This year Charity Week is staying close in heart and mind to our University of Dallas home.
“We really wanted the funds to stay local this year, and we also wanted to stick to Christian charities to avoid the controversies they’ve had in past years,” said Junior Tara McCrorey, co-chair of Charity Week.
During a week marked by the first glimmerings of fall and the excitement and chaos of daily Charity Week events, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason behind it all. Here’s a look into what specifically UD students are benefiting this week:
The White Rose Women’s Shelter:
“The White Rose Women’s Center was a perfect match for the pro-life movement which is so active on our campus,” McCrorey said. This pro-life shelter counsels women in light of their immediate and long-term concerns of unplanned pregnancy. The shelter speaks with women regarding their choices, providing frank information about both abortion and adoption.
The WRWS also provides alternatives to abortion, ultrasounds, material and financial assistance during pregnancy, parental education, spiritual advice, and referrals for prenatal care, adoption choices, and post-abortion healing. The organization currently maintains two locations in Dallas.
Catholic Charities of Dallas (Elderly Outreach Program):
“One part of our community that is often overlooked is the elderly,” McCrorey said. “Needless to say, we would not be alive without their generation, and I think it’s vital that we return a small part of the care they’ve given to us.” The Elderly and Family Services Center fulfills this mission.
Catholic Charities of Dallas’ Elderly and Family Services Center was founded in East Dallas in 1983. Today its services to the elderly poor include distribution of basic necessities, hot meals, health screenings, assistance with rent and utilities payments, and organization of social events.
Its website states that the “program is designed to promote and support personal independence (emotional-physical well-being) for clients while recognizing and preserving their individual dignity.” The Senior Program operates out of three locations in Dallas.
The poor of South Dallas:
For much of its urban existence, South Dallas has historically struggled with racial, economic and educational inequality. Today, many people in the area live well beneath the poverty line. The money raised in the name of the poor of South Dallas will be put toward the packaging and distribution of food, the housing of disadvantaged pregnant women and their children, catechism classes at a South Dallas church, and the general care of the needy.
There’s a reason Charity Week is UD’s biggest annual event – it’s a week of fun backed by the notion of benefiting good causes. The co-chairs this year want to bring those good causes to the foreground of this week’s escapades.
“Our biggest focus for this Charity Week is remembering the real reason behind all the fun and competition,” McCrorey said. “If we’re going to live in KAOtic fear for a few days or get chased down the Mall by a scary rugby-playing jailer, you’d better hope it’s for a good reason.”