What gives: Small ways to help neighborhood nonprofits

This month, head over to NorthPark's Parade of Playhouses.

The 15th annual ORIX Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center benefiting Dallas CASA is set for Aug. 5-21.

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The 15th annual ORIX Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center benefiting Dallas CASA is set for Aug. 5-21. This year’s event will feature 19 custom-designed children’s playhouses. The playhouses include an artists’ house, a pint-sized bed and breakfast, a train engine, an airplane and a Dallas Mavericks-themed house. One very special playhouse will be auctioned to raise additional funds — bid on it online at dallascasa.org or at NorthPark Center. Raffle tickets for other playhouses are $5 or $20 for five. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony at NorthPark at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Winners do not need to be present to win. On any day in Dallas County, 2,000 children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect are living in foster care waiting for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Dallas CASA is an organization of volunteers who serve as voices in court for these victims. Sadly, Dallas CASA currently serves less than one-third of the children in protective care in Dallas County. “Parade of Playhouses is an important opportunity not only to give children a chance to win an amazing playhouse,” ORIX USA President and CEO Jim Thompson says, “but also to help connect abused children in our community to the safe, loving homes they deserve.”

Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.

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