I have been a volunteer in many capacities from the very beginning. to me what is the most important achievement of Jubilee is that the community has taken our dream to a higher level. I have witnessed parents, who would not even consider a PTA, to become advocates not just for the school, but for the entire neighborhood. When the last DISD bond issue was not handle well at O. M. Roberts, these parents demanded monthly meeting with the District superintendent. They spoke for themselves and got action. This was not happening before Jubilee.
As a volunteer, I have helped with the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner, the neighborhood clean-up day, the Steering Committee, the Angel Tree Christmas program, and writing for numerous publications about this amazing neighborhood revitalization program. To see the neighborhood elementary school go from the worst performing in Dallas to be rated Exemplary is a testament to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. When others had relegated the neighborhood children as doomed to be low-performers, the Jubilee volunteers proved them wrong! Big Time.Jubilee was started by the efforts of an outstanding church, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal, and now the army of volunteers reaches over the entire city. Senior citizens can watch the children play in the beautiful and safe park. Housing is so improved. Nutrition and health issues are big priorities. When we share communion with residents and volunteers (in English and Spanish), the bond of friendship and humanity is bridged so beautifully.
I joined Jubilee three years ago as chair of the Public Health Task Force. Residents of Jubilee face a myriad of health issues from infant to senior, we see diabetes, hypertension, plumonary disease, & obesity as example. Jubilee is surrounded by a "food desert" with no neighborhood grocery store & limited transportation. With 1000 healthy calories costing $17.00 & !000 unhealthy calories available for $1.75 it is understandable that with financial constraints that dietary input is affected. With the creation of the Children's Community Garden we are able to provide healthy & accessable alternatives in the residents diets. Additionally, the Kids Cafe provides dinner for children who often would have no other meal in the evening. Jubilee is that oasis to the neighborhood where fellowship is ongoing, dreams are realized, & smiles abound.
I had the privilege of serving on the team responsible for construction of the new Jubilee Park Community facilities. Through my involvement, I was able to witness first hand, the impact that Jubilee has on the community it serves. The care and consideration that was put into each decision was an awesome thing to experience. The level of commitment and dedication that the Jubilee program has for the Community is an inspiring thing to see. Jubilee is a great example of what a few with giving hearts who commit to making an impact can do for an entire community.
I volunteer in the Jubilee neighborhood every week. I enjoy working with the Jubilee staff. Jubilee's vision is education through the life cycle. I see this happening every week. Whether it's the elementary students after school program, lunches for senior citizens, or adult computer classes, Jubilee is committed to changing lives. This is very encouraging!
As a volunteer at Jubilee Park and Community Center, I feel extremely happy to be able be participate of this great cause. Volunteering at Jubilee has been the most rewarding volunteering I have ever done. I am currently working as a tutor/assistant with the 3rd grade after school program, and just having the kids smile and run to hug me, and ask for help with their homework every time they see me, is an accelerating feeling that has me wishing I could do this all day long. Just driving trough the community can give one an idea of how much the help is needed in this area, but Jubilee is sure to provide breath of hope to the families that participate in this program.
I am a youth minister at a church in Dallas, so I have taken my group to Jubilee more times than I can remember. The people in the community are always welcoming and happy to see us. The staff is organized, friendly, and energetic. My church is actually trying to be very intentional about not just going to service the people of Jubilee, but rather alongside them. So far so good!