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North Texas Community Foundation funds parent engagement at LVTRise

Written by Mindia Whittier

Funds are disbursed to entities working to achieve a more equitable community for all.

LVTRise (LVT) has received a grant from the Fund to Advance Racial Equity at North Texas Community Foundation.

The $30,000 contribution was awarded under the fund category of Supporting Community Leadership. It will facilitate hiring staff to support the Parent Engagement Initiative in the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood, and provide food and clothing donations to students.

“The Fund to Advance Racial Equity provides grants to nonprofits working to build understanding and strengthen our community across racial lines,” said Lindy Calzada, community impact programs coordinator at North Texas Community Foundation. “The Fund’s grant committee, comprised of community leaders from diverse backgrounds, recognized the importance of LVT Rise’s Parent Engagement Initiative. A child’s education and the health of the school are improved when parents are engaged, and the staff supported by this grant will help more parents’ voices be heard in their child’s education.”

LVT began as a mobile community center providing social services and access to resources for area residents after a series of Town Hall meetings uncovered significant deficiencies and a lack of resources in this part of the community. In 2018, the Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project became the registered nonprofit currently known as LVTRise, Inc.

In spring of 2019, Rise Community Center opened to the public providing a permanent home for the organization. In January 2021, the city of Fort Worth opened a branch of the public library system in the community center furthering the resources available at the location in January 2021.

A land lease agreement that paved the way for a Las Vegas Trail Child Development Campus to become a reality for the high need community was approved by Fort Worth City Council in May. Child Care Associates will build and operate the new facility that will be built adjacent to the existing Rise Community Center. Construction is estimated to start in late fall of 2022 and is projected to take 18 months to build and finish out an eight classroom, approximately 8,600 SF child development facility. An estimated 100 children and their families will be served through Head Start and Early Head Start.

“We are grateful for the generous support and partnership we have with North Texas Community Foundation and are proud to be a recipient of this grant,” said LVTRise Executive Director Paige Charbonnet. “We work hard to stretch every grant, donation and contribution we receive and look forward to witnessing the positive impact this has in the lives of those who call LVT home.”

North Texas Community Foundation has $519 million in assets and made grants totaling approximately $30 million in 2021. Its Fund to Advance Racial Equity provides grants to nonprofits working to build understanding and strengthen the community across racial lines in every zip code.

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Mindia Whittier