College of the Mainland employees are joining forces with others within Galveston County to aid federal workers impacted by the government shutdown.

COM employees are encouraged to donate non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, detergent, dish soap, diapers and baby care items, toiletries, pet supplies, trash bags, gift cards and monetary donations to go toward those federal workers in need.

Donations can be dropped off at the President’s Office. The college is working with Chef’s Table Charities, who is coordinating the supply drive. Chef’s Table Charities is a non-profit established to provide aid for students, teachers and families in times of peace and crisis.

During spring convocation on Monday, Jan. 14, Dr. Warren Nichols, president of College of the Mainland, urged admissions personnel to not drop potential students for non-payment if they have been affected by the federal government shutdown.

“This has zero to do with politics,” Nichols said. “We need to rally the troops and take care of our own.”

Nichols, himself, donated $500 toward the cause.

There are about 300 U.S. Coast Guard members in Galveston County who are working without pay while the government is at a standstill due to lack of funding. The Coast Guard is the only military branch not being paid during the shutdown because the organization falls under the Department of Homeland Security.

Donations also can be made directly toward the drive through PayPal or Venmo to

Anyone affected by the government shutdown who is in need, can apply for assistance at:  

For information contact, Rosie Rojas or Michelle Gerami in the President’s Office.