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Allen Community Outreach


Allen Community Outreach Mission Statement

ACO transforms lives by addressing basic human service needs for the residents of Allen, Fairview and Lucas in Collin County, Texas.


ACO History ď Ž

Allen Community Outreach (ACO) was founded in 1985 and is the sole provider of free human services and

referral information for the cities of Allen, Fairview and Lucas in Collin County, Texas. ACO has grown from strictly information and referral services to an agency that provides many different services to help families that need a helping hand. ď Ž

At first the agency was called Allen Information and Referral, but very quickly the scope of services grew and the name was changed to Allen Community Outreach (ACO) to reflect the community support.


ACO’s “One Stop Shop” Opened August 2009

This means those needing help have one place to come to for all of their needs.


2010 Statistics      

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Answered 16,841 information and referral calls Served 4,140 unduplicated clients Assisted 1,248 individuals with rent and utilities Screened 6,708 individuals for food Screened 756 individuals for clothing Delivered 17,006 Meals-On-Wheels Distributed bags of school supplies to 266 children Distributed Thanksgiving food boxes to 224 families (serving 895 individuals) Distributed Christmas gifts to 251 families (599 individuals) Over 1,745 volunteers gave over 27,609 hours of their time to ACO The ACO Food Pantry served 6,708 individuals (2,175 families) with 174,243 lbs. of food


ACO Services ACO Food Pantry


ACO Services ACO Resale Shop


ACO Services Care & Share Closet

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Families can receive free household goods like paper towels, toothpaste and shampoo By helping families with these expenses, they can apply their funds to other bills, car payments, etc. This program is supported by schools and businesses as a community-service project while stocking our much needed closet.


ACO Services Meals-On-Wheels & More 

Volunteers deliver hot meals around noon every weekday to the elderly and/or homebound.

A nourishing meal for these people is very important, but even more important is the personal contact made.

13,930 meals were delivered in 2010.


“Fill the Bus� School Supply Drive

For the 2011-2012 school year, 370+ kids will receive new school supplies that their families would not have been able to afford.


Thanksgiving Food Distribution


Christmas Adopt a Child, Teen or Senior


How can you be involved? 

Let others know all the ACO can do to help someone in need Think of ways to help by holding a food drive, or gathering donations instead of gifts for a birthday Volunteer your time


CONTACT US:   

801 East Main Street Phone 972-727-9131 Web www.acocares.org


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