Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Community Service Committee 2013 Report


The Community Service Committee had a very good year in 2013.  The following report summarizes our projects and accomplishments over the year.


Committee Members:  Michael Heinlen, Sue Spalding, Trish Houck, Bill Maxwell, Daleen Maxwell (chair), Sara Miskimins, John Norfleet, Mike and Chris Rambo, Susan Thrower, Jennifer Wichmann.


 Adopt-A-Shoreline (Chris and Mike Rambo)

The Shoreline Clean-up has approximately 7 people per month totaling 84/year participation. Some of the participants are families with children-it being one of the volunteer activities in which children can participate.


Blood Drive (Sara Miskimins)

There were 2 blood drives in 2013 with donations going to Carter BloodCare.  57 pints collected - potentially saving 171 lives in North Texas!!



o   Whole Blood - 30 participants, 1 deferral and 29 pints were collected

o   Double Reds - 1 participant, 0 deferrals and 2 pints were collected

o   TOTAL - 31 participants, 1 deferral and 31 pints were collected

o   The 31 pints collected may help to save up to 93 lives!


o   Whole Blood - 28 participants, 4 deferrals and 24 pints were collected

o   Double Reds - 1 participant, 0 deferrals and 2 pints were collected

o   TOTAL - 29 participants, 4 deferrals and 26 pints were collected

o   The 26 pints collected may save up to 78 lives!


Eyeglasses, Cell Phones, and Ink Cartridges

We continued to provide a place for people to recycle their used eyeglasses to the Lion’s Club and the recycling of old cell phones and ink cartridges.


DME Exchange

Durable Medical Equipment Exchange will be under the CSC umbrella in 2014 with plans to promote the recycling of medical equipment to the DME Exchange for donation to Dallas County residents.


Hearts and Hammers (Bill Maxwell)

We partnered with Horizon Unitarian to do exterior repairs and paint the home of 75 year old Bessie Hobbs in south Oak Cliff.  We provided 26 volunteers for 2 Saturdays in September for the project. This was our 23rd Hearts and Hammers home.


North Texas Food Bank (Susan Thrower)

We are proud to have been a regular presence at the food bank in 2013, working 21 shifts throughout the year with 233 volunteers (many of them repeat workers).  The food bank provides access to 175,000 nutritious meals a day but estimates the need at 300,000.  First Church’s 1st Sunday Collection for the NTFB was nearly $6000.


North Dallas Shared Ministries (Trish Houck)

First Church members played an essential part in the work of North Dallas Shared Ministries during 2013.  For many years First Church members have played a significant role in the running of NDSM's health clinic where uninsured individuals can receive an eye exam and eyeglasses, dental care, mammograms, Pap smears, flu shots and many other services all free of charge and this year saw no dip in this huge effort.  Our members helped in the food pantry stocking shelves and distributing food and in the main office working with individuals to determine eligibility for financial assistance.  Our youth once again helped gather and sort warm clothing for NDSM's clothing bank. For the fourth year thirteen of our members volunteered more than 1400 hours teaching English to over 120 adults living in the Bachman Lake area.  Yoga classes, a children's program for preschool-aged children whose parents are ESL students, and nutrition, exercise and diabetes prevention classes were also offered as a result of First Church efforts.


Holiday Gift Drive (Jennifer Wichmann)

We completed the eleventh year of our annual gift drive partnering with the state agency that cares for aging and disabled adults (DADS) to provide gifts at Christmas time. Over 120 individual were adopted and received brightly beautifully decorated gifts.


Shoe Drive

We held 2 shoes drives this year benefiting the Shoe Bank, in the spring and fall.  We were unable to locate the collection numbers on the spring drive.  The fall drive ran concurrently with the Coat Drive in partnership with Temple Emanu-El, and the NDSM Clothing Drive. No shoes were collected.  We believe that the Shoe Drive may have gotten lost with the other drives.  We will schedule 2 drives again in 2014.


Coat Drive (Daleen Maxwell) 

As part of the church’s interfaith service project, we partnered with Temple Emanu-El for an October Coat Drive.  Three very large boxes of coats were delivered to Temple Emanu-El for distribution to Dallas Police storefronts and to the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. This was a one-time project.

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