Christmas in the Community
Thank you to City House and Sheri Messer, CEO of City House for their commitment to making this holiday special for youth and young adults in Dallas and Collin counties.
In 2019 City House served 1,123 clients by providing emergency shelter, transitional living programs, and support to runaway and homeless youth. If you know of someone who is in need of their assistance or to make a donation please contact them at https://www.cityhouse.org for more information.
Pictured left to right: Avery Harris - PCF President, Charles Reed and Dr. Clara Reed - PCF members, Sheri Messer - CEO of City House, Jeanna Davis - PCF member, and James Thomas - PISD
Clark High School
Thank you to Principal Pam Clark and Assistant Principal Qiana Elam of Clark High School who not only support students in the classroom, but go above and beyond to support them outside of class as well. This year many families have experienced the negative economic impact of COVID and Clark High School is helping to make Christmas special for the families of some of those students. Because of the generous support of our donors and sponsors PCF was able to aid in that support.
Pictured left to right: Avery Harris - PCF President, Jeanna Davis - PCF member, Qiana Elam - Assistant Principal Clark High School, Dr. Clara Reed and Charles Reed - PCF members, and Pam Clark - Principal Clark High School
A significant part of the Plano Community Forum's history is centered around community involvement. During this COVID-19 pandemic PCF was privileged to be able to support the ongoing work of community organization, Minnie's Food Pantry. Our contribution of $500 enables Minnie's to provide 1500 meals for North Texas families that are in need.
In 2019, Minnie’s Food Pantry distributed 1.4 million meals to 62,903 individuals in North Texas. This year ALONE, Minnie’s Food Pantry has already provided 3 million meals to over 60,496 individuals impacted by COVID-19.
Minnie's Food Pantry
Cheryl Jackson, Founder
Although safety precautions are in place to help minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, the financial implications of the current pandemic will leave a much larger detrimental impact on our communities which will last far longer than the virus itself, and Minnie’s Food Pantry is here to help! With a new slogan, hunger is everywhere and so are we, our team has made the commitment to serve as many people as possible, Jackson said.
Hungry to Serve
Typically serving an average of 5,000 individuals per calendar month, Minnie’s Food Pantry has experienced an increase in clientele of over 385%, serving over 5,000 people PER WEEK.
Minnie's Volunteers Hard at Work
Come rain or shine Minnie's volunteers are committed to serving the community.
A key to the City Presented to
Dr. Myrtle Hightower
A key to the city
The Plano City Council presented Dr. Myrtle Hightower with a key to the City at their February monthly meeting. She was designated a Plano Citizen Extraordinaire by the city council.
Dr. Hightower is a long-time member of the Plano Community Forum and served on many committees and boards throughout Plano. She began a Black History program that has grown to become the annual community-wide MLK Day celebration.
A Living Legacy
Dr. Hightower began her career and her history of community service in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. Hightower worked in PISD for many years as a teacher and counselor. She was selected as one of Plano ISD's 100 Heros. She is a Collin College Living Legacy and a recipient of the Texas Hero for Children Award. Along with her late husband John, Dr. Hightower has long been a resounding voice within this community.