Friday, June 18, 2021

You Could Win a $250 Southlake Town Square Gift Card

Donate to a Southlake Cares organization and earn a drawing entry for a Southlake Town Square Gift Card!

The holiday season means joy, peace and spending quality time with our closest loved ones. Bring a little extra happiness to our community this year with a donation to one, two or all of our Southlake Cares organizations and enter our drawing for a $250 Southlake Town Square gift card.

To enter, make a donation to a Southlake Cares organization on or between December 1 and December 20 then take a screenshot of your donation receipt(s) and upload with your entry form. You will earn one entry for each organization you support with a donation, for up to six entries! A random drawing for one winner will take place the week after the contest closes.

For the official rules and to submit an entry, visit: CityofSouthlake.com/SouthlakeCares.

Make a Christmas Connection with a Child in Need

Help make a child’s wish come true.

Come be an elf with us this holiday season. Southlake Cares is supporting Alliance For Children’s Christmas Connection, which provides holiday gifts for children victimized by child abuse.

Here are three easy ways to help.

  1. Provide new, unwrapped Christmas gifts appropriate for children from babies to age 17. For a list of suggestions, please click here. Then drop your gifts off at one of their center locations.
  2. Purchase a gift from Alliance’s Amazon Wish List and the item will be delivered directly to Alliance For Children. Please include your name and contact information in the gift message section at checkout so that your donation can be properly acknowledged.
  3. Make a monetary donation to Alliance For Children to be used for Christmas Connection.

Alliance For Children is the only Tarrant County non-profit organization directly involved in the protecting children from abuse. With local law enforcement agencies, Alliance coordinates teamed investigations. They also provide victims health and healing services to address the trauma of abuse. A third activity of Alliance For Children is community education, allowing children and adults to better understand the risks of abuse.

Give Tarrant County child abuse victims and their siblings a Merry Christmas!

Help Rebuild a Life This October

This month, Southlake Cares is turning its attention to a really important issue – domestic violence. For the rest of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Southlake Cares asks you to support SafeHaven and their efforts to help those who need it most.

SafeHaven is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence families.  This organization provides 24-hour care at two emergency shelters and transitional housing to families seeking their first taste of independence.  The highest priority is to meet the needs of the women and children residing in SafeHaven shelters, including clothes, toiletries, and baby care items.  Please consider donating any of these items, as well as those listed on the Immediate Needs List.

For in-person donations, please label as “Immediate Needs” and drop off items Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at either of their Resource Centers: 1010 N. Center St., Arlington, or 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 101, Fort Worth. SafeHaven also has an Amazon Wish List if you prefer donate online.

SafeHaven is Tarrant County’s only domestic violence service provider, offering safety now and support for the future.  Your support saves lives.

For more information, call 817-535-6462.

Attend the 40th Annual Anniversary Virtual Gala for Denton County Friends of the Family

It’s time for the Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) Annual Gala and this year, their 40th anniversary, it will be a virtual experience.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CST to attend the DCFOF Annual Gala. This event is an important fundraiser to support services for those impacted by rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Tickets and sponsorships are available now for an evening of food, entertainment and an online auction.

Enjoy a date night at home while supporting a great cause. Your meal and wine will be delivered the day of the event, directly to the address provided when purchasing meal tickets. Enjoy live and pre-recorded entertainment from your comfy chair or snuggled up together on the porch swing. Get your clicking finger ready, because there will be an online auction beginning Monday, October 5 which will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, October 9. The auction is open to everyone and attendance to the virtual gala is not required to participate.

If you can’t make the gala, there are other ways to help. DCFOF creates a monthly needs list which is linked to Amazon for easy purchasing and delivery. Direct donations are always welcomed.

DCFOF is the sole provider in Denton County of shelter and free outreach services to those who have been affected by relationship violence and/or sexual assault. Community partners invest in the safety, hope, healing and justice for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors in our community. You are essential to DCFOF’s success, and your investment directly saves lives!

For more information, call 940-783-6350.

Southlake Cares

Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to learn more about our Six-Month Challenge. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says Learn More. On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites.  From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares.

Southlake Cares: Metroport Meals on Wheels

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to alleviate hunger, isolation and loneliness in our communities, and to foster the independence, worth and dignity of each individual they serve.

For 21 years, the City of Southlake and Metroport Meals on Wheels have joined forces to support area seniors by providing hot lunches and a friendly face to those in need.

Now, with many senior-related resources closed due to COVID-19 concerns, MMOW needs our help.

How You Can Help

Currently, in addition to their ongoing home delivery mail program, MMOW is providing a Weekly Curbside Meal program on Mondays at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. There is a $4 charge for meals, but MMOW never turns away a person in need because of an inability to pay.

“We are serving about 100 seniors each week in Southlake with this program,” Southlake Senior Services Coordinator Soheila Phelps said.

To keep going, MMOW needs monetary donations and items on their ongoing Amazon Wish List, which are critical to their operation. MMOW also needs volunteers to help prepare and distribute meals. You can learn more about volunteering for MMOW on their website.

Double Your Donation

The Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has provided a $20,000 Challenge Grant to assist with MMOW’s home-delivered meals that are urgently needed. Every dollar you give now will be DOUBLED (up to $20,000 total), providing TWICE as many lifesaving meals for the hungry seniors and medically fragile neighbors we serve together. Thank you for your support! Click here to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION.

If you decide to make a financial contribution, please make sure to list Southlake Cares in the “How did you hear about us?” section. If you need more information about donating, visit Metroportmow.org or call MMOW at 817-491-8534.

Southlake Cares

Metroport Meals on Wheels is one of the organizations involved in the Southlake Six-Month Challenge. Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to see where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says “Learn More.” On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites. From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the city. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Thanks for caring!

Southlake Cares Challenge: GRACE Food Pantry

The GRACE Food Pantry and Clinic need support from the community to help meet increasing demand for their services. Show them Southlake Cares.

You may know of GRACE Grapevine for their Community Pantry, located at 837 E. Walnut Street in Grapevine. The Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. But that is not all GRACE does to support the community. GRACE offers wrap-around services, which include the Community Clinic (the only community clinic this side of Fort Worth), Transitional Housing and other Sheltering Assistance, Seniors’ Services, Children’s Services, Lifeskills and Financial Education, and Emergency Assistance for utilities, transportation, and more.

Triple the demand

GRACE’s Chief Development Officer, Mark Wollverton stated, “GRACE Client Services is experiencing triple the demand over last year at this time. Focus has been limited to the Food Pantry, Community Clinic, Senior Services, Transitional Housing, and Emergency Services. GRACE lost $50,000 each week the resale stores were closed, in addition to loss from cancelled events. There is a concern for future support as funder fatigue grows and donors face their own recovery needs.”

What can you do?

An easy way to support GRACE and make up for lost revenue is to help them is through their online donation portal. This gift allows GRACE to apply funds where they are most needed. Remember to select Southlake Cares as an honoree, if you choose to give this way.

Medical Community Support: Many of GRACE’s clients have diabetes, and they currently have a considerable need for insulin samples, oral diabetic medications (i.e., Januvia, Janumet, etc.). Individuals connected to the medical community can assist by providing samples of these key medications to be dispensed as ordered to GRACE clients.

Other health and safety supplies needed include medical masks and hand sanitizer.

Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location. In order to protect your safety and GRACE staff, please remain in your car and someone will unload for you.

GRACE Food Pantry | 837 E Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southlake Cares

Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to learn more about our Six-Month Challenge. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says “Learn More.” On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites. From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Thanks for caring!

 

The Southlake Cares Challenge

We need you, Southlake!  A challenge is at hand, and we need your help to conquer need in our community. The Southlake Cares Six-Month Challenge will raise awareness of these particular organizations’ needs and ask for specific aid to meet them.

Economic Stress Creates High Demand for Assistance

It’s a difficult time in our nation and our communities. Families desperately need the essentials of food, medicine, shelter, and more in our area, and local service organizations have a growing need of support from the community for money, in-kind donations, and volunteers. In some instances, the demands have tripled, while revenue sources have declined.  The City of Southlake has a history of partnership with these six service organizations and relies on them to help provide services to the community in meaningful ways.

How to Help

Visit the Southlake Cares website and learn more about these organizations. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says Learn More. On that page, there are links to take you to our partners websites.  From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

Over the next six months, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City.  We will also track the challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Won’t you join us?