Welcome Table’s Neighbor 2 Neighbor program provides assistance to members of the east Austin community in the form of HEB gift cards, fresh produce, bread, books, education and much more. Each N2N meeting includes 50-80 neighbors sharing gifts and receiving assistance.
Each received a snack and a chance to win one of about 25 HEB gift cards. Some attendees also took home fresh produce, bread and books to read.
The highlight of the day was listening to a guest speaker who shared the story of his struggle with addiction. Derrick’s eloquence and honesty was a gift to many listeners, in the true spirit of Neighbor 2 Neighbor.
Countless examples of help that flows in many directions can be found each time we meet. Derrick and his mother received an HEB gift card, and Derrick provided selfless help to the other attendees who needed encouragement or support fighting addiction personally or within their families.
Derrick often plays the piano during Neighbor 2 Neighbor sessions as well, sharing yet another gift.
Do you have gifts you’d like to share with this community? Neighbor 2 Neighbor can always use cash to purchase gift cards, or help during N2N sessions. Please contact Diana Bell at DianaBell@Austin.rr.com for more information.
Are you an east Austin resident who needs help? Neighbor 2 Neighbor is here for you.
The Welcome Table Inc., an non profit that provides assistance to families in east Austin, TX, received an $8,000 grant at the end of May, 2013.
The Lola Wright Foundation granted these funds to the Welcome Table to allocate:
$4,000 to purchase HEB gift cards for our Neighbor 2 Neighbor program. Welcome Table’s will distribute these cards to east Austin residents to purchase groceries, gas, and pharmacy goods.
$4,000 to improve Welcome Table’s Community Garden. This money can be used to increase the number of community garden beds from 4 to 8, and might purchase a refrigerator to store produce in as well.
The Lola Wright Foundation is an Austin-based entity that often donates to local brick & mortar projects such as our community garden.
Welcome Table cannot currently help all the neighborhood residents who request its help. Gift cards are available and our every-other-week Neighbor 2 Neighbor sessions – the cards are allocated on a lottery basis. The Lola Wright grant will allow Welcome Table to increase by 50% the numbers of families that it can reach this year.
The funds will be used on gift cards and the community garden before November 30, 2013.