The North Texas Alliance Leadership
The North Texas AmeriCorps Alliance served the community in a variety of ways over the MLK Holiday.
City of Dallas Parade
23 AmeriCorps Members/Alumni
The City of Dallas MLK parade was a success for the North Texas AmeriCorps Alliance. We had participation from a variety of local AmeriCorps Programs. The ringleader for the Alliance Float was Stephanie Fenniri, an AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas chapter leader, who works for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (they host several AmeriCorps members and are active Alliance participants). There were approximately 30 volunteers–some current AmeriCorps members and some alumni.
Lining up before the parade
The Float represented our theme for this year: AmeriCorps20. The trailer for the float and the truck driven in the parade were supplied by an AmeriCorps Alum from a City Year Program, there was music provided by another alum who is a DJ. Some participants marched in the parade carrying signs that represented Alliance Members and supporting organizations- Volunteer Center of North Texas, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity Dallas, Reading Partners, City Square, Avance, OneStar Foundation, and a couple with social media contacts.
Three stories to come out of the parade:
- Upon arriving at the parade one AmeriCorps member shouted “I want to carry the Habitat for Humanity sign!” When asked why she said “I am a Habitat for Humanity Homeowner.”
- While waiting for the parade to begin a young woman came up to the float organizer and introduced herself. Her name is Amber Givens and she is an AmeriCorps alum who is participating in the parade to promote her running in the election for county judge. She served in AmeriCorps *National Civilian Community Corps.
- The entire parade effort was led by Stephanie Fenniri, who did an amazing job with few resources in a short time frame. Her leadership allowed us to represent all North Texas AmeriCorps members in our city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade.
176 volunteers, 23 AmeriCorps Members/Alumni
Painting in the Project Transformation Library
Cleaning out storage room that had been filled with books, toys, and various other things. Sorting all of these program supplies, building bookshelves, painting bookshelves, and generally freshening up the site. This set of projects was also supported by Starbucks, who came out with volunteers and delicious hot coffee and pastries to start off the day! These projects are part of the #PTMakeover effort to transform project transformation sites for the next level of support for their students.
Building new bookshelves and painting old ones
Sorting through storage room materials
54 AmeriCorps members, alumni, and a few neighborhood volunteers from Union Coffee Shop visited the CitySquare Opportunity Center, a brand new facility in Southeast Dallas which will house a variety of services to support CitySquare’s mission and fight poverty in the heart of Dallas. Volunteers designed motivational posters for the insides of the Opportunity Center’s halls, painted movable walls for use inside the facility, cleaned up trash around the neighborhood and distributed warm clothing to those encountered in the community who may need such items.
Creating Motivational Posters for classrooms
Picking up litter in the neighborhood
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
20 AmeriCorps members/alumni, 16 additional volunteers
Getting Things Done
While AmeriCorps members, alumni, and volunteers from Southwest Airlines worked on prepping and painting a newly built Dallas Habitat for Humanity House in West Dallas, they were joined in service by the Boy Scouts of America, who helped pick up trash around the neighborhood.
Preparing to paint a new Habitat home
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Martin Luther King Day Preparedness Project was a great success. Partnering with Hope World Wide for training and orientation, approximately 100 volunteers including AmeriCorps members from the Volunteer Center of North Texas targeted 5 apartment complexes in the Dallas community. Providing fire safety information cards and kits. Door hangers were placed on every apartment and direct visits with preparedness survey and information sharing were tracked. By the end of the day one group alone had placed 147 door hangers and had 75 household visits as well as 50 household conversations.
AmeriCorps member Kallie Seymour commented, “We found out quickly that most of the people living in that particular apartment complex spoke Spanish. This did become one hindrance to communication. Luckily there was English and Spanish written on both sides of the cards we handed out. We found that most families had an escape plan drawn out and did have working smoke detectors. One lady we had provided information with, had been so thankful that she asked “if there was a class she could sign up for to learn more.”
American Red Cross Canvassing project