2021 MLK Winter Warm-Up

On Saturday, December 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Winter Warm-Up event, a community-based effort to provide new coats, hats, and gloves to 800 children in need.

Registered guests participated in the drive through to receive a free winter coat, a food box with fresh produce and dry goods, STEAM kits from the Dallas Public Library (MLK Branch), gloves from KIPP, laundry detergent and hand sanitizer from In the City For Good, and teddy bears and toys from White Rock United Methodist at Owenwood, in collaboration with Kelly Drake, MLK Advisory Board member. COVID Vaccinations were also available on-site, provided by Abundant Life AME Church and Foremost Family Health Center.

Additional sponsors included Carter’s House, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Empowering the Masses, Enterprise Foundation, LIRA Group, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Oncor, Peter & Dena Silberman, Terris Perkins, Jr., Hope.Encourage.Love.Protect. (HELP), Foremost Family Health Center, The Richards Group, Heroines of Jericho, Miles of Freedom, Star Medical Specialties, KIPP, Transportation Unlimited, In the City for Good, Bridgford Foods, Texas State Federation of Garden Clubs, Turner 12, Geico, Rose Wright, Doris Edmon, Crystal Tyler, Emma Rodgers, ABZ Solutions, Bimbo, and Dairy Farmers of America.

Special thanks to our volunteers who contributed their time and labor to make this event a success. We could not do it without you!

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Oasis Focus, Inc. and North Texas Food Bank host Mobile Food Giveaway at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

On Wednesday, December 8, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center partnered with Oasis Focus, Inc. and the North Texas Food Bank to host a mobile food pantry for residents in the South Dallas area.

It was a drive though event serving 250 families with free produce and dry goods from the North Texas Food Bank, hygiene and cleaning supplies donated by Sir Kendricks Smile for Autism, and other donated items from Oasis Focus, Inc. and The Concilio

To learn more about Oasis Focus, Inc. please visit their website at https://www.oasisfocus.org


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The MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center Reopens at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

On Tuesday, December 7, the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center reopened at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center after closing due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The new distribution hours will be every Tuesday starting at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or while supplies last. There are no income or zip code restrictions to receive goods.

Food distribution will also take place every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Park South YMCA, located at 2500 Romine Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215. 

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Cinthia Mendoza at Cinthia@milesoffreedom.org.

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2021 MLK Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

On Saturday, November 20, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway to provide complete Thanksgiving meals to families in need. 

Over 500 guests participated in a drive-through event to receive bags filled with stuffing mix, vegetables, bread, desserts, and more, along with a turkey or whole chicken, and a ham for a complete holiday meal.

This year’s sponsors included LIRA Group, Dallas Fire Department, Transportation Unlimited, Terris Perkins, Jr., Abundant Life AME, Bimbo, Boss Fight Entertainment, Empowering the Masses, Foremost Family Health Center, Oak Street Health, Miles of Freedom, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Original Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Brian Eberstein, Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Giving Tree Ministries, First Choice Social Services, Ellen’s Kitchen, Hope Encourage Love Protect (H.E.L.P.), Ben E. Keith, Storks Nest Fund of Dallas, The Richards Group, Enterprise Foundation, and the Highland Park Police Department.

Our gracious volunteers included St. Luke United Methodist Church, Refulgent Star, Diva Girls Rock, Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., H.E.L.P., Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., MLK Community Courts, Foremost Family Health Center, The Richards Group, and Team MVP.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center also partnered with Miles of Freedom and the Botham Jean Foundation at the Park South YMCA to provide free turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to 500 families in need.



Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers- we could not do it without you!


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Happy Halloween From Your Friends at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

On Thursday, October 28, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its Annual Treat the Building event, a Halloween celebration for the children of the MLK ChildCareGroup.

Staff members from each organization on campus dressed up in costumes to give candy to the children as they walked through the core building.

After the event was over, and as a special treat to the community, we also gave away free nachos and drinks.

Thank you to all of our tenants and to LIRA Group who donated their time and resources to make this a successful event!

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Day of Dignity

Day of Dignity

Drive-thru giveaway: food boxes, school kits, KFC, toys, pampers, baby formula, milk, hygiene & covid supply kits, walmart gift cards and more!

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10AM to Noon.

Reliant Teams Up With City Of Dallas To Help Vulnerable Residents Stay Cool This Summer With Beat The Heat Program

WHAT: Summer months in Dallas are known for bringing sweltering heat to our city, and many residents are still looking for ways to stay cool in their homes. This Thursday, July 22, Reliant is partnering with the City of Dallas to improve living conditions for residents of South Dallas and Fair Park who are facing Texas’ devastating summer heat.

With Reliant’s support, the City of Dallas’ MLK, Jr. Community Center and West Dallas Multipurpose Center, will assist over 200 families throughout the summer with combination portable AC and coolers to beat the heat safely in their homes. Residents can call West Dallas Multipurpose Center at 214-670-6341 or MLK Jr. Community Center at 214-670-8418 to apply for a portable A/C unit.

Many low-income homeowners are not able to control the temperature in their home, impacting their health while summer temperatures rise. This is Reliant’s 12th consecutive year launching its “Beat the Heat” program in partnership with the City of Dallas. The program provides resources for Dallas-area vulnerable residents to stay cool and receive financial assistance for their electricity bills during the hottest days of summer.

Community Assistance by Reliant Energy

Across Texas, Reliant has provided more than $12 million to help Texans who need assistance with electricity costs through the CARE (Community Assistance by Reliant Energy) program since 2002. Anyone who needs help paying their electricity bill this summer can call 2-1-1 within Texas or visit 211texas.org. Reliant customers can also contact us 24/7 through a number of convenient ways, including at 1-866-222-7100, via online chat, or on the Reliant app.

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*Registration @ MLK is now closed for the portable A/C units.

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.

#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.

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Media Release #BeGolden Golden Tables