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March of Dimes Texas

MISSION

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start, but unfortunately not all get one. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now they're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness, and implement critical programs to help support our mission.

Another way to get involved is to donate here

BIG EVENT

The biggest event that the Dallas chapter of March of Dimes holds is the March for Babies in May. For more information on events in Dallas, click here

People have been walking in the March for Babies since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. March for Babies San Antonio will have 1-mile and 5K route options, all fully accessible. There's fun for the entire family, including the Super Hero Sprint for children 12 and under. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising — every dollar makes a difference.

The Signature Chefs Auction is a high-profile gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of San Antonio's prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. Taste the chefs' creations while bidding on the silent auction packages, before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission.

The Salvation Army DFW

MISSION

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, with the mission to care for the poor, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, love the unlovable, and befriend the friendless.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Salvation Army needs volunteers for its many events — sign up to help here. To those who want to positively affect their world, the Salvation Army is the charity that maximizes contributions and monetary donations

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Dallas Autumn Ball

MISSION

The Dallas Autumn Ball believes that giving back to the community should be more accessible and affordable to young adults. Founded in 2013, the annual Dallas Autumn Ball is an inclusive, black tie event for civic-minded young adults to unite in the name of giving back and celebrating charity in a festive, philanthropic environment. The Dallas Autumn Ball has donated over $120,000 since inception to directly benefit the Dallas education organizations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Dallas Autumn Ball offers various donation opportunities, all explained here.

BIG EVENT

Keep an eye on upcoming dates for the Ball and other service events with an email subscription that you can sign up for here.

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Oak Lawn Park Conservancy

MISSION

The Oak Lawn Park Conservancy creates and maintains formal, manicured spaces for peaceful public enjoyment as well as for public and private events. In 1995, the Dallas Tavern Guild, Oak Lawn Forum, the Oak Lawn Committee, Turtle Creek Association, and Dallas Southern Memorial Association formalized their coalition and created the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy, modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York.

The nonprofit Conservancy assumed responsibility for the renovation, development, and conservation of the historic Arlington Hall site and started by raising $3 million for the renovation. The plans were sensitive to the Texas Historical Landmark status and approved by the Dallas Landmark Commission. After completion of the Hall, the Conservancy turned its attention to the surrounding parklands. The current project is designed by Armstrong Berger and includes new features to the portions of the park contiguous to Arlington Hall. The Oak Lawn Park Conservancy is focused on thoughtfully developing and enhancing areas of the park so that people can more comfortably connect with nature and each other.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Conservancy raises funds to provide the special attention required to preserve this Texas Historical Landmark and 20-acre park, home to 1,500 trees, almost four miles of path, and thousands of visitors each year. The annual budget for caring for the park and hall does not include city funds. Private donations, memberships, and events are responsible for the work it takes to keep both beautiful.

MEMBERSHIP

By becoming a member of The Conservancy, you are helping to care for 20 acres of urban green space where the Turtle Creek Corridor, Uptown, and Oak Lawn come together. Members gain discounted access to fun events, a discount on the rental of Arlington Hall, and a complimentary ticket to a festive holiday party. Every membership is tax deductible as allowed by law.

BIG EVENT

Each year more than 4,000 people gather in Oak Lawn Park for the Conservancy's Easter in the Park, an afternoon of festivities including The Conservancy Pooch Parade, live music, an Easter egg hunt, a special appearance from the Easter Bunny, and a variety of food trucks. A portion of sales from the food trucks are donated to The Conservancy. The Conservancy Pooch Parade meanders down Turtle Creek Boulevard, with winners selected by a panel of local celebrity judges. Registration is $10 in advance per costume entry, and day-of registration is $15.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

MISSION

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help with advocacy, donating, volunteering, and fundraising

BIG EVENT

Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns that includes sailing, powerboating, and paddling in communities throughout the country in support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Individuals form fundraising teams that help galvanize relationships between friends, family, and business contacts. The team that raises the most in their community receives the coveted Leukemia Cup.

Man & Woman of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors.

High-Tech High Heels

MISSION

High-Tech High Heels (HTHH) is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas. It believes the world will be a better place when there is a diverse, qualified workforce with more opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Having women represented equitably in STEM careers will not only increase innovation and make our nation more competitive, but will also have far-reaching global economic and societal benefits.

Their mission is to close the gender gap in STEM professions in the United States, and to increase the number of girls graduating from high school and entering a college-level degree program in STEM.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join the speakers bureau, which support HTHH's funded programs by enabling counselors, teachers, and other educational staff to find volunteers for their STEM and female-focused events. The primary focus is working with girls of all ages during events where speakers speak directly with a classroom and answer questions students may have about STEM careers, or serving on a panel.

You can also donate directly to HTHH through Communities Foundation of Texas, or earn money for HTHH though volunteer matching of your donation hours.

BIG EVENT

The annual High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser is an evening of cocktails, live auctions, and raffle prizes. Guests can also learn more about how they can help level the playing field for more girls starting at an early age. You will be able to meet organizations benefitting from your donation and learn how your contributions are helping more girls pursue careers in STEM fields.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

MISSION

For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Affiliates adhere to nationally adopted standards for child safety, training, match support, governance, and branding as well as best practices. In-depth child safety workshops provide affiliate staff with the knowledge and tools to put child safety first.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you'll ever do — and it's actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. While girls and boys across the country are waiting to be matched, there are thousands of boys in particular who are ready and waiting to be matched with Big Brothers right now. There are more than twice as many boys on our waiting lists than girls.

You can also make a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child with an adult mentor. Head here to get involved.

MEMBERSHIP

For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. Play a board game, make fun crafts, hit the playground together — just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little's potential.

To start the process of becoming a Big, click here.

BIG EVENT

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year, half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in the heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping the group transform your community.

For general information about Bowl for Kid's Sake, click here. For FAQs about the event, click here.

USS Fort Worth Support Committee

MISSION

The USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) Support Committee is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide unparalleled moral support to and appreciation for the service to the USS Fort Worth's crew and families. They aim to infuse the USS Fort Worth with the friendship, heritage, and spirit of the city of Fort Worth during its service life, and to provide lasting, favorable memories of the USS Fort Worth and the city of Fort Worth to all who serve aboard her.

In the process, they work locally to promote the awareness of the USS Fort Worth in its service throughout the local community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Support Committee holds monthly happy hours to collect items for care packages to send to the USS Fort Worth. Each month, they collect something different to show their love and appreciation for the men and women who serve aboard the USS Fort Worth. Follow them on Facebook to find the latest location, date, and time.

MEMBERSHIP

Blue Jacket memberships are available for $125 and Anchor Club memberships are $1,000. Blue Jacket members are welcome to donate and volunteer throughout the year to work their way up to the Anchor Club level.

Anchor Club members who have been members for two or more years have access to custom Peters Bros hats like the Sailors of the Quarter and other exclusive opportunities.

BIG EVENT

September 22 is the anniversary of the commissioning, which took place in 2012. This year, the group will be celebrating in San Diego near the USS Fort Worth. In the spring, the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta features teams of five that build boats to get across the Trinity River and back.

Samaritan House

MISSION

The mission of Samaritan House is to create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Samaritan House depends on the support of individuals and community-minded organizations to meet the needs of its residents. You can help by volunteering, making in-kind donations, or making monetary donations

BIG EVENT

The Open Doors to Hope event in August supports housing and comprehensive services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, chronic disease, mental illness, or physical disabilities.

American Liver Foundation

MISSION

ALF's mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

With your generous contribution, you help the American Liver Foundation provide education and support services to the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease and help to fund critical research that one day will make liver disease a thing of the past.

The American Liver Foundation relies on volunteers, not only because the generosity of their presence allows them to maximize resources, but also because they embody the spirit and ideal of what ALF does.

Make a Difference allows you to fundraise your way for the American Liver Foundation. Host a bake sale, bowling night, tag/garage sale, or participate in a local race. Whatever idea you have, the American Liver Foundation will provide you with the tools needed to fundraise and make a difference in the fight against liver disease. Want more information? Email events@liverfoundation.org

BIG EVENT

Liver Life Walk Greater Houston will be held on April 27, 2019. Walkers and teams can register now here. The Liver Life Walk Dallas will be held on September 21, 2019.

Saving Hope

MISSION

The Saving Hope foundation is determined to put an end to animal abuse and neglect by attacking the overpopulation problem in our community and putting an emphasis on education and adoption. It finds homes for these deserving animals by eliminating the number of euthanization cases in the U.S.; promoting spay/neuter, vaccination, and medical care; providing affordable healthcare options; educating owners on the importance of pet welfare; and ending owner surrender and abuse.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Saving Hope is always looking for fosters and volunteers. For every animal they save from a shelter, they are actually saving two lives: the animals that is able to go into a foster home and the animal that will take their place at the shelter.

BIG EVENT

The annual Hope & Friends book showcases animals that touch our lives. More importantly, it carries Hope's mission to put an end to animal abuse and neglect by attacking the overpopulation problem in our community. Each page helps cover the medical needs for rescued dogs.

Aberg Center for Literacy

MISSION

The Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education, and family literacy.

The dual generation approach combats poverty with a model that provides parent education and intergenerational learning to help parents increase earning power and children overcome delays to be on grade level by third grade.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Aberg Center for Literacy relies on the community's support — as volunteers, event participants, and general supporters — to address the vast literacy needs of DFW. All the adult education classes are led by dedicated volunteers, and the early childhood education program relies on volunteers to support the work of its staff. Volunteers also help with planning fundraising events. Email us volunteer@abergcenter.org and let us know your area of interest.

BIG EVENT

The center has two signature events: The fall fundraiser, Legacy of Literacy Breakfast, continues to be successful in growing and attracting additional sponsors and attendees.

The spring fundraiser, ¡Pachanga!, is an evening filled with celebration, including dinner, a variety of live entertainment, an auction, and a raffle.

The Art Station

MISSION

This group provides a safe and encouraging environment where art making can be used to promote personal growth, uplift hearts, and help heal minds and bodies. Art therapy is defined as a human service profession that uses art, media, images, and the creative process to help individuals understand and communicate their thoughts, feelings, relationships, interests, concerns, and conflicts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every dollar donated makes a difference, and your gift allows The Art Station to continue its mission of making art therapy available to everyone. You can also host a "Friend-Raiser" event or volunteer.  

BIG EVENT

In June, The Art Station hosts its annual Byrne Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. 

Photo by Lori Wilson
Just Say YES

MISSION

Just Say YES helps equip teens to succeed by educating them through student assembly speakers and classroom curriculum. Their goal is empowering students to say yes to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices.

Just Say YES partners with schools to provide the right speakers, media, and curriculum to help students succeed academically and in life through making positive decisions that will improve their success inside and outside of the classroom. Their speakers and resources cover a variety of topics including bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence, high school drop-out prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, and self image.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Just Say YES is always looking for volunteer help in a variety of different capacities, from office assistants and photographers to advocates and committee members. For a full list of opportunties, head here.

BIG EVENT

Just Say Yes' annual celebration raises funds to support the Just Say YES mission of equipping today’s youth through high-impact student assemblies, peer-to-peer mentoring programs, educator trainings, and parent programs. Each year, a noteworthy speaker delivers a keynote adress. Past speakers have incluced Jenna Bush Hager and former Dallas police chief David Brown.

Retina Foundation of the Southwest

MISSION

The mission of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest Auxiliary works to offer support to the Retina Foundation in all its endeavors, especially supporting the research conducted and helping to raise community awareness through fundraising and volunteerism for pediatric eye disorders, inherited eye diseases, and age-related macular degeneration.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest Auxiliary membership offers many opportunities for educational, charitable, and social involvement, such as invitations to lectures and luncheons, and other events as they become available during the year.

MEMBERSHIP

Annual Friend memberships are $50, Annual Patron memberships are $100, and Lifetime memberships are $250.

BIG EVENT

The Visionary Luncheon attracts our community's most influential men and women, businesses, and foundations. The luncheon features an exceptional speaker and moderated conversation, offering attendees the chance to connect with and get to know this remarkable person.

Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County

MISSION

Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County promotes the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Caring volunteers freely give their time and personal resources to ensure that homebound elderly and disabled clients receive a nutritious meal. These compassionate individuals do more than just provide a meal and a friendly home visit.

Meals on Wheels also welcomes donations

BIG EVENT

Join for a day of food, fun, and friendly competition at the annual Meals On Wheels Golf Classic at Ridglea Country Club.

Con Mi Madre

MISSION

Con Mi Madre is a two-generation organization that empowers young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education. Con Mi Madre translates to "with my mother," which exemplifies the unique element of the programming that intentionally engages mothers in their daughters' educational journey from 6th grade through college graduation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Making an impact on a young Latina's future and that of her families can easily be done by volunteering your time and talents. From programming to development, they are always seeking volunteers to lend an extra hand. There are opportunities as conference presenters, logistical conference volunteers, mentors, gala committee members, gala volunteers, and general operations work. There are several opportunities throughout the year for the community to get involved.

BIG EVENT

The Corazón Awards is the annual flagship gala and largest fundraiser. Guests experience a night of food, fun, and inspiration as members from the community who have made an impact on the organization and in the lives of those they serve are recognized.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

MISSION

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is building a pipeline of strong, confident girls. It fosters a strong sense of self, helping girls develop the confidence to know they can do anything they put their minds to. Through programming that focuses on life skills, STEM, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors, Girl Scouts helps girls become their best selves, no matter what they are passionate about.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Girl Scouts welcomes girls of all ages between kindergarten and twelfth grade. To learn more about joining, head here. Volunteers are needed to lead troops as well as support local events and programs at our STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas. Head here to learn more.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in Girl Scouts is $25 annually and is paid to Girl Scouts of the USA. Membership fees cover membership in the national organization, including liability insurance for participation in events. Local troops may assess troop dues. Financial assistance is available.

BIG EVENT

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas hosts the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon in the fall to honor extraordinary women and one man who is "Man Enough" to be a Girl Scout. Two young women of distinction are also recognized for their service and contributions to the Northeast Texas community. To learn more, purchase tickets, or sponsor the event, email wdl@gsnetx.org.

Independence Gardens

MISSION

Independence Gardens is a parent-led nonprofit organization founded in 2013. Its overall mission is to connect kids with food through actionable, impactful nutrition education programs. This is accomplished through partnership with schools and the community. It begins with an experiential, edible, outdoor learning space and progresses to a hands-on, student-led (and chef-driven) Come and Eat IT! Campaign.

This collaborative approach provides every child an engaging, meaningful, and transformative education experience that is action based, playful, passionate, leadership-focused, and engaging. Independence Gardens' programs foster and develop in children life skills such as self esteem, leadership, decision-making, nutrition, and love of community.

Since the organization began in 2013, the program has connected thousands of students to the food they are growing and eating, helping them make healthier food choices.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Do you love gardening? Can you work a saw? Do you love food? Then the outdoor learning spaces in Independence Gardens' network need you. There are several volunteer opportunities available.

Your generosity provides students in the community with experiential programs that sprout their educational journey. From edible gardening, a student-run farmers market, live cooking activities with chefs, and teaching families that fresh cooked food is as easy as growing peas, it all depends on donations.

BIG EVENT

Come and Eat IT! is Independence Gardens' signature event that connects children to the food they are growing and eating through a chef-driven, student-led cooking event. Held in May, students, chefs, teachers, parents, and community leaders rally for improved nutrition education. Each year, thousands of students in the Dallas-Fort Worth participate in this event.

Garden To Table is the group's signature fundraising event. Local chefs rally for improved nutrition education by curating dishes inspired by vegetables grown in the Community School Gardens within the Independence Gardens network.

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The Elisa Project

MISSION

The Elisa Project (TEP) is dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by promoting the awareness and prevention of life-threatening disordered eating through education, support, and advocacy.

Elisa Project clients include people living with symptoms of unhealthy relationships with food, including disordered eating, obesity, eating disorders, and more. TEP serves more than 30,000 individuals annually. Currently, about half of their clients live in the North Texas area, and more than 70 percent of their clients have monthly incomes less than $1,000.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Aside from varoious volunteer opportunities, TEP also trains ED campus ambassadors. Being an ED campus ambassador is a high-profile position on campus for the educator who is the most passionate advocate and warrior fighting against eating disorders. ED campus ambassadors are dedicated to becoming the most knowledgeable resource, and to promoting the awareness and prevention of eating disorders at their school.

TEP provides ED campus ambassadors with educational tools, ongoing ED training, and social event ideas that can benefit their students, parents, faculty, administrators, and community.

BIG EVENT

The Elisa Project's annual Life Lessons Luncheon raises important funds and features a highly-anticipated speaker each year. Past featured speakers have included Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan and actress Chrissy Metz. The inspiring afternoon includes a reception and seated luncheon.

KIPP Texas Public Schools

MISSION

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide, nonprofit network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, educating over 27,700 students. KIPP Texas believes every child, regardless of economic background, has the right to an exemplary education and a choice-filled life. They do this by fostering a love of learning, character development, college-readiness expectations on the ACT, and the KIPP Through College Program, so students have the support needed to go to and through college and to a career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Getting involved is simple — reach out to info@kipptexas.org to become an advocate for educationally under-served students, a resource for the KIPP Through College program helping students go to and through college and career, or help understand the value of your donation.

Want to be a part of KIPP Texas? They can share details on how to enroll and career opportunities with KIPP Texas in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

BIG EVENT

KIPP Texas - Houston has an annual dinner in April, while KIPP Texas - Austin has KIPP Night Out in February.

Epilepsy Foundation Texas

MISSION

The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Epilepsy Foundation Texas offers a variety of programs and services to help live life to the fullest. All of its programs and services — camps, clinics, and education — are designed to help people overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

BIG EVENT

The Walk To End Epilepsy is held in the spring in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Houston's gala is the Safari Party, and the Dallas gala is called Race On Over for Epilepsy

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Cowboys Who Care Foundation

MISSION

Cowboys Who Care, founded by comedian William Lee Martin (Cowboy Bill) and his wife Michele, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing smiles, support, and free Resistol cowboy hats to boys and girls across the country who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Cowboys Who Care Foundation offers three ways to support its mission: make a one-time donation, make a recurring donation, or honor someone who fought their battle by making a memorial donation.

The newly launched Request A Hat program provides the opportunity for the foundation to reach kids outside of the hospitals through community engagement. If you know of a kid battling cancer in your neighborhood or town, CWCF's online request form allows the community to take action and alert them to the deserving child that could use a smile and brand-new cowboy hat. CWCF is 100 percent volunteer-based and all donations are put toward travel expenses, shipping the hats to hospitals, and purchasing the cowboy hats.

BIG EVENT

Cowboys Who Care Foundation host an annual CWCF golf tournament in Fort Worth. All proceeds of the golf tournament go back to the foundation to make sure they are able to continue its movement across America.

Center for BrainHealth

MISSION

The mission of the Center for BrainHealth is to lead scientific research to enhance, protect, and restore the brain.

Led by founder and chief director Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, the Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, is a research institute composed of independent labs that are responsible for more than 60 fully funded research projects that investigate brain health, injury, and disease. Major research areas include the use of functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiology supporting cognition and emotion in health and disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Center for Brain Health is often looking for volunteer help at various Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute events. To get started, fill out this form.

If you are interested in participating in a study, visit the Center for BrainHealth's study participation page to see if you qualify,

BIG EVENT

The BrainHealth Legacy Award recognizes the pioneering spirit of individuals whose vision and dedication to brain research enable the organization to explore the vast potential of the human mind. The Center for BrainHealth’s Legacy Award Dinner, a special inivitation-only evening, is held annually to honor a worthy recipient or recipients of its Legacy Award. The memorable evening always promises to bring together those in the Dallas community who are passionate about brain health, brain research, and brain performance.

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Unlikely Heroes

MISSION

Unlikely Heroes' vision and mission are global: to rescue, restore, and rehabilitate child victims out of slavery. Since 2011, they have rescued hundreds of children. Their journey to freedom starts in one of Unlikely Heroes' five restoration homes located around the world.

Experienced Unlikely Heroes teams are on the ground in the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines, providing the very best in restorative care, safe housing, education, life skills, medical care, counseling, stability, and love to every single child they care for.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Gifts to Unlikely Heroes help make it possible to give each rescued child food, shelter, therapy, life skills, clothing, job training, and medical care.

BIG EVENT

The annual Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala is a star-studded red carpet charity benefit featuring live musical performances, a benefit auction, and exclusive VIP celebrity meet-and-greet.

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Sons of the Flag

MISSION

Sons of the Flag is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research. They bring together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders, and purposeful civilians to complete that mission.

The ultimate goal of Sons of the Flag is to accelerate the process of testing leading technologies and pushing them into circulation for immediate use. This will aid the recovery and lives of burn survivors across the nation. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

SOTF Task Force Leaders are unpaid volunteers who are willing to give their time and talent to improving the lives of burn survivors and their families, and host at least one fundraising event each year. TFLs work to develop a relationship with the burn unit in their region, serving as a conduit between SOTF and the burn unit. TFLs attend one fire service conference per year to help recruit new TFLs, and work as a team to collectively advance the mission of SOTF.

If you are interested in becoming a Task Force Leader, click here

BIG EVENT

Sons of the Flag hosts firemanship confrences and Country 4 Country, a concert, dinner, and auction.

All Things Made New

MISSION

Providing mentorship, character development, and life skills training for at-risk youth to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. They serve students in fifth through twelfth grade.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here for current ways to get involved, sponsor, or support youth.

The One Society

MISSION

The mission of The One Society is to support Children's Health Children's Medical Center by engaging and fostering young leaders to make life better for children through philanthropic, educational, fundraising, volunteer, and social opportunities. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The One Society depends upon membership and donations. When you donate to The One Society, you are helping to support numerous programs and their main beneficiary, the Children's Health Children Medical Center. 

MEMBERSHIP

The One Society is a membership-based organization. A portion of the proceeds go to the main beneficiary, Children's Health, and to designated inner-hospital programs as selected annually by the board. If you're interest in becoming a member of the organization, please reference the offering levels and proceed through the online enrollment process here

BIG EVENT

The Night In White occurs in September and is an annual evening of celebration for members and friends to come together in support of children in need and their families.

PediPlace

MISSION

This not-for-profit pediatric clinic provides primary care pediatric health services with a highly competent and bilingual staff of medical professionals, trained office staff, and dedicated volunteers. By providing quality, compassionate, family-centered healthcare to North Texas children with limited access to care, children are given what they cannot access elsewhere: a chance at a healthy life.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many volunteer opportunities available including: conducting a drive, helping on the gala committee, medical professionals assisting in the clinics, and special project assistance. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Alexis Aparicio at alexis.aparicio@pediplace.org or 469-322-3678.

BIG EVENT

PediPlace has two major events: In November it's the Poker Party at the Lantana Golf Club, where for a $100 tax deductible donation guests will receive dinner, drink tickets, and starting chips. In February, celebrate PediPlace's birthday with the gala held at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville. For more information, please contact Shari Markey at shari.markey@pediplace.org or 469-322-3660.

Autocare Haven

MISSION

Autocare Haven helps those in North Texas who have fallen on hard times by providing vehicle repairs so they can get back on the road and on with their lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Anyone interested in getting involved can do so in a few ways:

  • Request to join the board to help guide the strategy in helping others.
  • If you are a mechanic you can sign up to be a part of the approved mechanic network to conduct repairs for those who apply requesting assistance.
  • Donations are always welcome through the Facebook page or on the website.
  • Partnering with other organizations to promote each other's missions and increase visibility for one another is encouraged
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Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas

MISSION

The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, which has been in continuous operation since 1968, is located in Dallas but they answer calls throughout DFW as well as calls for two national crisis lines. Each month, 1,500 people in crisis call the center (214-828-1000) to speak to a trained, caring counselor. Anytime, day or night, someone always answers. In addition, the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas offers a survivors of suicide a support group, crisis debriefing services, and in-service trainings.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Training classes for the crisis line are offered a minimum of twice a year. The extensive training requires attendance at classes for ten consecutive weeks, one evening a week. After the training and internship is completed, volunteers are asked to commit to one three-to-four-hour shift per week for at least six months. Shifts are available 24 hours a day. If you are interested in volunteering to be a crisis line volunteer, call 214-824-7020, email volunteer@sccenter.org, or complete and submit this online form.

BIG EVENT

A chance meeting between Margie Wright, executive director of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, and Yvonne Crum took place at a charity event. This meeting lead to Margie asking Yvonne to help raise $25,000 by organizing an event around the issue of suicide that potential donors would want to attend.

Crum realized the best way to involve the community in raising awareness and funds was to select a dozen women annually to serve as fundraising ambassadors. These ambassadors, or Fashion Stars, work tirelessly to promote and sell raffle tickets for The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas' annual Fashion Stars for a Cause, which is a celebration of fashion and compassion. Since the beginning of Fashion Stars, more than $2 million has been raised to provide hope and save lives.

Honor Flight DFW

MISSION

Honor Flight DFW honors veterans for the sacrifices they have made to keep the nation safe by providing them with an all-expense paid trip to visit the memorials in Washington, D. C. These memorials symbolize the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of these American heroes. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Older warriors could not make this trip without the caring assistance of the Honor Flight DFW Guardians. You can also donate to Honor Flight DFW here.

BIG EVENT

Honor Flight DFW hosts an annual golf classic fundraiser in October to raise funds for the charity. To learn more, click here

Humane Tomorrow

MISSION

Humane Tomorrow is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of unwanted and abused animals in Flower Mound and the surrounding areas. They are also committed to spay/neuter assistance and education to companion animal guardians.

Humane Tomorrow works with Flower Mound's animal shelter to secure homes for found animals. Since Humane Tomorrow does not have a shelter, all animals in their program are placed in temporary foster homes until permanent homes can be found. Since 1997, Humane Tomorrow has rescued over 6,000 animals. They are dedicated to promoting a respectful, responsible, and compassionate relationship between animals and people.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Humane Tomorrow's range of volunteer needs is vast, from monitoring the phones to hands-on care with Flower Mound's animals. New volunteer orientations are held every month to introduce those interested to the different opportunities available. They are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month, but head here for a current volunteer orientation schedule.

MEMBERSHIP

Humane Tomorrow accepts general donations but also has special programs set up for specific giving. These include the Mercy Fund, which helps provide victims of abuse and neglect the care they need, and Love on Wheels, a program with the mission to reduce euthanasia of dogs in Texas shelters by transporting them to areas where demand for adoptable dogs cannot currently be met.

BIG EVENT

Humane Tomorrow's annual Tuxes and Tails gala is the organization's largest fundraiser, featuring a fun-filled evening of dinner, drinks, and, of course, visits from some of the event's four-legged beneficiaries.

Alliance For Children

MISSION

Alliance for Children's mission is to protect Tarrant County children from child abuse through teamed investigations, healing services, and community education. They use a coordinated, multidisciplinary teamed approach to child abuse investigations that allows them to lessen the trauma to child abuse victims and provide timely, supportive services to children and their protective caregivers.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

They are always in need of volunteers for work in centers and special events. To apply to volunteer, please contact Jamie Harton at volunteer@allianceforchildren.org.

Donations allow Alliance to continue to provide healing services for the children and families they serve. To donate, head here.

BIG EVENT

The largest signature event is the "Let's Play Bingo" Ladies Luncheon, held every February. They also present a clay shoot tournament, Picnic at the Park, and a cornhole tournament every year. To learn more about any of these, head here.

Bryan's House

MISSION

Bryan's House provides underserved children in North Texas with specialized medical, educational, and therapeutic care, and holistic support services for families to thrive. Bryan's House serves over 1,200 people a year through medically-managed childcare, family support services, weekend and summer childcare, and other special programs. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Bryan's House depends on the community for funding, and a direct gift helps to make their programs and services possible.

Gold Star Parents Retreat

MISSION

Gold Star Parents Retreat provides a unique, three-day retreat to the parents of fallen soldiers by openly honoring their sons and daughters through specially designed sessions and activities. All parents are welcome, regardless of branch of service or cause of loss.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Connect with Gold Star Parents Retreat through its websiteFacebook, or Twitter to learn what a Gold Star parent is, how many are in your community and why they need your support.  

Dallas Pets Alive

MISSION

Dallas Pets Alive's mission is to promote and provide the resources, education, and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. The organization is run mostly by volunteers, and all pets are housed by dedicated foster families throughout North Texas. The group focuses on helping the healthy and treatable pets who are at risk of euthanasia at Dallas Animal Services, by rescuing the pets at greatest risk and helping owners who are having problems so great that they need to surrender their pet(s) to a shelter. The rescue program focuses primarily on the pets who have already been passed over by other groups and the Dallas Animal Services' adoption programs, taking only the healthy and treatable pets who have no other options.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Consider volunteering or becoming a foster to an animal looking for a fur-ever home. Volunteers who work directly with the animals can increase an animal's chances of adoption by providing additional human contact. Volunteers also help inform the community of the aims and objectives of Dallas Pets Alive and promote responsible pet ownership.

BIG EVENT

In addition to weekly adoption events, Dallas Pets Alive holds an annual "pup crawl" to raise money for medical care and training for the animals in its care.

Lemonade Day

MISSION

Lemonade Day's mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. They want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer mentor, donor, or corporate sponsor. Visit the website for more information.

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Texas Women's Foundation

MISSION

Texas Women's Foundation invests in women and girls to empower women's philanthropy and build a better world. In 2013, Texas Women's Foundation began a comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Unlocking Leadership Campaign, to improve the future of North Texas by investing in the economic security and leadership potential of women and girls with an ambitious $50 million goal.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways that Texas Women's Foundation invites you to make an investment in advancing the lives of women and girls in our community. All gifts — whether through events, endowments, or joining a giving society — make a ripple effect by transforming the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Head here for a comprehensive list of ways to give.

MEMBERSHIP

The XIX Society — named for Texas Women's Foundation's 19 founders — is a giving society for philanthropists who believe that the surest way to create concrete solutions in our community is by investing in women and girls. By contributing annually at one of the XIX Society levels, members are partnering with Texas Women's Foundation to unleash the power of the ripple effect, and their gift is an investment in women's economic security, leadership, education, health, and safety. Benefits include networking opportunities and being able to participate in the selection of the XIX Society grant recipient.

BIG EVENT

Featuring a top-notch speaker, the Annual Luncheon attracts more than 1,500 of the community's most influential business and philanthropic leaders, decision makers, and individuals, and is one of the top luncheons in Dallas. The other event, Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, recognizes leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls with the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards.

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The Birthday Party Project

MISSION

The Birthday Party Project (BPP) brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. With the help of its birthday enthusiasts, BPP hosts monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. They celebrate all children (ages 1-22) that have a birthday that month, and invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join the party. The one-hour celebration is a chance for kids to dream big, and the BPP sees their parties as being much more than a celebration — they are a loud exclamation point that kids matter.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

"Birthday enthusiasts" help create magical moments for the kids they celebrate by helping to set-up, decorate, light candles, hand out cupcakes, and connect with the birthday kids. To get started as a birthday enthusiast, head here.

BIG EVENT

Happiness is contagious at the Birthday Party Project's annual birthday party, the signature fundraising event that celebrates bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. This wild party is both fun and fancy, and 100 percent of ticket sales and sponsorships go directly to throwing birthday parties at partner agencies.

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Children's Cancer Fund

MISSION

Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF) champions kids in their fight against cancer through strategic investments in research and care in North Texas. 

They are closely affiliated with Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center — by working closely with these respected organizations, Children's Cancer Fund is able to strategically focus their funds on improving treatment and care methods for North Texas children who are affected by all types of pediatric cancer. In addition, they are able to help improve the quality of their lives by bringing families who are going through treatments together through various fun and social events they sponsor throughout the year. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are various ways to become involved with the Children's Cancer Fund, from volunteering to joining the CCF volunteer committee or CCF board of directors and advisory board.

BIG EVENT

The Children’s Cancer Fund Gala is the organization's signature event, an annual fundraiser for pediatric oncology research. The event features a dinner, auction, and program along with musical entertainment and dancing. A fashion show presented by Dillard’s and produced by RSC Show Productions features children who are undergoing treatment for cancer at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas as models. They are escorted down the runway by sponsors and celebrity guests.

Refugee Services of Texas

MISSION

Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Refugee Services of Texas welcomes all members in the community to get involved by attending community events, volunteering, advocating, and making donations.

BIG EVENT

Refugee Services of Texas' signature events are held at the kickoff of Amplify Austin in Austin and for North Texas Giving Day in Fort Worth and Dallas. RST hosts events across Texas year-round — keep an eye on the website events calendar to know the latest events that are coming up.

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KidneyTexas

MISSION

KidneyTexas provides funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure, and the prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.

Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas have worked in tandem with their generous underwriters to raise $3.1 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership levels start at only $40, and the enrollment form can be downloaded here.

BIG EVENT

Each fall, KidneyTexas hosts its Luncheon & Fashion Show in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of Dallas business and community leaders.

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Therapists Beyond Borders

MISSION

Therapists Beyond Borders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with communities around the world that have expressed a need for therapy services. They collaborate with partner sites to co-design programs that provide care for individuals with special needs and empower those who care for them. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy volunteers carry out the programs until they can be locally sustained. By using a model that fosters community involvement, they allow individuals to progress beyond borders to reach their own unique potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to the local program-building, as well as carrying out programs internationally, and donate! Contact info@tbbinc.org.

NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow program DFW

MISSION

The LOT program from the DFW chapter of the National Black MBA Association provides leadership development to high school students. The program is driven by mentoring across four developmental areas: leadership, financial literacy, college preparation, and career preparation. The program offers participants resources, knowledge, and opportunities in the way of mentoring relationships, scholarships, and internships.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact LOT@dfwmbas.org for opportunities to donate and volunteer.

MEMBERSHIP

LOT DFW participants pay an annual NBMBAA student membership fee of $15.

BIG EVENT

The NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Annual Leadership Summit and National Business Case Competition enables participants to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and presentation skills by addressing a business case study. The DFW LOT chapter has won first place in the National Business Case Competition in 2018, 2016, 2011, and 2010.

Yoga N Da Hood

MISSION

Yoga N Da Hood is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to making wellness accessible to everyone. It uses yoga as a tool to develop compassionate, healthy, and mindful individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Yoga practice is very beneficial to a healthy lifestyle, but it is also a very pricey way of living. They believe that the practice of self love should be affordable to everyone. Yoga N da Hood offers no-cost yoga classes and compassion workshops in various place throughout DFW.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Reach out here to find ways to get involved with Yoga N Da Hood.

AIDS Outreach Center

MISSION

AOC provides support services to more than 1,600 individuals and their families across all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and sexual identities. AOC is currently the only nonprofit organization that offers a continuum of support services to the HIV/AIDS community in Tarrant County and seven surrounding rural counties. Its mission is to serve people living with or at risk for HIV with dignity and respect.

AOC began in 1986 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among gay males as an all-volunteer organization in order to provide support to those dying from the disease. In just two years, the demand for services from AOC resulted in the hiring of its first two paid staff members, and support quickly grew. Today, AOC has more than 30 staff members dedicated to providing 10 services aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, bringing those newly diagnosed into treatment, and improving the lives of those infected or affected by HIV.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join AOC's dedicated core of volunteers by working in its food pantry once a week, serving as a clerical assistant based on your availability, or helping with specialized tasks like fundraising or marketing. Head here for more info or email volunteer@aoc.org.

Gifts of $25, $50, $100, or just $5 per month can make a world of difference for someone living with HIV in your community. Head here to see how you can change a life.

MEMBERSHIP

Join the Circle of Hope by committing to give $100 a month or a one-time donation of $1,000.

BIG EVENT

AOC's largest annual fundraising event is Evening of Hope, a night of food, fun, and celebration. This event typically includes special performances, keynote speakers, and a live and silent auction (among other attractions). Join as they celebrate achievements, combat stigmas, and honor those who have made a substantial impact locally in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

AOC also holds an annual 5K and fun run in Trinity Park in the late fall or early winter. The day includes a timed 5K run, a fun run/walk, and Pooches on Parade competition. Head here for more information.

Be the Difference Foundation

MISSION

The mission is to create awareness and improve the lives of all people affected by ovarian cancer through education, support, and research. Be the Difference Foundation's vision is a world without ovarian cancer.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Sign up to be a volunteer at any of the events, or submit a request to be considered to be on the board.

BIG EVENT

Wheel to Survive is on of the group's signature events. It's an indoor cycling event where more than 300 riders participate in a 1-5 hour spin event to raise money for education, support, clinical trials, and education of ovarian cancer. You can sign up as a single or start a team. The event is at Gilley's Dallas on February 23, 2020.

Runway For Hope is the other signature event. After an astounding event this past September, it will become an annual event. It is a luncheon and fashion show with ovarian cancer survivors as the models. It will always be held during Ovarian Cancer Month in September. The proceeds this year went to Mary Crowley Cancer Research to fund ovarian cancer clinical trials.

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DataReady

MISSION

The mission of DataReady is to educate a local career-ready tech workforce through accessible and affordable all-ages, hands-on data science training and exposure.

They aim to expand data and data science knowledge among under-served residents, especially minorities, women, and low-income individuals in DFW. They work with individuals of all ages, including K-12 and adults, through both long-term, hands-on, project-based training and events, as well as businesses in need of on-demand data services and knowledge.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

DataReady is a 100 percent volunteer-driven organization at this time, so volunteering or donating are the best ways to help out.

BIG EVENT

A one-of-a-kind STEAMED summer camp is provided all day in the summer for kids ages 6-11, and they also partner with Skill Quest to provide adult data career training with cohorts throughout the year.

Men of Nehemiah

MISSION

The Men of Nehemiah is a Christian community service movement designed to rebuild the lives of families that have been torn apart by the vicious onslaught of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, crime, and violence. Initiated in South Dallas, the primary ministry is a comprehensive discipleship and addiction recovery program for men, particularly men who are homeless and/or formerly incarcerated.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

TMON believes that creating an effective system for volunteer engagement and involvement is directly connected to its goals of leveraging tight resources, maximizing community involvement, and advancing organizational growth and development. You can also donate to The Men of Nehemiah here

American Lung Association

MISSION

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Its work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all, improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families, and create a tobacco-free future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, become an advocate, and donate are just a few of the ways to become involved. See the website for more details.

BIG EVENT

The LungForce Walk is held in the spring, while the Fight For Air Climb, which spans 51 stairs and 1,020 steps for those that cannot breathe, is in the fall. Early registration $10.00 thru September 7; $25.00 after - $100.00 Participant Fee 

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Youth With Faces

MISSION

This mission of Youth With Faces is to give youth in the juvenile justice system the skills needed to break the cycle of incarceration and create positive futures. They believe in the potential of these youth and give them the opportunity to learn and practice critical social, job, and life skills. These are essential to their success when returning to their families and communities.

First launched in 2001 to provide materials and meals to the youth in Dallas County’s Youth Village, Youth with Faces began expanding its scope to include rehabilitation programs in 2008. Today, they have expanded to serve the residents of both Medlock Residential Treatment Center and Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center, and impact the lives of approximately 200 youth annually.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Youth With Faces offers many opportunities for individual volunteers and groups, including working with their youth (which includes assisting with career classes, conducting mock interviews, and participating in the speakers program) and other support such as helping organize and beautify Youth With Faces spaces and holding a clothing drive.

BIG EVENT

Five of Dallas’ finest chefs prepare a multi-course farm-to-table meal paired with select wines at Youth With Faces' annual fundraising dinner Field & Vine.

Belle & Sparrows

MISSION

Belle & Sparrows is a by-women, for-women nonprofit that reaches women both locally and globally. It stands in the gap for marginalized women around the world by teaching them skills for economic sustainability; providing encouragement as they brave the struggles of addiction and/or incarceration; helping them overcome the trauma of being trafficked or escaping the sex trade industry; helping them find their worth after exiting an abusive relationship; and sharing a Bible study, time of prayer, and sharing of testimonies. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the ministry. Current needs include unGALA volunteers, administration, hospitality, and social media. Head here to learn more and fill out a volunteer form.

BIG EVENT

In typical Belle & Sparrows fashion, unGALA is an uncommon take on the traditional gala. The night promises incredible experiences, connections, and inspiring stories, with some of Collin County's best food, drinks, and music along with speaker, author, and teacher Dr. Jackie Roese and emcee Keisha Jones, founder of Encourage Ministries. The funds raised from the (brief) live and silent auctions are catalytic to Belle & Sparrow's future plans.

Ark of the Rainbow

MISSION

Ark of the Rainbow fights poverty and human trafficking through education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Email to volunteer here or abroad, or sponsor a child in need.

BIG EVENT

The annual Bollywood Night gala is held each November.

The C Team

MISSION

The mission of The C Team is to provide support through faith and funds to patients and their families that are dealing with children's cancer.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The C Team always accepts donations and volunteers. It also has two major ongoing projects: donating gift cards to families at Children's Hospital in Dallas, and a facility that hosts children and their families for weekend getaways. Contact The C Team directly for more information on the current needs.

BIG EVENT

The C Team will host its first golf tournament in September 2019 (exact dates and details are TBD). This event will be a fundraiser to help meet the funding goal for the facility that will serve as a bed-andbreakfast-style resort for patients and their families while undergoing treatment. The facility will also serve as a summer camp for children who are battling cancer, who may not be able to participate in normal summer camp activities.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth

MISSION

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth is to provide enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth has excelled through the support of donors and volunteers. There are many ways to give--through monetary gifts, in-kind giving, planned giving, and the invaluable gift of time. Another way to get involved is to attend a Boys & Girls Club event. For more ways to get involved, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Club membership is $10 a year, but a child or teen is never turned away if they cannot pay the membership fee.

BIG EVENT

Panther Club's RTB Golf Classic is a four-player scramble that features prizes for the top three scoring teams as well as for last place. The day is packed full of golf challenges and contests, games, and much more. The evening ends with good food, spirits, and an awards ceremony on the patio.

Lunch with the Girls is a special experience focused on providing women in the community with the opportunity to mentor young ladies from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Women showing leadership in their home, community, and workplace come together with young ladies from the Club for a special meal, meaningful conversation, and to hear from that year's guest speaker. Both more information on either event, head here.

Holden Strong Awareness Campaign

MISSION

In 2016, 13-year- old Jarron Cordell Holden II collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball at Bob Knight Fieldhouse in Duncanville. Thanks to a working Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the facility, and the quick work of first responders, Holden survived. Now Holden Strong's mission is to provide affordable heart screenings and CPR and AED training to student-athletes ages 11-25 years old.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Email info@holdenstrong.org for more information about how to get involved, or subscribe to the website and follow the group on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

BIG EVENT

A community-wide heart screening happens in the spring.

allgo

MISSION

For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Allgo relies heavily on volunteers both in Austin and throughout Texas to build its statewide QPOC movement. Volunteer opportunities include serving on event-planning committees, working events, computer work, DJ services, newsletter writing, designing publicity materials, facilitating workshops and groups, and more. Email allgo@allgo.org for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

Being a member of allgo means that you share in the vision of a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities and that you commit your time and resources to support allgo. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member, plus make a pledge for either a monthly or annual donation and/or offering a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work with allgo.

BIG EVENT

Allgo’s annual Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit brings together 25 QPOC activists from across the state to explore and develop strategies for the coming year, to celebrate accomplishments, and to learn self-care. The weekend-long summit is a space for dialogue about building a movement coming from a place of engaging possibilities rather than a place of fighting. Summit activities and workshops allow attendees to safely engage in dialogue, reflection, learning, and sharing experiences. 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MISSION

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The regional fundraising offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston put on hundreds of fundraising events, such as galas, golf tournaments, and walks and marathons, throughout the year in those cities and surrounding areas. If you are interested in supporting St. Jude, there are several committee openings and event day volunteer opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The St. Jude Young Professionals of Dallas are a dedicated group of Young Professionals in the community dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the mission of St. Jude. You can become involved by joining the leadership board and serving the mission of St. Jude by helping plan upcoming events while creating networking opportunities and happy hours for like-minded young professionals.

The membership fee is $50 annually per person, which includes quarterly happy hours, networking events, and first opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for signature events.

BIG EVENT

St. Jude hosts several events, including:

  • The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, a national event happens in more than 60 cities on the same day
  • The Rock n Roll Series, a half marathon and marathon in San Antonio and Dallas
  • The Houston Marathon, where St. Jude Heroes register to Run for a Reason and raise money for St. Jude while earning free race entry and other incentives
  • Friends of St. Jude Crawfish Boil, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music
  • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Waco and San Antonio, where a $100 ticket enters participants for a chance to win a house with an estimated value of $575,000, or other great prizes
  • The St. Jude Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament at Four Corners Brewery on May 18, 2019.
American Cancer Society

MISSION

Breakthrough research. Free lodging near treatment. A 24/7/365 live helpline. Rides to treatment. This is far from a complete list, but it makes one thing clear: when it comes to cancer, American Cancer Society is the only organization attacking it from every angle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer, make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in a fundraising event to help save lives. Call 1-800-227-2345 for volunteer opportunities in fundraising, patient programs, advocacy, and other volunteer needs.

BIG EVENT

American Cancer Society puts on several events, including Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Cattle Barons Ball, Real Men Wear Pink, Holiday Shopping Card, and many other events in communities across the state of Texas.

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Givingmas, Inc.

MISSION

With generous donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals, the Givingmas team sponsors a family in need for an entire year by providing critical necessities, fun family activities, and access to other sustainable resources.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate money, goods, and professional services to make a positive impact on the sponsored family.

BIG EVENT

An annual fundraising event is held each December, with GivingMas 2019 scheduled for December 5. Come enjoy a special night of eating, drinking, live music, and giving.

Sadie Keller Foundation

MISSION

Sadie Keller Foundation was created shortly after Sadie was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 when she was seven years old. Her mission is to put a smile on the faces of childhood cancer fighters everywhere by giving them special gifts, to financially support families that are in the hospital for long periods of time, to raise much needed awareness, and to fight in Washington, D.C. for more research funding.

Currently, out of all research dollars the National Cancer Institute receives from the government, only 4 percent goes to childhood cancer. Sadie believes that we must all band together to fight and end childhood cancer. To further focus on accomplishing the SKF mission, Sadie works as a public speaker, advocate, and activist to garner support for patients, families, and lobbies in Washington, D.C. for more research funding.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many wonderful ways to get involved in the Sadie Keller Foundation. Through the website you can sign up to volunteer, be part of the volunteer committee, be a drop-off location, and help collect toys for Sadie's big toy drive, Sadie's Sleigh, and partner with Sadie by becoming a sponsor.

BIG EVENT

Sadie Keller Foundation has two signature events, Sadie's Sleigh and the Sadie Keller Foundation Yellow Ball.

Sadie's Sleigh is an annual toy drive for childhood cancer fighters across North Texas and beyond that have to spend Christmas in the hospital. Over four years, they have donated over 36,000 toys to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Cook Children's, Medical City Children's Hospital, and Children's Medical Center in Plano. In 2019, Sadie's Sleigh expanded to Texas Children's in Houston and Dell Children's in Austin, as well as five other Children's hospitals in five states.

The SKF Yellow Ball is the organization's annual gala and largest fundraiser. The event features a sit-down dinner, silent and live auction, program, and dancing. Sadie gives two awards on this special night. The Sadie's Hero Award is given to someone that has made a significant impact in the childhood cancer community. Sadie's Fighter Award is given to childhood cancer fighters from across North Texas.

American Heart Association

MISSION

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities include community events such as health fairs; signature charity events such as Heart Walk, Cotes du Coeur and the Go Red For Women Luncheon; or becoming a You're the Cure grassroots advocate. Call 214-441-4293 for more information.

BIG EVENT

AHA hosts several signature events throughout the year:

  • Local Heart Walks, whose purpose is to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Go Red For Women is a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness and educate women about their risks of heart disease and stroke. The cornerstone of this movement is the Go Red For Women Luncheon, which focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education, and research of heart health in women. Because every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease, even though 80 percent of those deaths are preventable through simple lifestyle changes, education, and awareness.
  • The Cotes du Coeur event series is a premier fundraising campaign that culminates with an annual fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner. This black-tie gala event is the largest of its kind, making it the No. 1 fundraising gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Cotes du Coeur hosts approximately 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors, and physicians. Proceeds from Cotes du Coeur go directly to cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs, both locally and nationwide.
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Crystal Charity Ball

MISSION

Since 1952, the sole purpose of The Crystal Charity Ball has been to aid, support, and make contributions to children's charities in Dallas County. As a nonprofit organization, independent of any national affiliation, members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee have raised more than $143 million for more than 140 worthy beneficiaries over the past 65 years.

To see the full list of beneficiaries, click here.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help support the beneficiaries by making an underwriting gift, purchasing a children's book page, donating to the silent auction and special gifts, purchasing contribution tickets, or attending the Ten Best Dressed Luncheon.

Fore more information on how to get involved, click here.

BIG EVENT

The Crystal Charity Ball is known as the "cap" to Dallas' yearly society season, but the Ten Best Dressed Luncheon is another big event in the fall.

Wreaths Across America (WAA)

MISSION

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. WAA's mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.

Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include nearly 2,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,600 participating locations, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you sponsor a wreath for a veteran grave, you remember their lives and service. Join WAA for wreath placements on December 14, 2019, at 11 am CST to coincide with wreath placement at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, including the national cemeteries at DFW, Houston, and San Antonio and Texas State Cemetery-Austin and 108 other WAA-Texas locations.

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Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

MISSION

The mission of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to offer national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC opened its doors on January 14, 1991, and served 725 alleged child abuse victims from its first location, a renovated, three-story Victorian home on historic Swiss Avenue. In January 2013, DCAC moved to a state-of-the-art, 56,000-square-foot facility following an $11 million capital campaign. Their services and programs include forensic services, therapy, family assistance, and education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

DCAC offers countless volunteer opportunities, from playing with children in the DCAC waiting rooms to organizing their clothes closet to working in the DCAC garden. For a complete list, head here.

BIG EVENT

Hosted at Dallas Gun Club, Aim for Advocacy raises over $150,000 each year in support of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Along with competing in a friendly and challenging 13-station clay-shooting tournament, sponsors and their teams also enjoy a catered lunch, a raffle of luxury recreational items, and a live auction of once-in-a-lifetime experience packages for fishers and hunters.

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Soul Reborn

MISSION

Soul Reborn focuses on transforming the lives of disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and previously incarcerated women by educating and equipping them with the tools for life and business. Soul Reborn addresses the personal and professional development needs of women who are unable to achieve professional success due to personal hurt, unforgiveness, grief, loss, or self-esteem.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If interested in volunteering, either with the group or at Soul Reborn at Victory Center (the Tyler-based resale shop that donates 100 percent of proceeds to Soul Reborn programming and services), contact Cheryl Williamson at Info@CherylPWilliamson.com. To donate, head here.

BIG EVENT

The Power of Laughter Heals the Soul is a multi-city comedy event featuring renowned comedians. Their vivid storytelling and jokes of life lessons, trauma, and hardships provide laughter and healing for the audience's souls. From Kim Coles to A-Train, The Power of Laughter has been an event that many look forward to and thoroughly enjoy. All event proceeds benefit Soul Reborn.

Allies in Youth Development

MISSION

Allies in Youth Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011 based in Mansfield. They provide donors, advocates, and volunteers to rescue orphans from a future of despair, and provide them with human connections, life skills, and a pathway to education. They make a difference through training in-country volunteers for mentoring programs, human trafficking prevention programs, and humanitarian aid.

Allies serves in six countries: Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, South Ossetia, Romania and, most recently, Vietnam. They operate in 27 orphanages across these countries, which serve 2,000 orphans. They also serve to empower adoptive families and single moms.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

People can always donate their used or new goods, and they are always looking for volunteers to pack boxes, sort donations, make cards, or put together toiletry kits.

They also encourage people to become monthly donors to help sponsor the Allies Mentoring Program. Just $12.50 will provide for an orphan in the program for a whole month.

BIG EVENT

The inaugural Russian Ball was held at the Hilton Anatole in 2018, and there are plans to continue it this year. Teas with Tatiana also raises awareness about human trafficking and what Allies' mission does in aiding prevention efforts.

Humane Society of North Texas

MISSION

Humane Society of North Texas' mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection; to provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, neglected, mistreated, or otherwise in need; to promote an appreciation of animals; and to instill respect for all living things.

Their services include a clinic — which features low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, pet microchipping, and a monthly vaccination clinic — humane investigations, and community outreach and education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Humane Society of North Texas relies heavily on its volunteers. Opportunties to become involved wtih HSNT include becoming a foster parent, dog or cat socializer, clinic helper, adoption assistant, event helper, and much more. Head here for volunteer guidelines and information on signing up as a HSNT volunteer.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a pet partner through a recurring monthly donation provides the Humane Society of North Texas with a source of consistent support for its life-saving programs. 

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KidLinks

MISSION

KidLinks connects kids to health and healing through music and media. Over the decades, KidLinks has made therapeutic music entetainment (defined as a musical performance or activity which by virtue of its diversion, amusement, and/or engaging qualities promotes healing) possible at hundreds of hospitals and special care centers, bringing a bit of hope and fun wherever they have gone. The have also made possible individualized music therapy for children in need.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contributions enable KidLinks to expand into more hospitals and introduce families around the world to the positive, proven benefits of music.

BIG EVENT

Symphony of Chefs is an intimate fundraiser held each February. The evening includes hors d'oeuvre from local rising star chefs, followed by a seated four-course dinner prepared tableside by featured top chefs and a decadent dessert reception crafted by pastry chefs. Additional highlights include wine and cocktail pairings, live music, and a live auction. 

The annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic provides companies with a way to make a difference in little lives everywhere, as well as a direct avenue for generating positive community awareness about the independent energy industry. This event is also one of the most effective energy-specific networking opportunities of the year.

Equality Texas Foundation

MISSION

The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.

Cane Rosso Rescue

MISSION

Cane Rosso Rescue aims to support local dog rescue groups, create a network of foster homes, and ultimately find homes for abandoned or homeless dogs. It was founded in March of 2014, when Jay Jerrier, owner of Dallas pizza restaurants Cane Rosso and Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern, expanded his reach beyond the restaurant world in order to help save the life of Walter, a Vizsla mix at a shelter in Arlington. A longtime Vizsla and German Shorthaired Pointer owner, Jerrier and Cane Rosso Rescue have since helped find homes for over 300 dogs (and counting).

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To see current volunteer opportunities and to fill out the wavier, head here.

BIG EVENT

In addition to maintaining its own network of fosters and dogs, Cane Rosso Rescue seeks to support other DFW-area dog rescue groups through its collaborative "Pups on the Patio" events, held in the spring and fall seasons at Cane Rosso locations. Area rescue groups are given the opportunity to bring adoptable dogs to Cane Rosso's dog-friendly patios for an evening of fundraising, pet adoptions, and pizza. Donations are accepted from patrons in exchange for discounts and deals on food and drinks, and all donations are matched by Cane Rosso.

Sunshine Spaces

MISSION

Sunshine Spaces's mission is to create hope and be the light for those in their darkest times. The nonprofit organization is committed to connecting our community through dream room makeovers for children battling life-threatening illnesses and their siblings. Sunshine Spaces' Love More campaign also includes sponsorship of a village in Zimbabwe, crisis response, and community outreach.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer or donate on the website.

BIG EVENT

The Nutcracker, held by Studio One Dance Center in December, benefits Sunshine Spaces.

Educational First Steps

MISSION

The mission of Educational First Steps is to increase the number of economically disadvantaged children receiving high-quality early childhood education. They do this by transforming daycare centers in impoverished communities into high-quality early childhood education learning centers.

MEMBERSHIP

Donations are always welcome, and volunteers help give at-risk children a high-quality early learning environment and the strong educational foundation they need for school readiness. Here are ways you can get involved:

  • Partner center physical improvement: lead your team in a beautification project at partner center(s), such as playground restoration, painting, creating a garden, and more.
  • Playground builds: give children their very own place for outdoor learning and play proven to improve their preschool experiences.
  • Supply drive and backpack stuffing: gather supplies and stuff Educational First Steps backpacks for children at partner center(s). Click here for the list of needed supplies.

Head here to fill out a volunteer application.

BIG EVENT

Dallas and Fort Worth each host the annual ONE Childhood ONE Chance Luncheon, which features local and national celebrity speakers. The annual Early Childhood Education Conference brings together early childhood education professionals and expert trainers from across the nation — typically 700 center directors and teachers across North Texas attend.

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Dallas CASA

MISSION

Judges appoint Dallas CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children gain safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Dallas CASA exists so that abused and neglected children in protective care have the chance to become successful adults. More than 1,300 volunteers serve more than 3,100 children annually in Dallas County.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for child victims as they wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Advocates help children access the services they need to heal from their abuse, and the information and recommendations CASA volunteers provide help to expedite the court process and provide better outcomes for children under the state's protection. CASA volunteers undergo 30 hours of initial training and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Each volunteer advocate works with a CASA staff supervisor, who provides guidance throughout the court process. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, head here to find an upcoming information session.

MEMBERSHIP

Dallas CASA's Voices of Hope giving society recognizes individual donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more and corporate, foundation, and organization donors who make annual gifts of $5,000 or more to Dallas CASA, through one-time or recurring gifts. The hope is that this society will help Dallas CASA sustain their ability to serve every abused child who needs them, year after year. Member benefits include recognition in the Dallas CASA annual report,  invitations to register early for Dallas CASA educational opportunities with limited seating, and invitations to special annual donor briefings and informal receptions at Dallas CASA.

BIG EVENT

At their annual Champion of Children Award Dinner, Dallas CASA presents the prestigious Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award to recognize community leaders who significantly improve the lives of children in the community, particularly those whose young lives have been marked by abuse, neglect, or other adversity.

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Rainbow Days

MISSION

The mission of Rainbow Days is to help children and youth in adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. In 1982, founder, CEO, and developer of CBSG Program Cathey Brown began Rainbow Days as a result of trying to overcome her own addiction and realizing that there were groups offered for adults with addiction, but nowhere for children to receive support. 

Today, with more than 35 years of experience, Rainbow Days has expanded services to include an array of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs, serving nearly 180,000 children in the Dallas community alone. In addition, 42,000 professionals across Dallas, the state of Texas, and the nation have been trained to implement Rainbow Days’ nationally recognized Curriculum-Based Support Groups or other accredited prevention programs with children in their own communities through the Trans4m Center.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer positions with Rainbow Days range from helping with summer camps to the annual back-to-school celebration. In order to promote safety and protect those that they serve, all potential volunteers are required to participate in a background check screening. Head here to start the sign-up process.

BIG EVENT

The annual Pot of Gold Luncheon features a keynote speaker and brings together more than 1,000 individuals and raises over $250,000 for the programs and services of Rainbow Days. 

Each summer, Rainbow Days' Camp Bravo welcomes nearly 300 children residing in local homeless and domestic violence shelters for two weeks of performing arts camps. Camp Bravo provides homeless children between the ages of 4 and 12 the opportunity to spend time away from the shelter to discover new talents, explore the arts, and have the unforgettable experience of performing live onstage. Classes include music, drumming, visual arts, dance, acting, cooking, video production, and more.

Community Food Bank

MISSION

Community Food Bank fights hunger and poverty by providing food, education, programs, and resources to families in a dignified, personal, and timely manner without ZIP code restrictions. It operates both as a food pantry and as a food bank. As a food pantry, they provide food directly to those in need. As a food bank, they collect and distribute food to hunger relief charities and organizations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

They are always looking for more volunteers, canned goods, and cash donations.

BIG EVENT

The annual Fort Worth Iron Chef competition consists of teams from the FWISD Culinary Arts Program. In addition to the inspiring and exciting live competition, the evening includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, craft beer, wine, and tea; a magnificent silent auction; and great door prizes.

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Junior Players

MISSION

Junior Players is the oldest children's theater in Dallas, and has been providing unique arts education programming to the youth of North Texas since 1955. The mission of Junior Players is to encourage intellectual growth, mental well-being, and the development of life skills through mentoring, creative expression, and participation in dramatic and arts activities.

Junior Players serves more than 14,000 children and teenagers every year through their free after-school and summer arts education programs. When school is out for the day, many low-income children and teenagers find themselves with lots of time and energy, but few positive options. Into that world comes Junior Players, transforming lives through the arts.

MEMBERSHIP

Junior Players' Starlight Circle is a core group of supporters that work together to promote Junior Players to the broader North Texas community. The minimum giving level to join is an annual commitment of $500. Membership benefits include unlimited tickets to the Junior Players summer Shakespeare production and winter musical production (with preferred seating), name recognition in all Junior Players production programs, an exclusive yearly celebration for members, and more.

BIG EVENT

Junior Players' annual Future Stars Celebration, sponsored by Tyler Foundation, features musical theater entertainment as well as a vintage photo booth and more. Enjoy early Christmas shopping and delicious food while helping raise much-needed funds that help Junior Players provide tuition-free arts programs for thousands of North Texas youth.

Veterans Xtreme Adventures

MISSION

Veterans Xtreme Adventures is helping America's veterans rediscover purpose through adventure, camaraderie, and therapy.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help by hosting an adventure/event at your place of business or property. They also accept donations and are open to a variety of fundraisers. Or you can simply go to their website and buy a T-shirt or hat to show your support.

BIG EVENT

There is a golf tournament each year in March, a three-gun shooting match in May, and music events later in the year.

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4word

MISSION

4word is a global 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Dallas that leads, connects, and supports women in the workplace to help them achieve their God-given potential with confidence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To get involved with 4word, you can become a mentor, member, or donate.

MEMBERSHIP

While there are no fees to participate in 4word, one of the easiest and most meaningful ways you can get involved and give back to 4word is to become a Member Insider.

BIG EVENT

The annual 4word Gala is held in February and is the organization's largest fundraiser.

Team HBCU Foundation

MISSION

The Team HBCU Foundation support future and current historically black college and university students through college and career readiness and scholarships.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate with as little as $5 a month or volunteer to support the college and career readiness program through mentoring and community partnerships.

BIG EVENT

Upcoming events include the annual scholarship gala and celebrity basketball game.

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Mosaic Family Services

MISSION

Mosaic Family Services supports, educates, and empowers the multicultural individuals and families of North Texas. They are dedicated to serving survivors of human rights abuses from around the world and within their community, and create access to opportunities for their clients, empowering them toward independence.

Mosaic Family Services hopes to equip future leaders with the skills to impact their own diverse communities for a stronger, more vibrant North Texas. Their services include shelter, legal representation, mental health programs, and community education. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunties are varied and include working at the shelter, in the office, or in the community. All volunteers must fill out a volunteer application.

BIG EVENT

The Mosaic Family Services Annual Gala is a celebration of the work the group has accomplished and the people who make that work possible. The festive and fun-filled evening is a chance to gather with friends and celebrate the resiliency of survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

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Black Tie Dinner

MISSION

Black Tie Dinner is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) supportive organizations serving North Texas through a premier event of empowerment, education, and entertainment in partnership with the community. Since its inception in 1982, Black Tie Dinner has been the largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community in the nation. Each year, Black Tie Dinner selects up to 20 North Texas beneficiaries to receive dinner proceeds as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Dinner's national beneficiary. To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed over $22 million.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a number of ways to get involved with Black Tie Dinner, from becoming a sponsor or a table captain to volunteering your time or donating items. For a full list of opportnities, head here.

BIG EVENT

Each year, up to 3,000 guests experience the Black Tie Dinner, a gala like no other with dinner, award presentations, a live luxury auction, and featured speakers, plus an afterparty with plenty of drinks and dancing.

DFW Rescue Me

MISSION

DFW Rescue Me is a foster-based dog rescue group in the Dallas area. Their mission is to provide a “new leash on life" by finding permanent and loving homes for lost, abused, and abandoned dogs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To get involved in DFW Rescue Me, you can donate here, foster dogs, or become one of the many volunteers that DFW Rescue Me depends upon in order to be successful. 

BIG EVENT

DFW Rescue Me hosts many adoption events around Dallas. To learn more about where and when these events take place, click here

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Gill Children's Services

MISSION

Gill Children’s Services is a funding source of last resort that provides a safety net for Tarrant County Children whose medical, dental, physical, social, psychological, and educational needs have not been met by other community resources. It provides kids with medications, hearing aids, eyeglasses, root canals, summer school tuition assistance, therapy, and much more. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Gathering your friends, family, or colleagues and hosting a supply drive for Gill Children's Services is one way to get involved with their mission. While most of their clients need services, many still needed goods like diapers, strollers, and toothbrushes. Contact the Gill Children's Services office for more information about holding a supply drive.

Additonally, Gill's Children's Services is always looking for advocates to help spread the word about their work. There are several ways to do so, including requesting brochures and applications to keep at your school, nonprofit, or medical/dental office, and inviting them to speak at your company or social club.

BIG EVENT

For more than 15 years, the Corvette Club of Texas has generously provided over 200 Gill children with Christmas gifts. Every year, the club works with Gill to identify families who deserve some extra help around the holidays. 

EarthX

MISSION

Formerly Earth Day Texas, EarthX hosts the largest environmental expo, conference, and film festival in the world in Dallas. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based nonprofit promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration, and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2018, the event drew 137,700 attendees, nearly 700 exhibitors, and more than 400 speakers.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Hundreds of volunteers give their time and talents each year to EarthX, helping attendees engage in hands-on activities. Some teach children how to make a difference through science play, while others encourage adults to explore the many exhibits to learn what innovations are available today and ideas for a sustainable future. Every volunteer needs to fill out an online application and e-sign a waiver before being allowed to volunteer. For more information on how you can become a volunteer, please email at melinda.garde@earthx.org or call 214-962-0979.

BIG EVENT

EarthX2019 will be held April 19-28, 2019.

Family Compass

MISSION

The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect. They believe that every child is born with the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, the opportunity to succeed in school, and the capacity to experience life without violence.

Family Compass is the largest nonprofit in North Texas dedicated to the mission of child-abuse prevention, with the sole purpose of keeping vulnerable children from entering the overburdened child welfare system. They enter the lives of vulnerable families that are at risk for abuse and implement nationally recognized, proven programs the work in synergy to keep children safe and out of the child welfare system. The GAP program hosts a group connection once a month for its clients, teens, and parents. These groups allow clients to get together to support one another in their roles as parents and teens. Each month the parent educators provide a topic of interest with a speaker and a parent-child activity.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community involvement and awareness is key, and this can include hosting a third-party event or becoming a sponsor for one of the annual events. They are also always looking for volunteers on a regular basis or single event.

BIG EVENT

Each April, Family Compass hosts an annual luncheon. In 2019, it is April 22 at the Dallas Country Club. They also host an annual golf tournament, and this year it is at the Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine on October 10.

ArtConspiracy

MISSION

Art Conspiracy is a nonprofit community that conspires to bring artists and musicians together, raise funds, and activate awareness for regional creative programs and causes. They are an altruistic friend, resource, and platform for the regional creative community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer through the website, apply to be an artist, donate through the website, or purchase tickets to the main event.

BIG EVENT

They host an annual event (ArtCon) in which more than 120 local artists spend a day creating works on 18-by-18-inch boards; the following week, the works are sold in a fast-paced auction while local bands play. Art Conspiracy chooses a new beneficiary each year to receive the proceeds of the event, which is held in November and attracts an average of 2,000 attendees.

The Cedars Union

MISSION

The Cedars Union's mission is to provide resources, including studios, tools, programs, and pro-bono services for creatives; foster a collaborative and supportive artist community; and advance the arts in North Texas.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can by becoming a patron of the Cedars Union with monthly or annual donations to support the operations, or if you are an artist, you can apply to become a Studio Artist. Become a Monthly Artist Member to have access to resources, tools, studios, and programs.

Everyone is encouraged to first come for a tour. You can inquire about a tour by emailing info@cedarsunion.org.

MEMBERSHIP

Studio Artist: Apply with your CV, 10 images, and a LOI. If accepted, you may select which studio size and lease length is best for you, pending availability. Please inquire for further pricing details on studios.

Monthly Artist Members: Pricing ranges from $80-$100 a month and includes private workshops. Becoming a Monthly Artist Member at The CU is perfect for those who need access to tools and workshops and want to stay connected with other artists, but do not need micro-studio space. Benefits: Access to facility including tools and workshops (inquire for entire list), day-use lockers, shop safety training, access to programs, workshops, tours, and demos.

The Cooper Institute

MISSION

The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting life-long health and wellness through research and education. It is dedicated to scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicating the results of research to the scientific and medical communities as well as to the general public. Its vision is to rebuild a health world and workforce through prevention, physical activity, and healthy living.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can join the Meyer Society Lecture Series and or participate in planned giving, or contact the development team to find out how you can get involved and help The Cooper Institute spread the word about exercise as preventive medicine.

BIG EVENT

The signature event is the Annual Legacy Award Dinner, usually held in November and honoring a volunteer who has made an impact in the area of health and wellness.

It also hosts the Meyer Society Lecture Series twice a year, a special evening with various leaders who support our mission of prevention, research, and education.

UNICEF USA

MISSION

UNICEF USA works to put children first all over the world through fundraising, advocacy, and education for UNICEF’s global mandate here in the United States. They are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories around the world and has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. With every dollar donated, 88.4 percent goes directly toward helping children all around the globe.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Although its offices are located in Dallas and Houston, UNICEF's engagement and activations cover the entire state of Texas. Students can get involved with UNICEF’s work by joining their local UNICEF club, currently operating in 67 schools in Texas. Participants support campaigns and put on fun events to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF USA implemented the original Kids-Helping-Kids program with the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Kids can support their peers throughout the year with UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives by tracking physical activity through the Kid Power band and app. Kids run, jump, and dance to unlock funding from partners which UNICEF uses to deliver lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children. The more kids move, the more lives they save. To date, over 10 million packets of lifesaving nourishment have been unlocked saving over 70,000 lives.

UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering, and fundraising. Through their activities, members mobilize their networks and inspire their generations to take action on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children.

BIG EVENT

In Texas, the major events include the UNICEF Gala Dallas and the UNICEF Gala Houston. These events are held annually in the spring. Both are black-tie affairs honoring outstanding humanitarian leaders and celebrating UNICEF’s mission. Head over to their websites to learn how to attend.

The Women's Center of Tarrant County

MISSION

Despite its name, the Women’s Center of Tarrant County serves women, men, and children of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities in their times of need. With services that include rape crisis and victim services, violence prevention and education, employment assistance, and general counseling, the Women’s Center assists more than 100,000 people each year.

The Play It Safe program focuses on age-appropriate scripts and movies that teach children how to recognize and prevent physical and sexual abuse and assault. Individuals and families can seek help from the legal clinic, support groups, and older adult services.

From the rape crisis hotline — open to anyone who has ever been sexually assaulted — and exam support in the event of an assault, to skills training and helping people quickly return to the workforce, the Women’s Center provides a foundation of security for thousands of North Texans.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Learn more about becoming a direct service volunteer at The Women's Center through an information session, held every January and September. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Women's Center Young Professionals further its work through volunteering, advocating, fundraising, and friend-raising. Benefits of joining include networking opportunities with young professionals from multiple companies and organizations, monthly happy hours, and group volunteer opportunities.

BIG EVENT

The Women’s Center sponsors a number of events throughout the year, including the Holiday Program, which allows individuals and organizations to sponsor a local family who may otherwise go without presents during the holiday season.

ALS Association Texas Chapter

MISSION

The ALS Association and the Texas chapter operate under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As they pursue treatments and a cure for this disease, your donations enable them to improve the lives of Texans living with ALS. From donating funds to support the mission to hosting local fundraisers to raise awareness in your community, your time and effort can make a huge impact on people with ALS, their families, and their caregivers. Head here to learn more about how you can help.

BIG EVENT

The Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual event held in communities all over Texas and throughout the country. Each local walk is between one and three miles in length. Participants raise money through donations from friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors. You can enter as an individual or as a team; many people create teams to honor or show support for loved ones with ALS.

Head here to see when there will be a walk in your city.

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SPCA of Texas

MISSION

The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, with two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney. It serves as an active resource center, providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others' lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Help provide emergency support for animals in need, both now and in the future through all of SPCA's mission-driven programs and services. You can do this by donating, volunteering, or fostering dogs. 

BIG EVENT

SPCA of Texas hosts weekend adoption events, Strut Your Mutt, Fur Ball, Paws Cause, and Home for the Holidays, which are all events to benefit the SPCA of Texas and the many animals they host. 

Layla's Legacy

MISSION

In October 2016, the Stamp family was devastated by the news that their four-year-old daughter, Layla, had a form of pediatric brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Even after surgery and months of chemotherapy and radiation, Layla's cancer returned. For 14 months, the family fought and tried every possible treatment available only to lose Layla on November 11, 2017, shortly after her fifth birthday.

During their journey, the Stamps learned just how little funding there was for pediatric cancers and also how financially difficult it can be for families. Layla's Legacy was founded to create change in research, to be advocates of the disease, and to help support families by offsetting costs where needed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations support cancer research and help families who currently have a child being treated for cancer.

BIG EVENT

Layla's Legacy hosts two signature events:

  • In July, the second annual Tutus for Brain Tumors tees off at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper.
  • In September, the Gold Gala honors Layla and the legacy that continues in her memory. Head here to keep updated on event info.
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HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation

MISSION

Founded in August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month, HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women's Foundation encourages philanthropy in the African-American/Black community by contributing in a strategic and meaningful way, and by bringing a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Gifts totaling $1,000 or more annually entitle you to vote on the grants to be distributed annually by the HERitage Giving Fund. Head here to donate, or email HeritageGivingFund@gmail.com for more information.

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Shaken Baby Alliance

MISSION

The Shaken Baby Alliance's (SBA) mission is to provide support for victim families and professionals, to prevent child abuse, and to provide justice for the innocent victims of child abuse. SBA was founded in Fort Worth by three mothers whose children were victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome and could find no resources or support. In 1998, SBA obtained its 501 (c) 3 status.

The three programs address the needs of those affected by child physical abuse and abusive head trauma. They include: victim family services, professional support (training and case consultations), and prevention education (SBS and SIDS risk reduction with high school students, childcare providers, and community).

Since 1998, SBA has helped over 4,800 family members, trained over 16,700 professionals, educated over 5,800 students, and provided 1,800 case consultations for investigative and legal professionals in child physical abuse cases.  

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Interested volunteers can all 817-882-8686 or email info@shakenbaby.org, and donate through the website.

BIG EVENT

SBA hosts a clay shoot for kids in September at the Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth.

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VolunteerNow

MISSION

The VolunteerNow mission is to transform communities through volunteerism. Whether it's connecting nonprofits to the free workforce that they need, supporting teachers and students in the classroom, or providing volunteer infrastructure for municipalities, VolunteerNow programs and services build capacity for their communities to address critical needs.

VolunteerNow supports all causes that do good. While many nonprofits support one or two critical causes, they recruit volunteers for all nonprofits and all causes that strive to make the world a better place. VolunteerNow connects nonprofits, large and small, with the volunteer workforce needed to fulfill their missions across so many cause areas — in education, health, hunger, homelessness, social services, animal welfare, and the arts — among others.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Browse from thousands of opportunities through VolunteerNow, and locate how you would like to be involved based off interests, skills, location, or even need. Then express interest in a volunteering opportunity and work directly with the agency to finalize your placement, and use VolunteerNow to track your impact and hours and find more opportunities. 

Blue Caboose for Cystic Fibrosis

MISSION

Blue Caboose Children's Fund (BCCF) was founded to help children and families living with cystic fibrosis. Through public education and raising community awareness, they raise money to assist CF families with everyday costs — like groceries, travel, and home expenses — that can quickly add up while a loved one is receiving treatment.

They also form a strong community of parents and families who can support each other, lend an ear, and more by hosting monthly parent/caregiver dinners. Currently, they serve families near the Cystic Fibrosis Care Center at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, though have also expanded to Fort Worth and more in the future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer for one of the committees, donate directly to the cause, or take on a sponsorship.

BIG EVENT

In addition to the annual children's Christmas party there will be an inaugural gala at date later in the year. They also hold a 5K in August and give 400 donated backpacks filled with school supplies to the families, after a drive held in April.

Operation Kindness

MISSION

Operation Kindness' mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes, and to advocate humane values and behavior.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Operation Kindness receives no government funding; they rely solely on generous donations, sponsorships, and adoption fees to fund their operations. To learn more, click here.

Volunteering at Operation Kindness is rewarding and makes a huge difference in the lives of the animals. Caring and hard-working volunteers help in a variety of programs throughout the year.

BIG EVENT

Operation Kindness hosts the annual Hope Gala in April. 

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Arthritis Foundation

MISSION

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections. Their goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life — and making each day another stride toward a cure.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Strong, outspoken, and engaged volunteers can help conquer arthritis. Become a Champion of Yes and search volunteer opportunities here.

BIG EVENT

The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America's No. 1 cause of disability. Bring a team of friends, family, and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer. 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.

For more help or information about the 2019 Jingle Bell Run of Fort Worth, contact Melissa Gower at mgower@arthritis.org, call 817-752-4440, or visit their website.

Love for Kids

MISSION

The mission of Love for Kids is to ensure that children and their parents have easy access to education and resources.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Love For Kids relies on the generosity of its community to fund critical services for the parents, children, and senior citizens they serve. It engages over 1,000 diverse, multi-generational volunteers that participate as mentors, work at events, and participate in the planning of signature events.

Civic groups, school groups, businesses, families, and retirees are welcome, and Love For Kids welcomes the opportunity to form new partnerships.

To learn more about individual ways to give, please call 214-426-5683.

MEMBERSHIP

$25 helps pay for brochures to increase community awareness about LFK program, while $150 pays for healthy snacks for clients and their children to eat during parenting classes. $250 provides monthly individualized case management for a client, and $500 provides two buses for clients to get to a special event. $750 provides funding for mandatory background checks for LFK's volunteer and mentor candidates, and $1,000 provides weekly life skills workshops on parenting wellness, relationships, finance, and career planning. $1,500 sponsors 10 children at a Love for Kids special event.

BIG EVENT

Palette to Palate is an evening featuring some of the city's most popular chefs, restaurants, artists, and wines. An extensive collection of food, wine, artisan cheeses, and sweets is provided for a delicious culinary experience. You are able to meet local artists and enjoy their beautiful work, some of which is available for purchase. Live and silent auctions offer a variety of unique items guaranteed to maintain anticipation and keep bidding at an all-time high.

Carry the Load

MISSION

Carry The Load is a nonprofit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's heroes: military, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders. What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has broadened to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation's heroes every day.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In addition to volunteering with Carry The Load's Dallas Memoiral March and other year-round events, volunteers are occasionallly needed in Carry the Load's national office throughout the year. For more information on volunteering, head here.

BIG EVENT

Carry The Load’s flagship event, the Dallas Memorial March, is a two-day embodiment of the values Carry The Load hopes to further: a celebration of heroes, remembrance of the fallen, and education in respectful observance. The Dallas Memorial March is also the culmination of Memorial May fundraising activities to benefit the group's Continuum of Care partners.

The event features music, inspirational speeches, stories of fallen heroes, flag ceremonies, and more. Funds raised go to support programs that provide direct services to the nation's military, law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, and their families. The Dallas Memorial March is the culmination of two national relays that have traveled more than 6,400 miles to Dallas carrying the American flag.

The Hope Center

MISSION

The Hope Center is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) collaborative Christian nonprofit center to 40-plus Christian nonprofits. THC offers half market-rate rent to its tenant nonprofits who share the love of Christ in North Texas and around the world.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate money or gifts-in-kind here.

BIG EVENT

Critical Conversations Speaker Series: A speaker series focusing on how Christians are to respond to the trials of our current culture with Biblical truth and love.

National Day of Prayer: In accordance with the nationwide celebration, the National Day of Prayer is an annual observance, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. The Hope Center hosts a special time of fellowship and prayer over the seven prayer pillars. This annual free event is held on the first Thursday of May.

Fine Arts Chamber Players

MISSION

Fine Arts Chamber Players enriches and enhances the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through free concerts of classical music and educational activities

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can volunteer for programs, assist with in-school education programs and activities, and facilitate donations.

BIG EVENT

The group presents several public performances, including the Bancroft Family Concert Series from October through May at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Basically Beethoven Festival at Moody Performance Hall.

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Education Opens Doors

MISSION

Education Opens Doors and its student manual Roadmap to Success evolved from the passion and efforts of several Teach for America alumni and education pioneers. Roadmap to Succeess is the hands-on evidence of the mission of Education Opens Doors: empowering students to strategically navigate through high school to college. It is every middle and high school student's dream come true: a step-by-step guide full of checklists and resources to get them where they want to go after they graduate.

Today, Education Opens Doors is implementing the Roadmap to Success Program in 175 classrooms across the Dallas area. Teachers are utilizing the student handbook to give middle and high school students a chance at success, by giving them a guide to help them be intentional about where they want to go next and strategically navigate their way to college.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Education Opens Doors offers a number of volunteer opportunities, including assisting with fundraising campaigns and helping with special events. For more information on how to get involved, email info@educationopensdoors.org.

Children at Risk

MISSION

Children at Risk is a research and advocacy nonprofit leading the way in improving the quality of life for Texas' children. Children at Risk considers the whole child by tracking issues in children's health, safety, education, and economic security. Committed to action beyond the data, Children at Risk drives evidence-based change by speaking out on behalf of children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please call 713-869-7740 or email info@childrenatrisk.org for volunteer and donation opportunities.

BIG EVENT

Annual events include the Accolades Luncheon in October, the Children at Risk Golf Classic in May, and the Spring Party in March.

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DeCruit at Amphibian Stage Productions

MISSION

Created by army veteran and trained Shakespearean actor Stephan Wolfert, De-Cruit helps veterans work through their personal struggles post-service through theater classes. In his time of transition back into society after serving six years in the army, Wolfert discovered Shakespeare's words about the throes of war and the men that fought them. He connected with the pain and joys they faced. The program he created helps veterans communicate through written material and their own experience and walks them on a path to healing from post-traumatic stress.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To give to De-Cruit, head here. For a listing of upcoming shows to attend, head here.

Texans Can Academies

MISSION

Texans Can Academies provides the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a multitude of ways to be involved with Texans Can Academies, from donating to help students secure their economic independence to volunteering your time and talents to make a difference in the students' lives.

BIG EVENT

Leading up to each school year, Texans Can Academies hosts its annual Countdown to Class Uniform Drive to raise funds that will benefit students at their 14 campuses across the state of Texas. The open-enrollment public charter high school has campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The funds from the drive benefit students and their families by providing brand-new clothes that fit properly to wear as the school's uniform of khaki pants and white collared shirts. A $75 donation provides one pair of pants, two shirts, socks, and a belt for one student. 

Each city — Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth — has a Cares for Kids Luncheon each year. The luncheon benefits students who seek a second chance and renewed hope of economic independence through a high school education.

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Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce

MISSION

Established in 1918, the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce (DJCC) is the city’s premier network for young professionals between the ages 21-41. They offer diverse opportunities for personal and professional growth through professional development, networking, and philanthropy.

Through philanthropic projects and annual signature events, they make a powerful impact on the community by volunteering and fundraising for several charitable organizations.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership into the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce costs an annual fee of $150 per person. Membership perks include volunteer opportunities with many diverse charities across Dallas. For more details, visit here.

BIG EVENT

DJCC offers a range of events that members can attend throughout the year. For more information, visit here.

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Genesis Women's Shelter

MISSION

The mission of Genesis Women's Shelter is to provide safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact through a variety of services that include emergency shelter, transitional housing, and counseling services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether it's preparing dinners, hosting donation drives, or providing structured play for children while a mother is in counseling, Genesis Women's Shelter has multiple volunteer opportunities. Head here to learn more and sign up.

MEMBERSHIP

Genesis Young Leaders (GYL) is a group of young professionals, both men and women, who stand up to help stop domestic violence in the Dallas community. Founded in 2001, Genesis Young Leaders are an invaluable component in supporting the mission of the Gensis Women's Shelter and promoting domestic violence awareness to other like-minded young professionals.

The mission of GYL is to eliminate family violence through volunteerism, education, and community awareness. As a part of Genesis Young Leaders, members take part in networking events, happy hours, a summer barbecue, and a fall festival, and host the GYL Masquerade.

BIG EVENT

Genesis Women's Shelter's innagural  First Ladies' Bruncheon was held in the fall of 2017 and was an instant success. The sold-out event was a celebratory affair to recognize the women and men of faith who stand up against domestic violence within their communities.

The annual Genesis Women's Shelter Luncheon also invites a keynote speaker to provide words of encouragement and support while fundraising for the organization. Past speakers have included Hilary Swank, Maria Shriver, and George W. Bush.

Promise House

MISSION

Promise House moves youth in crisis toward safety and success, leading the charge to end youth homelessness in North Texas. Its free programs include life-saving emergency shelter, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen support, counseling, education, and outreach services.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Groups of people can get involved by volunteering with the youth — hosting pizza nights, game nights, or other engaging activities.

BIG EVENT

Promise House hosts two signature events each year: the Golf Class and the Sleep Out. 

Each spring, Promise House hosts a golf tournament to raise much-needed funds for the youth they serve. The Golf Classic provides an important opportunity for corporations, small businesses, and individuals to support its mission, and is a day full of fun and community collaboration as the supporters spend time together, enjoying a round of golf and engaging with the group's mission.

For the Sleep Out, community leaders are invited each fall to sleep outside at Promise House with only cardboard and a sleeping bag. Each sleeper commits to raising at least $5,000 through their social network — increasing both awareness and funds for the homeless youth they serve. While this could never replicate the experience of a young person on the streets, the event does provide participants a chance to learn, firsthand, about some of the challenges they face.

Lone Star Justice Alliance

MISSION

The mission of Lone Star Justice Alliance is to redirect youth and young adults out of the Texas justice system and into community-based treatment programs, thus increasing public safety and saving taxpayer dollars.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Interns usually volunteer for a semester at a time, while other volunteers help with coordinating events and donation campaigns.

BIG EVENT

The Second Look Summit brings together families and friends of individuals who are incarcerated, where they share stories and hardships, and talk about what the organization does.

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Yellow Rose Gala Foundation

MISSION

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation was first established by founders Dee and Jimmy Wynne in April 1986, shortly after Dee’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. From 1986-2001, the gala became one of the most prominent social events in Dallas, netting over $5 million for MS research. Wynne’s disease eventually prevented her from continuing with the gala but it didn’t impede the imprint she made. That final fundraiser, in 2001, was one for the record books. It netted over $2 million, with performances by The Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Trisha Yearwood.

Following Dee Wynne’s passing in 2014 and in honor of her memory, the Gala has since been re-established by her children, Todd Wynne and Fallon Wynne Way, with the help of young active community leaders and past Yellow Rose supporters. The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is partnering with the National MS Society, where 100 percent of the net proceeds raised will go directly to progressive MS research.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To donate directly to the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, head here.

BIG EVENT

The titular Yellow Rose Gala is an elegant, black-tie evening with live music, auctions, and special celebrity guests.

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The Gatehouse

MISSION

The Gatehouse is a supportive living community where women — single or with children — in crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources, and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change. On 61 acres in Grapevine, 96 apartments span four neighborhoods, where families participate in their individually tailored journey through the Independent Life Program.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you're interested in getting involved with The Gatehouse, the first step is to attend a one-hour informational gathering about the history, vision, and plan for the Gatehouse community. Head here to find an upcoming information gathering.

MEMBERSHIP

Circle 58 is a unique circle of women who support The Gatehouse by re-gifting some of what they’ve been given so others receive a hand up when they need it most. Women of all ages are invited to join the Circle, and it can also be a unique way to honor other women in your life with a membership.

BIG EVENT

The Dallas Cowboys and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation underwrite the annual Gatehouse Get in the Game luncheon. The event features notable local influencers and community members, including a panel of Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champions who will advocate for a hand up to those who need it most. Get in the Game is held on a Monday in October at AT&T Stadium and features top-notch speakers such as former Dallas Cowboys and Ring of Honor recipients Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, and Drew Pearson in 2017, coach Jason Garrett with Ret. Admiral William H. McRaven in 2016, and Jason Witten in 2015.

Trigger's Toys

MISSION

It all started with Trigger, a therapy lab who cheered up kids in the hospital and eventually inspired an organization that does all it can to alleviate the financial and emotional stress on sick children. The group is flexible with how it invests the money it raises, so that it always goes where it's needed most. Care packages. Physical therapy equipment. Financial support for families in need — just some of the ways they're making a difference to hospitalized children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

100 percent of donations fund joy and normalcy to the most precious of patients and the parents and doctors they depend on.

BIG EVENT

DFW's best bartenders come together in September for the Ultimate Cocktail Experience, which in 2017 raised more than $225,000.

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BraveLove

MISSION

BraveLove is a pro-adoption movement dedicated to changing the perception of adoption by acknowledging birth moms for their brave decision. Through honest, informative, and hopeful communication, the group conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family through adoption.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BraveLove is always looking for help connecting with local community organizations like  pregnancy resource centers, women's health clinics, birth parent support groups, adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, and more, as they partner with those who serve women in unplanned pregnancies and then equip them with their resources. To begin the process of finding a volunteer position with BraveLove, head here to fill out their volunteer form.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a BraveLove member is an opportunity for professionals to gain access to relevant resources that empower people to rethink adoption as a brave and loving option. BraveLove members receive access to high-quality adoption resources for clients, training materials for professionals, digital marketing collateral, and much more. For more information and to join, head here.

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The Warren Center

MISSION

The Warren Center advocates, serves, and empowers the children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. Fifty years ago, very few resources existed for parents of disabled children in Dallas County. With nowhere to turn for community-based services or help, families lacked support and their children had limited options in life.

The Warren Center was created in 1968 and for decades has provided much-needed resources and care to children with disabilities and their families. Grassroots efforts and proven successes paved the way for an increase in community and parental awareness. As the organization experienced growth, it began adapting the programs to meet the changing needs of families.

Over the years, The Warren Center has given parents access to the resources their children needed, and more importantly, hope and support.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities at the Warren Center range from helping to keep the facilities in shape to volunteering at events to helping create thank-you artwork: framed finger paintings created by children at the Warren Center.

BIG EVENT

The Warren Center's annual Art of Music Gala is a unique experience that takes each year’s theme and creates a magical time for all attending. Renowned musicians compose original scores and then pass them to artists who use it as inspiration to create one-of-a-kind works of art. The result is a black-tie optional night of celebration and performance, as each original composition and its inspired work of art is performed and unveiled for the first time.

J.B. Dondolo, Inc.

MISSION

This group's mission is to promote and develop projects that stimulate growth and improve the lives of those living in low-income, impoverished areas. They aim to do so by focusing on humanitarian projects that provide basic necessities, such as water and healthcare, in these communities. To ensure sustainability of projects, they use collaborative approaches with local community members who identify the projects and programs that they need assistance with. They then monitor and follow up on the completed projects and sustainable programs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individual donations of any amount are critical to helping JB Dondolo further their mission, making it possible to cover the cost of providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) products, materials to refurbish the clinic, and training on sustainable programs.

BIG EVENT

The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala takes place in July and awards changemakers in the community while raising funds. Your ticket includes entertainment, refreshments, and dinner. Awards are presented throughout the evening to honor citizens who are using their platforms to make change in the world.

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Best Buddies Texas

MISSION

Best Buddies is the world's largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, feel valued by society, and improve their public speaking, self-advocacy, and communication skills.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always welcome, and are encouraged to fill out a volunteer form to help match their skills with their local chapter's needs.

MEMBERSHIP

Anthony Shriver started Best Buddies to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the simple idea that a friendship can bridge gaps between people, a job can give people independence and pride, and self-advocacy can provide people understanding and empathy. Named in honor of Anthony's aunt, Rosemary Kennedy, Team Rosemary is Best Buddies' major giving association. Head here to join.

BIG EVENT

The Dallas Gala features a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and a private concert, all to help support Best Buddies endeavors in Texas.

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

MISSION

The mission of the Arts Council of Fort Worth is to create an environment that promotes, nurtures, and supports the arts in our community.

Arts Council programs address three main areas:

  • Providing leadership and funding to local arts organizations through a competitive grants program
  • Enhancing the visual environment of the city through the Fort Worth Public Art program
  • Offering an affordable and accessible venue for artists, arts organizations, and the community as a whole through management of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to learn about and share the economic impact of the arts.

Nominate yourself or a local business professional with a passion for the arts to serve as a grant panelists by visiting here.

Visit the Fort Worth Community Arts Center or attend a Public Art meeting (and follow both on social media).

BIG EVENT

Each year the Arts Council of Fort Worth hosts the Heart of Gold awards luncheon, honoring  the outstanding contributions of local individuals and institutions to the arts in Fort Worth. Deborah Jung was honored as the 2018 Heart of Gold recipient and Paul Paine as the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Recipient, for their roles as leaders of the arts in Fort Worth.

Preserve International

MISSION

Preserve International exists to fight hunger and minimize the burden of seasonal poverty in East Africa through the provision of innovative, rurally-minded food preservation technology and training to reduce post-harvest crop loss. It also promotes food waste reduction in Texas and the broader U.S. through the use of these chemical-free food preservation methods to combat the culture of waste and make food last.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The group is always looking for donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners to help spread the word about food waste reduction and utilizing chemical-free food preservation methods to end hunger worldwide.

BIG EVENT

The launch event, Preserve Pairings, will be held at the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth on October 4, 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy some delicious preserves, chutneys, and pickles with a selection of cheese, beer, and wine, and learn about how the group is tackling seasonal hunger and food waste in East Africa through its rural food preservation projects.

Reading Partners of North Texas

MISSION

Reading Partners has been a part of the Dallas educational landscape since 2012, when it launched a program at George W. Truett Elementary School and Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and served 80 students. Since then, they've placed thousands of community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills. Their one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in the program.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Every day, thousands of volunteer reading partners make a lifelong difference for kids who struggle with reading. When kids learn to read, their lives are transformed forever. Your gift will help students in under-resourced schools achieve their dreams. Donate here.

BIG EVENT

Books & Breakfast includes several guest panelists, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, Mayor Betsy Price, Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Hinojosa, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Scribner, and other education leaders. Krys Boyd, the host of the critically acclaimed radio show Think moderated a civic-minded conversation.

Lupus Foundation of America Lone Star Chapter

MISSION

The Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community outreach is the best way to connect with the chapter. Volunteering for event committees, advocacy, or board membership are just a few ways to invest time in the organization. Call its office, email, or follow on social media platforms to get started.

BIG EVENT

There are several events throughout the year, including the Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in March and the Purple and White Gala in the fall. They host four walks in cities during April and September, and Lupus Awareness Month in May brings educational panels throughout the year.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

MISSION

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Click the "Get Involved" tab on its website for many opportunities to participate, advocate, donate, and volunteer. Follow and like on Facebook for updates.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is optional. For more information visit the website and click the "Get Involved" tab.

BIG EVENT

There are events year-round: Take Steps Community Connection in March, Take Steps National Virtual Walk in June, the annual Golf Fore Guts TopGolf Challenge, Camp Oasis in August, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Women of Distinction Announcement Party in September, the Patient and Professional Education Symposium in November, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Winter Ball in January.

Community Partners of Dallas

MISSION

Community Partners of Dallas ensures safety, restores dignity, and inspires hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Child Protective Services. Community Partners of Dallas serves more than 20,000 children annually through four unique programs: The Rainbow Room, an emergency resource center providing critically-needed items for children in the care of CPS; Kids in Crisis, which provides funds for children's clothing, transportation, therapy, enrichment activities, housing, and medical expenses; Caseworker appreciation events that are held to show appreciation and gratitude to caseworkers; and Storyline, a phone line that children can call 24 hours a day to hear a story.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community Partners of Dallas offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups, from one-time events to regularly scheduled volunteer hours.

BIG EVENT

Community Partners of Dallas' annual signature event, Chick Lit Luncheon, features a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks from a celebertity guest. Past speakers have included Bethenny Frankel, Tim Gunn, and Katie Holmes.

The Concilio

MISSION

The Concilio bridges the gap between parents and the educational system. Its Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE) program teaches parents their role, rights, and responsibilities to empower their children's academic success.

In Community Health, they focus on educating parents and their children on obesity, nutrition, and physical activity, then support them as they make changes to their lifestyles. The signature Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program is an interactive program aimed at reducing the risk for obesity through improved nutrition and increased physical activity.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are several volunteer opportunities, which are outlined in detail here. You can fill out an application here.

BIG EVENT

The Concilio's Big Dreams annual fundraiser helps thousands of families improve their education and health. Your support helps increase graduation rates across Dallas and Fort Worth and prepares more students for success in college and beyond. Expect music, dancing, open bar, and live auction at this cocktail event held in the fall.

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BvB Dallas

MISSION

BvB Dallas is a young professionals organization that hosts a powder-puff football game for a day of fun, fellowship, philanthropy, and enjoyment as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s research and awareness. Founded by sisters whose father was afflicted by Alzheimer’s, BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to raise awareness, funds, and support to help tackle Alzheimer's forever.

MEMBERSHIP

The fee to join BvB Dallas as a participant is $100, and all funds are allocated to your personal overall fundraising goal. Fundraising begins after orientation, and sign-ups happen here.

BIG EVENT

The annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game is held at the Cotton Bowl with a  7:30 pm kick-off and an afterparty held on the front steps of the stadium immediately following the game. A $25 donation or more to BvB Dallas gains you entrance to the game and afterparty.

Mercury One

MISSION

Mercury One is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Its initiatives include providing programs to individuals to advance the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for communities to help themselves, as well as assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis, and rebuilding and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities are constantly evolving and involve veteran events, holidays, help with beneficiary events, disaster relief, and more.

BIG EVENT

Its major fundraiser, the M1Ball, happens each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This fabulous and fun event features a VIP reception, silent auction, a seated three-course dinner, spirited live auction, and live entertainment.

Mercury One hosts the Mercury Museum, an especially significant curated pop-up museum featuring items from Mercury One's permanent collection of historical artifacts throughout our nation's history and American pop culture from the 20th century.

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AWARE

MISSION

AWARE fights Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. Founded in 1989 by a small group of passionate and civic-minded Dallas women, AWARE has raised and donated over $12 million so far in the fight to end Alzheimer's disease.

MEMBERSHIP

AWARE offers memerships at a variety of giving levels. Benefits include being able to network with other members (many of whom have had a personal experience with Alzheimer's disease) and learning the latest information about the causes, treatment, and research on Alzheimer's through meetings, field trips, and speakers.

BIG EVENT

AWARE's annual AWARE Affair is a spirited evening at the Hilton Anatole, with all proceeds benefitting AWARE's mission to fight Alzheimer's. The affair includes a cocktial reception, silent auction, and three-course dinner.

In My Shoes

MISSION

In My Shoes is the only community living program in Dallas that provides support specifically toward pregnant, homeless women, while offering life, parenting, and job skills. All women who are struggling with homelessness, faced with the decision of bringing a child into this world and are in need of a a strong support system from peers and professional counselors, are welcome.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individuals, groups, and families are encouraged to make or bring meals for Meals for Moms — check the Facebook page for a signup link. On the third Saturday of each month, the residents, staff, and volunteers set aside time to take care of the facilities.

BIG EVENT

Trivia Night is the annual spring fundraiser that gets bigger and better every year. Create a team of eight people and put your thinking caps on for seven rounds of trivia fun with bonus rounds in-between. Nosh on pizza, beer, and wine as everyone battles for the coveted title of Trivia Night Champs. The awesome silent auction items give others a chance to feel like winners.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MISSION

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since its inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research they have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases.

MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic, and patient-reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics, providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions.

The resource center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. Each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Together with its generous supporters, MDA is fighting to free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. They need caring individuals like you to help bring more treatments, the best care, and life-changing support to families today.

Join your community at an MDA event to raise vital funds and awareness to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger. Your involvement enables MDA to fund research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support.

BIG EVENT

MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. In more than 150 hometowns across America, the Muscle Walk offers at 5K run, walk, or roll as well as a one-mile leisure option designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help MDA find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support to live longer and grow stronger.

IssueVoter

MISSION

IssueVoter is a non-partisan online platform and your guide to contacting Congress. Since its founding, IssueVoter has become the first-ever technology platform to provide a 21st-century constituent relationship — at the individual level — in every district in the United States.

Individuals use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills, send opinions to their rep before Congress votes, and track whether s/he represents them. IssueVoter summarizes bills in plain language, along with what both sides are saying, and is the only platform providing a personalized rep scorecard — helping you keep elected officials accountable and be a more informed voter at the next election.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a patron at any level and your tax-deductible contribution goes straight to solving the root causes of civic disengagement, making our democracy work again. Recurring donations are the best way to give steady support.

Show off your support by shopping IssueVoter merchandise. Follow and share @IssueVoter on social media; you can even expose the exact percentage that your representative actually represents your viewpoints.

IssueVoter is looking for people interested in serving as advisors and organizations who want to provide civic engagement for their community. For more details, email founder Maria Yuan at info@issuevoter.org.

BIG EVENT

The organization will be kicking off a series of Community Conversations in 2020. These events bring together individuals who sent opinions on opposite sides of bills to practice active listening and civil discourse.

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Grace Blankets

MISSION

Grace Blankets was started in Kansas City but now branches out to 15 hospitals in six states, included Texas. It provides new NICU linens to children's hospitals, where the blankets are used for NICU bed linen rotation, givealways to needy families, sibling comfort, and bereavement circumstances. Grace Blankets currently gives to JPS Fort Worth, Cook Children's, Medical City Arlington, Medical City Las Colinas, and Houston Women's Hospital of Texas.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can host a blanket drive to supply a hospital in your area or mail new baby blankets of any size for Grace Blankets to disperse and donate to the hospitals it serves.

BIG EVENT

Every summer, Grace Blanket hosts drives to accumulate new blanket donations for the upcoming year's hospital deliveries.

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Gideon's Feet

MISSION

Gideon's Feet is a small-but-mighty aid organization founded in Dallas-Fort Worth and serving multiple arts communities across the country. It provides support to those in the theatrical community during times of crisis and offers opportunities for artists to use their gifts to help those in need.

In the last 6 years, the group has raised over $65,000 for artists across the country. After starting in DFW, they have expanded to help artists in New York City, Los Angeles, and places in between.

They have helped homeless artists get back on their feet, provided help with final expenses after unexpected loss, delivered meals (sometimes even sent a pizza from across the country), helped provide transportation to physical therapy appointments, paid rent and moving expenses, raised money for a wheelchair accessible van, and helped with many, many medical expenses.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Follow the homepage for updates on the latest campaign.

BIG EVENT

The annual Sugar Cookie Gala Ticket, sponsored by the Dallas Children's Theater, is a fun, family-friendly evening that raises funds to support the organization's primary mission: providing financial assistance for performing artists in times of unforeseen crisis. Guests can expect sugar cookie decorating, lots of great food, and a visit from Christmas carolers, along with a silent auction and performances from Dallas-area talent.

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Equest

MISSION

Equest enhances the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs by partnering with horses to bring hope and healing. This is done through equine-assisted activities and therapies, including a variety of programs that include therapeutic horsemanship, hippotherapy (which is when the client recieves physical, occupational, and speech therapy while mounted on the horse, using the movement of the horse to accomplish therapy treatment goals), and therapeutic carriage driving, which provides an opportunity to participate in equine-assisted therapy while "mounted" in a carriage for those with special needs who cannot or do not wish to be mounted on a horse.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Equest offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups — no prior horse experience is required. Equest teaches volunteers everything they need to know at various volunteer training sessions throughout the year. 

MEMBERSHIP

The Equest Women's Auxiliary (WAUX) was founded in 1986 with the purpose of supporting and promoting Equest. What began as a small group of women with good intentions has grown into an auxiliary of over 250 women, and a signature event, the Women's Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show, chaired by a prominent leader in the Dallas community. To join WAUX, head here.

BIG EVENT

Equest's signature fundraising event, Boots & Salutes, is a USO-style tribute fundraiser benefitting Equest's Hooves for Heroes program, which promotes the well-being and mental health of veterans and their families through equestrian therapies and counseling. The fun-filled, high-energy celebration features a WWII T-6 Texan fly-over, live Frank Sinatra-inspired music by Dave Halston, "Boogey Woogie Bugle Boy" dancers from the Dallas Swing Dance Society, casual gourmet food and beverage stations, and tributes to the men and women who have served our country to protect our freedom.

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Talk About Curing Autism

MISSION

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time before effective treatments can begin. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

TACA’s volunteer opportunities range from administrative support to general support to becoming an events and fundraising committee member to helping with special events. Contact the TACA volunteer coordinator for more information and current available volunteer opportunities.

Healing Shepherd Clinic

MISSION

Healing Shepherd Clinic staff and volunteers work closely with John Peter Smith Health Network to ensure that the indigent patients are provided prescription medications, diagnostic evaluations, and specialty care at no cost. They understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the residents and guests of the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County in the spirit of the Christian community. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In-kind donations (brown paper lunch bags, snack-sized Ziploc bags, nasal saline, cough drops, etc.) are the best way to help out the Healing Shepherd Clinic patients. To make it easy, the clinic has wish lists of immediate needs at Amazon.com, Walmart, and Target. You can ship or drop off your donations at your convenience. Call 817-338-8430 for more information.

BIG EVENT

Healing Shepherd Clinic hosts a benefit each spring in downtown Fort Worth to help raise funds for the clinic's expenses. The event is free, and spotlights keynote speakers who have been impacted by the clinic and Union Gospel Mission.

National Math and Science Initiative

MISSION

National Math and Science Initiative believes STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity, and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.​ Thus, its mission is to advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem-solvers and lif​e-long learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world's toughest challenges​

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help more students reach their highest potential by donating, or reach out to your school or district administrators to encourage them to bring the program to your schools.

To read more about their impact, click here.

James L West

MISSION

The James L. West Center serves persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their families in a compassionate and spiritual environment. The center is dedicated to providing individualized care and support to enhance the quality and dignity of each person's life throughout the course of the disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The James L West organization was founded on a philanthopic gift, and it still depends upon donors today. To donate, click here

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Rescue Her

MISSION

Rescue Her fights human trafficking in the United States and abroad through awareness, prevention, rescue, and aftercare. The nonprofit provides long-term advocacy services for adult female survivors of trafficking in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Rescue Her is a faith-based organization that believes everyone has a part to play. There are many ways that you can get involved. You can go on an outreach, start an outreach in your community, host a fundraiser, invite a Rescue Her advocate to speak, sponsor a survivor, and, of course, donate. Learn more here

BIG EVENT

A Night for Freedom is an annual gala dinner benefiting Rescue Her, and it happens on September 15. The event will include a three-course meal, live music, raffles, and more. Speakers include a victim assistant specialist with Homeland Security Investigations, Sarolyn Morgan, and Rescue Her founder Josie Carignan. You can get details and tickets here.

Center for Transforming Lives

MISSION

The Center for Transforming Lives helps homeless and impoverished women, children, and families move from poverty to independence through:

  • Homeless services: an emergency shelter for women and housing assistance for families
  • Early childhood development: providing free or subsidized early childhood education to impoverished and homeless families
  • Financial empowerment services – individual financial coaching and other programs to promote financial self-sufficiency

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Center for Transforming Lives offers a variety of options to get involved, such as becoming an ambassador or volunteering. You can explore the different options available on the website or donate here.

BIG EVENT

Ambassadors give monthly tours of the center at 512 Fourth Ave.

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AIDS Services of Dallas

MISSION

The mission of AIDS Service of Dallas (ASD) is to create and strengthen healthy communities through the delivery of quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. ASD's mission includes advocacy, education, and the development of affordable housing options and community development opportunities, both for its residents living with HIV/AIDS, and for economically disadvantaged people.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a variety of ways to get involved with ASD, including volunteering for the ASD Supper Club — a program that provides ASD residents with hot, nutritious meals every night — and helping to stock ASD's grooming supply closet by organizing a grooming supply drive. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, head here.

BIG EVENT

AIDS Services of Dallas' largest fundraiser, the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, is one of Dallas' most highly anticipated and unique social events of the year. Groups of people across DFW host social gatherings, from backyard barbecues for as few as 10 people to formal dinners for 30 or more. In return for their hosts' hospitality, guests are asked to make a donation of $75 or more to ASD, of which all proceeds go toward housing and supportive services for ASD clients.

During the evening, all dinner hosts and guests are invited to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, where more than 1,500 people gather annually for the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, an exciting evening of entertainment, dancing, music, drinks, and desserts donated by some of Dallas' finest caterers.

 

 
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

MISSION

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas creates healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs, and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your contributions and donations allow the organization to continue to care for the Texans who count on Planned Parenthood — no matter what. In addition to donating, you can also sign up here to volunteer at a local Planned Parenthood. 

BIG EVENT

The Dallas chapter of Planned Parenthood hosts an Annual Awards Luncheon, which is the signature benefit for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, raising funds to support high-quality healthcare and education services for low-income and uninsured clients.

Agape Resource & Assistance Center

MISSION

Agape is a holistic, cutting-edge, innovative, servant ministry of peace and justice committed to providing critical housing and life skills that empower women and their children to transform from homelessness, crisis, and poverty to self-sustaining, fulfilling lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Agape offers a variety of ways to get involved that include childcare, tutoring, and finanical education. To learn more, head here.

BIG EVENT

Agape hosts the annual Timless Love Gala, which provides single-mom families transitional support to empowers them to create self-sustaining lives. Please head here for more information.

Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services

MISSION

Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services offers a variety of residential and community-based programs for vulnerable children and families across Texas, along with initiatives to empower churches to support foster care families. Their mission since 1903 is to provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

It takes more than an expert staff to support children and families in need. It takes people like you. Learn how to become a licensed foster parent, a mentor, or a general volunteer here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Hope for the Children fundraising luncheon brings supporters closer to the mission of helping children and families in need.

The Commit Partnership

MISSION

The Commit Partnership is a community navigator and connector, working to ensure that all DFW students receive an excellent and equitable education that prepares them to flourish in college and career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you're looking to get involved with The Commit Partnership, please visit their website and click "Get Involved." There are a variety of opportunities including investing, completing a partner profile to join The Partnership, and utilizing the Action Center to discover its legislative agenda, the bills they are tracking, and the legislators who represent you and how you can be a part of the conversation this legislative session.

Additionally, The Commit Partnership offers various ways to volunteer and get involved including literacy tutoring, career mentoring for Promise Scholars, and assisting with community engagement. For more information on how to get involved, email philanthropy@commitpartnership.org.

BIG EVENT

Each year, The Commit Partnership publishes an impact report and a scorecard. The Impact Report is distributed at the annual Dallas County Education Investors Meeting, an event that brings greater awareness and alignment around the critical education issues our community faces, and to explore how public and private dollars can scale proven strategies that lead to measurable improvement in student outcomes.

The Dallas County Community Scorecard reflects how well we are collectively supporting the 750,000-plus students in Dallas County on their journey from cradle to career. If you are interested in viewing the publications, visit the website and select "Our Resources."

Art Room

MISSION

Founded on the principles of accessibility and diversity, Art Room is dedicated to providing programming that educates, inspires, and supports artistic practice within the community. They are passionate about galvanizing a transformative and enriching environment for creating, sharing, and speaking about contemporary art. Through such dialogue and discovery, Art Room acts as a fundamental hub that brings together a varied range of artists and cultural opportunities.

A nonprofit organization located in the Near Southside, Art Room provides direct support to makers of all ages, focusing on enhancing the community through opportunities for underrepresented youth and adult artists. The programs foster experimentation and research through classes, workshops, exhibitions, mentorship, professional practices, and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donations are always accepted and appreciated.

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc.

MISSION

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA of the Chisholm Trail's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in the community to dream big and reach their potential.

In 2019, Junior Achievement will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary — and celebrating 100 years of ensuring students are 100 percent ready for their futures.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

JA of the Chisholm Trail's programs are delivered by volunteers. Volunteering in the classroom is one of the best ways to get involved. Teach an elementary, middle, or high school class and teach students entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work/college readiness skills. JA provides all materials, including a brief training and step-by-step guides to prepare you to deliver the activities. All it takes is one hour to impact a child's life! To learn more about their programs, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

No membership fees are required to volunteer. However, if you are a young professional wishing to join the growing young professionals chapter, JA YES, that membership requires a $100 donation to cover chapter support.

BIG EVENT

JA of the Chisholm Trail's signature events include the annual Ask Breakfast in the fall and the annual Trinity Invitational in the spring. They also host fun bowl-athon fundraisers throughout the year.

JDRF

MISSION

JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type one diabetes and its complications. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether you donate your time or dollars, life-changing breakthroughs in T1D treatments and therapies couldn't happen without you.

BIG EVENT

JDRF hosts many different events throughout the year, such as walks, bike rides, runs, and galas. To learn more about what JDRF is hosting, click here

Hope Supply Co.

MISSION

Hope Supply Co.'s mission is to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys, and programs to enhance their lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Getting involved with Hope Supply Co. is easy and fun. Warehouse volunteers are a vital part of the mission and perform tasks such as packaging, labeling, and receiving of inventory. The family-friendly volunteer opportunity welcomes children ages 8 and up (ages 8-12 require adult supervision). You can also schedule a volunteer shift for your corporate, school, or community group. Sign-up online here or email liz@hopesupplyco.org.

You can also get involved by hosting a donation drive. The group is always in need of critical items such as diapers and toiletries for babies and teens, as well as seasonal items like swim gear (towels, flip flops, sunscreen, etc.) and school supplies. Email liz@hopesupplyco.org for more info. Please note that they accept new items only.

BIG EVENT

Hope Supply Co. hosts two signature events each year. The fall fundraiser, Supply Hope!, is an evening event featuring a beautiful backyard setting, cocktails, tasty bites, and a live auction.

Craig Miller's Swing for Hope Golf Classic is their annual golf tournament held in April at the Las Colinas Country Club. It is sponsored by 1310 The Ticket and Briggs Equipment.

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C5 Youth Foundation of Texas

MISSION

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation of Texas is to change the odds for high-potential youth, inspiring them to pursue personal success and preparing them for leadership roles in college, work, and their communities. C5 engages middle and high school students from under-resourced communities in five years of intensive leadership experiences, including year-round leadership development programs, signature summer activities, community action, and preparation for continuing education and career development.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities with C5 range from participating in community service with C5 youth to assisting with administrative duties to reviewing applications to interviewing potential C5 Texas youth. Policies for screening and training volunteers are based on the nature of volunteer’s contact with C5 youth and the extent to which they are supervised by C5 Texas staff while with the youth. Minimum age requirements for volunteers may apply based on the opportunity. 

National Psoriasis Foundation

MISSION

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join the thousands of people working for a cure for psoriatic disease. Get involved by participating in fundraising events, attending educational opportunities, championing state and federal advocacy initiatives, or volunteering in your community. Learn more about what is going on in the NPF Central Region here.

BIG EVENT

The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts three signature events in the Central Region each year.

The Team NPF Walk in Houston is held each fall. These walks are a family-friendly celebration of our community's commitment to a cure. Bring old friends and make new ones while you learn about new ways to manage psoriatic disease and enjoy free samples at the finish-line Health Fair. Dance to local bands and hear inspiring stories of people thriving with psoriatic disease. But most importantly, come out and do your part for a cure. To learn more, head here.

Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease is the signature fundraising event of the National Psoriasis Foundation and is hosted in Austin each spring, and in Houston each summer. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, bingo games, bidding on silent auction items, and raising a paddle to fund psoriatic disease education, advocacy, and research. To learn more, head here for Houston and here for Austin.

Taylor's Gift

MISSION

Taylor’s Gift was founded in 2010 with a mission to regift life, renew health, and restore families. The foundation is a resource dedicated to assisting families touched by organ donation, and is changing the conversation surrounding the gift each of us has: the ability to outlive yourself.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Register and learn about being an organ donor online here and join in at an upcoming event in the Dallas area.

BIG EVENT

The Outlive Yourself Awards in September are an opportunity to celebrate incredible individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community and truly embody the "outlive yourself" spirit by giving back to others.

Taylor's Gift takes the traditional golf tournament and jazzes it up with Topgolf in The Colony in October.

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

MISSION

Founded by social worker Serena Simmons Connelly and lawyer Elizabeth Healy, the Dallas-based Human Rights Initiative of North Texas has grown into an award-winning agency helping immigrant survivors of human rights abuses from all over the world. The courageous and resilient clients are eligible to apply for legal status under the humanitarian provisions of United States immigration laws and policies: they are asylum seekers fleeing persecution; children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected; and victims of family violence and violent crimes.

HRI's legal team partners with a network of over 250 pro bono attorneys from top DFW firms and corporations to help clients access the U.S. Immigration System, and the Social Services team offers transitional support and referrals to help address trauma and ease the hardships of profound displacement. At HRI, all services are free, and all are designed to help forge a path to safety, stability, and opportunity.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas depends on two major sources of support: volunteers and financial contributions.

Work pro bono: Free, quality legal representation is essential to the mission and invaluable to its clients. They recruit attorneys to help advocate for clients, providing expertise, training, and support.

Become a volunteer: The mission depends greatly on a core of diversely skilled and passionate volunteers. From translator to event volunteer, there are many roles you can play to help HRI.

Attend an event: Events are great opportunities to meet and connect with others who share your passion to help. All monies raised through events directly support HRI's mission.

BIG EVENT

Rock Your Heart Out! is HRI's signature fundraising event, which gives voice to immigrant experience through storytelling, art, and music. It recognizes devastating circumstances without reducing people to their worst experiences. It honors suffering and perseverance even while celebrating culture and creativity. They also unveil brand-new works of art that interpret stories of former HRI clients, who come to the U.S. from all over the world to seek safety from oppression, domestic violence, and abuse. This artwork is auctioned at RYHO, to benefit HRI, so that they can continue helping vulnerable refugees and immigrants.

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Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities

MISSION

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children and youth of North Texas.

BIG EVENT

PESC holds two annual public fundraising events: The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and a gala that's held every May. The Friday Night Party kicks off the weekend with a celebrity reception followed by dinner, a live auction, and presentation of the Roger Staubach Award. The Invitational continues on Saturday with an 18-hole charity golf tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. Get more details here.

The public is also invited to participate in the Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo charity cycling ride held in September. The Gran Fondo courses are designed to accommodate the most avid of cyclists to the casual weekend rider. There are five routes from which to choose: a 100k, a 45-mile, a 22-mile route, the family ride, and the Gran Fondo, a 100-mile timed route with a $10,000 winner-take-all purse. Participants and their families will want to stay after the ride to enjoy a post-race party complete with a beer garden and cocktails, entertainment, family activities, and awards ceremony. For more information on the event, route information or to register, go here.