Local nonprofits will benefit from Brazos Valley Gives efforts

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – This year has brought additional challenges for organizations due to the pandemic. Organizations like Health For All at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History have different missions, but both depend on the generosity of the public to function.

This year, there have been fewer opportunities to have big in-person fundraisers that we were all used to before the pandemic.

Brazos Valley Gives fills these gaps.

Health for All provides help to those who need it most.

“We are a free clinic for low income and uninsured residents throughout the Brazos Valley. We’ve just been inundated with patients trying to get care, so the need is greater than ever, ”said Liz Dickey, Executive Director of Health for All.

The organization is fully funded by donors and is one of the 154 nonprofit partner organizations of Brazos Valley Gives. The fundraising event kicks off the charity’s giving season. Without fundraising like Brazos Valley Gives, they cannot help others.

“We’re counting on the generosity of this community to pay for drugs, lab x-rays, you name it, we need your help to do that,” Dickey said. “It’s been two crazy years and nonprofits have certainly felt it,” she said.

Across town, the Brazos Valley Natural History Museum is also recovering from the challenges of the pandemic.

“The pandemic has really had a significant impact on museums across the United States and some 12,000 museums have closed their doors permanently as a result. And we are just lucky in this community to have the support we have, ”said Deborah Cowman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

For 60 years, the museum has brought history to life and educated generations of children. But they struggled without having major fundraising during the pandemic. With declining income, they had to cut back on camps, outreach programs and some events.

“We really depend on the generosity of our community to be able to give back to the community we love so much,” Cowman said. “We are the only natural history museum with a 100 mile radius. It’s unusual for a community of this size to have a natural history museum … The contributions are very important, ”she added.

You can find them and many other wonderful nonprofits on our Brazos Valley Gives site here.

You can also deposit monetary donations here at Bryan – University Station Eagle at 1729 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Our previous story can be found here.

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