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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.

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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                       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

Become A Lifeline Friend

10 Dollar Challenge

Christine Hockin-Boyd (Executive Director) and Delphia Adeogun (Case Manager)

Can you imagine if everyone gave $10 a month? What an amazing difference it would make. Be COMMUNITY! Become a Lifeline Friend by giving $10 a month. #LifelineFriend #MakeADifference

New Lifeline Market Donor

Claire Smith with the food she collected and donated to the Lifeline Market.

Claire Smith with the food she collected and donated to the Lifeline Market.

Claire Smith, who recently turned seven,  asked her friends to bring food items instead of presents to her party so she and her family could donate them to people in need. When asked why she decided to do this, Claire said “I enjoyed helping people who didn’t have enough food, and I hope they are happy now.” After her birthday party her father Chad Smith loaded the car with all of the collected food and dropped it off at Community Lifeline Center. Our thanks to Claire and her family for their generosity!

Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

CLC was selected this year as the 2014 receipient of the annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive. Residents of Tucker Hill signed up to provide toys for the children who would be attending the CLC Christmas Reception at Trinity Presbyterian Church. This year the Tucker Hill Toy Drive collected 182 toys which they delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the toy room. Jessica Contreras who organized and coordinated the toy drive said “Our neighbors are especially thankful for all their blessings at such a joyous time of year. We love to pass those blessings on to other neighbors in need.” She also noted that the Tucker Hill developer, Southern Land Company, made a $200 donation to CLC to help support their efforts.

Toys collected for the Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

Toys collected for the Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

One of several loads of toys collected by the residents of Tucker Hill delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the Christmas reception.

One of several loads of toys collected by the residents of Tucker Hill delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the Christmas reception.

CLC Adopt-A-Family Reception

CLC ADOPT-A-FAMILY RECEPTION

Thank you to all of the donors who adopted a CLC family or an individual—your gifts not only made the children’s faces light up, but also gave their parents a moment of relief from financial strain. The December 16 reception at Trinity Presbyterian Church was a magical event, with holiday treats, entertaining activities for the children, and a toy room where the parents could select special toys for their children. CLC Case Manager Delphia Adeogun commented that many of the people who attended seemed overwhelmed and simply kept saying “Thank you” to the staff and volunteers.

We also want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian who organized the event. Jen Zaccarella, a volunteer from the Giving Tree Planning Committee at Trinity Presbyterian Church, said “We were so happy to be able to help and hopefully provide a warm, caring atmosphere for the families at the reception, and I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed it!”

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Volunteers picking up the Christmas gifts to distribute to each family or individual at the reception.

 

 

Toy Room

The Toy Room at Trinity Presbyterian Church, December 16, 2014. During the reception, parents would go to the toy room and select a toy for each of their children.

 

(l-r) Mary Welch, Rosemary Chase, Carol Clark, and Sharon Montgomery, volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church

(l-r) Mary Welch, Rosemary Chase, Carol Clark, and Sharon Montgomery, volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church Here are Santa’s helpers in the toy room, waiting to help parents pick out the perfect toy.

 

 

Adopt-A-Family Christmas Party

Christmas Tree

 

On December 16, all of the CLC Adopt-a-Family clients will attend a reception hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church. Volunteers from the church and CLC staff members will distribute the Christmas presents donated for the families as they enjoy Christmas cookies and other holiday activities. Volunteers adopted over 100 families and individuals, providing basic needs, toys and a holiday meal. We are so grateful to everyone who adopted a family or an individual for Christmas. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

Giving it all in 61 days?

Imagine trying to manage your finances if 50% of your income was paid from the end of October to the end of December? You’d feast over the holidays, but scramble the other 304 days of the year.

That’s what charitable organizations like CLC face. Because according to a variety of studies, including a recent Guide Star study, over half of all charitable organizations receive the majority of their donations from October to the end of the year. 36% of non-profits get 25% to 49% of their charitable contributions between October and the end of the year. 16% get over half of their total annual contributions over that roughly 61 day period.

End of Year Giving:
% of Charitable Organizations Reporting
% of End of Year Contributions

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We’re heading into the holiday season when the requests for help can be almost overwhelming. Community Lifeline is no exception; we, too, are heavily relied on for help during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. So, as we enter the annual season of giving, know that we welcome – and depend upon – your giving: no matter how much, when, or how often. This year, your gift will go even further, thanks to a generous matching grant from National Produce Consultants, LLC. Every gift between now and December 31, will be matched 1:1, up to $5,000, allowing CLC to help more individuals and families in crisis. Click here to donate online.

Helping the less fortunate for any reason is a good thing. It helps them. But, helping them get back on their feet and making their own way is a good thing, too. It helps everybody. That’s what your donations to CLC make possible.

Have a safe, joyous, and bountiful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Christine Hockin-Boyd
Executive Director

The 8 Levels Of Giving

christine-hockin-01We’re heading into the holiday season when the requests for help can be almost overwhelming. Community Lifeline is no exception; we, too, are heavily relied on for help during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, because those who have little and those who have much – while different – face those holidays alike. They want the best for those they care about.

Your holiday donations to CLC, in whatever form, aren’t just used to make the holidays brighter, but to make the future better. I’m reminded of the writings of Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher who lived in Spain during the twelfth century. One of his most widely referred to works was Laws about Giving to Poor People. Maimonides identified 8 Levels of Giving and ranked them from most to least preferred. Maimonides’ #1 reason for giving is the one we live by at CLC:

“Giving an interest-free loan to a person in need; forming a partnership with a person in need; giving a grant to a person in need; finding a job for a person in need; so long as that loan, grant, partnership, or job results in the person no longer living by relying upon others.”

Helping the less fortunate for any reason is a good thing. It helps them.

But, helping people get back on their feet and making their own way is a good thing, too. It helps everybody. That’s what your donations to CLC make possible.

Have a safe, joyous, and bountiful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Christine Hockin-Boyd
Executive Director

Volunteer Opportunity For A Bi-lingual Instructor

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Mary Cullinan, LifeSteps Coordinator

LifeSteps, the education component of Community Lifeline Center, has an opening for a new volunteer to work with Hispanic residents of north Collin County. We need a bi-lingual instructor who would be available to teach one class per month—approximately 1.5 hours. The class topic will be financial independence, particularly a review of income and expenses; debt evaluation; benefits; setting goals; ways to save money; and how to communicate with creditors. Class materials will be provided, and these materials will need to be translated by the instructor and printed for the adult students.

For additional information, email:  [email protected]  or call Community Lifeline Center at 972-542-0020.

Surprising Families Was So Much Fun

ClothingChristen Nix, a volunteer with LifePointe Community Church, dropped of donated clothing for five CLC client families. Case manager Delphia Adeogun was very grateful to receive this timely donation just in time to outfit the families before cool weather sets in.