At the end of most work days, you can find Gloria Moreno heading to a meeting for one her ongoing volunteer endeavors. Whether it’s promoting community activism and engagement, or encouraging community participation, Moreno puts herself on the frontlines to help those most in need.
“Those three avenues really help me to feel like I’m making a difference, said Moreno, deputy assistant director of financial reporting and operations for the city’s Finance Department.
For more than two decades, Moreno has volunteered at St. Patrick Catholic Church teaching catechism classes, as well teaching first-year communion classes and running the church bazaar for the past five years. Most recently she has volunteered on the construction committee.
“My father taught there,” Moreno said. “He raised to me to always give back to our community,” she said. “For us, public service is a passion.”
Moreno has also served for several years on the board of Avenue 360, a nonprofit federally qualified health center that provides health services to the underserved in Houston.
Last year, Moreno helped to found Progress, Strength and Resistance of East Harris County.
“PSR is comprised of five major committees that support community activity,” Moreno said of her organization’s work to promote education, voter engagement, immigration, environment and social justice causes.
Moreno’s devotion to her community is also evident through her work with the city.
“As a public servant, Ms. Moreno has dedicated most of her life to serving the citizens of Houston,” said Arif Rasheed, deputy director of financial reporting and operations for Finance. “Ms. Moreno leads by example and her work is of the highest quality.”
Last year, Moreno and her grant management team helped the city achieved zero grant findings for the first time in a fiscal year audit report. The report provides oversight on the city’s entire fiscal year of federal grant funding.
When not volunteering at her church, Moreno serves as a precinct chair for the Harris County Democratic Party, and a member of the Second Ward Super Neighborhood.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Moreno said.
“Sometimes people think they can’t bring anything to an organization,” Moreno said of people who have doubts about volunteering. “But everybody has something to offer.”