery Furniture is welcoming Houstonians in need of shelter from rising flood waters to the location off I-45 North between Tidwell and Parker. Gallery Furniture is stocked with food, water, plenty of mattresses and looks forward to keeping their neighbors safe from the storm. Gallery Furniture is in need of pet kennels or crates.


George R. Brown Convention Center

Downtown Houston

1001 Avenida De Las Americas,

Houston, TX 77010

Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that all City of Houston Multi-Service Centers and some other designated City and non-profit facilities will be opened for those who may need immediate shelter from flood waters.

Houstonians residing in flooded dwellings may consider seeking temporary shelter by walking to a neighborhood Multi-Service Center or other designated facility. Only consider this option if it is safe to do so. Driving vehicles in flood waters is discouraged. 

Call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311) to report high water and other non life-threatening incidents. City officials are asking residents not to call 9-1-1 unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

Multi-Service Centers:

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center

6402 Market Street

Houston Texas 77020


Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center

4014 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020


Sunnyside Multi-Service Center

9314 Cullen

Houston, Texas 77051


Third Ward Multi-Service Center

3611 Ennis Street

Houston, Texas 77004


West End Multi-Service Center

170 Heights Blvd

Houston, Texas 77007


John Peavy Senior Center

3814 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020

Kashmere Gardens Branch Library

5411 Pardee

Houston, Texas 77026

Additional temporary shelters offered by non-profit agencies:

Fallbrook Church

12512 Walters

Houston, Texas 77014

Lyndale United Church

503 Reeid

Houston, Texas 77002

MD Anderson YMCA

705 Cavalcade

Houston, Texas 77009

Trotter Family YMCA

1331 Augusta Drive

Houston, Texas 77057

Community of Faith Church

1024 Pinemont Drive

Houston, Texas 77091

M.O. Campbell Education Center

1865 Aldine Bender Rd.

Houston, Texas 77032

YMCA at Calvalcade

705 Cavalcade St.

Houston, TX 77009

Northshore High School – 9th Grade Campus

13501 Hollypark Dr.

Westside High School

14201 Briar Forest

Paul Revere Middle School

10502 Briar Forest

Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road

#BehindTheRank! Official Release September 2017

I’m excited about my collaboration with @LilaHolley in our new book #BehindTheRank! Official Release is in September 2017. Pre-order yours now at

Behind the Rank, Volume 1 is a collection of powerful voices, calling out to every woman, woman Veteran, service member and those who seek to understand our stories.

Discover what it takes to face struggles in the military and life head on, to stop being a cover girl suppressing real life problems, to stand proudly in the uniform, and to celebrate womanhood.






















Do You Embrace Your Power?

Ladies: Do you embrace your power? I had this discussion yesterday with my Coach and again at night. I oftentimes have a problem spotlighting my WINS. I've accomplished a lot in my life but still I always feel like it's never enough or I'm hesitant to toot my own horn. Is this you? Why do we do that? Why don't we confidently showcase our talents and let our light shine? #TruthTuesday

What is Your Vision?

What is your vision? What instincts are guiding you towards your goals?

Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke this powerful message on one of Oprah’s Life Class shows. Bishop Jakes talked about instincts and the power behind learning to listen to your instincts.

My favorite is the story of the Giraffe and the Turtle. Imagine yourself as the giraffe. You reach to the top of the tree and that is where you find your food. Imagine the turtle as the people who have not understood your passion, and tried to hold you back or hold you down. The turtle represents your haters and all of the negative naysayers. The turtle finds his food on the ground. You both have different views of the world. We eat at the level of our vision. The turtle can’t reach the heights of the giraffe and if the giraffe bends down to the turtle all the blood rushes to his head, and he becomes unconscious.

Be the giraffe! When you are built to be tall you will endanger your position if you lower your perspective. You cannot explain to a turtle a giraffe decision. A turtle will not understand your instinct to reach higher. But that does not make the turtle bad or wrong, it is not their vision. Stop allowing turtles to hold you back.

Bishop T.D. Jakes-Instinct

Vote for Success Creators to WIN the GWUL Thursday Network Pitch Contest

Please vote for Success Creators to win the MicroGrant competition by clicking "like" on the video directly from the Thursday Network – Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Young Professionals FaceBook Page:

Success Creators serves to bridge the gap and connect the right employees to the right companies! #SuccessCreators #GWUL #ThursdayNetwork #MicrograntCompetition

#MoneyMonday – How to Raise Money for Your Startup

Today is #MoneyMonday Do you need money and funding for your project, film production, music demo tracks, small business, idea, concept, app development, or entrepreneurial pursuit?

Ask for it!

Top Sites for Crowdfunding and Startups
UPDATED: As of July 24, 2017

Small Business Grants

Washington DC 2017 Career Fair – Renaissance Hotel (July 20, 2017)

The Washington DC 2017 Career Fair is being held at the Renaissance Hotel on July 20. Job seekers who register on EventBrite are given early priority access and can arrive at 9:30 AM with an EventBrite Ticket.

This Professional Hiring Event is free for job seekers to attend.

To register visit here:

Open Positions include:
Regional Sales Manager

Customer Service Associate

Account Manager
Call Center Representative
Financial Services Representative
Bank Teller
Administrative Assistant
Customer Service Representative
I.T Help Desk
Regional Sales Manager
Retail Manager
Admissions Counselor
Licensed Customer Service Representative
Sales Agent and Commissioned Sales Agent
Account Clerk Specialist
Accounting Technician
Admin Analyst II
Admin Analyst III
Admin Secretary II
Associate Accountant
Community Services Officer
Digital Marketing Associate
Digital Marketing Associate
Website Designer
Sr. QA Automation Engineer
Sr. Software Engineer
Web Administrator
Accounting Intern
Channel Sales Development Representative
Inside Sales Representative
Lead Development Representative
Mid-Market Sales Development Representative
Sales Development Representative
Human Resource Generalist
Human Resource Manager

Professional Dress is required and bringing additional copies of your resume is strongly recommended. 
We will see you there. 

Washington, D.C. Career Fair

Washington, D.C. Career Fair – To Register visit:
Meet face to face with top employers hiring for Sales, Customer Service, Dispatcher, Retail, Financial Services, Management, I.T., Healthcare, Government, Education, Accounting and more. 
If you have been looking for a new career or just ready to start a new job you don’t want to miss this exciting hiring event. 
Professional Dress is required and bringing additional copies of your resume is strongly recommended. 
What to expect ? 
Multiple employers hiring for open positions throughout the D.C. Metro Area.
Great Networking opportunities in a relaxed, professional environment
Face to face meetings with recruiters, managers and human resources professionals.
100% free event to attend

Free Resource for Small Business Owners

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.