I have been a volunteer at Family Outreach for over 5 years. During my tenure, I have mentored a family, taught parenting classes, served as treasurer, and am currently liaison to the auxiliary board, the fund-raising arm of Family Outreach. A committed and dedicated organization, Family Outreach is instrumental in preventing child abuse through its programs of mentoring and parenting instruction. Although I now live in Denton County, this fabulous group of people will always remain near and dear to me.
I’ve been involved with Family Outreach in various roles for over four years – as a mentor, parenting class teacher, treasurer, board member, fund-raiser… Our mission is to help prevent child abuse. Every 10 seconds, a child is victimized by abuse or neglect; Collin County, TX, averages over 11 reports of child abuse per day. Family Outreach has an 88% success rate, which means that 88% of the families we serve will not have a confirmed case of abuse in the home within 4 years of receiving our services. This would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of all the volunteers of Family Outreach. I am very proud to be part of such a vital organization serving my community.
I first became involved with Family Outreach when I was the Charities Chairperson for an International Women's Organization. We selected Family Outreach as our charity several years in a row because they focused on keeping families intact while not wasting a penny of our donation. Eighteen months ago I was asked to join the auxiliary board to help with fundraising. It is not an easy task, but I have been encouraged to double my efforts by the positive feedback that comes - albeit confidentially - from the client families. I will never meet them face to face, but their success stories are just inspirational!
So I am back again! How could I refuse when I do not know another group that accomplishes as much on as little as Family Outreach does. Nothing is wasted. This year I have joined the fund-raising auxiliary board and have met the dedicated and innovative people behind this amazing group. I am proud to be in their company .
Family Outreach continues to be a organization dedicated to helping families - be it parenting classes, in home mentoring and casework, a help-line for community info and referrals - the goal to prevent child abuse and neglect has never wavered! And I am proud to be on the Auxiliary Board of this great organization that works tirelessly to meet that goal.
As an Auxiliary Board Member, I am very proud of the work done by Family Outreach Richardson-Plano. With a very limited paid staff and a host of committed volunteers, the mission of the prevention of child abuse is taken very seriously - the results and successes are truly blessings to those families serviced by F.O. To hear the stories of families in crisis and to realize that the cycle of abuse can be stopped is amazing, as is the dedication of those who do the one-on-one mentoring, teach the parenting classes, man the help line, etc.
The mission of Family Outreach of preventing child abuse and neglect in the community is one I have supported as a volunteer, board member, donor, and community member. Since 1973 Family Outreach as served the community through mentoring at risk families, parenting classes, anti-victimization programs and prevention programs. The volunteer members are diligent stewards of their funding and their talent. I know of no other organization that does so much with so little. Family Outreach has an amazing success rate.
I have been affiliated with Family Outreach over 18 years serving as a volunteer, supporter, and currently vice president of the Auxiliary Board. Family Outreach has been able to make a dramatic impact in our community to help strengthen families and help prevent child abuse. It is an organization that offers valuable programs and services provided by dedicated, trained volunteers. Because it is primarily volunteer driven Family Outreach is able to provide a great service with low overhead. Programs offered are anti-victimization for children, mentoring for families at risk, and parenting classes.
As a new member of the fundraising board since early 2012, I've been very impressed with the spirit of giving, hope, dedication of volunteers. Their selflessness is inspiring, and the services that they provide are an important contribution to the health of families in our community. Further I've found its programs to be effective and their stewadship of donated resources excellent & conscientious. This is a very worthy organization.