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Supporting Local Businesses

For the past few years, the Alpha Testing® team has enjoyed the adventure of finding unique, local coffee shops and restaurants and posting our experiences here on our blog. As our daily life continues to change, we can still be community-minded and support these businesses!

Here are a few ways to help some North Texas businesses we love, both those we’ve already shared with you and some we’re excited to try!

  • Take a break from home and pick up some coffee to go!
  • Support businesses by purchasing online gift cards to use later:
    • Dude, Sweet Chocolate – click here
    • Fat Straws Bubble Tea, Co. – click here
  • These restaurants and shops are offering pickup and delivery!

We look forward to sharing businesses from around Texas in the coming weeks!

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Heroes Against Hunger

Where can you find sculptures of Captain Underpants, Spider-Man, and Dirk Nowitzki all in one place? At NorthPark Center in Dallas as part of the 2019 Canstruction competition!

Alpha’s Dallas office, represented by Hannah McAdams, Jordan Koskelin, and Marianne Stanton, teamed with Archer Western and Spencer+Company this year to create a 7-foot tall Captain Underpants out of canned potatoes, beans, tomatoes, tuna, and corn!

The cansculptures will be on exhibit at NorthPark through September 22nd, after which all of the canned food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

For more information on Canstruction, and to donate/vote for our sculpture, head to https://canstructiondallas2019.causevox.com/.

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Making Spirits Bright

Just before Christmas, members of our Dallas team took their vocal “talents” to The Traymore at Park Cities, a local nursing home that specializes in post-operative rehabilitation and long term care. The team sang Christmas carols, delivered handwritten cards to the residents, and brought a haul of blankets, socks, housecoats, board games, and beauty and hygiene products to make the holidays a little brighter.

To find out more about how you can help the residents at The Traymore, check out https://traymore.com/.

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A Season of Giving

Alpha Testing’s Dallas office collected food for the North Texas Food Bank as part of their Thanksgiving celebrations this year. The items donated will feed over 120 families in our north Texas community. Thank you to all who donated, and to Karen Rodriguez, SHRM-CP for organizing the food drive!

For more information on how you can get involved with the North Texas Food Bank, head to their website at https://www.ntfb.org/.

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Unite for Troops

After the events of 9/11, the owners of  Porter’s Army Navy a family owned and operated store in Irving, TX, recognized that many of their customers were looking for a way to help, but didn’t know where to start. In response to this need, the Porter family started Unite for Troops, an annual event and Veteran’s Day celebration held to raise money and collect items for care packages to send to our troops overseas.

Alpha Testing’s Diana Rohrback, herself a veteran, organized Alpha’s contributions to this year’s event, which included donating food and personal care items for care packages as well as purchasing raffle tickets to help with some of the shipping costs for the care packages.

Unite for Troops sends the Alpha family a big THANK YOU for all of the donations!

For more information on Unite for Troops, and to learn how you can help, head to http://unitefortroops.com/.

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Diana (far right) with her fellow Unite for Troops volunteers!

 

 

Oh the Places We CAN Go

Alpha Testing Dallas once again teamed up with Archer Western and HNTB for the CANstruction Dallas competition.

“Our  companies  are  working  toward advances  in  transportation,  including  the highways,  rail,  airports,  and  BEYOND! Our  structure  is  a  depiction  of  the  next  era of  space  travel,  leaving  the  balmy  waves of  Florida  and  looking  toward  Mars. While  we  work  toward  making  your  commutes better now  and  plan  for  the commutes  of  the  future,  one  thing  we  CAN  all  work  on  is  to  eradicate  hunger  in our  community.  Let’s  work  together  to  rid  Dallas  of  hunger today.” https://canstructiondallas2018.causevox.com/team/blastingouthunger

The entries are on display at NorthPark Center in Dallas until September 22nd, so make sure you check it out! Many thanks to all who participated, especially Jordan Koskelin and Hannah McAdams who represented Alpha on build day!

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ACI – San Antonio

Alpha Testing’s Courtney Ball, Jonathon Landeros, EIT, and Dylan Howell greeted participants at the ACI – San Antonio Chapter Golf Tournament at Silver Horn Golf Course in mid-April. Along with being the drink cart sponsor for the tournament, Alpha made sure everyone got some swag before they hit the course!

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Redeem the Stream

Alpha TestingAlpha’s Alberto Flores and his wife gave their Saturday morning to help clean up the Trinity River at the Redeem the Stream: Dallas River Cleanup, put on by the North Texas American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). Volunteers paddled and hiked their way around the Green Belt of the Elm Fork – a floodplain area of the Trinity that is a collection point for trash. In just one morning, volunteers freed the Green Belt from 5,580 pounds of trash and debris! Now that’s redeeming.Alpha Testing

Taking Aim at Hunger

Alpha TestingAlpha’s President, Brian Powell and Chairman, Jim Hillhouse “took aim at hunger” on April 27 at the Christian Community Action (CCA) Sporting Clay Shoot. Alberto Flores and Jacob Wadlington also joined the group as volunteers for the day. Alpha was a sponsor for the event which included 13 stations, a raffle, and BBQ for fuel. The clay shoot raised funds to benefit CCA’s mission to alleviate suffering, bring hope, and change lives. CCA has served the DFW area for over 43 years, providing food and crisis management and relief services. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about this nonprofit organization, visit their website.Alpha Testing, Inc

Welcome to Bonton Farms

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Patrick Wright, Farm Manager

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.”

South Dallas is often referred to as a food desert, leaving residents with limited access to fresh produce. And that’s exactly why Daron Babcock created Bonton Farms, a community garden focusing on agricultural sustainability through education, job training, and employment, giving the Bonton neighborhood access to locally grown food.

But the community garden is not the only growing force on the farm. Four-legged and winged friends including goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and honey bees roam the grounds too, with Moses the dog to watch over them! Honey is collected, the goats are milked, and dozens of eggs are harvested every day at Bonton Farms. All food that is not given to the community and volunteers are sold at the Farmers Market and to two restaurants, Café Momentum and Garden Café.

As the farm, vegetables, and community continue to grow, big plans are in the making. Alpha contributed a geotechnical study for Bonton Farms for a planned Flex building, a multi-use structure, which will house an area for processing goat milk, an education center, and living quarters for the farm caretakers.DSCN1408 cropped

Bonton Farms is growing more than food out in South Dallas, they are growing community and changing lives. See more pictures of Bonton Farms on our Facebook page.Alpha Testing logo