July, 2017 :: Backpack Drive

Backpack Drive

Back to School!

The idGROUP partnered with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand during the month of July to collect backpacks for their Back to School Carnival.

BBHH hopes to collect 500 new backpacks this summer for students ranging from Pre-K to 8 th grade. The Back to School Carnival will be held on Saturday, August 12th when students will collect their new backpacks for the school year.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand serves West Dallas, specifically those in the 75212 zip code. One out of every three families live below the federal poverty level in this area.

May, 2017 :: Tablescapes Luncheon and Gardening at KIPP

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.

The 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 off a beautiful (the most beautiful of all…) tablescape!

Gardening at KIPP

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

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

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

“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.