Good Karma Guacamole

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Every time we sell a Tableside Guacamole, we donate 50 cents to a local charity. It’s our way of giving back to the community. Each of our restaurants has partnered with one of these groups and fosters active relationships by sponsoring fundraising events, hosting meetings, and encouraging staff to volunteer. We are especially grateful to all of you who have helped us help them make a difference in peoples’ lives.

This program has donated a total of $209,433 to all our charities through October 2016.

CASA of Collin County

CASA of Collin County is an organization that provides well-trained volunteers to advocate for children so severely abused and/or neglected they are removed from their homes and placed in foster care.  Children who enter the foster care system have no voice.  The CASA volunteer becomes the representative for that child not only in court, but in every area of the child’s life.  By forming a trusting relationship with the volunteer an abused child can learn to have hope.  The ultimate outcome we seek is for the child to be permanently in a safe home where he/she can reach their full potential.

Visit us at:  www.casaofcollincounty.org.

About Our Charities

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For over 55 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington has been at the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. Today, over 8,000 young people are impacted through Club membership and community outreach at five neighborhood branches and 13 after-school sites. Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs include leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.

Learn more at:  www.bgcarlington.org

KERA/KXT

KERA carries the best in public television and radio programs that speak to those who value knowing about local and world issues through trusted, in-depth reporting and discussion.  KXT 91.7 FM is a public radio music station programmed locally in North Texas, carrying an eclectic mix of acoustic, alt-country, indie rock, alternative and world music from emerging, local and legendary artists.

Learn more at:  www.kera.org

Lena Pope Home

The mission of Lena Pope is to help create hope, happiness and success for children and their families through counseling and education. The goal of Lena Pope Counseling is to offer children, individuals, and families hope for a productive life. Chapel Hill Academy, Lena Pope’s elementary charter school, offers a tuition-free, quality education for elementary aged students by creating a solid foundation and support system for each student, so that they may have greater chances of future success. Lena Pope also fosters education in the community through the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program.

This program provides an alternative education setting for students who have struggled to succeed on their home campuses. In this program, the students are taught valuable skills to ensure a promising future. The Lena Pope Early Learning Center provides all-day care and learning for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Smart starts early with our evidenced based curriculum designed to meet national accreditation standards, including degreed teachers and low student-teacher ratios. Lena Pope believes that all children deserve the opportunity for high quality early education regardless of family income. Lena Pope impacts thousands of children and their families each year and has been serving children and families since 1930.

For more information, visit www.lenapopehome.org.

Mesa Hermanos

The Mesa Hermanos program assists long term kitchen employees of Blue Mesa Grill and TNT / Tacos and Tequila with financial hardships. 5% of every dollar donated to the Good Karma Guacamole program supports employees (with 2 or more years employment) with extraordinary medical expenses (for the employee or immediate family) or with college tuition.

Operation Kindness

Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. They have saved more than 75,000 animals since our inception.. They care for an average of 300 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 100-150 animals in foster homes. More than 4,000 dogs and cats are adopted from Operation Kindness each year. The mission of Operation Kindness is to provide quality care for homeless or unwanted cats and dogs in a compassionate, no-kill environment until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes, and to be a leader in their community in promoting humane values through education and awareness.

Operation Kindness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no government funding. All of their income comes from donations from individuals and businesses, adoptions, fundraising events and the sale of pet-related merchandise.

For more information, visit www.operationkindness.org.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has leveraged public funds with private philanthropy to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, and natural resources. Our vision is for all Texans to have access to the wild things and wild places in our state, both now and for generations to come.

See www.tpwf.org