Every $1 dollar donated provides a chance at a brighter future for a student in need in our local community. Communities In Schools of El Paso helps to strengthen relationships between a student’s home, school and community and increase opportunities for positive life choices and academic achievement.
You can make a one-time donation securely online.
There are many ways to help make a positive impact on a child's life. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your partnership with Communities In Schools of El Paso and thank you for the support your gift brings to our youth. Our program offers several different giving opportunities to suit your preference.
Mail-In Financial Donation:
Communities in Schools of El Paso
1401 Pendale, Ste. 300
El Paso, Texas 79936
You can participate in changing the lives of young people by making an in-kind donation (books, supplies, furniture, meeting room, etc.) to our program. Your in-kind donation is a gift that will help us provide necessities to the young people in our community. Contact CIS of El Paso for more information.
Give an opportunity for a Communities In Schools student to see beyond their everyday world and think big. CIS of El Paso seeks individuals with a desire to make a difference in the life of a child by serving as a mentor. By giving your time, you can give the invaluable gift of your friendship and support.
Volunteers are essential to the success of Communities In Schools programs. It is critically important for CIS students to know that their community is invested in their growth; for some it is the difference between success and failure. Volunteers can contribute to support our program by mentoring, tutoring, serving on boards/committees, assisting at special events and participating in a variety of other opportunities.
Questions About Donating
Will my financial donation go toward a general fund or will it go directly to my local program?
Your secure donation will go directly to your local CIS of Texas program to support their work in your community.
Is my online payment secure?
PayPal encodes every transaction behind next-level encryption. Every account is also routinely monitored against fraud.
Can I clam this as a charitable donation on my taxes?
Yes, Communities In Schools is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. For amounts up to $250, you can keep a receipt, cancelled check or statement. Donations of more than $250 require a written acknowledgement from the charity, which we can provide upon request.
Questions About Communities In Schools
How is Communities In Schools of Texas funded?
The Communities In Schools of Texas programs are funded through a combination of State, Federal and local funding. Although CIS of Texas programs are in part funded by the Texas Legislature, the majority of each program’s budget must be raised from the local communities and businesses. Despite limited resources, our programs have made tremendous progress in working to keep our young people in school, but there are many more students in need of our assistance in each CIS of Texas community.
What is Communities In Schools?
Communities In Schools of Texas (CIS) programs partner with educators, students, and parents to identify needs of students who are in need of assistance and at-risk of dropping out of school. By engaging community resource partners, CIS customizes learning supports for students and provides individual case management services.
What is the structure of Communities In Schools in Texas?
The Communities In Schools program is legislated in the Texas Education Code and receives legislative-appropriated funding to fund a portion of our work. The CIS of Texas organization is uniquely structured to ensure program success. The structure includes the following:
Advised by the Communities In Schools State Advisory Committee (CISSAC), appointed by the Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House
Administered by the CIS of Texas State Office at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), with support from its Program Resource Center (PRC)
Funded partially by the Texas Legislature, with significant financial support raised from school districts, local communities and businesses.
Managed by local 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations to administer all local CIS of Texas programs
Associated with local school districts to provide services on local campuses
How do Communities In Schools of Texas programs evaluate their impact?
The Communities In Schools of Texas program evaluates its impact through the achievements of the youth they serve. CIS of Texas programs securely monitor student level data and track education outcomes of the participating students. The data yielded is used to grow and improve the program.