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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Provide food and resources to NW Tarrant County.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: -Assisted 9,820 Families -Assisted roughly 28,500+ Individuals -17% of households served were senior citizens -16% of households had a disabled adult -51% of households served were single parents or grandparents raising grandchildren -Registered an average of 68 new families a month for services -Distributed 1,139,566 pounds of food to families in our community in 2016 -Assisted over 1,500 kids at our Back 2 School Bash -Assisted over 1,000 kids at our Christmas event -602 volunteers gave 17,354 hours of their time for an average of 29 hours per volunteer in 2016

Geographic areas served: NW Tarrant County

Programs: We will provide non-cash assistance, including 1.2 million pounds of food, to over 9,000 households in 2017.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.