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TXU Energy Utility Assistance Days

Thanks to the TXU Energy Aid program Community Lifeline Center is providing bill payment assistance for TXU Energy customers.

August 19 & September 23
8:30 am – 2:30 pm


Community Lifeline Center
1601 N. Waddill St., Ste 102
McKinney, TX

Sponsored by CLC TXU Logo

Who: Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston.Eligibility: Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  •     Photo ID
  •     Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  •     Current TXU Energy bill

Next steps:

  •     Call now to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  •     Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
    • Name as it appears on TXU Energy bill
    • Account number

For more information or to reserve your appointment time
call 972-542-0020

 

Beat the Summer Heat Event

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What a SUCCESS!!!! Community Lifeline Center can’t say thank you enough to all our supporters for making
this event such a tremendous success. 160 box fans were delivered promptly at 8:00 am on Wednesday, June 3 to the McKinney Central Fire Station #1 by the good folks at Groom & Son’s Hardware. For the first time ever, we ran out of fans within 1 ½ hours.

Thank you to the McKinney Noon Lions Club for all your volunteer heBox Fanslp, and to the McKinney Ladies Association and CoServ CharitableFoundation for your ongoing support! And a new donor thank you to Dina Awe, Mary Williams, and Kim Ludwig for graciously giving that extra support needed to have additional fans.Together we all served 67 local families, helping them keep cool this summer in the Texas heat. We hope to see you all there again next year!

Remember, a community stands tallest when it kneels to lend a helping hand!Group 2P1050884

Tucker Hill Courtyards, Concerts & Cars

Courtyards Concerts & Cars

Courtyards Concerts & Cars A tour of four courtyard gardens in the TH-42614-011-emailTucker Hill community in McKinney will benefit the Community Lifeline Center.  Tucker Hill, located north of Hwy 380 between Ridge and Custer Road, has scheduled the event for Saturday, May 16, from 5 to 8 pm.  “Courtyards, Concerts & Cars” will feature garden tours, a free “old meets new” car show, and a free outdoor concert featuring Six of the Matter.

TH-42614-017-emailOnly the Courtyard Garden Tour requires a $5 admission, which can be purchased by cash/check only at the event.  Guests can interact with Collin County Master Gardeners available in each garden to answer questions at the same time they support CLC.

For more information about activities planned, a drawing for a gift card, and free hot dogs, go to www.tuckerhilltx.com.   Mark your calendars today for a fun, springtime outing that will also help your neighbors.

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Empty Bowls Thank You

Empty Bowls Logo 2015On Thursday evening, April 16, Community Lifeline Center supporters attended the improved Empty Bowls event at the MPAC in downtown McKinney.  In years past, the event was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; about 300 people came last year.  This year, attendance showed an impressive increase of at least 450.  Last year’s donation was nearly $10,000.   This year, dollars raised for CLC’s Lifeline Market were nearly $23K, according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette page 1 story on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  This amount includes a grant from McKinney Community Development Corporation and sponsorships.

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Another change this year was the format:  nearly a dozen McKinney vendors set up tables and offered free tasting of soups, gumbo and mac-n-cheese.  There were no limits to tastings, so patrons left with full tummies.  The entire effort was to focus on needs right here in North Collin County so that no one need be hungry.  To meet this need, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the CLC Lifeline Market at the CLC Center provides makings of meals to more than 25 families a week including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This year, bowls made and donated by local artists were on display and available for purchase.  McKinney High School students alone gave over 100 bowls.  Some bowls were auctioned on-line before the event .

IMG_0197Public support of the Community Lifeline Center is greatly appreciated.  With your help, the CLC is able to continue to assist our neighbors who have an unexpected crisis that disrupts their lives.  CLC helps in more ways than providing groceries, but what a comfort those groceries are to hungry children and their parents and grandparents.  So thank you to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Parks Church, restaurants and culinary specialists, and artists.  And thank you to the many who attended the event and enjoyed the fare, the fun, and the fashionable bowls.

The next opportunity for the general public to have some fun while supporting the CLC is  ‘Courtyards, Concerts, and Cars at Tucker Hill’ on May 16.  Join us from 5 to 8 pm, and for only $5 tour several gardens and two homes.  All proceeds will go to support Community Lifeline Center. Download flyer

Easter Meals 2015

Easter BagsLast week, 477 individuals received meals to help them celebrate the blessings of Easter. Clients of Community Lifeline Center and Burks Elementary school were recipients.

Community Lifeline Center’s Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd greatly appreciates the members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney for their faithful commitment and support both as a Covenant Congregation and for wonderfully demonstrating what serving the community is all about. So do the north Collin County families who received bags. “This was the fifteenth year that St. Peter’s Episcopal Church provided Easter meals for CLC families. What an amazing gift of love and service,” Hockin-Boyd said.

Bags with basic canned goods (ham, green beans, corn, and fruit) were purchased with proceeds of Empty Bowls 2014 McKinney. “The rest of the food for an Easter meal as well as gifts for the family come from the parishioners of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” explained Jamie St. Clair, Outreach Coordinator for St. Peter’s. “We are excited to share the joy of the resurrection of our Lord with the families,” said St. Clair.

Empty Bowls 2015 is just a few days away. This year, the event will be held at the MPAC on the Square in McKinney from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, April 16. Participants can, for a small fee, enjoy a delicious bowl of soup donated by local restaurants, choose a one-of-a-kind bowl to take home, and know that they are helping to provide next years’ Easter meals for neighbors.

Thank Goodness for Community Partners

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CoServ LogoAs the winter reluctantly gave way to spring, many families in north Collin County feared the arrival of the utility bills. It seemed the furnaces could get no rest. But Community Lifeline Center and the regions utility providers came through to help local residents in need.

Three special Utility Assistance Days were announced. On February 25 and March 25, a total of 50 families received assistance in meeting their costs with TXU Energy — over $19,000 in assistances, to be more specific. And on March 11, 15 families received nearly $6,000 in help from CoServ. In total, sixty-five families received $24,954.94 in help from TXU Energy and CoServ.

Both providers sent representatives to the Community Lifeline Center on these days to meet with clients previously screened by the CLC as eligible for benefits. Appointments were scheduled in advance, and clients brought the requested documentation to present to the representatives. They may have arrived with concerns about meeting their expenses, but they left with smiles of relief. CLC is most grateful for all community partners, and these two utility providers are especially appreciated at this time.

TXU Energy Utility Assistance Day

TXU-Utility-AssistanceGood news! Another special utility assistance day has been planned for TXU Energy customers for Wednesday, March 25. Even though the outside temperatures are warming up, the burden on our utilities to keep homes warm and the lights on still impact the household bills.  Therefore, Community Lifeline Center is grateful for the community partnership with TXU Energy in providing this special day.

Who:
  Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may be eligible.

Eligibility:  Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance.  In addition, families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  • Current billing statement

 

What to do:

  • Call 972-542-0020 to reserve your appointment time.
  • Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
  • Name as it appears on utility bill
  • Account number

 

Appointment slots are still available.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get some help to reduce your TXU Energy bill.  Community Lifeline Center is ready to help you.

Save the Date! Empty Bowls McKinney Is Almost Here

Empty Bowls Logo 2015Join the Community Lifeline Center on April 16, 2015, to support initiatives to eradicate hunger in Collin County.  Empty Bowls is an annual event at which local vendors provide professionally made soups.  For a small donation, you can enjoy supper and then choose a bowl made and donated by local artists.  Where else can you have dinner and take the dish home?

The event on April 16 will be at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Local vendors providing food and drink this year are Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Caudalie Crest Winery, Churchill’s British Restaurant and Pub, McKinney Culinary Incubator, McKinney’s Sweet Spot, Mellow Mushroom, Patina Green, Rick’s Chophouse, SNUG on the Square, Square Burger, The Pantry Restaurant, and Tupps Brewery.

Funds will be used to supply the shelves of the Community Lifeline Center’s Market so that eligible residents of Collin County who are experiencing hard times can receive help.  The CLC Market was launched in 2014 and, since its opening, over 1,000 people have been given access to box fans, diapers, blankets, heaters, over 21,000 pounds of food and 6,145 household/hygiene items.

Sponsors of EMPTY BOWLS are St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Independent Bank, SPARC Pottery Studio and Gallery, City of McKinney, The Parks Church, and Square One.

See you on the McKinney Square on Thursday, April 16.
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Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside

Goodness it has been cold and for many of us the snow and sleet may linger for a few more days. Schools throughout the area closed and the high never got above freezing.   Thankfully, it IS Texas, and these conditions won’t last too long.  However, the burden on our utilities to keep homes warm and the lights on will impact the bills that will be rolling in later.  Community Lifeline Center is ready to help.

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Both CoServ and TXU Energy, providers of electric service for many Collin County residents, will have representatives at the Community Lifeline Center on the following dates from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to help residents with payments:

CoServ                 Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TXU                       Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Who: Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may be eligible.

Eligibility:  Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  • Current CoServ or TXU bill

What to do:

  • Call 972-542-0020 OR email info@communitylifeline.org to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  • Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Name as it appears on utility bill
    • Account number

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Goodness it has been cold and for many of us the snow and sleet will linger for a few more days. Schools throughout the area closed and the high never got above freezing all day.   Thankfully, it IS Texas, and these conditions won’t last too long.  However, the burden on our utilities to keep homes warm and the lights on will impact the bills that will be rolling in later.  Community Lifeline Center is ready to help.

CoServ Logo                    TXU Energy Smaller - Color

 

Both CoServ and TXU Energy, providers of electric service for many Collin County residents, will have representatives at the Community Lifeline Center on the following dates from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to help residents with payments:

CoServ                 Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TXU                       Wednesdays, February 25 and March 25, 2015

Who: Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may be eligible.

Eligibility:  Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  • Current CoServe or TxU bill

What to do:

  • Call now to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  • Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
    • Name as it appears on utility bill
    • Account number