Making Moves: 24 Ways To Get Involved In Dallas This Week.

With the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in North Texas giving us a little respite, these local organizations are still working to help during these testing times.

The doses of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine arrived in north Texas this week, marking the beginning of the end of a pandemic approaching a year of devastation.

However, the arrival of the vaccine is far from a silver bullet.

Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, if the vaccination campaign goes well, we could be close to “normal, which is close to our previous position” by the end of 2021.

Meanwhile, Congress appears to be nearing an agreement on a stimulus package that could include another round of direct stimulus reviews, although the exact amount is still unclear. It is also unclear whether additional state aid will be provided, potentially cutting off thousands who are dependent on expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic.

Many are also still hoping for evacuation protection to expand, which could lead to an even bigger spike in Dallas homelessness. Additionally, the coverage suggests that the number of camps has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Whatever the reason, and whatever may be expected at this point in time, our elected officials have decided to play the chicken by shoving legislation until the last minute.

In the meantime, local organizations continue to fill in the gap. Food distributions and vacation promotions are held across Dallas to meet the ongoing needs of struggling parishioners as various factions continue their work.

Below is a list of ways you can give back this week in North Texas.

Wednesday December 16

Police brutality in Dallas: open forum and discussion with co-founder of Mutter against police brutality (virtual)
This frank discussion will address the brutality of the Dallas police force. The guest speaker for the forum is Mr. John Fullinwider and will be from 7pm to 8.30pm via Zoom.

Thursday 17th December

Volunteer project for the harvest and distribution of food at Beacon of Light Masjid al-Islam
Join the harvest project to distribute free fruit and vegetables to those in need from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are required from 4 p.m. onwards

NTFB Mobile Pantry at the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center
The Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center is hosting a free mobile pantry at the North Texas Food Bank, Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or until supplies run out.

NTFB Mobile Pantry at UNT Dallas
UNT Dallas is hosting a free mobile pantry at the North Texas Food Bank Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or until supplies run out.

Toys by the NGAN & Botham Jean Foundation for Tots Drop Off
Pick up $ 10 or more worth of $ 10 or more toys in Area 111 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

NGAN’s charity event “A Night of Elegance”
The Next Generation Action Network is proud to present the A Night of Elegance charity event, which honors and recognizes pillars in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This event will also support Toys for Tots. All guests are asked to bring a donation of toys for children aged 2 to 13. Tickets are required.

Dallas Stop Eviction Study Group: Stop Evictions, Stop Gentrification! (Virtual)
Join Dallas Stops Evictions to study articles and analysis on gentrification, the housing war, and more. This will be hosted via Zoom starting at 6 p.m.

Friday 18th December

Stewpot Food Distribution
Stewpot offers a free distribution of prepared groceries and groceries between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Prior registration for the event is required.

Saturday 19th December

Free community drive-through meals
This is a free event, but registration is required. Free meals from the warehouse will be distributed based on availability while supplies last. Please register only once per household to ensure they have enough to share the love.

Lotería Christmas decorations kit giveaway at the Latino Cultural Center
The Latino Cultural Center is offering free ornament kits on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 2 p.m. The kit contains an instructional video by local artist Iris Candelaria from Candelaria & Co. Art Studio.

Paula’s Treasure Trunk Toy Drive & Market Day
Enjoy outdoor food, drinks, and music while bringing a toy for a family ride in Oak Cliff.

Warm Winter Volunteer Day with Speak Our Truth
Join Speak Our Truth and hand out 100 sachets of soap, toothpaste, deodorant, hats, gloves, blankets and more from 10am to 12pm

6th annual Christmas toy drive from Global Takeover Entertainment
SLAP will host “LIVE” from Villa Koola Radio with performances by local artists. Toy donations can be made at 3631 Colonial Ave. until December 20th in the radio studios of Villa Koola.

Samuell Grand Park Working day with friends of Samuell Grand Park
Help clean up the Samuell Grand Park Sculpture Garden from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sunday 20th December

Operation weed removal
Get your hands dirty with Farmers Assisting Returning Veterans (FARM) for Operation De-Weed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Women from Torque Holiday Toy Drive
Women Of Torque is running a vacation toy ride with all donations going to Jonathan’s Place.

DSA North Texas December General Assembly (virtual)
The North Texas chapter of one of the country’s growing political groups meets to discuss plans for 2021 and how people can get involved in the group’s work. You can register online to attend the event.

Monday December 21st

Mobile pantry at FUMC in Hurst
This contactless event starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. or when supplies are exhausted. Those in need of food aid are asked to enter the church parking lot in the pipeline and stay in their cars.

Tuesday December 22nd

December Blood Drive at Sons of Hermann Hall
The American Red Cross is holding a blood donation at the Deep Ellum Institution starting at 10 a.m. You can register online and enter the code SOHH for an appointment.

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Pantry and diaper storage room
The Chatholic Charities of Dallas have multiple pantry and diaper pantries that are open several days a week.

Walk-in film exhibitions from Los Artes Unidos
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center is showing two short films by Los Artes Unidos. The two films “In Cages” and “A Peaceful Protest” can be viewed in an endless loop from outside the window of the cultural center until January 4, 2021.

Harmony Food Pantry Volunteering
Volunteers are regularly needed to pack and distribute food boxes at this South Dallas pantry.

Donate to North Texas Mutual Aid
Help this volunteer organization that connects people with resources to share and the people who need them.

Donate to Dallas Evictions 2020
Support an organization that provides free legal aid to those who are not eligible for traditional legal aid, as well as utility bills, food security and rent. All donations go directly to those in danger of losing their homes.

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