Community Partners Program
Trinity Valley School, along with Once Upon a Time… and The Greatest Gift Catalogue Ever, created the Community Partners Program (CPP) to prepare students for civic leadership in philanthropy and community service.
Participation in this workshop introduces students to the following:
- 501 (c) (3) non-profits
- Non-profit foundations
- Organization and operation of a non-profit
- Importance of and techniques for fundraising within a non-profit
- Function of a board of directors within a non-profit
- Types of services offered by non-profits within the Fort Worth community
CPP student participants gain valuable experiences through a series of first-hand conversations with executive directors of non-profits, directors of development, foundation presidents, and other experts. Students discuss non-profits in small groups to learn about the types of services offered by different organizations and to begin developing questions to guide discussion both amongst themselves and with community leaders.
As a part of this program, students allocate approximately $2,000 to organizations within the community. To determine where they wish to allocate their funds, students learn more about each organization. Presentations have been given by directors of the following non-profits:
- All Church Home
- Amon Carter Foundation
- Catholic Charities
- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
- Gill Children’s Services
- Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
- Once Upon A Time . . .
- Tarrant Area Food Bank
- The Lena Pope Home
- The Mental Health Association of Tarrant County
- The WARM Place
- Union Gospel Mission
Quotes from students who completed the program:
"The Community Partners Program really opened my eyes to the necessity of nonprofit organizations to Tarrant County. We witnessed firsthand how deeply people have been helped by such organizations. I was truly touched by the care of the people who work to help others through these programs; never have I volunteered in a place where the people were so passionate about their jobs as I did through this program. The Community Partners Program was educational and inspiring, moving and beneficial. I am glad to have participated in this program and hope to do so again in the future." - Rebecca B.
"The Community Partners Program has enabled me to see just how easy it is to make a difference. You see how much good non-profits are doing in the community, and you know that every single dollar and every single minute of service given helps change the world." - Olivia N.
"This program really showed me the passion that citizens working in non-profits have for their organizations and the people they serve. It takes a lot of courage to wake up and put your own needs aside to serve others, and they wake up and do it every day." - Claire A.
"It was heartwarming how passionate the staff of these organizations were. They could have had much higher paying jobs but instead, chose to help the community through their non-profit because of how much they believed in them. I was surprised by how appreciative the residents of the Union Gospel Mission were to our help." - Caroline S.