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Literacy Achieves!

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Literacy Achieves (founded as Vickery Meadow Learning Center) was established in 1997 by the members of the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church to address the critical need for adult English literacy programs in Vickery Meadow, a low-income neighborhood with thousands of immigrant and refugee families.

Since its founding, Literacy Achieves has experienced steady growth – increasing our impact through award-winning programs while expanding our services to include a children’s program and sites in additional Dallas neighborhoods.

Today, Literacy Achieves helps families fulfill their hopes and dreams for a better life by providing free English literacy and early childhood education programs to 1,100 adults and 330 young children annually at three Dallas neighborhood locations - Vickery Meadow, East Dallas and West Dallas – all with the help of more than 300 dedicated volunteer teachers. As demand for English literacy programs continues to soar, Literacy Achieves will strive to address this critical community need.

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Operation Turkey - EDC

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In light of our Fall worship theme focused on Table fellowship and the gracious invitation of God to all of God’s children to join together feasting at God’s table, it seems appropriate that the November Every Dollar Counts offering would support an effort dedicated to feeding as many people as possible on a holiday where feasting at a table is the central focus – Thanksgiving.

For the Every Dollar Counts offering for the month of November to be designated to Operation Turkey, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteers and donations to serve over 40,000 Thanksgiving Day meals for those who would otherwise go without. Operation Turkey estimates they are able to feel 40 people per $100 donated.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2000, Richard Bagdonas enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with friends. Still feeling full from his dinner, he while on his way home that evening Bagdonas decided to give his leftovers away to an individual who was homeless. The individual to whom he gave his leftover meal was disabled, and as he drove away, Bagdonas witnessed the man’s friend, who was also homeless, help feed the man who was disabled. Moved by this experience, Bagdonas and his friend Brian Tolbert, began a small movement that turned into an organization that now mobilizes volunteers to continue the powerful gift Bagdonas experienced himself – feeding someone who was hungry on Thanksgiving day.

Operation Turkey expanded from Austin to Dallas in 2012, as well as to San Antonio, Lubbock, San Marcos, Houston, and other cities across the nation. In 2016, Operation Turkey served 40,000 meals with the help of over 20,000 volunteers.

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