Fowler Communities was one of 22 North Texas volunteer sites providing service projects to honor 9/11 victims, first responders, military, and veterans on this special anniversary year
On Friday, September 10, volunteers could be found gardening, engaging with residents during a patriotic-themed party, and leading patriotic crafts throughout the picturesque 20-acre campus of Juliette Fowler Communities for the Communities Foundation of Texas’ (CFT) 20th annual Freedom Day community service event – held in observance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the federally-recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 10, and as part of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day season of giving.
One of 22 nonprofit partners selected as a volunteer site, Juliette Fowler Communities is a faith-based, nonprofit organization serving residents at various life-stages. Volunteers worked alongside members of the Dallas County Master Gardeners to transform the front entrance and courtyard areas with fresh mulch and new flowers while other volunteers placed flags out in the courtyards and participated in a patriotic-themed party with games as well as patriotic crafts.
“Not only did our residents love interacting with the wonderful, enthusiastic volunteers, but our grounds received a much-needed makeover with fresh mulch and flowers, replacing greenery lost in the winter storm,” said Nicole Gann, CEO and president, Juliette Fowler Communities. “We were honored to be chosen as a volunteer site for this important day and appreciate the hard work of the volunteers who gave so generously of their time.”
CFT for Business (CFT4B), a program of Communities Foundation of Texas facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for companies of all sizes. Since CFT’s first Freedom Day in 2002, more than 14,000 volunteers from CFT4B member and sponsor companies have completed more than 50,000 hours of service on 9/11 to turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. This year, 500+ volunteers including CFT for Business member company employees, event sponsors, CFT fund holders, staff, service partners, partnering nonprofits, and DFW-area veterans will join in service around the theme of Building Thriving Communities for All.
“Uniting volunteers in both hybrid virtual and in-person projects to honor 9/11 victims, first responders, military, and veterans who serve the North Texas community puts such a positive spin on a day that is very difficult for everyone,” said Monica Egert Smith, senior vice president, chief giving and community impact officer, CFT. “It was a joy to spend the morning at Juliette Fowler Communities, working on patriotic crafts with the residents and visiting and sharing stories about their lives. This is day that brings everyone together, introduces us to many wonderful people we would not normally meet, and gives us a chance to pause and reflect while making a positive difference. On behalf of the Communities Foundation of Texas, I want to thank Juliette Fowler Communities for such a special day. Our volunteers were touched by the experience.”
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Juliette Fowler Communities is a Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813