Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

Hit the pavement …
… to benefit the . Run (or walk) in the 21st annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville on March 19. Registration for the 5k and half marathon starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. Participate timed or untimed. (Must be timed to win an award.) The race begins at Central Market at 5750 E. Lovers. Pick up a race packet in the neighborhood at Run On Mockingbird at 5400 Mockingbird.

Pull on your gardening gloves …
… volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum. What’s a better way to enjoy the spring than with the tulips? If you have a green thumb, become a garden and greenhouse worker to help plant, trim, weed and many other tasks. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry; there are opportunities for everyone. Volunteer in the gift shop, office or visitor services. For more, visit or contact Sue McCombs at 214.515.6561 or

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 above, year-long mentor opportunities are also available. Alley’s House also needs child care providers and someone to help organize the donated goods room. You also can organize a diaper drive or donate baby items such as strollers, car seats, or baby food and toddler snacks. Go to to download an application. Email for more.

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

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