Thursday, November 20, 2014

CPD Annual Toy Drive - Because Every Child Deserves to Wish...

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) will mark two milestones this holiday season:  the agency’s twenty-fifth anniversary and the urgent need to fulfill the largest number of holiday wishes for abused and neglected children in the organization’s Toy Drive history. 
CPD is asking the community to help give the gift of hope this holiday season by supporting their annual Toy Drive, and ensuring they can fulfill over 8100 wishes for abused and neglected children in the care of Child Protective Services.  The number of wishes that need to be fulfilled this year is an increase of 1134 wishes from last year’s drive.  
The Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive is unique in that the wishes are brought to the agency by CPS caseworkers on behalf of the children in their care, and those same caseworkers will have the wonderful opportunity to deliver these gifts personally.  By supporting the Toy Drive, individuals, organizations and companies will be granting specific gift requests to these children, making them feel special and giving them a holiday they will remember. 
As Natosha Hooks, a CPS caseworker, shared, “I had a case with seven children in the family.  The oldest child, who was 13 years old, told me that for Christmas they get one toy and he, as the oldest, plays with it first and then it goes down the line to the smallest kids who get to keep it.  This Christmas they all had their own toys thanks to the generosity of Community Partners of Dallas.”
Wish cards can be filled by companies, churches, scout troops, business offices, or individuals.  Organizations and individuals can also organize a new toy drive for the undesignated toy collection used to serve additional children who come into CPS care after the wish list deadline and to fill wishes not selected by donors. This year’s most popular wishes include bikes, African American dolls, items from Disney’s FROZEN, Barbies, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, learning toys for toddlers, like a Vtech Learning Laptop, Dora dolls, MP3 players, LEGO sets, Tonka trucks and Bath and Body Works sets.
All gifts should be new and not wrapped.  Toys must be delivered to the Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive Workshop at the Peacock Alley Warehouse located at 2050 Postal Way, Dallas, Texas 75212 no later than 1:00 p.m. on December 12.  
For more information on participating in the Toy Drive, contact Corinne Karp, 214.624.7588 or or visit

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Member Panel at Nexus Recovery Center

Nexus Recovery Center has assisted more than 20,000 women, adolescents, and children on their journey to recovery since 1971. Parenting classes, family education and counseling, life skills training, and on-site childcare, combined with Nexus' award-winning, accredited treatment programs provide the tools to restore lives and create healthy tomorrows for families.

Located on 12 acres in east Dallas, their campus includes three dormitories, a childcare center, a medical clinic, two playgrounds, outdoor recreation facilities, a cafeteria, group rooms, outpatient center, an aftercare center, administration, an auditorium, a classroom for adolescents and laundry facilities.
Nexus is a Dallas non-profit at the forefront of specialized substance abuse services for females, offering programs for adult women and adolescent girls ages 13 to 17, including those pregnant or accompanied by children. It is one of the few programs nationally that invites women to bring their children into treatment.
This wonderful organization is currently seeking a few individuals to serve on their Community Member Panel, in a non board member role.  Be an advocate of the Nexus treatment program and make a difference right here in our community!  If interested in volunteering, please contact Abi Erickson at for more information.

A St Andrew Christmas - Annual Musical Celebration and Live Nativity

Put the true spirit in your holiday season with “A St. Andrew Christmas,” Sunday December 14, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093.
This annual musical extravaganza will include traditional and contemporary holiday favorites from “Jingle Bells,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “The Nutcracker” to majestic settings of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory,”featuring 200 singers, soloist Jodi Wright, bells, a 45-member professional orchestra, a magnificent pipe organ, and the ever-popular carol sing.
In between performances, from 5:45-6:45, there will be an outdoor Live Nativity complete with animals, shepherds, wise men, and the holy family. The Nativity presentation will be located on the west side of the church.
We are thrilled to offer two performances and invite the community to share in this wonderful celebration of the season with us,” said Chris Crook, Minister of Music and Worship, St. Andrew UMC. “If you are looking for one musical Christmas event for all ages that contains the classic favorites delivered at the highest quality by fine singers and professional orchestra, look no further.”
Tickets range from $8 to $18, depending on seating sections and are available by calling 469-385-1810, or online at
Crook added, “Join 2,000 others for what has become one of the area’s most popular December events. You will not be disappointed!”

CH Carolina Herrera Played Host to Nexus Supporters for Annual Appeal Kick Off Event

Nexus Recovery Center hosted their annual appeal kick off event, chaired by Faye Briggs, on November 5th at CH Carolina Herrera in NorthPark Center.
Abi Erickson, Rachel Roberts, Victoria Snee, Becca Crowell
 Guests of the chic occasion -- including society fixtures, fashion savvy personalities, media and Nexus patrons and leaders  sipped champagne, wine and heavy hors d' oeuvres.
Regina Bruce, Romona Jones, Billy Lee Rippey, Faye Gould
Nexus thanks Faye Briggs and CH Carolina Herrera for their support. The annual appeal campaign began on November 7th and runs through January 2015.
Stephanie Collado, Crystal Parker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Children's Medical Center Adopt-A-Family Program

Make the holidays bright for Children's patients and their families by participating in the 2014 Children's Medical Center Adopt-A-Family Program.
Coordinated by the Children's Medical Center social work department, this is a holiday gift program that benefits the children being treated at the hospital for a chronic, critical or terminal illness -- and their families.  Without your help, these families would not be able to provide holiday gifts for their children.
Any individual, family, classroom, Boy/Girl Scout troop, office, etc., can adopt a family. When you sign up, you will be given your adopted family's wish list. All gifts must be dropped off at the designated location on Friday, December 12, 2014.
For more information, email

Participate in National Family Volunteer Day this Saturday, November 22nd

Tis' the season of giving, and there's nothing better than volunteering as a family! In celebration of National Family Volunteer Day, Wee Volunteer is hosting the 3rd Annual 60 Minutes of Giving event on Saturday, November 22nd. There are several family-friendly service projects with organizations around the DFW Metroplex to be completed from 10:30am-11:30am.
Once projects have been completed, all participants are invited to Communities Foundation of Texas for an After Party starting at 12:00pm. There will be a photo slideshow, food, activities and fun. Goodwill will also have a donation truck on-site to accept gently used donations.

Get involved with your family and help make a positive impact in the community. Simply giving 6o minutes of your time can make a world of difference!

ChildCareGroup – 20 Volunteers
ChildCareGroup’s mission is to promote, deliver, and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. They provide a nationally recognized model of care at seven Head Start and/or Early Head Start centers for little or no cost to low-income families.  Volunteers will be decorating the front desk and teacher’s meeting room for the holidays at their Dallas Bethlehem Center. Wee will learn more about their mission with a short video and tour of the facility. Appropriate for families with children ages 4 years+
The Stewpot – 20 Volunteers
The Stewpot offers a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. They serve anywhere from 1,500 – 2,000 meals per day, 7 days a week.  Volunteers will tour the Stewpot, learn about their mission and the services and resources they provide for the clients they serve in our community.  Appropriate for families with children ages 8 years+
Location: 1835 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201
Trash Pick Up with Dusty – 20 Volunteers
Dusty the Dumpster is teaming up with Wee Volunteer to tidy up our city! Dusty will explain the importance of keeping the community free of litter, teach us about recycling and then volunteers will get into action by picking up trash.  Appropriate for families with children ages 4 years+
Location: TBD

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award - Nominate A Volunteer

Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and Forest Park Medical Center invite you to participate in the 2014 Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award (CQA) - a volunteer recognition and grant program which has awarded more than $275,000 in grant money to deserving non-profits in the North Texas area since 2000.
The Dallas Cowboys and Forest Park Medical Center understand how important volunteers are to the success of charitable causes and consider the time and effort volunteers contribute to be a priceless donation.  They are excited to offer you the opportunity to nominate the volunteers that help you accomplish your community outreach goals for the Community Quarterback Award.
Your organization may benefit monetarily from the volunteer’s leadership, dedication and commitment to bettering the North Texas community, as award-winning volunteers receive grants to donate back to their nominating charity.
To download a copy of the 2014 Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award information packet and nomination form click the below.
Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m.
Please feel free to contact the Dallas Cowboys Community Relations Department at 972-497-4959 if you need additional information.

Help Feed Collin County Families This Thanksgiving

The Seven Loaves Community is asking for help to feed 1,016 Collin County families this Thanksgiving.  Items needed to complete the Thanksgiving meal are boxes of mashed potatoes, 16 oz., boxes of stuffing; fruit cocktail in 15 or 29 oz. cans; and yams in 15 or 29 oz. cans.  Please drop them off at the food pantry: 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX  75093.  Blue bins are located just inside the north entrance of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.  These donated items will be added to items already being provided to families by Seven Loaves which include green beans, corn, mixed veggies, cranberry sauce, rice and 16- to 18-pound turkeys. 
To donate the cost of a meal for one family, visit, or drop off or mail a check for $26 per family.  
“It is our hope that the community can provide the remaining items, helping these families to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal,” said Terry Breedlove, COO and General Manager, Seven Loaves Community.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Celebrate Great Futures at Patron Party

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Kathy and Harlan Crow welcomed guests into their Highland Park estate for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon Patron Party.
Day Watson and Great Futures Luncheon Co-Chair George S. Watson
Guests filled the Crows’ remarkable library and had the opportunity to view one of the largest private American collections while enjoying an impressive display of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and wine.
Phillips Amidar and Monalisa Amidar
The evening also included a short presentation, which was kicked off by Charles English, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. English graciously thanked the luncheon sponsors and reminded them that their contributions are helping to develop the “mind, body and soul” of each student and expand Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Rachel Trowbridge, Lisa Ballew, Kristie Leatherberry, and Regina Morris, VP of Marketing Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
He then introduced Tracey McConduit, program director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, who discussed the Center for a New Generation (CNG) program, which will provide fun, hands-on, project-based activities in the areas of STEM and applied arts, such as robotics, modern dance and debate.
Charles English, President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas; Michele Wheeler, B&GC Greater Dallas Board Member and Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon Co-Chair; George Watson, B&GC Greater Dallas Board Member & Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon Co-Chair
Christopher Trowbridge, chairman of the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Partner at Bell Nunnally, then took the stage to recognize BGCD Board Members in attendance and invite the Great Futures Luncheon Co-Chair and President of Steelecreek Management, George Watson, to give a few remarks. Watson stated, “Many at-risk children have found a home at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, and we are ecstatic that CNG will give the members an unparalleled opportunity to explore fine arts. He then went on to say that, 77 percent of BGCD members make A’s and B’s.”
Doug and Judy Lueders, Holly and Jim Trester
Guests Included: Hosts Kathy and Harlan Crow; Lisa and Gregg Ballew; Sara and Cass Robinson; Carole and Scott Murray; Karen and Mark Carney; Michele Wheeler; Day and George S. Watson; Barbara and Gerald Louviere; Kristie Leatherberry; Rachel and Chris Trowbridge; Josey Kennington; Bill Kramer; Stan Barth and more.