Bridge Breast Network – Bridge Breast Network plays a major role in the fight against breast cancer. Their services include breast/health education, screening mammograms, diagnostic and clinical evaluations, biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation oncology and survivorship services for those who could not afford and/or receive these services. The funds will provide early breast education, detection and screening to diagnose breast cancer in its early stages for 2,500 women, free mammograms for 200 women and support 110 women with breast cancer health services.
Braswell Child Development – Braswell Child Development is a provider of childcare and early childhood education for low income children living in South Dallas. Children of single mothers (98%)living in poverty are given access to high quality early childhood education to help reduce the learning gap once they start kindergarten. Seventy-one families and 106 children are provided loving care in a structured environment with life skills built into every conversation. Each child’s learning progress is tracked in real time by using the Hatch Early Learning system which is an interactive tool that prepares children for kindergarten. COCM funds will replace 30-year-old classroom furnishings for one Pre-K class.
City Square – City Square fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. Working hand in hand with their neighbors (clients) they develop sustainable partnerships that provide support and encouragement so that all can achieve their full potential. COCM funds with be assisting their Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) Program to connect young people, 14-24 who are transitioning from foster care toward self-sufficiency with individualized support, planning and access to community services. The program’s goal is to increase the number of youth who have the necessary skills and resources as they transition into adulthood. Many have endured multiple physical and emotional challenges including 50% who have experienced homelessness.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - We build and maintain a public venue that promotes art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. Located on 66 acres near the shores of White Rock Lake, our gardens offer the public an array of special events, cultural experiences, and family-oriented activities for every season. Our education programs leverage the many varities of plants, animals, and insects that live in our gardens to engage more than 98,000 young learners in scientific inquiry each year. Designed in-house by our highly qualified educators, our curriculum-aligned lessons give K-6 students an opportunity to build their investigative skills as they explore real problems scientists encounter in the natural world.
DME Exchange of Dallas – This is a unique nonprofit that accepts donations of gently used durable medical equipment which is provided to eligible patients free of charge. In order to meet their criteria a patient must: 1. Have a doctor’s prescription for the item, 2. Proof they are 200 % at or below the poverty level, 3. Proof they have no insurance or have a gap in insurance coverage which prevents them from purchasing necessary medical equipment and 4. Live in Dallas County. COCM funds will provide new wheelchairs, repair, refurbish, sanitize and distribute used medical equipment. If possible they would also hire a part-time assistant to relieve workload and reduce wait time for equipment.
Family Gateway – Their mission is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services for families with children affected by homelessness in Dallas and Colin Counties. Services include assessment, emergency shelter, supportive housing, an educational program and case management. They offer the only emergency shelter in Dallas that will serve all families – single parents with children, families with older male children and multi-generational. Services are housing focused for adults and educational for children. The COCM funds will be used to support the daily needs of serving over 2,000 families annually with an estimate of 6,000 children in their shelter.
Grant Halliburton Foundation – The Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote mental health; and prevent suicide. A growing crisis among teens according to the CDC is one out of eight Texas students reported they had attempted suicide in 2017 which is double the national average. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among American youth ages 10-24. Mental health literacy is of utmost importance especially in the midst of the recent COVID 19 crisis. COCM funds will provide services at no cost to Title I Schools in DISD, and other groups. The Foundation partners with the Center for Brain and Health for their interactive, evidence based educational programs for children and teens.
Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since our creation we have granted over 10,000 wishes to children across North Texas. Wishes have been proven to have impactful results, changing the outlook on the future for the children and families we serve. Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child. Each year the wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas not only improve the quality of life for hundreds of children battling critical illnesses, they also provide members of the community with an opportunity to help these children experience hope for the future, strength in the present and joy looking back.
Mi Escuelita Preschool - For 41 years Mi Escuelita has been providing high quality early childhood education to low income and at risk families. They remain dedicated to teaching English to children from all cultures and preparing them for academic success. Reports claim more than 40% of DISD students are identified as limited in English proficiency, 63% identified as at-risk and almost 90% of students identified as economically disadvantaged, demonstrating the apparent and critical need for English immersion early childhood education. COCM funds will be assisting with daily operations and tuition aid for the 800+ students in 9 schools.
Mommies in Need - This nonprofit was founded in 2014 by cancer survivor and mother, Natalie Boyle to provide childcare, compassion and community to parents going through a health crisis. The Home Care program provides up to six months of full-time, no-cost childcare for families battling cancer and other major illnesses. Their efforts have prevented families from losing their home, draining their savings and struggling to care for their children while they fight for their lives. The new Parkland Hospital based drop in childcare center, Annie’s’ Place, provides low income parents facing medical crises with free, education-focused childcare so they can go to a medical appointment, receive treatment and recover. COCM funds will support operating needs for Annie’s Place with the goal of assisting more patients and their children.
New Friends New Life – A nonprofit restoring adult women, girls and their children to a new life from their formerly trafficked and sexually exploited lives. They accomplish this through providing free professional counseling for mental healthcare, academic education, financial education, job training, interim financial aid, interim safe housing, childcare for clients to attend meetings, and ongoing safe support to help rebuild their lives. Their Youth program serves high risk, exploited youth with a history of homelessness, runaways, abuse, and juvenile offenses are vulnerable to traffickers. At NFNL they are given the opportunity to come to the drop in center for safety and support. In Dallas there are 400 girls/women trafficked nightly and these numbers have increased during the COVID -19 crisis. New Friends New Life serves 375 women and 150 youth measured by monthly intake reports. COCM funds will help fund financial aid for adult women to successfully participate in the programs and purchase needed program supplies.
Our Friends Place – Our Friends Place (OFP) has been helping young women between the ages of 18-24 break generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness in Dallas for over 30 years. At their Transitional Living Centers (2) their client must be employed, attend weekly group meetings and individual counseling. Their Soar to Success programs partner with schools, community centers and other nonprofits to mentor 400 at-risk youth. COCM funds will be used to supplement elements of both the Transitional Living Centers and the Soar to Success programs. Since COVID 19 they have formed a new partnership with Scholarshot. OFP staff mentors, trains and teaches key life skills and core competencies necessary to achieve independence. Many have not been taught the importance of building healthy relationships and lifestyles. Without intervention they are at high risk of drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence, sex trafficking and pregnancies.
PediPlace - The mission of PediPlace is to make healthcare a reality for every child from low income families. This nonprofit pediatric healthcare practice serves children from birth to 18 who are uninsured or who receive Medicaid benefits. PediPlace is the only nonprofit of its type, size and scope in N. Texas not affiliated with a hospital system. Texas is number one in the nation with the highest percentage of uninsured children. Through their referral network they provide uninsured children access to orthopedic, pulmonary, cardiac and neurologic care. COCM funds will be used to fund healthcare services like back to school physicals, medications, annual check-ups, newborn baby check-ups, asthma and vaccines for children served in Dallas county.
Texas Scottish Rite - A specialized hospital for Children ages birth to 18 with orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, related to arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Physical and Occupational Therapy programs provide therapeutic care aimed at helping patients increase mobility and independence in daily living. Funding from COCM will allow the purchase of specialty wheelchairs for the Mobility Device Loaner Program. As children age, they grow out of their old equipment and need new sizes, also the type and size of the mobility aid can change throughout the course of their treatment and surgery which requires families to purchase multiple devices that are thousands of dollars. The Mobility Device Loaner program allows patients to borrow the mobility aid they need at a minimal expense. Their goal is to serve over 3,000 children with this loaner program. Retired wheelchairs are donated internationally to make a difference for children around the world.
The Senior Source - For 50 years, a unique nonprofit that serves elderly clients from the Dallas community in the areas of caregiving support, financial security and meaningful volunteer opportunities for seniors. The average age of clients is 73 with 70% classified as low income households. Senior Source is known as THE advocate for all residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If a client has an issue with one of these facilities, they can call the Senior Source for help and guidance. Senior Source is the number one referral service in Dallas for caregiver support. They also coordinate volunteer opportunities for seniors in the golden years of their lives to make meaningful contributions back to their community. Our Seniors have suffered greatly during this COVID 19 crisis and COCM is happy to fund the following; one on one personalized counseling, a staff member to coordinate monthly support groups, and promote group presentations throughout the Dallas metroplex.