Mayor Johnson’s Disaster Relief Fund Gives $500K in Grants to Dallas Organizations – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced that the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund will distribute $ 500,000 in grants to 25 local organizations helping residents recover from last week’s winter storms.

Each organization will receive a $ 20,000 grant, the city of Dallas said.

The grants were unanimously approved by the Advisory Committee of the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The committee is chaired by former US Ambassador and current Senior Vice President of Hunt Consolidated, Jeanne Phillips.

The other members of the committee include the President and CEO of the Dallas Foundation, Matthew Randazzo, the UT Southwestern Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations, Ruben Esquivel, the Beck Group Chairman, Peter Beck, the Dallas City Manager, TC Broadnax, and Mayor Eric Johnson’s Chief of Staff, Mary Elbanna.

“Last week’s brutal winter storms and catastrophic power outages have tested our city’s resolve and resilience, but our generous donors and the work of our fellows show the infinite strength of our communities,” said Mayor Johnson. “The people of Dallas are our city’s greatest asset and I am thrilled that we can help them recover and rebuild.”

Since Mayor Johnson announced the activation of the fund last week, the Dallas Foundation has received approximately $ 1.2 million in donations and counts.

Most of the donations came from the Dallas Mavericks organization, the city of Dallas said.

Mavs players Dwight Powell, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber, as well as owner Mark Cuban and President and CEO Cynt Marshall, made financial contributions to winter storm relief.

In total, the Dallas Mavericks Organization donated $ 1.1 million to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Committee has set itself the goal of quickly deploying these critical resources to the benefit of the individuals and families who have been hardest hit by last week’s storm,” said Randazzo. “The organizations that are receiving this unexpected financial resource are deeply grateful for the community support and recognition of their vital role in responding to this crisis.”

The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, sponsored by the Dallas Foundation, was originally set up to help refugees from Hurricane Katrina in the city in 2005.

The fund, which previously distributed $ 275,000 to organizations that helped residents navigate the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, can only be used in the event of a federally declared disaster in Dallas.

The state of Texas received an initial federal disaster declaration for winter storms from President Joe Biden on February 14.

“The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund was set up for a moment like this when our city needs to come together to recover from a major disaster,” said Phillips, the committee chairman. “We are grateful for all of those who have supported our relief efforts so far, and we thank the Dallas Foundation for their excellent management of the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, which has enabled us to be ready when our city needs help over the years. Now we look forward to seeing the work of these reputable organizations helping our communities rebuild. “

Click here to donate to the fund.

Here is the list of 25 organizations that have received $ 20,000 in grants from the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund:

  • Aunt Bettes shared pantry Meals are served weekly to needy individuals and families in South Dallas at St. Philip’s School and the Community Center. The organization continued to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas for over 30 years. The organization provides safe protection and other basic needs.
  • Bachman Lake together is a neighborhood-based collective impact organization focused on early childhood education and parenting. The organization is currently working with families in the Bachman Lake area to provide emergency financial aid for expenses such as rent, food, and supplies.
  • Brother Bill’s helping handThe West Dallas-based company provides food, health, and education programs to those in need. Core programs include a grocery store where neighbors have access to healthy food to ensure access to quality health care for the uninsured, as well as educational programs, including English classes, computer classes, and fitness programs.
  • Carter’s houseHeadquartered in South Dallas, the company supports families with school-age children in need. The organization offers clothing, including school uniforms, as well as educational, career, and parenting support programs.
  • Dallas Catholic Charities helps vulnerable residents of our community by providing food distribution, legal advice, disaster relief, homeless and housing services, and more. The organization recently launched a direct aid program for local residents affected by recent storms and outages.
  • Crossroads Community Services‘Mission is to feed the families and individuals of our low-income community by providing nutritious food and supportive education.
  • For Oak Cliff is a neighborhood-based collective impact organization focused on lifting individuals and families in Dallas out of poverty through education, advocacy and community building. The organization recently went to work raising resources – including food, shelter and other essentials – for needy residents who were in distress following the storm and power outages last week.
  • Girls Inc. Dallas works with schools and other organizations to help girls ages 6-18 in Dallas with an emphasis on academic, social, and emotional support.
  • Harmony Community Development Corporation is located in south Dallas and operates a pantry for those in need. The organization also offers rental, mortgage, and utility assistance, as well as advisory services.
  • Harvest Project Food Rescue is a volunteer organization founded to address food insecurity and food waste in the city of Dallas. With the help of community partners, the organization can distribute free baskets of fresh produce to hundreds of families every month.
  • Inspired Vision Compassion Center, located in southeast Dallas, distributes groceries to families in need. The organization also sells emergency hygiene products, clothing, school uniforms, first aid items, and other essential items.
  • Jewish family service in the greater Dallas area provides professional, effective, and affordable mental health and social services to individuals and families in need. The organization operates a pantry and also helps with family violence interventions, emergency shelter support, counseling and other services.
  • Mosaic Family Services is a provider of services such as emergency shelter and counseling, primarily to immigrants and refugees who are victims of violence, including domestic violence and human trafficking.
  • Pleasant Grove Food Pantry supplies needy residents in Pleasant Grove and the surrounding areas with groceries and other basic necessities. The organization cares for more than 170 families in need every week.
  • Services of hope provides groceries, essentials, and rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to needy families in Dallas. The organization is currently providing emergency funds for shelter, plumbing, groceries, rent, utilities, and other services to people affected by the recent winter storms.
  • The stewpot provides a safe haven for the homeless and vulnerable in Dallas, resources for basic survival needs and opportunities to start a new life. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization expanded its food distribution to households with food insecurity.
  • The family place has supported victims of domestic violence in Dallas since 1978. The organization does everything to help victims become survivors. The winter storm caused considerable damage to its shelter.
  • The older source offers a range of services aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults, caregivers and families of older adults in Dallas.
  • TR Hoover Community Development Corporation helps families in South Dallas through a range of programs and services. The organization hosts health fairs, community meetings, after-school programs, summer camps, and other events and programs for families in South Dallas, and works continuously to distribute food and other essentials.
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation serves the Vickery Meadow area of ​​Dallas, a very diverse, low-income neighborhood in northeast Dallas. In addition to its education enrichment programs, including early childhood support and career preparation, the organization provides water, food, diapers, rental assistance, and other services to residents in need.
  • Voice of Hope Ministries provides programs, services, and essentials to families in West Dallas. The organization runs a pantry that provides families with much-needed groceries and household items every week.
  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center Located in West Dallas, the company aims to identify and fill education, health and skills development gaps for residents through its intergenerational program. Services include educational programs for children, seniors programs, daily grants, health education, meal distribution and adult education programs.
  • White Rock Center of Hope is a non-profit organization focused on meeting the basic needs of the people of East Dallas. The organization operates a pantry and wardrobe, and provides services and essentials such as emergency rental and utilities, financial assistance, and bus passes.
  • The Wilkinson Center helps financially insecure residents of East Dallas and Southeast Dallas through food distribution, monetary aid, educational programs, career development, financial literacy courses, and other items and programs. Its declared goal is to create ways out of poverty for needy individuals and families.

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