The families that we support are so important to us and give us the energy to strive forward. We like to share their stories: Kelly Chrietzberg is a co-worker of Jason Dyke’s at AT&T and when her father passed this summer, she reached out to Carson’s Village. We sprang into action to help her family. Click this link to read her story.
September was good to Carson’s Village. First, we felt the community-wide support of North Texas Giving Day from our own supporters who stepped up in a big way, contributing nearly $14,000 to Carson’s Village this year. This investment is 50% more than last year and will go directly toward serving families in need. In 2020, with the impact of COVID-19, we’ve seen a 137% increase in calls so these types of investments make a significant impact.
Carson’s Village supporters can golf! For the third year in a row, the Carson’s Village golf tournament exceeded expectations, with 108 participants raising more than $27,000 on a beautiful day at Bear Creek West. We would like to thank Jeff Barrett and Blue Cross Blue Shield for continuing their support by being the title sponsor for the third time. We are grateful to Donnie Griffin for his leadership in creating an event that golfers attend year after year.
The Pitch is back on and we need your support! Last year, Carson’s Village participated in United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Social Innovation Accelerator, a mentor-driven, social innovation fund and impact accelerator program that invests seed funding and resources to support innovators with social ventures. We were honored to be chosen as one of the five finalists of the year-long program to compete for funding and the title of Social Innovator of the Year and began preparing for the big night scheduled for April 2020. Then everything stopped for the COVID-19 pandemic and the Pitch was put on hold.
But on October 28, we will be “on stage” virtually to tell the Carson’s Village story and compete with four other organizations for $225,000 in funding. You are invited to watch the livestream event and those who purchase tickets can vote to select the Audience Choice Award of $10,000 presented by Toyota. Learn more at www.unitedwaydallas.org/thepitch.
Thank you to Baylor Scott & White for inviting Jason Dyke to share his story of loss on National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, an important day because doctors have the highest rate of suicide amongst any profession. Baylor Scott & White hosted a week-long virtual lecture series on suicide awareness and Jason participated in the final day’s virtual remembrance service. It was an honor to share Carson’s story and how we’ve found meaning through Carson’s Village. We hope our story inspires others to lean in to this difficult issue, to support others and to find help when they need it. Jason is always willing to share his story of loss and finding meaning with audiences; please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October is Mental Health Awareness Month. Carson’s Village finds itself at the intersection of crisis and mental health in many cases, as families juggle their grief and the many logistics necessary when a loved one passes. Through Advocate support and continuing care, Carson’s Village ensures that every family we serve has access to the mental health support they need.
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