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Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.

The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2020, $58.8 million was raised through 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 local nonprofits, bringing the eleven-year total to over $374 million for our community. North Texas Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

This year, the Public Werks team sat down together and selected six organizations that we wanted to support on North Texas Giving Day:

ScholarShot, Inc: ScholarShot helps at-risk students exit poverty with life-changing vocational, associate or undergraduate degrees. For every 10 at-risk students in Texas who get into college, 9 will drop out. ScholarShot has reversed this with a proven formula in which 9 out of 10 complete degrees. 86% of Dallas County students are at-risk. If we don't help these great kids get career-ready, then we've failed them, we've set them up and wasted our K-12 investment in them.

The First Tee of Greater Dallas: The mission of The First Tee of Greater Dallas is to impact the lives of young people from all backgrounds by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The nine core values focused on are: Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Perseverance, Judgment, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Responsibility, and Courtesy.

Union Gospel Mission Dallas: The purpose of the Union Gospel Mission Dallas is to provide God's hope to hungry, homeless, hurting and helpless people in Dallas. We partner with others to provide food, shelter, clothing, transportation, job readiness training, counseling, healthcare, temporary housing and affording housing to those in need. At Union Gospel Mission Dallas, we are transforming lives to end homelessness one person at a time.

Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo's mission is Engaging People & Saving Wildlife.

For 132 years, the Dallas Zoo has been a safe place for our community. A place to get fresh air and explore nature, see and learn about animals from all over the world, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. Now we are struggling, and need your financial support.

We have a long road to recovery after our 11 week closure this spring. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, your Dallas Zoo relies on daily admission, program ticket sales, member support, and donations to operate. Since reopening, attendance is down about 70% compared to last year. Regular summer attendance of 5,000-8,000 guests per day has fallen to fewer than 1,000 - far below even the limited capacity numbers in place to ensure your safety.

Bonton Farms: Bonton Farms is an entrepreneurial and agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in the most forgotten and neglected neighborhoods for the most marginalized and vulnerable people.

Vickery Trading Company: Vickery Trading Company helps refugee women in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas adjust to life in the U.S. by providing fair wage employment, training in English and computer skills, and assistance with placement in higher paying jobs at the end of a program lasting between 18 and 24 months. Vickery Trading Company is often the first job these women have had. The women can contribute to their family's income while learning valuable job and life skills in a nurturing environment. VTC has graduated two classes of women--several have found higher paying jobs, one is starting her own sewing business and one is pursuing higher education. We are so proud of them!

To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, click here.

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