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A Beautiful Morning Surprise

Just imagine coming in the office and finding a precious thank you note such as this. That’s exactly what happened when Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd walked in one morning and found this note on her desk from the young woman that cleans the CLC offices each week.

Question: Is CLC making a difference? Response: Yes, even when we aren’t aware by those observing around us.

 
My Maid Service Thank You

 

 

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Dental Drive

St. Mark Missionary BaptistA conversation in March led to an on-going project for Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group to supply Community Lifeline Center with dental products for clients.  With an emphasis on children’s toothbrushes, parishioners brought donations of brushes, toothpaste, and floss; and in April Shawanna Jones made the first delivery.

Jessica Cofield, Preschool Director at Saint Mark Missionary Baptist, said research of different organizations in the area led them to CLC.   “We thought it would be a perfect fit for our youth.  It is in McKinney and in the same neighborhood as Saint Mark.  The Adopt-A-Shelf Program was a good option for us.  It is our first time participating so we wanted to start small but also make an impact,” Jessica wrote.  “This program allowed us to select an item that all ages could participate and understand the importance, regardless if they were in preschool –high school.”

The youth at Saint Mark are in charge of the donation area at the church where donations are accepted twice a month.  Meanwhile, the youth “share with the congregation information about Community Lifeline Center and the importance of the donations,” Jessica added.

Clients of CLC have brighter smiles and healthier teeth and gums these days.  Thank you, Jessica, Shawanna, and all the Saint Mark Youth.

Response to Texas Non Profits Article

Sometimes we hear the message that the acts of being generous makes the donor feel better.  How does that work, when there is often no way for the giver to see how his or her gift impacts the life or lives of others?

Studies have shown that what donors really want to see is hope. You see, this world can feel pretty hopeless at times. The media surrounding us are extremely negative.  Social media is always pouncing on someone’s mistakes… it can get pretty depressing.

“So to be able to provide a message of hope to a donor who has been supporting you is not only closing the loop on a donor’s gift, but it’s giving them a bit of fresh air.”

“But do we give our donors hope that something is actually changing? Are we really telling donors how their gifts are making a difference?
. . . [Agencies] don’t do this well enough. We’re so busy trying to ‘get the money’ that we fail to provide the donor with the ‘hope part’ – the reporting back aspect of how they really changed something” (Tom Ahern, “Texas Non Profits,” April 2015).

At The Community Lifeline Center, we try to communicate what good your gifts accomplish.  We share stories on line through emailed newsletters and Facebook posts, many with photos.  But these usually focus on the gifts and the givers and not on the recipients.

Please let us know how we can do a better job of showing you, the donors, what good your contributions accomplish.  How can we let you know just how much your gifts improve the lives of your neighbors?

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!

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Celebrating Partnerships!

The Community Lifeline Center is celebrating the awards of two grants to help the organization fulfill its mission.  The Junior League of Collin County granted the Community Lifeline Center $5,000 “to provide financial support to North Collin County families who are at-risk of homelessness due to an unexpected and necessary financial expense.”  And CoServ Charitable Foundation replenished their grant of $10,000 which will be used to help  qualified clients to overcome their respective crisis and learn from the experience in order to be prepared for the unexpected in the future.

Junior League of Collin CountyVolunteerism is a major focus for both CLC and the Junior League.  Julie DeHan, Community Grants Chair for the Junior League of Collin County, said, “The Junior League of Collin County is committed to volunteerism and improving the Collin County community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  The programs provided by the Community Lifeline Center have similar goals, and we are proud to play a part in your outstanding organization.”  In fact, the CLC recorded nearly 8,000 volunteer hours in 2014.  Our Lifeline Market, relies almost exclusively on volunteers.  Stocking the shelves and packaging orders on market days are duties also performed by volunteers.  Our education program, LifeSteps, which is free of cost to all residents in our service area, is entirely staffed by volunteers.  The multiple special events held during the year, such as utility assistance days and holiday food distribution also utilize volunteer efforts.

The CoServ Emergency Funds will be used to help individuals and families through their crises by assisting them with their basic financial needs, sCoServ Logouch as rent/utility assistance, food, prescriptions, etc.  Operation Roundup® “is supported by CoServ Members and Customers who “round up” their monthly electric and gas bills to the nearest dollar.  The extra pennies go to the CoServ Charitable Foundation, which distributes every cent via grants to worthy causes in the CoServ Service area.  CLC provides the client and the family additional support through targeted job skills and education programs, thereby boosting life skills to avoid once more falling into crisis.

According to the City of McKinney Annual Development Report and US Census data, the population of McKinney grew from 54,000 in 2000 to 131,000 in 2010 and is projected to reach 200,000 within the next decade.  With the increase in population, the demand on social service agencies also increases.  Our commitment to client service and collaboration in the community has contributed to a higher number of referrals provided and doubled the number of individuals served over the past year.  The grants from both The Junior League of Collin County and CoServe Emergency Funds will allow the CLC to better meet the needs of North Collin County residents.

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Delphia Adeogun (CLC Case Manager), Dan Mugg (CoServ Area Manager), Christine Hockin-Boyd (CLC Executive Director)

Junior League of Collin County Staff & Volunteers, Christine Hockin-Boyd (CLC Executive Director)

Junior League of Collin County Staff & Volunteers, Christine Hockin-Boyd (CLC Executive Director)

Allstate Foundation $1,000 Grant Honors Kathy Hall

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Community Lifeline Center is pleased to receive $1,000 from The Allstate Foundation in honor of Allstate Agent Kathy Hall’s volunteerism. We are pleased to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live.  Some say “it’s all in a day’s work,” but others go out of their way to do more.  This is true of Community Lifeline Center Volunteer Kathy Hall.  Congratulations Kathy.

The Allstate Foundation Grants Management Team notified Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd of this award and said, “At Allstate, Agent Kathy Hall is our community leader because when The Good Hands People give back, our hometowns are better, safer places to live.  Community involvement is an extension of what our agents do every day — protecting people and preparing them for the future.”

Mrs. Hall says, “Growing up in Collin County, raising my family here, and serving 1Kathy Hall Family7 years as an educator in the school systems has given my family many ties to our local areas. Now, being an Allstate agency owner, which I am proud to say is family owned and operated, and being trusted advisors to our customers, we feel it’s important to be involved in our local community and to find ways to connect and give back.  Non-profit organizations depend heavily on the donations and volunteers to provide service that people need and I consider it a privilege and honor to serve on the board of CLC, having the opportunity to work with Christine Hockin-Boyd, the staff and volunteers, and fellow board members and admiring their passion for serving others and dedication to the mission of CLC.

“We are appreciative to the Allstate Foundation for awarding CLC the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community grant.  My family and I are proud to represent a company like Allstate who’s been serving our customers and giving back to our communities for over 80 years.”

The grant will benefit CLC by providing operating support or program funding.

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

Thank You Donors!

Your support makes a difference! Thank you to the many individuals, families, small groups, churches, and businesses that have graciously given their time, energy and resources. We appreciate your trust Lifeline Friend.

 

2015 1st Quarter Cash Donors

Caleb & Delphia Adeogun, AmazonSmile Foundation, Anonymous Donor (2), Fran Barclay, Michele Bernard, Paul & Jean-Anne Bonham, Larry Boyd & Christine Hockin-Boyd, Robert Camp, Christ Fellowship (McKinney), CoServ Charitable Foundation, Crosspoint Church (McKinney), Communities Foundation of Texas, Tracy & Gary Davis, Lori Ellis, First United Methodist Church (McKinney), Windy Gallagher, Grace Community Church (Princeton), Sharon Hagen, Jay Halderman, Kathy Hall, Hillcrest Christian Church (McKinney), Mary Lee Homan, Hope Fellowship (McKinney), Denise Jones, Bobbie Kay, Pamela Knapp, Charles & Julie LeBeau, Mary Loughridge, Susan & Andrew Lukensmeyer, Tarry Martin, Mollie McCune, Karen McCutcheon, Milestone Church (McKinney), Sheila & Richard Miller, National Produce Consultants, LLC, Cindy Peters, Michael Poulton, John & Sharon Reeves, Safeway, Inc., Karl & Margaret Schraer, Jamie St. Clair, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church (McKinney), St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (McKinney), Stonebridge United Methodist Church (McKinney), Waddill Street Baptist Church (McKinney), John Walker, Watson & Chalin Manufacturing, Inc., Kevin & Rachel Weant, George & Linda Wilcox, Wiley Wilkins, Will Windham

 

2015 1st Quarter In-Kind Donors

Anonymous Donor, Benny’s Bagels, City of McKinney Community Services, Collin County Community Service (6), CoServ Charitable Foundation, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church (McKinney), First United Methodist Church – Jubilee Sunday School Class (McKinney), Kelly Guerra, Rosalinda Guerra, Hope Fellowship (McKinney), Debbie Johnson, Nancy Labadie, Herb & Dianne McCoy, McKinney Community Development Corporation, McKinney Lions Club, Mom’s Club of West McKinney, Stonebridge United Methodist Church – Pathfinders Sunday School Class (McKinney), Jennifer Potter, Eileen Prentice, Raytheon SAS Internal Control Excellence Dept., Terrilee Schober, Spiritual Sisters, Wednesday Night Bible Study – Women’s, Webb & Petkovsek Partners

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.