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Baby It’s Cold Outside

ALERT: Pending weather conditions the Feb. 25th Special Utility Assistance Day will continue as planned. Updates will be shared via Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

CLC Receives Quality of Life Award

Friday evening, January 30, was a special night for IMG_0136Community Lifeline Center.  The McKinney Community Awards Celebration was held at the Cotton Mill in McKinney where approximately 400 guests were at hand to honor the Best of the Best.  The gathering of local organizations and their leaders were recognized in various categories because their “talent and vision have propelled McKinney to become – Unique by Nature.

Award2The McKinney Community Development Corporation honored the CLC with the QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD to “recognize the efforts of an individual or organization that has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life in McKinney, Texas, as determined by one or more of the following:
•    Has made significant economic, social or environmental impact on the community.
•    Is a public use project/facility or initiative that impacts the community at large.
•    Promotes, develops or creates:  recreational, cultural or community assets or amenities; business growth and/or tourism; affordable housing.”

Scott Elliott, Chair of the MCDC, introduced the award and stated that there were nine nominees for this year’s award.  Community Lifeline Center Executive-Director Christine Hockin-Boyd accepted the award on behalf of the organization, its few employees, many volunteers, and growing numbers of clients.  She acknowledged the grateful appreciation that the clients usually voice with the simple words, “Thank you.”

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!

Meet CLC’s New President of the Board — Angie Bado

A long-time resident of McKinney, the newly elected CLC Board President Angie Bado has served on numerous boards, including the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, the McKinney Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Main Street McKinney. She was instrumental in forming the McKinney North High School PTO and Athletic Booster Clubs. In 2005, she combined her passion for the news and her community and founded TownSquareBuzz.com, an online hyper-local news portal for McKinney.

“I look forward to building on the foundation that the previous board put into place and taking Community Lifeline to the next level,” Bado said. “Financial challenges are commonplace in the nonprofit arena, so financial stability, coupled with searching for partnership opportunities with other area service organizations, will be our top focus for 2015.”

A native of Pennsylvania, Angie is the proud mom to Matt, Megan and Colin, who all reside in McKinney, GiGi to one granddaughter, and is an avid reader, tennis player and music enthusiast. Describing herself as the consummate “foodie,” Angie loves to cook and entertain.

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.

 

 

It’s A Match!

Community Lifeline Center’s end-of-the-year appeal raised $7,410 by December 31, meeting the $5,000 1:1 challenge grant, for a grand total of $12,410! We are so grateful to board member Tony Forsythe (NPC, LLC) for the grant, which made this year’s end-of-the-year campaign the most successful in CLC’s history.

And what a year it’s been! Here are the preliminary figures for 2014 showing CLC’s growth over the past two years:

2013 2014 % Increase
Number of People Served* 4,665 12,049 158%
Number of Cases 2,011 3,336 56%
Number of Households Served 1,910 3,172 66%
 
INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES
Phone 3,271 4,617 41%
Walk-in 708 1,346 90%
Web 17 117 588%

* Unduplicated individuals

We are so grateful for the support from all of our friends and supporters. None of our achievements would have been possible without you. Thank you for helping make compassion a reality within our community. Your support makes a difference, and we appreciate you.

2014 End-of-the-Year Matching Grant provided by

National Produce Consultants

Adopt-A-Family Christmas Party

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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!

 

Holiday Magic!

Christmas TreeThis year your gift to Community Lifeline Center will go even further.

Every donation between now and December 31, will be matched 1:1, up to $5,000, thanks to a generous matching grant from National Produce Consultants, LLC. Donate online or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 1792, McKinney TX 75070.

Please donate now. With your help, those whose year ended with need can start the new one with hope.

 

                            Matching Grant provided by

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