NICA Calls for Volunteers to Help Tarrant County Seniors
Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA) has announced its aim to assist at least 50 Tarrant County Seniors in need of minor home improvements.
The organization is calling out to volunteers across North Texas to donate their time and skills to aid this population in great need. This program is made possible by a $20,000 grant awarded by The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. It will bolster NICA’s Good Works Program, which provides services to older adults (65 and older) and people currently on disability, including a supplemental food program, case management, home repair assistance, and financial assistance when available.
The funds will go towards purchasing materials for home repairs; however, this critical work cannot be accomplished without the community’s help. The more than 50-year-old nonprofit has long led with the philosophy that the best way to prevent poverty is by meeting people where they are, aiding and empowering people in need to help themselves, and in turn help their neighbors. Through community care, Fort Worth neighbors can uplift one another – leading to a more beautiful, connected, and vital city.
The Program at a Snapshot
- Program Timeline: Now through May 31, 2022
- Commonly Requested Repairs + Tasks: Leaking shower, broken stairs, caulking needed (toilet, sink, or bathtub), broken sink handle (bathroom or kitchen), broken front door, a leak in the wall, protruding nails on boards (floor or wall), filling holes (floors, ceiling, and walls) among others.
- Volunteer Expertise Needed but Not Required: Light electrical to light plumbing is often needed; however, a willingness to learn and help those in need is most important.
- Partnerships: NICA believes in partnership over competition; church groups and other volunteer organizations are welcome to lend assistance.
How to Help: To submit a senior in need or to answer the Call-to-Action email Connie Nahoolewa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (817)-626-1102
The pandemic caused a universal upheaval over the past three years, and many are looking to reconnect with the community in more intentional ways. NICA seeks to foster those connections while doing good for a vulnerable population. All volunteers need to do is reach out; NICA will pair each volunteer or organization with a senior in need, no matter the volunteers’ skill level.
When asked about what this program is bringing to the community and why volunteers are so important, the Executive Director of NICA, Connie Nahoolewa, said, “These home improvements will make these living spaces safer and more inhabitable for the elderly residing within them. But, we can’t do it without the support of volunteers who are willing to lend a hand. Volunteers will be giving the gift, not just of time but also of autonomy. These home repairs will allow senior citizens the ability to remain in their homes longer – retaining their independence. We truly believe that together we can form more connected and stronger neighborhoods.”
Northside Inter-Community Agency, Inc. (NICA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, charitable organization. The agency is the largest and most comprehensive multi-service provider of basic needs, goods, and services for the northwest quadrant of Tarrant County. Located near Fort Worth’s historic stockyards, NICA was established in 1969. The agency provides food, clothing, and self-help programs to families on the Northside of Fort Worth and surrounding communities. Our vision includes the whole family: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects. The most pressing needs are met through our direct aid programs. Providing a hand-up, not just a handout, longer-term goals are met through case management, crisis counseling, employment assistance, education, and community services. Our aim is to aid and empower to provide or link people to opportunities to get back on their feet, to strengthen their families, and ultimately to strengthen their neighborhoods.