City of Dallas, TX

09/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2021 16:37

Equity and Inclusion Newsletter #38

Arts and Culture

Special Exhibition: The Book Smugglers

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is hosting a Special Exhibition: The Book Smugglers. 'Would you risk your life to save a book?' That is the underlying question of The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, on view June 23, 2021, through January 2, 2022, at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

  • To visit this special exhibition, please click here.

City Opportunities

City Procurement Opportunities

The City of Dallas Office of Procurement Services has various opportunities for outside organizations to engage with the city. To view more information, visit their website. Select open procurements that may be of interest are listed below. For a comprehensive list of open procurement opportunities, visit: Please be advised that once an opportunity is advertised, it is considered an open procurement until the City Council awards the contract. The Code of Ethics prohibits communication between councilmembers and vendors/ suppliers on open procurements.

  • To view more information, visit their website.

City Employment Opportunities

The City of Dallas has a variety of open position available through different departments for individuals who are interested in joining the city workforce. All opportunities are available through an online portal, in order to apply, interested individuals will need to create an account using a valid email address and unique password.

To search for opportunities available with the city, click here.


Autumn Reading Challenge

Lost a book on vacation? Charged for a book you dropped in the bath? Get those fees forgiven by reading! Every 15 minutes you read is worth $1 in waived fees. Don't have fees? Read to help others!

  • To sign up for this upcoming challenge, click here.

Educator's Day

PreK-12 educators from across the nation are invited to participate in a free, virtual conference to celebrate Educator's Day on September 17, 2021. The sessions will bring together teachers and museum educators to explore innovative inter-disciplinary lesson design, opportunities to cultivate skill development across content areas, and provide insights into how the Smithsonian tools and resources can enhance learning.

  • To register for this upcoming event, click here.


Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Workforce Solutions (WSGD) is offering both in-person and virtual workforce services for jobseekers who are interested in having center professionals guiding their job search. WSGD can help people from the beginning to the end of the job search process, from creating a resume to educations and training.

  • To learn more about the services offered, click here.

Goodwill Community Foundation

The program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

  • To begin your education journey, click here.

Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is hosting opportunities for individuals interested in working with the Dallas Region's business community to champion economic growth, strengthen the workforce, advocate for pro-growth public policies, and improve the quality of life for all people.

  • To explore the available opportunities, click here.


Minnie's Food Pantry

Minnie's Food Pantry continues to offer their contact free serving experience for families and individuals. They ask that the trunk be empty so they can put the food in the trunk and prevent little to no contact. They practice social distancing and we periodically we offer free PPE supplies to the families they serve. Their hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday from 8:30am-11:30am.

  • To learn more about their drive-thru experience, click here.

North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

The NTFB Mobile Food Pantry distribution is taking place in various locations across the city during the month of September. There is no need to register for Mobile Pantry pick up, it is first come first served. You must have a vehicle to pick up unless otherwise specified. Mobile Pantry participants are requested to give their name and share their family size to receive food. No proof is necessary.

  • To find a location near you, click here.

General Resources

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Get your Dallas Public Library card online or in person today! A Dallas Public Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives or teaches/attends a public or charter school in the City of Dallas. A library card is also available to City of Dallas employees.

  • To sign up for a library card, click here.

Branch Out Dallas Tree Giveaway Program

The Branch Out Dallas Tree Giveaway Program is providing trees to residents at no cost! The program was started by the Dallas Water Utilities department as an effort to reduce the Heat Island Effect and increase the overall tree canopy in the city. Each tree planted helps the City get closer to meeting these environmental goals. To encourage the planting of new hardwood trees, Branch Out Dallas will be giving away a free five-gallon tree to Dallas residents.

  • To learn more about this amazing opportunity, please click here.

Digital Skills Training

The Dallas Innovation Alliance has compiled a list of resources ranging from broadband programs, digital skills workshops, and more information on the Mobile Learning Lab events coming this fall. Plenty of opportunities are available for individuals and families to become connected in the Dallas area.

  • To find more information on digital skills training and workshops, click here.


Emergency Rental Assistance Event

Are you a City of Dallas resident and behind on rent and utilities due to COVID-19? Join Fair Housing and Human Rights Division from the City of Dallas to their Emergency Rental Assistance event! If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are at or below 80% Area Median Income, you will likely qualify for aid.

  • To learn more about the event, click here.

City of Dallas Home Improvement & Preservation Program

The City of Dallas HIPP program provides homeowners money to perform major repairs to their homes. If you have questions about what is covered, how to apply or anything else about the program join an upcoming Q&A session. The HIPP application closes 09/11.

  • To learn more about the application, click here.

Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative

These DRAC partner organizations are here to lend a hand. An 'eligible household' is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the criteria set for by the collaborative. The assistance provided can be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arrears, and other expenses related to housing.

  • To learn more, click here.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of Dallas is partnering with Abounding Prosperity, Inc. to begin accepting applications for rental assistance through their Emergency Rental Assistance Program. To be eligible to receive funding an applicant must rent a publicly or privately owned residence in the City of Dallas. The annual gross household income must meet guidelines defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • To apply and learn more about the requirements, click here.

Dallas Eviction Assistance Initiative

The City of Dallas Office of Equity and Inclusion in partnership with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas has established an eviction assistance initiative consisting of education, training and legal representation to Dallas residential rental tenants who are negatively impacted by COVID-19 and unable to pay rent to remain in their homes.

  • Eligible residents can apply, by clicking here.


Mental Health Fair

Hosted by Room For Change, community partners include Drug Prevention Resources, IMPACT Garland, Perimeter Behavioral Hospital, Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, and more! They will be providing free mental health screenings and crisis planning, mental health and substance use information and resources, medication disposal bags, food, music, calming activities, and trivia regarding substance misuse.

  • To learn more about this event and register, click here.

2021 Infant Mortality Awareness Webinar Series

Parkland sponsors these virtual webinars about preventing infant and maternal deaths titled 'Labor of Love' On the 10th, Charles Johnson, will discuss the role of the legislature. On the 17th, Nancy Byatt, professor of Psychiatry, will discuss perinatal mental health. And, on the 24th, Dr Robert Martin, UT Southwestern, will discuss maternal care after pregnancy. CE Credits available for those in nursing, social work, and community health.

  • To register for this webinar series, click here

Immigrant Affairs

Race, Racism & Immigration

The next Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation 'Transformation Tuesday' panel on September 14th, hosted in partnership with Dallas Welcoming Communities & Immigrants Affairs, will focus on issues of race, racism, and racial equity in immigration.

  • To learn more about this event, click here.


Reverchon Recreation Center LGBQTIA+ Health Fair 2021

Reverchon Recreation Center is hosting a LGBTQIA+ health fair. This health fair will provide needed information, resources, and services for the LGBTQIA+ community. There will be a mobile unit on site providing rapid HIV and STD testing. We will be providing housing and service information for people who are living with HIV/AIDS. Vendors will be providing job opportunities, behavior services, as well as domestic violence, trauma and abuse help.

  • To learn more about this event, click here.

LGBTQ Business Month

September is LGBTQ Business Month; the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce will be hosting various events throughout the month to help individuals and business network throughout the month. The chambers works to foster an inclusive business community that promotes economic vitality, connects members, and advocates on their behalf.

  • To explore their events in celebration of LGBTQ Business Month, click here.

Small Business Support

Dallas Forward

Dallas Forward strives for economic inclusivity and shared prosperity in Dallas by assisting various small and medium-sized businesses. Don't miss out on funds or grants that could be available to your business. Use the information on their sight to see which may be right for you.

  • To explore their financial resources, click here.

Dallas Small Business Development Center

The Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Dallas County Community College District, offers free and confidential one-on-one counseling for existing and start up businesses in Dallas County. View links to helpful websites, download templates and worksheets, and learn more about our resource partners.

  • To explore their many available resources, click here.

Show Me the Money! Access to Capital

The B.U.I.L.D. Ecosystem is excited to partner with BancorpSouth to offer Show Me the Money from our small business financial readiness series. Whether you are looking for startup, working capital, or expansion funding, our 'Show me the Money' seminar will set you on the right track and connect you to the resources you need!

  • To register for this upcoming event, click here.