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Our mission has always been to strengthen and support marginalized communities while inspiring others to give and do the same.

We are seeing a world-wide galvanizing movement towards addressing the systemic racism that persists in the US. Now more than ever, ears, eyes and hearts are opening up and we have a unique chance to educate, empower and engage others to the cause supporting Anti-Racism.

But how?

“I want to do more but don’t know where to start.”

“I want to say more but I am afraid of saying the wrong thing.”

“What can one person do?”

“What can I do?”

Care Cards by YMSL: Austin Vipers

The holidays in any year can be lonely for our seniors living in care facilities. It has been especially hard this year with the pandemic and limited access to visitors and other social interactions.

YMSL Viper Chapter collected 160 cards and 30 decorated trees & wreaths to deliver to assisted living facilities in Austin. The YMSL Viper Chapter mother/son teams worked together to create some special memories and make a difference by giving back during the holidays.

 

The card in the middle “Let us Adore” was a set of cards I bought and helped my mom write the last Christmas she was with us.

Been holding onto the cards for 2 years wondering what to do with them. Found the perfect place for them!

Again super proud to be a part of this project and serve the community

Shelly Spaulding,

Philanthropy Liaison for Geri's Locker, YMSL Austin Vipers

Care Cards by Allie Smith

Thank you Allie Smith for these awesome Senior Care Cards! We can’t wait to share them with our seniors and bring smiles to their faces!!

Care Cards

CARE CARDS

Keeping Our Seniors Connected

Support our senior citizens with letters, cards,

poems, hand drawn pictures….

you make it, they will LOVE it!

HOW?

It’s easy!

  • Cards/Letters can include a story, drawn picture or favorite poem
  • Place in an envelope with no name or address
  • Put materials in a ziplock bag, coordinate drop off with Geri’s Locker: email [email protected] 
  • Facilities will deliver each envelope to individuals at their location

WHY?

Research has shown that social interaction offers older adults many benefits. Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help them maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function. Social interactions even help protect against illness by boosting the immune system.

Specific health benefits of social interaction in older adults include:

  • Potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression

Conversely, social isolation carries real risks. Some of these risks are:

  • Feeling lonely and depressed

  • Being less physically active

  • Having a greater risk of death

  • Having high blood pressure

CURRENTLY SERVING

Age of Central Texas

AGE of Central Texas is a regional nonprofit organization that provides education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older, no matter where they are on that journey. They  offer a variety of services for older adults and caregivers to help make aging a positive and triumphant journey for everyone.

Brookdale Spicewood Springs: Senior Living

From assisted living to skilled nursing and rehabilitation, transitioning between levels of care is simple. You or your loved one can have peace of mind knowing that our continuum of care options allow you to stay right here on our campus if your circumstances change in the future. No more worrying about the hassle and stress of a move. Now you can settle in and begin to invest in your golden years with renewed passion and energy.

The Heritage at Hunters Chase

The Heritage at Hunters Chase is a unique community designed for seniors who need help with daily tasks, but who also wish to live as independently as possible, in a homelike setting.

Atria Senior Living

 Independent Living at Atria means no longer needing to find, coordinate and pay separately for life’s necessities, conveniences and luxuries.

News

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Care Cards by YMSL: Austin Vipers

The holidays in any year can be lonely for our seniors living in care facilities. It has been especially hard this year with the pandemic and limited access to visitors and other social interactions. YMSL Viper Chapter collected 160 cards and 30 decorated trees &...

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

We're Partnering with Dolly Parton! We're excited to begin another program to provide books to children at home to help break the link between poverty and poor academic success.Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality...

Care Cards by Allie Smith

Thank you Allie Smith for these awesome Senior Care Cards! We can’t wait to share them with our seniors and bring smiles to their faces!!

Thank You! $10,000 Raised!

Y'ALL DID IT!!!   Thank you to all our amazing supporters and contributors for helping us launch the Geri Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund with $10,000!!!   Y'ALL ROCK!!!   We are SO excited to be able create LASTING changes in our systems and to support our...

Pop Up Birthday Cards by Team Carpenter

​Thank you Team Carpenter for these AMAZING Birthday Cards for Pop-Up Birthday! What a great way to use your talents to give back to the community. Pop Up Birthday's mission is to provide joy, hope and normalcy to children in foster care through a personalized...

Pop Up Birthday Cards

Help celebrate the lives of Children in Foster Care for their special day! You make it, They will LOVE it!HOW? It's easy! Gather your kiddos and get crafty making birthday cards to go in Pop Up Birthday's birthday boxes.  The cards can be as simple or elaborate as you...

2020 CASA Superhero Fun Run

ANYTIME in SEPTEMBER — ANYWHERE, PLANET EARTH Be a Superhero and join us and walk, jog, run, fly, dance or skip you way to helping the children of Travis County. Due to COVID-19, this year's event is VIRTUAL which means you can do participate anytime during "SUPER...

Care Cards

Support our senior citizens with letters, cards, poems, hand drawn pictures.... you make it, they will LOVE it!HOW? It's easy! Cards/Letters can include a story, drawn picture or favorite poem Place in an envelope with no name or address Put materials in a ziplock...

Thank You! Tier 2 Goal Achieved!

It's Geri Stewart's Birthday today! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And after a late night surge of donations last night, we reached our Tier 2 goal of $7,500!! Thank you all for your generous support! But just like Geri, we aren't going to stop there! On to Tier 3!We're...

Supporting Foundation Communities During COVID-19

The books from Geri’s Locker have been invaluable to our families during this time. We have been sending books home with students each week along with weekly activity packets. Thank you for providing this resource to our community!

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