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Irving Cares

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

Mission: Our Vision To offer efficient and effective human services to Irving residents in need. Our Mission Irving Cares provides focused assistance for Irving residents to address a financial crisis. Our Values Irving Cares will: • Provide clients with services in a respectful and dignified manner without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion or national origin • Identify and address the needs of the Irving community • Partner with clients to develop solutions that lead to self-sufficiency • Work with volunteers, agencies, and organizations for greater impact and effectiveness • Assure donors and supporters of superior management and fiduciary practices • Implement a sound fund development plan in support of commitments to the community

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 10,000 residents in fiscal year ending 2017.

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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Irving Cares is the best for Irving TX! Love what they do for everyone. They are helpful, kind, generous and compassionate for all who they come in contact with.

MrsG

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Irving Cares is both a great volunteer opportunity and community services organization. I feel privileged to have given 4-6 hours per week for six years at this well-run food pantry and social services provider in my city. There are so many volunteers who have worked longer and harder than I, and their dedication is contagious! I have met so many caring people, and I plan to stay at IC as long as I can.
The staff is extremely dedicated to the clients - our neighbors - and show appreciation for me each time I am there. I am totally impressed by the Case Managers who lovingly assist an average of 45-65 clients per day, five days a week, exhibiting patience and professionalism. They refer clients to other organizations in our area for special or additional help. The job-help program and weekly employment seminar is important to our people and managed beautifully. Our CEO and her small administrative staff are friendly, dedicated, and adept at keeping all the parts of the machine functioning expertly. Thank you all for the huge job you do so well and for including me. ~~ S. Gans, Irving resident.

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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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1 Jennifer Witmer Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healthcare Associates has worked with Irving Care now for 5 years. We host a casino night every year and they are the best to work with. They are so helpful with helping me put this on. They are always there and willing to do whatever is needed to make this night the best night possible and to make it raise the most money for their organization. They always go above and beyond to make things happen. I really appreciate all they do for our community. Glad we connected with them and will always be willing to help Irving Cares.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now worked at Irving Cares for 10 plus years. I use the term work rather than just volunteer as it a pleasure to work and to serve those families who need a hand up. It really is like work because I enjoy it and despite not being paid for it, it gives me as much satisfaction as work used to.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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!!

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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.

1 Nancy270

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 4 years as a volunteer at Irving Cares. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my role as Case Manager, I was able to interact face to face with our clients. It was enlightening and heartbreaking; courage and strength became a two way street; shared laughter and tears were a common occurrence; mutual respect was given and received. And yes, we also have a great food pantry which often includes fresh fruit and vegetables, a job bank and many resources to help clients get back on their feet. Often, encouragement, a warm smile and a kind word helped ease us to the next step. Thank you Irving Cares for the great work you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Irving Cares employees and volunteers go above and beyond for their community. They may not always be able to help everyone in the way they've asked, but they are on mission to give a hand up to provide help in any way that they possibly can for those facing crisis in Irving. I love the heart of this agency!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Irving Cares continues to provide nutritious food and helpful services with compassion and dignity for Irving residents facing crisis. They truly are a lifeline for the working poor, and have been for over 50 years. I am proud to work with the wonderful staff and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Irving Cares for only a short time but it has been a very rewarding experience. I have been amazed at the work that is put into ensuring that the pantry is stocked with all the appropriate food groups.....nothing is left to chance! Irving Cares does great work to assist our neighbors in need! I am proud to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Irving Cares for 6 years. I find it very rewarding to serve the people of Irving that need a hand up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at Irving Cares weekly in the Food Pantry and enjoying seeing all the people both with and without families, and those that have homes and are homeless receive the help they need to get them through at a low point in their life.
Several people have actually shed tears when we have given them food so thankful to have something in their stomach. I am thankful through Irving Cares people can get help in desperate times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we wanted to find a way to assist in our community, we could not have done better than to volunteer at Irving Cares. This organization does remarkable and lasting work in Irving, and it does so with remarkable care and attention to every dollar. We know how fortunate we are to be able to serve with this outstanding group and, through them, see good things happen in the city where we live.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Irving Cares is a pleasure. It is an organization that truly cares for people in need. The staff is the greatest. It is fun serving them and watching their faces when they receive their food.