HOW TO HELP
You can help Irving residents in need.
Irving Cares programs provide help with food, rent, utilities, prescriptions, information and referrals, transportation and job-seeking services. We can’t do it without you. Your support makes a difference!
Irving Cares is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. We provide receipts for your donations.
It’s a hand up, not a handout.
Your donations are essential; plan a food drive today!
The most needed items are: canned fruit, toilet paper, canned meat (tuna, chicken), canned meals (chili, stew, soups), hot and cold cereal and hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant).
In families without adequate financial resources, people typically go without basic human needs, such as food. The results are lasting and jeopardize long-term health, the ability to learn, employment, and earnings potential…ultimately perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Irving Cares food pantry feeds an average of 727 families monthly with a week’s worth of nutritious groceries. The average food pantry order weighs around 85 pounds and has a retail value of more than $100.
In a recent survey one client wrote, “I didn’t know how I was going to feed everyone, and with help from all of you I was able to do it.”
Holiday Food Drives: An average 727 families each month get groceries from the Food Pantry. We always need your help to feed these hungry Irving families, and the holidays are no exception.
Help us reach the greatest number in need – bring your donation early! Call Cary to register, or use this Holiday Food Drive Form:
- Print and fax to (972) 438-7345 or email to [email protected]
- Call (972) 721-9181, ext. 209
- Check out the Holiday Food Pantry List 2017 for the most needed items
Food donations accepted between 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 440 South Nursery Road. If you’re not able to deliver, contact Cary to schedule a pick-up.
To provide assistance to Irving residents experiencing a temporary crisis, we rely on the community’s generous contributions.
Irving Cares, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions to Irving Cares are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. We will provide receipts to evidence your donations. Here are the many ways you can give to help Irving residents:
Mail A Check
P.O. Box 177425
Irving, TX 75017-7425
Meet Specific Needs
Want to know where your donation goes? Apply it to one or some of our agency’s most urgent needs:
- $12 buys a week’s worth of nutritious groceries
- $30 pays for 10 bus passes for job seekers
- $75 buys prescriptions for an Irving resident or child
- $250 provides a week of childcare for the newly employed
- $500 pays for job skill education or certification
- $750 helps a hard-working household avoid eviction
Donor Advised Funds
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a centralized charitable account. It allows charitably-inclined individual, families and businesses to make tax-deductible charitable donations of cash, publicly-traded stock and in some case, certain illiquid assets, to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program. Through DAF Direct you can donate directly from your Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable account.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Solve your gift dilemmas with a gift in the name of a friend or family member. Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are all good times for a gift to Irving Cares.
It’s the perfect gift for those who don’t need or want anything, to send to those far away, or to honor loved ones no longer with us.
We’ll send a beautiful card to the honoree or remembered family to let them know a gift was made by you in their name. Just include the name and address of the honoree or the name of the person(s) to be acknowledged.
The help of extraordinary volunteers makes Irving Cares possible. Last year, volunteers logged 21,974 hours!
If you want to volunteer, contact Joyce, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (972) 721-9181 ext. 202, or at [email protected]. Please include your contact information, dates and times you’re available, and the work you’d like to do.
In four-hour morning or afternoon shifts, Monday through Friday, volunteers fill food orders, stock and sort groceries.
Spanish/English case managers are needed to counsel and refer to appropriate services. We provide information on resources and on-the-job training.
Support our staff creating files, preparing letters, with data entry or other tasks.
Help clients write resumes and contact prospective employers. Locate job openings or make follow-up calls to those who gained employment.
Business Partner Opportunities
Many companies offer a corporate match for contributions from employees, or in honor of their employee’s volunteer service. For more information please contact Karlene Swyanie, Executive Administrative Assistant, mailto:[email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 310. Find out if your company offers corporate matching today!
Grants are one of several funding sources that support programs at Irving Cares. Leads and referrals for grant opportunities are appreciated. Please contact Kyle Taylor, CEO, [email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 203.
We provides emergency groceries for an average of more than 805 families per month The most needed items are canned fruit, canned meat, canned meals (soup/stew/chili/pasta) and hot and cold cereal. For more information, contact Cary Hargrove, [email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 209.
Teams of Volunteers
Irving Cares helps more than 13,000 Irving residents a year thanks to the time and talent of many extraordinary volunteers. Teams of volunteers are always welcome! For more information, contact Joyce, [email protected], (972) 721-9181, ext. 202.
Board of Directors
A volunteer Board of Directors oversee the agency’s operations. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm in the agency conference room, with no meetings in June or December. Board members serve as fiscal oversight and as advocates for the agency in the community. If you are interested in serving on the board of Irving Cares, please contact Kyle Taylor, CEO, at [email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 203.
Like any business, office supplies are needed. Reams of paper, labels for client file folders, mailing labels, and postage stamps are the most needed items. Please contact Karlene Swaynie at [email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 309.
The Great Harvest – Sponsorships
Irving Cares annual gala and largest fundraiser is The Great Harvest. Several levels of event sponsorships are available, as well as table purchases. Averaging 350 – 400 attendees, our corporate sponsors enjoy targeted marketing as well as an exciting event! For more information please contact Karlene Swaynie, Executive Administrative Assistant, [email protected] or (972) 721-9181, ext. 310.