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Latter day saints donate 24,000 pounds of food
The church of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates trucks full of food to charities around the U.S. as part of their Covid-19 relief efforts. On September 2nd, Arlington Charities and Arlington Urban Ministries were selected to split a truck full of 24,000 pounds of food. Food was first unloaded into the Arlington Charities truck by AC staff. It was then placed into storage by Latter Day Saints and JustServe.org volunteers.
"It was a no brainer," said Arlington Stake president of the Latter Day Saints, Mark Davies. "We chose Arlington Charities because of their ability to help out families in their community with basic necessities. It was one of the first charities on our minds to donate to."
saying goodbye to our Air national guard
Friday, June 17th, was our last day with our Air National Guard Volunteers. For the past several months, these guys have been an enormous help to us. They have helped setup and run our drive through pantry each day, unloaded and processed food into our warehouse, reorganized key storage areas, cleaned our facilities, and assisted with many other small projects that have cropped up. With each task they have taken on, the Air National Guard were quick learners and displayed incredible work ethic. A few weeks ago, when being assigned locations, our Air National Guard volunteers asked to continue working at Arlington Charities because “they needed our help.”
While we are sad to see our Air National Guard team go, we are very grateful for the time we had together and all their hard work. Words cannot describe how thankful we are for their help, their dedication, and the friendships that we formed with them.
Arlington charities responds to covid-19
In order to continue to support the community during the Covid-19 Pandemic Arlington Charities drastically restructured our day to day operations and engaged in large scale mobile pantry events around the community. To reduce contact between staff volunteers, and clients, Arlington Charities switched over to a drive through pantry where Arlington Charities representatives bring pre-packaged food bags directly to a clients car.
As a way to support members of our community highly impacted by the pandemic on a much larger scale, Arlington Charities has teamed up with Tarrant Area Food Bank, Fielder Church, and Arlington Independent School District (AISD) to provide food to families in the AISD school district.
Martin luther king day of service 2020
Arlington Charities was beyond blessed to have over thirty four people show up, either as groups or as individuals, to volunteer for Martin Luther King Day of Service. Arlington Charities wanted to extend a thank you's to all who volunteered, including, IBM's Coppell Division, Inspired To Live Church, AmeriCorps VISTA of North Texas, UTA Financial Aid & Scholarships, and the families or individuals that came on their day off to serve.
During their time there, these groups engaged in a variety of jobs such as sorting clothing, deep cleaning our fridges, shredding old files, mopping our floors, getting ahead on stocking veggies and desserts, and more. We have to say, the pantry has not looked this spic and spam in a long time and that everyone who volunteered should congratulate themselves on a job well done!
2019 a year in review
As we are trudge forward into 2020, we here at Arlington Charities decided to look through our favorite memories from 2019 and compile them for your enjoyment. Come take a stroll down memory lane with us through a year full of help and hope. We hope that you enjoy the video and that you continue to support us in 2020!
Holiday DISTRIBUTION 2019
Our holiday distributions are one of our most popular events of the year. Clients are able to sign up to receive holiday food, toys, or winter coats. We greatly appreciate all of the volunteers and donors who contributed to making this years holiday distributions one of our most successful yet!
THANKSGIVING DISTRIBUTION 2019
During our Thanksgiving distribution, Arlington Charities provided over 9000 pounds of donated food to struggling families in the Arlington area including vegetables, yams, soups, mac and cheese, stuffing, pie filling, vouchers for turkeys, and more. Thank you to all who volunteered their and who donated food. You helped make our Thanksgiving one for the books.
North texas giving day 2019
North Texas Giving Day is a much anticipated day at Arlington Charities as we often raise a large majority of our funds for the year. Throughout North Texas, nonprofits engage in a day of fundraising sponsored by the North Texas Community Foundation. Prizes and bonuses provide extra incentives and matching funds allow donors to effectively double their donations. This year, thanks to our fabulous donors, we managed to raise a total of $45,400!!!
Community Development block grant
parking lot project
Arlington Charities is in the process of making itself more accessible. Over the past couple of months we have been working with the city of Arlington's Community Development Block Grant on a project to create a more handicap accessible parking lot and entrance ways. This will entail a newly paved parking lot with handicap accessible spots, new ramps and railings, and handicap accessible doors that will open at the press of a button. Stay tuned for updates and pictures throughout the construction phase!!!
volunteer appreciation luncheon 2019
Arlington Charities took some time to treat our volunteers to a nice lunch at Pantego Cafe and dote on them. The lively afternoon also featured a presentation of an resolution given to the Arlington Charities volunteers by commissioner Devan Allen, a surprise volunteer appreciation video, and a rousing speech by Anita Foster on what it means to be a volunteer.
Stamp out The Hunger Food Drive 2019
Every year, Arlington Charities facilitates a sorting site for the annual "Stamp Out The Hunger Postal Food Drive." The drive, organized by U.S. letter carriers, is one of the largest annual food drives across the U.S. which directly benefits food collecting agencies like Arlington Charities. Our dedicated volunteers joined some missionaries, and boy scouts at First Christian church to sort large truck-fulls of food into categorized boxes.
Help and hope celebrity chef showcase 2019
Our second annual Help and Hope Celebrity Chef Showcase celebrated our 40th anniversary since we were incorporated. To commemorate the occasion in the grandest fashion, celebrity chef Keith Hicks of Buttons restaurant in Fort Worth cooked a delicious three course meal of all of his soulful southern favorites. The tasty grub was paired with refreshing wine from Urban Alchemy Coffee and Wine Bar. An unforgettable evening of food, fun, and charity was had by all who attended.
Valentines day fell on our senior service day this year. To celebrate we decorated Arlington Charities, gave out valentines candy and cookies, and created custom Arlington Charities valentines cards.
2018 A Year In Review
2018 was a pretty incredible year for Arlington Charities from our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, to our Celebrity Chef Showcase with the talented Carol Ritchie, to rounding off the year with some of our most successful holiday distributions yet. We couldn't have done it without our wonderful volunteers and donors. Here are some of our favorite memories from 2018.
Holiday Distribution 2018
Every year Arlington Charities collects donations of holiday food, clothing, toys, tablets, and bicycles for our holiday distribution. It is a wonderful and extremely hectic time of year as staff and volunteers scramble to sort through donations and arrange them for families in need. This year our friends at the Dallas Wings donated a considerable amount of toys and the Lear Corporation donated all of our tablets. We thank all of our donors and volunteers for contributing their goodwill and hard work to ensure yet another successful year of this popular event.