City debuts COVID-19 resource and information hotline

The City of Dallas launched a COVID-19 resource and information hotline. The automated hotline offers information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 214-670-INFO (4636) and compiles City, County, State and Federal information in English and Spanish about the following:
  • Current COVID-19 Regulations & Testing Locations
  • Employment Assistance
  • Federal Relief Payment Information
  • Volunteer/Assistance Opportunities
  • Rental/Mortgage, and Eviction Assistance
  • Small Business Assistance
  • Social Services (food pantry, childcare assistance, senior assistance, unsheltered resident assistance and mental health resources)
  • Utility Payment Assistance

Residents may also visit dallascityhall.com/corona-virus for a comprehensive list of resources and up to date information about COVID-19.

Thanksgiving at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

On Saturday, November 16, we collaborated with the Giving Tree Ministries for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood. We served complete turkey dinners with all of the trimmings to the community.

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On Monday, November 25, we also celebrated Thanksgiving with the MLK Seniors and presented each senior with a turkey and sides to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

Special thanks to our sponsors, the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Empowering the Masses, Kenneth Robinson Construction, Miles of Freedom, Morningside Community Development Association, and Terris Perkins, Jr.

 

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2nd Annual Can We Talk Youth Conference

On Saturday, September 14, we hosted the 2nd Annual Can We Talk Youth Conference, which was a free event for high school students in grades 9-12.

Students participated in several workshops and breakout sessions including Understanding Your Rights, the Importance of Higher Education, and Adulting 101.

Special guests included Richard Miles, Miles of Freedom; Lynn Richardson, Dallas County Public Defender; Tristen Paige, Turning Paiges; Joseph Thomas, City of Dallas; Tammy Johnson, Empowering the Masses; Forrest Jackson, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity; Earlyshia Thomas, Choose You Foundation; and Torian Stencer, Founder of Yes Thrive.

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MLK Back to School Festival

The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop-shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. On Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can come to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) and receive free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, shoes, and more. There will also be vendors, a children’s play area, free food, and snow cones.

This event is open to all families with children in grades Pre-K to 12. Parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present to receive supplies. There are no zip code restrictions or income requirements to receive supplies.

When: Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75215. 

Who: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosts this annual event. This year’s sponsors include the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Carter’s House, Capital One, Reliant Energy, Turning Paiges, and Panda Cares. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please call 214-670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school.

2019 Juneteenth Celebration

On Wednesday, June 19, we commemorated Juneteenth with a free community festival where guests enjoyed local vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Sponsors included Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, and #BeGolden.

There was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the grand opening of the new MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, which will give citizens free access to fresh, healthy foods and dry goods twice per week. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are no zip code requirements or income restrictions.

For more information about the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, click here or contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.

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#BeGolden Golden Tables Remind Residents of The Golden Rule at Dallas Community Centers

 

(DALLAS / FORT WORTH) To honor this year’s Juneteenth Celebration of freedom, #BeGolden is bringing the values of respect, empathy and compassion into focus by contributing 16 Golden Tables to Dallas area community centers, including MLK Community Center where the celebration will take place.

Golden Tables are painted gold and feature a plaque that says “May we always be welcoming and gather around the table in the spirit of The Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

#BeGolden is helping Dallas to build a more welcoming community, and these Golden Tables are a lasting way we can remind everyone that we are all neighbors and it’s up to us to make each other feel welcome. #BeGolden is based on The Golden Rule, a principle that rings true for every culture and every faith. #BeGolden began as an initiative of Bishop Edward Burns and the Diocese of Dallas and is supported by the Mayor’s office, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. In particular, the City of Dallas’ Welcoming Communities office is a big advocate of #BeGolden, as it works so well with their mission to bridge the space between newcomers and existing Dallas residents, to find common ground, to foster informed understanding and to promote shared leadership.​​​​​

Since it was launched in April, 2018, #BeGolden has been a part of conversations in many organizations across Dallas and has spread to Louisville, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas.

#BeGolden exists to build a more welcoming community in the Dallas area and beyond. #BeGolden aims to educate, inspire and generate action helping to create a world where we treat immigrants and all people the way we’d like to be treated, and encourage others to do the same. #BeGolden is supported by City of Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Edward Burns, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. begoldenjourney.com, and #BEGOLDEN JOURNEY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 Please also include WCIA on social media #DallasWCIA, @Dallas_WCIA Twitter, @DallasWCIA Facebook.

Media Release #BeGolden Golden Tables

MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center

On June 19, the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center will open to the public to increase access to fresh food for the South Dallas community. Sponsored by Leadership Dallas, the distribution center will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to the surrounding community.

Statistics

  • In Dallas County, 18.2 percent of the population is considered food insecure.
  • Nearly 700,000 Dallas County residents, including over 245,000 children, live in lower-income communities that lack access to healthy, aff­ordable foods. 
  • The uneven distribution of supermarkets and healthy food resources is a serious problem in Greater Dallas. 
  • Currently, the Fair Park/South Dallas neighborhood has limited access to fresh food, and families often have to choose between paying for food or paying for other basic living expenses such rent, utilities and medical care.

Grand Opening

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the distribution center on Wednesday, June 19, at 2:00 p.m. during the Juneteenth Celebration.

Schedule

The distribution center will be open each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Community Partners

Our community partners include Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, Trusted World, Architects Interiors Landscape Planning, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, JE Dunn Construction, and Turner 100.

For more information about the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center, please contact 214-670-8418.

Beat the Heat

Reliant and the City of Dallas kicked off summer Beat the Heat centers on June 6 with a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Special guests included Andrea Russell, Vice President and General Manager of Reliant; Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services; and Pamela Jones, Division Manager at the MLK, Jr. Community Center.

Reliant’s Beat the Heat centers keep Dallas residents cool as temperatures and electricity usage begin to rise. The centers are designed to provide residents with a safe and comfortable environment and to help reduce home electricity use during the hottest days of summer.

Beat the Heat centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center (2828 Fish Trap Rd.).

For more information about Beat the Heat cooling centers, please contact 214-670-8418.

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