TSB Community Contributor
Community Lifeline Center may have moved its physical location a few months ago, but the ball hasn’t stopped rolling. CLC continues to attract organizations and partnerships all willing to help them serve McKinney.
After projects with Home Depot and Leadership McKinney, Christmas brought a multi-partner project including the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the residents of Tucker Hill, Trinity Presbyterian and St Peter’s Episcopal. Hundreds of CLC clients were given holiday meal baskets and gifts.
Often, partnerships wane as the holiday season comes to a close. But the work of Community Lifeline doesn’t end, and neither did the list of those organizations willing to help.
“In February our new Client Management System went live, created free of charge for CLC by software developers Greg Strange & Rob Curry,” said Christine Hockin-Boyd, CLC’s executive director. “The Empty Bowls event at St. Peter’s Episcopal helped feed our families at Easter. March brought the McKinney Ladies’ Association Fashion Show, and the Master Gardener’s event, both benefitted CLC.
“We’ve been assisted by the students at Imagine International Academy, who collected cleaning supplies for our clients. We were chosen by Reverend Doug Fox at First United Methodist and KLAK for a guest DJ contest; and the Kiwanis Club will do their International Day of Service at CLC on April 6. And on April 22, the McKinney Christian Academy is holding a golf tournament, and part of the proceeds will be donated to CLC’s Veteran and Family Services Program.
“The amount of support and work being done on our behalf is humbling”, said Hockin-Boyd. We needed and received tremendous resources for our move, and we were fearful that the offers for help would cease. But the community has continued to bring forth partnership ideas and projects.”
Next up for Community Lifeline – its 2nd Annual Service Gathering – GAMES FOR GOOD – scheduled for Thursday May 9. “Our fundraiser is another example of partnering to serve the community”, said Jaymie Pedigo, Development Director. “Brad Mills and his family are hosting us at the Flour Mill, and financial backers Emerson Process Management and Baylor Medical Center McKinney are on board. Additionally, we’ve formed a new partnership with the Collin College’s Culinary Arts program, who will be providing much of the food for our event.”
Sponsorships and tickets are still available for GAMES FOR GOOD. For information visit www.communitylifeline.org.