Camp Fire USA’s mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Our purpose is to provide opportunities for all children and youth, and those who care for them, to realize their potential and become caring, self-directed individuals.
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.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County helps protect and advocate for the best interests of neglected and abused children involved in court proceedings. After 30 hours of intensive training on the legal process, foster care, courtroom procedures, and child abuse, volunteer advocates receive their first case and then speak up for the children through every step of the court process. Advocates visit with the children and get to know their teachers, family members, and school counselors to help determine where the child will be happiest and safest, with the goal of placing each child in the best possible permanent home. Last year, CASA of Tarrant County advocates served 750 children.
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.
Dave Fannin remembers when treadmills were found only in doctors’ offices. As someone who has watched the fitness industry evolve since his first front-desk job at a gym in 1984, it’s no surprise that his weight-loss programs incorporate a wide range of techniques. Since opening his training business seven years ago, he’s helped more than 1,000 clients achieve a healthier lifestyle with a combination of nutritional coaching, fat-burning workouts, bursts of cardio, and ample support and motivation. He shares these regimens through one-on-one sessions, small-group personal training, boot-camp classes, and by acting them out in games of charades. Regardless of a client’s fitness level or unsuccessful attempts at weight loss in the past, Dave welcomes the challenge of helping them get healthy.
A nonprofit organization promoting cinematic art, the Lone Star Film Society gives three-star members free admission to select events at the annual Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF), 25% off festival passes, entry to year-round panels and classes, and a 2011 LSIFF t-shirt. At the LSIFF, cinephiles can watch new independent films and listen to luminaries like past guests Robert Rodriguez or Harry Dean Stanton speak in the curious tongue of faraway Hollywood. Three-star members also receive advance notice for sneak previews, film retrospectives, or protospectives on high concepts still gestating in the minds of baby producers.
Arlington Life Shelter helps local individuals and families transition from homelessness with short-term shelter and support services. For 25 years, it has provided fresh beds, clean showers, and hearty meals for anyone seeking refuge from extreme weather or a night on the street, or looking for a way to gain employment and attain long-term self-sufficiency. The shelter offers 72-hour services for people who are just looking for a place to sleep and 14-day services for people who cannot work due to disability or age. For residents looking to gain stable employment, the 9- to 12-week rehabilitative program includes educational classes for children and adults, as well as job-coaching sessions to prepare for interviews and new jobs. Volunteers teach a range of skills, including classes in computer skills, parenting, and yoga. Residents can also take part in health and social-work services and access resources to help them move into transitional housing as they work toward self-sufficiency.