May, 2017 :: Tablescapes Luncheon and Gardening at KIPP
We happened to have two Community Service events in the month of May: Healing Hearts & Hands Tablescapes Luncheon and Gardening at KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary.
Tablescapes Luncheon benefitted Healing Hands Ministries who offers affordable and accessible healthcare to Dallas residents. The luncheon is a fundraising opportunity for Healing Hands Ministry to raise money so that they can continue to offer medical care to families who cannot afford even the most basic medical services. HHM is celebrating their tenth year of service this year! What began as a small initiative to offer affordable medical services to those in need has grown immensely and has helped over 10,000 people! Greg, Kylie, Bria, Holly and Leslie worked hard and pulled of a beautiful (the most beautiful of all…) tablescape!
Gardening at KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary — we went to KIPP PG and made Mother’s Day gifts with the first graders at the school. The students decorated two small planters and filled them with soil and wildflower seeds. One of the pots will stay at school so that they can watch the sprouting process over the next few weeks. The other pot was decorated special for Mom. The first graders at KIPP were kind, loving, and appreciative of the time and crafts. The janitor at the school even built a huge outdoor planter with his own time and money! Thank you, Kristin, Arianne, Leslie, Stephané, and Melanie!
Thank you, idG Volunteers, for your time and efforts!
April, 2017 :: Reading Partners
We visited Uplift Williams Preparatory through the Reading Partners program and spent time tutoring students who struggle to read at their appropriate reading level. The three of us tutored two students each, a kindergartner and a second grader. We were put right to work when we arrived and had a great time helping the kids improve their reading skills!
March, 2017 :: Dinner at Ronald McDonald House
Our idGroup Volunteers pulled off another successful meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House on Monday night!
The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for the families of sick and injured children who either frequently visit or ‘live’ at nearby hospitals. The place is incredible! It is a beautiful cozy facility with private living quarters, community rooms, outdoor play areas and a huge commercial kitchen. Volunteers work in the kitchen to provide three meals a day seven days a week to the residents.
Our volunteers did a fantastic job and worked together to make it all happen! We served King Ranch casserole, salad, fresh veggies and bread pudding. We could have more easily used frozen bulk meals to feed the 85. But we wanted to put a little love in the meal served to those who are temporarily displaced and living under stressful circumstances.
Way to go idG Volunteers! Thank you!
February, 2017 :: “Feel the Burn” Annual Chili Cook-off
2017 brought another fine batch of chilis and a big event focused on eating them. We raised a record $1,200 for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
A big thank you to everyone who participated and some way, from the chefs to the decorating committee to the judges and the setup/cleanup crews. You guys did an awesome job this year!
The 2017 Winners were:
- Spiciest Chili – “Fireball Chili” (Anne and Stan Taylor)
- Most Unique – “Maple Hogtown” (Andréa Gravelle)
- Best Name, Best Overall – “Chili: Nailed It” (Pam Wallace)
See some photos from the event here.
November, 2016 :: We Care 2016
Thank you to all that participated in the We Care holiday event last night at the Dallas Boys & Girls Club. It was great and topped out with IDG taking home the prize as Best Craft for our tiny succulents in hand-decorated pots. Congrats Team!
Thanks especially to Sutton for all her help and to LISA for handling ALL the coordination. You two are ROCKSTARS!
October, 2016 :: Reading Partners at KIPP Academy
This month six of us spent the morning at KIPP Destiny Elementary doing some one-on-one reading practice with kindergarteners and first graders.
KIPP – Knowledge is Power Program – is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter school with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
April, 2016 :: Dinner at Ronald McDonald House
Yesterday a group of very special people from our office volunteered their time to cook meals for dozens of families. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of sick or injured children being cared for at local hospitals. About 90 families were well fed with chicken fajitas, Spanish rice and some marvelous gooey chocolate brownies for desert. Olé!!
March, 2016 :: Blessing Bags
During March we collected a variety of small but essential items and assembled them into 52 “blessing bags” which we’re handing out to the homeless around town. Each bag includes items like socks, toiletries, snacks, water and a T-shirt. We’ve had several touching stories so far of people delighted and grateful to get a bag!