This Saturday, January 19th, America will celebrate a National day of Service (http://action.2013pic.org/service). One commitment that you can make for the New Year is to start giving back to your community and what better way to kick off your philanthropic efforts than by joining together as a nation to reach out to our neighbors. Service has been part of the fabric of American life throughout history “As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote over a century and a half ago, this ethic of service ‘prompts [Americans] to assist one another and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state’ Today, the ethic remains strong” (http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/06_1203_volunteer_growth.pdf) “In 2011, the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years…Altogether, Americans volunteered approximately 7.9 billion hours in a formal organization” (http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/assets/resources/FactSheetFinal.pdf). Service is something we value here at Robbins Real Estate. There are some really great ways that you can get involved in North Texas. Here are some of our favorite organizations:
The North Texas Food Bank: “North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) passionately pursues a hunger-free community. Founded in 1982, NTFB is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 340 Food Assistance Partners in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, we support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships”(http://web.ntfb.org/page.aspx?pid=253).
NETWORK: “NETWORK is a non-denominational community based organization with three divisions: Emergency Services (providing health and temporary services to children, low-income families and senior citizens), the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic (meeting the acute care needs of uninsured school children) and the Senior’s Net (dedicated to helping older people live as independently as possible for as long as possible in the familiar environment of their own home)” (http://resources.ourcalling.org/network-of-community-ministries-richardson-network/).
North Dallas Shared Ministries: “North Dallas Shared Ministries is a cooperative effort of 52 congregations that combine resources to efficiently deliver effective and appropriate assistance to Dallas’ poorest individuals and families. We have four main goals in support of our charitable mission to help low-income people assume as much responsibility for their lives as they are able: First, we provide appropriate emergency assistance. Second, we help them access entitlement, health and community programs designed to help them achieve long-term stability. Third, we promote their wellness and financial independence. Fourth, we develop resource materials that can lead them to additional services and support” (http://www.ndsm.org/ ).
Genesis Woman’s Shelter: “In January 1985, Shelter Ministries of Dallas began operating Genesis Women’s Shelter as a safe haven for these victims of domestic violence…Each year, the programs at Genesis continue to expand in response to the increased need for our services. Our outreach counselors see an average of 1,000 women and children each year, and our Shelter houses 650 women and children annually. The families who walk through our doors are escaping unspeakable violence, and our goal is to provide them with all the tools they need. From the moment a woman picks up the phone to call the hotline, to her arrival at the Shelter, to the ongoing counseling for her and her children, Genesis Women’s Shelter is there to help her navigate the difficult road and achieve success she once only dreamed possible” (http://www.genesisshelter.org/).
Austin Street Center: “Austin Street Center exists to provide emergency shelter and related services to the homeless person in a compassionate faith-based community, and to provide ‘whole person’ therapeutic programs so that the person in need might better be able to make responsible choices, positive changes and have economic self sufficiency. Austin Street center has become nationally recognized for its unique therapeutic program for the homeless. Not only does the Center offer safe, clean shelter and an evening meal for 400 men, women and children each night, but it provides substance abuse treatment, medical and psychiatric care, adult rehabilitation, a transitional living facility for clients who qualify, and a beautiful interdenominational Chapel” (http://www.austinstreet.org/index.html).
Check out some of these great organizations and be sure to follow our facebook page and twitter as we periodically share events and opportunities. Also, for even more ways to get involved, visit serve.gov and type in you zipcode to view postings in your area.