10 posts categorized "Nonprofits"


BNSF gives United Way a big push

Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe raised nearly $2.5 million this year for United Way of Tarrant County's 2013-14 campaign, the most from a single employer in five years, United Way said Monday. "With this achievement, BNSF singlehandedly has raised 11.7 percent of the $21 million United Way campaign goal," United Way said of the $2.455 million.  It said more than 1,000 individuals gave $1,000 or more, a golf tournament fundraiser rounded up more than $70,000 and a 5k run raised more than $6,000. 

-- Jim Fuquay


Goodwill Industries to open Granbury location

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth will open a new 12,000-square-foot store, donation center and free career center at 1427 South Morgan Street (Hwy 144) in Granbury’s Port Brazos Center.

The store, which opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 10, is the 20th location in the greater Fort Worth area.

The public is invited to an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.

"Every retail store that Goodwill is able to open means more revenue to support our job training and placement programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment," said David Cox, president and CEO.

Goodwill said it is expanding to reach as many residents in Weatherford, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth and surrounding areas as possible.

The career center inside the Granbury location will provide Hood County residents with free access to job-search experts, computers, Internet and telephones. The career center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Granbury location will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Goodwill is a non-profit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities.

_ Sandra Baker


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas sees Tarrant partners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is seeking Tarrant-area partners for the insurer’s campaign aimed at reducing the number of residents without health insurance, a program it calls Be Covered Texas.
The effort provides educational materials to community groups, service agencies and churches for distribution to people who might benefit from the new health insurance exchanges and subsidies mandated by the U.S. Affordable Care Act. Texas’ exchange, which will be operated by the federal government, is scheduled to go into operation Oct. 1 and policies sold through the exchange go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The educational materials do not carry the BlueCross Blue Shield brand, the Richardson-based company says. Currently the insurer has 28 partners around the state, but only the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas has Tarrant ties. Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Bert Marshall said he expects to eventually have hundreds of partners and wants more in Tarrant County. “The focus is a grassroots educational program that serves the uninsured population,” Marshall said.

-- Jim Fuquay


Trinity Habitat for Humanity buys property on FW's west side to relocate

FORT WORTH — Trinity Habitat for Humanity has bought a building off West Loop 820 and 4.6 acres of land where it plans to consolidate its Fort Worth operations early next year.

The nonprofit recently bought an 11,390-square-foot building at 2801 West Loop 820 that sits on about 2 acres and an adjacent 2.65-acres, said Gage YagerÖ , executive director. The acquisition comes as part of the organization’s $3.4 million capital campaign that began about two years ago, he said.

Following some renovations, the building will become Trinity’s new offices and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse/barn will be added to allow the group to consolidate from a 5,300-square-foot office at 3345 S. Jones St., and an 8,000-square-foot warehouse about a half-block away, Yager said.

"We’ve been here a long time and we are out of space," Yager said. "It’s a very different and better setting," he said of the new site.

The building and 2-acres was sold by Ten Trec, Ltd., which operated a computer company there since 1997. The remaining land was sold by Service King.

Gary Vasseur with Coldwell Banker Commercial Searcy Vasseur Group negotiated the transaction.

Yager said the organization, which builds and rehabs homes in Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise Counties, hopes to move into the new building in late spring. It also plans to build a model Habitat for Humanity home on the site.

The group has raised $1.8 million of the campaign,Yager said. Some of that money was used to buy a building on Mayfield Road in Arlington where Trinity Habitat operates a ReStore store.

_ Sandra Baker


Tarrant Area Food Bank names four new directors

Tarrant Area Food Bank said Monday it's named four new members for its 2011-2012 volunteer board: Noah Bass, vice-president of sales, Best Maid Products, Fort Worth; Catherine Carlton, community and media relations, First Choice Power, Irving; Gene Ratliff, managing partner, O.B. Macaroni Co., Fort Worth; and Charles Weiss, branch manager, Blue Bell Creamery, Fort Worth.

The Food Bank says 6,500 volunteers contributed 70,000 hours of service last year.

- Scott Nishimura


Local charities win with North Texas Super Bowl's projected surplus

The North Texas Super Bowl Committee projects a $7.15 million surplus and agreed to set $2 milliion in reserve against a bid for another Super Bowl and give the rest to four charities.

The charities: Arlington's YET Center, North Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and Slant 45.

The Super Bowl Committee says the money could come as early as December, but most likely next year.

- Scott Nishimura


Lighthouse for the Blind Fort Worth ramps up community outreach

Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is boosting its community profile.

Young Lighthouse Legacy, an auxiiliary of the nonprofit Lighthouse, is holding an inaugural golf tournament and wine tasting. The Shot in the Dark Night Golf Tournament and Wine Tasting will be Oct. 21 at Mira Vista Country Club.

Dinner will be 6:30 p.m., followed by putting and driving contests. A nine-hole, best-ball scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person. The tournament has space for 120 players and currently is up to 90, said Nancy Fisher, community development director for Lighthouse for the Blind.

The wine-tasting-only tickets are $75, and it runs concurrent to the golf tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available, beginning at $600 bronze and as high as $5,000 for platinium.

Major sponsors for the event are TPG Capital, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, Future Foam and Cash America.

Fisher said Young Lighthouse wants to net $5,000-$10,000 with the fundraiser, with proceeds going to Lighthouse for the Blind rehab programs.

"The principal goal is to bring awareness to the Lighthouse," Fisher said. "We have never been out in the community doing special events or fundraising. This just seems to be in synch with our mission."

Young Lighthouse Legacy was formed from a project that originated among members of the Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2011. The group targets young adult volunteers.

"If I can get 35-year-old people excited about the Lighthouse, we have strong opportunities to be in front of them as potential donors and sponsors," Fisher said.

The Lighthouse, which is on track to gross $22 million in revenue this year, almost entirely from selling products and packaging services, is trying to broaden its funding base. It wants to raise $300,000-$500,000 per year through special events and donations, going from "non-existent," Fisher said.

One of the Lighthouse’s major contracts – energy-absorbing pads for the Defense Department – expanded in August to a third shift, Friday-Sunday, 12 hours each day. The Lighthouse hired 16 people for that shift.

For tournament sponsorship opportunities and player information, contact Theresa Berend at tberend@hfblaw.com or Fisher at nfisher@lighthousefw.org.

Lighthouse for the Blind also is sponsoring its third annual Tarrant County White Cane Day Walk, beginning 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Lighthouse, 912 W. Broadway. Buses will travel from the Lighthouse to Burnett Park downtown, where the walk will begin. The walk is open to the public. Contact Fisher for more information.

- Scott Nishimura


Mouser Electronics, Gaylord Texan, others, put jobs on display at Chamber's Job Links

Mouser Electronics has been hiring a lot lately. The Mansfield company, owned by Berkshire Hathaway unit TTI, has 980 employees in Mansfield and hired 300 there last year.

The company has 60 openings currently, including 47 in Mansfield. The openings are in distribution, call center, IT, finance and accounting, and marketing, Paula Holcomb, Mouser vice president of human resources, told members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce's Job Links Excelerator, a private monthly meetup of employers who have open jobs and organizations like universities and nonprofits that have candidate pools.

"We literally have positions across the board," Holcomb told the Job Links crowd, which met today at the Dee Kelly Alumni Center at TCU. To apply: www.mouser.com/careers

Other openings on display at at Wednesday's meeting:

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine. Hiring for 300 seasonal and 200 other positions. The Gaylord last month began hiring for its big annual Ice holiday show. Openings include everything from Ice characters - Shrek is available - to accounting, human resources, and cooks. To apply: Gaylord's careers page.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Corp., Fort Worth. Wants to bring 26 financial advisers and a large number of interns on. Bachelor's degree required. To apply: deanna.stuart@nmfn.com

Edward Jones Investments. Bringing on more than 15 financial advisers in the Fort Worth area, and "several more" in the surrounding areas. Paid training for industry-required licenses. No degree required, "but preferred." To apply: Jake Richter, 817-870-1528

Pappagallo, fulltime assistant manager, Hulen Mall. To apply: Lisa Dickinson, sundance@pappagallo-classiques.com

ImageNet Consulting, two consultants. To apply: Craig Hill, chill@imagenetos.com

Whitley Penn, certified payroll processor. Associates degree required. To apply: send resume to opportunities@wpcpa.com

Larry Dennis Co., furniture wholesaler, Fort Worth. Sales and marketing position. How to apply: Larry Dennis, ldctx@att.net

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, unpaid interns in development, design, human resources, accounting, membership, science, and history. To apply: fwmuseum.org

LKCM Radio Group, Fort Worth, account executive. To apply: Gina Dobbs, 817-332-0959

Imagetek Office Systems, Fort Worth. Two sales directors. Bachelors required. To apply: Chris Golla, cgolla@imagetekos.com

SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Cook, parttime client advocate, parttime bilingual client advocate, crisis interventionist, parttime sales associate, bilingual children case manager. To apply: SafeHaventc.org

Firestone Complete Auto Care, Roanoke. Fort Worth district manager. Salary $40,000-$100,000. To apply: firestonecompleteautocare.com

State Farm Insurance, Fort Worth. Agents. Paid training. To apply: Sarah Peck, 972-983-8475 or sarah.peck.luoj@statefarm.com

Barney Holland Oil Co., Fort Worth. Executive assistant, $35,000 salary. To apply: send resume to Fina Cardwell, fcardwell@fuelmandfw.com. Real estate experience and bilingual "a plus." Must have expert Microsoft Office skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills, "be able to think outside of the box."

Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, Dallas. Hiring recruiters. To apply: www.triumphgroup.com/careers/overview

Tom Thumb, Grapevine. Meat cutter, cake decorator, food service. To apply: www.careersatsafeway.com and click on retail.

Robert Half International-OfficeTeam, administrative, human resource, executive assistants. To apply: OfficeTeam.

Pearl Hospitality, Fort Worth. Hiring several human development strategists. To apply, Camille Zihlman, camille@pearlhospitality.com

- Scott Nishimura 


Arlington Life Shelter links with Groupon for pledge campaign this week

The Arlington Life Shelter is being featured by Groupon’s philanthropic arm, G-Team, with a campaign running today through Thursday.

The campaign urges Groupon subscribers to donate $10 to the shelter, for the purchase of fresh milk for residents. To donate, click here.

The Arlington Life Shelter supports homeless families and individuals with services including employment and educational aid, health care, nutrition, and transitional housing.

“In order to avoid holding a load of donated milk that spoils, Arlington Life Shelter hopes to establish a milk budget to buy milk on an as-needed basis,” the shelter said. “With this fund, it can gradually acquire milk during the course of 10 weeks without ever storing up more than it can use,”

The campaign is free to the shelter, which receives all proceeds from pledges, Liesl Gray, spokeswoman for the shelter, said.

- Scott Nishimura


Byron Nelson tournament raises $5.15 million for local family charity

The Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas, host of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, reports the 2011 Championship raised $5.15 million for local children and families, “bringing the total raised since the event’s inception to more than $121 million.”

Funds generated by the golf tournament benefit the Salesmanship Club’s Youth and Family Centers, a nonprofit that provides education and mental health services for at-risk children and their families. More than 8,000 people received services through the centers in 2010, the club said.

- Scott Nishimura


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