Happy Holidays from CISDR!

As we close out the 2017 year, we to thank everyone involved in the successes achieved by the students of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. (CISDR). Once again, CISDR has brought about meaningful improvements for the children we work with on a daily basis throughout the school year.

We couldn’t do this without the support of our donors, staff, community leaders, volunteers and our collaborative and service partners.

During the 2016-2017 school year we supported 7,274 high need school children, 76% of which are living below the poverty line. These children achieved the following results:

  • 85% improved in academics, behavior and/or attendance
  • 89% were promoted to the next grade
  • 96% of the eligible seniors graduated and
  • 97% stayed in school.

CISDR strives to be a leader in education reform and continues to innovate our campus based interventions to serve the children, families and schools that need it most.

On November 14, 2017, Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region received 715 coats from Macy’s and Clothes4Souls in their fifth-annual Share the Warmth program. These coats were disbursed to 49 campuses across the DFW metropolitan area, creating a true and meaningful season of giving.

Seeing the smiles and appreciation filled the hearts of our CISDR Staff, teachers, and their families. Parents do not have to worry about the cost of providing warmth to their children and their children are filled with joy and excitement, boosting self-esteem promoting success in the classroom. Others who witness this giving become inspired to share in the joy of giving. One coat given can change hundreds of lives.

C3 – Collaborate. Communicate. Coordinate.

Communities In Schools has had a presence in the Dallas area since 1985, working with the under-served populations of school children in grades K–12 in need of extra assistance. Under mandate of the Texas Education Agency, CISDR is required to work with the students listed on a campus “at-risk” list, meaning children who are in crisis and most likely not complete the school year.

Over the course of 30+ years, we recognized that education is best served as a public/private partnership, embracing and promoting the skills and assets of this amazing Dallas community. In 2017, we put that into action by launching the C3 Consortium – CISDR service partners meeting as a group to discuss trends, student needs, challenges, and most importantly connecting to provide the most comprehensive, cost effective, inclusive and relevant services to the at-risk students in our area.

The C3 provides a wide range of services ranging from basic needs (food, clothing, etc) to college/career prep to intensive clinical services. By connecting to students/families via CISDR’s campus-based presence or as an external service resource, each entity is verified, vetted and thoroughly profiled to ensure alignment to the C3 mission and assess for service duplications.

Not only do the students and families we serve benefit, but the ability of the group to collaborate on projects, funding and a variety of other platforms among themselves, is also a C3 element. Our name explains it all – connecting the community to the schools who need it most!

For more information or to requesting a vetting appointment to join C3, please contact Monica Ordonez, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & External Relations at 214.827.0955 ext 217 or monicao@cisdallas.org.

Current 2017 C3 Partners

Click on an entity to be directed to their web page.

After School All-Stars North Texas
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
City House
City Square
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Dallas County Truancy Court
The Elisa Project
Essilor Vision Foundation
Excellence by Design, Education Center
Granny’s Place Ministries
Grant Halliburton Foundation
Hopes Door New Beginnings Center
Just Say YES
Mosaic Family Services
PEP It Up Parents
The Princeton Review
Reasoning Mind
Texas Can Academy

For C3 Members

To find recent meeting notes, handouts and resources, please visit our Drop Box (link coming soon.)

A Look, Listen & Learn Event

CISDR invites you to our Campaign for Kids Community Luncheon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Join us at Thomas Jefferson High School to hear about the effects of poverty, mental illness, and fragmented families on the children of our area. Look, listen and learn how CISDR helps make a true educational impact.

Please click here to RSVP, or contact us at connectcis@cisdallas.org.

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, community leaders of all ages gathered at Samuel Lynne Galleries in the Dallas Design District to kick off the 2017 Campaign for Kids. The event was hosted by CISDR’s Alumni & Advisory Council, a young professional group that brings together successful CISDR alumni with other 21 to 40 year old members of the Dallas philanthropic community. Also in attendance were Campaign for Kids Honorary Chair Nancy Carlson, CISDR President & CEO Dr. Judith Allen, CISDR Board Chair Blake Lewis and Board Members Paul Stephens, Bill Guess and Kendria Taylor. Dr. Allen and Ms. Carlson gave brief speeches on the importance of the Campaign, as well as a detailed snapshot of the day-in-the-life of CISDR campus based services.

In-Kind Sponsors included Samuel Lynne Galleries, who graciously provided the venue as well as the refreshments, and Bird Bakery, who supplied the guests with an assortment of cupcakes.


EOY 2016 Video – Mind the Gap from CIS of the Dallas Region on Vimeo.

Pictures from the 4th Annual CISDR Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2015 Golf Tournament. Here are just a few pictures from the event.

Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors

Title Sponsor


Presenting Sponsors

Alon USA
Hitachi Consulting

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Dallas Childrens Charities
Duff and Phelps
El Centro College
Ernst and Young
Dr. Bonnie Martin & Associates
Riveron Consulting

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Fidelity Investments

Promotional Sponsors

Apartment Selectors
Avon Cleaners and the Godo Family
The Schleckser Family

In-Kind Sponsors

Chuck Clark Photography
Don Herring Mitsubishi
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Wells Fargo