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
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.
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.
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?
firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-337-3709
WEEK OF ONLINE GIVING:
APRIL 20-25, 2014
GIVIN’ WHERE I’M LIVIN’ http://www.givinwhereimlivin.org
DS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION http://www.dscommunityfoundation.org
http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014FFL (Friendships for Life)