Serving, it’s what we do.
As the 19th century American essayist, lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson liked to say, “The purpose of life is not to be happy, it’s to be useful, honorable and compassionate. Our purpose is to make a difference.”
Those of us working hard each day to provide people with a comfortable place to call home are most definitely making a difference; and beyond our normal daily routine, those of us actively engaged with the apartment association are constantly looking for ways to do more than expected. That’s why we helped raise $77,000 for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign last month; and now, that’s why we’re turning our attention at the start of this new year to our long-standing partnership with Union Gospel Mission.
For those unaware, UGM is the oldest community service organization in Fort Worth. It all began 130 years ago when a group of churches formed Union Bethel Mission to help citizens with serious needs. And it continues to this day, with the Mission working hard in a faith-based environment to provide love, hope, respect and a holistic approach to new beginnings and lasting healing for those without a home.
That’s why AATC selected UGM as its community service partner nearly 20-years ago. “There’s no-one who does more for less than the Mission,” says AATC president Sherry Jordan. “If you have a heart for helping others, I hope our members will seriously consider coming to our bowling tournament next month.”
On Saturday, February 10th, from noon until 4 pm, nearly 200 of AATCs most faithful will find their way to AMFs Bowlero in Euless (formerly Showplace Lanes) for our annual UGM Bowling Tournament presented by Century A/C. “We’re asking our members to bowl a few frames and share some laughter while supporting our friends at the Mission,” said Becca Brown, AATCs Community Services Chair. “Teams are forming right now and we’re expecting a complete sell-out, so I hope our friends and colleagues throughout the D/FW multi-housing community will go here (sponsorship link) and get themselves registered right now!”
With the help of so many gracious and giving members, the association hopes to raise nearly $30,000 for the Mission this year. “You can bowl on one of our 5-person teams or put together a silent auction basket that we’ll auction off,” said Brown. “Besides providing homes for those who can afford them, we also have a chance to help those who are unable. If you can’t tell, I’m passionate about serving others and sincerely hope that you’ll join me.”