On November 23, 2013 the citizens of Dallas, Texas joined hands on a day of service to live out the legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death. Founder, Chart Westcott, hoped that when the world would shift its gaze to look at Dallas on this historic anniversary that they would see a city of service committed to sharing the message of President Kennedy when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Over 3,000 volunteers participated in 12,000 hours of service in tribute to the fallen president. Many of Dallas’ largest companies, civic organizations, and educational institutions participated in JFK Day, a nonpartisan, citizen led initiative. It is with great hope and promise that the people and institutions of Dallas County look ahead to the next 50 years and all the good that will take place in this city as the memory and legacy of President Kennedy lives on.
“Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust is thrilled to partner with #JFKDAY and Dallas ISD to support the growth of literacy for the children in our community. We are excited to get out and serve at the JFK Learning Center on November 23 and are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community through the education of its youth.” - Richard Holt, Dallas Market President at Bank of America
“The Dallas Cowboys are proud to partner with #JFKDAY and support this unique philanthropic initiative. The Dallas Cowboys are dedicated to giving back to the community and encourage North Texas citizens to participate in this citywide endeavor to help others. We are thrilled to continue our work with The Salvation Army as part of the #JFKDAY effort.” - Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer
The Dallas Cowboys’s longstanding partnership with The Salvation Army is a telling example of the creative and innovative manner in which the Cowboys can make a real difference in the world. Since 1997, the Jones family has dedicated the Cowboys’ annual Thanksgiving Day halftime performance as a national showcase to kick off The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign. The team’s association with network television spawns a donation of $20 million worth of airtime every year to present nationally televised entertainment extravaganzas that have created a beloved holiday tradition. The Dallas Cowboys will kick on the #JFKDAY week at Salvation Army on Tuesday, November 19th.
“Kroger has a long history of bringing help and hope to the communities we serve through daily fresh food donations, financial grants, volunteerism and collection drives. Kroger committed to working with organizations that support hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity advancement to enhance the lives of others. Kroger is proud to support the #JFKDAY of Service.” – Gary Huddleston (Director, Consumer Affairs, Kroger)
The Kroger Southwest Division operates 211 stores, 201 pharmacies and 116 fuel centers in Texas and Louisiana and is part of one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains serving customers in 31 states. For more than 125 years, Kroger has emphasized a customer-first approach to providing quality products, value pricing, outstanding service and an exceptional shopping experience. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the supermarket retailer is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity programs. Resulting from the retailer’s philanthropic commitment, Forbes magazine lists Kroger as the most generous company in America. For more information about Kroger, please visitwww.kroger.com, Facebook or Twitter.
“The #JFKDAY mission mirrors our core values as an organization: integrity, teamwork, dedication, respect and improved quality of life for our athletes. I look forward to seeing what we are all able to accomplish in honoring President Kennedy and his legacy.” - Margaret Larsen, President/CEO Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
“JFK exemplified the meaning of service to others. The Dallas community has long been a steadfast partner with our school system to ensure student success. Thank you to the many partners who walk hand-in-hand with us as we transform the lives of the children we serve.” - Dr. Sylvia Reyna – Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership
The Dallas Independent School District is the 14th largest school district in the nation and one of the largest employers in the city. DISD is proud of its award-winning schools, its outstanding teachers and staff, hard-working students and committed parents and volunteers. DISD desires to have the highest college and career-ready percentage of graduates among large, urban districts by implementing effective teachers, effective principals, leadership density, and engaging parents and the community. With 230 schools and more than 157,000 students, DISD seeks to prepare all students to graduate with the knowledge and skills to become productive and responsible citizens.
“John F. Kennedy focused so many of his policies on making life better for all Americans. It’s a focus and spirit that Buckner International has shared since 1879, shining hope to children and families in need in Dallas, across Texas, and in 18 countries internationally. #JFKDAY is a tremendous way for volunteers to connect with Buckner to serve children and families in Dallas and globally and, at the same time, honor the spirit of service instilled in our nation by President Kennedy. It’s a time to say to the world, Hope shines here.” — Albert L. Reyes, President and CEO, Buckner International
Buckner International is a global, faith-based ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, Texas, today Buckner serves more than half a million people in 18 countries worldwide through a variety of programs designed to protect children and build strong families. These programs include foster care and adoption, family transition programs, community-based family preservation programs and retirement services for the elderly. Buckner also provides humanitarian aid and crisis relief to poverty-stricken families in the United States and worldwide.
“We appreciate the spirit of community that is fostered by #JFKDAY and the results that can be achieved when multiple organizations come together for the common good. We are proud to be represented on this day by the commitment and dedication of our employee volunteers to make a difference for students in Texas.” – Scott Orr, Vice President Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments
At Fidelity Investments, we believe in making the benefits of financial services excellence accessible to anyone, not just the very few. We provide investment management and administration expertise to a diverse set of customers—from individual investors to businesses, financial advisors and institutions. Just as we help our customers every day make sound financial decisions with confidence, Fidelity uses a similar approach to investing in the communities where we work and live. We create volunteer opportunities for our employees that use their insights and experience to help provide students in need with an educational foundation to feel more confident, make smart decisions and achieve personal and financial goals. Whether we’re mentoring students or teaching them financial concepts, we foster an environment that encourages our employees to share their time and talent throughout the year.
“TracyLocke and its employees are honored to join the #JFKDAY activities and celebrate the legacy of President Kennedy by doing our part to give back to the Dallas community. As we celebrate our 100th year, we are reminded more than ever of the importance of community and the everyday contributions that we can make in service of others. We are thrilled to be part of #JFKDAY.” – Sterling Hayman, TracyLocke Client Service Director
TracyLocke is Dallas’ oldest advertising agency, and the sixth oldest in the United States. Creating content and experiences that turn consumers into shoppers has been TracyLocke’s timeless mission for the last 100 years. Combining knowledge and understanding of how and why people buy with a unique approach to creativity, TracyLocke is able to constantly re-imagine retail through a process called Buy Design. Clients include PepsiCo Beverages, Pizza Hut, Samsung, 7-Eleven, HP, Reebok and more. Part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC), the award-winning agency has primary offices in Dallas; Wilton, Conn.; Bentonville, Ark.; and New York; and field offices across the United States.
“The Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America is proud to partner with #JFKDAY. Scouting has been an important thread in American society since our founding in 1910. In fact, we are honored to include JFK, who was the first President of the United States to have been a Boy Scout, amongst our alumni. Scouting’s oath to America has always been to serve other people at all times. We take that oath very seriously. During 2012, Eagle Scouts within the Circle Ten Council provided 132,448 hours of community service and our Scouts collected 395,217 cans of food for local food pantries.” - Pat Currie, Scout Executive, CEO, Circle Ten Council, BSA
The Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America is comprised of 12 counties including Grayson, Collin, Hunt, Dallas, Rockwall, Rains, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Ellis, Henderson, and Navarro in North Texas and Bryan County in Oklahoma. Over 54,000 young people participate in the council’s Scouting programs on an annual basis and more than 16,000 adult volunteers dedicate their time and energy to make this program a success. Scouting units are chartered to approximately 1,000 community organizations such as schools and churches. Scouts today learn lessons about life and the value of being a person of character and integrity. When you stop and think about it, Scouting is unlike any other youth program. Scouting fosters the development of the whole person and offers youth the opportunity to participate in activities that will help launch them on a successful course for life.
“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country truly aligns with our mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ Keystone Club program teaches our Club members to give back to the community. This learning was evident this summer when our kids developed their Keystone project and donated 40 bikes to kids that lost their homes to tornadoes in Hood County. Serving others is important to our organization and us passing this message along to youth.” – Charles English, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Programming in three core areas meets the diverse needs and interests of our Club members: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, Healthy Lifestyles. The programs offered provide strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is an organization that stands for traditional values, while providing progressive programs that address the problems faced by the youth of today. Today, over 6,000 Club members ages 6-18 benefit from the programs and services designed specifically for them at thirteen local Clubs.
“Goodwill is proud to be partnering with the #JFKDAY of Service Project on November 23, 2013. Through this collaboration thousands will have the opportunity to volunteer and serve the community on one given day. JFK was an ambassador for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. It is because of him that the public was able to change their attitudes toward these individuals. So it is only proper that we honor him on this day through the efforts of giving back to the community. By volunteering you will have a direct impact on the Goodwill mission of employing persons with disabilities and disadvantages.” – Rod Ginther, CEO of Goodwill Dallas
Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. exists to provide job training and employment to persons with disabilities and disadvantages to help them transform their lives through the power of jobs. Since 1924 Goodwill has worked to provide services and job opportunities to individuals within the community. In 2012 Goodwill assisted 1,722 individuals with job related services, proving – Our business works, so people can.
“It is our great privilege to be a part of #JFKDAY and bring people together to build homes, communities and hope through service. Our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live has expanded our work to engage, empower and transform families, neighborhoods and entire communities through the service and generous giving of our volunteers and supporters.” – Bill Hall, Chief Executive Officer for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Dallas Habitat believes that hard working individuals and families be provided the opportunity to live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. Since 1986, Dallas Habitat has served over 1,200 low-income families using affordable homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and stabilization resulting in an investment of approximately $139 million in more than 25 neighborhoods for families that pay over $1.7 million annually in property taxes in Dallas County.
“Lifenet Texas is honored to be a part of JFKDAY, an event that symbolizes the spirit of a man who recognized that service to others is not only a significant responsibility but a tremendous privilege. For almost 40 years, we’ve helped people find the stability that they need to rebuild their lives. We share JFK’s commitment of service to all, without regard for what our clients can do for us. And now, through this event, we are thankful that the Lifenet community can give back to a city that we are proud to call home. Every day, we are fortunate to see the resolve of the human spirit in the faces of the thousands of North Texans that we serve. It is our hope that this partnership with JFKDAY will be an inspiration to those in our community to act with love towards all of our fellow human beings, regardless of the challenges they may face.” - Liam Mulvaney, Lifenet Texas, President and CEO
Founded in 1977, Lifenet Texas is the only agency in North Texas that offers all of the solutions necessary to help people rebuild their lives. Led by a talented staff of professionals, Lifenet provides addiction therapy and mental health care treatment to thousands of people each year. Through a strong network of community partners, we help put Texans back to work. And we provide for basic needs by delivering food, shelter and clothing directly to those in need. In fact, Lifenet is the area’s leading provider of housing for the homeless. Lifenet’s services are available to anyone who seeks help.
“Being an organization that depends on local support to thrive, we get to see the hearts and hands of our community up close and personal every day. We believe this community is second to none, and we’re excited that #JFKDAY will give Dallas an opportunity to shine.” - Colleen Brinkmann, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization which leads the fight against hunger with knowledge-based strategies to distribute donated, purchased, and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2012, NTFB provided access to more than 47 million nutritious meals, a 45% increase year-over-year. Founded in 1982, the year 2012 marked NTFB’s 30th anniversary. NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).
“The SPCA of Texas is proud to be a partner in #JFKDAY in honor of President Kennedy’s legacy of community service. It will be a tremendous help to our organization to welcome community volunteers to assist with our Home for the Holidays raffle in November and with basic but important ‘behind the scenes’ tasks that keep our shelters running on a day to day basis like laundry, cleaning and preparing other items that will help the animals in our care.” - James Bias, SPCA of Texas President
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.
“Wee Volunteer is excited and honored to be a part of #JFKDAY. Just as JFK challenged and inspired youth to give back with his 1961 inaugural speech, our vision is to inspire Dallas’s youth, by introducing them to fun and educational service projects, so they grow to become responsible, philanthropic, community-minded, problem solvers. We believe even the littlest citizens should have the chance to give back. The torch WILL BE passed to a new generation of Americans.” –Michelle Chase, Founder and Executive Director, Wee Volunteer
Wee Volunteer coordinates fun, age-appropriate, service-learning projects with charities for families with preschool and elementary school age children. Projects currently serve six core areas of need: hunger, homelessness, under-privileged children, elderly, animals and the environment. Through partnerships with organizations throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Wee Volunteer provides innovative, meaningful and child-friendly community service projects that inspire future philanthropists. Today, Wee Volunteer hosts an average of 15-20 service projects a month for over 1,200 families in addition to schools, churches and other private groups.
“#JFKDAY is a fabulous opportunity to bring individuals of all backgrounds and walks of life together for a common cause in making a difference. This will expose so many people to the needs in the area as well offer options on how they can use their skills, talents, and resources in partnering to make a significant impact.” – Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Community Youth Development Director, Southeast US Region
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is in 100 countries but also provides resources domestically in several locations around the country including the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This includes a warehouse that provides donated product to ministries, schools, and community organizations, disaster preparedness and relief, and training and tools to help organizations build their capacity to transform the lives of young people and communities.
“President Kennedy challenged each of us to contribute a part of our lives to our country and in so doing, to serve others. #JFKDAY exemplifies the spirit of the President’s call to action that resonated so deeply over 50 years ago. You+Media is proud to be apart of this incredible project.” – Jeff Hinson, CEO You+Media
You+Media creates the highest quality video content and delivers that content to targeted audiences online, on their mobile devices, and on television. We have built a vibrant and well-recognized local media operation around a team of talented content creators, a signature cinematic look to video content, a proprietary social engagement platform, and an award winning local website.
“Sunnyvale, Texas is a town of 5,000 residents who live in the eastern part of Dallas County – only 20 minutes from Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas. The Sunnyvale Independent School District will lead a volunteer day of service to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy with a project benefiting the Sunnyvale Library, and incorporating the participation of the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyvale Garden Club.” – Doug Williams, Superintendent of Sunnyvale Independent School District
Historically, the Town of Sunnyvale is a young Dallas County community. However, this active and growing Town has its roots from the settlement days of Texas. Four rural hamlets, Long Creek, New Hope, Hattersville, and Tripp merged in 1953 to form Sunnyvale. Homesteaders settled the Long Creek hamlet in about 1845. This historic hamlet was located along Long Creek. New Hope became a center of rural commerce when Mr. Tinsley purchased land for a store building in 1885. This hamlet was organized at today’s intersection of Belt Line Road and Town East Boulevard. East of New Hope, Mr. Boyd Hatter settled on land near the Trinity East Fork River and started a school. The Tripp Community was at the intersection of Tripp and Collins Roads.