Since 1985 the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas has helped 13 nonprofit organizations accomplish goals, support our community and create numerous success stories along the way.
As one of the 13 recipients, the Boy Scouts of America: Longhorn Council, has utilized these grants by starting a program called the Urban Scout Reach program. This operational program effort works to deliver the Boy Scouting program to low income or at-risk youth in an after-school setting located on-site at various school facilities. They are serving 66 schools and 8 community centers which involve 22% of our total membership.
Because of the ongoing and consistent support from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, many young scouts have had the opportunity to enjoy first-time experiences. Some first-time activities include fishing, visiting a police station, visiting a Public Library, completing a community service project and camping or sleeping away from home.
Still, the purpose of the Urban Scout Reach program goes beyond providing “firsts”. The program builds experiences that help young boys learn and incorporate personal core values. Things such as being trustworthy, committing to doing their best, team collaboration and learning to be a leader.
For many of these youth, the interaction with the male scout leader is a different relationship than what they experience at home. To find out more information about the Urban Scout Reach program visit www.longhorncouncil.org.
To celebrate 30 years of giving from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of North Texas will host a series called 13 Days of Giving. Each weekday, December 1-17, we’ll share a story from one of the 13 nonprofits highlighting how they impact this region thanks to Mrs. McFadden’s visionary gift. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive the daily alerts, or visit www.cfntx.org.