A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
North Texas Giving Day Adds a Twist This Year
You can get a jump on donating to NTC ministries and other nonprofits starting Sept. 7.
By LINDA S. JOHNSON
Mark your calendar and set your alarm for Sept. 7, 2017. That’s when you can start scheduling your donations for North Texas Giving Day, starting promptly at 8 a.m.
The official North Texas Giving Day is Sept. 14, but this year the organizer, Communities Foundation of Texas, wants to make it easier for donors to plan ahead for the massive day of fundraising for nonprofits. Beneficiaries include some North Texas Conference churches and agencies.
North Texas Giving Day is mostly an online event, although there are in-person giving stations with festive events to put donors in a generous mood. Online, participants can search for a favorite nonprofit or scroll through the lists of charities to select the ones that will get their dollars. To add a little competitive spirit, leaderboards will show how much each organization has collected.
For 2016, North Texas Giving Day raised more than $37 million for 2,518 organizations. That worked out to an average $243 per gift and $13,845 per nonprofit.
The schedule-ahead giving that starts Sept. 7 will run through midnight Sept. 13. Then at 6 a.m. Sept. 14, www.northtexasgivingday.org opens for donations until midnight that day.
Here are capsules of a sample of North Texas Conference ministries on the list.
Agape Clinic, Grace UMC
Agape Clinic provides quality health care services unconditionally to underserved people. This year, it will complete 17,000 medical and dental visits. Its cost is $40 per patient visit, and each patient averages a $20 donation per visit. The clinic also needs sonogram and X-ray medical equipment.
C.C. Young Memorial Home
C.C. Young seeks to enhance the quality of life for all its residents. Its most pressing needs are its Benevolence Fund and the Capital Campaign. The Benevolence Fund provides for residents who have outlived their income and assets and who have no other resources for shelter, food, skilled nursing care, utilities and other needs. The Capital Campaign is for a new transitional care facility, The Vista, which will encompass assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, long-term care, respite care and rehab.
Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission
Christ’s Foundry seeks to bring positive transformation to the Love Field/North Bachman area through services with children, youth and families. It provides care and support for the educational, social, physical and spiritual needs of families, many of them Hispanic/Latino, by building relationships and offering resources to help people get through life, not just the next month.
Dallas Bethlehem Center
In partnership with South Dallas/Fair Park children and families, Dallas Bethlehem Center works to create a bright, secure future for them through education, food security, empowerment and neighborhood development. It focuses on children’s readiness for school and life as it serves the impoverished ZIP codes of 75215 and 75219.
Dickinson Place, which began service to senior adults in 1971, provides affordable housing and programming to people 62 and older. Its high-rise facility in East Dallas consists of 165 one-bedroom apartments. Dickinson Place provides a number of planned activities and programs to its residents to enhance their social, physical and spiritual well-being. Its needs include furniture, toiletries, linens, books, canned food and event volunteers.
NTC Camping and Retreat Ministries
The Camping and Retreat Ministries seeks to provide sacred spaces where all can learn and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. The facilities include Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center, Prothro Center and Go Camps. Donations enable the ministry to expand and improve the facilities to serve more guests and large groups. It is also working to develop more leadership programs for children and youth, and to bring camp and retreat experiences to churches and other urban sites.
One Man’s Treasure
Eight United Methodist lay people founded One Man’s Treasure in 2005 to provide new and gently used suits and other clothes to men recently released from prison as they seek work and a chance to start over. The agency served 1,398 men in seven North Texas counties in 2016, up from 870 the year before. North Texas Giving Day has helped the agency “achieve our annual budget in the past,” said Annette Jenkins, executive director. “The $11,000 raised last year helped meet the program’s increased clothing needs, and we hope to meet this year’s Giving Day goal of $25,000.”
Young adults engage in leadership and ministry, support low-income children and families, and connect churches to communities in need. Project Transformation strives to be a national model of service and ministry through which young leaders emerge, communities change and lives transform. Through its after-school and summer programming, it seeks to address health, nutrition and education needs of more than 1,000 children and youth every year.
Southern Methodist University
SMU seeks to expand knowledge through research and teaching. The university is dedicated to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry and to its United Methodist heritage. Donations help provide world-class learning in the classroom and opportunities for students who might not otherwise afford them. They also fund students, faculty and staff working in laboratories, research centers and community partnerships to develop new solutions to pressing problems.
Union is a nonprofit coffee shop that operates to meet the spiritual and physical needs of its community near Southern Methodist University. Union calls itself a laboratory for innovation and exploring the space between church and the world. Ten percent of its coffee sales go to local nonprofits that Union helps support. After several years of growth, Union is looking at expanding “so that we can bring our unique brand of community building to additional neighborhoods.”
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin partners with its West Dallas neighbors, building relationships and providing education and resources to drive community transformation. Wesley-Rankin’s work provides early childhood education through an award-winning Montessori program, offers after-school and summer programs with an emphasis on reading, science and math, and serves 9,000 meals a year to seniors.