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

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

WNA officer elections at the September meeting

As past WNA President Chris Gregory stated eloquently at the end of his term:
“WNA is a group of good (and interesting, funny, and caring) people who happily welcome all neighbors into their group and make them feel that they are a part. If you have thought about serving WNA as an officer, or becoming a member, please consider joining us at our September meeting when we elect officers.” Continue reading “WNA officer elections at the September meeting”

Be the key to drive a senior

For most of us, car keys represent freedom and independence. According to the American Association for Retired People, more than 95 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but the key to remaining independent is transportation. When driving is no longer an option, running simple errands like getting to the grocery store, doctor’s office, or beauty shop is a critical challenge. Staying connected is essential to healthy aging, but without transportation, many seniors feel stuck and alone.

Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65. In Austin, the number of people age 60 and older is growing and expected to more than double in 10 years, creating a significant mobility gap. For thousands of senior citizens in our community, not having transportation may mean they are no longer able to stay in their own homes. Sometimes, public transportation isn’t available where they live or when they need it, and often there is simply no one available to give them a ride.

Volunteering to be a Drive a Senior driver is easy and flexible.

  • No long-term commitment is required
  • Choose the times and locations most convenient for you
  • Organize drives around your schedule – weekly, monthly, or as convenient
  • Schedule drives from your computer or by phone
  • Drive seniors living nearby (area bounded by Burnet Road, FM 1325, IH-35 and W 45th Street)

To volunteer, please call 512-453-2273, email nc@driveasenior.org or go to www.driveasenior.org.   Drive a Senior is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.