Organizations

Marc is very active—economically, physically, and emotionally—in several charities:

Spark Tank (www.sparktankdfw.com) Spark Tank is an innovative concept that asks social service executives with an entrepreneurial spirit to present their idea that will create a social success.

 

Mommies In Need (www.mommiesinneed.org) Provides free child care to mothers who are experiencing a health crisis and are unable to temporarily care for their children. To date mothers suffering from cancer, major surgeries and high risk pregnancies have benefited from this program.

 

Dogs Matter (www.dogsmatter2.org) This program provides temporary foster care services for the pets of addicts and alcoholics in recovery. In the past, when someone required in patient treatment, they had limited options regarding the care of their pets. Providing this service helps people get the help they need without requiring them to surrender their pets.

 

The Samaritan Inn (www.thesamaritaninn.org) This nonprofit organization is the only homeless shelter in Collin County, Texas. Established in 1984, The Samaritan Inn has provided millions of meals and helped thousands of homeless people regain their independence through comprehensive programs and the help of caring individuals and corporations. Marc sits on the Finance Advisory Board and has been integral in bolstering both financial aid and long-term volunteers for The Inn, allowing the facility to assist an even larger demographic of homeless in North Texas. Marc believes that most people are only two paychecks away from poverty, and that everyone needs help at some point in his or her life. Marc shares his concerns for the future: “The need for The Samaritan Inn is intense; failure of this homeless shelter simply is not an option. We have now built a thrift store, Friends of the Inn, in hopes and prayers that it will provide an income for the Inn.”

 

The North Texas Gateway Apartments The complex, built on 1.3 acres of land purchased directly across the street from The Samaritan Inn, is a twenty-unit apartment complex that provides transitional housing for Inn graduates at one-third of normal rental rates so that they can get further education or training or save money toward market value rents. In Collin County, the average cost of a one bedroom apartment is $650 per month; in addition, a security deposit, utility deposits, and an application fee are regularly required. This makes housing out of reach for most people who earn minimum wage. We see this problem often at The Samaritan Inn: people complete our program and have secured employment and are ready to move out, but there is simply no affordable place to go. The new complex has been christened “Gateway” because it is the final gateway to independence for the people who have worked so diligently to get there.

 

America Can! Academy (www.americacan.net) This academy is a magnet high school program providing education to 8,000 at-risk students each year. Marc is a financial supporter and Academy Development Council member, having become involved in the organization through his foundation, Sparky’s Kids, which donates hundreds of new computers to Texans Can! Academies.

 

Sparky’s Kids (www.sparkyskids.com) Marc established this foundation to provide free, new Dell computers to less fortunate, but well-deserving kids. To date, Sparky’s Kids has given hundreds of computers away . . . to kids involved in organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Metro Ministries, The Samaritan Inn, and the Texans Can! Academy. Marc’s passion for his foundation is evident: “These computers are essential for education today. Without them, these kids could end up in our prisons!”

 

CARE (www.bigcatcare.org) The Center for Animal Research and Education was founded to provide for the rescue, rehabilitation, and holistic nurturing of sick, injured, or abused big cats, thus ensuring a vital habitat and permanent safe haven for them to live in comfort and with dignity. Through public education and further research, CARE ultimately hopes to ensure the future of the species.

 

Highland Park United Methodist Church (www.hpumc.org)HPUMC has close to a 100-year history of worship and outreach. The story of Highland Park United Methodist Church began in the fall of 1915, when students from Southern Methodist University attended the first worship services held in Dallas Hall. The University Church was founded in 1916, and with 225 charter members by the end of the year, the church changed its name to Highland Park Methodist Episcopal Church South. SMU deeded the land for the church, and worshippers began meeting in a temporary structure known as the Little Brown Church. The current sanctuary was built in 1927, and an activities building and the Cox Chapel were added in the early 1950s. December 2002 marked the completion of the 122,000-square-foot Wallace educational building and the remodeling of the existing educational building, while HPUMC’s pristine sanctuary and chapel remained untouched. HPUMC’s sanctuary was recognized as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1995.

 

Carpenters for Christ (www.hpumc-cfc.org) Carpenters for Christ’s goal is to do all we can humanly do to see that dangerous areas housing the poor are eradicated in Dallas by building new homes and improving people’s lives for generations to come. Carpenters for Christ is a servant organization led by lay members of Highland Park United Methodist Church, and, through this ministry, HPUMC has the largest commitment to Habitat for Humanity of any single church congregation in the world.

 

Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org) Habitat for Humanity is a ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. They build for people in need, regardless of race or religion. The houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world.
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