The devastating Memorial Day weekend floods impacted hundreds of people in Central Texas, causing tragic loss of life and millions of dollars in property damage. Some of our faculty, staff and students were among those who sustained loss.
Because Bobcats take care of their own, hundreds within the university community gave their time, energy and money to help fellow Bobcats in distress.
Not all volunteers officially reported their service, but among those who were counted were 110 faculty, staff and student volunteers. Collectively, they worked 1,600 hours during the relief effort. These volunteers represented 43 units within the university community and worked for 25 different organizing agencies.
Many volunteers immediately mobilized into action following the flooding, handing out food and assembling and distributing clean-up kits.
“Texas State University hosted numerous search and rescue professionals from Texas Task Force 2 and TEXSAR at Jowers (Center) during the flood. Several of them told me that they had never seen such an outpouring of community support in any other disaster,” San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero said.
In the days and weeks that followed, additional Bobcat volunteers cleaned homes, cleared debris, cooked or delivered meals, collected or distributed clothing and other goods, moved furniture and other items to storage locations, or even helped with legal issues or counseling services.
And our extended Bobcat family, which includes alumni and other supporters, donated roughly $10,000 to help those impacted by the floods. Coupled with some existing emergency funds, the university distributed more than $27,000 to assist flood-affected Bobcats. The university also provided emergency housing for more than 200 faculty, staff, and students — and their families — at Bobcat Village.
Here are other examples of how the Bobcat community helped during the effort:
- Days after the flood, displaced families living at Bobcat Village were treated to a dinner organized by Carol Huntsberger, a member of the Texas State Development Foundation. She organized food donations for approximately 150 people, and Chartwells, the food service contractor at Texas State, provided pizzas for an additional 100 people.
- Student-athletes, coaches and staff from the Department of Athletics teamed up with H-E-B to distribute hot meals the Monday following the Memorial Day weekend floods from the Bobcat Stadium parking lot. With the aid of the H-E-B Mobile Kitchen, breakfast, lunch and dinner were served to those displaced by the flooding and first responders. Additionally, student-athletes assembled and helped distribute more than 3,000 disaster relief cleanup kits to residents returning to their homes.
- The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment held recovery workshops in June at various locations in Blanco and Wimberley for property owners.