GWIL2014 Nonprofit Profile: Meet the Without Regrets Foundation 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 THE WITHOUT REGRETS FOUNDATION WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TARA BALLARD:

Without Regrets Foundation.  Tara Ballard, Executive Director

WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?wwdphotography.com for prints-33

This organization was founded in June 2011 and received 501c3 status in October 2011.  In less than one year the co-founders of this organization knew three people that passed away and left behind young children.  They thought there should be an organization to help families facing this difficult situation to create memories that would last forever for the children losing a parent.

WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION?

Without Regrets Foundation provides gravely ill parents and their minor children with memorable family experiences.  This special time together creates memories that will last forever.  Our services benefit the whole family, the sick adult as well as the children.

IMG_1036WHAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THESE EFFORTS?

We have seen many families make dreams come true.  I think the most memorable was Nicki.  She was a 36 year old mother of four with breast cancer that had spread to her liver, lungs and brain.  Nicki wanted to show her children the town she grew up in and the things she enjoyed doing as a child. We sent this sweet family to South Dakota to do just that.  They had an amazing time!  Two of the children also got to meet their grandfather for the first time.  And Nicki and her sister, who had lost their own mother the year before, were also able to spread their mother’s ashes.

WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S GOALS IN 2014? keen rainbow

Our goals are to continue to grow and raise awareness of the organization.  We hope to help 10 new families in 2014.  We have several outreach events and fundraisers scheduled this year to help us accomplish our mission.

HOW CAN FOLKS DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR-ROUND?

info@withoutregrets.org or 512-337-3709

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WEEK OF ONLINE GIVING:  

APRIL 20-25, 2014

GIVIN’ WHERE I’M LIVIN’  http://www.givinwhereimlivin.org

DS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  http://www.dscommunityfoundation.org

RELATED STORIES:

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http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014DSCL

http://www.tinyrul.com/DSHelpingHands

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014DSKidsFun

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014PoundHouse

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014Relay4Life

http://www.tinyurl.com/BurkeCenter

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014ThunderPaws

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014FFL  (Friendships for Life)

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014Kickoff

GWIL2014 IS SPONSORED BY:

GWIL SPONSOR CROP 2-3-14SantamariaInman

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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

GIVIN’ WHERE I’M LIVIN’  http://www.givinwhereimlivin.org

DS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  http://www.dscommunityfoundation.org

 

RELATED STORIES:

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014RedArena

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014WithoutRegrets

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014DSCL

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014DSKidsFun

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014PoundHouse

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014Relay4Life

http://www.tinyurl.com/BurkeCenter

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014ThunderPaws

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014FFL  (Friendships for Life)

http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014Kickoff

GWIL2014 IS SPONSORED BY:

GWIL SPONSOR CROP 2-3-14SantamariaInman