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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 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.
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.
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.
Reminiscing about The Caring Place summer in exactly 1000 words...
One unclear aspect of this mission-based culture implementation was, how would it hold up during a pandemic? That’s not something you normally plan, and we didn’t plan for that. So, how do we live out this Mission during a pandemic?
The Caring Place will scale up Donation days and Store hours as we are able, however there are several things driving those decisions right now. We get asked about it a lot, so we thought we’d share with you the answers to some frequently asked questions which may reveal a little about why we do what we do!
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.”
There’s probably no greater recent example of this than a forklift gift we just received. Therese and Carlos Verdonk-Vertruyen have always been ready donors. We could rely on this couple to make a donation at our annual fundraising event, Deep in the Heart of Caring. When the pandemic-induced closures occurred, they gave again, knowing how The Caring Place impacts those in need. Then, in late July, The Caring Place reported incredibly disappointing news. Our fence and a piece of equipment we heavily rely on was damaged in what appeared to be an attempted theft.
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.