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June 10, 2014

Non-profit networking



WILLOW PARK — A number of local non-profits Friday had the opportunity to tell a little bit about themselves and the work they do Friday at the 3rd Annual Woman’s Business Alliance, part of the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.

Each of the nearly 20 alliance organizations had a table to display information and three minutes to talk about what they do. 

Many, like Parker County United Way, distributed funds to other non-profits in an attempt to “improve life for a stronger community.” 

Dennis Clayton with the group said the United Way supported 12 other agencies through fundraisers and donations.

Careity Foundation members do a number of things to raise monies for people with breast cancer, including providing support and preventative services, such as mammograms. The organization helps in other ways as well.

“You may have your medical bills paid but that doesn’t help with things like electricity,” co-founder Lyn Walsh said. “We believe in not only helping the person with cancer but those around them as well.”

Other non-profits rely on donations and fundraising alone, such as the Pythian Home. Volunteer Coordinator Evelyn Fox said the organization receives no state funding but still manages to house about 60 children ages 3 to 14 who otherwise would have no place to go.

Center of Hope CEO Paula Robinson talked about a new way the non-profit has clients helping themselves with the upcoming grand opening of a resale shop called the Hope Chest. Robinson said donations of upscale clothing are being accepted presently at the location. She said the shop will help people in the job program with Center of Hope obtain job experience and be more employable.

Habitat for Humanity has worked on 14 homes in Weatherford and one in Aledo since beginning work in Parker County, according to a press release. Homes are never given away but require 250 hours of sweat equity, including 150 hours on the homes of others, before people can move in.

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