Melody of Hope – The Power of Music

CMYK_primary_colorMusic is a powerful thing. Music can bring hope where there was none before, soothe broken hearts and restore. Music stimulates the mind, nurtures the soul, brings people together, and fuels creativity.  And creative minds change the world.

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Awareness concert for Hunters Autism Specials.

Melody of Hope (MOH) is a start-up non-profit located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  We exist simply because we believe music can bring hope to the world. MOH partners with various local nonprofit organizations to raise funds while also becoming a voice and advocate for each charity’s cause.  Our priorities and project funding is based on the needs of the community that provides necessities such as support to low income families, educational opportunities, spiritual and mental counseling, economic development, health care, job training, support for wounded warriors,  resources to help end sex trafficking, autism awareness, and much more.  Together we realize that we can target multiple issues that plague our local communities, contribute to the sustainable growth of our city, and further serve tomorrow’s generation. We accomplish this through the power of music. Continue reading

Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps – meeting the needs of women one step away from crisis

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Flo Campbell, DCWJC Site Coordinator, addressing the graduates of the Job and Life Skills Program.

To use a phrase from a popular credit card commercial, North Texas Giving Day for Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps is simply “PRICELESS!”

DCWJC is located in Far East Dallas and for over 18 years, we have been a beacon of light and hope to meet the needs of women who are one step out of crisis. We define crisis as women who are exiting incarceration, residing in transitional housing for drug addiction, recently widowed, and/or in need of enhanced skills to re-enter the job market. Continue reading

Adaptive Training Foundation – Empowering the human athlete no matter what

Adaptive-Training-Foundation-LogoWhen you wake up in the hospital missing both legs and an arm at nineteen years old, what could possibly be next?

For veterans like Army Spc. Kevin Trimble and others with traumatic injuries like amputations, the next step after basic functional rehabilitation is often unclear. After leading physically active lives surrounded by a loyal team, a new isolated reality can lead to addiction, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

DALLAS, TX - JUNE17: Members of the Adaptive Training Foundation, led by Dave Vobora, a former NFL player, pose for a photograph following their workout at the Oakfit Gym in Dallas, TX, on Friday, June 17, 2016. Generally two thirds of the members of ATF are disabled war veterans. On top of the physical benefit, the participants expressed their appreciation for the sense of community and support that working in the gym offers and the confidence that comes with it.
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That’s where the Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF) steps in, filling the void post rehabilitation with free-of-charge specialized training. Each person sets goals–which can range from being able to move their own wheelchair up a ramp to competing in the Paralympics. But more than that, ATF founder and former NFL linebacker David Vobora’s team creates an atmosphere of camaraderie, hard work, and challenge. Continue reading

Prestonwood Pregnancy Center – The Power of an Ultrasound

PPC_stacked_CMYK_rgb_600_451 (1)When a young woman discovers she’s pregnant, the idea of a baby can be only that: an idea. Her stomach hasn’t started to grow, she hasn’t felt her baby’s first kicks, and the only real proof of the life growing inside her is the result of a home pregnancy test. For most of the women served by Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, a confirmation of pregnancy doesn’t feel like a new life; it feels like a problem that needs to be solved.

It’s only when that mother-to-be has her first ultrasound at our center, that she realizes the image on the screen is a real person. She sees and hears her baby, a life she helped create. She sees her child’s features and hears the heartbeat. Her baby is no longer simply an idea or a problem—it’s a life growing inside her! Continue reading

Hope Rising – Putting the FUN in Fundraising

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The Cast of the 2014 The Vagina Monologues, benefiting The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center

Hope Rising is thrilled to participate in North Texas Giving Day 2016.  Our organization’s primary focus is to monetarily support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence thru creative fundraising.  That’s a very fancy way of saying we create artistic projects to raise money for organizations such as The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center, Hope’s Door Domestic Violence Shelter, Ashleigh’s Patience Project, and Stronger Than Espresso (just to name a few).  Hope Rising has produced Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore, as well as a handful of other productions.  We have done flash mobs, sold beer, played dodge ball, participated in city parades and built a giant microphone.  Crazy, fun and professional projects that have risen close to $40,000 for organizations in our short three years of existence. Continue reading

Carson Leslie Foundation – Carrying on Carson’s Legacy

carson-leslie-logoCarson Leslie poured out his heart in a journal during his 3 year battle with brain cancer. As he got weaker, he asked his English teacher to help him put his thoughts on paper and then negotiated that his journal be his passing grade for freshman English.

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Carson, signing his book deal 6 days before he took his last breath

Finally, when cancer was relentless, he asked that his journal be published “to give a voice to the teenagers and children who have cancer but are unable to express how such an illness affects their personal, social, physical and emotional life.  I want others to understand how to be a better friend to someone he/she knows.”  At lightning speed, six days before he died, Jan Miller of Dupree Miller, published Carry Me. Continue reading