Hurricane Ida relief efforts

Volleyball Players Donate Time


Anna Umanzor

Students take a break from the volleyball court in hopes of giving aid to hard-hit Louisiana from Hurricane Ida.  The teams, along with their coach, Carrie Schneider, step into the Houston Food Bank to package much needed water and non-perishable foods.

“The team was excited about their annual tradition of volunteering at the food bank. But this year, it was for more than just volunteering. It was for giving back to the community in a time of need,” Coach Schneider said.

Due to COVID restrictions last year, volunteering opportunities were non-existent. The number of organizations, including the Houston Food Bank, decreased their volunteer efforts.

“The girls were excited to work with their friends and bring back the bonding moments we were not able to have last year,” Schneider said.

Packing disaster boxes was a huge assistance for our neighbors in Terrebonne Parish as they have no power and water, as well as impassable roads.

“The goal is to build the whole person, not just the athlete. Giving back builds character,” Schneider said.

The food bank prepares relief boxes all year, but September is Hunger Action and Feeding America Month.

According to the food bank, it is imperative to have enough non-perishables to replenish the disaster relief boxes since it is right in the heart of hurricane season.

“All people, not just athletes or students, need to volunteer because we owe it to ourselves and others. Helping our community is the least we can do. Who knows, it may be us that needs help in the future,” Schneider said.