GWIL2014 Nonprofit Profile: Meet the Friends of the DS Community Library 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 FRIENDS OF THE DRIPPING SPRINGS COMMUNITY LIBRARY WITH PRESIDENT BOBBIE HENTSCHEL:

WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?imgres-2

In 1983, Ronald Reagan was President, Bill Clements was the Governor of Texas, and Dripping Springs began its third year as an incorporated city, home to about 600 residents.  Among them was a group of visionaries who joined in a common goal:  to get Dripping Springs its own Library.  They were the first Friends of the Library, and many of them continue to be Friends today.

For 30 years, the all-volunteer Friends group has devoted its efforts to making sure that Dripping Springs enjoys all the free services that only a great Library can provide.  The first Library was housed in Dripping Springs High School, but when area growth made that no longer an option, the Friends on a massive effort to secure land and funding and, in June 1998, the Dripping Springs Community Library opened its doors at his current location (501 Sportsplex Drive).  Furniture was acquired and refinished after the Friends made a visit to the University of Texas furniture warehouse, and books came out of storage to fill the shelves.  

imgres-1That same year, the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library, Inc. was incorporated and granted 501(c)3 nonprofit status.  The next year, voters approved the creation of a library district, which expanded the Library’s service area to include the entire Dripping Springs Independent School District: a population of more than 25,000 today.

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?

From its humble beginnings as a lending Library for 600 residents, today’s Dripping Springs Community Library offers free services to anyone who works or resides within the DSISD or Hays County.  It is the mission of the Friends to foster the awareness and appreciation of the Library, to support the ongoing improvement of its services and technologies, to encourage its use and to create links between the Library and the greater community. DSCL

Over the years, the Friends’ efforts have helped the Library provide programming for all ages, increase collections, purchase equipment and offer new technologies.  Some of these include: 

  • Genealogy Research Resources
  • Books, Audio Books, DVDs
  • Magazines, Newspapers
  • 20 Computers
  • Almost 50,000 Titles
  • Free Internet Access and WiFi
  • 200 children’s programs annually
  • 2 book clubs for adults
  • Teen Advisory Group
  • Community Service Hours

imgresThe Friends also link the Library with other community and civic interests through participation in events such as Founders Day and Christmas on Mercer Street, and with organizations such as Operation Gratitude.  Friends’ board members make a point of being “Friends” to the community by supporting the efforts of other local nonprofits.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUR ORGANIZATION’S EFFORTS?

Certainly, when the Friends succeeded in opening the first 5,500 square foot Library in Dripping Springs – on donated land and without incurring any debt – it was a memorable event for the community.  Then, in 2005, the Friends supported the addition of a 3,700 square foot children’s wing, in response to the needs of our growing population.  

Through the years, for fun – and fundraising – the Friends have hosted auctions, fashion shows, art exhibits, home tours and, of course, meet-the-author events.  With the help of the money raised, the Library has been able to add computers, relevant software, free WiFi and Internet access and – just recently – digital eBooks and eAudiobooks.  

In addition, the Friends and Library both offer community service opportunities to local teens, and Friends members regularly volunteer at the events of other nonprofits and service organizations.  In addition, the Friends group sponsors the local efforts of Operation Gratitude, offering local residents the opportunity to send letters (or drawings, if you’re of a certain age) of appreciation to our military men and women serving overseas

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN 2014? unnamed 2

Last year, to commemorate 30 years of service to the community, the Friends’ goal was to update its image and operations.  With a new logo and membership campaign, increased media connections and a streamlined financial process, we exceeded our own goals.  

Very often, people are surprised when they first walk into the Dripping Springs Community Library:  surprised that it is so large, comprehensive and up to date.  But too often, we still hear things like “This Library must be one of Dripping Springs’ best kept secrets!” or even, “What? There’s a Library in Dripping Springs?” vSo as we look ahead to the continued growth of our community, we will focus on increasing the awareness and relevance of both the Library and the Friends.  

We hope to strengthen our relationships with all sectors of the community, paying special attention to area teens.  And as part of helping the Library continue to bridge the digital divide for those who may otherwise be left behind, we plan to increase our own online presence and assist the Library with its plans to stay up to date.

Our annual fundraising events include booths at Founder’s Day and Christmas on Mercer Street; our Pouring Over Books (meet-the-author wine tasting) event in the fall; the popular Dining Out Around Dripping Springs raffle in the winter, and our ongoing membership campaign.  (And, of course, Given’ Where I’m Livin’!)

DSCLHOW CAN FOLKS DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR-ROUND?

Visit us online at www.dscl.org/friends or email friendsofdsLibrary@gmail.com .  Or look for our board members at local volunteer events:

Bobbie Hentschel, President; Karen Crowther, Vice President

Jan Robinson, Treasurer; Mary Claypool, Secretary

John Hoag, Newsletter Editor; Stephanie Trexler, Promotions

Dominique Levens, Hospitality

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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

 

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GWIL2014 IS SPONSORED BY:

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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