Wilkinson Center

Wilkinson Center Help us provide pathways out of poverty with a tax-deductible donation: http://www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/get-involved/donate/ In 1982, a pastor in a small inner-city church in Dallas, Texas, witnessed children eating food out of a trash dumpster.
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Shocked that this was happening in America, he began a small food pantry in the church basement. The first volunteer at the new pantry was Ruby Wilkinson. In 1985, the food pantry was named in honor of her compassion to the poor and hungry. Today, the Wilkinson Center is a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, serving over 19,000 people annually. The Wilkinson Center transforms the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. Along with basic needs like food, the Wilkinson Center provides adult education for parents and an academically-centered after-school program for children and an annual shoe drive for back to school. Together, these programs give families the tools needed to forever escape poverty.

Shocked that this was happening in America, he began a small food pantry in the church basement. The first volunteer at the new pantry was Ruby Wilkinson. In 1985, the food pantry was named in honor of her compassion to the poor and hungry. Today, the Wilkinson Center is a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, serving over 19,000 people annually. The Wilkinson Center transforms the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. Along with basic needs like food, the Wilkinson Center provides adult education for parents and an academically-centered after-school program for children and an annual shoe drive for back to school. Together, these programs give families the tools needed to forever escape poverty.

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Wilkinson Center’s high school equivalency and young adult programs have returned to in-person classes at Dallas College...
05/05/2021

Wilkinson Center’s high school equivalency and young adult programs have returned to in-person classes at Dallas College, Eastfield Pleasant Grove campus! Start on your path by visiting www.wilkinsoncenter.org/adult-education/

Wilkinson Center’s high school equivalency and young adult programs have returned to in-person classes at Dallas College, Eastfield Pleasant Grove campus! Start on your path by visiting www.wilkinsoncenter.org/adult-education/

We are grateful to Dallasmav and Mavs Off Court for the $10,000 food and emergency support grant! Your unwavering dedica...
05/03/2021

We are grateful to Dallasmav and Mavs Off Court for the $10,000 food and emergency support grant! Your unwavering dedication to giving back to our community has allowed Wilkinson Center to keep Texans moving forward toward self-sufficiency.

We are grateful to Dallasmav and Mavs Off Court for the $10,000 food and emergency support grant! Your unwavering dedication to giving back to our community has allowed Wilkinson Center to keep Texans moving forward toward self-sufficiency.

Thank you to NBC DFW for the awesome story on our #StockUpforSummer initiative, presented by Kroger. We appreciate your ...
05/01/2021
Food Pantry Launches Campaign to Stock Up for Summer

Thank you to NBC DFW for the awesome story on our #StockUpforSummer initiative, presented by Kroger. We appreciate your support!

The last few weeks of the school year will fly by and it will mean thousands of kids will soon lose access to healthy meals.

In response to the storm in February, an online Bible study group from North Carolina called Sabbath Seekers collected i...
04/29/2021

In response to the storm in February, an online Bible study group from North Carolina called Sabbath Seekers collected items for many Food Pantries, including Wilkinson. With online support from around the world, Sabbath Seekers donated an amazing 1670 pounds of items to us!

In response to the storm in February, an online Bible study group from North Carolina called Sabbath Seekers collected items for many Food Pantries, including Wilkinson. With online support from around the world, Sabbath Seekers donated an amazing 1670 pounds of items to us!

It's that time again! Mark your calendars for May 20th as our annual Throwback Thursday Food Drive! Simply drop off your...
04/28/2021

It's that time again! Mark your calendars for May 20th as our annual Throwback Thursday Food Drive! Simply drop off your favorite non-perishable foods (kids' foods especially!) at our Food Pantry on Thursday, May 20th from 4 PM to 6 PM. Help us #StockUpforSummer!

It's that time again! Mark your calendars for May 20th as our annual Throwback Thursday Food Drive! Simply drop off your favorite non-perishable foods (kids' foods especially!) at our Food Pantry on Thursday, May 20th from 4 PM to 6 PM. Help us #StockUpforSummer!

We love success stories like these! We met Wilma and Oscar through the Get Shift Done initiative and are thrilled to hav...
04/27/2021

We love success stories like these! We met Wilma and Oscar through the Get Shift Done initiative and are thrilled to have hired them for permanent positions at Wilkinson Center. Welcome to the team, Wilma and Oscar!

We love success stories like these! We met Wilma and Oscar through the Get Shift Done initiative and are thrilled to have hired them for permanent positions at Wilkinson Center. Welcome to the team, Wilma and Oscar!

Thank you to the Dallasmav, Mavs Off Court, and The Comfy for the donation of 150 sweater blankets and Comfy shoes! Our ...
04/23/2021

Thank you to the Dallasmav, Mavs Off Court, and The Comfy for the donation of 150 sweater blankets and Comfy shoes! Our clients, especially our Seniors, love the soft and warm clothing. We appreciate you helping our community #FeelTheHappy!

Thank you to the Dallasmav, Mavs Off Court, and The Comfy for the donation of 150 sweater blankets and Comfy shoes! Our clients, especially our Seniors, love the soft and warm clothing. We appreciate you helping our community #FeelTheHappy!

Every summer, kids on break from school miss provided meals, and our Food Pantry struggles to fill in the gaps. Four yea...
04/21/2021
Stock Up for Summer | Wilkinson Center

Every summer, kids on break from school miss provided meals, and our Food Pantry struggles to fill in the gaps. Four years ago, Wilkinson Center began our first Stock Up for Summer campaign. Each year, with your support, this initiative has grown. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 and 20,000 pounds of food. To learn more or support this campaign, please visit: www.wilkinsoncenter.org/stockup/

During these unprecedented times, our families have been hit hard – job losses, food shortage, sickness, and the loss of educational opportunities. Learn moreClose

We're leading the charge to address adult literacy in Texas and are so grateful to Literacy Texas and "A Way With Words"...
04/19/2021

We're leading the charge to address adult literacy in Texas and are so grateful to Literacy Texas and "A Way With Words" for choosing Wilkinson Center as a beneficiary of their Lead with Literacy virtual event this Thursday. Get your tickets today and support Wilkinson Center's mission while attending a fun event! Buy tickets at www.literacytexas.org/

We're leading the charge to address adult literacy in Texas and are so grateful to Literacy Texas and "A Way With Words" for choosing Wilkinson Center as a beneficiary of their Lead with Literacy virtual event this Thursday. Get your tickets today and support Wilkinson Center's mission while attending a fun event! Buy tickets at www.literacytexas.org/

Are you looking to change or advance your career? Need to learn Word or Excel for your current job? We are now enrolling...
04/16/2021

Are you looking to change or advance your career? Need to learn Word or Excel for your current job? We are now enrolling students for our Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Classes are available in-person and virtually and are free to students, so enroll today at www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/adult-education/enroll/

Are you looking to change or advance your career? Need to learn Word or Excel for your current job? We are now enrolling students for our Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Classes are available in-person and virtually and are free to students, so enroll today at www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/adult-education/enroll/

A big thank you to Ursuline Academy of Dallas for holding our first #StockUpforSummer food drive this year! Students col...
04/15/2021

A big thank you to Ursuline Academy of Dallas for holding our first #StockUpforSummer food drive this year! Students collected over 396 pounds of items for our Food Pantry. Check back next week to learn how you can join Wilkinson Center's #StockUpforSummer movement!

A big thank you to Ursuline Academy of Dallas for holding our first #StockUpforSummer food drive this year! Students collected over 396 pounds of items for our Food Pantry. Check back next week to learn how you can join Wilkinson Center's #StockUpforSummer movement!

@LiteracyTX is joining forces with national radio co-hosts Martha Barnette & Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" and Kry...
04/14/2021

@LiteracyTX is joining forces with national radio co-hosts Martha Barnette & Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" and Krys Boyd of KERA’s call-in-radio program “Think,” to present a “Lead with Literacy!” virtual fundraiser supporting nonprofits in Texas, including Wilkinson Center. Buy your tickets for this event on April 22nd & choose Wilkinson as your beneficiary. Enjoy this great event while supporting us at the same time! Tickets available at www.literacytexas.org/lead/

@LiteracyTX is joining forces with national radio co-hosts Martha Barnette & Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" and Krys Boyd of KERA’s call-in-radio program “Think,” to present a “Lead with Literacy!” virtual fundraiser supporting nonprofits in Texas, including Wilkinson Center. Buy your tickets for this event on April 22nd & choose Wilkinson as your beneficiary. Enjoy this great event while supporting us at the same time! Tickets available at www.literacytexas.org/lead/

It was great seeing the folks from Amerigroup out at our Food Pantry last week, sharing information on Medicare and heal...
04/13/2021

It was great seeing the folks from Amerigroup out at our Food Pantry last week, sharing information on Medicare and health with our clients. Thanks for coming out and we look forward to seeing you next time!

It was great seeing the folks from Amerigroup out at our Food Pantry last week, sharing information on Medicare and health with our clients. Thanks for coming out and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Summer is just around the corner and our Food Pantry is getting busier! We need volunteers to help with packing up food ...
04/12/2021

Summer is just around the corner and our Food Pantry is getting busier! We need volunteers to help with packing up food boxes and delivering boxes to cars. A variety of different shifts are available, so sign up here TODAY: https://bit.ly/ServePantry

Summer is just around the corner and our Food Pantry is getting busier! We need volunteers to help with packing up food boxes and delivering boxes to cars. A variety of different shifts are available, so sign up here TODAY: https://bit.ly/ServePantry

Did you miss your chance to attend this year’s Can Do! Lunch In? Don’t worry—you can still support Wilkinson Center’s mi...
04/09/2021

Did you miss your chance to attend this year’s Can Do! Lunch In? Don’t worry—you can still support Wilkinson Center’s mission of creating pathways towards self-sufficiency by donating at http://bit.ly/CanDo2021. Now is the time to help Dallas move forward, together.

Did you miss your chance to attend this year’s Can Do! Lunch In? Don’t worry—you can still support Wilkinson Center’s mission of creating pathways towards self-sufficiency by donating at http://bit.ly/CanDo2021. Now is the time to help Dallas move forward, together.

We are excited to honor Get Shift Done and its founders, Patrick Brandt and Anurag Jain, as this year’s Can Do! Award wi...
04/07/2021

We are excited to honor Get Shift Done and its founders, Patrick Brandt and Anurag Jain, as this year’s Can Do! Award winners. Get Shift Done is an innovative non-profit initiative, born in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that helps pay a living wage to newly unemployed hospitality workers and provides volunteers to hunger relief organizations like Wilkinson Center. We look forward to celebrating Get Shift Done on Friday at our virtual event! #CanDo2021

We are excited to honor Get Shift Done and its founders, Patrick Brandt and Anurag Jain, as this year’s Can Do! Award winners. Get Shift Done is an innovative non-profit initiative, born in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that helps pay a living wage to newly unemployed hospitality workers and provides volunteers to hunger relief organizations like Wilkinson Center. We look forward to celebrating Get Shift Done on Friday at our virtual event! #CanDo2021

Did you buy your Can Do! Lunch In tickets yet?!? You only have until TODAY at 5 PM to reserve your virtual spot! Join WF...
04/06/2021

Did you buy your Can Do! Lunch In tickets yet?!? You only have until TODAY at 5 PM to reserve your virtual spot! Join WFAA-TV sportscaster Dale Hansen and other special guests as we celebrate entrepreneurship in the Dallas community. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Did you buy your Can Do! Lunch In tickets yet?!? You only have until TODAY at 5 PM to reserve your virtual spot! Join WFAA-TV sportscaster Dale Hansen and other special guests as we celebrate entrepreneurship in the Dallas community. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

There are only 2 days left to purchase tickets for Wilkinson Center’s virtual Can Do! Lunch In this Friday, April 9th at...
04/05/2021
CanDo! Lunch In 2021 A Virtual Experience | Wilkinson Center

There are only 2 days left to purchase tickets for Wilkinson Center’s virtual Can Do! Lunch In this Friday, April 9th at 12 noon! Enjoy lunch from chef Kent Rathbun and special appearances by Norah Jones, Marty Turco, Dale Hansen, and emcee Tim Cowlishaw. Ticket sales close on Tuesday at 5 PM: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Please join us for the Can Do! Lunch In, a virtual event on Friday, April 9 at noon. Our 2021 Can Do! Award recipient is Get Shift Done. Founders Patrick Brandt and Anurag Jain had the innovative idea to hire out-of-work restaurant employees to provide manpower for nonprofit agencies that had lost s...

You won’t believe the amazing stars we have in store for you at Friday’s Can Do! Lunch In, including our favorite former...
04/04/2021

You won’t believe the amazing stars we have in store for you at Friday’s Can Do! Lunch In, including our favorite former Dallas Stars player, Marty Turco! Marty will deliver a special message to all of Wilkinson Center’s supporters. Purchase tickets to this virtual event here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

You won’t believe the amazing stars we have in store for you at Friday’s Can Do! Lunch In, including our favorite former Dallas Stars player, Marty Turco! Marty will deliver a special message to all of Wilkinson Center’s supporters. Purchase tickets to this virtual event here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

We are honored to have sportswriter Tim Cowlishaw as the emcee of our Can Do! Lunch In on April 9th. All tickets to this...
04/03/2021

We are honored to have sportswriter Tim Cowlishaw as the emcee of our Can Do! Lunch In on April 9th. All tickets to this virtual event must be purchased by Tuesday, April 6th at 5 PM. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event! Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

We are honored to have sportswriter Tim Cowlishaw as the emcee of our Can Do! Lunch In on April 9th. All tickets to this virtual event must be purchased by Tuesday, April 6th at 5 PM. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event! Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

You know the best part of a virtual event? There’s no limit to how many people can attend! So share this post with your ...
04/02/2021

You know the best part of a virtual event? There’s no limit to how many people can attend! So share this post with your friends and buy your tickets for our Can Do! Lunch In next Friday, April 9th. You can support Wilkinson Center’s mission in helping people work towards self-sufficiency while enjoying an awesome event with a great lineup of guests. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

You know the best part of a virtual event? There’s no limit to how many people can attend! So share this post with your friends and buy your tickets for our Can Do! Lunch In next Friday, April 9th. You can support Wilkinson Center’s mission in helping people work towards self-sufficiency while enjoying an awesome event with a great lineup of guests. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Everything’s bigger in Texas and Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Lunch In lineup just got a Texas-sized boost!  Grammy Award-...
04/01/2021

Everything’s bigger in Texas and Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Lunch In lineup just got a Texas-sized boost! Grammy Award-winner and Texas-native Norah Jones has recorded a special performance of her song “Lonestar” just for Can Do! attendees. Don’t miss this amazing virtual event on April 9th. Tickets on sale now here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Everything’s bigger in Texas and Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Lunch In lineup just got a Texas-sized boost! Grammy Award-winner and Texas-native Norah Jones has recorded a special performance of her song “Lonestar” just for Can Do! attendees. Don’t miss this amazing virtual event on April 9th. Tickets on sale now here: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Nothing says Texas like barbecue, and nobody does barbecue like chef Kent Rathbun! We are excited to extend the delivery...
03/31/2021

Nothing says Texas like barbecue, and nobody does barbecue like chef Kent Rathbun! We are excited to extend the delivery of a delicious Kent Rathbun BBQ lunch to ticket holders at all levels! Purchase your tickets TODAY for our virtual Can Do! Lunch In on April 9th: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

Nothing says Texas like barbecue, and nobody does barbecue like chef Kent Rathbun! We are excited to extend the delivery of a delicious Kent Rathbun BBQ lunch to ticket holders at all levels! Purchase your tickets TODAY for our virtual Can Do! Lunch In on April 9th: http://bit.ly/CanDo2021 #CanDo2021

We are so grateful to Highland Park United Methodist Church for choosing Wilkinson Center as a site for their Service Da...
03/30/2021

We are so grateful to Highland Park United Methodist Church for choosing Wilkinson Center as a site for their Service Day! Last Saturday, volunteers put together shelves and gave our Pantry a deep cleaning. Thank you for giving of your time and talents!

We are so grateful to Highland Park United Methodist Church for choosing Wilkinson Center as a site for their Service Day! Last Saturday, volunteers put together shelves and gave our Pantry a deep cleaning. Thank you for giving of your time and talents!

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WOW! Look at the AMAZING piece by MySweetCharity on ourCan Do! Lunch In.  Thank you MySweetCharity for a great write up ...
03/24/2021
JUST IN: Pandemic-Born Get Shift Done To Receive Wilkinson Center's 2021 Can Do! Award - My Sweet Charity

WOW! Look at the AMAZING piece by MySweetCharity on our
Can Do! Lunch In. Thank you MySweetCharity for a great write up about our event! Buy your tickets today!😊

https://www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/event/can-do-luncheon-2021-a-virtual-experience/

The recipient of the Wilkinson Center’s 2021 Can Do! Award has been announced and it’s a timely one. 2021 Can Do Luncheon Chair Jan Worrall has just revealed that the award will be presented to Get Shift Done. If Get Shift Done is new on your North Texas nonprofit list, it was birthed as a […]

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Today I honor my grandparents as seniors that inspired me. Olive and Winston Munro always volunteereed in their community and gave people hope.My grandmother volunteered in the chaplain’s office at our public hospital for over 40 years. My grandfather volunteered at the Miami Rescue Mission helping the homeless population. Both my grandparents dedicated their lives to volunteering. Even though they are no longer with us, my superstar grandparents are still a part of me today and gave me the passion to serve my community. #thriveafter65 #NTxGivingDay #wilkinsoncenter
Wanda Gibson, the student senior who does not have a age limit on education, she inspires the class to never give up,on yourself and your education!!! she goes above and beyond to help other students....if it means paying the cost for their GED practice test!!.😊😁
they help a lot of people that are in need and they also help people to get their education, or food, or finding a place to live or getting rides or medical attention we are at the Hampton and Illinois library with Miss. Bobbie we love her as our teacher.😇👩‍🎓💖👩‍🏫🤟🎓💻📚 😍