Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) – Bettering the Lives of All Children

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Each family’s ethnic and cultural heritage is honored and respected.

Now more than ever, when we are overwhelmed by the anguish of racial tension, political strife and public violence, we hold fast to the knowledge that Montessori education – our work – shines a guiding light of peace that is changing the world. We look to Dr. Montessori’s words, “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.” Continue reading

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – Providing Lasting Musical Experiences

GDYO Logo Trans“When I was four, I dreamed of becoming a violin player for an orchestra in Dallas. Today because of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, my dream has come true.”

“I would like to express how much GDYO has enriched my life. I am hoping to help others have the same chance to experience the enrichment of music. Your donation would help GDYO extend further support to other youth musicians.”

–Sam, 8th grade violinist in GDYO’s Dallas String Ensemble

Sam joined the GDYO program as a member of the introductory string ensemble, Young Performers Orchestra, and over time, has successfully auditioned into the next level ensemble, the Dallas String Ensemble. He has been in the program three years. Continue reading

Retina Foundation of the Southwest

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It is hard to imagine what life would be like without sight. For most people, their reduced vision is correctable with a pair of glasses. However, there are some who suffer from vision loss for which there is no effective treatment or cure.

Retina Foundation PhotoThe Retina Foundation of the Southwest is one of only two independent nonprofit eye research institutes in the country. For more than three decades we have been unwavering in our mission to prevent and restore vision loss through innovative research and treatment. The Retina Foundation is a leader in research to develop treatments for macular degeneration, pediatric eye disorders, and inherited eye disorders, including retinitis pigmentosa. Continue reading

Serving and Educating Exceptional Deaf Students (SEEDS)

childDeaf students live in a silent world. Many do not have access to conversations from the environment that are so vital to learning (parents discussing their day, friends chatting about their plans, someone in a group sharing a funny story….). Serving & Educating Exceptional & Deaf Students (SEEDS), the private school in the DFW area for the Deaf, works with students and families to bridge that gap between the two worlds. We also provide job training for our young adults who need some assistance to make good employment choices that will support them in their goal to live productive lives. Continue reading

Alley’s House

IMG_0013“The words ‘Mommy, I love you!’ warm my heart. My children are my number one priority and I drive myself to accomplish my goals so that they will not have to face the same hardships that I encountered. Alley’s House made me realize that education is the key to success and with the help of counseling and a strong support system, I finally realized that one person can make a difference and that person is me.”- Alley’s House Participant, Patricia

Stories like Patricia’s show the impact Alley’s House has on teen mothers and their children through our comprehensive array of programs and wraparound services that focus on innovative learning, mental health and wellness, workforce readiness, and positive parenting. Continue reading

Mommies In Need

MC4Mommies In Need is participating in North Texas Giving Day for the first time this year. We provide in-home childcare to stay-at-home parents going through a health crisis.

North Texas Giving Day could not come at a better time for us. Mommies In Need has been operating since October of 2014 and we have provided over 1,700 hours of nanny help to our families. We were already committed to providing care for Jenny, who is going through chemo for Breast Cancer, when we heard about Cristal and knew we had to help.

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Cristal and her kids Sawyer (4) and Aleah Belle (7 weeks)

On July 19th, Cristal had a stroke.  She is a stay-at-home mommy to Sawyer (4) and Aleah (7 weeks) and is currently in an ICU after surgery to remove a blood clot in her brain.   Full recovery from this will take months and we are going to be providing her with a nanny so that she can focus her energy on getting better.

On North Texas Giving Day, please consider donating to Mommies In Need.  We are entirely run by volunteers and your money goes directly to providing nanny care for sick moms like Jenny and Cristal.

To donate to Mommies In Need on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.