Change the World Allen is dedicated to providing service and positively impacting our local community. We unite area faith communities, nonprofit organizations, businesses, individuals, and families to work together to serve those in need of food, clothing, safe shelter, and care.
We hope that by mobilizing volunteers and increasing civic engagement, we are able to build a stronger and more resilient community, where neighbors know and respect one another deeply, counteracting the fragmentation and polarization that plagues our society. Toward that end, we have identified four core values to guide our work:
- Community Partnerships: Maximizing our collective talents and resources to create sustainable change.
- Civic Engagement: Embodying the power of each person taking action to change the world for the better through meaningful volunteer service.
- Respect and Inclusion: Serving together builds bridges between neighbors and creates a platform for mutual understanding and respect.
- Pursuit of Excellence: Doing our best at every level and continuously improving in everything we do.
Home Repair/Yard Work
During Change the World weekend, volunteers divide into small work teams to help local residents by doing general exterior home repair, fence repair, and yard work. Homeowners are selected on the basis of need.
From Ted Bernhard, volunteer director of operations for general projects
We connect volunteers with area agencies could use a helping hand or organize projects that directly benefit one of our partners. We seek to create opportunities for all ages and skill levels to serve in meaningful ways.
- Free Grace & Free-man House: Volunteers donated $150 and church members donated towels, sheets, and pillowcases for two transitional homes
- Salvation Army: Volunteers assembled 1,200 PB&J sandwiches and packaged them in 500 hand-decorated lunch sacks
- Samaritan Inn: Eight volunteers bought and served a meal for residents on May 19
- Rotary: Cleaned up Fairview highway between Highway 5 and Country Club
- APT G: A Place To Go: 18 volunteers gave 54 hours to serve as buddies to 10 guests
- Kids Against Hunger: 1,791 volunteers gave 1,848 hours to assemble 146,664 meals at FUMC Allen, Chandler Elementary School, and Preston Elementary School
- ACO Summer Food Program: Collected and donated 300 pounds of peanut butter and jelly
- Military Care Packages
- Hope’s Door: Ruth Circle collected and donated toiletries and hygiene items
- Project Linus: 18+ volunteers assembled 10 blankets in approximately 54 hours
- Senior Walker Bags
- Cards for Military and Veterans: Allen children created more than 100 cards for military and local veterans
- Allen Food Pantry: Cleaning and support
- Family Promise: Quick Trip donated $250 in gas cards to clients
- Keller Williams: Volunteer project on May 9
- Lone Star Family Dental: Employees contributed 36 hours and $7,057 in dental services to four clients
- Red Cross Blood Drive
From Staci Brooks, Justserve Specialist
It was a blessing to be a part of CTW! We were able to assemble and donate 1,200 sandwiches to the Salvation Army and collect an additional 300 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Allen Community Outreach. We decorated about 500 lunch sacks and wrote over 100 thank you notes for veterans in our community (a last minute addition). I turned in our log in sheets so unfortunately I am unable to count numbers, but we had a very good attendance. It was great because this project drew families with young children and elderly to serve. Grateful to serve with CTW!
From Holly BarR, project leader of Change the World with Blankets
Change the World with Blankets had more than 17 enthusiastic participants. The team put in 54 hours and completed 10 blankets. Each blanket takes about five hours to complete, and our 17 volunteers completed seven blankets during Change the World Weekend by the 17 participants. One was completed at home by Rev. Maxie Moore’s granddaughter, and two were completed at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Richardson as a service project. (Brenda Phillips is the project lead at BCBS.) I will deliver the blankets to Project Linus.
From Collen Delaughter, office manager with Lone Star Family Dental
We did 16 large fillings and 3 extractions. The treatment services totaled to $7,057. The patients were all excited to have their tooth pain relieved; I think we all know that there is nothing much worse than tooth pain. We were honored to receive this Google review from one of our patients from the event- “I want to thank Dr. McElvain and his staff for being so pleasant. I was experiencing a really bad tooth ache. Dr. McElvain shared with me that once a year his office gives back to the community by doing free dental work in May. He took my name and number and said his receptionist would call to schedule my appointment soon. And true enough she did. And I was able to get more work done. I want to thank Dr. McElvain and his amazing staff once again for being so kind and for their great services. We were glad to be a part of this event again!
From Burna Kennedy, project leader for Free-man House/Free Grace collection
Thank you so much for your continued support for the Free-man House and Free Grace transitional homes. Your personal generosity and our united class support have helped us reach an excellent goal. Out of the class-donated funds of $150 I spent $145.06 to purchase 9 sets of single sheets (fitted sheet, single sheet, and one pillowcase) and 5 packages of 2 pillow cases. Allen Quilters’ Guild provided 10 hand crafted pillow cases, which I divided up between both houses. Thank you to the ladies that volunteered to serve: Marti Maun, Dot Burke, Carol Chaffin, Lorna Holley, and Linda Blackmon. Thanks to the ladies from Deborah Circle who volunteered their time: Joyce Nissen, Sallee McDermitt, Tommie Randall, and Julie Boganwright. I am looking forward to working with you again as we have opportunity to Change the World.
FREE-MAN HOUSE: 42 towel sets (3 towels per set); 10 single hand towels; 22 single wash cloths; 1 package of assorted kitchen dish drying towels; 15 sheet sets; and 16 pillowcases
FREE GRACE: 25 towel sets (3 towels per set); 6 single towels; 1 package assorted kitchen dish drying towels; 14 Sheet sets; 11 pillowcases; and 15 oral hygiene kits provided by North Texas Dental associates
From Sharon Brian, project leader for Kids Against Hunger
1,791 volunteers worked a total of 1,848 hours to assemble 146,664 meals
- May 16 Chandler Elementary Set Up 20 Volunteers/20 Hours
- May 17 Chandler Elementary 710 Volunteers/534 Hours
- May 17 FUMC Allen Set Up 14 Volunteers/21 Hours
- May 18 FUMC Allen 282 Volunteers/500 Hours
- May 19 FUMC Allen 155 Volunteers/257 Hours
- May 20 Preston Elementary Set Up 10 Volunteers/10 Hours
- May 21 Preston Elementary 600 Volunteers/506 Hours
From Karen Schindler, APT G project leader
APT G was a fairly quiet event this month — many of our regular guests (and volunteers) were out of town for sibling’s college graduations etc. — so we only had 10 guests registered. We had a great night just the same. Our theme was “Crazy Days of Summer,” and we had crafts and food related to that theme. We had all sorts of beach balls to decorate, and goodies such as grilled brats and watermelon to feast on. The dress-up play area was a favorite as were the games such as pool, foosball, WII Sports, WII Just Dance, Playstation Mario Cart, and more. Each of our 18 APT G volunteers put in 3 hours of service for a total of 54 hours. Many thanks to Debbie Locke, Randy Locke, Linda Quick, Karen Schindler, Mike Schindler, Maxie Moore, Rhonda Hogan, Elizabeth Weber, Brandon Weber, Lynn Weber, Carter Adams, Phil Harris, Christian Mathews, Kendall Armbruster, Jayden Grillette, Alias Van Erden, Calvin Piepenburg, and Nancy Lessner.
From Amy Gulizia, Dallas/Ft. Worth Division Office, QuikTrip
Thank you for your request to QuikTrip. We have reviewed your application and are pleased to let you know that QuikTrip will be able to donate twelve $25 gift cards. The DFW Division Office is working on fulfilling your request. Thank you for allowing QuikTrip to participate in supporting a very valued service to our community.
Change the World partners
We partner with many other organizations to provide every project the volunteer support it needs. Many thanks to our 2019 Change The World partners:
- City of Allen Police Department
- Keller Williams Realty Allen
- Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
- Allen Ministerial Alliance
- Allen Texas Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- VFW Post 2195
- Creekwood United Methodist Church
- Allen Islamic Association
- Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups
- Many other individuals and families.
From Donyell, a past Change the World Allen home repair recipient
Last year, I was fortunate to be blessed by this organization and advised Ms. Martin and Mr. Free that I would like to pay it forward and volunteer this year.
From Rev. Jessica Wright, associate pastor at FUMC Allen
Donyell came and served with Change the World this year, sorting food donated for Allen Community Outreach and packaging meals with Kids Against Hunger, but not before finding Eric Free and expressing her appreciation for the work done on her home last year.