Highlights of 100 Years of Volunteer Service

In March 1913, the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, was granted a charter by the national organization and became the first Jewish women’s organization in Dallas.

In 2013, NCJW celebrated a year of festivities and activities recognizing 100 years of leadership, advocacy and service to the Dallas community and beyond. Greater Dallas Section’s history is intertwined with the history of Dallas, and we have honored that tradition through the years.

NCJW has launched, maintained and funded numerous community service projects to meet needs within the Dallas community during our 100 years of voluntarism. Here are some highlights:

  • Work to support soldiers in World War I and World War II
  • Immigrant and refugee aid – English, health, and civics classes
  • First volunteer program in Dallas Public Schools
  • First penny lunches in Dallas Public Schools
  • First hearing tests and free health physicals for school children
  • First Family Outreach – counsel families at risk and work to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Instrumental in founding the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice
  • Minnie Hexter Milk Fund – providing free milk and baby formula to families in Dallas
  • Pioneer work with the blind, including the Talking Book Program
  • Instrumental in starting the Dallas Mental Health Association
  • Children’s day care studies
  • Founded LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas) in 1961
  • Founded Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in 1979
  • Created and ran docent program at Dallas Central Library
  • Developed programs to prevent substance abuse
  • Sponsored first Alzheimer’s Disease Conference in Dallas
  • Community Board Institute (CBI) – founding organizer and sponsor of this non-profit training program
  • Dallas HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) – parents as first teachers
  • Hello Israel – educational enrichment program about Israel for 6thgraders
  • Founded Safeguards for Seniors – education for seniors regarding proper use of medications
  • Parkland Infant Hearing Screening Program -started volunteer program spanning 30 years
  • Kids in Court – helps children be effective courtroom witnesses
  • Meyerson Symphony Center Docent Program – created program and continued involvement
  • Developed docent program for The Women’s Museum
  • Food+Fit=Fun – a fitness and nutritional program to promote a healthy lifestyle (also bilingual)
  • WACHS (Women’s Access to Comprehensive Health Services) – created healthy relationships program for teens
  • Support of numerous community service projects in Israel


Our volunteers continue to serve many social service agencies in Dallas. With your generous support, NCJW’s past and present commitment to improving the lives of women, children and families will continue to be our impetus into the future!

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