GOAL REACHED! THANK YOU
ACO Reached Out to the Community In Time of Crisis and the Community Gave Back- $60K Goal Reached To Replace Aging Roof on Outreach Center

Just a few shorts weeks ago the water was pouring in the building, through ceiling tiles and light fixtures of Allen’s one stop shop for human services. Known throughout northeast Collin County as the safety net for many families in great times of need to prevent hunger and homelessness, the Allen Community Outreach has provided help and hope to local families for more than 30 years.

But this past month, the agency had to reach their hands out to the community for help. Faced with a bill for $60,000 to replace the roof on their building, the staff and Board of Directors asked the community for help. And the community responded.

“We started with an ask on our Facebook page the first day the rain came in on the clothing racks at the ACO Resale Store. We had to close the shop and turn off the electricity. We were turning away customers, and worse- we were turning away families who were there in need of free clothing.” said ACO Executive Director Glenda May.

The following day the agency sent an email to their donors and volunteers explaining the situation of the repairs needed on the roof and the dire financial situation. A campaign began entitled “Raise The Roof” by the staff, and a donation page was set up on the agency website for the fund. Soon donations began coming in.

“We were thrilled!” said ACO’s Deputy Assistant Executive Director, Marjorie Burr who sent out the emails and press releases. “First we had $25 donations, a few $100 donations, then we began seeing all amounts. Checks started walking in the door. We began getting phone calls with people making pledges, telling us that money was coming. One elderly couple sent us $15 dollars with a very sweet note that they wanted to help and wished that they could do more but they had medical bills to pay though they still wanted to support us. That $15 meant as much as a $1000 check!” said Burr.

In less than two weeks the agency had collected $30,000 and had enough to replace the roof on the worst end of the building. By the monthly Board of Directors meeting, dollars were coming in at a steady stream and the Board voted to continue the campaign and hoped to reach the money needed to roof most if not all of the building. Early this week $40,500 had been donated to the Raise The Roof Fund. That’s when the final call came in from the Communities Foundation of Texas. As an annual grantor, the foundation is familiar with the agency and wanted to support the efforts to replace the roof and offered $20,000 to close the gap on the funds needed to complete the repairs on roof of the entire building.

“I am just humbled at the generosity of our supporters. We work so hard each and every day to help others. I can’t tell you how much it means to have our community give back to ACO when we needed the help with our building. On behalf of our staff, Board and the many families we serve, we all say thank you!” said May.

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    Raise The Roof Fund Reached

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Allen Community Outreach
801 E. Main Street
Allen, TX 75002 
Phone: (972) 727-9131
Fax: (972) 727-1995

Open Monday - Friday
8:30am-4:30pm
Closed for lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm








Allen Resale Shop 
801 E. Main Street 
Allen, TX 75002
1-844-9RESALE
(1-844-973-7253) 
or to schedule pick ups


Hours:
Monday - Saturday
10:00am-6:00pm









Farmersville Resale Shop
676 Audie Murphy Pkwy.
(aka Hwy 380) 
Farmersville, TX 75442
1-844-9RESALE
(1-844-973-7253)


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10:00am-6:00pm




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301 W. Boyd Dr.
Allen, TX 75013
1-844-9RESALE
(1-844-973-7253)

Open 1st and 3rd weekends
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8:00am-1:00pm

Treasure Chest 2
604 Hwy 78 N
Farmersville, TX 75442

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