Buckner receives $50,000 grant from OneStar Foundation for pandemic relief efforts

In partnership with Gov. Abbott, the money is for nonprofits working to support the most vulnerable and underserved across Texas.

Buckner Children and Family Services is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from OneStar Foundation in support of the faith-based nonprofit’s work serving children and families during the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is part of a larger $920,000 sum deployed from the Texas COVID Relief Fund to 16 organizations working to directly support the most vulnerable and underserved across the state.

In partnership with Governor Greg Abbott, the Fund was established to provide critical funding to address urgent gaps in available community resources in the areas of health, education, and community development. Priority consideration was given to nonprofits and agencies that provide services statewide or across multi-county jurisdictions and serve areas with limited access to local philanthropic relief funding.

“We received more than 400 proposals totaling over $32 million dollars in funding requested to provide critical services to Texans. Hundreds of our nonprofit partners are struggling to meet increased needs of our communities. Chances are, a nonprofit you know and advocate for is facing unprecedented challenges right now,” said Chris Bugbee, president and CEO of OneStar Foundation. “These grants will ensure vital organizations remain operational and can continue to provide the core services our local communities depend on.”

Throughout the pandemic, Buckner continued its domestic programs and services for children and families in Dallas, Houston, Longview, Lufkin, Beaumont, Lubbock, Midland, Amarillo and the Rio Grande Valley. Buckner adopted new methods of helping clients, including virtual classes and activities, telehealth visits, virtual adoptions, and food distributions.

“Buckner has a 141-year history serving vulnerable Texans during past hardships, including pandemics and economic recessions, so we are confident in our ability to continue to shine hope during the darkest of times,” said Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International. “The generous grant from OneStar Foundation will make an important impact in the lives of many families and children, as we continue to support them through foster care and adoption and family preservation programs."

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