River Legacy Foundation
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River Legacy Foundation has been growing the next generation of environmental stewards through education, recreation and preservation for more than 25 years! Thanks to our longstanding community support, area families, children, students and adults get to experience an authentic place of discovery, exploration and inspiration in nature at River Legacy Living Science Center, Arlington’s premiere nature center located next to River Legacy Parks.

River Legacy Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, provides a variety of environmental education and public programming at the nature center, which features aquariums and terrariums with live native animals, environmental exhibits, self-exploration stations, nature trails, and a gift shop. The Foundation partners with the Arlington school district and other surrounding schools to provide outdoor education experiences to more than 14,000 students a year.

The Foundation also works hand-in-hand with the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department to provide funding for the continued preservation and recreational amenities of River Legacy Parks, a 13,000-acre oasis along the Trinity River that boasts hike and bike trails, river overlooks, canoe launch, pavilions and playgrounds. Visit River Legacy Living Science Center to discover the best classroom on Earth: Nature! To learn more, visit, call 817.860.6752 or e-mail

Holy Angels Residential Facility
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Holy Angels - Our Story is Our Mission

Since its founding in 1965, Holy Angels has built a reputation as one of the South's finest residential facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its foundation as a spiritual calling of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Catholic Diocese has instilled in Holy Angels a sense of selfless compassion and love. It is that sense of compassion which guides Holy Angels today, as we continue to thrive and innovate as an independent nonprofit organization.

It is our belief at Holy Angels that all people have a right to learn, to achieve and, in turn, to find dignity. Through our unique and multi-faceted approach, we provide our residents with an environment which encourages independence and creativity. From our group homes to our many social enterprises, residents can build upon their strengths and find a special fulfillment in self-reliance.

Our world is enlivened by the unique qualities of each and every person who fills it. That's why we are proud to welcome a variety of special needs into the Holy Angels family. Today, we serve 184 residents ranging in age from birth to sixty years of age. Recently, Holy Angels has expanded its mission to care for individuals with autism and autistic tendencies. Residents have the option of living in a dormitory setting or one of 12 community and group homes, located both on-site and in the surrounding neighborhood of southeast Shreveport.

Next Gen Education Program
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"Using the Automobile to Inspire Students, Show Them Opportunity and Encourage Growth."

The Next Gen Education Program has been designed to come alongside and assist the education community by using the automobile as an inspirational “cool factor” as we work together to improve connections between students and business, industry and higher education. We desire to be a center of activity and match our business, industry and higher education partners with students using the Next Gen 16 Career Clusters (click through link to list) and also to encourage the foundational skills needed for academic and technical literacy.

A very key concept is that this is not a car program for car kids but rather a program that we, as passionate car people, can use to impact the lives of all students whatever their interest. We will certainly engage the car kids and develop some new ones along the way!

We have been blessed to have some outstanding leaders from many backgrounds participate in our program. Our panelists recognize the Next Gen 16 Career Clusters and the foundational skills needed for academic and technical literacy and utilize these as a foundation for our teaching and education.

The Edward Pierece Center for Autism (EPCA)
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EPCA is a small local charity that currently serves all of Tarrant County. Tracy Pierce, an adjutant professor at Tarrant County Community College, founded EPCA on behalf of her son, Edward Pierce. At the time of her sons’ diagnosis, Tracy Pierce was a schoolteacher for Arlington Independent School District. Taking special notice to the gapes in services between Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy, speech therapy, inclusive education and special education programs, Tracy decided to merge these together in order to increase consistency and understanding for the child and normalize the parental life as much as possible. In just two years EPCA has grown from just an idea and passion for a small group of local teachers into an organization that has changed the lives of 52 families. EPCA is now working to expand its mission to serve military members at bases that currently do not offer services. The Edward Pierce is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. EIN 81-1488670 All donations are greatly appreciated and much needed.