Letter from the WNA President

Fellow Wootenites,

When I began my tenure as Wooten Neighborhood Association (WNA) president in November, I could never have predicted we’d find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic eight months later, but here we are. The city is seeing escalating infection and death rates from COVID-19, and Travis County officials recently extended the Stay At Home order until August 15. It’s been challenging to say the least to adjust to measures designed to keep us safe and healthy. This May, for the first time in a long time, WNA canceled its bi-monthly meeting. It was my opinion that, in the best interest of our neighbors, we should cancel our July meeting as well, so that’s what we did. But if there are any issues you feel need to be addressed, please reach out to me (president@wootenna.com) and I will do my best to help.

We are dealing with job changes/losses, home schooling, child care adjustments, work at home arrangements, loss of/increase in family time, financial strain, and so much more. Stress can bring out the best or the worst in people, and I’ve been so heartened to see how you’re taking care of each other – in some cases people you’ve never met before. As you’ve been reading on our website, and our Nextdoor and Facebook pages, Wootenites have risen to the occasion to care for the most vulnerable in our community and spread a little joy during a time of much fear and uncertainty. Personally, I’ve never seen so many folks out walking or working in their yards. It’s been really nice to meet some new neighbors (in a socially-distant manner, of course).

It would be easy to give in to the strain of the times. But keep doing what you’re doing. Stay positive. Take care of each other. Lend a (gloved) hand when you can.

Be well,
Brian

#1183ROCKS

pink rock with two stick figure girls and the heading Do Great Things

Girl Scout troop 1183 has been painting rocks and putting them around the neighborhood to help people know they are not alone, promote kindness and healthy relationships. If you see a rock, feel free to move to a location to brighten someone’s day. You can post on social media (follow Instagram @1183_Rocks) #1183ROCKS #kindnessrocks. You can make your own rocks to put out or just smile and know you are not alone.
— thanks to neighbor Laura K for the original post

Early Voting Has Started

Early voting for the July 14, 2020 Joint Primary Election Runoff and Special Election is underway.

Early voting continues through July 10 (except for July 3 and 4)
Sites are open Monday-Friday, 7 AM-7 PM and Sunday, noon-6 PM

The Ben Hur Shrine at 7811 Rockwood Land is a nearby early voting site but others can be found at this link.

Food pantry resources

USDA hunger hotline 866-348=6479

If you or someone you know could use help keeping food on the table, here are some resources, both national and near Wooten.

Central Texas Food Bank
https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/food-assistance/get-food-now
You also can help the Food Bank as a volunteer or by making a donation.
> The next Emergency Relief Food Distribution will be Thursday 7/16 from am to 11am at Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd in Sunset Valley.

USDA National Hunger Hotline
1-866-3-HUNGRY
6am – 9pm CDT
https://www.fns.usda.gov/partnerships/national-hunger-clearinghouse

FoodFinder
https://foodfinder.us/

St Louis Food Pantry
2114 St. Joseph Blvd
Austin, TX, 78757
512-454-0384
OPERATING DAYS / HOURS:  Saturday 8:30 -10:00 a.m
https://foodfinder.us/food-bank/75846

Principe de Paz
1204 Peyton Gin Rd.
Austin, TX, 78758
512-836-2160
OPERATING DAYS / HOURS:  Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
https://foodfinder.us/food-bank/75831

Heaven’s Harvest
1734 Rutland Dr
Austin, TX, 78758
512-836-3282
OPERATING DAYS / HOURS:  Monday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
https://foodfinder.us/food-bank/75746

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
200 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX, 78752
512-836-8560
OPERATING DAYS / HOURS:  Tuesday 1:30 – 3:45 p.m
https://foodfinder.us/food-bank/75728

Next Wooten Neighborhood meeting

The next meeting of the Wooten Neighborhood Association, like everything, will happen on an as-yet-undetermined date in the future, when it’s safe to get together. Meetings are held the second Monday of odd months at 7pm, but our July meeting is cancelled. Check back on this page for future meeting status and for the next online newsletter. Meanwhile, stay well!