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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.
Have you ever thought of what would happen to you if you could not afford healthcare? What if you had a health problem that greatly affected your life, so much so that you could no longer work? Where do you turn? How do you take care of yourself when times are already hard? What sacrifices do you make? Antonio and Cynthia were in this situation.
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.
Remember the age old adage when traveling with children and in their eagerness to reach the destination they repeat every few minutes, “Are we there yet?” This is the same kind of curiosity we have in our Programs & Services department at The Caring Place. We consider programming to be a journey, and it is our job to understand the needs of our community on that journey. Are we making an impact on those needs and, “Are we ‘there’ yet?”
Donald Thomas was our guest speaker at our October fundraiser. He shared his story of living on $791 a month and how The Caring Place brought him to a better place through hard times. This is his speech:
Tommy said, “I remember thinking, we have to fix the car and keep a job or pay the light bill. We chose to fix the car to keep the job, and we got further behind on the light bill.”
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.
“It’s not just street people.” That’s how Tim Eagan began his interview with me. He wanted to be clear that The Caring Place is for everyone and is helping more people than you think. Tim wanted to dispel some myths as well. The way Tim excitedly described The Caring Place, he brought to light that everyone in our community...
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.