The AmeriCorps Alliance keeps getting things done here in North Texas. With three great projects and a Sunday supper over MLK weekend, AmeriCorps Alums and currently serving members in North Texas really had a great day ON.
The weekend started off bright and early on Saturday with a Fire Prevention and Safety Canvassing project in Irving. Collaborators AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas, Volunteer Center of North Texas, City of Irving, the American Red Cross DFW, and Hope Worldwide brought together 355 volunteers to pass out 4,328 door hangers, visit 4,142 households, and talk to people about fire prevention and safety. A total of 1,142 conversations helped make the citizens of Irving safer.
The AVANCE Dallas AmeriCorps members had an exciting time participating as part of the AmeriCorps Alums group. They were excited to be able to use their bilingual skills to talk to citizens who primarily spoke Spanish and provide essential fire safety information. They found that many of the families wanted even more information than they had on hand!
The following Sunday Supper was also a great success. Alums and current AmeriCorps members from four different generations, races, and faith backgrounds came together to discuss service and the possibilities for civic engagement in North Texas. In true Texas style, we did it over the amazing pie at Joe’s Coffee Shop in Irving. We talked about spreading more awareness about volunteer opportunities and making sure people had the knowledge that they too, can serve. We discussed civic engagement, keeping up with local issues, and how some communities, like Denton, TX with it’s Drink N Think events facilitate this better than others. Most importantly, we heard perspectives from our millenial and Baby Boomer participants and realized we’re not so different after all.
On Monday, MLK Day, CitySquare, Reading Partners, CityYear, Project Transformation, Boys and Girls Club, and the Teach for America College Corps got together to serve at the Trinity River Horse Park, working together to clean up and beautify the area. With about 100 people, it was not hard to pull hundreds of pounds of trash and debris out of the river and the surrounding trails.
Those who were not outside cleaning were inside painting at the CitySquare food pantry at CitySquare’s new Opportunity Center. This project involved painting the walls and creating reflective art to display.