North Texas Nonprofit Emergency Needs
Updated: Mar 19
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
Below is a list of our nonprofit partners' emergency needs. For a more extensive list, please visit our friends at Dallas Doing Good: https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/how-to-support-nonprofits-during-social-isolation
*Our list is as complete to the best of our knowledge and apologize in advance to those we missed. Please email Hannah Rabalais at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you have any additional opportunities!
1. Austin Street Center
Ways to help:
The current need for sheltering was already expanding prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, and now the challenges have consequently grown as more people find themselves out of work and out of food. People in the sheltered communities can feel alone and isolated, and the current situation will likely make this worse. They need our help.
Below are ways each of us can support them and Austin Street over the coming weeks:
-Donations can be made at www.austinstreet.org/give
-To drop off meals, contact email@example.com
-To donate much-needed items, go to www.austinstreet.org/give/needs
-To assist our elderly or most vulnerable clients with alternative housing, we would request people donate to our Client Assistance Fund when going to the Austin Street website.
2. Genesis Women's Shelter
Ways to help:
Make a monetary donation During this uncertain time, we are running into an increase of unexpected needs. The most impactful way you can help us is by making a monetary donation. Even a small contribution goes a long way in healing hurting and vulnerable populations. We are grateful for your invaluable support! Donate now.
Provide a meal Genesis relies on community support to provide three meals per day to clients staying at our emergency shelter. As we won't have volunteer groups onsite at our residential campus through the end of March, we are in need of meal donations in order to continue providing this essential service for our families. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization are interested in providing a lunch or dinner donation that can feed 40 Genesis clients.
Give items In response to the issues surrounding COVID-19, we are only able to accept specific in-kind items (food, cleaning items and toiletries) at this time. To view our current list of needs and schedule a drop-off, click here for details. Important: in-kind donations refer to brand new items only.
"While you are thinking through the next few weeks, what are your most prevailing priorities for St. Philip’s and the community of children and families we serve?"
Our foremost priorities must be those we serve, both our internal and external audiences. With that in mind our priorities right now will be focused on:
Distance Learning - Keeping instruction and support for our families with distance learning will require more technology than we currently use. Specifically, for our families without ready access to WiFi or extended data plans. As well, this is our first time testing our ability to provide adequate distance learning at this level. So we are looking at how we can support those families in need of technology to weather this time for their students.
Food Insecurity - Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry, Meals on Wheels, our transportation for seniors, and our Kid’s Cafe programs are critical to providing nutrition to over 1,000 children and families monthly. We will have to modify our service delivery to those most vulnerable. Kid’s Cafe and senior transportation will be temporarily suspended but if suspension is beyond a month, we may need to resume, possibly through the pantry. This will require additional supplies and service times.
People - St. Philip’s has seen great gains over the last 10 years, and much of that is due to our talent. Non-salaried faculty and staff, Teaching Assistants, After-school Care staff, Operation Staff, Food Service vendors and Athletic staff, are critical to programming. Once we resume, we will need them to ensure proper implementation of school and core programming.
Donate here: https://www.stphilips1600.org/donate/
4. North Texas Food Bank
The NTFB is a vital relief organization during times of crisis; internally, we have created a task force that meets regularly to ensure the health and wellness of our volunteers, staff and the community we serve as we work to provide the basic necessity of healthy food across our 13-county service area through our more than 200 partner agencies and our direct programs.
Creating family meal boxes and making these available for our Partner Agencies- by shifting to a box model, we can create a no to low touch distribution model that is safer for our partners and the neighbors they serve.
Working with local school districts to ensure continuity of our Food 4 Kids program as well as the School Pantry program
Collaborating with the City of Dallas to prepare and deliver snack/hydration kits for the homeless who will be moved to the Convention CenterExploring the possibility of additional food distributions with the City of Dallas as well as the surrounding regions
We are working in collaboration with Shiftsmart to source volunteers, ensuring that those that have lost wages as result of slowed consumer activity have an opportunity for employment We expect the need for food assistance to grow in the coming weeks and months. The Food Bank is undertaking the following actions to help meet the need in North Texas:
Our Volunteer Model is Changing - For Now
The North Texas Food Bank is partnering with the technology platform Shiftsmart to employ workers who have suffered from lost income as a result of the Coronavirus’ impact on the economy; deploying them in place of traditional volunteers to help the Food Bank meet the need for food assistance in North Texas. This new arrangement will take place effective March 23. Workers will be packing family meal boxes that will enable our partners to change their distribution models to a “low touch” method.This partnership allows for the Food Bank to get a dedicated workforce at a time when we are seeing an increased demand for food assistance. Through this partnership, the NTFB and Shiftsmart will be able to serve more than 1 million meals per week to hungry North Texans.The Food Bank is reaching out to all prescheduled volunteers alerting them of this change. We will notify our volunteer base once our operations return to normal.To learn more about Shiftsmart opportunities, visit ntfb.org/shiftsmart
5. Café Momentum
6. New Friends New Life
We encourage you to stay connected to New Friends New Life through social media and our website and thank you in advance for your patience with any delays in responding to your phone calls or messages, and for your flexibility with any changes in meetings over the next two weeks.
Times like these are a reminder of how much we depend on each other as members of this community and of our connection to the larger world. We join hands virtually with each of you, sending the love and support that you so faithfully send to us.
Donate here: https://www.newfriendsnewlife.org/donate
7. Bonton Farms
In an effort to comply with the new Covid-19 guidelines, the Market at Bonton Farms will be open for take out orders only from 7am-2pm. Please call 972.707.0274 if you would like to place an order.
The Farmer's Market will be open from 9am-2pm
The Coffee House will be closed until further notice.
Thank you for supporting Bonton Farms
In an effort to follow instructed orders to obey social distancing but NOT social isolation we have committed to up our home visits with drive up deliveries. The best way for us to stay connected to families is by making a tangible impact. We have gotten a tremendous number of phone calls and text expressing deep concern because women are having trouble with just the basics.
Shop our Amazon wishlist here: https://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3JE4DOGZ5VP6D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_swyCzb5YA02X4
Donate here: https://www.redeemedwomen.org/support-us/
The COVID-19 crisis has affected seemingly every facet of our lives and things are slowing down, but our consistent care for the most vulnerable of our neighbors is more important now than ever.
What can you do? Help us meet their needs by making a donation of any size here: traffick911.com/donate. Your gift helps cover the cost of food for trafficking survivors and helps us continue to build healing trust with them. Please donate now and share this with your community!
10. The Net FW
At this time, we are doing everything we can to continue to support the people that we serve. While we are not currently able to meet in-person, our team will continue to work diligently full-time as we plan our next steps forward in such an uncertain time.
What you can do:
See our team’s prayer requests here: https://www.thenetfw.com/blog/the-net-covid-19-update
Per CDC and Fort Worth guidelines, our team is staying at home to help prevent the spread of the virus and we encourage everyone to do the same.
-Donate to The Net
Every single dollar makes it possible for us to continue to reach folks even during this uncertain time.
-View our Amazon Wishlist
Over the next few weeks, we will collect food items for our friends experiencing homelessness to support them while The Net Center is not open.
11. Wilkinson Center
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, Wilkinson Center is committed to serving the community and has plans in place to keep our Food Pantry safely and hygienically available to our clients. For those of you wondering “How can I help?", please consider donating through our Amazon Charity List. All non-perishable food and hygiene items are accepted, but we especially need items to serve seniors and children. Thank you for your support! https://smile.amazon.com/…/MSG0Z4S3A…/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
12. Love & Freedom
Difficult times like this remind us of the importance of community. We've created an amazing community of survivor women at Love and Freedom, and now they need your help. The funds for this campaign will be specifically designated to the women of Love And Freedom who are in urgent need for their basic survival during this time. Love And Freedom is a vocational training, wellness and employment program that employs and empowers women coming out of human trafficking, domestic violence and resettled refugees. We have 7 women in our pilot program who need your help today! Any amount helps, thank you so much for your continued support!
Donate here: https://www.txwf.co/LoveAndFreedom