Melanie Pang graduated from the University of Houston ten years ago determined to make a difference. She accepted jobs in nonprofit organizations, working on the front lines to solve intractable social problems such as hunger, poverty and racial inequalities have deepened with every crisis, from Hurricane Harvey to COVID-19 to last year’s winter storm.
Burnout became intense, exacerbated by long hours, low wages and a growing sense of futility as crushing needs overwhelmed tight budgets. It has finally become too much for her this year. She quit her job at the Houston Food Bank for a teaching position at the University of Houston.