In my professional career, I have never really been a specialist, but I do consider myself good at a variety of things. And so it is in my personal hobbies, I have various things I truly enjoy, but no one thing I have perfected. I dabble in writing this blog, photography, painting rocks, volunteering, and all these things I do give me joy, fulfillment, and serenity in my life and help me be the best version of me. I love finding inspiration in every day life!
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ Pablo Picasso
But one thing I have found that I both enjoy and am fairly good at is strategy development and plan execution. And so it is that I joined the board of a local non-profit last year, to help them succeed in fulfilling their mission, while helping to develop a strategic plan and stay focused on plan execution. This is the gift I have developed that I am able to give away. #lovewhatyoudo
More than a Food Pantry
The Good Samaritans of Garland, Inc., is a food pantry that serves the local food insecure move towards independence by developing relationships and networking with other organizations in the community. But it is more than just a food pantry to the clients that we serve. The staff and volunteers truly believe in the mission by demonstrating compassion on a daily basis. We operate out of a little house with landscaping and a big porch, so it feels like the clients are visiting a friend or family member, rather than a food pantry.
We have picnic tables in the front yard for people to sit and visit or rest for awhile in the shade of large oak trees, and we frequently have cook-outs to serve our clients and our volunteers.
Mission: Good Samaritans of Garland compassionately provides food assistance to help families and individuals who are in need move toward self-sufficiency.
- We operate with a low overhead, with 90 cents out of every $1 donated being used to provide needed services.
- We serve 550+ families monthly
- We distribute 600+ bags of food for the homeless
In the wake of recent natural disasters of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, where people have to choose where to donate their money, local non-profits are often overlooked but are often some of the first on-scene to assist. I know this first-hand from my own personal experience. On December 26, 2015, Garland, TX, was struck by an EF-4 tornado and Good Samaritans immediately jumped into action to serve. 100% of the funds and donations collected went to assist 86 families – 698 individuals – with food, housing, and direct assistance. And with Hurricane Harvey displacing so many people, the DFW and Garland areas is currently serving more people in need.
Our Needs and Goals
The predominant challenges we face include being limited by space in the number of people we can serve, donations we can house, and volunteers we can use. Relying on costly storage facilities limits funds available for other programs and services. Our building is in need of repair, expansion, and improved operational efficiencies. Our goal for the past several years has been to expand our operations to include a larger warehouse with walk-in refrigeration. We dream of having a client-choice operation where we can plan nutritious menus, offer nutrition education, and clients can “shop” to meet their needs.
Vision: We envision a community where everyone has access to sufficient and nutritious food.
Why I Give
North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving extravaganza that is the largest single day in the country. The goal is to build awareness and support for nonprofits in the North Texas area. This year donations can be scheduled up to a week in advance – September 7th- 14th.
We have had an anonymous donor challenge us to raise $10,000 on North Texas Giving Day, and they will match us up to that amount. Every dollar raised counts! So please help us meet our goal by visiting and giving at www.northtexasgivingday.org and looking for Good Samaritans of Garland, Inc. (GSOG). While I do also donate to larger organizations that are out there serving in those areas affected by disasters, I choose to donate my time, energy, talents, and money to make a difference in my local community. I hope you choose to become a Good Samaritan as well and donate, to help us help others. After all, we are all just people helping people. #GoodSamIAm
Thank you for any support you can give!