United Way will host a book drive and other volunteer activities Friday, Jan. 22, as part of the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service Jan. 16-24. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, you are invited to drop off new children’s books for lower-income children ages 0 – 9 at United Way’s Fort Worth office, 1500 N. Main, Suite 200. You also can donate coloring books and crayons to entertain children while their parents get their taxes done at our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites. When you stop by United Way, you can make bookmarks in the Board Room for children at the Center for Transforming Lives (formerly the YWCA) and write birthday card messages for clients of Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County. Invite your friends!
In 2014 the Fort Worth City Council signed the International Charter for Compassion, designating Fort Worth as a “Compassionate City.” This week Mayor Betsy Price is calling on families, business leaders, faith institutions, non-profits, neighborhoods, schools and individuals across the county to initiate and participate in volunteer projects of their choice.
“I want to see our citizens volunteer and give a day, or even an hour, to demonstrate tangible acts of compassion,” said Mayor Price in a letter to the city. “I believe that actions motivated by the Golden Rule, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ will help us become an even greater and more compassionate city.”