The Children’s Coalition of Aransas County, a local nonprofit created after hurricane Harvey, is in need of monetary donations.
The group works with local churches to provide a variety of resources to families in recovery. They open their doors twice each week. Parents are able to walk in, fill out a form with personal information, as well as their needs. Volunteers then upload the information onto their care portal.
“A church member will call me and say, our church wants to help,” says CCAC President Dianne Miller Nielsen.
The group also provides childcare tuition to families. Nonprofit president Dianne Miller Nielsen says they cover half of the cost. So far, they’ve helped more than a dozen working families, but they have run out of funding.
“We’re going to try to get some grants and things like that,” says volunteer Judy Island.
The group is asking for the communities support. Volunteers say Aransas County is recovering, but the need is still great.
“Even the businesses who have been there for a while, they’re still recovering, so they can’t just give you the money you’re needing to be able to survive,” says local mom Caitlyn Finstad.
The group has helped local mom Caitlyn Finstad with childcare assistance and mattresses for her young children.
“Exciting and heartbreaking at the same time, you think of a five-year-old, being like OMG, let me go get on my mattress,” says Finstad.