It's a hand up, not a handout.

You’ve heard the phrase, “It takes a village?”  Irving Cares is part of the village that helps people in Irving. In addition to the services we offer – Food Pantry, Limited Financial Assistance, Financial Education, Information & Referrals, and the Employment Services Program; our partnerships help children and adults in Irving get the resources they need. Read on to learn about our partnerships:

  Our #1 Partners are our Volunteers, Donors, Supporters – We couldn’t do anything without you!

Dallas County Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) – Dallas County Health & Human Services offers CEAP assistance at Irving Cares 2 times per month when an outreach worker from the County comes to our office. The program is designed to assist low-income households who need help paying their utility bills. While Irving Cares offers assistance with TXU Energy, Direct Energy, First Choice Power, Bounce and Atmos, Dallas County can assist with all utility vendors. This expands the help we’re able to offer the Irving community – 379 families used this program in the past year.

North Lake College Connections Program – Irving Cares clients interested in attending college for a degree or certificate are referred to North Lake counselors for help with enrollment and financial aid applications; and students attending North Lake who need food or financial assistance are referred to Irving Cares for expedited service. The goal is to help students who have hurdles to enrollment, and keep existing students in school.

Food 4 Kids Backpack Program – Elementary school children who get free and reduced-price school meals often face hunger when meals are not available on weekends. The Food 4 Kids program provides backpacks full of nutritious, nonperishable, kid-friendly food to take home each Friday afternoon during the school year. Irving Cares picks up backpacks from the North Texas Food Bank and delivers them to Irving schools. More than 1,150 Irving school children got backpacks in February.

Irving ISD Adult Education – Adult Education is dedicated to helping parents build confidence in their abilities to communicate in English in order to support their children’s education. Free GED Prep classes are offered at Irving Cares on Tuesday & Thursday during the school year. Once the parent completes GED prep classes, Irving Cares has funding to pay for their GED test fees.

North Texas Food Bank SNAP Outreach – Outreach coordinators are on-site at Irving Cares on Monday and Friday to answer questions about the application process and help clients complete and submit applications. NTFB’s outreach team also assists with applications for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Medicaid. More than 280 families used this service in the past year.

Community Tax Centers – Free Tax Prep – This program returns millions of dollars to the local economy by helping families take better control of their finances. During the tax season, IRS-certified volunteers offer help to individuals and families who earn less than $54,000 a year including free e-file. Appointments are available at Irving Cares on six dates and more than 50 families have already been helped in 2018. Call 214-370-5393 for information or an appointment.