Small ways to help neighborhood nonprofits

Join Community Connection …

… the Ferguson Road Initiative’s new campaign to enlist the monetary support and involvement of local businesses and individuals. The nonprofit Ferguson Road Initiative aims to improve the quality of life for far East Dallas neighbors. Anyone can join Community Connection for free, and memberships costing $50-$10,000 are available to neighbors and businesses. Sign up for the Community Connection e-newsletter and receive a free week at the White Rock YMCA. 214.324.5116.

Help a runner gear up …

… through Back on My Feet, a 6-9 month program that provides running coaches for people living in homeless facilities. A $30 donation can pay for a running shirt and shorts, and $1,800 can provide everything a runner needs to complete the program. Read our December 2011 story about the program here.

Volunteer …

… at the Vickery Meadow Learning Center, a nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of life in Vickery Place, a low-income neighborhood comprising 2.86 square miles, where some 20 languages are spoken among the approximately 36,000 residents. The Learning Center always needs volunteers to teach classes, such as reading, math and English to adults. Classes will meet Monday-Thursday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for 13 weeks, starting this month. Volunteers commit to teaching one 2-hour class per week. Curriculum and training are provided, and no teaching experience or foreign language is required. For more information, contact Barbara Johnson, West Dallas site director, at or 214.265.5057, ext. 201.

Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion.

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