DJ Bling Foundation was founded in 2013, by Joseph "DJ Bling" Thompson, in order to address a shortage of school supplies for students whose families couldn't afford enough supplies for the school year. As the years progressed, our organization has added various programs to address the lack of educational resources, health services, and family support in economically disadvantaged communities. Our programs include free school supplies, bike safety, technology access, and the Family Advancement Mentoring and Education Center to address mental health and addiction issues. Since 2013 DJ Bling Foundation has served over 10,000 students and their families living in Bastrop and Travis Counties and attending Bastrop, Austin, Pflugerville, Del Valle, and Round Rock school districts.
Our mission is to provide economically disadvantaged students and their families with the supplies, resources, and support needed to achieve and maintain educational equity.
Our core program is providing free school supplies to students of low-income families. Since 2013 we have helped over 10,000 students in the Central Texas area. Many of our supplies are given away at the annual DJ Bling's Back 2 School Event.
In 2018 we partnered with Austin Transportation Department and Austin Police Department to teach Road Safety Courses and provide free bikes, helmets, and locks to kids of low-income families. In two years tis program has served 250 kids.
Access to resources and information is one of the many hardships for low-income communities. We provide access to information and other family resources such as health screenings, dental, college information, clothes, shoes, and many other needed family resources.
As more and more schools increase online learning and technology based learning many low-income families do not have access to the required technology or internet. We help students obtain the required technology needed for virtual learning along with grants or funding for internet access.
The F.A.M.E Center offers state certified drug and alcohol classes at affordable rates for low-income communities in Bastrop and Travis Counties. The program also offers anger management and counseling by our professional certified counselors. The goal of F.A.M.E is to create better communities by creating better families and root out the problems with drugs and alcohol in our communities.