Volunteer Fair serves community

The Richland Volunteer Fair Sept. 14 featured a variety of social services agencies from around the metroplex. 

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA), a nonprofit organization, is the lead agency for an effective homeless response. Its goal is to make homelessness a rare, brief and nonrecurring life event. MHDA covers Dallas and Collin counties and serves as the lead agency for the local Continuum of Care, which coordinates care for the homeless and is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

MDHA facilitates more than $16.5 million for HUD-funded housing programs, tracks the performance and drives improvement in programs serving more than 9,450 individual clients. 

The agency is looking for 1,000 volunteers for the MDHA Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count, which takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2017. The Count is required under federal law and helps communities and the nation identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness. The results will be shared with the community during the “State of the Homeless Address” in March 2017.  

For more information, contact David Gruber, development and communications director, at 469-222-0047 or go to www.mdhadallas.org.

The Senior Source, an agency geared toward older adults, is looking for volunteers to visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Dallas County to help with activities or visit with residents one on one. Volunteers can start anytime – weekdays, weekends, after work or on holidays. 

Activities include bingo, board games, manicures, parties, arts and crafts, reading to residents, cooking demos and beautification projects. Volunteers can help collect donations and deliver them at the holidays or throughout the year. Those who have talent, singers, dancers, those who play instruments or who are involved in theater, can perform. 

Most long-term care homes require people to complete an application and a background check before volunteering, but if someone volunteers as part of a group, the homes will often waive those requirements. For more information, contact Marsha Evans, visitor program coordinator, at the Senior Source at 214-823-5700, Ext. 6131 or go to www.theseniorsource.org.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan political organization of women and men that encourages informed and active participation in government. It does not endorse or oppose candidates. Its goal is to encourage informed and active participation. The organization was founded in 1920. It promotes voter registration and publishes information about upcoming races.  

Students interested in voting in the presidential election must be registered in Texas. Permanent residents of other states need to consult with officials in their home statesfor registration and ballot-by-mail procedures.

If you’re attending a college or university away from home, you can vote early by mail if you claimed as your primary residence the address where you live while not attending school where a parent or guardian lives. To request an early voting ballot be sent to the address where you are physically planning to be at election time (Nov. 8), you must fill out an early voting ballot request application . 

To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 years old or older on Election Day, be a resident of the county where you will vote, not be a convicted felon unless your sentence is complete (including any probation or parole) and not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law. 

For more information, applications are available at libraries, post offices, driver’s license offices, the LWV Dallas office, or one can call 214-819-6300 or go to www.VoteTexas.gov.