What gives? March 2013

Gather old maternity clothes; put your high school diploma to the test; and cultivate your crayon skill

Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

Gather those old maternity clothes …

… and take them to Nexus Recovery Center to donate to its moms-to-be who struggle with addiction and are in the process of getting their lives back on track. For more ongoing volunteer opportunities, Nexus also is seeking a classroom helper for its childcare service, and a green thumb for the organic garden. Contact Beth Hunter at 214.321.0156 ext. 2101 or bhunter@nexusrecovery.org for more.


Put your high school diploma to the test …

… and offer GED tutoring for Alley’s House’s clients. Give a teen mom a couple hours a day, once or twice a week and help her achieve a life goal. For females 21 and older, year-long mentor opportunities are also available. Alley’s House also needs childcare providers and someone to help organize the donated goods room. You can also organize a diaper drive or donate baby items such as strollers, car seats, or baby food and toddler snacks. Go to alleyshouse.org to download an application. Email Angel Davis at program.director@alleyshouse.org for more.


Cultivate your crayon skills …

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… and become a playroom volunteer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center in its brand new building at 5351 Samuell in Dallas. Be a positive adult presence in the life of at-risk children by spending the day engaging them with fun activities such as coloring, toys and games while they wait to talk with experts at DCAC. With a little sensitivity training, you’ll be ready to play. You can also help by donating school supplies, backpacks and uniforms for children whose homes are deemed unsafe. For more information, call the front desk at 214.818.2600 and ask for volunteer coordinator Julie Zvara.

READ THE STORY ‘Girl (em)power(ment)’ for more about these organizations.

KNOW OF WAYS that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.

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