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Share Center Receives $50,000 from the Walmart Foundation

 Donation will help provide basic necessities and a better life for Kaufman area residents

 Terrell, Texas, May 27, 2014 – Share Center announced today that it received a $50,000 contribution to help provide necessities like food, clothing, school supplies, support education and assistance programs to clients of the organization. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will allow the Share Center to continue programs like involvement in the City-wide Back to School Program, the summer program for children of mothers who use Share Center, and the Adult Education program.

 

“We would like to thank the Walmart Foundation and the Walmart Corporation for the conscientious involvement not just in the Share Center, but in the community of Terrell and Kaufman County,” said Betty Glaeser with Share Center. “Walmart has proven with their dedication to our community for many years that they are not just a store, but a part of our community. Some of our senior clients even call the Share Center their little Walmart.”

 

In 1995, the Terrell Share Center began as the dream of several women of the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ. That dream included sharing God’s love to those in need through providing food, clothing and education. The center started with just three volunteers and has grown to now include more than 100. Share Center fed and clothed close to 2,000 families in 2013 and graduated three individuals from GED classes. The food insecurity rate is still high in the Terrell area, and with the help from the Walmart Foundation, the Share Center plans to expand the ways in which they help their clients be more self-sufficient.

 

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting Share Center and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Todd Libbra, Walmart Market Manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in Kaufman County will have access to the basic services they need like food and clothing. We are excited that our grant will also help the Share Center expand the services they offer to the residents of the community that are in need.”

 

The contribution to Share Center was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Texas State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

 

In 2012, the Texas State Giving Program awarded more than $86.2 million to local organizations. In Texas, a team of local associates determines the needs within each state, reviews eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.

 

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

 

In 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, surpassing 2012’s total by more than $244 million. Global in-kind donations accounted for $1 billion, while $316.3 million was given in cash globally.

 

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

 

About Share Center

Founded in 1995, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Share Center’s mission is to “Help People Help Themselves” to provide the opportunity for a brighter future by providing food, clothing, build self-esteem, offer classes for further education and job referrals. The center is located in Terrell, Texas and serves Kaufman County. To learn more about the Share Center, visit
www.terrell-sharecenter.org.


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