January 2019   
A Message from our Interim CEO
- Marjorie Vaneskahian Burr -

I hope your new year is off to a grand start! I want to personally thank you for your commitment to Allen Community Outreach. With your support, we are able to provide assistance and relief to many families facing hunger and homelessness among their hardships.
We always want to keep you informed and share with you what is happening within ACO's walls, as well as the needs out in our community... ( read more)

- Upcoming Event - 

2019 Charity Golf Tournament      

Friday, March 29, 2019
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
in Fairview
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

It is a sell out every year, so don't miss out!


Empty Bowls

Friday, April 5
6 - 8 p.m. 
Allen High School
Performing Arts Center

The Mayor's Charity Bash 

SAT, September 21
Allen Convention Center

(more info coming soon)

- Board News - 

From left: Keon Byrd, Todd Harris, Nathan Clarke, Amy Gnadt, Dr. Robert Schwab, Brian Harvey, Dr. Maroba Zoeller, Ross Mesquita, Shubha Srivatsa, Jessica Robinson, Steve Sowinski and Randy Sandifer. 

ACO is excited to have Amy Gnadt as the new President, Karen O'Connor as the Vice President, Keon Byrd as the Secretary and Nathan Clarke as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. We are grateful to have Dr. Maroba Zoeller with Allen ISD, Brian Harvey with the Allen Police Department, Randy Sandifer with Sandifer Law Office, P.C. , and Todd Harris with the First United Methodist Church, who are continuing to serve their terms on the board.  In addition, we a re very happy to welcome five new board members, including:   Ross Mesquita with RGP,  Steve Sowinski, a retired community volunteer;  Dr. Robert Schwab with Texas Health Allen,  Shubha Srivatsa with Concentra Inc.,   and  Jessica Robinson with Boy Scouts of America.   With a board orientation and a retreat under their belts, our 13 board members are ready to tackle this new year of opportunities and challenges to  keep serving our neighbors in need. 

- Staff News -
We are excited to welcome new staff members to
our ACO Team, including:  

From left: Kristen McWilliams, Sasha Johnson and Angela Sadler
Angela Sadler
is the new Director of Employment Services who assists ACO clients in goal setting towards continued growth, development, and success...

Sasha Johnson joined ACO in October as a new Accountant...

Kristen McWilliams is the new Intake Manager. Her role consists of scheduling appointments, answering and directing phone calls, handling sensitive information, and ensuring a positive experience for each person who walks through the doors... 

  Thank you for joining hands with ACO during the holidays! While we truly appreciate the support and the commitment of our caring donors, it is important to keep in mind that the need is ongoing all year round.

"Last year my husband was laid off from his job and we didn't have much in savings to help with our ongoing expenses. I was able to receive food from the ACO's food pantry, which was a huge blessing for our family of 6." (L. I.)  

Help Families While You Shop for Your Own!

Here is how: 

Every time you shop at your neighborhood Kroger or Tom Thumb store, a percentage of your purchases can be donated to ACO.

  Click here to l earn how to link your Kroger and
Tom Thumb cards each year to directly help ACO and make a difference every time you shop

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