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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 handwritten note on the back of the old clock radio read in red marker, “door prize Caring Place ‘92 Vol’trs’ dinner.”  If you have any connection to The Caring Place, those written words might bring a smile to your face or maybe an astonished, “Wow!”

Beginning in May, the Food Pantry will be open at 2000 Railroad Avenue on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM.

Free choice Food Pantry begins on Monday, April 4th.  This change in process will require some rearranging, therefore the Food Pantry will be closed on Friday, April 1 to prepare.

This is a reminder release of new hours at The Caring Place.

As we enter some colder weather, we would like to remind you of The Caring Place's Inclement Weather Policy.

In the last several years, The Caring Place has implemented a modified mission statement which we think better clarifies who we are and what we do. 

What was your resolution for 2022?  Are you focussing on family, friends or maybe some much needed self care?  What about nonprofits?  Are you supporting one this year?  I named several in this post so it’s not lost on me that we have a lot of places that need our time, talents and gifts in Georgetown.  With MLK day this month I’d like to challenge you to do something meaningful.

Won't you join us in helping others? Since 1985, The Caring Place has provided for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.

Let's go get those questions answered as we expand our hours!

The Caring Place will launch new, expanded hours January 10th.

A few reminders as we begin the new year...

As a former Executive Director here, John certainly has some inside knowledge of this organization and it led me to ask him a few questions about why The Caring Place is special.  John has experience in a number of nonprofits, so why does he still support this one and encourage you to as well?  Please enjoy this interview.

Kerri and her husband, Roland, started a Holiday Food Drive tradition 13 years ago.

In December we have regular holiday closures as well as a mid-month store closure to handle scheduled maintenance.

At The Caring Place neighbors in need often want to know how they can help us, especially when they have received some type of support from the organization themselves. Dave Lyons is one of those people. Dave's story began at The Caring Place in April.

It's time to take part in the biggest giving day of the year! Celebrate GivingTuesday whether that be through giving your time, your gifts, talents or monetary contributions. Every gift, both big and small, helps make a difference. 

After the death of her grandfather, Victoria knew she needed a new path for her life, one that would give her life meaning after his passing. She packed up and moved to Texas with a job lead.

What is “Shopping for Good?”  This is the act of shopping in support of a cause.  In our case, when you shop in these ways, you are supporting The Caring Place mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.  Revenue generated from these various forms of shopping help The Caring Place support its neighbors in need with food, rent, utilities and other critical bills.  When our neighbors are in crisis, The Caring Place is a lifeline.

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.

We'd love to share some information with you that we hope will give you an inside look at what is happening at The Caring Place...We know these changes have caused some inconveniences to those wishing to donate items, but in order to best carry out our mission with the people power and resources we have had this year, they have been the right choices for us.

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!

People are the heart of The Caring Place. Volunteers are a huge part of that. Prior to the pandemic, on any given day, you could find volunteers sorting and pricing items for our stores, providing superior customer service, merchandising store displays like pros, serving neighbors with food, coordinating information to assist those in need and so much more.

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.

My basic needs were met.  Having those needs met makes life fairly stable and easier to weather even with a few hiccups.  It made it easy to get excited about a rock on a hike.  But what if I lost my job?  What if a family member got sick and I couldn’t pay for expenses?  What if I was evicted or couldn’t put food on the table for my family?  What if I sunk into depression due to a loss?  My patience made me an easy person to live and work with during this past year, but would I still have that easy going nature and sense of calm if my world was crumbling around me?  Would I still see a heart-shaped rock on a hike and discover a spark of joy or hope?  

Recently, we interviewed Board Member Dayne and his wife Pam Carlson about why they give. They’ve always been generous, but during Amplify they participated in our Board Match. Dayne shared with us that he grew up in the Methodist church and he remembered something John Wesley said about giving, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Dayne said that quote stuck with him through his life and is one of the many reasons he and Pam give today. 

...As I continued walking, I realized I couldn’t see the sidewalk.  I was weaving over the area where I thought it might be.  There was no beginning or end in sight.  By day 8 of this wintry mess, that was how I was feeling about our Texas winter weather.  Will it have an end? ...Having temporarily gone without electricity and water over the last week has made me realize how important and basic those things truly are. 

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.  

Time really does fly and it has for Darla Townsend, but she never has forgotten the help she got from The Caring Place over 20 years ago. Last year she gave us a monetary gift and a wonderful thank you.

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 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.

I think we can all agree, 2020 has been an imperfect year...

A letter from our Community Outreach Manager along with a thank you video for our many supporters! We thank you!

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.

Dear Friend,

This is my second year as president of the Board of Directors of The Caring Place. The only thing worse than having a pandemic during your second year as president is having a pandemic during your first year as president. Nobody wants to be at the helm of a previously-
perfectly-healthy, 35-year-old ship that is headed into a squall of epic proportions.

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.  

A cheerful and boisterous “Hello!” or “Good Morning!” and the flashing of a smile is how we often see Belinda.  She regularly drives through our almost “contactless” Food Pantry to gather food and other supplies for her family of 6.  She says, “you make your day what you want it to be” and one way she does that is by maintaining a positive attitude. She adds, “You can make another person’s day if you just show them a little, ‘I care’.”  That’s what she tries to do for our team in the drive-through.  And she does!  You can’t help but smile when you receive a greeting from Belinda.

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