Weekly Volunteer Record Set
Trusted World sees a record Number of Volunteer hours, with five hundred volunteer hours in one week!
Here’s what “Trusted World first-timers” took away from the volunteer experience.
To give you a little perspective on how big of a deal this is, consider this: for September, Trusted World had one thousand volunteer hours, and five hundred of those volunteer hours came last week.
The Volunteer Experience
During this record-breaking week, Trusted World welcomed volunteers from several corporations, including McDonald’s, Motorola, Windsor Communities, and more. Wen’Zell Franklin, a McDonald’s employee, relates, “Helping people help people – I mean, this is a tremendous opportunity to give back right to our local communities.”
A McDonald’s employee, LC Graves, says, “It makes me feel great. I know that even though I may not ever meet the person who receives these items, I just know that a little part of me went along with them that smile, that respect that they deserve.”
Volunteers closely inspect donated clothing items multiple times to ensure only the best make it through. Maddie Dillon, a volunteer from Windsor Communities, says that helping with quality control makes her feel a part of something bigger than herself. She says, “Just knowing that I’m such a small part of getting to make a big impact on someone else’s life as well and that the quality that goes through all this and the checks and everything is so thoughtful, and there’s so much heart put into it.”
Trusted Worlds volunteers overwhelmingly report a positive experience, but it’s a little extra special for some. For volunteers like Richard Gibson from Windsor Communities, it’s a full-circle experience, giving him a chance to pay it forward. He says, “It fills my heart up with joy, honestly, because I was a kid, I needed a lot of things as well, too, so just growing up and understanding that everybody needs help.” The experience inspires many volunteers to keep making a difference.
Love and Justice
The nonprofit LoveJustice highlights Trusted World in one of its podcasts. A representative of the organization toured Trusted World’s headquarters and sat down for a chat with Founder and CEO Michael Garrett. Love Justice wanted to see how Trusted World provides millions of dollars of quality resources to its more than 800 North Texas partners- at no cost.
Love Justice is a virtual home for the social justice community, providing resources, tools, and networking capabilities to those working to counter injustices.
Here’s a shoutout from a Garland family receiving Trusted World clothing items after a Garland ISD Counselor learned a staff member’s family was going through tough times. She ordered clothing for the whole family. That counselor then shared a note from the family, saying, “We got the clothes delivered to school today, and the kids are having fun looking at their stuff. It feels like an early Christmas! Thank you so much! You and Garland ISD sure made this family feel special and cared for today.”
September Impact Numbers
Volunteers helped generate Trusted World resources in September, valuing nearly $194 thousand ($193,0890.83) last month, helping more than 2 thousand (2,077) of our neighbors.
The year-to-date numbers show Trusted World turned donations into quality resources, valuing more than $1.3 million, directly impacting the lives of more than 13 thousand (13,065) North Texans.
How you can help
If you’d like to help make a difference, visit TrustedWorld.org, click on volunteer experiences, and sign up. If you’d like to explore other ways to help, you can go to the same website, and under the ways to give link, click on needs to find the items the Network most 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.
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