Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic many Temple partners are not using the help of volunteers. We invite you to visit this page for more information. If you have questions or would like to make much-needed donations to a specific partner, please contact Debbie Fuqua.
Temple Emanu-El’s involvement in Vickery Meadow
The Vickery Meadow neighborhood - located only three miles from our Temple - is comprised primarily of multi-family communities and contains one of the largest concentrations of economically disadvantaged residents in Dallas. Today the area is a major refugee resettlement location with rising populations from Myanmar, Iran, Iraq and parts of Africa. As a congregation, Temple Emanu-El has a long history of service in Vickery Meadow. If you would like more information about the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, please contact Cheryl Pollman, Chair of the Vickery Meadow Committee.
Vickery Meadow Neighborhood Alliance Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Temple works with Jewish Family Service, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Vickery Meadow Improvement District, National Council of Jewish Women, Our Ladies of Charity and Park Cities Baptist Church to serve the neighborhood. To volunteer at the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry, please contact Carol Weinstein.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war, persecution or natural disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. Help in their immigration department, teach ASL (American Sign Language), or mentor a family to help them learn English. Currently, Temple is working with IRC's New Roots initiative to help refugee families grow their own produce in community gardens across DFW. Temple is home to two IRC families. For more information about IRC's New Roots program, contact Sarith Abramowitz.
The mission of Literacy Achieves is to equip non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and the overall well-being of our students, their families and the greater community. To volunteer, please contact Liz Harling.
Jill Stone Elementary School
Jill Stone was a Temple member who began working in the neighborhood in the early 1990s and quickly recruited other Temple members to join in her efforts. After her death in 2004, this elementary school was renamed in her memory. To volunteer, please contact Debbie Fuqua.
Heart House is a free after-school program that provides a safe haven and academic support to at-risk children, while encouraging them to become good citizens. To volunteer, please contact Debbie Fuqua.
Apartments for Refugee Families
To volunteer or donate new or gently used household items, please contact Nancy Lubar. The list of donation items needed can be found here.