Casey Rodriguez, Manager, Leadership Programs
The DRC’s Young Professionals is excited to announce our 2020 Virtual Holiday Give Back Challenge. One of our program’s biggest passions is making a difference through service and community involvement in the Dallas Region, and what better time to exemplify that than 2020. This holiday season is the time for us to unite as a community and uplift the people in our region.
Most nonprofit organizations have pivoted to online operations to continue offering their vital services. Missions remain the same, but in the virtual world, it is now easier than ever to give back. From virtual toy drives or Amazon wish lists to online food drives and sponsoring meals with a handwritten note; online giving is endless. Some companies are also still looking for masked, socially distant in-person volunteers for hands-on work.
Below are numerous opportunities available throughout the Dallas Region. Find an organization whose mission is significant to you and be a light in someone’s life this holiday season. A simple act can go a long way.
A special thank you to our service partner, Community Partners of Dallas, for providing holiday giving opportunities in the Dallas Region.
Give Backs: *Listed alphabetically
- All Things Made New: All Things Made New’s mentoring program supports and empowers youth facing high risk behaviors in the community by providing mentorship, character development, and life skills training to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
- Austin Street Center: Austin Street Center aims to help clients transition from homelessness to independence by providing a safe shelter and meeting the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless.
- Bridge Homeless Recovery Center: The Bridge empowers adults experiencing homelessness in Dallas by equipping them with the tools to homeless recovery as they move into sustainable housing.
- Catch Up and Read: Catch Up & Read has spent the past 10 years developing the most innovative and effective ways to support educational reform in schools in North Texas by raising the bar on campus-wide instruction to meet the educational needs of every child.
- City House: The mission at City House is to protect, empower, and transform the lives of at-risk children, youth, and young adults suffering from abuse, neglect, or homelessness.
- Community Partners of Dallas: Community Partners of Dallas was created to address abuse and neglect in our community by providing impacted children with the resources needed today to thrive tomorrow.
- Crossroads Community Services: Crossroad’s mission is to nourish low-income families and individuals by providing nutritious food and supportive education through its distribution network and in-house pantry.
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is the only agency of its kind in Dallas County to investigate, prosecute, and provide healing services for child abuse cases in Dallas County.
- Dallas YMCA: The Y has been helping individuals, their families, and communities for more than 100 years by identifying needs and becoming an anchor with a local presence, and providing no-cost solutions and financial assistance.
- DFW Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots Foundation helps less fortunate children throughout the U.S. experience the joy of Christmas; plays an active role in the development of our children; unites local communities in a common cause; and contributes to improving communities in the future.
- Family Gateway: Family Gateway’s mission is to provide safety, stability, and life-changing supportive services for children and families affected by homelessness.
- Genesis Women’s Shelter: Genesis Women’s Shelter’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact.
- Hope Supply Co.: Hope Supply Co. is dedicated to providing critically needed resources and clothing to homeless and at-risk children – from infants to teens – across the Dallas Region through its network of social service agencies.
- Lumin Education: Lumin Education’s mission is to transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating learning environments to inspire children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
- Mission Oak Cliff: Mission Oak Cliff commits to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Oak Cliff community. As an expression of Christ’s love, it works to improve food security, encourage meaningful relationships, and teach life skills.
- North Texas Food Bank: With more than 960,000 people in North Texas facing hunger, the North Texas Food Bank plays a critical role in providing access to nutritious meals every day.
- Packages from Home: Packages from Home serves active-duty U.S. military members stationed or deployed overseas, as well as homeless, transitioning, and at-risk veterans by providing them with resources and entertainment items to boost morale and quality of life.
- Promise House: Promise House moves youth in crisis toward safety and success. Its vision is that every youth has a safe and nurturing place to call home.
- M. Wright Foundations’ Christmas in the Park: The S.M. Wright Foundation provides support and stability to inner-city, underprivileged children, and less fortunate families through hunger relief, educational support, health and social service assistance, and economic empowerment.
- Stewpot: First Presbyterian Church of Dallas: 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.
- Visiting Nurse Association of Texas Meals on Wheels Division: VNA Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious, freshly prepared meals five days a week to Dallas County residents who cannot obtain or prepare meals for themselves due to illness, advanced age, or disability.
- WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers: WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers is celebrating its 51st year collecting holiday toys for children across Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. In 2019, the campaign provided holiday toys to more than 50,000 needy children throughout the Dallas Region.