‘Tis the season to give, not only to your loved ones but also your great community. Looking to be seasonably charitable this year? Here’s a few top organizations who do their best to end hunger, support art and culture, create incredible interior designs for lower income housing and more.
1 North Texas Food Bank
Committed to ending hunger for the citizens of Dallas and beyond, the North Texas Food Bank is one of the largest and most successful charities in our city, creating over 44 million meals last year alone and feeding almost 25,000 people each day. Some of the biggest events held to raise funds every year include The Souper Bowl of Caring, the St. Patty's Day dash down Greenville Avenue and the KRLD Restaurant Week. Starting in 1982, the NTFB sought to feed families and individuals in over 13 counties through over 300 member agencies and 1,184 feeding and education sites.
4500 S Cockrell Hill Road, 214.330.1396, www.ntfb.org
2 Genesis Women's Shelter
It's sad that the home that serves as a base for the Genesis Women's Shelter is in an undisclosed location, but this is to ensure that the battered and abused women and children who turn there for help are safe from their attackers. In 1985, Shelter Ministries of Dallas began operating Genesis after coming to realize that an overwhelming number of DFW women were seeking a haven from their husbands or boyfriends. Over the course of its existence, Genesis has expanded greatly to allow more room for the constantly wait-listed population, began offering counseling services, parenting classes and personal case work and opened Annie's House for domestic violence victims who needed to stay in a more long-term transitional location.
4411 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 101, 214.389.7700, www.genesisshelter.org
3 The Fashionistas
Heidi Dillon's vision of starting a non-profit organization to support fashion in Dallas and help create the first fashion museum in our fair city became a reality in 2005 with the start of The Fashionistas. Since its inception, the organization has garnered over 2,000 fashion-savvy citizens who directly work to help fund exhibitions, youth scholarships and educational programs and seminars, not to mention great fashion shows. Some major players who have attended fundraisers for The Fashionistas include Candace Bushnell, Russell Simmons and Vogue's European Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles.
1409 S Lamar St, Suite 108, 972.504.6354, thefashionistas.org
4 The Crystal Charity Ball
It's all about the kids for this annual event. For over 50 years, The Crystal Charity Ball has been raising money for a variety of beneficiaries during this popular black tie event, including Children's Medical Center, The Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, The Family Place and more. In 2010, The Crystal Charity Ball Committee made it their goal to raise over $4 million for the six beneficiaries, and they have raised almost $100 million during the length of the organization's existence.
30 1/2 Highland Park Village, #206, 214.526.5868, www.crystalcharityball.org
5 Dwell with Dignity
Lisa Robison and Kim Turner have made it their mission to design soothing, inspiring homes for individuals and families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They install furniture, art, kitchen supplies, bedding and even food to ensure that when a family moves in to assisted housing supplied by social services, they have everything they could need, from their shampoo to their television set. Volunteers and professional designers with Dwell use donated items as well as raised funds to make a house a home for those in need.
3112 Hood St, www.dwellwithdignity.org