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Southwestern University Donates $100,000 to The Caring Place
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
The Caring Place, which constantly lends a hand to the Georgetown community, received its own hand up Monday from Southwestern University with a $100,000 donation to continue its mission of helping neighbors in need of food and other emergency assistance.
The donation came at a critical time, as The Caring Place has seen a 156 percent increase in the need for services over the last four months. The organization serves more than 6,600 people on average every year in Georgetown and the surrounding area. Last year, it provided $773,319 in financial support to folks in need. The Caring Place anticipates the pandemic and economic downturn will continue to increase the need for services.
The Cullen Trust for Higher Education provided the funds to Southwestern to help with COVID-19 challenges.
“We deeply appreciate the generous donation from Southwestern University and the Cullen Trust to The Caring Place,” said Ginna O’Connor, executive director of The Caring Place. “During this challenging time when we have so many neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, this gift will help us continue to fulfill our mission.”
The contribution is part of a new statewide campaign initiative, The Spirit Food Fund, which is designed to increase support for community organizations like The Caring Place during this critical time. Corby Robertson, Jr., founder of the Spirit Golf Association, launched the initiative.
“We all have a responsibility to lift up our neighbors and our communities,” Corby said. “The Spirit Food Fund initiative began in Houston in May, but families throughout Texas are in need, and organizations like The Caring Place help us to make an immediate impact on lives across the state.”
The donation will support The Caring Place’s food programs, mortgage, rent and utility payment assistance, medical and transportation assistance, case management, and seasonal programs.
This gift will kickstart the nonprofit’s Spirit of Caring campaign, which is designed to raise another $50,000 with the community’s help. To contribute, donors can visit www.caringplacetx.org/spiritofcaring. This campaign, which ends in November, will be the longest The Caring Place has ever initiated.