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"Do What You Can With What You Have"

April 7, 2020

Dallas County COVID-19 Response Fund

To say that COVID-19 has affected all of us can seem like a dramatic understatment. Individuals and families all over the world and here in North Texas have been deeply impacted by this global pandemic. During these uncertain times, our team at Communities Foundation of Texas finds itself using the directive of President Theodore Roosevelt, “do what you can, with what you have, where you are” as a guiding light for our actions.

For us, doing what we can with what we have has most often looks like collaborating and partnering with various organizations and individuals to make funds accessible to the those in desperate need. Our most recent fund collaboration was with Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas County through The Dallas County COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Fund was established to provide Dallas County frontline responders with the resources necessary to directly combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 which produces the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. By donating to the Fund, all contributions will go directly to the front lines of the fight in Dallas County as directed by Judge Jenkins based on the immediate needs of these responders.
Joining Judge Jenkins in this effort are committed community leaders who have answered the call to serve. Lynn McBee, CEO of Young Women’s Prep Network; Dr. Michael Horne, CEO and President of the Parkland Foundation; and Debbie Branson, Lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank Branson, will serve as Trustees of the Fund and have already secured $100,000 in pledged donations to support the production of sanitizer for frontline responders.

“The fight against the spread of COVID-19 can only be won if we protect our frontline responders including police, fire, EMS, and health care workers” said Judge Jenkins. “The Dallas County COVID-19 Response Fund will support those on the frontlines by providing them critically needed resources that will keep them protected. I am thrilled to have Lynn, Michael and Debbie step up and help us help our heroes.”

“Communities Foundation of Texas is a proud partner to Judge Jenkins and the County’s efforts to provide much needed resources for the dedicated first responders serving Dallas County during this unprecedented crisis.” – Dave Scullin, President and CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas
For funding requests or any other inquiries, please contact Miguel Solis at

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