November 8, 2022


Grant recipients for 2022 pose November 7. Front row (from left): Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Felicia Martinez, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Billie Logiudice, TAAOLF Larry Olson, AGE of Central Texas Lauren Garza, ROCK Ride on Center for Kids Nancy Krenek. Second row: Hutto Lutheran Evangelical Church - Feeding the 5000 (F5K) Cathy Bryant, Senior Access Serita Lacasse, The Caring Place Ginna O’Connor, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Tiana Quick, The Palace Theatre Ron Watson, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Gerald Walker, Ladders for Leaders Shelly Hatch. Third row:The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Julie Steed (in black flowery blouse), CASA Wilco Wendy Prindle (immediately behind woman in navy blue and woman in red), A Gift of Time Becky Folta-May, AGE of Central Texas Jayden Beatty, ROCK, Ride on Center for Kids Karah Powell, Ladders for Leaders LaKissa Bright, Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation Mike Weir, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County James Bartosh (gentleman with white hair), Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Jaque Hopson (gentleman on the end in the blazer).Fourth row: CASA Wilco Marissa Austin, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Joey Carlton, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Todd Robison. Fifth row: Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Mitch Drummond, A Gift of Time Rick Vasquez, Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation Tom Faragher, A Gift of Time Nicholas Leschke, Samaritan Center Elizabeth McFarland, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center Kerrie Stannell, Senior University Ron Snell, The Institute Hugh Brown, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Daniel Anstee. courtesy of Chisholm trail communities foundation

Grant recipients for 2022 pose November 7. Front row (from left): Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Felicia Martinez, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Billie Logiudice, TAAOLF Larry Olson, AGE of Central Texas Lauren Garza, ROCK Ride on Center for Kids Nancy Krenek. Second row: Hutto Lutheran Evangelical Church - Feeding the 5000 (F5K) Cathy Bryant, Senior Access Serita Lacasse, The Caring Place Ginna O’Connor, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Tiana Quick, The Palace Theatre Ron Watson, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Gerald Walker, Ladders for Leaders Shelly Hatch. Third row:The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Julie Steed (in black flowery blouse), CASA Wilco Wendy Prindle (immediately behind woman in navy blue and woman in red), A Gift of Time Becky Folta-May, AGE of Central Texas Jayden Beatty, ROCK, Ride on Center for Kids Karah Powell, Ladders for Leaders LaKissa Bright, Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation Mike Weir, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County James Bartosh (gentleman with white hair), Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Jaque Hopson (gentleman on the end in the blazer).Fourth row: CASA Wilco Marissa Austin, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Joey Carlton, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place Todd Robison. Fifth row: Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Mitch Drummond, A Gift of Time Rick Vasquez, Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation Tom Faragher, A Gift of Time Nicholas Leschke, Samaritan Center Elizabeth McFarland, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center Kerrie Stannell, Senior University Ron Snell, The Institute Hugh Brown, Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County Daniel Anstee. courtesy of Chisholm trail communities foundation

 

Legacy fund distributes $185,000 to 15 nonprofits

The Anna+Anton Olson Legacy Fund has announced the recipients for its second year of grants, including its new emerging grant program that adds an additional $50,000 for area nonprofits, bringing this year’s total to $185,000. 

The fund is part of the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, whose mission is to connect donors to organizations with effective solutions to meet community needs in Williamson County. The fund was founded in 2021 by Georgetown resident Larry Olson, who created it in memory of his grandparents. 

“Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation has again exceeded my expectations in managing the fund’s 2022 grant cycle from scoring and ranking applicant responses to the issuance of the grant awards,” Mr. Olson said. “I really appreciated their expanded efforts in notifying our local nonprofit community about the 2022 Fund grant cycle.”

The second annual grant cycle awarded over $185,000 across 15 different community programs. Those selected support area youth as well as older adults in the community. 

“With the growing challenges facing our youth today, TAAOLF is focusing on helping local nonprofits give underserved youth and young adults a chance to become valuable, healthy and productive members of our communities,” Mr. Olson said.

“We recognize the increasing pressures facing our seniors from a lack of savings, employment opportunities and mobility to access proper nutrition and healthcare. TAAOLF supports programs that help provide independence and dignity to seniors trying to live out their lives at home as vital members of our communities.”

This year’s cycle was special because it included a pilot program for an Emerging Nonprofit Collaborative Grant, which awarded $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County. This grant will span multiple years and is a collaboration between the Boys and Girls Club, TAAOLF and the Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits. 

“We are excited about piloting the new Emerging Nonprofit Collaborative Grant that has been awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County,” Mr. Olson said. “The opportunity to help build the management and organizational capacity of an important young nonprofit into a strong community organization prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges is exciting.”

Over the lifetime of the grant, the aim will be to streamline the nonprofit’s management and organizational capacity to support the young nonprofit’s long-term ability to effectively serve Taylor and the east Williamson County community. 

“This grant aligns the missions of all the stakeholders and provides some financial support for the recipient to dedicate time, energy and resources for long-term sustainability,” said Bob Novello, a member of the Institute. 

Other grant awardees include:
• A Gift of Time: The nonprofit will use this grant to bolster their support of individuals with mild-to-moderate memory loss and their caregivers through proven educational training modules.
• The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place: The nonprofit serves middle and high school students through after school activities, team building activities, targeted suicide prevention and awareness trainings. Their grant will further support their operations to hundreds of children in Hutto.  
• Habitat for Humanity: The group will continue providing older adults independence through their Home Repair Client Services department. This department provides for interior and exterior repairs of homes.  
• AGE of Central Texas: The organization will provide affordable, secure and licensed senior day care as well as educational courses for Central Texas caregivers. 
• CASA of Williamson County: The volunteer-based group provides support and advocacy for abused children. 
• Feeding the 5,000 HELC
• Ladders for Leaders: This Texas organization helps connect students with summer internships to help prepare them for the job market. 
• ROCK: The equine therapy group provides programs for veterans and children. 
• Senior Access 
• Senior University: The organization will use their grant to continue to provide ongoing educational courses for seniors. 
• The Caring Place: A multi-pronged outfit, the nonprofit supports the community through food programs; rent, mortgage and utility assistance; programs to provide clothing and housewares; transportations services for those needing medical rides; and case management services. 
• The Palace Theatre: Georgetown’s community theater works to provide entertainment for the whole county, as well as classes for young people and adults. 
• The Samaritan Center: The center provides counseling services around Austin to help individuals, couples, families, children, teens and veterans with trauma, depression, relationships and more.
• Wilco Child Advocacy Center: The advocacy center will continue to provide a safe space for children and families who have suffered abuse. 

“As TAAOLF makes their annual awards at the beginning of the holiday season, I hope other members of our community will join me in supporting these or other nonprofits with their end-of-year gifts,” Mr. Olson said. 

For more information about Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, contact Tom Faragher at 512-863-4186 or tomf@chisholm-trail.org.