GWIL2015 Nonprofit Profile: Service Dogs Reply

Week of Online Giving 2015 April 19-26

Week of Online Giving 2015
April 19-26

The 2015 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 19-26. Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org

NOW MEET SERVICE DOGS:

WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?Aaron & Keeper in new vest 2013
The name of our organization is Service Dogs, Inc. Our founder and president is Sheri Soltes, a lawyer who saw a need for service dogs and decided in 1988 to start the organization. In order to help both dogs and people, Sheri decided that our dogs would all come from shelters and that we should provide them to people with disabilities free of charge. Our Director of Training is Al Kordowski.

WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION?
Our primary mission is to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities through partnership with a working dog, to rescue dogs abandoned at animal shelters and provide them with renewed lives of love and service, and to provide the training and dogs free of charge. We serve the needs of both dogs in need of homes and people in need of assistance due to disabilities such as mobility issues or hearing loss.

Blandina & Chief pink shirt AWHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUR ORGANIZATION’S EFFORTS?
The bond that forms between our dogs and clients is powerful, and we hear wonderful stories about our teams every day. One of our most memorable stories involves Pastor Ray McCoy and his service dog, Excalibur. Excalibur has saved Ray’s life twice in the time since they were matched as a team – the first time was the day after he moved in to Ray’s house. Ray has a rare disease that can cause blackouts, and he was at the back of his yard with Excalibur when he passed out. Excalibur immediately ran and fetched Ray’s wife and led her back to help him. The second time was even more powerful – when Ray passed out in the bath, Excalibur pulled him out by his ankle and prevented him from drowning. This was especially meaningful because Excalibur had come to us scared of running water, but he was able to overcome that fear through positive training and his bond with Ray.
Many of our teams have similar stories of the amazing relationship that forms between our service dogs and their human partners.

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S PRIMARY GOALS IN 2015?Bruce and Jax

Our primary goals for 2015 are to rescue and train a minimum of 15 dogs for our program, to find foster homes for all of our dogs for nights and weekends, to raise funds to train the dogs, to increase public awareness of service dogs and help train the next group of service dog trainers through our professional workshops, and to increase our community outreach and the number of people who know about us.
We have several events planned to support these goals – our biggest event of the year will be the Mighty Texas Dog Walk in April, which will raise both money and awareness. We will also hold a professional workshop and audits to both raise funds and increase the number of service dog trainers in the field. In addition to these fundraisers, we will participate in La Senorita and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, hold foster orientations to gain local fosters, and participate in multiple public speaking engagements.

Service Dogs, Inc.HOW CAN FOLKS DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR- ROUND?
We can be reached through our website, servicedogs.org, to donate and for volunteer opportunities. Our mailing address for donations is 4925 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, and our volunteer coordinator Karri Spence can be reached by email at office@servicedogs.org for information about volunteering and fostering.

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GWIL2014 Nonprofit Profile: Meet Helping Hands Dripping Springs Reply

Week of Online Giving:  April 20-25, 2014

Week of Online Giving:
April 20-25, 2014

The 2014 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 20-25th. Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org

NOW MEET HELPING HANDS DRIPPING SPRINGS WITH FOOD DRIVE COORDINATOR, CARRIE ISAAC:

WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?GWILCity ProclamationWithBoard of Directors

The origins of Helping Hands dates back to the late 70’s-early 80’s with a thrift store on Mercer, which was organized by a few churches in Dripping Springs. Helping Hands of Dripping Springs is an all-volunteer organization, created in the holiday season of 1986 as a result of the community becoming aware of a neighbor in need.  In 1991 HH was registered as a 501-c3 non-profit.

GWIL BreadHelping Hands now has a 12 person volunteer Board of Directors. We are presently located behind the Dripping Springs Christian Academy on Ranch Road 12 North.  We have never had a big building, but the impact on our community has been significant and grows yearly.  Our original mission has not changed over 27 years but the need has certainly grown.

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?GWIL EmptyBowl

The mission of Helping Hands is to provide the local community with a framework of compassionate care designed to assist neighbors in time of need, regardless of their age, creed, or ethnic origin.

GWIL StuffTheBusSchool SuppliesWHAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THESE EFFORTS?

Helping Hands touches so many lives throughout the by giving food on a weekly basis, and through several special projects such as school supplies, summer supplemental bags, Thanksgiving dinner and Project Elf.  It is very difficult to choose just one memorable thing that has changed a family’s life in the community.  We see bright smiles and happy tears all year round.  We get to see children’s faces light up during “Stuff the Bus” when they get to shop for school supplies.  We get to see parents faces light up when we hand them an extra “summer supplement bag” during the summer months to help feed their children that extra meal each day during the summer.  We get to see the excited families take home a whole turkey and fixings for Thanksgiving dinner.  We also see a lot of bright smiles and happy tears during Project Elf.  Project Elf is when we give families Christmas presents that the community has so graciously come together to provide.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN 2014? GWIL Food Drive

Helping Hands is working toward a new program in 2014 called “Groceries To Go”.  It is our goal to be able to deliver groceries to neighbors who are unable to shop at the pantry.  We are currently looking for a Groceries to Go Coordinator to coordinate deliveries and schedule volunteers for delivery and volunteers to deliver groceries.

HOW CAN FOLKS DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR-ROUND?

Shop from a list of needed items by going to the online food drive link on our website:

GWIL FoodDonationBinwww.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org

Or, mail a check payable to “Helping Hands DS” to:

Helping Hands DS

P.O. Box 804

Dripping Springs, TX  78620

Anyone who would like to do a fundraiser, food drive or volunteer, can contact us by filling out a contact form on our website.  Or reach us by phone at (512) 858-7219DSHH Logo

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WEEK OF ONLINE GIVING:  

APRIL 20-25, 2014

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