T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is proud to celebrate women leaders with Texas Women’s Foundation at the 42nd Annual Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration presented by AT&T. T.D. Jakes Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill will be co-chairing with Jana Etheridge, Chief Customer Officer & Chief of Staff Financial Services at Capital One Financial Services. Join us in this celebration on April 29 at 10 AM. Tickets are only $42! Reserve your spot now!

Recent opinion polls show that African Americans have the greatest COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy out of all demographic groups—a response both to historical wrongs perpetrated by the U.S. government in the name of medical progress and disturbing news accounts of disparate treatment in health-care facilities throughout the pandemic. Read more via WSJ on T.D. Jakes’ experience as a pastor and leader in the Black community, and what led him to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite all the challenges of 2020, the T.D. Jakes Foundation reached some major milestones toward accomplishing our goals. Take a look at our year in review!

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses—a number has risen by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Click here to visit the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s helpful resource guide to help those looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses.

COVID-19 Relief

In most recent vaccine news, The Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. This one-dose vaccine will stretch limited supply much further than two-dose shots now being administered by Moderna and Pfizer. The federal government plans to distribute nearly 4 million doses of J&J’s vaccine to states, pharmacies and community health centers across the nation next week. According to J&J’s vice president of U.S. medical affairs Dr. Richard Nettles, the company expects to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March. Read the full story in CNBC.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan. If passed by the Senate, the bill will send $1,400 stimulus checks to millions of Americans, boost unemployment payments and increase the Child Tax Credit. Read more on the bill via Politico.

Texas News

Texas sustained between $45 and $50 billion in damage and economic loss from Winter Storm Uri, according to AccuWeather. The office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced 31 additional counties where residents can apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Before applying, insured Texans should first file claims through their existing policies, as Texans cannot receive disaster and insurance assistance for the same damages. Find out more via the Texas Tribune.

According to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ), 390,000 Texans are still under boil-water advisories. More than 3,000 vehicles and about 10,000 people showed up to a distribution event held by the city, where they took and received cases of water, meal kits to last four days, and other relief items. Although power has been restored, many homes and apartments are now left with residential water damage due to busted pipes. Read the full story in CNN.

Houston Texans owner Janice McNair, together with the football team, have donated $500,000 to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund. The donation will assist with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing and other basic issues. Read the full story in ESPN.

Forty-five elementary and middle schools in Dallas are considering adopting an alternative school year calendar to ensure students don’t fall behind academically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty-two schools are looking towards an “intersession” calendar by extending the academic year to begin in August and end late June. Learn more.

Women in STEM

On February 26, NBC News Nightly Films’ special “Changemakers: Women of color in STEM” featured NBC News’ Rehema Ellis and former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, who shared her hope that Black men and women will continue to diversify STEM industries. They were also joined by teen activist and aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson to discuss why representation matters, especially within the younger generation. Watch here.

Together, we can and will get through this.


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