Updated: Mar 18, 2019



USANFT team members carrying boxes

This Meet a Volunteer Monday, Arlington Charities wanted to recognize a hardworking group of young men that participated in a busy day volunteering at Arlington Charities on January 17th. Two USA football (USANFT) teams, U16 and U17, helped reorganize our pantry, assist clientele, move heavy crates, and break down a large influx of boxes. These high school age boys thoroughly enjoyed breaking down boxes and had fun competing to see who was strong enough to rip them up.


Ripping up boxes brings out some competitive spirit

The teams had a great deal of fun, so much so that some players were reluctant to leave. In fact, when the U17 team was about to take a group photo before departing, five players were found missing. After some searching, they were found helping a woman load groceries and clothes into her car. This unplanned and tender moment is a testament to the meaningful connections volunteers can foster with the communities we represent and a huge reason why our volunteers do what they do.


Labeling items for storage

Both teams and the coaches said that “volunteering together helped build bonds and strengthen relationships on the field.” They assert that “if your group is looking for a good place to make a difference and work with a well-organized staff, Arlington Charities is it.” Thank you to these young men for coming out and congratulations to the U16 team for their shutout of Playa Del Carmen, 47-0, and the U17 team for their victory over Japan, 28-24.

If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by USANFT and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer.


We also accept large groups like USANFT and will provide your group with lots of fun projects! Why not schedule a volunteer day!

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Updated: Mar 18, 2019


Bob making a pickup from Kroger.

Robert (Bob) Dawson is an Arlington Charities volunteer who picks up food donations from our local grocery stores. Bob started picking up food from North Texas Food Bank for Arlington Charities three years ago and now picks up food from grocery stores such as Kroger and Walmart. Bob enjoys the “physical exercise and challenges associated with making pickups.” He also is inspired by “the cooperation and assistance of the staff in stores as well as the volunteers and employees at AC.” Friendly volunteers often give Bob out of date spinach that he gives to his neighbor’s hamster. When not making pickups, Bob is a case worker at CASA and is currently working on his third Child Protective Services case. He also tutors and is a board member at HOPE Tutoring. To all aspiring volunteers, Bob asserts that “volunteers continue to work at AC because they see the need and find joy in helping others.”


Bob making a pickup from Wal-Mart

If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by Bob’s story and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer.


Bob posing with a Wal-Mart employee

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Nancy delivering Thanksgiving baskets at St. Barnabus United Methodist Church

Nancy Sides is one of our treasured volunteers who has been volunteering every Monday for eight years. Her favorite part of volunteering is “serving the clients and learning about their lives.” Aside from volunteering at Arlington Charities, Nancy enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, and is very active in her church, St. Barnabas United Methodist. This picture of Nancy is from her delivering Thanksgiving baskets with St. Barnabas. Nancy asserts that “volunteering at Arlington Charities is a great way to serve the community” and that “volunteering blesses the lives not only of those served, but the servers as well.” We are very blessed to have volunteers like Nancy.


If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by Nancy’s story and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer

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