FAQs

Who is eligible for financial assistance from The Friends Foundation?
How do I apply for financial assistance?
How do I make a donation to The Friends Foundation?
How does The Friends Foundation raise money?
What has The Friends Foundation done to date with its contributions?
Why should I contribute to The Friends Foundation?

Who is eligible for financial assistance from The Friends Foundation?

Any individual may apply (except members of the Board of The Friends Foundation and/or their families) who is a resident of the greater Dripping Springs Area and is 60 years of age or over. Please review our eligibility guidelines for more information.

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How do I apply for financial assistance?

You can download and print a form here.

For more information please contact us by phone 512 592-1345 or e-mail info@thefriendsfoundation.org to receive a written application for financial assistance for yourself or any other qualifying individual who resides in the Dripping Springs area.

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How do I make a donation to The Friends Foundation?

Donate online here or click on the “Donate” button on this page.

Send your donation by U.S. Mail to:
The Friends Foundation
P.O. Box 8
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Donate an Item for our Live and/or Silent Auction: Items for our annual barbecue fund-raising event can be given at any time during the year and the donor’s name or company name will be placed on our list of sponsors and in all our advertising for the year’s event.

Send us an e-mail  or call us 512-592-1345 and we will make arrangements to pick up your donation.

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How does The Friends Foundation raise money?

The Friends Foundation solicits grants and donations from various governmental agencies and private donors.

Each year The Friends Foundation host an annual barbecue fund-raising event. Sponsorship donations are solicited and money is raised through the sale of barbecue tickets and the proceeds from our extensive live and silent auction items. Also, by joining our “Friends of The Friends Foundation” program you can provide additional funds to help us meet expenses throughout the year for all the requests The Friends Foundation receives.

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What has The Friends Foundation done to date with its contributions?

During our first year of operation – 2003 – The Friends Foundation raised over $40,000. The money was used to pay debt service on the Hill Country Care Nursing Home and for capital improvements to the home – a new roof, mattresses, chairs and other necessities – until a buyer could be found for the financially strapped facility. The goal was to keep the nursing home available as an asset to the Dripping Springs community.

Due to a lot of hard work and the generous support of many people in the Dripping Springs area, the home was able to remain in operation. A buyer for the home was found in 2004, and Hill Country Care Nursing Home became a for profit corporation under new and experienced ownership.

Since that time, funds raised by The Friends Foundation have been used to underwrite our ongoing programs and services, such as Our Daily Bread, Philips Lifeline Medical Alert, Financial Assistance, and Butterflies are free palliative care program. In addition, we occasionally partner with other community programs to share resources in a variety of ways, for the benefit of local seniors. Examples include distributing fans during hot summer months, collaborating on a joint project such as household repairs, and a donation to help a local organization purchase a van for senior transportation.

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Why should I contribute to The Friends Foundation?

With the generous support of the community, The Friends Foundation is able to continue our services and programs assisting the elderly where the need exists. We are able to underwrite and sustain the cost of Our Daily Bread, a program providing hot meals to the home bound elderly three times a week, the Philips Lifeline Program which provides the elderly with the means of reaching help by simply pressing a button on a device worn at all times, and the “Butterflies are Free,” end of life program through Hill Country Nursing and Rehab.

Those who have had relatives and loved ones in the Hill Country Nursing and Rehab know the high quality of care provided to the residents. Having a quality elder care facility in Dripping Springs is a real asset to our community and a blessing for those whose loved ones are in their care.

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