Inspiring the next generation to give their time and talents, Teens United activities are designed to engage teens, ages 13-18, in volunteerism and education to see firsthand the opportunities to make a difference in our local community.
It is also a great way for students to complete service hour requirements.
Jordan & Ally Aikman, Josie & Ceci Gooch, and Hilton Sampson, teens of United Way supporters Capa & Troy Aikman, Cecily & Scott Gooch, and Jennifer & Edward Sampson, are spearheading this new effort.
CARDS AND GIFTS
Healthcare Providers + Patients
Send an encouraging e-message to patients and their caregivers at Children’s Health using this form.
Join us in sending a message of encouragement to our frontline care providers at Parkland Hospital.
Senior Citizens and Elderly Homebound
Senior Source and the Visiting Nurse Association have organized card and/or gift showers for the residents and staff of senior living residences and the elderly homebound in the Dallas area. Due to heightened health, safety and welfare concerns, elderly residents in particular are required to be in social isolation—staying in their rooms or homes to avoid transmission—and if they live in a group residence, their staff is working day and night to provide a safe environment.
However, there are still ways to lift the spirits of our elderly population, as well as the tireless staff taking care of them. This includes writing letters and greeting cards, creating artwork, and donating new items to help them pass the time and practice mental and physical health. Regarding notes: they cannot be personalized for individual residents or staff, so use friendly salutations such as “Dear Friend,” “Hello,” and “Hi” to add warmth to the message.
If you prefer to send new item donations, suggestions include playing cards, checker and dominoes sets, basic craft kits, adult coloring books with color pens and markers, activity books such as crossword and word puzzles, faith-based books, large print books, jigsaw puzzles, spring and summer wall or door décor, beach balls and even radios.
Send notes and/or new items to the following:
Advanced Health & Rehab Center of Garland
1201 Colonel Drive, Garland, TX 75043
Contact: Alina Ferguson, Activity Director
Autumn Leaves Nursing Center
1010 Emerald Isle Drive, Dallas, TX 75218
Contact: Sara Min, Activity Director
Remarkable Healthcare of Dallas
3350 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX 75216
Contact: Kereese Rocks, Activity Director
Visiting Nurse Association of Texas
1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
Contact: Tracie Demery, Community Engagement Coordinator
Note: Cards and artwork will be included in deliveries to Meals on Wheels clients. The only new items needed are hand sanitizer and bar soap.
St. Jude Center, Catholic Charities Dallas
St. Jude Center provides permanent supportive housing for the homeless, age 55 and older.
2920 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75234
Contact: Cindy Montgomery, property manager
For service hour approvals, check with your school first to determine if these meet school service hour requirements.
Email Susan Hutcheson, email@example.com for approvals and questions.
Time spent on each project will be approved for hours.
Upcoming projects and dates will be posted on-line later this spring.
If you or a family member would like to attend or learn more about volunteer opportunities for students, please contact Susan Hutcheson, Senior Director of Donor Relations, at RSVP@unitedwaydallas.org or 214.978.0046.