Repair the World During COVID-19
Service Project Partners
Austin Street Center
Austin Street Center is expecting an increased demand for services to feed the hungry, provide a safe and healing environment, and restore dignity for all those who need assistance. During this time, they ask us to consider financial and in-kind support for additional staffing needs, cleaning supplies, client assistance, and purchased meals for those businesses who can no longer provide. For more information, click here.
Family Gateway has cancelled all volunteer service for the time being, along with any non-essential partner programming in the shelter. They are prepared, but need ongoing support as we face the challenges before us. Please consider making a financial donation, or shopping on their AmazonSmile Wishlist.
Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service relies heavily on their volunteers to help distribute food during their drive-thru distribution. Each week, between 650 and 700 families go through the line to receive food from JFS. Here's how you can help:
- If you have previously volunteered with JFS, then please go to JFSDallas.VolunteerHub.com and sign into your account. If you have not volunteered, you will need to attend a short virtual orientation prior to signing up but can get started by creating an account on that same site.
- They need food distribution volunteers to help with preparations on Wednesdays (three people) and for distribution on Thursdays (25 people). Future weeks will continue with the drive thru model where clients circle around the parking lot and receive meat, eggs, a box of shelf stable food, and a box of produce.
- Wednesday volunteers will work in the Food Pantry to help unload and sort donations. They will also prepare bags of food for Thursdays’ distributions.
- Thursday’s volunteers will fill a variety of roles that could include packing bags of food, working as traffic controllers, or loading food into the trunks of clients’ cars.
- ALL volunteers will be required to wear a mask and gloves in addition to passing a temperature check and screening questions. They will follow guidelines for safety set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
- To sign up, visit the JFSDallas.VolunteerHub.com and sign into your account or create a new one. If you don’t remember your username or password, please contact Liz Bracken and she will be happy to help.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
- The Medical Clinic remains open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment only, but few patients are seen on-site. Most patient contact is by phone at 214.358.8700.
- The Dental Clinic is seeing patients by appointment only. Please call 214.358.8700 for questions.
- The mental health clinicians continue to counsel their existing clients by phone or telecounseling. They continue to take-on new clients with initial intake by phone at 214.358.8700.
- If you or someone you know are age 60+ and needs a Friday Food Basket please contact Debbie Fuqua.
North Texas Food Bank
As of August 2020, the North Texas Food Bank is asking for volunteer help in limited situations.
Pandemic Mobile Pantry Distribution Sites
- There is a high need for volunteers to assist giving out boxes of food to our hungry neighbors at various times and locations in and around the DFW Metroplex.
- Age Requirement: 14+ with adult chaperone, 1 adult per 3 youth. Also, 16+ can come without chaperone.
- Register for a shift through this link
Sorting at the Distribution Center in Plano
- There is a low need for volunteers to box food that will be given out at Pandemic Mobile Pantry distribution sites. There are limited days and working group sizes will be small.
- Age Requirement: 16+
- Register for a shift through this link
VNA Meals on Wheels
The COVID-19 situation has forced our friends at VNA Meals on Wheels to do things differently, so currently, client deliveries are being made by volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They are in need of volunteers and you will be trained online to make in-person deliveries safely. If you would like to volunteer with Meals on Wheels, but aren’t comfortable going in person, you may also be trained as a virtual volunteer making phone calls to clients on scheduled route days. To learn more, please contact Debbie Fuqua.
Vickery Meadow Food Pantry
The VMFP will continue to serve clients in the neighborhood on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The pantry is needs volunteers for the various days and shifts. Fluent Spanish speakers are helpful, but not required. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Debbie Fuqua.
Help Vogel Alcove help homeless children in Dallas. Please follow this link for a list of their current needs. Bye-Bye Bags are snack sacks for the children to take when they leave Vogel Alcove for the day and below are items the bags might include:
- Goldfish crackers
- Cheese crackers (no peanut butter please)
- Individual-size boxes of cereal
- Cans of Vienna Sausages
- Tuna or Chicken salad kits (with crackers)
- Any kind of protein source (except nuts) with a pull-tab top
- Fruit cup (please include spoon)
- Applesauce cup or squeeze packet
- Dried fruit snacks
Jill Stone Community Garden at Temple
Our Temple Emanu-El garden volunteers continue to work and harvest fresh, organic produce every week, while maintaining proper social distance. All produce is donated directly to the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry. If you are interested in following along, join our Temple Emanu-El Community Garden Facebook group for updates.
If there has ever been a way to single-handedly make a quick difference for current situations, it's by filling out your Census form. Remember, Census data is used by health care providers, health insurance companies, government agencies, and beneficiaries. They need accurate information to make decisions regarding the products and services they provide and utilize. The Census is live and you can fill it out online here. If you don't have your code, that's okay, you can just enter your home address!
Stay Connected with Temple’s Social Justice Efforts
Please join our Temple Responds Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest issues at hand.
Community Organizing/Dallas Area Interfaith
Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) announced a press release on March 19, 2020 calling for action on behalf of Texas families. The full press release can be found here.
“As citizens and as people of faith, we are obligated to support the neediest among us,” said Rabbi David Stern, lead rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas. “We are in the midst of a national emergency. We need to expedite support and services to all of our families and remove barriers to people accessing these services.”
To get involved in Temple’s community organizing efforts through Dallas Area Interfaith, contact Pete Lando.