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 qualifying under our guidelines – except members of the Board of The Friends Foundation and/or their families – who is a resident of the Dripping Springs Area and is 60 years of age or older may apply.

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How do I apply for financial assistance?

You can download and print a form here.

If you are unable to print the form please contact us by phone 512 592-1345 or e-mail info@thefriendsfoundation.org to receive our application for financial assistance in the US Mail.

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How do I make a donation to The Friends Foundation?

Thanks. You may donate online now, just click on the “Donate” button found on this page.

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

Send us an e-mail and we will make arrangements to pick up your donation.

Donate an Item for our Live and Silent Auction: Donating 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 following year’s event. Just email us or give us a call.

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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 in October, 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. And our “Friends of The Friends Foundation” program provides additional funds throughout the year to help us meet expenses from 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 – like mattresses and chairs – 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 and a buyer for the home was found in 2004. We are pleased that in 2004 the Hill Country Care Nursing Home became a for profit corporation under new and experienced ownership.

As the elderly population grows, and looking forward into the future, The Friends Foundation has broadened the scope of its activities. Our use of the funds raised will provide for the immediate needs of elderly residents in the Dripping Springs area, to underwrite the costs of our specialized programs such as Our Daily Bead, Philips Lifeline Medic-Alert, Financial Assistance to those who qualify and the Butterflies are Free palliative care program.

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Why should I contribute to The Friends Foundation?

Improving quality of life: Those who have had relatives and loved ones in Hill Country Care Nursing Home know the high quality of care provided to their 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.

Meeting the needs of the community: As Dripping Springs grows, the population and needs of the elderly in the community are increasing. Our hope is those who are new to the community will help us continue our good deeds by joining us with their support.

Sustained support: With the generous support of the community, the Friends Foundation will continue to assist the elderly where the need exists. We are able to underwrite and sustain the cost of Our Daily Bread, a program which provides hot meals to home bound elderly three times a week. We have underwritten the cost of “Butterflies are Free,” an end of life program through Hill Country Care Nursing Home. The Friends Foundation underwrites and sustains the cost of our Philips Lifeline Program which provides an elderly client with the means of reaching help in an emergency by simply pressing a button on a device worn at all times. Your support also helps us continue providing Financial Assistance to age and income qualifying individuals.

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