Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Leadership Blog: Heat Relief, Youth Education Town, North Texas Giving Day & More!

Dear Friends, 

We hope you're having a wonderful remainder of the summer season. Here are some updates!

Summer is almost over but it’s still hot as the blue blazes! At The Salvation Army we take the heat, and its possible consequences for those who spend much of their time outdoors, very seriously.

In addition to our 15 Cooling Stations that have been open since June, our volunteer disaster team in Fort Worth provided an extra share of relief this summer. Multiple times, the volunteer team distributed cold water on Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, cooling folks down and keeping them safe.
The service is important in this part of town because there are three homeless shelters along Lancaster Avenue, including our own Mabee Social Services Center.

Here's coverage of our volunteer disaster team in Fort Worth:

An event per day for 30 days
at the YET in Arlington!
Visit salvationarmyyet.org for more info!
We’re inching closer to the opening of the North Texas Youth Education Town (YET) at our community center in Arlington!
Set to officially open on October 14, the YET will provide programs for children and youth focused on education, sports, fitness, technology, and fine arts.
We’ll be counting down to the grand opening with a month-long "30-for-30" series of events. From September 14 to October 14, the YET will host 30 events in 30 days. Events will include an arts extravaganza, a cooking demonstration, free health screenings, a job and career fair, a college boot camp, and more!

Clarice Tinsley, Emmitt Smith, and Charlotte Jones Anderson
filming the YET PSA for FOX 4, slated to air through October!

In addition, FOX 4 graciously produced a new TV spot promoting the YET and also provided it to other TV stations. The PSA will feature YET advisory council chair, Emmitt Smith; The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board chair, Charlotte Jones Anderson; and YET advisory council member, Clarice Tinsley; along with a few YET youth members. Keep an eye out: the PSA is already airing on FOX 4.

Here's footage of the PSA:

Learn more about the YET and the 30-for-30 events at salvationarmyyet.org.

Multiply the impact of your giving
on North Texas Giving Day!
Coming Thursday, September 19!
Set your alarm. Request a wake-up call. Or stay up all night waiting on 7 a.m. to arrive on Thursday, September 19. It’s North Texas Giving Day, sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas.
This isn't your typical fundraising event. When you make an online donation of $25 or more designating The Salvation Army as the benefiting charity, a portion of your donation will be matched, multiplying the impact of your giving!
An online donation is a great way to make a difference in your community.
Use this form to make a pledge today! We'll process all pledges on September 19.

Rowdy and kids from our community center
in Arlington showcasing designs
for a soon-to-be-built playground.
Children served at our community center in Arlington recently demonstrated their creativity by designing their dream playground. The kids’ ideas will be included when a brand new playground will be built by volunteers on October 1.
Sponsored by the Dallas Cowboys, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and KaBOOM!, the playground will be part of the Youth Education Town and will be a safe place for fun and fitness.

Kelsey Patterson of the Gary Patterson Foundation
(back row, left of door) standing beside
Lieutenants Markel and Carrie Banks of our
Northside community center in Fort Worth.
We’ve had lots of recent activity from our partners and supporters!
Meanwhile, the Gary Patterson Foundation donated a brand new handicapped-accessible mid bus. The bus will serve children at our community center in Fort Worth.


Lots of news and events are on the horizon. Stay up-to-date by connecting with us our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Warm Regards,


Captain Michele & Major Ward Matthews
DFW Command Leadership