2017 went by in a flash and has been a big year for our agency, especially with our re-brand as Dala Communications and recent office move. Even with all these changes and hectic schedules, we still found the time to give back to our community throughout the year for our quarterly volunteer days. We couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our clients and friends.
We understand that our success, both in the community and professionally, is dependent upon our relationships and we are grateful for your trust and partnership as we take the next step in our agency evolution, while building upon C. Pharr & Co.’s lasting reputation.
As we reflect on 2017, we wanted to share highlights of all the ways we gave back to our community this year.
In March, we helped Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of North Texas announce its Bigs in Blue program with the Dallas Police Department, matching youth with police officers. In May we were busy helping BBBS announce its new partnership with Dallas ISD (DISD) police officers to continue supporting the recently launched Bigs in Blue initiative BBBS is a volunteer mentoring organization.
In June, we made a splash while jumping in the pool to help members of Ability Connection Texas with their physical therapy. Ability Connection Texas has been serving individuals with disabilities and special needs throughout Texas since 1954.
In July, we were part of a panel during the University of Texas at Arlington Communication and Media Camp. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the next generation of PR pros. The Communication and Media Camp gives high school students a chance to explore the real tasks involved in communication careers.
On Sept. 11, we headed out to Whitney M. Young elementary school in South Dallas to volunteer with Dallas 1st Service Platoon from The Mission Continues as part of Freedom Day, a day of service in Dallas where first responders, veterans and local companies gather and volunteer together to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001. We spent the day volunteering alongside veterans to make the school’s outdoor play area more festive and interactive. The Mission Continues is a volunteer organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.
In December, we did some holiday shopping to make the spirits a little brighter for the homeless children living in Dallas. We went out as a team and bought pajamas and books to give to children at Interfaith Dallas, an organization that aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing working families with the tools to eliminate barriers, equip them to overcome poverty, educate children with skills to successfully pursue dreams and overall empower families to live self-sufficient lives.
In addition to spending time volunteering, we gave monetary donations in honor of our clients and referral partners. These organizations include:
- 4word – Connecting, leading and supporting professional women to achieve their potential
- Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity – Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope
- Step Up – Propels girls from under‐resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college‐bound, career‐focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women
We look forward to giving back to the community in 2018 and beyond. Check out our volunteer pictures on Instagram any time using the hashtag #DalaDoesGood.