TIAA has been notified that TI will postpone the United Way Campaign, originally set for April, to later this summer. The campaign plans included a large number of volunteer events with active TIers going out in the community to visit United Way agencies. All of these events will be shifted to later this summer. The TIAA Annual Charity Golf Tournament is one of the events affected by this decision; the tournament set for April 6, will be postponed to later in the year.
Crossroads Community Services (CCS) is now located just off Cockrell Hill Road, in a new and large home. Here they partner with educational and medical institutions in Dallas County in order to provide more holistic solutions to deeply entrenched social and economic problems by acting as the southern regional hub for North Texas Food Bank and expanding their food distribution program. On average, a family of four receives 100 pounds of groceries when they visit Crossroads pantry which means CCS distributes 2.25 million pounds of food to approximately 12,000 unduplicated
Wilkinson Center's food bank is a dynamic service provider for families struggling to escape poverty, providing services throughout Dallas County, with a focus in East and Southeast Dallas including Pleasant Grove. They provide one week’s supply of food each month for qualified families which translates into more than 40,000 pounds of emergency food to hungry Dallas families every month. They serve individuals of all ages and approximately one-third of them are children.
Rose-Mary Rumbley, noted speaker-actress-Dallasite, entertained 30 TIAA members and friends in the S/C Lobby Auditorium on January 21, 2020. (She also let us in on a secret -- her outstanding elocution abilities made her one of the voices used in TI's very successful Speak & Spell educational toy in the late '70s.) She reviewed the eight U.S.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. This is observed each year on the third Monday in January as “A day on, not a day off,” and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter centur and, on January 15.
TIAA volunteers took a Senior Source bus to the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) headquarters on Mockingbird Lane to participate in the organization’s annual gift-wrap program for the seventh year in a row. We grabbed scissors, tape, and wrapping paper and then immediately went to work. The VNA folks provided boxes of toiletries including soap, hand lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, and many other items for us to wrap. Once wrapped, the items were placed in boxes to be delivered on Christmas Day to over 4,000 Meals-on-Wheels’ clients.
The annual TI Retiree Luncheon was held at the Mesquite Convention Center on November 14, with 360 retirees and guests in attendance as TIAA celebrated it's 20th anniversary. During the program, TIAA President, Debi Heaton, recognized those who were involved in the creation of the TIAA in July 1999, including 31 charter members in attendance at the luncheon. During the luncheon a slideshow told the history of the TIAA, with photographs highlighting the many activities of the association over the past 20 years.
On October 15 two seminars were held at the Plano Event Center in Plano, TX to discuss TI health insurance plans and medical changes that would be of interest to TI retirees. The first session was at 10:00 am for pre-65 TI retirees and there were more than 140 in attendance. The second meeting was at 1:30 pm for Medicare-eligible TI retirees and 435 came to hear the presentation, ask questions about health insurance plans and visit with friends.