At The Caring Place, things are always changing and evolving. At just under 500 volunteers and 30 staff, I find myself sometimes wondering how this place works the way it does. This is probably a question people often ponder from the outside looking in, too. So, let me start by talking about the heart of our organization...
It’s probably no surprise that our volunteers often have the best ideas on how to give even more by incorporating giving into their everyday lives and encouraging others to do so...
Geology is not something we ponder much at The Caring Place, but when one special rock arrived on Ginna O'Connor's desk, we had to dive in just a bit.
Food Pantry Volunteer helps clients, experiments with unusual ingredients
You think you know a building after working in it for a year or two. Then you run into someone such as Marie Young, a 16-year volunteer, and you realize that you don’t know the place as well as you thought.
A quick witted man, Mark’s sense of humor belies the fact that less than a year ago, his financial situation found him hungry and nearly homeless.
Calvin spends two days a week at The Caring Place, sorting CDs and DVDs and testing the usability of luggage and electronic toys. His critical thinking, materials management and problem solving abilities, gained from his work as an engineer, make him a perfect fit. However, if you ask Calvin, it’s the opportunity to be around and learn from others that bring him the greatest joy.
If the live music and Circuit of The Americas don’t bring a person to Austin, the mild weather and nearby tourist stops will. That’s what brought Midwesterner Cindy Triggs and her husband of 39 years, to the Austin area, and eventually to Georgetown in 2014.
After several years of 1 year only extensions, the Congress finally made permanent the ability to transfer all or part of an individual’s required minimum distribution (RMD) from their IRA directly to a qualified charity.
If you saw Sean Jump, you’d think he didn’t have a care in the world. He smiles when he speaks and has a playful, happy voice.
H.D. strenuously maneuvered his wheelchair. Beth was at his side, clenching her walker with both hands.
Tillie Pope began volunteering at The Caring Place as a receptionist in Client Services three years ago. She loved meeting new people.
A heartfelt story from a volunteer