Irving Cares

Rating: 5 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 440 South Nursery Rd Ste 101 Irving TX 75060 USA

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 44,000 residents in fiscal year ending 2013.
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; a patient transportation program providing door-to-door rides; and information and referrals to other programs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering in the food pantry for about a year and a half. I love it!!! It is so rewarding to be a part of providing a temporary help to someone in need. They always say thank you and I feel I should thank them for giving me the pleasure of doing something for them. They are very proud people and there but for the grace of God, I could be in their shoes. I try to always be pleasant with them. I love my job at Irving Cares, and although I'm a "newby" I hope I can do this for many years to come.

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2014

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I began volunteering at Irving Cares when the arrival of Katrina survivors overwhelmed the ability of this agency to meet their emergency needs. But I have continued to volunteer there each week in the food pantry because of the truly dedicated staff and volunteers. Their commitment to improving the quality of life for Irving residents is outstanding. Each time I work, I am reminded that the opportunity to put good, nutritious food on the table is a blessing that many of us take for granted. I also want to recognize our vendor partners and individuals who donate excess food so that it can be redistributed to our neighbors in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Irving Cares lives up to its name. The agency truly does care about Irving. Founded in 1957 by Irving residents following a devastating tornado, the organization began as an all-volunteer entity. Today it is comprised of a 13-member staff assisted by 463 volunteers. It is a three-pronged organization consisting of the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP), the Employment Services Program (ESP) and the Patient Transportation Program (PTP). The largest component is EAP which includes the food pantry. Currently, Irving Cares provides food to about 50 families PER DAY! The food pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers who fill the food orders, meet with clients, and help with pickups and deliveries of food. The Employment Services Program helps families get back on their feet after the loss of a job. And the Patient Transportation Program allows chronically ill residents without transportation to keep their medical appointments.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure the food pantry always has fresh fruit and vegetables. (The agency is already working on this.)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Working as a volunteer case manager as well as filling orders from the food pantry puts my own life in perspective. My family's worries seem trivial compared to the single mom who is looking for a job while caring for her teenage daughter and the daughter's new baby. You realize what a difference an organization such as Irving Cares makes in the lives of our clients. Irving Cares puts food on their table so that they can get by another week with a paycheck that may have been cut. IC also provides rent or utility assistance enabling a family to spend money on a needed car repair so they can get to work. In a community such as Irving where there is a high level of low income families, it is crucial that social service agencies respond to such basic needs. As our motto states, we are not a handout but a hand up. And clients do appreciate it. It is a rare day when one of them doesn't thank us for what we are doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the budget so that we could provide more for our clients, especially fresh fruit and vegetables.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My involvement with Irving Cares started more than 15 years ago when my son was in Cub Scouts in Irving, Texas. We participated in the annual Scouting for Food program. Our fledgling den, based at our local elementary school, brought in a substantial number of cans collected throughout the neighborhood. Our cub scouts and later my daughter's girl scout troop adopted families through Irving Cares. Seeing the reactions of the adopted kids when we delivered the requested items made a huge impression on our kids. Now my kids are grown and I am a weekly volunteer in the Irving Cares food pantry. Like my scouts before me, being able to help these families in need is what it's all about and makes us all count our blessings.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Irving Cares provides emergency assistance to citizens of Irving, Texas who are experiencing a financial crisis in their lives. The Irving Cares food pantry has supplied 5 days worth of food for over 900 families within the past month, alone. Other services provided include vouchers for gasoline, payment of utility bills, job search assistance, and transportation to health care providers. The staff and volunteers of Irving Cares are committed to assisting our neighbors with care, compassion, and respect no matter what their circumstances. It is truly a joy to volunteer at Irving Cares each week.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more space for the food pantry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for about 5 years. I do data entry of volunteer time. I have assumed the responsibility that it is "my job" to enter the volunteer time each month for monthly reporting. This has added to my satisfaction of volunteering. It has also given me the opportunity to use some of my technical skills which help to complete the monthly task.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like more money, food donations, and larger staff so many more people can be served.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer at Irving Cares for almost 5 years. I find it a very rewarding experience and enjoy working with the clients, the other volunteers and the staff. The time goes by very quickly as we work
together to do as much as possible for our many and varied clients. I hope to be able to continue this
work well into the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want to have more money so we could do more for our clients.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a voluteer in the Intake Department. I meet the people who are having to deal with the "speed bumps in the road of life". Irving Cares helps with their immediate needs by providing food, information, guidance and understanding without being judgemental.

It is a priviledge to play a small part to help build people up and help them recognize their own strenght.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at Irving Cares for three years and have enjoyed every day spent there. I especially enjoy meeting the clients and being able to say "Yes! We can help you with that."
The atmosphere is warm and friendly, with a professional staff who really cares about the clients' needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update the computer system

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Irving Cares is a great organization -- well organized with impressive services designed to help people get back on their feet. Under the direction of Teddie Story, the employees and volunteers are dedicated and organized. It's a joy to volunteer for this organization and to see great success stories with many clients. What a pleasure to give back to the community and to help others!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Teddie Story and the entire Irving Cares staff did a great job with the Great Harvest this year. All of our donors had a wonderful time and we raised a LOT of money for the agency! Irving Cares is a top notch organization that provides much needed services to residents in Irving. If you donate to Irving Cares, you know that your dollars are being spent wisely and effectively.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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