Giving Back Makes Community Stronger

Through membership in The Cares Alliance, the Robert J Fischer Team has partnered with Emerald Lawns (and invite other corporate partners to join) to bless others while creating awareness and a safe opportunity for the community to give back. We want to be a force for good in the world, encouraging our community to seek, recognize, and help those in need.

We are excited to present you with this month’s Community Voting Initiative in support of local nonprofits, churches, and missions.

While all are deserving, we need you to vote for the one finalist that you want to receive the largest donation from The Cares Alliance. We’ll be giving away $9,000 divided among the five finalists, with percentages based on their final voting rank. The donation checks will be presented to each in September.

We encourage you to read about each finalist to help spread awareness of the wonderful services and community impact each offer.

Donations made possible by Members of The Cares Alliance: 


(click + to expand and read about each finalist)

Boys to Men of God

Boys to Men of God is a Christian organization that provides mentorship to boys between the ages of 6-13 who have experienced the absence of a father figure in their lives. In America, statistics show that 1 in 3 children are growing up without a father. Fatherless children represent:

  • 90% of homeless and runaway children
  • 71% of high school dropouts
  • 64% of teen suicides
  • 80% of rapists
  • 75% of children in chemical abuse centers
  • 70% of juveniles in state institutions

At Boys to Men of God, we gather in a family setting where we teach the boys to become providers, husbands, and fathers. They benefit from having a consistent adult presence that can offer advice, share life experiences and help them navigate life’s challenges.

Our sister program is Daughters of the King where we mentor girls through life’s challenges, teach life skills, crafts, cooking, and provide activities that will help them to become healthy women of God. Overall, we offer:

  • Group Activities/Group Mentoring
  • One-on-one Mentoring
  • Meals to hundreds each month
  • Planned Group Adventures/Camps
  • Bible lessons designed to shape character
  • Clothing, school supplies, gas, groceries, and support for single moms
  • School Assistance and Career Days
  • Community Outreach
  • Family Activities
  • A safe place for growing in body, soul, and spirit.

It is our purpose to make an impact, not only on the fatherless in our community but to generations by propelling them into being resilient men and women of God. Boys to Men of God and Daughters of the King would greatly benefit from funding to continue to provide these services. Ultimately, Boys to Men of God would like to find a permanent facility. We have currently outgrown the community center where we are meeting. We are meeting off-campus on Fridays due to the number attending surpassing the occupancy limit for the building.

We would love for you to consider voting for Boys to Men & Daughters of the King. You can find more information on our Facebook page or on our website.

Central Texas Table of Grace

Central Texas Table of Grace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to provide emergency shelter services to the children and youth in the foster care system. Our support contributes to an improved quality of life for youth and their families. Our organization’s projects, implemented by an experienced staff, emphasize creating a caring climate for youth. Supporting the development of self-confidence, healthful living, and good judgment, Central Texas Table of Grace provides our children with a thorough foundation for success.

Who We Are: Established in 2014, Central Texas Table of Grace was formed by Stacy Johnson, a former foster child, who recognized a need for temporary shelter for displaced children. Headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, we are a 13-bed Emergency Shelter that takes boys and girls between the ages of 6-17. We take both genders because one of our goals is to help keep sibling groups together. Our mission is accomplished by addressing the critical need of emergency housing and care for displaced children and youth through local initiatives and targeted outreach programming, coupled with best practices in management and accountability. We are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her individual potential by encouraging wholesome habits such as perseverance, focusing on goals, and personal responsibility. These are skills the youth will carry into adulthood. CTTG was conceived and organized to address the social, intellectual, and recreational needs of Texas’ displaced youth, to counteract failure, and to assist in the successful transition to life in a positive environment. We demonstrate a passionate commitment to excellence and teach that character matters.

Your Impact:  It is the wonderful community that we, along with you, are a part of that has helped bridge the gap between the money the state provides for the care of these children, and the money it takes to care for them properly. We can all appreciate how blessed our own children are when we think of what these foster children deal with every day. Our goal at Central Texas Table of Grace has always been to make life a little brighter for these innocent children while teaching them what they need to know to be successful in life. All of the support received from this grant will directly fund our brand-new back to school initiative that one of the kids in our care titled “Be Inspired by School.” Each of our 13 kids will receive a new planner, new school supplies, a fresh haircut, and new clothing items. We want our kids to feel fully prepared and confident in order to start their school year off right! We will also have prizes for our kids when they reach the goals they set for themselves. This initiative will teach our youth the critical skillset of setting goals and planning for the future – whether that’s starting a new school year, getting a job, owning a car, or going off to University one day!  These are milestones that most foster children don’t plan for. With the guidance of our experienced staff and support from our community, we are showing our kids that they can pave a brighter future for themselves with the proper tools and skillset. Whatever help we receive will support this cause and we, along with the kiddos in our care, greatly appreciate your generosity!

Colin's Hope

Colin’s Hope is a Texas-based water safety and drowning prevention organization. Colin’s Hope was formed in August 2008 after 4-year-old, Colin Holst fatally drowned in a public lifeguarded pool in South Austin. Upon learning that drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children under 5 and a leading cause for ages 1-14, Colin’s parents, Jeff and Jana Holst founded the organization. Yet, drowning is preventable!

Now 10 years old, Colin’s Hope has quickly become the trusted water safety resource in Texas, a leader in drowning prevention across the nation, and is recognized as a global partner in drowning prevention. Our small but mighty organization has one of the first (and only) evidence-based water safety curriculum for young children most at-risk of drowning and their parents. Our Water Safety with Colin & Friends program raises the water safety knowledge levels of children and provides a layer of protection against drowning. Watch this video to see and hear about the program.

We have served thousands of children and need to serve more. Texas has already lost at least 70 children this year to fatal drownings, while 5x as many have survived a non-fatal drowning.  With the funds from The Cares Alliance, we can provide Water Safety with Colin & Friends to children that may not otherwise be able to afford it.

We also ask you to be a Water Guardian. Take and Share the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Quiz to learn about water safety and change YOUR behaviors to be safer around water! 

Thank you again for your consideration, and in the words of Colin Holst, “Have the Best Day Ever!”


Giocosa is derived from the Italian word meaning “the place where happiness dwells” and we strive daily to create that environment for the children and families we serve. Giocosa is an inclusive agency for foster care and adoption services comprised of a diverse group of staff members, fostering families, and adoptive parents. Our staff is dedicated to developing strong relationships with our foster/adopt families to provide for the best interests of children. Giocosa trains both staff and families in a wide-range of trauma-based care to manage the unique needs of children in our care. We offer continuing education and hands-on partnerships for our families to assist in stabilizing a child’s environment. This includes nurturing a child’s development, offering them a secure and loving home, providing continuity in their life, and helping them heal from past traumas. Donations from The Cares Alliance will be used to further programs and better equip foster families to serve at-risk children and youth. Visit our website to learn more.

Ninevah Ministries: Jail—>Jobs

The Jail—>Jobs program by Nineveh Ministries empowers youthful (13-21 years old) offenders to find purpose, personal growth, and achievement. Our heart is to drastically transform kids who have chosen the path of crime. This path is often chosen as a reaction to their own pain, trauma, abandonment, or lack of vision or resources. Our relational approach enables us to walk through every obstacle a youth can face, from Jail to Jobs. We do this by…

  • Leading bible discussion groups in lockup facilities and drug treatment centers. We host 500+ groups a year
  • Mentoring released youth – 75+ mentoring relationships a year
  • Employing and training youth in a variety career paths and creating connections to long-term, full-time employment – 85+ youth hired last year
  • Having 2 locations in the Greater Austin area to meet physical needs and to create a safe and nurturing environment to thrive.

Every youth who successfully transitions out of jail saves taxpayers over $55,000 a year in incarceration and supervision costs. If we win the top award from the Cares Alliance, it will pay for our next Jail—>Jobs academy as featured on Fox 7. Click to watch here.


You must provide your name, a valid email address+, select one finalist, and vote only once. Voting will close at midnight on August 31, 2018. 
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Please note that we take your privacy very seriously. No data collected will be shared or sold to any third-parties. Voters agree to be added to our monthly charity newsletter for The Cares Alliance but may unsubscribe at any time. We typically send only one email a month with information regarding open nominations, Cares Stories from past donation recipients, final voting results, or invites to our annual Poker & Purses fundraiser.  We’re always open to ideas for how to make our newsletter even more valuable to The Cares Alliance supporters. Ideas and questions can be sent to Thanks so much for participating in this month’s community vote!

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More About Community Voting Initiatives

The Cares Alliance was founded to bless others while building needs awareness and a safe opportunity for the community to give back as well. We want to be a force for good in the world, serving others and bringing the community together to help those in need. To achieve these goals, we regularly hold Community Voting Initiatives (CVI) during which we solicit nominations and voting participation from the community.

Each CVI is focused on a different vital sector of the community, including:

    • charities, non-profits, churches and mission groups
    • individuals and families in need
    • local schools

How The Cares Alliance Community Voting Initiative (CVI) Works:

  1. A new CVI is announced and nominations are taken from the community through online submission for a 3-week period.
  2. The Cares Alliance Board votes and selects 3 to 5 finalists (dependent on total donation funds available) from community nominations based on need, stories/background, and the community impact per that period’s CVI.
  3. Online voting is open to the community for the entire following month and promoted through social and traditional media channels. Voters must vote only once and for one finalist but are encouraged to rally friends and family for the cause/recipient they wish to receive the largest portion of the donations.
  4. A check presentation ceremony is held a few weeks after voting closes, where each nominee receives a portion of the funds allocated for that period’s CVI (currently $9,000) and based on their final ranking. The first place recipient receives the largest portion and so on…
  5. A new set of nominees is collected for the next announced CVI.