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COMMUNITY ‘STAMPS’ OUT HUNGER

The local Postal Service delivered more than our mail at the Food Pantry this month. Volunteers and postal workers collected bags of groceries as part of a national campaign to Stamp Out Hunger. Empty bags were left at homes to be filled with food to go to the GRACE Food Pantry and local food banks.

The community collected 4,518 pounds of groceries—that’s more than the weight of a rhinoceros!

Rather than being shipped to some regional distribution center miles away all the food collected by the community goes back to homes in their neighborhoods and cities.

The gift came just in time, as the Food Pantry inventory was running low, and the shelves a bit more sparse than usual. We can always count on this wonderful community to meet the daily needs of families who seek haven at GRACE.

Every can of food or gallon of milk this community collects gives nourishment, encouragement and sustainability to those facing hardship.

To our neighbors who so generously gave their resources to meet the physical needs of families facing difficulty, we are sincerely appreciative. Every donation counts!

Missed the collection drive with the Postal Service?

GRACE keeps an updated Food Pantry Needs list on our homepage. Keep local families in mind the next time you visit the grocery store, and we can work to “stamp” out hunger together!

SPOTTED SERVING: SASO

If you want to look at the future of our community, look to these emerging leaders who are challenging the status quo and having fun while doing it.

SASO, which is an abbreviation for “Scholars & Athletes Serving Others”, is an inclusive non-profit in its own right, allowing Southlake high school boys and girls and their mothers to partner in serving their cities while maintaining high academic standards.

The Summy family founded the Supreme Court Youth Organization in 2006 as a way to provide service opportunities for at-risk youth. It has since increased in scope to facilitate benevolence and personal growth opportunities for girls and boys from all walks of life and is now known, respectively, as SASO.

In honor of Mother’s Day, GRACE had the honor of hosting SASO members to greet donors, sort goods, test electronics and tag items at Donation Station.

Inspired to serve?

Donation Station is ideal for groups, but individual volunteers are always welcome.

If your schedule allows regular shifts we ask that you consider taking part in the work that is being done at Donation Station. Weekly or monthly volunteers are vital to our momentum and the success of our resale stores and programs. Volunteers are needed to be the face of GRACE and greet those dropping off item donations. All interested will receive ample training, and get to work with some fantastic people.

Contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler for options and resources.

 

NCL SOUTHLAKE PAYS IT FASHION FORWARD

We are nothing short of awe-inspired by the integrity and dedication of the local National Charity League (NCL) chapters to extend grace to local families facing hardship.

NCL Southlake has given nearly 500 hours of community service at GRACE sites, in addition to the 1,300 hours dedicated to Feed Our Kids.

“Hollywood on the Runway,” this year’s Fashion Show benefit sold out with over 800 in attendance. The 20th annual event generated over $100,000 to beneficiary organizations, including GRACE programs.

This year GRACE accepted a $4,000 monetary donation in addition to $5,000 earmarked for sponsoring Feed Our Kids sites.

Since 1998, the service organization has awarded $138,000 to continue important programs such as Feed Our Kids, Christmas Cottage, as well as daily operations.

The club’s excellent reputation has enabled them to be a strong force in the community, and GRACE is humbled to facilitate meeting the needs of mothers, fathers and their children in the community.

A heartfelt thanks to the mothers and daughters who show us what it means to serve those who are less fortunate.

Event Release: GRACE Gala Gifting Party Launches Gala Season

Media Contact: Heather Ortner, GRACE Marketing & Communications Manager, 817-305-4652

You’re invited to help us celebrate the upcoming Gala with live music, hors d’oeuvres and bottomless champagne during our annual Gala Gifting Party, Wednesday, June 14 at Brio Tuscan Grille in Southlake. Entry to this exclusive party is an item donation valued at a minimum of $100, which is auctioned at the Gala to fund GRACE programs.

100% of all Gala proceeds advance the mission of GRACE by providing program funding throughout the year. In-kind donations of goods and services not only highlight local businesses with attendants, our Gala Auction generates a large portion of event revenue.

Some examples of in-kind donations include, but are not limited to:

  • Any kind of tickets – concerts, sporting events, races – the sky is the limit.
  • Autographed memorabilia.
  • A vacation home you would allow to be auctioned off for a week/weekend stay.
  • Airlines miles.
  • Gift certificates to restaurants, movies, hotels, home or health services, or retail stores.
  • Cash Donations.

This event is graciously hosted by Gala Auction Chairs Ana Erwin and Allison Domanic on behalf of the Auction Committee, and sponsored by our friends at Brio Tuscan Grille.

Event Details

Gala Gifting Party

Wednesday, June 14 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

Brio Tuscan Grille, 1431 Plaza Place in Southlake

Please RSVP by June 10 to the Gifting Party by emailing events@gracegrapevine.org.

Meet the Gala Leadership 

About the Gala Chairs for 2017 

GRACE Mission

As a steward of God’s blessings and resources in the community, GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency.

About

GRACE  is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community provide food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to guide families and individuals toward self-sufficiency. Learn about our programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org.

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CALLING ALL FEED OUR KIDS VOLUNTEERS

All those interested in participating in Feed Our Kids are invited to attend the annual kickoff the evening of Tuesday, May 16 at First United Methodist Church- Leech Hall.

Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Lori Stevens, reunites with seasoned volunteers and welcomes new groups to serve as hosts for meals during Feed Our Kids.

Feed Our Kids is a longstanding supplemental lunch program over the summer months while school is not in session. Last year alone, the program provided 37,000 lunches each weekday until the new school year started.

Event Details

Feed Our Kids Kick-Off

When         Tue May 16, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where        FUMC Grapevine-Leech Hall

Email Lori Stevens if you have questions.

JOIN US AT MAIN EVENT

If you’re looking for a way to give back and enjoy some free entertainment, bring a canned good today or Saturday and receive $10 worth of game play.

Main Event’s Grand Re-Opening is celebrating their building renovation, but they also want to do their part to restore hope to families facing food insecurity as part of their daily reality.

Event details are below

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2017 GRACE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: ED FOLLIARD

For all the 1,062 documented hours Ed Folliard has spent serving at GRACE sites (and we suspect a great deal more), Ed never tires of seeking ways to help others.

Decent people are willing to offer a helping hand when the need arises, but remarkable people like Ed seek out creative ways to serve without being asked.

Ed is the epitome of a servant leader and he does so with a degree of modesty that amazes everyone he comes into contact with.

Ed retired in 2008 from his position as Oak Lawn Fire Chief in Chicago after 20 years of service, but his commitment and passion for helping others and the community didn’t stop there. He is dedicated to helping the community that he and his wife, Karen, are so fond of.

“Ed’s choice of careers speaks volumes to his character, and those virtues continue in his volunteer service,” notes Volunteer Manager, Lara Hohweiler. “Simply put, when other people might be looking away, Ed is running toward the task at hand to help.”

Ed is involved in many programs at GRACE, but places a particular emphasis Feed Our Kids, where he is a key contact in the program’s day-to-day operations. He helps train new volunteer groups during orientation and assists in tracking information for program reports. His special connection with families over the years make him an outstanding ambassador to GRACE.

In addition to Feed Our Kids, Ed prepares for Christmas Cottage long before the shoppers arrive. Ed is instrumental in the moving process, warehouse setup, volunteer training and representing GRACE to clients and donors alike.

Outside of GRACE, Ed is very involved with the Grapevine Rotary Club and Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers. Ed returns to Chicago each year to assist the fire department with safety and training.

Ed had been an absolute blessing to GRACE and the community as a whole. He is a humble person who strives to make Grapevine a better place and has touched countless lives already.

Congratulations to the 2017 GRACE Volunteer of the Year!

BACKYARD CURRICULUM

“Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental volunteers who offer their talents and resources to advance the life-changing mission of GRACE.

While most ninth graders spend fourth period sitting at a desk, homeschooler Marshall and his mom, Becca, cultivate learning by sinking their hands in the dirt.

In fact, before Marshall Clark was old enough to pick up a shovel, the pair has been tending to the GRACE Community Garden each Thursday afternoon for eight years.

That’s over 800 Thursdays and approximately 2,000 hours!

This week the mother-son duo reaped the harvest of carrots, cabbage and onions. Before going into the homes of families in need, the bounty is pruned, cleaned and sorted on the Food Pantry shelves by Becca and Marshall.

The garden’s harvest provides fresh, organic produce for families who seek assistance and the Food Pantry. To date, nearly 1,000 pounds of wholesome food is reaped each year for families in need.

Inspired to serve?

Volunteering at the Community Garden is a healthy and rewarding way to provide wholesome nourishment for families in the midst of hardship. Volunteers are needed to assist in clean up, preparation, planting and tilling to ensure another fruitful season.

Upcoming garden work days

Late Spring Planting and Tending, Saturday May 13  Plant sweet potatoes, corn, tomatillos, Weed and mulch as needed. Turn compost piles to aerate, water them. 9:00 am until completed.

Early Summer Planting, Saturday, June 3  Plant tomatillos, succession tomatoes, cage them, plant succession watermelon, cucumber and cantaloupe. Turn compost piles to aerate, water the piles, add leaves.  Weed and mulch generally.  8:00 am until completed.

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SISTER CITY RECEIVES LOCAL BLESSING

The children of Parras de la Fuente in Coahuila, Mexico donned their best outfits to show off their newfound treasures, thanks to our generous community.

A unique opportunity arose that allowed GRACE to partner with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) to provide toys for children living in one of Grapevine’s sister cities.

The GCVB fosters a close relationship with four international cities to promote cultural education, tourism and philanthropy, including Parras de la Fuente, which translates to, “Grapevines of the Fountain.”

To fully appreciate this occasion, some brief context is in order. Recently, GRACE was in search of a new storage facility after the previous storehouse that was on-loan  for our use was sold. The storage unit held many items, including toys for the Christmas Cottage.

Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Lori Stevens, and her volunteers take meticulous inventory of all donated items designated for the holidays. Over the years, emerging technology in children’s toys and changing culture, there were select duplicate items that had been passed over from the previous year.

From the children’s rising needs along with a need in storage solutions was born a unique opportunity to bless children in Grapevine’s sister city.

An important thing can’t be lost here is the beauty of a new toy to children, who have never had a new toy to call their own.

What it took

Volunteers took careful inventory of each doll and game to ensure it would go through customs smoothly. Each item had to be accounted for, and thanks to the volunteers and the GCVB, 40 volunteers gathered to make sure it could reach the children in time for Dia de el Nino or Day of the Child, a celebration for underserved children.

We worked with the local Rotary chapter on the ground who regularly donate the resources they can to local orphanages and children’s hospitals in the area.

Looking at the beaming faces of these children with their prized possessions makes us tremendously grateful to be an organization that’s able to meet an exceptional need for our sister community.

A special thanks to the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and P.W. McCallum, Naomi Saenz and all the remarkable volunteers who helped make this blessing possible!

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