The Hays Caldwell Women’s Center held a Volunteer Appreciation Party at the home of former San Marcos Telephone Company CEO Pat Price this weekend. HCWC, originally known as the Hays County Women’s Center, was formed in 1978 by a group of citizens concerned about women’s issues. After receiving phone calls from victims of domestic and sexual violence, the founders re-grouped and focused their attention on providing services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
As HCWC volunteers, the party was held to show the group that they were part of the HCWC family. They wanted to thank the board members, campaign cabinet, and advocates. The group wanted to thank all volunteers, for their individual contributions and constant support.
There were awards, door prizes, a catered fajita meal and music by guest, Terry Capps.
Marla Johnson, Executive Director, told newstreamz, “We are struggling right now there are so many cuts in both local and federal funds for the center. We need more local support. We are the 28th fastest growing area in the nation and the demands for our services are increasing. Our upcoming campaign is coming soon to help us meet our client’s needs.”
The group also spoke of needs now that the community can contribute they are healthy snacks, drinks, bottled water and nonperishable food items (canned goods & condiments), fresh fruit and vegetables, school & arts/crafts supplies, pots, pans, spatulas, small tables & chairs and bookcases, full & twin mattress sets and new or gently used pillows, alarm clocks, phone cards, bus vouchers & blank DVD’s, new underwear (various sizes ages 13 and up), baby dolls, bop bags, stress balls, books for children in English & Spanish, toys for play therapy rooms, sippy cups, baby wipes and diapers (sizes 3 & 4), and unopened bottles of toiletries.
For donations other than cash and food they are accepted by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Donation Center Manager at 512-396-3404 ext. 238.
Pat Price said, “From advocacy training, answering the phone, these volunteers do a wonderful job, they don’t get paid and I wanted to host this party to make a difference, these are unsung heroes in our community.”
The event was made possible by generous donations from the following area businesses: The Root Cellar, Somewhere in Time, Quail Creek Country Club, King Feed & Hardware, Inc., Wimberley, Texas State Golf Course, Paper Bear, Michael Juarez, Texas Pie Company Kyle, Texas Roadhouse, Two P’s & Calli’s, Wal-Mart, H.E.B. Café on the Square, Don Fox, Marsha Moore, Cindy Van Wart, The Blue Goat Gourmet, The Cool Mint Café Hastings, Bear Creek Coffee, Twin Liquors, Kyle, Hill Country Grill & Martini Bar, Mamacita’s, Jeff Foreman, Monte Sheffield-River Pub, Calvin Walker-San Marcos Auto Outlet, Sac-N-Pac Stores, Inc., Frost Bank, Centurytel, Cricket’s & Lotz of Shoes and AMKON General Store.
For more information on the center visit www.hcwc.org on the web.
From Staff Reports
Raquel Belmarez greets all visitors at the entrance.
Mary Mallet and Cindy McCoy are all smiles at the volunteer event.
Marla Johnson shares a moment with Raquel Belmarez at the HCWC Volunteer Appreciation Party.
Harry Ingram meets and greets during HCWC function.
Volunteers gather on Saturday at the HCWC Volunteer Appreciation Party.
Donna Fox holds the ticket drum as guest and volunteers receive gifts from area merchants.
Pets and volunteers alike had fun at the event on Saturday.
Linda Volden strikes a pose for newstreamz.com
Pat Price host of the event welcomes all to HCWC event.
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