Coming Home – Giving Back Check Presentation

Coming Home – Giving Back Check Presentation

From left to right, Ted Siff and Joanna Wolaver of the Shoal Creek Conservancy, Jack Jones of Whole Earth Provision Co., and Vicki McCuistion of The Barnabas Connection

Coming Home – Giving Back Fund Drive a Success

Coming Home – Giving Back was the theme of Whole Earth Provision Co.’s grand reopening of its store on North Lamar in Austin. Coming Home reflects the almost five months that the store was closed for repairs and remodeling after the Memorial Day flood and our pleasure at being back home and open for business again on Lamar.

Giving Back was our way of helping those still in need. Many who suffered from the Memorial Day Weekend floods, especially in the Wimberley Valley, have yet to return home. Whole Earth set aside 10% of the sales of the first two weekends of the Lamar store’s Grand Reopening, accepted donations from our customers at all three Austin locations, and added in our own contribution, to help. The grand total of the combined donations was $10,326. The Barnabas Connection Flood Relief for Wimberley and the Shoal Creek Conservancy each received checks in the amount of $5,163.

Barnabas Connection

The Barnabas Connection is working in coordination with local and state officials to respond to the devastating rain and flooding that impacted the Wimberley Valley. They have assisted 287 local families, representing almost 600 people. In addition, their volunteers have worked hundreds if not thousands of hours assisting survivors at Bridges Gym and the Barnabas table at the FEMA DRC. The Barnabas Connection funds are designated for families in the Wimberley Valley and will be distributed through a case management process to help avoid duplication of efforts and to fully identify unmet needs.

Shoal Creek Conservancy

The Shoal Creek Conservancy was founded in 2013 to improve the Shoal Creek greenway, a trail shared by runners, commuters, nature watchers, dog walkers, volleyball players and residents all along the creek who enjoy its green oasis in the midst of the city. In recent years conditions around Shoal Creek have declined from overuse and eroding banks. The greenway is owned and managed by the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department; however, there are currently no funds dedicated to the management of Shoal Creek. While the City does the best it can with limited resources, the Shoal Creek Conservancy and its volunteers provide additional, much-needed support.

We are deeply grateful to our customers for their generous support for the fund drive and hope that everyone in the Wimberley Valley who suffered from the Memorial Day Weekend floods will be able to return home soon.