Founded in Hualien, Taiwan, 50 years ago, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a volunteer-led international charity relief organization that works all around the world following its missions of...
Founded in Hualien, Taiwan, 50 years ago, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a volunteer-led international charity relief organization that works all around the world following its missions of disaster relief, medicine, education, and humanistic culture.
Dallas is home to Tzu Chi USA's Central Region Chapter, which was established here in 1992. The pioneering spirit that built Dallas is alive and well today, and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. And yet, one third of the kids here live in households below the poverty line. For an organization like Tzu Chi, Dallas is rich in opportunities to help those in need.
The Central Region Chapter's activities revolve around education. The Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool and Kindergarten in Dallas has been in operation since 2007, offering a humanistic and bilingual (Chinese and English) curriculum. Our chapter also runs a back to school program in Dallas ISD, donating school supplies and uniforms to underprivileged students throughout the city. Our volunteers also visit schools to donate supplies and give classes on recycling, personal finance, and dental hygeine.
The Tzu Chi Dallas kitchen is also host to vegetarian lunches during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, in addition to sponsoring vegetarian meals for events throughout North Texas. Since 2011, our volunteers have also been partnered with the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy to provide humanistic culture lessons to our country's future leaders.
Education aside, the Central Region also expresses the heart of Tzu Chi by being at the ready when disaster strikes. We bring aid and our love in person, aiming to be the first to arrive, and the last to leave. We were present when a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked the town of West in 2013, and also present when tornadoes struck the city of Garland the day after Christmas in 2015. By giving every day, we can create a mighty ocean of love that casts an infinite ripple of good across the world.
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