Arlington Christmas Parade, Inc.
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s grant will support the Arlington Christmas Parade organization’s efforts to update and redesign the city’s annual holiday parade and surrounding activities through the purchase of upgraded lighting, decorations, and other public displays.
For more than a decade, the Green Oaks School has focused on serving the multifaceted needs of people aged five through adulthood living with intellectual disabilities. To expand their vocation, the school launched the Green Oaks Life Prep Academy. The academy is an extension of the group’s housing and education programs whereby a three-year intensive program is designed to educate young adults with intellectual disabilities in three distinct disciplines: culinary arts, horticulture, and technology. In addition to job training skills, students would be fully immersed in a supervised three-year residence experience designed to teach vital and valuable skills associated with independent living. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s grant provides the organization with the lead gift to help underwrite the development and construction costs associated with the new on-site dormitory.
The Housing Channel’s Building Dreams Project is designed to revitalize the East Arlington Promise Zone, which is characterized by the highest unemployment rates, lowest literacy rates, highest number of public benefit recipients, and the lowest household incomes in the county. Focusing on dangerous and substandard housing in the sector, as many as 26 new homes will be built over 18 months beginning in the fall of 2017. In partnership with Wall Homes, the Housing Channel project will offer homeownership for almost 80 people. The Foundation’s grant is directed at covering the work of a general contractor overseeing the timeline and construction costs and ensuring the project’s overall goals.
$100,000Open Arms Health Clinic
In 2011, a group of faith-based healthcare professionals began Open Arms Health Clinic with the mission to provide free, quality, compassionate healthcare to un- and under-served families and individuals in need. To expand their services and meet the needs of an expanding client base, the organization purchased a former health clinic which doubled the number of exam rooms, offered patient health and employee training classrooms, a job skills computer room, childcare space and an opportunity to add other wellness and preventive programs. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s gift provided the leading donation to the capital campaign.
$200,000University of Texas Foundation UTeach Arlington
Developed and delivered by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), this unique program is a partnership between the UTeach Arlington program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington to help recruit and support UTA math, science and computer science majors that are pursuing secondary teacher certification while serving Club youth in an after-school STEM programs.
The project’s goals are to further increase the number of secondary STEM teachers produced at UTA and to foster the STEM interests of Boys & Girls Club youth. Specifically, the program will be held at four Arlington Boys & Girls Club locations during the 2018-2019 academic year serving sixty students in grades third through eight at each site per session, with two sessions (fall and spring) at four sites for a total of four hundred eighty students. Additional benefits include supporting eight UTeach Arlington students per semester.
Community Enrichment Grants
As the largest and only client choice food bank in the area, Arlington Charities offers critical and essential food subsidies to vulnerable families. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant underwrote costs associated with the organization’s upgrade of hardware and software to advance the group’s technology for managing client services, inventory controls and expanded programming and access for client’s efforts to self-sufficiency.
The Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds, formerly known as the Arlington Heritage Cemeteries, is in the 600 block of W. Arkansas Lane and serves as a monument to the community’s rich and diverse legacy. The site initially included three separate, independent cemeteries. Today, the grounds are managed as one unified location capturing some of the area’s earliest recorded burials dated to the 1850s. The eastern portion was originally named the Mill Branch Cemetery and is the location of burials for the Eli Ford family and for Colonel Middleton Tate Johnson, a founding father of Tarrant County, and his family. Other sections of the cemetery include burial sites which provided the community’s earliest black residents – between the early 1900s to the 1950s– with the only local location available to them for the burial of their loved ones. Over time, the grounds have fallen in disrepair and the overall conditions have deteriorated. Headstones and fencing have been vandalized and, at the same time, markings and site design have not been routinely maintained. With management by the Arlington Historical Society, the Tarrant County commissioner’s court, a team of volunteers and historians, the project is designed to dramatically improve the grounds and celebrate the site’s rich history. Specific improvements provided through our grant includes repaired and cleaned headstones, site markings, upgraded and secure fencing, entry signs and a well-documented history of the site and its burial records. We are delighted that the underwriting from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation provides the project committee with the funding necessary to ensure that the founders and pioneers are properly respected and memorialized, and the remains of our earliest ancestors will be treated with appropriate dignity and veneration.
$50,000Arlington ISD Education Foundation
The AISD Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Department conduct an annual a Back to School Kickoff event benefitting students from low-income households. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant provides the first grant to help the organization plan and launch the 2018-19 school year program. Through our funding, the Back to School Kickoff provides students with basic school supplies appropriate to their grade level, a backpack to transport the supplies, immunizations as needed, haircuts, dental and vision screenings, and information for additional social and emotional support.
$20,000Arlington Kiwanis Foundation
Our grant provides funding for the organization’s “Bringing Up Grades…BUGS for Bikes.” Through this project, bikes provide incentives to students to bring up their grades or make the “A” Honor Roll. Those students meeting this goal eligible to enter a drawing for the following a new or refurbished bicycle and related supplies. This program is currently offered by the Arlington Kiwanis in four local elementary schools.
$10,000Arlington Urban Ministries
The Foundation’s gift targets the organization’s Thriving Families Program which assists clients with a portion of one month’s rent or utilities, as well as provide one to two days of meal assistance.
Clients facing a unique financial crisis may apply to the Thriving Families Program once annually and must be classified as at or below 30% of the median family income for Arlington residents.
$15,000Cancer Care Services
Our grant helps underwrite programs targeting local cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers.
Cancer Care Services provides a broad range of services, including access to life sustaining medical care, financial assistance, facilitation to critical health services, case management and assistance for health insurance premiums and prescription medication costs. This underwriting is expected to aid as many as 475 Arlington residents through staff encounters, supplies and case management and/or counseling.
$30,0002018 North Texas Giving Day grants and bonus funds through the Communities Foundation of Texas
The Communities Foundation of Texas created North Texas Giving Day in 2009 to increase giving to the region’s nonprofits by motivating people to donate to their charities of choice through an 18-hour online giving site. Since its inception, more than $119 million has been pumped into North Texas area non-profits and causes. In 2018 alone, more than $48 million was donated through the extravaganza. Not to be outdone, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation has leveraged the regional event to be sure that Arlington-based charities get their fair share of the event’s largess and benefit from the daylong focus on the power of philanthropy.
Now in our fifth year, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s Arlington Gives! events offer a free community concert and awarded $50,000 in Thriving Arlington grants to local non-profits. Thanks in part to our efforts, Arlington charities garnered more than $1.4 million by 6,349 donors. Recipients of our Thriving Arlington grants included: $5,000 grants each to Arlington Master Chorale, The Oakridge School, the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, Arlington Classics Academy and Arlington Life Shelter for the highest number of donors during allotted hours. Other grants included $5,000 to Arlington High School Alumni Association and the Friends of the Arlington Public Library for concert attendance. An additional $20,000 grants pool was dividing among the 39 small charities (with operating budgets of less than $250,000 annually); each group received a $512 donation. *The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation awarded a separate $10,000 grant to Grace Prep Academy as part of the People’s Choice Award where the school received the greatest number of votes from the concert audience.
$55,000Friends of the Molly Hollar Wildscape
The Friends of the Molly Hollar Wildscape was founded to promote ecosystem preservation and the benefits of native plants. The Friends of the Molly Hollar Wildscape host 3 4 events each year for local elementary schools. The program is titled “Walk on the Wildside” and is a 2-hour program in which the students rotate among different activities to help instruct them on biology, nature, biodiversity, insects, wildlife and plants. Our grant provided full funding for The Kiosk Replacement Plan involved replacing the 6 large kiosks and the 8 small kiosks. The large kiosks consist of permanent displays of information about the Wildscape, native plants, low water landscapes, and native wildlife and replaceable content kiosks which can be changed out with rotating displays and information.
$5,000International Corridor Vision
Arlington is the first location outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to host the tremendously popular International Folk-Art Market. Like the Santa Fe market, our International Folk-Art Festival celebrates the tradition and cultural diversity of our world through art, education, entertainment and cuisine. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant provided the organization’s volunteer team with funding for a robust and national marketing program to highlight the Festival and encourage attendance.
$40,000Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other needed items or services to elderly and disabled homebound residents of Arlington in response to several community needs: malnutrition, food insecurity, social isolation, poor mental and physical health. Our grant will help underwrite costs associated with providing fresh, nutritionally balanced meals to homebound elderly and disabled residents of Arlington.
Since 2004 and as a Grace Presbyterian Church ministry, NEW DAY has worked with school counselors throughout the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) to address the food needs of at risk children and youth including those who are homeless or near homeless. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation donation provides NEW DAY with a funding sources to provide weekend bags of easy to prepare foods for vulnerable families. During the 2016 2017 school year, the number of bags distributed grew from an average of 275 at the beginning of the year to 407 bags of food at end of school year. With the help of this grant, we expect NEW DAY to increase its service to youth attending 14 AISD elementary schools, and 17 junior and high schools.
$50,000SafeHaven of Tarrant County
The Foundation’s grant will help SafeHaven provide over 6,000 hours of individual counseling, play therapy, family therapy, and peer support groups for children and adults to approximately 900 women and children through the Arlington Emergency Shelter and Arlington Resource Center. With the help of our grant, all services are provided at no cost to SafeHaven clients by counselors trained internally in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). This evidence-based psychotherapy model combines trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral therapy to effectively address the needs of individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder or other behavioral problems related to traumatic life experiences.
We were delighted to offer our grant to help Theatre Arlington’s vision is to become the premiere choice for live performance and theater education in North Texas by supporting Theatre Arlington’s the 2018 portion of the theater’s 45th Anniversary Season.
$30,000The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command
Music has been a part of The Salvation Army’s ministry since its origins. The music program teaches people of all ages how to sing and play instruments for the blessing of others. Through our grant, we can provide funding for two integrated components:
1. the School of Performing Arts – The program’s goal is to serve 60 75 youth over a period of one year. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the school year and serves youth ages 6 16. The program consists of music instruction in brass band, guitar, percussion, piano, dance, and theater. Students have access to a variety of performing and visual art opportunities to expose children to multiple disciplines to help them discover new areas of interest.
2. Summer Music Conservatory – This program has the capacity to serve 200 students and is part of the summer camp program. During the Summer conservatory, and incorporates lessons in music theory, continued instrumental and performing arts instruction, and field trips to a variety of cultural performances to teach participants to think outside the box and discover their special talents. $50,000
Society of St. Vincent de Paul The goal of this program is to enable the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to be able to assist a greater number of people in need by offering a self-sustaining interest free loan program to those who are unable to get urgently needed assistance elsewhere and are able and willing to pay back the loan. Our $30,000 grant will allow us to help approximately twenty to thirty additional families in Arlington.
$30,000The Warm Place
The mission of The WARM Place is to provide year round grief support services to children ages 3 ½ to 18 and their families, as well as young adults ages 19 to 25, who have experienced the death of a mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, or other loved one. The primary goal of The WARM Place is to companion children and their surviving family members through the grieving process and help them overcome grief issues to reduce the likelihood of long term physical and mental health problems and to restore their joy of life. Funds from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will provide the Grief Support Program for one year to 10 families from Arlington. While the average length of enrollment in our program is nine months, some families stay up to two to three years.
COA City Department Grants
The Kindness Initiative — Arlington Mayor & Council
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation’s grant provides funding for signs used to promote and encourage the goals of Arlington’s Kindness Initiative, including:
(1) inject and instill kindness into Arlington culture, to establish environments of kindness by engaging schools, businesses, non-profits, police and fire department;
(2) establish environments of kindness by creating kindness zones (signage); and
(3) encourage, stimulate and recognize acts of kindness in Arlington. The signs communicate a message that kindness is a standard and to encourage courtesy in thought and deed.
A grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation provides financial support for the Arlington JCM Diversion program which offers after-school programs with AISD to address the problems of truant conduct, educational failure, and delinquent conduct to divert students from court. The goal of the program is to offer students a safe place after school, provide services to students that support and enhance the academic experience, decrease juvenile delinquent behavior, and improve school attendance through a restorative justice framework that integrates a social and emotional approach. The program currently operates programs out of two AISD high schools, one elementary school, and two junior high schools. Intentionally providing students supportive relationships, experiences, resources, and opportunities (educational and social) promotes social and emotional learning which contributes to improved attendance, improved behavior, and decreased absences.
$8,690COA Parks & Recreation
The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has been named the winner of the National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal. This recognition is due in part to the high degree of safety that has been established throughout the park system. A key factor in that sense of safety is the level of computer-controlled remote access the department has established for lighting, locking and park access systems. The Skylogix system which was originally implemented in 2004 is currently operational at 105 sites throughout the park system. This request will allow for twelve sites to be added serving approximately 430,000 visitors per year. The Foundation grant provides full funding for this program improvement.
$58,600Arlington Parks & Recreation
The centralized irrigation system which was originally implemented in 1998 is currently operational at 107 of 355 locations throughout the city. Through the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant, an additional eight controllers will be converted to impact over 250,000 visitors per year at city police stations, libraries and the Animal Services facility. The eight sites will be determined based on the volume of water consumption, potential customer impact, and geographic proximity of the controller. Anticipated results of these conversions include increased water conservation utilizing flow monitoring and weather observation technology, reduced labor to operate controllers, and increased customer service through reliable and consistent irrigation operation.