Crossroads has two primary goals: 1) To help ensure that all people in Dallas County have ready access to nourishing foods; 2) To provide life-skills education that can help reduce obesity in impoverished areas. They do this work because no one, especially children, should have to experience the physical and emotional impact of missing multiple meals.
White Rock Center of Hope provides emergency aid to neighbors in the forms of food pantry, clothing, transportation, financial assistance, etc. It is supported by contributions of individuals, organizations and area churches.
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER EVENT
TIAA volunteers, in conjunction with The Senior Source, hosted a fun bingo party on the morning of April 14 for the residents at Crystal Creek at Preston Hollow (formerly The Legacy at Preston Hollow). The residents enjoyed playing bingo and especially winning prizes and bragging rights. TIAA's presence and enthusiasm helped make their normal Thursday morning routine extra special.
TIAA members worked at the CrossRoads Community Services on February 11 to make a difference in the life for many people served by this agency. Our goal at TIAA is to provide fun, interesting, and varied volunteer activities that generally require low impact effort so anyone can safely volunteer for these activities. The comradery and friendships formed during the activities certainly makes the effort worthwhile.
On December 10, anyone who volunteered at any of the numerous TIAA-sponsored CIT events during 2015 were invited to attend a luncheon in their honor in the Activity Center's C1/C2 conference rooms. As a thank you to these volunteers TIAA provided food from Cafe Max and everyone enjoyed conversing with their friends and remembering their various volunteering efforts. Sacks of snacks and books were brought by the volunteers and will be taken to the USO location at the D/FW airport in January, 2016.
Being good stewards of donated resources and helping people in need, Good Samaritans operates as a client-based food pantry. Client needs are assessed by an interview process that takes into consideration qualifications and circumstances. Twice a week homeless clients receive a 10-pound pack of food designed for backpacks. The packs have protein, fruit, nuts, juice and water. Many times, pizza or pre-packaged salads are also available. In addition, hygiene kits are provided for men and women.
The Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) provides supplemental support to a variety of local public health initiatives such as school, civic, and faith-based sponsored health fairs, back-up support of immunization clinics and vaccination campaigns, epidemiology staff support during disease outbreaks, and community-wide public health education campaigns. They recruit and train local volunteers to supplement medical response to local disasters and other public health emergencies.
The Wilkinson Center is a leading rescue and prevention agency for the working poor serving clients mainly in East and Southeast Dallas. Services include food programs and educations programs for adults and families.