WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANT TO
ELLIS COUNTY RAINBOW ROOM

Children will sleep, safe and sound, thanks to Waxahachie Foundation.

In an era when many people have so many luxuries, there are still children who will sleep in a vehicle, under a bridge, on the floor or five to a bed. Thanks to Waxahachie Foundation, many local children will now be sleeping in their own beds tonight. The Ellis County Rainbow Room recently submitted a grant request to Waxahachie Foundation, asking for $3000 to purchase adequate bedding for the abused and neglected children the organization serves. The Executive Board of the Ellis County Rainbow Room was thrilled when their entire request was granted. Rainbow Room President, Cassi McCauley stated that there is always a great need for bedding for children; however, the very week that their request was granted, the agency received notification of a new family with six children that needed appropriate bedding, along with several other basic necessities. McCauley stated that "The Foundation's donation could not have come at a better time."

The Ellis County Rainbow Room, also known as Giving Texas Children Promise (GTCP), is a non-profit organization whose mission is to meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children through state and local collaborations. GTCP is a volunteer-driven organization that operates by building partnerships with community volunteers, and state and local governments to increase community awareness of child abuse, and helps provide the support that children desperately need grow into healthy, productive adults. Board member, Robin Guy stated that it is impossible to keep up with the needs of the families that they serve, and that private donations, both monetary and household items are always needed. In particular, disposable diapers are continually in short supply, and can be dropped off at the Rainbow Room, located at the Texas Baptist Home for Children located at 629 Farley St., Waxahachie. To make a monetary donation, checks can be mailed to: The Rainbow Room, P.O. Box 105 Waxahachie, TX 75168. For more information visit the website at www.gtcp.org.

Cindy Hess, Waxahachie Foundation President, stated “The Waxahachie Foundation is honored to be able to support such a worthy organization that provides such basic support to the precious children of Ellis County who are suffering abuse or neglect. It is a true pleasure to be able to help so many local organizations accomplish their various missions, all with the same goal of improving the lives of the citizens of our community.” In addition to supporting the Rainbow Room, Waxahachie Foundation supports organizations serving the elderly, the needy, education, fine arts, and many other worthy causes. Hess stated that a donation or memorial gift made to Waxahachie Foundation allows the donor to make a real difference in the lives of many in the Waxahachie community for generations to come. For more information about Waxahachie Foundation or to make a donation, visit the donations page.

Pictured (from left to right):
Robin Guy (Rainbow Room Board), Michelle Burks (Waxahachie Foundation), Denise Cofas (Rainbow Room Board), Bridgette Brown (CPS Supervisor), Priscilla Parker (Rainbow Room Board Secretary), Elizabeth Tull (Rainbow Room Past President), Vera Kamerbeck (Rainbow Room Past President), Cassi McCauley (Rainbow Room Board President), Joy Denney (Rainbow Room Board Treasurer).


WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANT TO WAXAHACHIE CARE

Waxahachie Foundation donates $5,735 to Waxahachie CARE to purchase a freezer.

Linda Naizer, Executive Director of Waxahachie Care, was ecstatic when she received 100% funding for a recent grant request made to Waxahachie Foundation. The $5,735 received will allow the organization to purchase an additional reach-in freezer for the local community food pantry. “We are very excited about our new freezer, and it could not have come at a better time,” stated Naizer. Waxahachie Foundation Board member, Pat Merrill stated, “Waxahachie CARE has provided essential support for many people in our community for years. They provide services, food, clothing and basic items that are needed in daily life. During very difficult times, they have been there to help as needed, even when their donations were low. We are very proud to donate this grant so they may continue supporting our community members.  The freezer will allow safe storage for perishable food that they would otherwise be unable to donate.”

Waxahachie Care is a non-profit corporation, originally founded in 1982 as a community food pantry. Since that time, the needs of the community have continued to grow and change, and so has the organization. Known for their slogan “Neighbors Caring for Neighbors,” Waxahachie Care’s mission is to provide assistance with food, utilities, gasoline, aide for the elderly, and help in emergency situations. Naizer stated they have enjoyed the added space of their new location at 1208 Ferris Ave, and that their new, extended hours allow the organization to better cater to their working clients. The hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm, and Tuesday from 2:00 – 6:30. Naizer also stated that keeping the pantry stocked is always a challenge, and donations of all kinds are always needed. “Meat is always in short supply. We are especially grateful when individuals or stores donate meat of any kind.” stated Naizer. For more information about Waxahachie Care visit the website at www.waxahachiecare.org or call 972-923-2273.

The Board of Trustees of Waxahachie Foundation meets quarterly to review grant requests, with the next meeting scheduled for the first of July. Charitable organizations interested in applying should visit the donations page. In addition to supporting Waxahachie Care, Waxahachie Foundation supports organizations serving education, the arts, the elderly and many other worthy causes. A donation or memorial gift made to Waxahachie Foundation will benefit the citizens of the Waxahachie area for generations to come.

Pictured (from left to right): Pat Merrill, Linda Naizer, Jim Tachias Waxahachie Care Executive Board, Jerry Chapman Waxahachie Foundation Trustee, Cindy Burch Waxahachie Foundation Trustee, Michelle Burks Waxahachie Foundation Trustee.


WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANT TO WAXAHACHIE SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

Waxahachie Foundation donates $3000 to Waxahachie Symphony Association.

In 1968, Mr. R.F. (Dick) Chapman and Mr. Edwin Harding realized a need for a charitable community foundation. Their desire was to establish a foundation that would allow individuals to make contributions, knowing that their gifts would help provide community grants for generations to come. Chapman and Harding’s idea was met with great enthusiasm by local businessmen and leaders, and the Waxahachie Foundation was formed in September of that year.

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” -William James, American Philosopher and Psychologist. Now, 45 years later, the Waxahachie Foundation continues to support over 100 local non-profit organizations in the Waxahachie area.

On Monday, Waxahachie Foundation awarded Waxahachie Symphony Association with a $3,000 grant for their scholarship program, “Young Artist Award”. The WSA annually recognizes up to four Ellis County graduating seniors with scholarships. Winnie O’Donnell, WSA Scholarship Chairman, stated that awards are given in two categories, Voice and Instrumental. The Association chooses two recipients in each category, with the first place recipients receiving a $1,000 scholarship and the runners up receiving a $500 scholarship. She further stated that the purpose of the scholarship program is to reward and encourage musical growth and achievement, as well as to recognize students who show outstanding musical talent and accomplishments.

Waxahachie Symphony Association President, Sherry Dyess, stated that the WSA works diligently to bring a great variety of music to the annual concert program. The organization is making final plans to their 2013-2014 Concert Season, and will include the internationally known pianist Stephen Nielson and the always popular Imperial Brass. For more information about the concert season, or the programs offered for local students, visit the website at www.waxahachiesymphony.com.

In addition to supporting the Arts, Waxahachie Foundation supports organizations serving the elderly, the needy, education, and many other worthy causes. A donation or memorial gift made to Waxahachie Foundation allows the donor to make a real difference in the lives of so many in the Waxahachie area for generations to come. For more information about Waxahachie Foundation or to make a donation, visit the donations page.


WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANT TO COMMON GROUND MINISTRIES

Common Ground Ministries has received a $2500 grant from the Waxahachie Foundation in order to help with their emergency fund. Common Ground Ministries began work in 1991 as a Christian outreach to children and youth in Waxahachie, Texas. Their mission is to provide a safe and structured environment for children and youth in meeting their spiritual, educational and physical needs. When students arrive from school the ministry provides each child a nutritious snack followed by a supervised homework period. Volunteer tutors work with individual students, giving instruction along with indoor and outdoor recreational activities.

The Waxahachie Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. It is a Texas not-for-profit foundation which was created to accept, administer and distribute funds for educational, charitable, cultural or benevolent purposes of a public nature. The Foundation's purpose is to benefit worthy causes in Waxahachie. Gifts made to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law. The investment from all gifts, both large and small, is used to provide grants to worthy causes and the gift itself is preserved to keep on giving, and in effect, lasts forever.


WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANT TO CAMPFIRE CREEK THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center has received a $5500 grant from the Waxahachie Foundation in order to buy a sound system for the students to ride to as part of their therapy. A therapy session includes interaction with a horse by grooming, learning to saddle correctly, proper mounting and dismounting as well as learning to ride.

The Waxahachie Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. It is a Texas not-for-profit foundation which was created to accept, administer and distribute funds for educational, charitable, cultural or benevolent purposes of a public nature. The Foundation's purpose is to benefit worthy causes in Waxahachie. Gifts made to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law. The investment from all gifts, both large and small, is used to provide grants to worthy causes and the gift itself is preserved to keep on giving, and in effect, lasts forever.


Hope Clinic Receives $8,000 Check From Waxahachie Foundation

Mackie Owens, CEO of Hope Clinic Ellis County, met with trustees of the Waxahachie Foundation and gratefully received an $ 8,000 check to be used in upgrading the computer server and software for the clinic.

Dr. Owens thanked the Waxahachie Foundation, “We at Hope Clinic are so grateful for the vision of the people of Ellis County.  Much of our success can be attributed to local donations from organizations that see the need for services we provide in Ellis County.”

Each quarter, the Waxahachie Foundation Trustees vote and issue grants to worthy causes and non-profits that benefit the Waxahachie area.  The Foundation is a 501(C)3 charitable organization comprised of twelve dedicated trustees who are well acquainted with the needs of the Waxahachie community.  To contact the Waxahachie Foundation to make a grant inquiry or donation, please email patmerrill44@gmail.com or call 972-937-0502.


To learn more about the services Hope Clinic offers, contact the clinic office at 411 East Jefferson Street or call 972-923-2440.