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.
Week of Online Giving:
April 20-25, 2014
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 FRIENDSHIPS FOR LIFE (FFL) WITH FOUNDER ANDREA PHILLIPS McCARTHY:
WHERE ARE YOU FROM, WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN DRIPPING SPRINGS?
Friendships for Life founder Andrea Phillips McCarthy (Left) gives a holiday hug to 18-year old Dripping Springs resident Adele Freeman.
I am a native Texan but have moved many times to other states. My dad was an NFL football coach and is famous for saying, “There are twokinds of coaches; them that’s been fired and them that’s gunna be,” so we moved quite a bit. I graduated from LSU with a BS in Psychology, and lived in New Orleans, where I met and married my husband, Jack, thirty years ago in March. My husband and I moved our family from Arkansas to Dripping Springs almost 20 years ago. We have four children that all graduated from DSHS.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION?
GWIL2014 Campaign logo
The Dripping Springs Community Foundation kicked off its 2nd annual Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign at The Terrace Club in Dripping Springs on Thursday evening. Despite winter storm warnings, enthusiastic representatives turned out from 8 of the 14 local non-profits registered for the campaign. Their efforts were rewarded with a food and refreshments spread, followed by an overview presentation of the campaign by several members of the DSCF board. Attendees also received a GWIL2014 “Tool Kit” bag that contained a 2014 Dripping Springs Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs Directory, a GWIL2014 logo window cling, and a computer thumb drive preloaded with documents and images created for them to use to promote the campaign to their donors.
“We enjoyed getting to network with the other non profits that braved the cold,” said Friends Foundation board member, Kathy Carriker. “The presentation was excellent, and the GWIL 2014 Tool Kit materials are well-organized and provide valuable aids in getting our message out.”
DSCF board president Susan Santamaria explains GWIL2014 at the campaign kickoff event.
Representatives from the participating organizations were not the only ones enthusiastic about the campaign and the kickoff event. “The DSCF board is really excited about the 2014 GWIL campaign,” board president, Susan Santamaria said. “The Terrace Club is a beautiful venue, we had a great turnout despite the storm, and there was a lot of enthusiasm in the room.”
Ten DSCF board members were in attendance, including two founding members, Bob and Susan Richardson. GWIL2014 participating organizations represented at the campaign kickoff event were Friendships for Life, Helping Hands, Burke Center for Youth, RED Arena, United Way of Hays County, American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, and The Friends Foundation. Local organizations registered for the campaign but unable to attend included Service Dogs, Friends of the Dripping Springs Library, Young Life Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, and Friends of the Pound House Foundation.
The non-profit Dripping Springs Community Foundation launched the Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ campaign in 2013.