HUMAN SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Make an impact in our community by supporting organizations that address poverty, food availability, housing & homelessness and veterans. We encourage grants that give people a hand-up, not just a hand-out.
The Art Station is a one-of-a-kind, community-based nonprofit providing art therapy to children, teens, and adults experiencing difficult life challenges. Therapists are specialized mental health professionals with dual masters-level education, training, and licensing in counseling and art therapy. The most frequent issues addressed include trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, behavior issues, problem solving, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and social engagement.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, mental health issues are at an all-time high. Therefore, The Art Station is implementing telehealth art therapy to continue serving its clients during the shelter in place requirements. These clients are among the most vulnerable in the community, with both mental health and financial challenges, and continuity of care is vital.
The Art Station is seeking support for general operations to support art therapy for its clients.
Amount requested: $5,000 – $35,000
CASA of Tarrant County is a volunteer-powered program advocating for the safety, permanency, and healing of abused and neglected children. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community members to become court-appointed special advocates (CASA) for children during their time in foster care. Since March 2020, there has been concern that the cases being reported and those coming into care are higher acuity cases, including three suspected child abuse related deaths in less than 30 days — double the typical rate seen in hospitals.
Children with CASA volunteers are less likely to experience abuse and neglect while in foster care than children without an advocate. CASA’s 500 volunteers serve 1,000 abused and neglected Tarrant County children.
Amount Requested: $500-$20,000
- Recruitment of 165 new volunteers to advocate for Tarrant County children in foster care by 1) providing 55 online information sessions, 2) reviewing 275 new applications, and 3) conducting 250 new volunteer interviews through video conferencing
- Assessment, training, swearing-in, and assignment of 165 new volunteers by providing 11 monthly volunteer training sessions
Cuisine for Healing’s (CFH) mission is to make healthy, nutritious food readily available to people combating cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to provide educational resources about food in the healing process. CFH has closed temporarily so as not to endanger compromised clients and ensure the safety of its volunteers and employees. They are also having great difficulty obtaining organic ingredients in the quantities needed to meet CFHs certified guidelines. The CFH team is working on a plan to reopen when restrictions are lifted. Urgent needs to help reopen include: meal ingredients, packaging materials, employee and volunteer protective gear and sanitizing supplies.
Cuisine for Healing is seeking grants between $500-$40,000 for:
- $460 for protective gear and sanitizing supplies for one month
- $3,300 to cover part of the cost of meal ingredients needed to reopen
- $10,920 to cover the cost of meal ingredients for one month
Lena Pope’s 90 years of experience in child and family services guide its current efforts to improve child well-being in Tarrant County. Lena Pope uses evidence-based, research-tested programs focused on prevention and early intervention services that support child development and improve the emotional, intellectual, and behavioral health of children. Mental and behavioral issues in children and teens cannot be ignored during this crisis — left unaddressed, these challenges can worsen. Their team obtained contract approvals to implement new technologies, allowing them to continue to provide therapeutic services virtually in a secure and compliant manner. Funding is requested to support implementation of these technology necessities.
Amount Requested: $500-$40,000
- $3,600 for a telehealth platform for 30 staff to connect with clients virtually
- $2,140 for electronic signature software
- $2,159 for safe browsing hotspots
- $894 for internet upgrade at Chapel Hill Academy
- $2,216 for additional VPN licenses
- $33,300 for security consultant to satisfy new state security requirements, as well as increased demand for security for counseling appointments and other sensitive appointments
Incorporated in 2001, the MHMR Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County and raises funds and fosters community support for the 60,000 people of MHMR, including babies, children, youth, and adults with developmental delays, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and behavioral health disorders. MHMR has created the Veterans Fund to assist veterans during the COVID-19 crisis, as it is receiving calls daily from veterans asking for employment help, housing assistance, help with bills, and for basic needs like food and utilities. Through the Veterans Fund, MHMR will help veterans in immediate need while it works to find more permanent assistance and create long-term care plans that connect veterans to community resources.
Amount requested: $500 – $50,000, but all amounts are appreciated
Opening Doors For Women In Need (ODWIN) is a focused reentry program for women and men who have been released from the prison system. ODWIN enhances self-esteem, builds confidence, empowers women, and helps them realize that when one door closes another one opens. ODWIN provides transitional housing, clothing, job readiness training, support groups, a computer lab, a food pantry and fresh vegetables from its Community Garden.
ODWIN clients in the transitional housing program have experienced a decrease in their work hours due to the pandemic. The reduction in income affects the ability to pay program fees which ODWIN uses to pay utilities at the transitional houses, upkeep, and contributes toward the expense for the sober living classes. The crisis has also prevented ODWIN from taking in new clients for the transitional housing at this time.
Amount requested: $500 – $15,000, but all amounts are appreciated
SafeHaven runs Tarrant County’s only emergency domestic violence shelters. They have a responsibility to stay open and keep victims safe during this Covid-19 crisis. They are currently operating at capacity with additional staffing required to operate the shelter. Non-essential staff have been re-assigned to work in the shelter or on the hotline during this time. Government grants do not pay for reassigned staff or allow medical leave, overtime, or hazard pay, all of which will be incurred during COVID-19. Personnel costs is the largest budgetary item that has increased. SafeHaven has increased costs for food, supplies, over the counter medicine, and utilities. They also need funding for technology to remotely offer both non-residential services for survivors and their offender program. With a decline in donations and restrictions on government grants, they will experience financial hardship in the next 90 days.
SafeHaven requests $10,000 – $50,000, but a gift of any size would help to provide:
- Two travel trailers at the Arlington shelter and two travel trailers at the Fort Worth shelter to serve as overflow and/or quarantine spaces for shelter families
- Salaries for non-essential staff that has been re-assigned to work in the shelter, staff working overtime and hazard pay
- Non-residential services online – case management, domestic violence high risk team case management, therapy, and offender services
Amount: $10,000 – $50,000
WestAid is a caring ministry in Southwest Tarrant County empowering families and increasing food security through support, engagement, and education. In order to meet the food security needs in the community, WestAid utilizes a 14-year old box truck, which is the perfect fit to load 6 food pallets. With the current truck, short, small, frequent trips had previously been manageable. However, since the COVID-19 crisis, the truck has made food bank runs twice weekly, and food orders continue to increase. A mechanic recently confirmed that the truck needs more than $4,000 in repairs to continue to operate. Without the use of a truck, WestAid would need to rent a vehicle, utilize multiple smaller trucks, or drastically reduce food inventory.
Funding will enable WestAid to purchase/lease, or partially secure a truck that would facilitate continuation of food distribution. A partial or matching amount would help provide leverage to secure additional needed funding.
Amount requested: $15,000 – $30,000
If you have any questions about funding a nonprofit project, please contact Vicki Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817.877.0702.