Disaster Assistance


CIS National Office Financial Assistance Program (Hurricane Harvey)

Communities In Schools, (CIS) has announced the creation of the All in For Texas Relief Fund to support CIS affiliates who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  The relief fund is being launched with an initial pledge of $500,000 by an anonymous donor of the late Texas Governor Mark White and his widow, Linda Gale White, a long-time supporter of CIS.  CIS Golden Crescent received $30,000.


“Our Hearts go out to the students, families, and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said CIS National President and CEO Dale Erquiaga.  “Given the scale of the disaster, we know they will require considerable resources to recover and rebuild.  We hope this fund and the initial generous donation will help us provide the essential support our kids will need to go back to school and begin building a brighter future for themselves and their communities.  The CIS family is all in for Texas.”



  • Eligibility: All CIS students/families previously enrolled 2016-2017 school years or currently enrolled 2017-2018 school years.


  • Education Related Assistance: clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene, fees, certifications, exams, licenses. Actual costs of the required items to participate are allowable. Documentation needed for validation purposes.


  • Housing Related Assistance: Up to $1,500-one time only/rent, mortgage, insurance deductible-due to storm damage, repairs-due to storm damage. Up to $500-one time only/ utilities (gas, electricity, water). Furniture or appliance replacement due to storm damage. Documentation needed for validation purposes.


*The maximum amount is not guaranteed, and in some cases, a lesser amount will be awarded to allow financial assistance to a higher number of those in need.  Any variances to the limits provided will require approval on a case-by-case basis by the Board’s Executive Director or Designee.   Assistance is for current needs, not reimbursements.