North Texas Giving Day
September 17, 2020
(Logo from northtexasgivingday.org)
Donating, volunteering, and helping others in need can be such a rewarding experience. This year, North Texas Giving Day is September 17. It’s an annual event designated to give back to the local nonprofit organizations in the community. It’s kind of a big deal. In 2019, donations exceeded $50,000,000!
Of course, it takes more than money. Volunteers are often needed, and each organization has its own specific needs. COVID-19 has severely impacted many organizations, so this will be an important year for North Texas Giving Day.
North Texas has more than 3,700 nonprofit organizations, with over 150 based in Arlington. Check out the full list at www.northtexasgivingday.org. You can learn more about these organizations, their needs, how to get involved, and even donate money directly to them from one centralized site.
Whether you live in North Texas or somewhere across the world, I encourage you to find a local organization that you’re passionate about. Find something that aligns with your interests and values. There’s a nonprofit organization out there that needs your help! And even the smallest donation can have a significant impact.
Here are a few nonprofit organizations in Arlington that I wanted to highlight.
- Mission Arlington / Mission Metroplex
- Arlington Museum of Art
- Symphony Arlington
- Arlington Music Hall
- Arlington Historical Society
- Friends & Foundation of the Arlington Public Library
- River Legacy Foundation
Mission Arlington / Mission Metroplex
This is probably the most well-known nonprofit in the city. Since 1986, this faith-based organization has provided countless resources to the community. They accept donations and provide to those who need it. They don’t sell any of the donations, though. Their website explains, “When you give it, we give it away.” Going well-beyond food, clothing, and household items, Mission Arlington also provides outreach, ministry, and even health care.
Arlington Museum of Art
The Arlington Art Association was founded in 1952. Later in 1986, it incorporated itself as the Arlington Museum of Art. The museum mostly hosts traveling exhibits, but it also has ones dedicated to local and youth artists. It’s one of the few museums in Arlington — and a great place to see beautiful works of art in downtown. After being closed for a few months due to COVID-19, I’m excited that they’ve reopened with a new exhibit.
Since 2000, these talented musicians have made a substantial contribution to local arts and culture. The symphony consists of more than 90 musicians from 19 different countries. Their 2020-2021 season is scheduled to begin on October 15. I plan to be there! This season, they’re paying tribute to Beethoven’s 250th birthday. I enjoy classical music, and what better way to support the arts than your local symphony.
Arlington Music Hall
The Arlington Music Hall opened in 1950 as a movie theater. Seventy years later, it’s one of the best places in Arlington to see live music. Check out tribute bands, local favorites — such as Symphony Arlington — and national touring acts. This intimate theater in downtown still has the original marquee from the 1950s. And walking through the doors certainly feels like stepping back in time, to a place with nostalgia and history.
Arlington Historical Society
I am one of the newest members of the Arlington Historical Society! Initially founded in 1887 as the Cemetery Society, members are dedicated to preserving local history and heritage. The society focuses on local historical sites, cemeteries, museums, and landmarks. The Arlington Historical Society is based out of the Historic Fielder House Museum. Other venues also include the Knapp Heritage Park and the Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds.
Friends & Foundation of the Arlington Public Library
There used to be two separate organizations that supported the Arlington Public Library. Since they had similar goals, they merged in 2016 to form the Friends and Foundation. The Arlington Public Library currently has seven locations throughout the city, with another coming soon. Way more than “just books” — although they have lots of those — the library offers classes, resources, and programs to the community. I’m an avid patron of the Arlington Public Library.
River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy Park is one of my favorite places in the city. It’s a 1,300-acre nature escape along the Trinity River in North Arlington. While surrounded by nature on their 8-mile hiking trail, you’ll forget that you’re still in the city. Also, check out the River Legacy Living Science Center. With aquariums, exhibits, nature trails, and educational programs, this center offers a unique interaction with our ecosystem.