Change The World Allen

Impact 2019

Change the World Allen is dedicated to providing service and positively impacting our local community. We unite area faith communities, nonprofit organizations, businesses, individuals, and families to work together to serve those in need of food, clothing, safe shelter, and care.

We hope that by mobilizing volunteers and increasing civic engagement, we are able to build a stronger and more resilient community, where neighbors know and respect one another deeply, counteracting the fragmentation and polarization that plagues our society.  

Home Repair & Yard Work

During Change the World weekend, volunteers divide into small work teams to help local residents by doing general exterior home repair, fence repair, and yard work. Homeowners are selected on the basis of need. We completed 16 home repair and 12 yard work projects this year.

Fleece Blankets

  • 12 Blankets
  • 17 Enthusiastic Participants
  • 54 Hours

Change the World Partners

 We partner with many other organizations to provide give every project the volunteer support it needs. Our partners include City of Allen Police Department, Keller Williams Realty Allen, Greenville Oaks Church of Christ, Allen Ministerial Alliance, Allen Texas Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, VFW Post 2195, Allen Islamic Association, multiple Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, and many other individuals and families.

Logistics Team Fun Facts

  • 22 Volunteers across 14 days
  • 16 trucks
  • 8 trailers
  • 3 open debris containers
  • 2 rear-loading garbage trucks
  • Over 1000 miles driven within a 4 mile radius
  • 27 stumps ground
  • 5 full loads of dirt hauled
  • 4000 fence pickets installed using 24,000 nails

Freeman House/Free Grace

  • 67 Towel Sets
  • 16 Single Towels
  • 22 Washcloths
  • 2 pkg. Assorted Kitchen Towels
  • 29 Sets of Sheets
  • 27 Pillowcases
  • 15 Oral Hygiene Kits provided by North Texas Dental Association
  • 10 Hand Crafted Pillowcases from Allen Quilt Guild

Kids Against Hunger

  • 1791 Volunteers
  • 1848 Hours
  • 146,664 Meals Packaged

General Projects

We connect volunteers with area agencies could use a helping hand or organize projects that directly benefit one of our partners. We seek to create opportunities for all ages and skill levels to serve in meaningful ways.

  • Free Grace & Free-man House Collections
  • Salvation Army Lunches
  • Decorate Salvation Army Lunch Sacks & Samaritan Inn Decoration Crafts
  • Fairview Rotary Clean Up
  • Samaritan Inn meal(s)?
  • APT G
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • ACO Summer Food Program Collection & Sorting
  • Military Care Packages
  • Toiletries and hygiene items for Hope’s Door
  • CTW with Blankets (Project Linus)
  • Walker Bags for Seniors
  • Children’s Cards for Military/Seniors
  • Allen Food Pantry Cleaning & Support?
  • Family Promise (Quick Trip Gas Gift Cards – 12 $25 gift cards)
  • Keller Williams
  • Lone Star Family Dental

A Place to Go (APT G)

Ten special needs young adults participated in Crazy Days of Summer. There were crafts, beach balls to decorate, and foods related to the theme. The dress-up play area was a favorite as were the games of pool, foosball, WII Sports, WII Just Dance, and PlayStation Mario Cart. Eighteen volunteers accounted for 54 volunteer hours.

One project was finished after our weekend of service by a makeshift crew of 8. The crew also decided to fix the neighbor’s fence and gate while there, just because. This resolved a 20+ year disagreement between neighbors on the shared fence. Both are now happy!

Eric Free, Volunteer Logistics Director

I’m on Cloud 9. We really appreciate all that the Scout Troops and Barry did for us.

Loretta Mathis, a Home Repair/Yard Work Recipient

Thank you for your request to QuikTrip. QuikTrip will be able to donate 12 $25 gift cards. The DFW Division Office is working on fulfilling your request. Thank you for allowing QuikTrip to participate in supporting a very valued service to our community.

Amy Gulizia, Dallas/Ft. Worth Division Office, QuikTrip

I’m sure you get many letters like this one, but I would like to add mine.

I have worked on the inside of my house for 10 years. It was a short sale and in very bad shape. The inside is now completed, so I wanted to start on the outside, which needed a lot of work also. Change the World has helped me do this. I provided some of the materials, and Change the World provided some of the materials and excellent labor.

I am so pleased with the work they did. I can never thank them enough for the work they did. They laid sod, planted ground cover, and painted the house. I could never have afforded to have this done without the help of Change the World. My neighbors are extremely happy, as am I.

Mark Lindeman, Jeff Atchley and Jim German are the organizers that I was in touch with. Along with all the great volunteers it was just amazing how they worked together, and completed this large project. I wish I knew all their names.

What a great organization, and what great people in it. THANK YOU!!!! I am so grateful.

Barbara Priebe, a Home Repair/Yard Work Recipient

It was a blessing to be a part of CTW! We were able to make 1200 Sandwiches that were donated to Salvation Army and collected an additional 300 pounds of peanut butter and jelly that was donated to ACO. We were also able to color/decorate about 500 lunch sacks and wrote over 100 thank you notes for veterans in our community (a last minute addition). I turned in our log in sheets so unfortunately I am unable to count numbers, but we had a very good attendance. It was great because this project drew families with young children and elderly to serve. Grateful to serve with CTW!

Staci Brooks, Justserve Specialist

Last year, I was fortunate to be blessed by this organization and advised Ms. Martin and Mr. Free that I would like to pay it forward and volunteer this year.

Note from CTW Board Member Jessica Wright: Donyell came and served with Change the World this year, sorting food donated for Allen Community Outreach and packaging meals with Kids Against Hunger, but not before finding Eric Free and expressing her appreciation for the work done on her home last year.

From Donyell, a Past Change the World Allen Home Repair Recipient

We did 16 large fillings and 3 extractions. The treatment services totaled to $7,057. The patients were all excited to have their tooth pain relieved, I think we all know that there is nothing much worse than tooth pain.

We were honored to receive this Google review from one of our patients from the event- “I want to thank Dr. McElvain and his staff for being so pleasant. I was experiencing a really bad tooth ache. Dr. McElvain shared with me that once a year his office gives back to the community by doing free dental work in May. He took my name and number and said his receptionist would call to schedule my appointment soon. And true enough she did. And I was able to get more work done. I want to thank Dr. McElvain and his amazing staff once again for being so kind and for their great services.”

We were glad to be a part of this event again!

Collen DeLaughter, Office Manager Lone Star Family Dental