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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Provide food and resources to NW Tarrant County.

Target demographics: Individuals, families, senior citizens and the disabled

Direct beneficiaries per year: -Assisted 15,048 Families -Assisted roughly 50,000+ Individuals -25% of households served were senior citizens - 51% of households had children under the age of 18 - 413 were college students -Registered an average of 92 new families a month for services -Distributed 2,165,160 pounds of food to families in our community in 2019 -Assisted over 2,500 kids at our Back 2 School Bash -Assisted over 800 families at our Christmas event - 554 volunteers gave 16,752 hours of their time for an average of 30.2 hours per volunteer in 2019

Geographic areas served: NW Tarrant County

Programs: We will provide non-cash assistance, free groceries and personal care items. We will assist with SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. as well as other resources.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing so glad!! If it wasn’t for you guys my family would have had some Hungry months. I found an amazing job because you guys posted they were hiring, I’m now getting a promotion at said wonderful job. So thankful to what you guys do everyday!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

CL is an incredibly important component of the community, meeting people where they are to nourish them physically and spiritually. Such an honor to be a part of this organization and get to witness all of the great things happening on a daily basis.

1 Krystal B.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Link is a wonderful place to spend your time, and/or your dollars. This organization has stayed true to its mission and values while consistently serving those in need in their community. Community Link treats each person that walks through their doors with dignity and respect, meeting them right where they are in their time of need. You would be hard pressed to find a more caring and compassionate group than those that serve at Community Link.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering right before COVID broke out. I am an "empty nester" and wanted to get out and do some good in the community while also keeping busy. I found that it met those needs but also, more importantly, it gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. I loved knowing I was a small part of helping people in need in our community. Everyone there was so helpful and friendly. I instantly felt at home. Community Link is a wonderful, wonderful organization that absolutely meets the needs of our most fragile citizens. It was an honor working with them. I am looking forward to returning and carrying on their mission.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I became Community Link volunteer shortly after my husband passed away in 2012. I was wanting something to do and the Lord led me to Community Link. At that time Community Link was located in the house behind the Methodist Church. I started out filling orders and soon started interviewing. As the Lord blessed and we out grew that facility, I remained as an interviewer taking orders by hand and then we went to the computer. It was a learning process but soon became a faster process. All the volunteers have become my brothers and sisters in Christ. Community Link meets the needs of so many families in our area and the Lord continues to bless. I am so bless to be a volunteer and to work with so many sweet families. The clients are always so glad and happy for all we do for them and I am, in return, blessed to work with them. I know that the Lord will continue to bless us with what we need to help others in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Community Link in Saginaw, TX. We have eight members from our church that volunteer regularly at CL. The staff keeps a clear well organize area to allow volunteers to assemble food and household items to the clients. All items are delivered directly to the clients car.
Community Link is a blessing to the community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't imagine how an organization like CL could operate in a more efficient manner. The services they provide impact lives in a positive way and what more could one do in this world than that.
Good people doing good work.

1 Roger S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Community Link, Saginaw Tx. for the past two years. Giving out food to those families in the local community that are in need, is very rewarding. This nonprofit is very well organized, and is a great place to serve others. My wife, and granddaughter both volunteer there too. Many local churches provide donations to Community Link along with volunteers. I can't imagine how many families are blessed thru this vital food source for those in need. I feel blessed to be a part and sure those who volunteer and work along side me.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about Community Link as soon as I arrived in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Superintendent Jim Chadwell introduced me to the staff and purpose of this wonderful organization that serves hundreds of clients in north Tarrant County each month. They are professional, yet personal, and totally committed to feeding the hungry and meeting community needs. I love how they treat people, work collaboratively with our schools and community, and serve the needs. Whether it is a backpack drive for our students, food for families all year long and those special occasions such as Christmas, service with dignity is always evident. I am so proud to be a part of this non-profit!

1 Vanessa Faulkner F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered numerous times over the past 5 years. I am fortunate to be on the giving side of such a wonderful organization. The people who work here are truly a gift and love the work they do. They serve a higher purpose and desire to serve those less fortunate. There is not a place more deserving than Community Link in my opinion.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sponsor a service committee for at-risk high school students. We volunteer every two weeks to help break down trucks for Community Link. My students, who sometimes can be a handful at school, always work hard and show their true colors when volunteering. It gives them the opportunity to see how much good work is done through the food bank. Some of their parents have probably had to take advantage of the food bank before and I believe the cherish the opportunity to repay kindness.

1 Riley W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This place truly feeds the physical AND spiritual needs of our bodies. What a blessing they are to our community and to its volunteers!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Community link fills the gap that so many aren’t able to do for those in a time of need. They show the love of Christ by supplying folks with a basic need of food. They aren’t just feeding the body, but the soul as well.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children (16 and 14 years old) and I volunteer as often as we can. The clients are so thankful for Community Link, which is a blessing in itself. However, the volunteers we work with are so kind, gracious and complimentary, we never want to leave. At Community Link, we have found our people and we get to help out our community too.

3 Karen Johnson D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the mission and love all the volunteers and staff! Caring hearts and love of people. Giving all we can to help the community!

3 Rosezayas

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being newly to a limited income as I am a new social security recipient you learn very quickly did you made a mistake when you were younger and then save more to prepare when you are older. This community link has been a lifesaver to me and I appreciate them and the community that supports them very much. The staff is outstanding and they are there always to lend a hand, to give a hug,and to shake your hand and wish you well. Thank you for your service to all of us

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a senior citizen a fixed income is something to adjust for. With the increasing prices of many other things Community Link has been a blessing to me in assisting with my food needs. One going to the location the staff treat you like family, they're smiling and courteous and never do they make you feel uncomfortable they make you feel loved. Thank you for your assistance and all your help that you are providing the community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer when Community Link was located in the little house down the street.It has been amazing to watch it grow into the building space it now occupies. What a blessing it is to be a part of an organization that is able to feed and help so many people in our community. With the generosity of so many of our local stores we are able to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat. I volunteer every Monday because I love working with the other volunteers and interacting with the clients and hearing their stories.

1 Dee Dee S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So friendly and helps me so much ... I am on disability and need a little help and they go above and beyond and never are belittling to you... this is the best place and people ever... I appreciate them so much..❤❤❤

1 Craig B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm amazed by the work this group does! Providing emergency food to those who need it most. They provide these services with a minimum of paid staff, and a great resource of volunteers. It almost seems like magic how they're able to move goods in and out of a small space. I recently participated in a supplemental program where toy donations were made available to families in need. The people walking through left with a car load full of items to ensure that their kids had something to open on Christmas day. I hope that this group can keep it going for many years to come!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Community link for three years. I love working with this group because they treat their clients like it's just a day at the grocery store. Clients are treated with dignity and respect from the moment they check in, to filling out the grocery list, to the final loading of groceries in the car. I'm also amazed that nearly 1/2 of the pantry is frozen meat and refrigerated goods. Another 1/4 is fresh fruit and vegetables. Not only does Community Link provide about 100 pounds of food per family, but they stock healthy and fresh items whenever possible. CL closes at a certain time each day, but I've never seen anyone turn a desperate (but late) person away. I keep going back because it doesn't feel like volunteering for a charity, it feels a lot like working in a grocery store with a lot of people who care about their neighbors.

3 Karen Thomas N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer: This charity goes above and beyond to help those in need. The volunteers are wonderful hard working people. They serve those in need with respect and compassion. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. They have plenty of fresh healthy fruits and vegetables. Lots of canned goods.
I volunteer on Mondays.

2 Kristen A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a family of 4 move in with us, a family of 5, in July to help them get on their feet from moving from another state. We only had 2 adults working at the time while others were out of work for various reasons. We were really struggling with paying bills let alone feeding 9 people. Someone had posted on local FB page about community link and it was an answer to our prayers. The volunteers were super nice and the amount they gave us in good definitely helped us get through that overwhelming slump. We are very thankful we found such a wonderful place to help our family.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to amaze me, serving 100s of families every month. And when there’s a need, the community responds. I’m only able to volunteer on Saturdays. Every month, I am humbled by the clients we serve. My family has been blessed and I try to share those blessings whenever I can.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer with Community Link since the very beginning (June 2005) when a group from four area churches met to discuss how to address food insecurity in the Saginaw and surrounding areas. We opened in a small house a year later and haven't looked back. It has been exciting to watch this organization grow and serve this community. I am honored to work directly with the clients, hear their stories, cry with them, laugh with them, and be blessed by them (yes, volunteers are blessed often more than the clients). The entire community has gotten behind this organization by donated inventory, holding food drives, donating $$, and sending volunteers every time the doors are open. Fighting hunger, giving hope (a motto we could all embrace). Thank you Community Link for all you do.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization over the years. It wasn't until the past few months, that I started volunteering as one of the people who gathered the groceries for the clients. After a few months, I started interviewing clients. Now they have computerized their client information to better serve the clients.
This organization has wholeheartedly embraces their clients without judgment. They have increased helping people through Back to School drives which include back packs full of school supplies, haircuts, eye exams, etc. During Christmas they have a huge drive to provide gifts for needy families to select from. I'm very proud to say I'm a volunteer of Community link.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been helping out at Community Link for a few years now as a ‘shopper.’ After a client has a list filled out, I take that list and ‘shop’ for that client. Sometimes there’s only one person for that list; sometimes 8 or more. I gather everything from shampoo, canned veggies, fresh fruit, frozen meats, dairy....everything that a family needs to help feed them during a difficult time. Everything is put into grocery bags, then we load our items into their car. What really grabs your heartstrings is when a little child, waiting in the backseat, will grab something from those items to eat because, as their mom/dad/grandparent/guardian explains, there was no breakfast that morning and their little child was hungry. Makes you realize this place really makes a difference.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Link has been very helpful to our family and we’ve been blessed beyond measure! Sometimes everyone just needs a little to get by on and they (volunteers) do it with such a humble heart it doesn’t feel like we are less than any other!!

2 lal50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer at Community Link. I LOVE working here. Not only is the staff great but so are the other volunteers & the clients. I have a great time & it is very obvious by the “thank yous” that we get from the clients that we are needed & necessary.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here this year & I LOVE it. The people who work there are wonderful & the clients are always so appreciative. We have a good time -- lots of joking & laughter while doing our work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come to the food bank out of necessity the volunteers are so friendly and treat us with respect and dignity. I'm often reminded of how Jesus fed the masses with loafs of bread and fishes. Without the wonderful people who donate with all of their heart I would go hungry or digging through trash you not only feed my body but my soul. Thank you

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I was visiting my friend when a couple of members of the mission delivered a trailer for his bicycle. They had seen that for him to take home the food they provided required several trips back and forth, as the amount of cargo space on a bicycle is pretty scarce, and wanted to make things easier for him. I was really impressed by their kindness.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Link helped me bless my grandchildren for Christmas, after their Dad had heart surgery. My grandson is 7 and played all day Christmas with the special toys and gifts and kept saying "this is the Best Christmas ever"!! It was as if God picked out his toys just for him!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME & HELP WHEN THINGS WERE DIFFICULT!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Link is making a daily impact in the lives of those North Texans in need. I have been and continue to be amazed at the generosity that has blessed this mission. More is needed as more can be done. A heavy load is being carried to support this amazing effort and it is ideal to help distribute that load. If you can volunteer, give, or support them in any way you will be making an immediate impact in your community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Coconuts were one of the fresh fruits offered to clients one day. I was amused, not knowing how I would even open one, as I read the grocery list to my first client. A woman, almost 80 years young, was about to select items to feed herself for the next month, and she giggled like a child while choosing a coconut. I asked how she knew how to open them, and she told me her story. As a child, growing up in the Philippines, it was her job to climb the coconut palms and bring down the coconuts for her family. Her story unfolded one block from the iconic Saginaw silos storing grain for bread to feed families.
This is just one amazing story that I have been privileged to hear as I weekly interview clients at the Community Link food pantry. We are the largest food pantry serving NW Tarrant County, including 7 zip codes with 9 municipalities. I support Community Link because we serve people: veterans, homeless, single parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, unemployed, disabled persons, seniors, teens and children. People live in apartments, houses, mobile homes, cars, in relatives and strangers homes, and in low-income housing. Men and women, who have lost their jobs or health, have wept at my desk, as we filled out the paperwork for assistance because they never imagined asking for anything, yet their families are hungry. Thankfulness is expressed weekly by multiple clients for the quality of products and care they receive from staff and volunteers.
This agency offers hope, respect, compassion, and sustanance to people navigating the trials and joys of their lives. I am honored to serve in the ministry of Community Link.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Link is a wonderful, caring organization that provides food to a multi-zip code area in North Fort Worth and the Saginaw area. As a volunteer, I get to see the appreciation of the clients and the grace and generosity of a community that cares about their neighbors. This is a great place to give a few hours of your time to help others.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Community Link for about a year before serving as a board member. I was impressed from day one with how well organized their operation is and the volume of clients that they serve. The staff and volunteers immediately made me feel like family. Seeing all of the happy children at the annual back to school and Christmas events is a blessing that warms the heart. This organization actively demonstrates the greatest commandment of loving God and loving our neighbors. Thanks to the staff for all of they do!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has a friendly and welcoming staff that work hard to serve the people of this community. Their compassion is contagious and inspiring. Every time I leave, I leave a slightly different person-one who cares more and loves deeper. They have that kind of impact and I'm grateful for every visit.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an elderly widow without the food bank I wouldn't have anything to eat. They are a God send the volunteers always treat me with respect I love them all

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Community Link for a number of years and I have to say that it is one of the best organized and well run organizations I have volunteered with. They work together for the common cause and are fully committed to helping those in need within our community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider it a priveledge to serve Community Link during their various events for the community. The staff are incredible people and I believe they are making a positive impact on society.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Whenever we volunteer we truly have fun and the people that are served by the Community Link are special folks. This is such an important resource to the Saginaw and surrounding communities. The dedicated individuals that operate Commuinty Link Mission are truly inspiring people. What a blessing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Community Link for 9 years. It has amazed me how we started in small house and have grown to such an extent that we have this fine building to work out of. One of the things I like is that we have such wonderful community support from various grocery stores, schools, businesses, churches, organizations and individuals in our area. Their donations make it possible for us to offer fresh produce, meat and other fine foods to our clients. We are a choice pantry, meaning clients get to choose the foods they want.
I also enjoy working with the volunteers and management personnel. We share tears and laughter as we work together. God has truly blessed us. :) Connie

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Link is my favorite place to spend a few hours volunteering! The people there make getting food from the pantry seem like any old day at the grocery store. They know their regular clients and occasionally details about their lives. Connection is one of the most important things they offer. As a volunteer, there is always something to do. It may be filling grocery lists, stocking, or bagging up items for the next shift. It really is an "all hands on deck" kind of place. I was so moved during the Christmas event that I plan to be back year after year with as many helpers as I can bring. I couldn't get over the number of people lined up around Saginaw for food for 4 solid hours. Clearly, Community Link is vital to NW FTW.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

Fighting hunger and giving hope;
An ambitious goal, but one Community Link takes on daily. I say daily, as even on Sunday - when CLM is closed, the Volunteers remind their Churches to contribute to the service to the community of Saginaw through this admirable expression of love.
Fighting hunger and giving hope;
Community Link has shown it lives up to the challenge - the numbers speak for themselves - pounds of food and numbers of clients have increased every year since inception.
Fighting hunger and giving hope;
In closing - it is the Volunteers and the CLM staff that make this happen...their love of Jesus can be seen daily though their hard work and dedication to our community!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My school was a part of the fundraising effort that started Community Link years ago. As a volunteer, it gives me a great deal of pride to see how much it has grown and how vital a part of the surrounding area Community Link has become. I love shopping for the clients, meeting them, and knowing that I am helping, in a small way, to make their day and possibly their outlook just a bit better. I'm grateful for the opportunity to lend my support and to donate food and my time to this great organization!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Community Link for 10 years. We started as a very small organization and have grown to serve so very many families, yet we are still able to keep it personal with each client. Love our clients, our staff, and our volunteers. And so proud of the town of Saginaw, Tx , the businesses in the area, and the churches that so strongly supports us. Together we serve!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time we have the privilege to volunteer at the Community Link Mission in Saginaw, I am impressed with the manor in which they care for the community. The staff and regular volunteers are always professional, courteous, cheerful and patient with the people they serve. The warehouse is always well organized and back stock brought to the front of the shelves. This is a very caring place.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love serving with the Community Link Mission. The staff is professional and friendly. There is a real sense of belonging and community there. They are a small town organization that performs above expectations.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Community Link has been a true blessing to this community. As a growing community, the needs have grown as well. Community link has bridged the gap and provided help to so many of neighbors. Community Links efforts have also driven other community partners to step up efforts to support those in need.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

The story that is being written by community link is one that points to God. Through their small humble beginnings just a few years ago they have now been able to give nearly 1 million pounds of goods away to families in need in Northwest Tarrant County. God has used the people that have come through the doors of Community Link to do His bidding and show His love through the love of others. Community link is truly a light in the dark places of Tarrant County and shows what is right with our country and our people. Simply helping others by fighting hunger and giving hope to those who have been cast aside by the ways of society. They give them a chance by helping them get back on their feet with a few simple bags of groceries and many other giveaways throughout the year. Their love and compassion is truly evident in the way they serve our community.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't tell you what a blessing this organization is! I have been a single mom for 9 years with two kids. I have been trying to finish my degree and work full time. Although we are not as bad off as some we struggle pay check to pay check. The groceries I get here really help me budget and stretch our dollar so it is easier to pay for doctors appointments, medications, school clothes, etc. The staff and volunteers are so helpful and kind. They treat you like family and help you with anything you need as far as resources go.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Link Mission is one of the finest organizations that I have ever had the opportunity to work with. The Board of Directors is top-notch, and the volunteers are an amazing group of people who give and serve tirelessly to make sure that no one goes hungry in Northwest Tarrant County. They also provide school supplies and a large Christmas basket and gift giveaway each year. They are currently planning for a new facility and hope to be to expand services soon. I am proud to be affiliated with Community Link Mission.