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.
Volunteerism 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, such 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.