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Why I should volunteer?

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busyWe live in an age of so many options.  The social media craze has opened up fresh opportunities to experience the world and  challenged us in managing our life and time.  Our phone alone may be the greatest test of our life.  Most Americans now spend 4 hours a day on their phones.

So, our busyness is not always based upon our schedule or demand but most often our priorities.

We have also became a generation that struggles placing priorities in the right slot.

We love great outcomes but often fail at making great choices.

We love the idea of having a child and often resist the responsibility.

We love the idea of being married and hate doing laundry.

We love having a new car but resist making our payments on time.

We love the idea of helping others and resist being generous enough to help.

We enjoy organizations that serve the community but often fail to give our time.

We have seen first hand that the VIP’s in most all Non-Profit Organizations are the volunteers.  That is certainly true at the Longview Dream Center.

Our volunteers are the difference!

 

We are so thankful for the many volunteers that have learned some vital lessons in life.  They have learned to place a proper  priority on something beside their own lives.  This is definitely a different heart than what we see in most of our culture.

 

 

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Our Volunteers have taught us:

 

1. Their lives make a difference

We see this first hand every day. We witness the power of sacrifice every time a volunteer serves our clients.  They serve, give, listen, and share.  They are not only providing man power but heart power.  They are hope providers.

 

2. The importance of contribution

Contribution is the number 4 major need of humans.  In other words making a contribution is one of those things that assists us on our way to emotional wellness.  Serving as a volunteer is one of the most positive contributions you can make in life.

Contributing to others is the exception and not the normal.  Making a choice to contribute to others may be something for us to consider.  The rewards far outweigh the cost. When we contribute to others we live with a deeper sense of significance.  It is proven that people who volunteer are happier, and live longer than those who don’t.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Longview Dream Center. If you would like to VOLUNTEER at the Dream Center just click the volunteer button at the top of  the home page.  You can fill out an application there or you can call and ask for Victoria.  She will gladly answer all your important questions.

Many are also asking what can we do?  Here are a few suggestions.

  1. You can make a donation here on the home page.  Just click on the PayPal button.
  2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation.paypal
  3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger.
  4. You can make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

It’s a New Year

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20162016 is here!  We are so excited about the new year and the opportunities that a New Year brings.  2015 was a great year for us as we completed our first calendar year.  We experienced many great moments of serving our community and being a resource to so many.  Choosing the main highlight of the year would be difficult but sharing many stories would be exceptionally easy.

Every day at the Dream Center we see so many people served, empowered, and encouraged.  Our food assistance program and our free clothing touches hundreds of people every week.  These 2 programs also provide needed resources that are basic needs for life and living.

Maybe you have heard that we were privileged to take over the operations of Mothers on Missions. We are humbled and honored to inherit and carry on the legacy of Mothers on Mission.  This ministry has been providing free clothing in Gregg County for 8 years.  In 2015 alone we distributed over 109,000 pieces of free clothing and  Mom’s has distributed over 300,000 pieces of FREE CLOTHING since their beginning in 2007.

In December alone we donated over 7,972 pieces of free clothing to our clieIMG_1525nts.

2015 was a year for us to celebrate.  Our greatest achievement was the new relationships we established with a variety of partners, friends, and organizations.  One of our prized relationships is with the East Texas Food Bank.  The Food Bank has been a great resource to us and a true partner in providing hunger relief to Gregg County.

The East Texas food bank not only provides us quality food for the best price possible but also supplies us with a variety of free resources, food scholarships, and other supportive means.

The East Texas Food Bank is also our partner in serving the Senior Citizens of our city.  Every month we partner together to serve over 150 clients.  We have increased this program over 50% in 2015 alone. This program provides a large size quantity of food and the quality is top notch to qualified families.

The best part of this program are the relationships that our team has established with these wonderful people.

We hope you will join us on this journey.

Partnering with us: paypal

  1. You can make a donation here on the home page.  Just click on the PayPal button.
  2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation.
  3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger.
  4. You can make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

 

And finally…You can also be one of the first

partners in our 100 for $100.00 campaign.

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That Time of the Year

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thanksgivingOne year ago we were so excited to provide a turkey for over 300 families.  Our excitement for this year is equally matched by many of our staff and the friends of the Dream Center.

Here at the Dream Center our heart rate rises every time we sow into the lives of others.  Our motto is find a need and fill it.  One of the greatest needs this time of year is to make sure that everyone has an adequate Thanksgiving meal and that no one suffers hunger.

Our main efforts is to be a catalyst for fighting hunger and become an education center to empower others.

As we make this one of our primary passions we also desire to empower and encourage our guests and clients.  Every person who walks through our doors deserves deep love and highest dignity.  We also consider it a privilege from God for us to serve others.

We serve our clients our Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm. Our food distribution is called LifeSource.  In our desire to plant love and dignity to our clients we shifted from handing them a box of food to allowing our clients to select their own food.

We call this a Choice Pantry. This also gives our volunteers the opportunity to better engage our clients and plant some love, hope, and inspiration. This also helps us to discover other ways we could serve the family or get personally involved.

We are committed to make an impact and to make a difference in our city as we endeavor to inspire others to join us to make a better Longview and a better East Texas. 

 

Thanksgiving Outreach

In the next 10 days we are focused on our Thanksgiving Outreach. Once again this year our goal is to provide 300 turkeys to families in Longview and East Texas.  This is so rewarding and such a blessing for many.  Our greatest reward is to see a smile and to hear the gratefulness from those who feel encouraged by our efforts.

We realize that we can only do this with your assistance.

 

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We are humbly appreciative of every gift and every person who has made the Dream Center so effective over the last 20 months.

Many are asking what can we do?  Here is a few suggestions.

  1. You can make a donation here on the home page.  Just click on the PayPal button.
  2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation.paypal
  3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger.
  4. You can make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

If you would like to serve at the Dream Center just click the volunteer button at the top of  the home page.

We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment.