January 4, 2019 - Volume 17 Issue 1
Hunger-Free Holidays - It's a Wrap!

The Caring Place "Hunger-Free Holidays" Food Drive is over and we have BIG news!  With YOUR help, we collected 317,998 pounds of food between October and December in 2018!  This was a magnificent accomplishment.  We exceeded our goal of 225,000 pounds, and we could not have done this without you!  Thank you for making Food Drives fun and part of the caring culture we have among businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and neighbors in our community!  We are so grateful that you made giving a priority in 2018!

Our Food Pantry Needs in January

Did you enjoy having Food Drives so much that you want to continue having them?  The Caring Place Food Pantry accepts non-perishable donations all year around as well as monetary donations
Here's what is most needed as we begin 2019:

Chat & Chew is back for 2019!  If you've never been to The Caring Place, or know nothing about our mission, this is the event for you!  We will walk you through our mission, give you a tour and provide lunch, too! 

Have you ever pondered the economic impact of The Caring Place right here in Georgetown?  Here's a short blog post on what that might look like.  Read our blog...

We are honored once again to be named a recipient of a St. David's Foundation grant.  This grant supports our Senior Independence Program.  For the full list of St. David's Foundation grant recipients visit HERE.

Amplify Austin is right around the corner.  This year, we have big plans for this day of online giving in Central Texas, and we hope you will help us by attending our "Amplify The Caring Place" kick-off
event on February 28th from 5-7pm at The Shops at The Caring Place.  You will also be able to schedule donations online to be made between February 28th at 6pm through March 1st at 6pm to participate in this event.  More details to come...

We know you love a good sale to start the year off right!  January 9th and 10th, Second Helping is offering 25% off furniture!  You can find this wonderful shop known for gifts, furniture and collectibles at 3700 Williams Drive.  They are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

It's time for another Jewelry Show!  We know how you like to get ready for Valentine's Day with a great piece, plus this is where you find all of our best treasures all in one place!  Join us February 7th from Noon to 3pm.  More details to come...

* Insider Shopping Tip :  Our stores feature 10% off merchandise every Tuesday!  

What About the Community Benefit?

When donating to and shopping for items at Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place, you are helping to fund programs and services that help our community.   Sales from both stores MORE than cover the operating costs at The Caring Place.  This means when you make a financial contribution, 100% of it directly impacts neighbors in need.  Where should you shop?

The Shops at The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Avenue | Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm | Thursdays until 7pm

Second Helping
3700 Williams Drive | Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Our newsletters typically include lots of ways to help The Caring Place, but we thought we'd start the year by highlighting one in this section.  Have you ever heard of The Good Neighbor Fund? 

The City of Georgetown is proud to sponsor the Good Neighbor Fund, a program to assist eligible Georgetown Utility customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill. Voluntary contributions from customers like you fund this program, which is administered by The Caring Place on behalf of the City. Every dollar helps!   Contributions can be made to the fund by paying the total due on your utility bill, plus one dollar. You are also able to make a monthly pledge, which will be billed to your utility bill, and can be canceled at any time for those families paying their bill electronically.

You can enroll in this program by simply checking the box on your utility bill each month and writing the check for $1 more, or by completing the pledge form on-line at the  City's website or by picking up the pledge form at the City offices at 300-I Industrial Avenue or at The Caring Place. 

Did a holiday gift from The Caring Place inspire you to DIY?  Have you walked in The Caring Place lately and thought, "I could make something with that!"  Tell us all about it!

For a list of all the Do-It-Yourself projects we've shared at The Caring Place, visit us at www.caringplacetx.org/DIY. 

Your item donations, shopping trips to our thrift stores, financial donations and volunteer time make a difference to people in our community.  This is just a glimpse of the impact you helped us make in the previous month.

Where You Shop Matters...
We have two thrift shops open to the public:

The Shops at The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Ave.
Georgetown, TX  78626
Second Helping
3700 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX  78628
Occasionally, we find some treasures that sell better in an ebay store.  Shop there too and know your purchases still support The Caring Place!

Love shopping on Amazon?  Use Amazon Smile and, at no additional cost to you, donations are made to The Caring Place.  Just choose The Caring Place as your non-profit
Board Meeting
Monday, January 28, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue

Membership Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue
(Refreshments available at 3:00 p.m.)

The Caring Place Mission

Honoring its faith-based roots, The Caring Place serves the community as a welcoming and purposeful organization, responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and rural Williamson County.

Purchases in our thrift stores, 
Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place,  help The Caring Place realize its mission to assist families in financial crisis.


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