Bank of Texas donates $100,000 to Get Shift Done for North Texas
Helping keep service workers working and food on the tables of North Texans
Food insecurity has increased 250% with the COVID-19 crisis, millions of hospitality workers have been laid off or furloughed, and with the shelter-in-place mandates affecting volunteerism for local nonprofits, the North Texas community is being hurt in ways never seen before.
Launched March 18, 2020, Communities Foundation of Texas launched Get Shift Done for North Texas, an initiative that connects hospitality workers with local nonprofits to serve and provide hunger relief to communities in need. Get Shift Done for North Texas coordinates employing shifts of 1,000 workers to prepare 1.5–2 million meals per week. These meals are then distributed within 40+ local cities and suburbs throughout Fort Worth, Dallas and North Texas. Hospitality workers sign up online for shifts at non-profit organizations to prepare, assemble and deliver meals at a wage rate of $10 per hour. The program works with many area food banks and distributors including Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Presbyterian Night Shelter and Community Food Bank.
Bank of Texas has had a partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas for several years and when they became the funding support partner for Get Shift Done for North Texas, it was a perfect solution to contribute to a great cause.
“During this time of uncertainty for so many, Bank of Texas wants to provide much-needed support for North Texas,” said Mark Nurdin, EVP of BOKF Regional Banking and CEO for Bank of Texas Fort Worth. “The Get Shift Done for North Texas initiative aligns perfectly with our corporate charitable giving strategy - meeting basic needs including hunger, promoting economic health and supporting nonprofits that make a meaningful impact. Our communities are our livelihood and we feel our success as a community partner is based on the success of the communities where we live and work.”
BOK Financial Corporation (BOKF), parent company of Bank of Texas, announced last week that it will contribute $1 million as part of its efforts to support COVID-19 relief. The company chose to direct donations to programs addressing food insecurity and re-employment of laid off and furloughed restaurant and hospitality workers. This contribution is the centerpiece of the company’s COVID-19 response which also includes assistance for its clients and employees.
Of those funds, Bank of Texas will contribute $100,000 to Communities Foundation of Texas in direct support of Get Shift Done in North Texas.
“Bank of Texas has been a long-time partner in North Texas, and we commend them on their commitment to helping our community during this unprecedented time of immediate need. Their $100,000 donation to the Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas will go far in helping displaced shift workers and nonprofits on the frontlines,” said Dave Scullin, President and CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas.
Nurdin added, “With this additional funding for community support, we expect to bring our planned 2020 donations to nearly $1 million in north Texas. Bank of Texas and its employees are dedicated to our clients, communities and each other, and that makes a huge difference as we are all in this together.”
About Communities Foundation of Texas
With the goal of building thriving communities for all, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works locally and across the state through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. The public foundation professionally manages 1,000 charitable funds for individuals, families, companies and nonprofits in addition to powering several key initiatives such as Educate Texas at CFT, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT and CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. CFT has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953 and recently helped lead a number of COVID-19 community relief efforts, including the launch of North Texas Cares, a funder collaborative of 30+ funders utilizing a shared application for nonprofits to submit relief requests to, the North Texas Community Response Fund, North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, and the Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund. Learn more at cftexas.org. Follow CFT on Facebook (facebook.com/CFTexas), Twitter (twitter.com/GiveWisely) or Instagram (instagram.com/communitiesfoundationoftexas/).
About BOK Financial
BOK Financial Corporation is a more than $40 billion regional financial services company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more than $80 billion in assets under management and administration. The company's stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (BOKF). BOK Financial Corporation's holdings include BOKF, NA; BOK Financial Securities, Inc., BOK Financial Private Wealth, and BOK Financial Insurance, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management and BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. BOKF, NA operates banking divisions across eight states as: Bank of Albuquerque; Bank of Oklahoma; Bank of Texas and BOK Financial (in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri); as well as having limited purpose offices Nebraska, Milwaukee and Connecticut. Through its subsidiaries, BOK Financial Corporation provides commercial and consumer banking, brokerage trading, investment, trust and insurance services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.