FOCUS FALL 2012
Hunger Doesn’t Take A Holiday
They Got Milk!
Hunger doesn’t take a holiday, and we need your continued support of the Food Pantry now through the holidays to help stamp out hunger!
Sitting at our respective desks just down the hall from the Food Pantry, we heard a young child (with his parents receiving their food order) exclaim in a most excited voice, “Oh goodie, we’ve got milk!” You can imagine, we all choked out a collective gasp. So many days we get caught up in the business part of serving our clients. It’s hearing that young
Your ongoing financial and food donations during the fall and winter months are greatly appreciated, as increasing client volume places a greater demand on food distribution to needy residents of Irving.
child’s exclamation that makes us realize how fortunate we are in our own lives that we have food in our homes, the rent is paid, and the lights come on when we turn the switch.
As November and December approach, please consider a special Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food drive at your business, church, club, or school. The earlier the food is donated, the more clients can be served during this special time of the year.
The Food Pantry served an average of 700 families per month last year; however, this summer was brutal – an average of 930 families per month. Spending for items not donated is currently $36,979 over budget.
Some families have to choose between buying groceries or sending a child to the doctor
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The Great Harvest Report Mercury One Volunteers Agrilogic Volunteers Patient Transportation Story Hygiene Products Needed Donor Bridge Results
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Ranchview HS Volunteers Holiday Gift Opportunities Employment Success Story Utility Assistance Success Story Food Pantry Success Story 1
Earn It! Keep It! Save it! What Your Cash Gift Can Do
Board of Directors Monica Reyes Chair Fluor Corporation Marvin Bond Vice Chair Greater Irving – Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Chandra Hill Treasurer Greater Irving – Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Mary Ann Burns Secretary BB&T Tarique Baloch Community Trust Bank Carol Bell Community Volunteer Andy Bennett Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management Angela Brooks Citi Lori Bunger HOLT CAT Chris Carathers Irving North Christian Church Yolanda Carroll BNSF Railway Mechelle Davidson TXU Energy Tom Morton Independent Bank of Texas Candi Richardson Insperity
TGH Sponsors Plentiful Providers
D A D S Donor Advised Fund Mass Electric Construction Co. & Kiewit
The Clements Family Julie & Mike Esstman Susie & Curt FitzGerald Friends of Irving Cares HMS TXU Energy
Annette & Tom Morton Diane & Jesse Orsini Monica Reyes Rick’s Independent Car Kare Services, Inc. Barbara & Brock Scott Flor Smith Teddie & Ken Story Linda Taylor Kay & Harry Weaver Jana & Jeffrey Whaley
Sandra & Kyle Ahlfinger Jane L. & Charles A. Beach Big State Drug & Brown’s Pharmacy Fran & James Cassels Rita & Tom Chasser Exxon Mobil Corporation Bob Hagestad Nancy & Chris Heckman Insperity Nancy & Carl Klinke Joe McQuillan Kimberley & Scott Sheffield Sam Smith in Memory of Carla Smith VHA
Paul Anderson Anonymous Suzy Beeman Carol & Steven Bell John & Kitty Boyle and Family Angela & Michael Brooks Caton Consulting Group, PC Sylvia & Walter Chiang Diann & Joe Contestabile Grace & Thom Davis Angie & John Drake Arlene & Steve Dunston Fluor Corporation Vicki & Jim Fox Chris & Bob Horner Irving Cares Board of Directors Irving Firefighter Association Local #2073 Beverly & Richard Martin Corinne & Paul B. McCully
Bob Bevier Julia Black Francess & Robert Blakely Law Office of Carmen Blankenship Karen & David Bratton Vickie Bumpass Yolanda Carroll Connie & Jerry Dunn Vicki & Bill Dearing Sandy & Steve Ferney Jensy & Mike Gregory Kathy & Clint Howard Kimberly Humphries Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau Jacqueline & Richard Gamble Bonita & Troy Kelley Clem Lear Jolene & Dick Lear M&H 66 Mammen Glass & Mirror, Inc. Alicia Fernandez-Mott & Dr. Charles Mott Oncor Electric Delivery Company R. Mills Roberts, MD Linda & Larry Schorn Mr. & Mrs. Burnell R. Stehman
Allstate Insurance Company
Volunteer Sponsor The Clements Family
VIP Reception Sponsor Friends of Irving Cares
TGH Raises More Than $220,000 “These are the faces of the people served at Irving Cares: a baby whose family received rent and food, a young man who found a job, an older gentleman who got a ride to the doctor.”
Over 300 friends of Irving Cares arrived on Friday, September 28 at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas to raise money for their neighbors in need. Co-chairmen Larry Clements and Chris Clements welcomed everyone to the lavish auction and ballroom for a sumptuous plated dinner and a short program featuring stories about Irving Cares clients who benefited from their generous gifts. The live auction featured spectacular pieces of jewelry, vacations in Canada and Port Aransas, fabulous private dining packages, a crawfish boil for 50, a guided hog hunt in East Texas, and use of the Lou Brock Suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a Texas Rangers game vs the New York Yankees. The silent auction held over 200 items for your home, dining events, sports memorabilia and more. A lively game of Heads or Tails raised nearly $2,000 as guests hoped to win tickets to a Texas Rangers game and a baseball autographed by Josh Hamilton. Several people made donations to a plea for support for a technology upgrade that will improve efficiency in service delivery. Thank you to all who donated resources – time, talent, and treasure. The steering committee pulled together a fantastic event for Irving Cares. Last fiscal year, we served over 42,000 people. We could not do this work without you!
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with an earache. Irving Cares provides groceries for families who need help because of unexpected expenses and for clients in the food stamp application process. A family’s food order for one week is an average of 85 pounds of groceries. At current service levels, we need nearly 72,000 pounds of groceries every month. There is a suggested “shopping list” and holiday food drive registration form on our website. Please use this form or contact Kyle Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers, at 972-7219181 X209 or [email protected]
irvingcares.org and to make arrangements to either deliver the food or to request a pick-up.
Mercury One, the philanthropic arm of Glenn Beck, delivered much needed summer food relief to the Food Pantry at Irving Cares. Mercury One conducted their own research, visited and toured the facility and really connected with our motto, ‘It’s a hand up, not a handout’. Two things happened for Irving Cares after they connected with Irving Cares. The first was in June with Lemonade Day that Mercury One holds through another great partner of Irving Cares, Liberty Mutual, which sent a group of employees who collected 600 pounds of food. The Liberty Mutual group sorted and shelved the donated food, and even took turns filling client orders in the Food Pantry. The second was during July with the delivery of 40,000 pounds of food.
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Irving Cares was one of 12 food banks across the United States to receive a 52 foot trailer full of donated food from the “Restoring Love” food drive held at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. It is through partnerships like these that Irving Cares can continue to provide food and services to the people of Irving Texas.
Please consider a donation to the Food Pantry. Your cash gift goes further because our procurement methods through the North Texas Food Bank and retail are at lower pricing. Your donation of items not donated also helps. Holding a food drive for peanut butter, jelly, soups, canned meat, or toilet paper means we don’t have to buy those items. Every gift counts, and lets Irving Cares provide milk for families who need it.
Hygiene Products Needed
Volunteers from Agrilogic recently spent a few hours at Irving Cares. They toured the agency, learning about the application process and programs that we offer. One team worked in the Food Pantry preparing orders for clients, and another team worked in the warehouse sorting, stocking and readying their food donation of nearly 300 pounds. After some meaningful time together, they left Irving Cares energized and ready to do more for their fellow Irving citizens. They vowed to maintain and strengthen their relationship with Irving Cares.
More Than Just a Ride by Monica Oliver, Patient Transportation Program driver Donna and Diane are twin sisters. Recovering from breast cancer and mastectomy, Diane needed transportation to physical therapy for complete recovery of her arm motion following complications. Patient Transportation Program was able to get Diane safely to and from her appointments, and today she is recovered and is doing well. Donna, on the other hand, has had many concerns over the past three years. Like Diane, she recovered from breast cancer and a mastectomy; shortly followed by a heart attack, and most recently has undergone two knee replacements at the same time. Diana suggested Donna contact Irving Cares for transportation to her biweekly physical therapy following knee replacements. Donna is a brave and determined lady, already walking without the aid of a walker. “This program has been a real blessing,” says Donna. “It was impossible to ride the bus with a walker and protect my knees from all the commotion that takes place on the bus. The expense of a cab was out of the question. All I have is disability income, and I am so very grateful to Irving Cares.” Door-to-door transportation has contributed to a more rapid recovery time. Driving the van, I have seen first-hand the difference individual attention to the patients’ care can make. My job is a blessing to me. 5
We are seeing an unprecedented request for personal hygiene products. These products are very important for those individuals who are looking for work and for those children who are attending school. Feeling good about oneself is a key to performance, whether you are looking for work or your child is spending the day in a classroom and being successful in your pursuit of life. We have several gracious donors who donate cash to purchase hygiene products for our clients, but more help is needed. Please consider a cash gift or donating these products. You can mail a check to P O Box 177425; Irving, TX 75017-7425 or make a secure credit card donation at www.irvingcares.org. •• Soap •• Shampoo •• Deodorant •• Toothpaste •• Toilet paper •• Feminine hygiene products (pads) •• Powdered laundry detergent
Thanks for all the support you provide for us, so that we can provide for others.
Donor Bridge Results Many thanks to the 38 philanthropic investors who chose to participate in the North Texas Giving Day on September 13. Generous contributions through Donor Bridge raised more than $4,000 to support Irving Cares. North Texas Giving Day 2012 raised more than $14 million in 17 hours to benefit over 900 local nonprofit agencies. We were proud to have participated and gained a portion of the matching funds.
Ranchview High School Vocational Volunteers Meet the newest members of the Tuesday and Thursday Food Pantry volunteer crew. They arrive each morning to help perform a number of very valuable tasks from helping unload deliveries, keeping the pantry stocked and full of donated food items, and performing tasks that allow the food pantry to serve the ever-growing number of clients. “It is a great honor and privilege to have these great kids volunteering at Irving Cares. Not only do they provide a great service, but they are great ambassadors for Ranchview High School,” states Kyle Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers.
Consider a Holiday Honorarium or Memorial Gift We’ve all got them! Everyone has people on their holiday list who don’t need a thing. Solve your gift dilemmas with a 2012 Holiday Honorarium or Memorial gift in the name of a friend or family member. We’ll send a beautiful holiday card to the honoree or remembered family to let them know a gift was made by you in their name. Click the “Donate Now” button on our website to make a secure gift online. You can email your information to Kimberly Humphries at [email protected]
irvingcares.org, or mail your gift including the name of the person/s to be acknowledged. Anyone would be thrilled to get the gift of helping; please, consider an investment in community hope this season. 6
The Employment Services Program at Irving Cares provides the ultimate in self-sufficiency: a job. Clients in this program attend a Job Search Seminar where they learn how to complete job applications, practice interviews, update resumes and dress for success. After the seminar, clients meet one-on-one with the Case Manager where they receive job leads tailored for their skill set and circumstances. We can also provide referrals and resources to eliminate barriers to employment. Last fiscal year, 100 people got a job and kept it for at least 90 days through this program. Debbie first came to the program in 2009, found a job, and kept it until she was laid off in July 2012. Debbie came back to the program and got a job lead from Trinity Employment for an accounting
position with a local sports team. She received a gasoline voucher, followed up on the lead, was hired and started her need job on September 11, 2012. Debbie was also able to receive financial assistance with her utility bill. Great things happen at Irving Cares. Shantelle came to the program in May 2012. She had been studying toward a career in Criminal Justice. The Case Manager worked with Shantelle on a weekly basis giving her job leads and assisting her with bus passes to get to job sites to apply. Shantelle was about to give up when she received a lead that a day care had a part-time job opening. She applied, interviewed, and was hired part-time as kitchen help and bus driver. In September, she was promoted to a full-time employee.
Utility Assistance Ms. Williams is a 28 year old mother of 4 children ages 8 years to 14 months. She works part–time in the health services field, and is trying to obtain a technical degree in order to make life better for her and the children. Ms. Williams contacted Irving Cares for assistance with her First Choice electric bill. She was behind because her work hours were cut and was facing
disconnection. She couldn’t afford to pay the entire amount and had exhausted her extension privileges with the electric company. Irving Cares was able to assist Ms. Williams with a portion of her electric bill. She was so delighted and relieved that service wasn’t disconnected so she could focus on her family and studies.
Food and Utilities Ms. Jones is a single mom of two. She was laid off her job six months ago, and was receiving unemployment and food stamps. Ms. Jones came into Irving Cares for food pantry assistance. While she was being interviewed, Ms. Jones mentioned she was worried about paying her TXU Energy bill. She had found a new job, but her
unemployment would stop before she received her first paycheck. Because of the generous funding Irving Cares receives from TXU Energy Aid, we were able to provide financial assistance for her, and now she can concentrate on her children and new job.
Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! Coming in 2013! Free tax preparation site at Irving Cares helps people who make less than $50,000 file 1040EZ, 1040 and 1040A for no charge. IRS certified preparers available Monday-Saturday. Call 214-978-0081 or visit www.UnitedWayDallas.org/EKS for more information. 7
What Your Cash Gift Can Do Services delivered have increased in most programs offered by Irving Cares:
$10 $25 $50 $75 $100 $350
•• Food Pantry is up 21% •• Financial assistance for water is up 17% •• Case management hours in Employment Services is up 32% •• Number of clients in Patient Transportation Program is up 21% We raise money from various sources – individuals, corporation, foundations, faith community, and government. Funding streams with some sources remain relatively constant, but many more are shrinking every year.
Fresh milk for 5 families Bus passes for 10 people to get to a job interview Water bill for one month Prescriptions for 3 sick children or elderly clients 67 nutritious meals A portion of a family’s rent for one month
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or 972-721-9181 x 203 to schedule a tour or to learn more.
Irving Cares wants to be your charity of choice. Please consider a calendar year-end gift. Your investment will be used wisely.
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