While viral outbreaks like COVID-19 are color blind, the real-world economic, health and social impacts are not.

The coronavirus outbreak has underscored the social inequalities we continue to face as a nation. We know that hourly workers and low-income communities will face a disproportionate impact from COVID-19 due to lack of paid sick time and a safety net of resources.

81% of Genesys Works students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Without a stable source of income, individuals who might even be financially supporting their parents or siblings are at high risk.

40-50% of high school students need to work out of necessity.

Our students’ paychecks help support their families. As many parents face losing their paychecks, their child’s modest income becomes ever more critical to meet the most basic of needs.

72% earn the same or more than at least one parent.

In times of hardships, inequities are exacerbated. We write to you today to share the resilience of the young people we serve – students who have time and again faced challenges and risen above them.

The pace of change is swift. You can help.

If the past couple of weeks have shown us anything, it’s that life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye. While internships through Genesys Works are putting better futures within the reach of more low-income students, the COVID-19 pandemic has pulled our young professionals out of the workplace. School can be made up, work can be done from home, but for most of our young professionals, their senior-year internship is likely their one chance to interact in a corporate environment, gain professional work experience and build a network of lasting relationships.
At a time when our students are navigating virus-related fears, the challenges of lost wages, and suspended internship opportunities, they need our support more than ever.

 

See below for the various ways you can support us.

Here’s how you can help.

Make a credit card gift using our secure online donation form
Click on a link to make a gift to a Genesys Works location of your choice
Gifts of Stock/Bonds
If you are interested in donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, please communicate your intention to Genesys Works by contacting Eli Cipriano at ecipriano@genesysworks.org or 713.337.0538 and we will provide the appropriate account information for an electronic transfer.
Leave a Legacy
Make a lasting donation to Genesys Works through a bequest, annuity, or other gift. Planned Giving can be easy and tax-free. More importantly, it is hugely impactful to our program.
Bequest: A bequest can be made in your will or trust, directing a gift to Genesys Works. Bequests are estate tax-deductible. Your advisor can help you include language in your will or trust.
Annuity: Gift annuities have fixed payouts that are partly tax-free, plus charitable tax-deductible. An annuity trust has high fixed payments with tax free sale plus a charitable tax deduction. Deferred gift annuities begin payout more than a year from the date of the gift.
Please communicate your intentions to Eli Cipriano at ecipriano@genesysworks.org.
Corporate matching gift program
See if you can take advantage of a matching gift program offered by your employer. Some companies will match their employees’ gifts (up to an annual limit) dollar for dollar while some will match at twice or three times the gift level and some will even include spouse and retiree gifts as part of their program. Use the search tool below to see if your company offers a matching program and if your gift qualifies. If so, please download and complete the appropriate form and submit it to: Genesys Works, 1880 South Dairy Ashford Road. Suite # 300. Houston, Texas 77077