Ways to Help

Small businesses and members of our community are taking a gut punch right now. Below is a round up of ideas to help folks, many of whom have been there for us all along. We’ll update as we see and think of more.

Have internet access? Write online reviews (Yelp, Google, Facebook) for your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, pet boarding facility, winery/brewery/distillery, etc.

Local businesses are adapting quickly to keep serving us; take advantage of the online ordering, curbside and home delivery, and tip, tip, tip when you can.

If gift cards are an option at your favorite establishment, consider buying now and use when we come out the other side.

Musicians who now can’t play the local venues that have closed may be livestreaming from their homes and backyards. Check their social media accounts, attend their online performances, and then virtually tip. Most accept payments via Venmo or PayPal. Check out https://houseconcerthostsconsortium.com for links to online concerts and for information to provide to your musician friends on how to do online performances.

Foster or adopt animals from our local shelters (and rescues who can then free up their foster network to pull more from shelters). Shelters are full and need help. Can’t adopt? Consider fostering. If you’re now telecommuting for work and are concerned about boundless energy in your home while you’re hard at it, consider fostering a senior dog (this home office has three senior dogs and they’re a dream). Local shelters and rescues: PAWS Shelter of Central Texas, San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue (WAG), Acres of Love Animal Rescue (Blanco).

Typically use a pet sitter, dog walker, housecleaner, but you’re home now and handling it yourself? If it’s not a financial strain for you, consider keeping them booked and paid what you typically would (and had already budgeted for). Paid a deposit for services you needed while you were scheduled to be out of town, but now you had to cancel? Let them keep the deposit or ask that it be credited to future service.

Donate to your local food pantry. Here are some local ones: Helping Hands – Dripping SpringsWimberley Crisis Bread BasketSt. Martin de Porres Catholic Church Food Pantry.