MIDLOTHIAN — As Texas is experiencing the vast effects of a nonprofit’s reach following Hurricane Harvey, the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce and countless other organizations throughout Ellis County are pulling together to support those who help the helpless through “North Texas Giving Day.”
Presented by the Communities Foundation of Texas, the non-profit event is the nation’s largest giving day and is revving up its donation engines through an online outlet, allowing givers from all zip codes to support their hometown organizations.
“We want people to know that there are a lot of nonprofits in Ellis County,” began Cammy Jackson, President of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. “There are a lot that aren’t as visible as Manna House or United Way, but they are still in need of funds, and we would love for people to give on this particular day.”
“Nonprofits, 501-C3 organizations, can register online and people have one day to give to all of these non-profits,” she expounded. “We want to make a concerted effort to raise awareness of all our different organizations in the area, which people may not have known existed, but can get involved and donate.”
Embodying the generous spirit of the Midlothian community, the event is kicking off the week early through its scheduled giving option that allows donors to arrange a gift on Sept. 7 before the actual giving day on Sept. 14.
“It’s important to let the community know about our nonprofits because, to me, it’s an opportunity to say, ‘Whatever your need is, or what your child, senior citizen, or pet’s need is – there is somebody in town who can help,’” expressed Sissy Franklin, Director of Manna House.
“Any opportunity to have our name put out there, we as nonprofits, and let people know we exist is another chance for us to be able to do what we do – and that is to help people,” she added.
Professionally managing nearly 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations, and nonprofits, the Communities Foundation of Texas has invested more than $1.7 billion in grants since its founding in 1953, opening its doors to Ellis County.
According to the foundation, the online giving extravaganza that combines a day powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, and extensive collaboration has already reached and benefitted 16 counties of North Texas.
On a statewide scale, since 2009, the giving movement has pumped $156 million into the community. In 2016, $37 million was raised through more than 142,000 gifts benefiting 2,518 non-profits.
And joining the local campaign is 49 Ellis County organizations registered in everything from animal care to education and community improvement that include: 360grassroots; Bridges Training Foundation LLC.; CASA of Ellis County; Daniel's Den; Ellis Christian Womens Job Corporation; The Gingerbread House; Manna House; and The Anchor.
As well as Ellis County Children's Theater; Hope Clinic of Ellis County; Ellis County SPCA; First Look Pregnancy Clinic; Heart of Texas Animal Rescue - Ellis County; Mentors Care; Midlothian ISD Education Foundation; Midlothian Senior Activity Center; Paws for Reflection Ranch; and Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc.
Bringing help to the forefront of those who need it most, both Jackson and Franklin encourage the community to mark their calendars and celebrate "North Texas Giving Day."
“We want the community to know what resources we have and to give to an organization of their choice,” Jackson acknowledged. “Plus, it’s a really cool event.”
“Giving is what all the cool kids are doing and being apart of the community,” Franklin teased. “This is a great opportunity to feel love, and that’s what it is, it’s showing love to your fellow human. I live in a community that loves God and does what they’re called to do, and I think that’s a win-win.”
“People love to get the feeling that I get to experience every day, the feeling of helping someone out of a situation where you’re their life hope. It’s amazing that people of like minds come along side of them and get on board with our mission and vision for what this community is, so be a cool kid and give,” she finished.
Early gift donations are scheduled for Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. through Sept. 13 ending at midnight. The “North Texas Giving Day” will be open to givers on September 14 from 6 a.m. to midnight. To donate or for more information on North Texas Giving Day, visit northtexasgivingday.org.
To connect with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, visit midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600.
Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer