The Houston Area Urban League is asking area residents to help make a difference by supporting the nonprofit agency. As part of an effort to increase involvement and exposure, the HAUL Young Professionals, an auxiliary group, is sponsoring Join Week from Monday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 28.

HAULYP’s members are ages 21 to 40. Ray B. Shackelford, Southern Region vice president for the National Urban League Young Professionals, encourages Houstonians of all ages to support HAUL through involvement in its programs, membership in its auxiliaries or by giving financially.

“Everyone needs to find a way to get active and a space to get engaged and make an impact,” Shackelford said. “It’s not enough for us to just go to work and go home. In addition to being successful in our own right we should in turn give back.”

Shackelford said HAULYP also promotes leadership, and alumni include City Councilmember Amanda Edwards and former Alief ISD board member Tiffany Thomas.

HAUL, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in June, focuses on five areas: education and youth development; workforce and economic development; workforce training; housing; and health and wellness.

“When you look at the needs of our community across the board, involvement in the Urban League is much needed,” Shackelford said.

Join Week events

Jan. 22 – Advocacy Training, 6 p.m., HAUL Building, 1301 Texas

Jan. 23 – New Member Orientation, 6 p.m., HAUL Building

Jan. 24 – Mixer & Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., Sterling House, 3015 Bagby

Jan. 25 – Storytellers, 6:30 p.m., Ogun Art+Wine, 920 Studemont

Jan. 27 – Voter Canvassing, 9 a.m., Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock

Jan. 28 – Church Service & Brunch, 10:30 a.m., Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler

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