Advocates for Community Transformation (Act)
Act is a new model of ministry that uses the justice system to empower Dallas residents to reduce crime in their neighborhoods, while sharing with them the hope of the gospel. Since Act was founded, over 100 crime-ridden properties in five target neighborhoods across Dallas have been closed. Volunteer lawyers are needed to represent concerned residents.
Austin Street Center
For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to individualized care for each person who comes to us for help.
As the largest, low barrier, single location homeless shelter in Dallas, Austin Street Center serves about 400 of the most vulnerable homeless population nightly: women, ages 18 and older, and men, ages 45 and older.
What started out as a garden in a small lot has grown into two fully functioning farms and the Bonton Market. Bonton Farms grow organic food and hope for a better tomorrow, right in the Bonton community and on a separate 40-acre farm south of Dallas. Determined to grow the best-tasting, healthiest produce in the city while inspiring hope in everyone around, Bonton’s mission is to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in a once forgotten and neglected neighborhood with some of the most marginalized people.
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!
Healing Hands Ministries
Believing all patients are God’s children, Healing Hands Ministries strives to provide compassionate, accessible, quality care to all of its neighbors. HHM is a full-service medical, dental, and behavioral clinic that offers hope for the spirit and health for the body. Accessible healthcare for the uninsured, underinsured, and privately insured are possible through their comprehensive family practice, OB/GYN, pediatric services, and community resources.
Hope Supply Co.
Hope Supply Co. seeks to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives. In partnership with 70+ agencies, these essentials are given directly to families and children who need them the most. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed.
Hunger Busters provide meals daily to Dallas ISD students through their signature "Feed the Need" after school program. Annually, Hunger Busters provides over 350,000 meals to 11 schools and 6 after school programs. With the help of committed volunteers, caring partners and donors, Hunger Busters is taking a big bite out of Dallas’ childhood hunger epidemic.
Interfaith Family Services
Interfaith Family Services’ mission is to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. In addition to offering transitional housing, IFS empowers families through education focused on financial literacy, career development training, and free on-site childcare. Over 90% of graduates move onto permanent housing, have increased their savings, and remained employed.
Literacy Achieves equips non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and overall well-being. All classes are volunteer taught, with classes offered morning, afternoon, and evenings in the fall, spring and/or summer sessions. Literacy Achieves offers three locations across Dallas: East Dallas, Vickery Meadow, and West Dallas.
McShan Elementary School - Reading Homeroom & Summer Reading Academy
This Dallas ISD school serves a student population where 80% of students are English language learners and 33 languages are spoken. Volunteers serve as tutors, chaperones for field trips, and provide enrichment and creative opportunities. During the Summer, a district-wide three-week program is offered to help decrease the “Summer slide” and help students maintain their academic progress.
For more than 41 years, Mi Escuelita has provided an exceptional preschool education experience to thousands of low income families and children in the Dallas community. Now with 11 sites, Mi Escuelita combines quality early childhood education with parental training and involvement, resulting in kindergarten ready kindergarten students with strong language skills and vocabulary.
Network of Community Ministries
A community-based organization, Network’s mission is to care, coach, and empower neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. Network has expanded its services and financial assistance to anyone impacted by the 2019 Tornadoes, regardless of zip code or income level. Donated household items are accepted donations for those rebuilding and restoring their lives after the storm.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
NDSM is a cooperative effort of 52 congregations whose combined resources offers assistance to individuals and families through emergency assistance (food pantry, financial aid, clothing), no-cost medical and dental clinics, and financial independence programs. Almost entirely volunteer-run, NDSM relies on committed volunteers to deliver services to over 60,000 individuals each year.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been helping families in need since 1903. They offer a continuum of care and programs aimed at fostering healthy relationships and brighter futures for at-risk families, children in foster care, adoptive families, and children aging out of care and more. PCHAS welcomes anyone considering fostering or adoption, as well as volunteers to support the children and families entrusted into their care.
Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Team
The PHPC Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Team welcomes and supports refugee and immigrant families through offering material goods, transportation, and assistance in navigating systems and services (school, doctors, employment, etc.) and cultures and customs. This team seeks to build upon PHPC’s long history of welcoming and supporting refugees and immigrants and to explore how God continues to call us to love and serve our neighbors.
The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
The Stewpot offers individuals experiencing homeless and at-risk of homelessness a safe haven, resources for basic needs, and opportunities to start a new life. In addition to casework assistance and enrichment programs to those who are experiencing homelessness, the Stewpot’s Children & Youth and Family Stabilization programs are aimed at-risk children and their families. Volunteers provide administrative support, serve meals at the Second Chance Café of the Bridge, assist with the clothing closet, and offer mentoring and tutoring. Contact:
VNA Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious, freshly prepared meals five days a week to Dallas County residents whose illness, advanced age or disability serve as a challenge to preparing quality meals. Volunteers provide meal transportation and delivery, and serve as the eyes and ears for VNA in assuring the wellbeing of clients. Contact:
WE Over Farm at Paul Quinn College
The former football field turned urban, organic farm seeks to transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities in southern Dallas by providing fresh, healthy, affordable food options and by educating and empowering future generations to take better care of themselves, their environments, and their communities. Located in a federally-recognized food desert, the Farm has produced and provided more than 30,000 pounds of organic produce since its inception in March 2010.