We have launched two new web pages on RECouncil.com where you can learn everything you need to know about two of our major philanthropic efforts, the Dallas Catalyst Project and TREC Community Fund’s equitable development initiative, Community Driven Growth. These web pages will be updated consistently throughout the year and offer news and updates as well as opportunities to donate and volunteer.
In 2017, TREC Foundation focused its philanthropic efforts on the inaugural Dallas Catalyst Project and partnered with St. Philip’s School & Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church and CitySquare to help revitalize the Forest District alongside its residents. TREC’s Young Guns and 2019 Associate Leadership Council class are undertaking volunteer projects that align with the Dallas Catalyst Project, and fundraising from TREC’s annual FightNight, Casino Night and Giving Gala events will also benefit the Dallas Catalyst Project.
The DCP page offers descriptions of the community-driven projects that make up the overall Dallas Catalyst Project as well as links to make tax-deductible gifts and donations to TREC Foundation on behalf of St. Philip’s and Cornerstone Baptist Church to ensure the Forest District reaches its full potential.
In October, TREC Community Fund received a $400,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase’s PRO Neighborhoods program to develop a road map for affordable housing solutions in three neighborhoods considered to be at greatest risk of rapid transition by the City of Dallas’ Comprehensive Housing Policy: the Forest District (South Dallas/Fair Park), West Dallas’ Census Tract 205, and “The Bottom” in East Oak Cliff. Over a 12-month period, TREC Community Fund and its collaborating organizations will use an equitable development approach to creating sustainable, inclusive economic growth in Dallas.
On social media, Community Driven Growth is supported by @communitydrivengrowth on Instagram and TREC Community Fund’s Facebook page, @treccommunityfund. Information about the Dallas Catalyst Project can also be found on TREC’s Facebook page, @therealestatecouncil, as well as on Twitter and Instagram @trecdallas. Both topics will also be covered this year on TRECcast, the official podcast of The Real Estate Council, which is available on SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.
If you are interested in getting involved with either of these initiatives, visit the web pages and bookmark them. Community Driven Growth’s page offers a contact form to stay connected on upcoming information sessions and volunteer opportunities. Email TREC Foundation Coordinator Kennedy Bower for more information on how you can participate in the Dallas Catalyst Project.