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 churches, charities, and other nonprofits.

The five finalists below meet important human needs in various ways. We need you to vote for the one that you want to receive the largest donation from The Cares Alliance. We’ll be giving away $9,000 divided between the five nominees and based on their final voting rank. The donation checks will be presented to each in March.

Donations made possible by Members of The Cares Alliance: 


(click + to expand and read about each finalist)

CPATH (Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope)

CPATH is the only organization in the greater central Texas region to exclusively serve the cerebral palsy community. Established in 2013 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, CPATH has enhanced the lives of over 100 local families and individuals living with cerebral palsy through a variety of programs! Our goals are far from reached as we know that there are hundreds more families and individuals living with cerebral palsy that need our help.

Cerebral Palsy, commonly referred to as CP, affects movement and posture and is the most common physical disability in childhood. CP is a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the brain is developing — before, during, or after birth. Parents whose children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy must take a new path with new challenges that they never expected: Medical Bills! Isolation! Accessibility!

That’s why we created CPATH – we understand the lifelong financial impacts, endless doctor appointments, daily therapy treatments, need for community support, and many times, the lack of accessibility! It is our mission to “provide resources, support, and financial assistance to a community of inter-connected families and individuals living with cerebral palsy, to access resources, build awareness, and pursue acceptance for all.”

Through fundraisers, individual donations, and corporate sponsors, CPATH can provide year-round social and outreach programs to children, individuals, and families living with cerebral palsy. Our programs include — CPals: adaptive activities and social opportunities for the entire family; CParents: educational resources to parents and caregivers to connect, build relationships, and learn in a supportive environment; Camp CPals: a family weekend camp with facilities designed with adaptive features to meet the needs of our special campers, allowing every camper to participate in every activity; Grantsfinancial assistance for individuals living with CP; and Community Outreach: raising awareness and providing resources through educational presentations and training seminars, participating in social events, building community partnerships, marketing brochures, website, and social media.

CPATH continues to develop innovative programs to meet the varied needs of our community and help formulate friendships, support, guidance, resources, and more as we navigate life with a different ability on an adaptive path. Thank you for your consideration to support CPATH! To learn more, please visit our website or watch a video overview of our programs.

Hutto Has Heart

Hutto Has Heart connects Hutto community members in need with resources that can help. The organization provides financial assistance for those that have fallen on hard times due to socioeconomic issues or unexpected health issues and serves as a referral hub for services available to Hutto Residents. They also administer the HISD Pink Out Funds to Hutto citizens dealing with cancer-related illnesses. 

Applications for assistance have significantly increased in recent years. Year 2015: 56 applications were submitted; Year 2016: 98 applications; and in Year 2017: 201 applications.

The proceeds from this grant will help Hutto Has Heart continue to operate and help community members in need. With growing needs, they are needing to hire a full-time director that can efficiently manage the operation, network with other nonprofits, and seek out additional funding to help those in need.  


Every Saturday, Chas and Laurie Winckel with support from volunteers, give out free meals and hugs to whoever needs one. They do this with their own money and whatever else is donated to them. I would love to see what they could do and how many more families they could feed with their donation from The Cares Alliance!

Their Mission: To love unconditionally by feeding people physically and spiritually. By spending time with them every week so that we can provide a safe and protected environment that they can flourish with food and faith. To serve with no agenda but love and accept people where they are. To add value to their lives by being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Their History: Formerly named Mission U-Too Round Rock, LOVE SERVE FEED has been serving hamburgers, hotdogs, and hugs to our community for almost five years! Chas and Laurie Winckel are the Directors of this location and are surrounded by so many wonderful friends and volunteers who serve faithfully each week. Our goal is to serve those who are hurting in our world! People will come out to see us, not only for the food, but because they feel loved and unjudged. Of course, we welcome everyone to join us every Saturday from noon-1PM!

The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking)

In their own words: The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is developing The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic ranch for girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Located on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch will provide trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on-site, including: a University of Texas Charter School program, a People’s Community Clinic and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor. The Refuge Ranch will be one of the only long-term, live-in rehabilitation facilities for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. 

From their nominator: After following the organization on Facebook for awhile, I have become to feel deeply for them and their mission as they are the voice for so many. I can’t think of a better way to help these lost-but-now-found souls learn their real worth in this world… This organization is a great first step for girls who have had their worlds enveloped by evil. It’s a safe place for these girls to go and grow, helping to guide them into the better lives they deserve. I hope my friends and others will cast their vote for them.

Restore Transform
Restore Transform is a non-profit holistic wellness center that offers affordable wellness services to the community (such as massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pilates/yoga classes, faith-based counseling, nutritional coaching, health-oriented workshops, etc.). This benefits everyone in the community who are seeking alternatives or integrative approaches for issues to anything from stress to a variety of acute/chronic conditions to assist in the healing process (for instance tired of daily pain pills or surgery that could instead be rehabilitated). Restore Transform will use the proceeds to cover the cost of Rent for the building (the holidays really took a toll on funding), in addition to funding our “financial aid” for helping those with chronic, debilitating, or painful conditions that can otherwise not afford care. 

VOTE HERE: You must provide your name, a valid email address, select one finalist, and vote only once. Voting will close at midnight on February 28, 2018.

Which Finalist Do You Want to Receive the Largest Donation?

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 $7,600) 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.