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If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place.  Between blog posts and press releases posted here, we hope you'll discover something new about The Caring Place.

Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

The Caring Place would like to invite all members of its service area to participate in the Jackets 4 Georgetown program in some way.  The Caring Place service area includes residents of Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, and the portion of Hutto that lies within the Georgetown Independent School District. Find information on how you can donate a coat or obtain a coat during program dates listed below.

If fall is your favorite season, then Second Helping’s inaugural Fall Y’all shopping event is the place to be on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 3700 Williams Drive. 

“Be the Light of Caring” is the name of The Caring Place’s latest fundraising campaign. The campaign will end on October 5, the same day as the organization’s signature fundraising event, Deep in the Heart of Caring. Funds raised through this campaign will help neighbors in need pay utility bills this year.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is encouraging a healthy community with their latest events hosted by The Caring Place in Georgetown.  Talk with a Nurse and Talk with a Doc on August 5th and August 13th respectively aim to teach community members healthy habits, beginning with food and nutrition.

When it comes to the services offered at The Caring Place people may think, “I will never need that.”  “I won’t ever have a problem paying my electric bill because my husband and I both worked for years and saved.”  “My spouse has a good paying professional job, so I won’t ever need a Food Pantry to make ends meet.”  “I was a teacher and have a pension. The Caring Place is for other people.”  These are probably common thoughts until a crisis hits close to home.  Neighbors who utilize The Caring Place have a variety of reasons and life circumstances for doing so.  In fact, Cindy Newman could have easily said the statements above.

The Caring Place has opened up its sponsorship application period for its signature fundraising event, Deep in the Heart of Caring, which will be held on October 5th at Schwertner Ranch Event Center. The organization requests those wishing to sponsor this event to visit www.caringplacetx.org/deepintheheart or call Rita Turner at rturner@caringplacetx.org for more information. A variety of sponsor levels provide a wonderful recognition opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses wishing to increase support to a worthy local cause.

The Caring Place recently was awarded a $24,000 grant by Seeds of Strength to further develop our Senior Independence Program.  Our Program Manager, Kathleen Hopkins, shared a little about the program on the organization’s grant voting night. One of her program participants shared a personal story as well.  Since this program is so new and the stories that come out of it are so impactful, we wanted to share that presentation with everyone.  Find below Kathleen’s unabridged presentation to the group. 

The Caring Place is pleased to announce it is a grant recipient of two program impacting grants from the Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF). 

June marks Family Eldercare’s 29th Annual Summer Fan Drive.  Family Eldercare provides fans to vulnerable seniors, adults with disabilities, at risk veterans and families who cannot afford to cool their homes across 14 Central Texas Counties. Each year, The Caring Place in Georgetown, Texas takes part in this initiative by being a distribution site for local neighbors in need. 

On Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, The Caring Place will celebrate its 34th birthday.  Since 1985, The Caring Place has provided for the basic human needs of all people in the community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.  The mission statement says it all, and the organization wants you to help them continue to support this mission by ‘shopping for good’ in their two thrift stores, The Shops at The Caring Place and Second Helping.  What better way to celebrate than with a birthday sale?

On Thursday, May 30th The Caring Place kicks off their first ever Eating for Good Campaign for the summer.  All summer long you will see The Caring Place asking the community to plan their meals at designated restaurants.  The local establishments will be donating a portion of the sales to The Caring Place Food Pantry. If you like eating out, find out where and when you can do some “eating for good” by staying up to date on The Caring Place Facebook page or website.

The Caring Place in Georgetown held a special event for its volunteers on Sunday, April 14th, 2019, at the City Lights Theater in Georgetown. The crowd of nearly 250 volunteers and their guests were treated to the movie, The Upside.  Snacks and award presentation preceded the movie. Awards were given in two categories to the following volunteers...

On Saturday, May 11th the National Association of Letter Carriers are picking up non-perishables at mail boxes to benefit local communities as part of its annual Stamp Out Hunger Campaign.

In the very back corner you may hear a couple ladies talking or laughing or maybe the smell of popcorn and sometimes the smell of jewelry polish. That final smell gives it away. This is the jewelry team.

On Thursday, May 2nd from Noon to 3pm, The Caring Place is hosting a Jewelry Show at 2000 Railroad Avenue in the newly expanded Boutique at The Shops at The Caring Place.

Amplify Austin is a 24-hour day of online giving in central Texas.  The event fell on February 28th and ran for 24 hours to end on March 1st at 6pm.  This year The Caring Place had a goal to raise $25,000 to benefit all programs and services at the organization, and ended up seeing $43,683 on the Amplify Austin leaderboard at the end of the night.

In the month of February, I had the good fortune to meet with two different groups.  They had a lot in common despite first appearances.  I’d love to tell you about them.

When Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association heard about our upcoming Amplify Austin campaign, they came to us with a generous donation and requested that it be donated during this special campaign.  Why did they choose to donate during Amplify Austin? 

82 years old today.  That’s Mable.  She proudly tells people it is her birthday now, but that isn’t how it has always been.  She fondly told me a story about how she was a housekeeper for a doctor’s family for 40 years and the little girls in the family would beg to know her age. And, she’d tease them, but never tell...

Occasionally, I see on my Facebook newsfeed about a community member wanting to donate something to an organization or person “that can really use it.”  They say, “I don’t want to just donate it to a place where they sell it.”  When they say that, I assume they must mean they want to see it directly go into the hands of someone in need.  I can understand that sentiment.  It warms your heart to place an item you no longer need straight in the hands of someone in need...

Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.

The Caring Place is excited to announce the overwhelming response to our annual “Hunger-Free Holidays” Food Drive.  The organization collected 317,998 pounds of food during this campaign.

Here in Georgetown, we take note of the economy at a local level.  The continued growth in Georgetown is incredible. We are attracting new businesses, more people are moving here, tourism is up.  Have you ever considered how The Caring Place affects our local economy?  The impact might be bigger than you think.

St. David's Foundation has once again honored The Caring Place by selecting the organization as a 2018 grant recipient for its Senior Independence Program. This article provides the full list of recipients.

During November, two big hashtags that will make the rounds in your social media feed are #ShopSmall & #GivingTuesday. We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to them both! So, here's your tutorial and how it applies to us!

This past spring, Second Helping, The Caring Place thrift store on 3700 Williams, celebrated its one year anniversary.  With a successful year under its belt, the store has decided to go bigger this holiday and host “A Second Helping Christmas” and 12 Days of Christmas Sales! Friday, November 16th the store will debut all of its holiday finds at “A Second Helping Christmas” event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Read more for additional sales through the season...

One of the great things about the holidays is the traditions we continue or begin.  Traditions give us identity. They strengthen a bond within a family. They create structure, stability, and a sense of familiarity.  Traditions create memories and help us remember each other and the moments we share together. My extended family started a new tradition several years ago that I thought I’d share because it might be interesting for your family too...

“Sweets, Treats & Trees” is almost here.  On Thursday, November 8th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. customers will enjoy The Shops at The Caring Place’s biggest shopping event of the year!  The entire store will be transformed into a holiday wonderland and should leave you saying, “Shopping for Good never looked so jolly!” 

The Caring Place wants to ensure that no child is cold this winter. Through its Coats for Kids program and the help of the community, The Caring Place will provide coats for children from November 12th-30th.  The organization is now accepting coat donations to prepare for the program...

Good evening, ladies and gentleman.  It is a privilege and an honor to be here with you tonight.  My name is Jennifer Tate.  For the last year I have been a client of The Caring Place.  Tonight, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, what brought me to The Caring Place, and how a relationship with The Caring Place has changed my life for the better...

The Caring Place provides a 10-day supply of food to families in financial crisis through its Food Pantry.  The Caring Place is preparing to launch its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1, and it will end December 31.  With the community’s help, the organization wishes to collect 225,000 pounds of food by the New Year.

Leaders are often where we look in hard times felt by the masses.  I remember September 11th, 2001 with clarity, like most Americans alive at the time probably do.  Certainly, this is an example of a hard time.  A hurtful event in which we all struggled with the ‘why’ and the ‘how could you’ of the situation.  A nation mourned together and vowed to never forget...

We all know it's true; teachers are some of the most creative and dedicated workers around.  They've followed a career path that gives them a day filled with surprises, challenges, blessings and children, lots and lots of children!  One of our own volunteers here at The Caring Place, Kim Denning-Knapp, is a high school teacher in Round Rock ISD...

On Thursday, September 6th from Noon to 3pm, The Caring Place is hosting a Fall Jewelry Show at 2001 Railroad Avenue in the Community Room. 

Chat & Chew is a free event that will begin with an introduction from Executive Director, Ginna O’Connor.  She says, “We hope that people that have never walked through our doors will use this opportunity to find out what we are all about.  We work hard to show the heart of the organization through stories and media and most definitely word of mouth, but this is our opportunity to show you the inner workings of The Caring Place.”

Slip on your fancy cowboy and cowgirl duds and come on out to the Deep in the Heart of Caring on October 13, 2018 at Schwertner Ranch Event Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on September 1st.

The Caring Place in Georgetown held a special event for its volunteers on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at the City Lights Theater in Georgetown. The crowd of nearly 300 volunteers and their guests were treated to the new movie release: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.  Snacks and award presentation preceded the movie.

The Caring Place Food Pantry in Georgetown is asking for any kind of donations, especially personal hygiene donations like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, or dishwashing liquid.

The Caring Place would like to put out a plea that due to high summer demand, the Food Pantry has a great need for nonperishables at this time...

Empowerment is a big word and well, it should be. It is the cornerstone of case management or ‘service partnerships,’ as we like to say here at The Caring Place. We partner with our neighbors when their basic needs are not being met over time, impacting their quality of life. The partnership is rich in engaged sharing, learning, testing new resources, planning for future needs, collaborating with local service providers and advocating for oneself and others. Here at The Caring Place we introduced a new service partnership in April for folks sixty five and older. We call it SIP – Senior Independence Program. Pour yourself up a cup of coffee or a cold sweet lemonade and take a listen to a story about how one neighbor was empowered through a service partnership...

The Caring Place is hosting “Chat & Chew” on Thursday, July 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2000 Railroad Avenue. Chat & Chew is a free event that will begin with an introduction from Executive Director, Ginna O’Connor. She says, “We hope that people that have never walked through our doors will use this opportunity to find out what we are all about. We work hard to show the heart of the organization through stories and media and most definitely word of mouth, but this is our opportunity to show you the inner workings of The Caring Place.”

June marks Family Eldercare’s 28th Annual Summer Fan Drive. Family Eldercare provides fans to vulnerable seniors, adults with disabilities, at risk veterans and families who cannot afford to cool their homes across 14 Central Texas Counties. Each year, The Caring Place in Georgetown, Texas takes part in this initiative by being a distribution site for local neighbors in need.

I grew up in the 80s and 90s; a time of Espirit outlet shopping, Girbaud Jeans, Dooney & Bourke purses and Guess or Gap anything. I am sure a lot of you can relate to the middle school fashion struggle. To be honest I have no idea if the loyalty to a ‘brand of the moment’ is still the same as it was back then...

June marks the 33rd Anniversary of the local non-profit, The Caring Place. The organization’s mission is to provide basic human services to families in financial crisis in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. The community-based, community-supported organization is funded partially by two thrift stores, The Shops at The Caring Place and Second Helping. June 6-11 the stores will have a 33% Off Sale to thank the community for being part of the mission every day.

People come to our stores for so many reasons. We love all the reasons and all the customers. But, there is one customer we have that really gets us. Find out about why this customer is so surprising and what they do that is out of the norm.

On Saturday, May 12th, The National Association of Letter Carriers Local 181 branch participated in the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. The community was invited to leave non-perishables by their mailbox for the letter carriers to retrieve. All food from this campaign was donated to The Caring Place Food Pantry. David Earl, Food Programs and Facilities Director at The Caring Place, shared that the city-wide food drive collected 9,170 pounds of food on May 12th.

In response to the tremendous population growth rate of persons age sixty-five plus in Williamson County, The Caring Place has launched a new program to support aging in place for seniors. Aligned with The Caring Place’s current scope of work through basic needs assistance, the program will extend additional support through case management to neighbors age sixty-five and older who have needs impacting their quality of life...

The Caring Place in Georgetown, Texas and Goodwill Industries, invite the community to the 2nd Annual TCP-Goodwill Job Fair at The Caring Place Community Rooms at 2001 Railroad Ave., on Wednesday, May 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, May 12th the mail carriers serving zip codes 78626 and 78628 are picking up nonperishables at the mail boxes to benefit the local community as part of their annual Stamp Out Hunger Campaign.

Recently, The Caring Place hosted an intern from Southwestern University right here in Georgetown. Senior, Abby Wilson received credit for her internship here, but she shared with me some information that might make other young adults perk their ears up to the idea of volunteering...

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