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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Financial Counseling, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: Irving Cares, in partnership with the Irving, Texas community, is dedicated to providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency.

Target demographics: Irving Cares serves Irving, Texas residents of both sexes, all ages and all ethnicities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Irving Cares served more than 12,000 residents in fiscal year ending 2016.

Geographic areas served: Irving, Texas

Programs: a food pantry; financial assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions and transportation; an employment services program and job search seminars; and information and referrals to other programs.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Irving Cares provides great service to the community whether it is providing emergency food assistance, employment search guidance, or referral services. I walk out the door after volunteering feeling uplifted, that somehow we are able to help each other. I'm honored to be a part of this organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for only a few years but it is very fulfilling. They are very caring and work hard to supply for the needs of our clients.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer in the food pantry since 2008. It was a great organization at that time, and I was honored to be a part of it. Since then, it's gotten even better. Under Teddy Story's careful and thoughtful management, and Kyle Taylor's ability to squeeze water from a stone, (i.e. wrangle and organize many more retail contributors, line up more volunteer groups), it has gained greater efficiency and served hundreds more each year since I started. The staff and office volunteers are hard working and dedicated. Irving Cares IS a Great Nonprofit!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked for several years at Irving Cares I am so happy with the support given to families by filling baskets of food with both fresh and canned meat and fresh and canned vegetables. We also brighten the faces of many children with desserts such as brightly decorated cupcakes and other desserts. Fresh bread and dairy products round out the nutritional food we give. Irving Texas is the community that makes this all possible with volunteers that both live and work in the city. Great Harvest is the yearly fundraiser that helps fund the non-profit with many Irvingites giving generously to make it happen.Teddie Story and her staff make all of this possible with their leadership. Great place to volunteer!

2 MrsG

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only been acquainted with Irving Cares in my city for five years. I retired and needed a new mission, a re-purposing of my everyday activities. I chose Irving Cares at first because it is local and close to my home, but now I have found a place, new friends, and a worthwhile volunteer activity. Working with the clients who are my fellow citizens is both rewarding and challenging. IC is small enough for me to know almost everyone. I can participate in the procedures from beginning to end. Getting to assist the dedicated staff members and working side by side with fellow volunteers is a joy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Irving Cares. The staff is energetic and extremely caring, with a definite mission : helping residents of our city who find themselves temporarily in need. It is most rewarding to help my fellow citizens in myriad ways at a high-quality local food pantry. The clients are appreciative because they know we are all there for them. Our job is big; the staff is relatively small, but they get the job done every single day with a home-town feeling and approximately 200 happy volunteers.
I've volunteered four years since I retired, and I hope to lend a helping hand for a long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very much enjoy the time I spend here volunteering. The people are wonderful and very caring.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to be a volunteer at Irving Cares for the past 10 years. The staff is
kind and compassionate and treats clients with dignity and respect. I volunteer in the
food pantry and it is deeply satisfying to make sure that those who come will leave
with bags of nutritious food for their families. Several years ago I filled an order for a
homeless man who had immigrated to the United States. He didn't have any place to
cook so the request was for "picnic items" only. I did my best to find canned meats,
fruits and vegetables with flip tops but was dismayed that there was so much more
I wished I could give him. When I handed him the sacks, he looked inside and then up
at me. He said, "This is beautiful food. Today I will eat beautiful food. Thank you." It is
a blessing to meet the people who come to Irving Cares for assistance and a joy to serve them.

2 Mia R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2011. It is very rewarding to serve the people and to work with the great staff. Irving Cares is meeting the needs of families in Irving and helping them in many ways to move forward. I am proud to be a part of this great organization!

2 Rosemary16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to volunteer at Irving Cares for almost three years. I am a case manager and also do intake a few days a week. It is rewarding to be part of this nonprofit which provides the basic needs to so many in the community. It is a very supportive environment with an extremely dedicated staff. All good!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been contributing to Irving Cares for over 15 years because I believe in their mission of helping people in our community and have been impressed with how they carry it out. I started volunteering as an Intake Greeter about 8 years ago and feel that I'm helping to give back to our community. Our clients seem to sincerely appreciate the help we offer which shows them others care and gives them a reason to be thankful and continue their efforts towards improving their lives.