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The Caring Place Food Pantry will launch its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1; it ends December 31.  Unlike previous years, this year, The Caring Place’s Food Drives across the community will only accept monetary donations.  The organization is introducing the Little Blue Barrel campaign in order for businesses, churches, neighborhoods and other organizations to collect critical funds for the local Food Pantry.

Through its annual grants process, Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) awarded $910,000 in grants to 20 organizations serving Georgetown residents. Awards were given based on alignment with GHF’s priorities which are focused on basic needs (food, shelter, housing) and social determinants of health (SDOH).

“Ready to get engaged?  Not that kind of engaged!” jokes the Community Engagement Manager, Rita Turner.   “We want to engage you in the happenings at The Caring Place!  We have developed our first online Chat & Chew with our community in mind!”  This virtual event will be held Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

The Caring Place’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the seventh consecutive year that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction. 

A Warehouse Team Member is an entry-level position offering training, support and a team atmosphere. This individual will work in the warehouse, assisting with the acceptance and movement of item donations and food. They will provide assistance throughout the entire facility as needed.

The Caring Place has won $5,500 from H-E-B as part of the grocery store chain’s 55th anniversary celebration event!

The Caring Place has added dressing rooms to their store!

The Williamson County Wilco Forward Phase III grant program which provides rent and utility assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19 that are in need has an impending deadline.

The Caring Place's locations are closed through Saturday, February 20th. All scheduled programming is canceled. Staff and volunteers will not report to The Caring Place or its Thrift Stores.

This latest announcement comes with the extension of the GISD closure notification this week. On Saturday, staff hopes to evaluate the status of our facilities and supplies, as well as the power situation. We look forward to serving all of our neighbors next week.

The latest announcement includes the closure of all of The Caring Place's locations on Monday, February 15th. All scheduled programming is canceled.

The latest announcement includes the closure of all locations on Saturday, February 13th. This specifically applies to both of our retail stores. Volunteers and Staff will not report to either location.

In response to upcoming extreme cold weather forecasts, The Caring Place is canceling outdoor programs on Monday, February 15th.  

I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) is proud to announce their ninth annual Amplify Austin Day will take place over the course of 24 hours beginning 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021, through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021. The campaign this year will include hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching gifts and $80,000 in cash prizes for participating nonprofits, twice the 2020 cash prize amount. ILHIGH is also very excited to launch Amplify LIVE, a new, celebrity-driven
virtual experience designed to increase the number of website users and donations for their nonprofit members during their signature 24-hour program. Early giving for Amplify Austin Day is now open at AmplifyATX.org with the goal to double the participation from years past to 60,000 donors.

We are excited to announce that The Caring Place Donations Team will now accept item donations for our thrift stores EVERY MONDAY from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We hope this new schedule helps our loyal item donors more easily make donations to our thrift stores. We appreciate the time and planning each of you put into giving to The Caring Place. It means a lot to us as we continue to navigate making our mission a priority in the safest way possible!

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved allocating more of the County’s federal CARES Act funds from the $93 million it received for the Wilco Forward program. The program provides financial assistance due to COVID-19 to various entities in our community, including businesses, cities, emergency service districts, school districts, and residents.

The Caring Place follows GISD inclement weather guidelines. We are closed January 11 for this reason.

We are announcing the temporary closure of The Caring Place’s two thrift stores December 24th through January 9th.

The Williamson County Wilco Forward Phase III grant program which provides rent and utility assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19 that are in need through December has an impending deadline.  In the Caring Place’s effort to adequately process eligible applications before the deadline, the organization will stop accepting applications for assistance utilizing these funds specifically on Friday, December 11th.

In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Williamson County, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the temporary closure of The Caring Place’s two thrift stores beginning on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26th through December 5th.  Current plans allow stores to resume operating hours  beginning Monday, December 7th.  No volunteers will report to The Caring Place during this time to reduce potential exposure or spread of COVID-19.

The Caring Place is pleased to announce it was voted by its community as the Best Place to Give/Volunteer in Georgetown for the 10th consecutive year!  This honor comes just in time for this community-based and community-supported organization to encourage local philanthropy on Giving Tuesday.

The Caring Place is happy to announce the re-introduction of Saturday shopping hours at both thrift store locations and the scheduling of pickups for furniture donations.  

Executive Director, Ginna O’Connor shares, “We are pleased to announce a modest increase in store hours at both The Shops at The Caring Place and Second Helping.  We hope these additional hours will allow more customers to find their way to making ‘Shopping for Good’ part of their shopping habits. Hours at our stores will be 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. beginning September 1st.  Second Helping remains by appointment only.  In addition, we are changing our Food Pantry Drive Through hours to Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Our goal is to increase capacity in other areas of our organization while providing food support on a regular basis to our neighbors in need.  For the last several months, we have struggled with doing everything we do with fewer people.  With some of our volunteers returning, we are looking forward to scaling up as we’re able, and these changes in hours will allow for some additional flexibility.”

Last week The Caring Place announced damage to its fence and forklift.  After this announcement, a new forklift was purchased by generous donors who now hope their gift can inspire more giving.

If fall is your favorite season, then Second Helping’s annual Fall Y’all shopping event is the place to be.  This year due to social distancing requirements, the event will be held over three days, September 1st through 3rd and will only be open by appointment.  Make appointments at caringplacetx.org/shop.

Williamson County Commissioners Court approved agreements for Wilco Forward Phase III to provide rent and utility assistance to residents that are in need through partnerships with local non-profits. Terms of agreement were approved between Williamson County and The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center. Phase III is funded with $5 million from a combination of Community Development Block Grant funds and the approximately $93 million the County received in federal CARES Act funds.

On the night of Wednesday July 29th, The Caring Place experienced a break-in.  The fence protecting the property was damaged along with the non-profit organization’s forklift.  The full extent of the damage is not known at this time.

The Caring Place’s second thrift store, Second Helping on 3700 Williams Drive is now open by appointment only.  The hours of the store are Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. but appointments must be made at least an hour in advance at www.caringplacetx.org/shop.  

The Caring Place announced today it received $100,000 from Southwestern University for the purpose of aiding the Georgetown community who are need of food or other emergency assistance. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education provided these funds to Southwestern University due to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Caring Place will receive assistance in fulfilling its mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education (Cullen Trust) and Southwestern University have teamed to make a substantial donation to The Caring Place as part of a community-wide fundraising campaign, Spirit of Caring. The effort is part of an emergency response to help individuals and families who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.

Teachers, students, administrators and members of the Georgetown ISD community donated their one of a kind “Empty Bowls Project” bowls to The Caring Place to raise money for The Caring Place Food Pantry.  Bowls will be revealed on Thursday, July 16th...

The Caring Place’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the sixth consecutive time that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction. 

Since launching the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund in April 2020, the Foundation received more than 300 applications for the first phase of funding, demonstrating the significant and growing need within our region. The Caring Place has been announced as a recipient...

The Caring Place Programs and Services and The Shops at The Caring Place will be open beginning on Monday, June 1st in a new, modified format. The Caring Place is still operating without its many volunteers and utilizing various safety precautions.  For this reason, here are the details the community needs to know before arriving at The Caring Place...

The Caring Place Donations department will be open on Monday, May 18th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to accept item donations from the public in a new format.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, The Caring Place is still operating without its many volunteers and utilizing various safety precautions. 

Aging brings more than aches and pains and gray hair. Without funds enough for daily living, aging can create a sense of loss, fear and hopelessness. The Caring Place (TCP) assists our aging community in a special way, and Seeds of Strength is part of making that possible.

By directing $1.5 million to local food banks that serve students and families most in need, this donation will have a direct and immediate impact on many of the 1,400 communities that Atmos Energy serves. The Caring Place received $10,000.

The Caring Place is closed on Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday. With the exception of Friday, April 10th, current programming at The Caring Place is as follows...

In response to COVID-19 concerns, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the following immediate changes in operations...

In response to COVID-19 concerns, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the following immediate changes in operations...

Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded The Caring Place its coveted 4-star rating for the fifth year in a row.

I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) is proud to announce the eighth annual Amplify Austin Day, taking place from 6:00pm March 5 to 6:00pm March 6, 2020. Over the past seven years, Amplify Austin Day has raised more than $57 million for Central Texas charities. Each year 750+ local nonprofit organizations participate in the 24-hour campaign.
After exceeding its $11 million goal in 2019, ILHIGH has set a 2020 fundraising goalof $12 million. Early giving for Amplify Austin Day opens today.

Gratitude was on display everywhere at St. David's Foundation's winter grant announcement event on December 19th. It was not only a gathering of partners to celebrate the 50 nonprofits who were the recipients of grants, it also served as a final sendoff of CEO Earl Maxwell, who is retiring at the end of the month. The event took place at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus, the perfect place to highlight grants which aim to support a thriving healthcare workforce in Central Texas...

The Caring Place is a $200,000 grant recipient from St. David’s Foundation.  Annually, St. David’s Foundations generously gives to organizations serving the community under 3 strategic priorities for Healthiest Care, Healthiest Places and Healthiest People.  This is the third consecutive year St. David’s Foundation has selected The Caring Place as a beneficiary of its grant program.

The 12th annual “Sweets, Treats & Trees” is less than a month away.  On Thursday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 2000 Railroad Avenue 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.  “Sweets, Treats & Trees” will include decorations, holiday home accessories, collectibles, wrapping paper, cards, lights, holiday attire, art, décor and more holiday spirit than you can imagine.  Enjoy live music, cookies and door prizes to keep you feeling festive as you shop ’til you drop. 

Curious about what The Caring Place does and don’t know how to go about asking?  Want to learn about this 34 year old non-profit helping people in your own backyard over lunch?  Let The Caring Place staff share what drives the heart of the organization at “Chat & Chew" on Wednesday, November 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Caring Place on 2001 Railroad Avenue.  The Community Engagement Manager will walk you through the basics of The Caring Place including who the organization helps, the programs it offers, its history, how its funded, and the impact it makes in Georgetown and northern Williamson County.

The Caring Place launched its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1, and it will end December 31.  With the community’s help, the organization hopes to collect 300,000 pounds of food by the New Year.

On Thursday, October 17th from Noon to 3 p.m., The Caring Place is hosting a Jewelry Show at 2000 Railroad Avenue at The Shops at The Caring Place.

With the holidays around the corner, The Shops at The Caring Place is a great place to start shopping for gifts.  This jewelry show will have an increased selection of sterling silver pieces including items by James Avery.

On September 10, 2019, The Caring Place held a brief rededication for its recently expanded Food Pantry.  The expansion, which doubled the Food Pantry’s space, consisted of removing a couple of walls to utilize the space of a storage room and reducing the size of the lobby.  Construction was complete in the summer, but final touches were made in time for the rededication event.

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