FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
Currently in response to COVID-19 concerns, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, these changes in operations were established on March 16 and updated on March 30th.:
- The Caring Place is closed on April 10th in observance of Good Friday.
- Food Pantry services will continue in a modified format. The Food Pantry will operate out of the Donations drive through on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you walk to The Caring Place you will find distribution beside our north gate.
- Fresh Food for Families will continue in the drive through on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of each month from 9 :00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- These program times will be re-evaluated weekly as needed. Programs are for all individuals who need supplementary groceries. This may include, but is not limited to: existing members, new individuals who may have lost a job, reduced hours in work, financial crisis has presented or individuals who are in a high risk health category and are unable to leave their car for groceries.
- All volunteers of the Caring Place will not report for their volunteer assignments until further notice.
- Both thrift stores, The Shops at The Caring Place located at 2000 Railroad Avenue and Second Helping at 3700 Williams Drive, are closed until further notice.
- Donations drive through at 2000 Railroad Avenue is closed until further notice. Item pick-ups are suspended. Please do not leave items for The Caring Place at this time.
- Programs & Services at 2001 Railroad Avenue is closed until further notice.
- Our Daily Bread is suspended.
Due to a rapidly evolving situation, The Caring Place requests that the community follow it on Facebook @thecaringplace for the latest information or activity changes at the organization. You can also sign up for the organization’s electronic newsletter at www.caringplacetx.org/newsletter.
Please follow all additional advice from www.cdc.gov.
How can you help The Caring Place?
It’s important that we feed our community at this time, however to avoid additional handling and exposure, we can’t accept any nonperishable food items from our community. The Caring Place can purchase food in bulk at a reduced rate from the Central Texas Food Bank.
The Caring Place’s 2 thrift stores are closed indefinitely, thus shutting down our primary revenue source.
The Caring Place’s Mission is to be here for its community during and after this pandemic and we need help to make sure that happens.
You can donate at www.caringplacetx.org/donate or create a Facebook fundraiser benefiting The Caring Place. (Listed at Georgetown Community Service Center dba The Caring Place on Facebook.) You may also send checks to P.O. Box 1215, Georgetown, Texas, 78627.
The City of Georgetown sponsors the Good Neighbor Fund, a program to assist eligible Georgetown Utility customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill. Voluntary contributions from customers like you fund this program, which is administered by The Caring Place on behalf of the City. Contributions can be made to the fund by paying the total due on your utility bill, plus one dollar. You are also able to make a monthly pledge, which will be billed to your utility bill, and can be cancelled at any time for those families paying their bill electronically. You can enroll in this program by simply checking the box on your utility bill each month and writing the check for $1 more, or by completing the pledge form on-line at the City’s website.
Please use the AmazonSmile platform to do your online shopping and designate The Caring Place as your nonprofit. .5% of you purchases will benefit The Caring Place.
If you are shopping at Randalls for your necessities, please ensure that you have selected The Caring Place as your nonprofit. 1% of your purchases will benefit The Caring Place. The Caring Place’s account number is 13870. The Good Neighbor program form can be found online and should be returned to the Randalls courtesy booth.
- Hold on to those item donations.
While The Caring Place can’t accept item donations right now, once stores are operating again, it will be imperative that the stores are stocked with items to sell. The Caring Place thrift stores more than cover the organizations’ operating expenses, so that 100% of monetary gifts directly impact neighbors in need. Without the stores open, The Caring Place will lose valuable support.
This Press Release is an update from the Release that initially went out Friday, March 13th. Due to a rapidly evolving situation, The Caring Place requests that the community follow it on Facebook @thecaringplace for the latest information or activity changes at the organization. You can also sign up for the organization’s electronic newsletter at www.caringplacetx.org/newsletter.