The Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, presented by Walmart, is an annual volunteer-run event that supports underserved children with free school supplies, immunizations, haircuts, and health and dental screenings. Prekindergarteners through 12th graders whose families meet federal poverty income guidelines gather on August 8 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Amid kids activities, games, and interactive booths, approximately 10,000 students are expected to receive free school supplies. Alongside supplies distributors, community-resource booths hand out information on topics such as literacy, parenting, nutrition, and financial literacy to help foster solid family life. Last year, the Back to School Roundup provided school supplies and services to 11,000 children in need.
When homebound, people can feel cut off from the world outside their door. Company may be scarce, and trips to the grocery store or market may be impossible. But Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County aims to improve the lives of homebound individuals and other people in need through programs that help promote independent living with dignity. Its volunteers provide hot, nutritious meals as well as grocery-shopping services, home repairs, and friendly visits and phone calls. And the organization dives deep into the health of the people it serves. Each of its 4,000-plus clients receives an in-home assessment and quarterly follow-up sessions, and clients can even request private nutritional counseling from a licensed dietitian. What results? In 2012, 91% of Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County's clients said the organization's services helped improved their overall quality of life, and 57% believe that they "would not be able to remain living in their own home" without its services.
The 17th annual Celebrity Cutting event raises funds for the Careity Foundation while bucking fans to the edge of their seats with equestrian competition, celebrity appearances, and performances by country-music stars. This year, a fresh lineup of famous faces saddles up in search of horse cutting glory. Judged by a panel of experts, competitive cutting bouts spotlight the relationship between rider and horse, as the tandem work together in attempt to prevent shifty cattle from slipping past and rejoining the herd without first presenting proper identification. A combination of speed, agility, and balance, 2.5-minute rounds are scored on each sprightly stallion's training and skill. Meanwhile, live performances by Lyle Lovett, Presley Tucker, Radney Foster, and various other stars help assuage the heat of competition faster than the intial bites of a frozen salt lick.
In 1978, funds from Mr. A. Smith Gill’s trust, combined with resources from public and other private institutions, helped to create Gill Children's Services, Inc. The charitable corporation would serve low-income children who fell through the gaps of existing services. Its staff meets with each family individually to assess the child’s need, locate a service provider, and secure funds for the treatment or service that is required. This can range from wheelchair ramps and hearing aids to eyeglasses and root canals. Over the past three decades, the organization has served more than 44,000 children to date, refusing to turn away any child in need.
Our mission at Childrens Lighthouse is to provide safe, quality, loving care and educational services. We aspire to promote the positive development of young children in all areas of growth including social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and creative. We commit to the most comprehensive educational materials available.
Project Mom grants mothers of all stages and ages a mini break from the frenzies of home during a relaxing day convention. Saturday's festivities put the spotlight on several experts in maternal matters, from Lilian Hopes Designs to Kara Abrahamson and Jennifer Brandt of Planting Seeds Christian Counseling. Relaxation stations throughout the convention melt away stress between breakout discussions on a variety of topics, including frugal nutrition, wrangling teens and tweens, party planning, and managing toddler during those pre-hours before preschool time. Free giveaways reward guests with luxurious prizes, such as spa passes, and complimentary swag bags send moms home with gift cards, beauty products, and fly swatters for disciplining mischievous imaginary friends.