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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.

Precious Thank You Letter

Thank YouRecently, the Community Lifeline Center received the following letter, handwritten, from a grateful client:

“To The Staff and Helpers,

                “There is no words to describe what a difference you make in my life.  Your kindness, compassion, love, and the help you have given me is so very much appreciated.  You have been there for my family when I was at a point of worrying about how I was going to make it.

                “The lifeline market is off the chain.  The extra miles you go on the holidays is beyond anything I would of ever imagined.  The Bibles you offer gave me the chance to give one to my grandchildren and my daughters.  The extra goodies you give, just out of nowhere, for no reason, put a smile in my heart every time.

                “Went to my first class that you offer for free, it was very educational, fun, and pleasant.  The gas card was awesome.  Once again it was a worry of mine about gas for the week to get the errands ran I needed.  Many tears have fell from my eyes, they have been tears of joy and appreciation.  You are truly angels of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He knows my needs and worries and He has Community Lifeline Angels.

                If every life you reach out to is Blessed as mine, you truly have made a difference on the earth.  You have touched my life in so many ways.  I would like to say, Thank You !….”

This letter sums up rather well the various services and areas of help that the Community Lifeline Center provides, from the Lifeline Market where groceries and household items are distributed, to classes that  improve job placement and budgeting skills, utilities, and rent.   Along the way, there are often “extras” that some clients welcome and appreciate – extras that make a holiday more special or provide for the next generation. (Tom Ahern, “Texas Non Profits,” April 14, 2015).

Thank you’s like this one are certainly appreciated by the staff and volunteers at Community Lifeline Center.  But the true thanks must be shared with the donors who make these gifts possible.  Without support from our covenant churches, individuals, and commercial partners, CLC’s “hands” would be tied.   So we thank our team for their financial support that enables us to reach out the helping hand that obviously makes our neighbors’ lives better.

Giving Thanks & Honor To Our Moms

Mother's DayIt’s almost Mother’s Day.  Perhaps your children, grandchildren, or spouse are asking if there’s something you would like to make this year’s Mother’s Day extra special.  Flowers don’t last more than a few days; the newest books are available at the public library; and candy isn’t really good for the diet.  Well, here’s an idea.  Ask your loved ones to make the day special, in your honor, for another mother — one who’s struggling.

Many moms right here in Collin County are having difficulties keeping food on the table, paying the rent so they can stay in their homes, keeping the utilities on, buying gas so they can get to work and back.  The Community Lifeline Center hears from these moms every day (the majority of clients are single moms).  And their needs do not stop because we’re approaching a holiday or summer break.  If anything, summer increases their needs because the kids will be at home more, eating more meals at home and using more utilities than they do when they’re at school.

Recently, one mom said, “My boss called and said they were taking a different direction and I got 2 weeks’ notice that I would not have a job.  I already had a past due phone balance. . . . I have not been able to pay my rent, my water bill, and my electric is past due from last month and I have received a disconnect notice.  I have sold everything of value and now I am looking at being evicted and having utilities cut off.  I have less than $200 in cash that I have to use for gas.”

A donation made to the Community Lifeline Center can help this woman and others like her greatly.  Just contact the CLC at 972-542-0020 or donate online.   Not only can you help make another mom’s  Mother’s Day special; your loved ones’ donation will improve their entire month.  They’ll have hope and know that others care.  “A community stands tallest when it kneels to offer a helping hand.”

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

The Value of Volunteer Time

April 12-18, 2015, was National Volunteer Week, and there is no better time to acknowledge the enormous contribution that volunteers make to Community Lifeline Center.  Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd said, “We had 7,696 volunteer hours reported” for 2014.  That’s an impressive number, but just what does it mean?

According to Independent Sector, every hour of volunteer effort in Texas equates to $24.66 in value. This is a 5.4% increase from 2013.  The trusty desk calculator reveals that the CLC benefitted from the equivalent of $189,783.  That’s not just impressive; that’s awesome!

“For more than 40 years, National Volunteer Week has recognized the value of volunteers to nonprofits, to the people they serve, to society, and to life on this planet,” said Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv.

“Though we could never truly put a price tag on what volunteers mean to their communities, we are proud to offer this figure to attempt to frame the immense value of the time and effort they give” [independentsector.org].
Over 62 million Americans, or 25.4 percent of the adult population, volunteered in 2013, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Recipients of these efforts were religious organizations (33.9%), educational or youth service (26.2%), and social or community service organizations (14.8%) [independentsector.org].  The Community Lifeline Center is honored to be one of the local social and community service organizations that is boosted by volunteer participation.  The residents of north Collin County who received help from CLC were the true benefactors, and CLC’s offers of help were expanded because of volunteer contributions.

So THANK YOU Volunteers.  If you helped last year in the office, the Lifeline Market, events, teaching classes – whatever you did is greatly appreciated.  And to our current volunteers, we couldn’t do it without you.  Your contributions are beyond description, and you are truly valued.

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.

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.