Where It Began:
Garland Gives was born out of the long-standing tradition that each Leadership Garland class complete a community service project prior to graduation from the program. This requirement demonstrates the focus on and necessity of Garland leaders assisting in community vitality at every level. In 2012, the program’s Executive Director challenged Class 32 with a vision of creating a legacy, a project that future classes could carry forward and evolve over years to come. The class members drew inspiration from projects like “The Big Event” and created something that could one day be a community-wide day for giving back.
The project’s slogan, “One Day, Many Hands, Side by Side,” comes from the idea that Garland Gives is one big project composed of many smaller projects that together make a big impact in the community.
Date: April 29, 2017
Learn More and Volunteer with a Project: Leadership Garland Class 36 Projects | Garland Community Projects
Members of the current Leadership Garland class have put their leadership skills into action by volunteering to spearhead various projects of their choosing. Take a look at the project details below to find out how Class 36 will be serving local non-profits on Garland Gives Day, and how you can help!
Achievement Center of Texas
About: The Achievement Center of Texas is a non-profit 501(c)(3) providing daily care, day habilitation (life skills training), arts exploration, academic assistance, robots for autism, sensory motor training and community inclusion for children and adults with disabilities and other special needs. ACT has been serving people with disabilities for 40 years. Founded October 12, 1977 in Garland, Texas.
Project Activities: Education and Art Supplies Donation Drive
Project Needs: Supply Donations (Paint, Brushes, Canvas, Popsicle Sticks, Colored Pencils, Pens, Dry Erase Markers, Spiral Notebooks, Folders, Play Money Sets, Elmer's Glue, Safety Scissors)
Project Manager: John Jones
The Salvation Army
About: As its mission, the Salvation Army is an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Specifically, serving Garland through programs such as Boys & Girls Club, Summer Heat Relief - Cooling Station, Worship Programs, Emergency Financial Assistance, Christmas Assistance, Food Pantry and After-School Programs.
Project Activities: Drive One 4UR Community Event, Playground Paint, Construction of 2 Gaga Pits
Project Needs: 300 Test Drivers (Must be 18 Years of Age or Older), Wood Supplies, Paint
Project Manager: Richard New
About: Garland Pawsibilities, formerly known as Garland Bark Park is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization. Its mission is to save the lives of dogs and cats brought to the Garland Animal Shelter by taking the adoptable animals out of the shelter and finding them a forever home; raise awareness for the need of a new adoption facility for the City of Garland; and to provide ped education information - spay / neuter, general health training.
Project Activities: Collection of Pet Supplies, Blankets and Toys; Animal Adoption and Dog Walking
Project Needs: TBA
Project Manager: Kimberly Wilkins
Good Samaritans of Garland, Inc.
About: Our mission is to provide food and utility assistance in the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse communities and help people move toward independence through personal relationships and community networking.
Project Activities: Food Drive (Drop off at Prestige Ford by April 28), Butterfly Garden
Project Needs: Volunteers with Ability to Lift 40 lbs. for Gardening Work
Project Manager: Dr. Shibu Samuel
Hope's Door / New Beginning Center
About: New Beginning Center is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides counseling and outreach services to victims of domestic violence. We are the only designated domestic violence agency in the northeast sector of Dallas County, offering a full complement of programs, including a shelter, intervention services, educational programs, Battering and Intervention Prevention Program, transitional housing, a 24-hour hotline and community outreach programs.
Project Activities: Resume Writing, Mock Interviews, Clothing Drive / Attire Assistance
Project Needs: Volunteers with Interviewing / HR Experience, Ability to Assist with Professional Dress
Project Manager: Lauren Truelove
About: The mission of Jonathan’s Place is to provide a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
Project Activities: Playground and Garden Maintenance, Resume Writing, Mock Interviews, Clothing Drive / Attire Assistance
Project Needs: Volunteers with Ability to Lift 40 lbs. for Gardening Work, Interviewing Experience, Ability to Assist with Professional Dress
Project Manager: Judith Dumont
Hope Clinic of Garland
About: Hope Clinic of Garland was incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide urgent medical care and offer health education, personal encouragement and Christian ministry to the underserved and uninsured residents of Garland. Beginning with one night a week in a borrowed space with an all-volunteer staff, Hope Clinic of Garland has grown to a full-scale operation facilitating approximately 8,000 patient visits each year.
Project Activities: Assist with Wheels of Hope Car Show
Project Needs: 8 Volunteers
Project Manager: Donas Cole
Carver Senior Center
About: The City of Garland Senior Services is committed to providing leisure, social, and human service opportunities to Garland seniors. Adults 55 and above can participate in a wide array of educational, social, and physical activity programs in a friendly and comfortable environment. Programs are designed to promote and foster healthy independent living, enhance quality of life and build a sense of belonging and community among older adults.
Project Activities: Build Garden with Seating Area
Project Needs: Volunteers with Ability to Lift 40 lbs. for Gardening Work, Woodworking Skills, Landscaping Supplies (Flowers/Plants/Mulch), Paige & Paint Accessories, Smooth Wood (Pallets or smooth wood slats)
Project Manager: Maureen Bohac
Garland Area Habitat for Humanity
About: Founded in 1993, Garland Area Habitat for Humanity (GAHFH) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, Habitat for Humanity International. Operating on Christian principles, GAHFH shares the mission of Habitat International, seeking to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. GAHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Project Activities: Build-a-Thon Event
Project Needs: Volunteers
Project Manager: Victoria Tortorelli
Spring Creek Forest Preserve
About: The Society was founded in the early 1980’s to promote the preservation of Spring Creek Forest as a cultural and natural resource treasure.
Project Activities: Trash Clean-up
Project Needs: Trash Bags, Gloves, Water, Snacks, Sunscreen
Project Manager: Dan Bach
About: Friendship House, a relief ministry sponsored by First Baptist Church of Garland, in conjunction with local churches and community organizations, was organized in 1977 to help meet the physical needs of those who were out of work, physically disabled or low income for a variety of reasons and circumstances. With the help of many volunteers, it reaches out to as many as 175 families per week.
Project Activities: Diaper Donation Drive (Sizes 4, 5 and 6)
Project Needs: Volunteers
Project Manager: Julie Bird
About: The Buddy League was founded in 2002 to provide recreational opportunities for children with special needs who would ordinarily be excluded. The league currently is providing Baseball. This league is unique in that it allows the children to learn about sports and the fundamentals alongside their non-disabled peer buddies. Team sports provide opportunities for building social skills, self esteem, and peer relationships.
The players are not the only ones who win here. The "Buddies" learn just as much. They see enthusiasm, determination, tolerance, joy, and unconditional love at every Buddy event. There are no games protested here. There is no rivalry here. If you need a high five, a kiss, or a hug at homeplate, you'll find it here. Everyone involved wins here.
Project Activities: Baseball Supplies Donation Drive
Project Needs: Supply Donations
Project Manager: Kathryn Klepak
The Matthew 25:40 Project
About: The Matthew 25:40 Project believe that we are all called for each other. Jesus teaches us to love others as we love ourselves. The Matthew 25:40 Project is dedicated to building community and caring for those in need in Garland, Texas. We build community through community meals, bringing people together to share life with each other and providing opportunities for mentor relationships. Those in need are provided with financial assistance, emergency and long term housing assistance, financial literacy and job search assistance.
Project Activities: Backpack Donation Drive
Project Needs: Backpack Donations
Project Manager: Sheena Sharapata
The following organizations in the Garland community will also host projects on Garland Gives Day.
Keep Garland Beautiful
About: Keep Garland Beautiful is committed to educating and engaging individuals to take responsibility for improving their community environment. Our vision is to make Garland the cleanest, most beautiful city in which to live, work and visit. Goals of the program include: litter prevention, neighborhood beautification, and environmental education.
Project Activities: Annual Trash Off Event (Community Litter Clean-up)
Project Needs: Volunteers
Project Manager: Betty Roberts
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