What Gives: January 2013

Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

Tutor a child …

… through Trinity River Mission, a West Dallas-based nonprofit, whose aim is to stop the escalating number of minority students who drop out of school. Trinity River Mission needs volunteers for after-school tutoring programs for students in third-12th grades. They also need mentors, “reading buddies” and other volunteers. Fill out an online application at trinityrivermission.org or call 214.744.6774.

Pull on your wellies …

… and help keep the Trinity River Audubon Center pristine. The center holds a “habitat restoration day” every second Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon. The next ones are Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. Volunteers help to clear and expand existing trails, remove invasive species and restore prairie and wetland habitats. Many other volunteer opportunities are available at the center as well. 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, 214.398.8722, trinityriver.audubon.org.

 

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Strap on your sneakers …

… and start training for the Dash for the Beads 5k race, which is on Saturday, Feb. 9. Registration costs $30 before Jan. 30. After that, it goes up to $35. A one-mile run costs $20 for adults and $15 for children. Registration includes a T-shirt, post-race beer from Rahr brewery, kids’ activities and a costume contest. Proceeds benefit Fido Oak Cliff, which aims to build a dog park in our neighborhood. Dashforthebeads.org, 214.509.7555.

 

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Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.

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