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FORWARD TOGETHER 2019 2020 IMPACT REPORT

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Wilkinson Center is celebrating its 38th year We are proud of the steps we have traveled to arrive at this milestone and want to take a little of your time to share highlights from this year one of our most successful and most challenging years Since 1982 Wilkinson Center has transformed the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self sufficiency with dignity and respect With your support we have made a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of families by investing in initiatives centered on Food Emergency Services Adult Education and Workforce Development When the pandemic disrupted Dallas it left many underserved communities even more vulnerable The magnitude of the disaster reached every facet of life employment school health social and more exacerbating the needs of low income families Our Program team worked quickly to provide families with the essentials they needed to survive The staff retooled our programs to fit today s unique circumstances We began offering home food delivery to senior citizens pre packed food boxes for curbside pick up specialty to go bags of food hygiene items and beverages for the homeless as well as equipment software and communications applications to adult learners for their transition to online and virtual learning In the midst of working hard to meet the community s needs we did not fail to recognize a key group that helps us carry forward our mission volunteers We are so fortunate at Wilkinson Center to consistently attract an extraordinary group of individuals who donate their time over 800 volunteers and 7 100 service hours last year alone All played a vital role in supporting our initiatives to drive lasting positive change in our communities And you We could not forget you our loyal donor Thank you for your financial gifts your donated goods the time you took to share the vision of Wilkinson Center with a friend and your prayers We invite you to continue your support as we move Forward Together changing the lives of Dallas families for the good of us all We look forward to sharing the next 38 years with you Please find enclosed more highlights from 2019 and 2020 In gratitude Anne S Reeder Executive Director OUR IMPACT 2019 2020 9 776 INDIVIDUALS SERVED FOOD PANTRY 8 537 Food Pantry clients served 676 312 pounds of food distributed 122 718 pounds of produce distributed 30 408 73 pounds of People and Nutrition distributed to Seniors households received financial assistance ADULT EDUCATION 1 239 59 59 101 adult learners enrolled in Adult Education Program adult learners obtained their GED hours of classroom instruction EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 121 36 individuals participated in Employment Services individuals participated in career readiness job search FINANCIAL SERVICES 412 individuals participated in Financial Literacy 54 individuals participated in Financial Coaching Our Impact 2

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Wilkinson Center is celebrating its 38th year We are proud of the steps we have traveled to arrive at this milestone and want to take a little of your time to share highlights from this year one of our most successful and most challenging years Since 1982 Wilkinson Center has transformed the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self sufficiency with dignity and respect With your support we have made a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of families by investing in initiatives centered on Food Emergency Services Adult Education and Workforce Development When the pandemic disrupted Dallas it left many underserved communities even more vulnerable The magnitude of the disaster reached every facet of life employment school health social and more exacerbating the needs of low income families Our Program team worked quickly to provide families with the essentials they needed to survive The staff retooled our programs to fit today s unique circumstances We began offering home food delivery to senior citizens pre packed food boxes for curbside pick up specialty to go bags of food hygiene items and beverages for the homeless as well as equipment software and communications applications to adult learners for their transition to online and virtual learning In the midst of working hard to meet the community s needs we did not fail to recognize a key group that helps us carry forward our mission volunteers We are so fortunate at Wilkinson Center to consistently attract an extraordinary group of individuals who donate their time over 800 volunteers and 7 100 service hours last year alone All played a vital role in supporting our initiatives to drive lasting positive change in our communities And you We could not forget you our loyal donor Thank you for your financial gifts your donated goods the time you took to share the vision of Wilkinson Center with a friend and your prayers We invite you to continue your support as we move Forward Together changing the lives of Dallas families for the good of us all We look forward to sharing the next 38 years with you Please find enclosed more highlights from 2019 and 2020 In gratitude Anne S Reeder Executive Director OUR IMPACT 2019 2020 9 776 INDIVIDUALS SERVED FOOD PANTRY 8 537 Food Pantry clients served 676 312 pounds of food distributed 122 718 pounds of produce distributed 30 408 73 pounds of People and Nutrition distributed to Seniors households received financial assistance ADULT EDUCATION 1 239 59 59 101 adult learners enrolled in Adult Education Program adult learners obtained their GED hours of classroom instruction EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 121 36 individuals participated in Employment Services individuals participated in career readiness job search FINANCIAL SERVICES 412 individuals participated in Financial Literacy 54 individuals participated in Financial Coaching Our Impact 2

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OUR IMPACT OUR IMPACT Adapting to a New World Response to the Crisis In March 2020 the coronavirus became apparent in Dallas Fort Worth Since then families have been hit hard job losses a shortage of food and hygiene items reduced work hours sickness and death unpaid and or mounting utility bills loss of educational opportunities etc Our clients especially have been burdened by the slow grind of the economy They come to us dispirited and in crisis mode seeking assistance with food rent utilities transportation and more They are old and young male and female individuals and families of all ethnicities They all have one collective need to survive the pandemic Prior to the outbreak Wilkinson Center served approximately 800 families each month at our Food Pantry In the months following the arrival of the pandemic that number increased to 2 000 SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN The Food and Emergency Services program offers families the essentials they need to survive the crisis While the core components of the program are not new we have retooled Food and Emergency Services to fit today s unique circumstances offering the following home delivery home delivery of food to senior citizens who remain shut in curbside pick up curbside pick up for clients who are able to visit the Pantry to go bags e learning tools specialty bags of food hygiene items and beverages that can be readily available to the homeless essential equipment software and communications applications to adult learners WE HAVE RECEIVED 3 200 14 116 20 953 GLOVES TO KEEP OUR STAFF SAFE IN THE FOOD PANTRY 9 000 BOXES TO PACK FOOD OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS DONATED FROM OUR AMAZON WISH LIST POUNDS OF FOOD DONATED AT THE FOOD PANTRY FROM INDIVIDUALS CHURCHES AND CORPORATE PARTNERS CLIENTS CURBSIDE AT THE FOOD PANTRY BETWEEN MARCH JUNE 220 Supplies provide bags boxes tape gloves masks hand sanitizer etc to ensure the safety of clients staff and volunteers Living Expenses provide financial assistance for basic living expenses and emergency relief to include transportation passes childcare expenses rent utilities and more Remote Solutions provide equipment software communications applications and other supplies to adult learners and instructors to transition to online and virtual learning WE HAVE SERVED 5 274 Food provide meat dairy produce bread etc to families in need DELIVERIES OF ONE WEEK S WORTH OF MEALS WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY 118 3 WORKERS Our Impact WHO SERVED A COLLECTIVE 5 424 HOURS OF SERVICE Our Impact 4

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OUR IMPACT OUR IMPACT Adapting to a New World Response to the Crisis In March 2020 the coronavirus became apparent in Dallas Fort Worth Since then families have been hit hard job losses a shortage of food and hygiene items reduced work hours sickness and death unpaid and or mounting utility bills loss of educational opportunities etc Our clients especially have been burdened by the slow grind of the economy They come to us dispirited and in crisis mode seeking assistance with food rent utilities transportation and more They are old and young male and female individuals and families of all ethnicities They all have one collective need to survive the pandemic Prior to the outbreak Wilkinson Center served approximately 800 families each month at our Food Pantry In the months following the arrival of the pandemic that number increased to 2 000 SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN The Food and Emergency Services program offers families the essentials they need to survive the crisis While the core components of the program are not new we have retooled Food and Emergency Services to fit today s unique circumstances offering the following home delivery home delivery of food to senior citizens who remain shut in curbside pick up curbside pick up for clients who are able to visit the Pantry to go bags e learning tools specialty bags of food hygiene items and beverages that can be readily available to the homeless essential equipment software and communications applications to adult learners WE HAVE RECEIVED 3 200 14 116 20 953 GLOVES TO KEEP OUR STAFF SAFE IN THE FOOD PANTRY 9 000 BOXES TO PACK FOOD OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS DONATED FROM OUR AMAZON WISH LIST POUNDS OF FOOD DONATED AT THE FOOD PANTRY FROM INDIVIDUALS CHURCHES AND CORPORATE PARTNERS CLIENTS CURBSIDE AT THE FOOD PANTRY BETWEEN MARCH JUNE 220 Supplies provide bags boxes tape gloves masks hand sanitizer etc to ensure the safety of clients staff and volunteers Living Expenses provide financial assistance for basic living expenses and emergency relief to include transportation passes childcare expenses rent utilities and more Remote Solutions provide equipment software communications applications and other supplies to adult learners and instructors to transition to online and virtual learning WE HAVE SERVED 5 274 Food provide meat dairy produce bread etc to families in need DELIVERIES OF ONE WEEK S WORTH OF MEALS WE HAVE BEEN SERVED BY 118 3 WORKERS Our Impact WHO SERVED A COLLECTIVE 5 424 HOURS OF SERVICE Our Impact 4

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CLIENT STORY Celene Martinez One day Celene s eight year old daughter asked her if she graduated from high school Celene explained that she did not but she expected her daughter to finish her education In stating that it dawned on Celene that she needed to be a role model She wanted her daughters to look up to her proudly and to follow in mom s footsteps So Celene selected Wilkinson Center as the place to begin work on her high school diploma VOLUNTEERS Wilkinson Center s over 800 volunteers gave 7 100 hours of service to help Dallas families move forward this past year Volunteers hailed from schools corporations churches organizations neighborhood associations and more They assisted with helping clients shop at the Food Pantry stocked shelves helped draft resumes tutored distributed toys to families during our holiday event served as ushers at our GED graduation ceremonies prepared meals for our seniors and so much more Our work in the community was greatly enriched by the dedication of our volunteers Celene excelled in her classes and proved to be a diligent and smart student One day in class the instructor mentioned graduation was in June Celene pregnant at the time and due in June made the commitment to finish before the graduation date Finish she did In June 2019 Celene walked the stage and received her GED Several months after graduation Celene enrolled in our Patient Care Technician program By this time she was working third shift caring for her three daughters and going to school Even though she was tired Celene kept going and pushing herself In December 2019 Celene finished the Patient Care Technician program and still was not done with her education Celene set future plans to become a registered nurse I didn t know I was capable of doing this but I did it with the help of the people from Wilkinson Center and my family It s been difficult but now I know I can do it Not only have they helped me with school they have also provided food for my family from the Pantry and school shoes for my daughters I am forever grateful for the team at Wilkinson Center A MESSAGE FROM ELIZABETH L WILLIS President Board of Directors Wilkinson Center means so much to me and the clients we serve I was raised by a single mom who poured her heart and soul into education She worked tirelessly to change her community and her students lives Her passion became my passion providing others a way forward with the support they need Wilkinson Center provides a pathway for people of all ages in our community to move forward and achieve life changing goals not alone but together in partnership with the dedicated staff volunteers and supporters of Wilkinson Center The education and life support that Wilkinson Center provides changes people s self worth which is an invaluable life changing gift 5 Client Story VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS 44 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS volunteered with us this year 376 VOLUNTEERS GAVE COLLECTIVELY 4 320 hours of service TO THE FOOD PANTRY 27 VOLUNTEERS 122 VOLUNTEERS GAVE COLLECTIVELY 1 124 hours of service T O A D U LT E D U C AT I O N gave over 50 hours each After volunteering in the clothes closet almost 40 years ago and seeing our families come in with children with too small tattered shoes or no shoes at all I started the Wilkinson Center Shoe drive now the Carlin Morris Shoe Drive As of this year we have given thousands of shoes to children so they can begin the school year with smiles on their faces Carlin Morris Founder Carlin Morris Back to School Drive Distribution Volunteers 6

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CLIENT STORY Celene Martinez One day Celene s eight year old daughter asked her if she graduated from high school Celene explained that she did not but she expected her daughter to finish her education In stating that it dawned on Celene that she needed to be a role model She wanted her daughters to look up to her proudly and to follow in mom s footsteps So Celene selected Wilkinson Center as the place to begin work on her high school diploma VOLUNTEERS Wilkinson Center s over 800 volunteers gave 7 100 hours of service to help Dallas families move forward this past year Volunteers hailed from schools corporations churches organizations neighborhood associations and more They assisted with helping clients shop at the Food Pantry stocked shelves helped draft resumes tutored distributed toys to families during our holiday event served as ushers at our GED graduation ceremonies prepared meals for our seniors and so much more Our work in the community was greatly enriched by the dedication of our volunteers Celene excelled in her classes and proved to be a diligent and smart student One day in class the instructor mentioned graduation was in June Celene pregnant at the time and due in June made the commitment to finish before the graduation date Finish she did In June 2019 Celene walked the stage and received her GED Several months after graduation Celene enrolled in our Patient Care Technician program By this time she was working third shift caring for her three daughters and going to school Even though she was tired Celene kept going and pushing herself In December 2019 Celene finished the Patient Care Technician program and still was not done with her education Celene set future plans to become a registered nurse I didn t know I was capable of doing this but I did it with the help of the people from Wilkinson Center and my family It s been difficult but now I know I can do it Not only have they helped me with school they have also provided food for my family from the Pantry and school shoes for my daughters I am forever grateful for the team at Wilkinson Center A MESSAGE FROM ELIZABETH L WILLIS President Board of Directors Wilkinson Center means so much to me and the clients we serve I was raised by a single mom who poured her heart and soul into education She worked tirelessly to change her community and her students lives Her passion became my passion providing others a way forward with the support they need Wilkinson Center provides a pathway for people of all ages in our community to move forward and achieve life changing goals not alone but together in partnership with the dedicated staff volunteers and supporters of Wilkinson Center The education and life support that Wilkinson Center provides changes people s self worth which is an invaluable life changing gift 5 Client Story VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS 44 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS volunteered with us this year 376 VOLUNTEERS GAVE COLLECTIVELY 4 320 hours of service TO THE FOOD PANTRY 27 VOLUNTEERS 122 VOLUNTEERS GAVE COLLECTIVELY 1 124 hours of service T O A D U LT E D U C AT I O N gave over 50 hours each After volunteering in the clothes closet almost 40 years ago and seeing our families come in with children with too small tattered shoes or no shoes at all I started the Wilkinson Center Shoe drive now the Carlin Morris Shoe Drive As of this year we have given thousands of shoes to children so they can begin the school year with smiles on their faces Carlin Morris Founder Carlin Morris Back to School Drive Distribution Volunteers 6

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SIGNATURE EVENTS ANNUAL EVENT Can Do Luncheon At Wilkinson Center our signature distribution events serve thousands of Dallas most vulnerable families These popular annual events provide children and families the essentials for back to school shoes socks supplies and backpacks and for the holidays meal baskets toys and gift cards With the support of generous supporters like you we are able to ease the stress and suffering of at risk families Thanks to your generosity we are paving the way to a better future for many in our community BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION TOY DISTRIBUTION 435 CHILDREN SERVED All who are involved in the work of non profits know that Dallas is filled with wonderful generous philanthropists the men women and even children who are the lifeblood and soul of every non profit in Dallas We love all of these big hearted givers but there are some who add something really unique with their intellect inspiration and insight They don t stop at giving they help non profits embrace new and exciting ways to be better That s what we call entrepreneurship in philanthropy And that is what the Can Do Luncheon is all about Each year over 200 people attend our annual Can Do Luncheon where we celebrate Entrepreneurship in Philanthropy and the Can Do spirit that makes great things happen in our community and at Wilkinson Center 233 CHILDREN SERVED KEY EVENTS STOCK UP FOR SUMMER TURKEY BASKET DISTRIBUTION 534 FAMILIES SERVED CAMPAIGN RAISED 43 252 CARLIN MORRIS BACK TO SCHOOL SHOE DISTRIBUTION AVERAGE OF 1000 CHILDREN SERVED ANNUALLY We love everything about the Can Do Luncheon It is always important to recognize and celebrate individuals making an outsized impact in our community For us hearing the individual stories is inspiring encouraging and uplifting Ashlee and Chris Kleinert 7 Signature Events Annual Event 8

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SIGNATURE EVENTS ANNUAL EVENT Can Do Luncheon At Wilkinson Center our signature distribution events serve thousands of Dallas most vulnerable families These popular annual events provide children and families the essentials for back to school shoes socks supplies and backpacks and for the holidays meal baskets toys and gift cards With the support of generous supporters like you we are able to ease the stress and suffering of at risk families Thanks to your generosity we are paving the way to a better future for many in our community BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION TOY DISTRIBUTION 435 CHILDREN SERVED All who are involved in the work of non profits know that Dallas is filled with wonderful generous philanthropists the men women and even children who are the lifeblood and soul of every non profit in Dallas We love all of these big hearted givers but there are some who add something really unique with their intellect inspiration and insight They don t stop at giving they help non profits embrace new and exciting ways to be better That s what we call entrepreneurship in philanthropy And that is what the Can Do Luncheon is all about Each year over 200 people attend our annual Can Do Luncheon where we celebrate Entrepreneurship in Philanthropy and the Can Do spirit that makes great things happen in our community and at Wilkinson Center 233 CHILDREN SERVED KEY EVENTS STOCK UP FOR SUMMER TURKEY BASKET DISTRIBUTION 534 FAMILIES SERVED CAMPAIGN RAISED 43 252 CARLIN MORRIS BACK TO SCHOOL SHOE DISTRIBUTION AVERAGE OF 1000 CHILDREN SERVED ANNUALLY We love everything about the Can Do Luncheon It is always important to recognize and celebrate individuals making an outsized impact in our community For us hearing the individual stories is inspiring encouraging and uplifting Ashlee and Chris Kleinert 7 Signature Events Annual Event 8

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REVENUE FUNDING BOARD LEADERSHIP 2020 2021 Board of Directors Government Grants 44 Events 17 Foundations 16 2018 2019 Individuals 8 Organizations 7 Corporations 6 Churches 2 Elizabeth L Willis President PricewaterhouseCoopers OJ DeSouza Vice President Signature Baking Company Nelda Cain Pickens Secretary David Griffin Realtors Events 17 Foundations 15 2019 2020 Individuals 10 Organizations 8 Maria Padilla Bank of America Dawn Cordero AT T Anne Reeder Executive Director Chris Gilker Integrity Funding Revere Capital Autumn Schiele ORIX Foundation Cheryl Eskridge Treasurer Prudential Asset Resources Caitlin Morris Hyatt President Friends of Wilkinson Center Isela Aguilar Comerica Bank Lola Lott Charlieuniformtango Jeanne Athos Adler Blue Skies Strategy Coaching Nahemia Lusan Lusan Legacy Consultants Friends of Wilkinson Center 2020 Leadership Council 3rd Vice Presidents Membership Ellen Estee Katy Lopez President Caitlin Morris Hyatt Government Grants 40 Shane Campbell Bank of America 1st Vice Presidents Development Karrie Cato Ida Gleaton Lindsay Morris 2nd Vice President Service Jenn McMillan Secretary Lea Sherstad Treasurer Katie Peck Hospitality Katie Levy Atul Sethi Community Volunteer Katie Skipworth Community Volunteer David L Willis Cedar Crest Development Company Parliamentarians Meridith and Jeremy Zidell Members at Large Anthony Contreras Liz and Nick Higdem Suzanne and Mike Mayon Sloane and Tyler Milton Stephanie and Matt Muckleroy Lara and Jesse Smith Jessica Smotherman Katie and John Thompson Kate and Will Walters Ex officio members Corporations 8 Churches 2 Creating stronger safer communities together Texas Mutual Insurance Company is proud to work with Wilkinson Center to make Dallas a better place for all 9 Revenue Funding Learn more about our community involvement at texasmutual com community

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REVENUE FUNDING BOARD LEADERSHIP 2020 2021 Board of Directors Government Grants 44 Events 17 Foundations 16 2018 2019 Individuals 8 Organizations 7 Corporations 6 Churches 2 Elizabeth L Willis President PricewaterhouseCoopers OJ DeSouza Vice President Signature Baking Company Nelda Cain Pickens Secretary David Griffin Realtors Events 17 Foundations 15 2019 2020 Individuals 10 Organizations 8 Maria Padilla Bank of America Dawn Cordero AT T Anne Reeder Executive Director Chris Gilker Integrity Funding Revere Capital Autumn Schiele ORIX Foundation Cheryl Eskridge Treasurer Prudential Asset Resources Caitlin Morris Hyatt President Friends of Wilkinson Center Isela Aguilar Comerica Bank Lola Lott Charlieuniformtango Jeanne Athos Adler Blue Skies Strategy Coaching Nahemia Lusan Lusan Legacy Consultants Friends of Wilkinson Center 2020 Leadership Council 3rd Vice Presidents Membership Ellen Estee Katy Lopez President Caitlin Morris Hyatt Government Grants 40 Shane Campbell Bank of America 1st Vice Presidents Development Karrie Cato Ida Gleaton Lindsay Morris 2nd Vice President Service Jenn McMillan Secretary Lea Sherstad Treasurer Katie Peck Hospitality Katie Levy Atul Sethi Community Volunteer Katie Skipworth Community Volunteer David L Willis Cedar Crest Development Company Parliamentarians Meridith and Jeremy Zidell Members at Large Anthony Contreras Liz and Nick Higdem Suzanne and Mike Mayon Sloane and Tyler Milton Stephanie and Matt Muckleroy Lara and Jesse Smith Jessica Smotherman Katie and John Thompson Kate and Will Walters Ex officio members Corporations 8 Churches 2 Creating stronger safer communities together Texas Mutual Insurance Company is proud to work with Wilkinson Center to make Dallas a better place for all 9 Revenue Funding Learn more about our community involvement at texasmutual com community

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