People need jobs. Nonprofits need volunteers. Socialwyze’s solution is hourly wages for good work.

People need jobs. Nonprofits need volunteers. Socialwyze’s solution is hourly wages for good work.

The for-profit company connects nonprofits with unemployed individuals who can earn hourly wages by doing community benefit work.

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Steven Monacelli - July 20, 2021

What’s keeping Dallas from having a food truck scene like Austin’s

What’s keeping Dallas from having a food truck scene like Austin’s

MLK Food Park organizers say City of Dallas rules around food trucks encourage the kinds of fried delicacies that Dallasites can find en masse at the State Fair of Texas but discourage healthy options. That’s why they created a mobile food task force to examine Dallas’ food policies for special events.

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Sujata Dand - July 9, 2021

New grocery store reflects Cornerstone church’s belief that ‘South Dallas deserves beautiful things’

New grocery store reflects Cornerstone church’s belief that ‘South Dallas deserves beautiful things’

A new neighborhood grocery store in South Dallas is part of Cornerstone Baptist Church's overall vision for a healthy community.

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Sujata Dand - June 16, 2021

Laying out food pantries like grocery stores gives choice and can lead to healthy habits

Laying out food pantries like grocery stores gives choice and can lead to healthy habits

Aunt Bette's food pantry at St. Philip's in South Dallas is set up like a grocery store to provide choices to hungry neighbors. This can create the kind of positive psychological environment conducive to healthy consumer habits, experts say.

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Bekah S. McNeel - May 19, 2021

To feed community members, Crossroads partners with churches, public housing facilities and neighborhood centers

To feed community members, Crossroads partners with churches, public housing facilities and neighborhood centers

"Most people that come to our [Red Bird] food pantry come to it as a last resort, when their food stamps have run out at the end of the month,” says Katie Peters, who manages community relations at Crossroads Community Services. “The unique thing about our community partners is that they typically have recurring clients."

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Michelle Aslam - May 18, 2021

Coming soon: A Dolphin Heights community gardener in residence

Coming soon: A Dolphin Heights community gardener in residence

At 80, Anna Hill still tends the Dolphin Heights Community Garden next door to her home. A new 450-square-foot cottage on the garden site will give Hill much needed help, and give the gardener in residence an affordable house.

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Sujata Dand - May 12, 2021

Black and Brown ‘Lit Lab’ library opens in Bonton’s Bridge Builders

Black and Brown ‘Lit Lab’ library opens in Bonton’s Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders, a nonprofit in the Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas, has recently opened a Black and Brown library called the Lit Lab. The library’s purpose is to showcase only Black and Brown authors and characters in hopes that the children can have a relatable experience while reading.  Tracy Lindsey, director of the kids program, […]

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Diante Marigny - May 7, 2021

Cornerstone Baptist Church is opening a grocery store to address food insecurity in South Dallas

Cornerstone Baptist Church is opening a grocery store to address food insecurity in South Dallas

In an effort to address food insecurity in the community, Cornerstone Baptist Church is opening Southpoint Community Market, a neighborhood grocery store that will sell fresh and affordable food.

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Sujata Dand - May 6, 2021

Non-profit grocery store Jubilee Market in Waco fills a gap for affordable, nutritious food

Non-profit grocery store Jubilee Market in Waco fills a gap for affordable, nutritious food

Jubilee Market in Waco has attracted the attention of city leaders from across Texas looking for innovative ways to provide affordable and nutritious foods in low-income neighborhoods. However, Jubilee may be a unicorn, because it relies on a leader who lives in the neighborhood, a strong base of supporters and a financial safety net.

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Sujata Dand - April 28, 2021

In Dallas’ food deserts, community gardens ease — but don’t end — hunger pangs

In Dallas’ food deserts, community gardens ease — but don’t end — hunger pangs

Community gardens have been a way of life for people in South Dallas for years. Without a nearby grocery store, residents have often had to rely on their own gardening skills for fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Nazarene Harris - April 27, 2021

Vaccine hesitancy, not availability, now South Dallas’ largest barrier

Vaccine hesitancy, not availability, now South Dallas’ largest barrier

Now that anyone who wants a vaccine can get one, the challenge is overcoming barriers such as internet access needed to register for the vaccine and transportation needed to get to appointments, plus the even more daunting barrier of trust.

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Keri Mitchell - April 26, 2021

‘No interruption’: Wireless network gives South Dallas students reliable internet access at home

‘No interruption’: Wireless network gives South Dallas students reliable internet access at home

Dallas ISD built a large cell tower on Lincoln High School’s campus to extend the existing WiFi signal to homes within a two-mile radius of the school so students and their families could access the internet for free.

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Sujata Dand - April 15, 2021

Organizers hope pop-up MLK Food Park becomes permanent in South Dallas

Organizers hope pop-up MLK Food Park becomes permanent in South Dallas

A month-long outdoor food park is opening in South Dallas on weekends in April and early May to help support neighborhoods chefs and food entrepreneurs whose businesses have been impacted by the pandemic and the State Fair’s cancellation.

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Vivian Berreondo - March 30, 2021

After the storm: Resources for South Dallas neighbors

After the storm: Resources for South Dallas neighbors

Dallas Free Press has compiled a list of resources for South Dallas residents in the aftermath of the winter storm.

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Keri Mitchell - February 22, 2021

‘Transformational’ news on South Dallas’ historic Forest Theater coming in February

‘Transformational’ news on South Dallas’ historic Forest Theater coming in February

“I’ve never seen the marquee light up before,” noted Elizabeth Wattley in a September 2019 podcast about CitySquare’s restoration of the historic Forest Theater. As a child, the theater was an icon Wattley knew well, and even though the Forest was unoccupied in much of Wattley’s remembrance, she still recognized it as “a landmark and a […]

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Keri Mitchell - January 21, 2021

Not My Son founder Tramonica Brown transforms Dallas

Not My Son founder Tramonica Brown transforms Dallas

Officers ordered protesters to get on the ground and began throwing smoke bombs and tear gas that blended their flashing red and blue lights into purple fumes. The air was filled with smoke screens and screams. More than 600 protesters, lying face down on the concrete, had their hands zip-tied behind their backs. A few even jumped over the side of the bridge in an attempt to get away from the arresting officers and flying projectiles. But not Tramonica Brown.

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Vivian Berreondo - December 15, 2020

Zoning vs. small business: Three South Dallas stories

Zoning vs. small business: Three South Dallas stories

“The more things that we bring in that keep our residents in our community spending their money here, the more we create that ecosystem of a sustainable economy that is going to give back to this community, instead of all of our dollars being spent elsewhere,” says Councilman Adam Bazaldua.

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Nicolette White - December 3, 2020

Questions answered: South Dallas Fair Park Public Improvement District (PID)

Questions answered: South Dallas Fair Park Public Improvement District (PID)

Dallas Free Press recently asked questions about the South Dallas Fair Park PID to try to understand how these tax dollars are benefitting the neighborhood, and how COVID might be impacting the work.

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Nicolette White - November 30, 2020

It’s 2020 but banks’ redlining practices still stifle southern Dallas

It’s 2020 but banks’ redlining practices still stifle southern Dallas

This WFAA airs from reporter David Schechter reveals how banks are still redlining southern Dallas neighborhoods.

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Keri Mitchell - November 22, 2020

New gym, storm shelter coming to Dallas’ James Madison High School

New gym, storm shelter coming to Dallas’ James Madison High School

A new competition gymnasium at James Madison High School is being constructed as part of roughly $29 million the school received in Dallas ISD’s voter-approved $1.6 billion 2015 bond package.

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Skye Seipp - November 4, 2020

New dashboard tracks costs, construction for South Dallas school bond projects

New dashboard tracks costs, construction for South Dallas school bond projects

The Nov. 3 presidential election is attracting record numbers of early voters in Dallas to the polls, but there are local decisions to be made, too, including five Dallas ISD bond propositions totaling $3.7 billion.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - October 27, 2020

South Dallas leaders press DART for curb-to-curb transportation service

South Dallas leaders press DART for curb-to-curb transportation service

A community survey showed that 45 percent of the people in the South Dallas zip codes of 75210 and 75215 don't have cars. Community leaders want to bring DART's GoLink service to the neighborhood.

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Sujata Dand - October 21, 2020

This mental health podcast from a South Dallas native recognizes we all need help

This mental health podcast from a South Dallas native recognizes we all need help

For Reynolds, a South Dallas native who grew up in the South Blvd/Park Row neighborhood, The Help Show has been a spiritual journey that has allowed her to process her grief.

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Sriya Reddy - September 17, 2020

Could internet access in Dallas shift from a luxury to a utility?

Could internet access in Dallas shift from a luxury to a utility?

South Dallas’ Lincoln High School could place an antenna on its roof and transmit broadband signals to household receivers. A student could then type a code into her laptop and sign on to the network from home.

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Sujata Dand - September 8, 2020

As schools prep for virtual learning, 1/3 of Dallas families lack internet access

As schools prep for virtual learning, 1/3 of Dallas families lack internet access

Co-published by our media partner, KERA. Listen to the radio version on KERA’s website. Jamaala Karim walks into the Paul Dunbar Learning Center cafeteria. It’s filled with staff hired to help distribute technology to students’ families.  “Having to go from single mom to teacher, it’s like, uhhhhhh,” she sighs heavily.  Karim picks up two clear backpacks. […]

South Dallas

Sujata Dand - September 1, 2020

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

When South Dallas residents don’t hold the title to the property they own, it can cause all kinds of problems.  Without a title, the property can’t be sold and isn’t eligible for government-funded home repairs or homestead exemptions that give a property tax discount.  It’s a financial problem, definitely. It’s also a legal problem, says […]

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Keri Mitchell - August 20, 2020

Frazier pop-up camp breaks up long, hot, homebound summer

Frazier pop-up camp breaks up long, hot, homebound summer

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly Wearing colorful masks, groups of children trickle into the empty parking lot near the Frazier community center to check-in to the Frazier Revitalization Pop-Up Camp. As they wait in line, they eye the red and yellow tea-flavored popsicles being handed out by Mind Over Matter Tea and […]

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Sriya Reddy - August 12, 2020

South Dallas businesses, residents opt to pay extra taxes for public improvement

South Dallas businesses, residents opt to pay extra taxes for public improvement

Parts of South Dallas and Fair Park are using self-imposed tax dollars to improve the community by cleaning up streets, fixing infrastructure issues and increasing public safety and security.

South Dallas

Skye Seipp - August 7, 2020

The MLK library branch remains closed, but neighbors can view its South Dallas history exhibit online

The MLK library branch remains closed, but neighbors can view its South Dallas history exhibit online

The plan was to host a physical exhibit at the MLK library from April through June, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed their plans and made things more uncertain.

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Sriya Reddy - July 30, 2020

A $7 million facelift will transform South Dallas’ MLK school into an arts academy

A $7 million facelift will transform South Dallas’ MLK school into an arts academy

This fall, the school opens as a Dallas ISD “transformation” school focused on performing and fine arts.

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Skye Seipp - July 8, 2020

Amid a pandemic, Restorative Farms plants seedlings for South Dallas growth

Amid a pandemic, Restorative Farms plants seedlings for South Dallas growth

More than 300 of Restorative Farms’ GroBoxes are now producing basil, okra, peppers and more in backyards, front yards and patios across Dallas, including more than 50 in South Dallas.

South Dallas

Sriya Reddy - July 8, 2020

MLK Community Center’s Juneteenth celebration different but ‘impactful’

MLK Community Center’s Juneteenth celebration different but ‘impactful’

Normally, center turns into a festival on Juneteenth, with vendors and music in the parking lot, but with COVID-19 numbers still breaking record highs in Dallas County, this year’s event was done differently.

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Skye Seipp - June 24, 2020

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly When Dr. Ahmad Garrett-Price leaves his home in West Dallas, he always takes his self-made “care package” with him. It’s a recyclable grocery bag holding key items to protect himself and others from the novel coronavirus: a mask, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipers and disinfectant spray. […]

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Keri Mitchell - May 13, 2020

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly Mayor Eric Johnson and District 3 Councilman Casey Thomas spent Friday morning on group phone calls with Dallas clergy and small minority-owned business owners, making sure they knew about grants and loans available to them and their communities. The federal government gave the City of Dallas $5 […]

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Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly In the state of Texas, if a tenant is late paying rent, the landlord has a legal right to evict. “There’s no protection in Texas law for that,” says Sandy Rollins, executive director of the Dallas-based Texas Tenants’ Union. “It’s a default on the contract when you don’t […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

During a typical month, Dennis Gant may welcome one or two new residents to the former South Dallas apartment building that now operates as a dormitory for men who just left prison and are trying to get on their feet. In the last three weeks, however, six new residents have been released to the care of Trinity Restoration Ministries.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 22, 2020

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

Dallas County had declared a state of emergency two weeks prior as cases of the novel coronavirus rose. Williams reached out to Carter, whose nonprofit Carter’s House provides children’s clothing and baby items to families from its headquarters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The two women had teamed up previously to host pop-up baby boutiques for single parents, and they decided to face the pandemic head-on in another joint effort.

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Keri Mitchell - April 8, 2020

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

The coronavirus pandemic already is taking its toll on Dallas. And COVID-19 is likely to more fiercely attack disenfranchised sections of the city.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - March 25, 2020

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