Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits


Dust off the tux …

… and attend the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Black Tie Ball Nov. 10. Neighborhood residents Blair and Brian Walker are chairing the event. The Walkers are mentoring a “little,” who has become an extension of their family. And Brian serves on the Dallas County board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The gala fundraiser is at the Omni Hotel downtown and features a performance from singer-songwriter Jewel, plus a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $500 per couple or $350 per person. Purchase tickets at or call 214.871.0876.


Help someone learn English …

… through English Language Ministries. The nonprofit, which is sponsored by several churches, including Northwood Presbyterian and East Dallas Christian, utilizes volunteers to bridge the language gap in our neighborhood. Aside from teachers, the organization needs help with office and library work, grant writing, data entry, publicity and story telling. Contact English Language Ministries at or 214.821.2502.


Buy coffee …

… and help young people learn culinary skills. Neighborhood-based coffee roaster Noble Coyote has teamed up with Café Momentum to offer “Café Momentum Blend.” Café Momentum is a nonprofit restaurant and culinary school for at-risk youth. Noble Coyote donates $1 for every 8-ounce bag, $1.50 for every 12-ounce bag and $10 for every 5-pound bag. The coffee is available at,, White Rock Local Market and Jimmy’s Food Store.


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