About the Tzu Chi Central Region
Central Region Office
Tzu Chi USA’s Central Region Dallas, Texas, office is based in Richardson, Texas, and was established here in 1992. Two of the many key services we provide are Character Education and disaster relief such as after Hurricane Harvey and Cedar Rapids flood.
Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee
Our Central Region Tzu Chi office has thrived with the help of dedicated volunteers since its humble beginnings in 1992. It came together after a family of sisters from Taiwan learned about the relief work provided by Tzu Chi. They first came together in one volunteer’s living room, which eventually became the Foundation’s Dallas office.
We are located in a growing metropolitan city of more than 1.34 million people, and there is great need here. On the one hand, Dallas is home to many wealthy people but the city is rife with poverty, so it is here where we can do our best work, especially helping the children in the area, who are most vulnerable.
Although we started off small, we eventually grew as more volunteers began to join us. In 2000, we moved to a building that was only 2,000 square feet and at the time ran a Sunday school for 180 children. By 2006, our executive director Yaungliang Ling, found a church property that was suited to our growing needs. We were able to secure the building, which hardly needed any renovations, and it is what we now call our permanent home in the region.
Building Character and A Future Through Education
Because educating the youth of the area is a priority, Tzu Chi volunteers provide a variety of educational services including Dallas Character Education. The classes are for children of varying cultures and our volunteers bring the teachings of Dharma Master Cheng Yen, including how to be respectful to parents, saving the trees, and saving water, all necessary to live a compassionate life.
We offer other education programs that focus on the area’s at-risk children with hopes to help shape the leaders of tomorrow. In 2011, our volunteers started working with the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA) which is focused on helping young men become leaders in a humanistic society. By helping them in their efforts, we are able to ensure the roots of our humanistic culture are taking hold in the students in order to build a brighter future of compassion.
Our education efforts extend to helping the younger children as well through our operation of the Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool and Kindergarten. Since it began here in 2007, we have been teaching a bilingual (Chinese and English) and humanistic curriculum. Our Back-to-School Program offers those less fortunate nchildren a chance to have the school supplies needed that enable them to learn in their classrooms. Our program also provides those children with uniforms, eye exams and haircuts. These offerings help bring hope to children so that they can be successful in school and look toward a brighter future.
Since our chapter moved to its permanent home in 2006, we have continued our ongoing disaster relief efforts. That year we became a member of the Texas State Emergency Management Center. Working together has allowed us to bring relief to many people who needed it most. We also serve as the Main Distribution Center for Emergency Disaster Relief Blankets for Tzu Chi USA. Our work also has extended to Hurricane Harvey victims as we continue to provide relief wherever disaster takes hold and compassion and love is needed.
534 W Belt Line Rd
9508 East Shannon Way Circle