Professional Athletes & Corporate Volunteers
Trusted World sees all kinds of volunteers throughout the year, but this week, Allen Americans Hockey team members volunteered at Trusted World, saying it’s their way of giving back to fans and thanking them for their support.
After an hour of sorting clothes, ensuring there are no rips, stains, tears, missing buttons, or broken zippers, they say they understand Trusted World’s mission of providing quality resources to address situational poverty.
Chase Perry explains, “You want to make sure they get the best clothing that we have available for them, so we try to sort those out for them and give them some nice stuff they can wear.” Perry and his professional teammates, most of whom are not from North Texas, say the Trusted World experience made them feel a part of their adoptive home and plan to return.
The Credit Union of Texas returned to Trusted World in force. Nearly 50 employees volunteered, demonstrating their commitment to the community. “This is his first time volunteering.” Lydia Rodrigues, a credit union employee, brought her son so he could learn the importance of helping others, saying, “The biggest thing for me was that I wanted to have a place where I could bring him and kinda teach him what it means to put something back into the world. It’s just really important for him to have these life lessons and values.”
Trusted World’s commitment to quality, Rodrigues says, resonates with her. “We’ve even been in a situation before where we got hand-me-downs from family members, and some of the stuff we’ve gotten before has been really kinda gross. …When you’re in a situation where you need something like this, you don’t wanna have stuff that’s worn out.” She says the whole experience is uplifting and rewarding. Rodriguez says, “Putting something back out into the community and with my CUTX family, but also something I can relate to. Just a beautiful feeling.”
New TW Board Member Makes Headlines
Trusted World’s newest board member is making headlines; People Newspapers names Lauren Sands one of their 20 honorees Under 40. Sands is passionate about advocating for foster children in the courtroom and efficiently and effectively helping those in need through the Trusted World’s replicable platform. The newspaper celebrates the accomplishments of the young professionals in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow neighborhoods.
We’ll hear more from Lauren Sands when she sits down for a TWN News interview next week.
2nd Annual Trusted World Awards Breakfast
The Countdown is on for the second annual Trusted World Awards breakfast in Garland, presented by Atmos Energy. It celebrates network partners making a real and significant difference in North Texas. We’re highlighting one award winner each week until the event on May 4th.
This year’s Excellence in Community Service Award goes to Anderson Elementary School in Allen. It’s one of the smallest schools in the Allen ISD, but recently provided one of the largest food donations.
These ‘elementary school’-aged kids and their families donated more than two thousand specifically requested food items. Trusted World Staff members say their collective attention to detail is remarkable, especially when considering it was the most significant food donation from a single entity received to date.
Anderson Elementary’s School Counselor says the children understand the importance of helping others and are enthusiastic about doing it. “There’s some competitiveness, but there’s also a big act of giving at our school,” says Jamie Bramlett.
Make a Difference
If you’d like to help make a difference, you can go to TrustedWorld.org and click on volunteer experiences and sign up. If you’d like to help make a difference another way, you can go to the same website, and under the ways to give link, you can click on Needs to find food and clothing items the Network needs.
For clothing donations, one of our key sponsors, the Credit Union of Texas, has donation dropoff bins in every one of their North Texas branches. Next to the bin is a banner with a QR code if you want to donate money.
You’ll find a complete list of dropoff bin locations on the Trusted World website.
That’s a look at some of the headlines from around the Trusted World Network, where you can join us in helping people help people.