Donate directly to a neighbor who is in immediate need, or donate your tax-deductible dollars to Wimberley Good Neighbor, and we will distribute to our neediest neighbors. For questions, or if you need help, please call 512-648-4400 or send us an email.

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Your Neighbors Need Help

In Your Wimberley Neighbor’s own words:

I’m an introvert now. I get really lonesome because I don’t have a way to get out of the house. When someone comes to get me, I’m very extroverted and have fun.

Your Wimberley Neighbor

We have a Wimberley neighbor who needs help finding a working car. If you have a used automobile that you’re planning to give away, please donate it to Wimberley Good Neighbor for our neighbor in need. You will be able to deduct your vehicle’s fair market value from your taxes. 

Your Wimberley Neighbor moved to Wimberley in 2010 and bought a small place in Woodcreek that is now completely paid off. They are a member of the Wimberley Valley Art League, showing their work at Bent Tree Gallery when they first moved here. They helped and donated art for the Scudder PTO Fall Festival to support the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Your Wimberley Neighbor comes from an artistic family, and their artwork is in many therapists’ offices and women’s centers throughout the U.S. They were honored when they won a Congressional Show award for one of their mixed media paintings that was displayed at their states congressional offices in Washington, D.C. They have volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for many years and also at nursing homes.

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Let's help our neighbor find a car! Please text or call us at 512-648-4400 or let us know on social media!

In Your Wimberley Neighbor’s own words:

I’m an introvert now. I get really lonesome because I don’t have a way to get out of the house. When someone comes to get me, I’m very extroverted and have fun.

In remembrance of Martha Bettes, in Mona Gifford’s own words:

Martha was one of my best friends. She had nothing and gave more. She always wanted to help the underdog and was so generous that she gave even when it meant a hardship for herself.

Michaella Bettes for her mother, Martha Bettes — Goal Reached!

Martha Bettes passed away last week at 61 years of age.  To say it was an unexpected death is an understatement.  She was a dynamo in a small package with a forceful and loving presence.  Her daughter Michaella was waiting for her mom to return to Wimberley so they could find a place to live together with Michaella’s son.  Martha had only just left Wimberley during the Covid pandemic.  She had lost her job and benefits, so she moved near Houston to live with her sister for three months to save money.  She would be returning to Wimberley after that.

Martha moved to Wimberley in 2010 after she separated from Michaella’s father.  She wanted to live in the same town as her best friends and live in the place where her heart filled up with joy among the Hill Country bluebonnets.  Martha worked for a long time at Wimberley Inn and then Creekhaven Inn and Spa.  She was opinionated and emotional and got drawn into political spats on Facebook.

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Let’s help Michaella with $881 for her mother's wish

Thank You

I would like to thank everyone for your donations and beautiful comments you said about my mother. My mom loved Wimberley and most of all she loved her family and friends. I am truly  blessed to live in such a tight community were people come together and help each other in a time of need. I also want to say thank you to my friends and family from Florida, for your love and support. My mom loved each and every one of you like her own. She will be missed by so many. My heart is filled with so much love, Michaella

$2,620 of $881 raised

In remembrance of Martha Bettes, in Mona Gifford’s own words:

Martha was one of my best friends. She had nothing and gave more. She always wanted to help the underdog and was so generous that she gave even when it meant a hardship for herself.

In Randy’s own words:

I’ve never been in a hole like this before. I thought the extra $300 a week was a godsend.

Dan and Randy L. — Goal Reached!

When Randy L. received the email that she was approved to have her 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe wrapped for advertising and would get $300 a week, she thought her prayers had been answered. She’d almost forgotten about the online application to work from home she’d filled out. The email she got from Davis Miller from miller.wraps@outlook.com, said simply, “CYTRYNY SODA DRINK would like to paste our advert on your vehicle while you make $300 every week for doing that. Let us know if you are interested.”

Randy thought about all the hardships she’d been having that $300 a week would fix.

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Let’s help Dan and Randy with $2,826 for rent to stay in their home, unexpected bills, overdraft fees.

Dan and Randy L.

Dan and Randy are grateful for their friends, family and the Wimberley community! Randy told us she is now the steward of other people’s money and must be very careful with it. They are looking at ways to reduce their already low cost of living.

$4,876 of $2,826 raised

In Randy’s own words:

I’ve never been in a hole like this before. I thought the extra $300 a week was a godsend.

In Bru’s own words:

I’m so scared and nervous, I can’t even think straight. I have no idea how I’m going to pay my bills. I’ve always been the strong one and this is so humbling to be in this situation.

Bru M. — Goal Reached!

You probably know Bru M. from her job as the service lead at the H-E-B Wimberley checkout. But you’d never know how much pain she’s in because she works hard to make sure her customers have a pleasant experience at check out and don’t have to wait in long lines.

Bru’s journey to Wimberley started seven years ago when her life went in a direction she didn’t expect. She grew up in a small town in the Sierra Nevadas, married and moved to the San Bernardino Valley. She had three children and started a tree company with her husband. Bru says that California wasn’t small business friendly, and they were financially struggling when they decided to relocate their business to Texas. Her sister mentioned a small town called Wimberley, and it sounded nice to them. On their visit, Bru stopped in at the Dripping Springs H-E-B, looked around and thought this is a place I can work until we start our tree business. It was only a part-time job but then she saw the hiring sign in the window at the Home Depot. She got both jobs and felt the move to Texas was meant to be.

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Let’s help Bru pay her rent of $3100 for 4 months of rent. We will keep the goal open in case the community wants to help her pay some of the medical expenses and bills.

Bru M.

Thank you to all Bru’s friends, family and the Wimberley community! Bru can rest easier now after her surgery without the stress and worry of losing her home.

$4,928 of $3,100 raised

In Bru’s own words:

I’m so scared and nervous, I can’t even think straight. I have no idea how I’m going to pay my bills. I’ve always been the strong one and this is so humbling to be in this situation.

In Joanna’s own words:

I returned to Wimberley because I need to give my children a better life.

Joanna C. and 2 children — Household and Clothing Goal Reached!

Joanna is overcome with emotion over the generosity of the community. The Wimberley community donated furniture, household items, clothing, and cash for her children's clothing and shoes! The Thrift Shoppe on RR 12 also offered Joanna help. With these donations, she is in a secure home with basic necessities and can focus on work, school and getting her daughter healthy!

Need:

Joanna C. and two children need help from the community for household items and clothing.

Circumstances:

The 2-bedroom house that Itzel, a WGN board member, found for her fell through. The previous tenants of the 2-bedroom property were upset they had to move and wrecked it so badly that the landlord has extensive repairs he has to fit in with other full-time work. He said it won’t be ready for months, if ever. We’re working with her current landlord (who himself is on a limited budget) to fix up her place. He’s purchased a refrigerator, air conditioner, there is a bunk bed and bedding space, and an added stove with oven. The money the community raised for her is restricted funds that will be used to help pay her current rent, which she is thankful for because Joanna hasn’t been able to work full-time due to her daughter’s medical care, earning only $400/week. We’ve received permission from one donor to use funds to purchase a storage unit for the property because the house is small.

Joanna needs the following items:

Furniture items:

  • Chest of drawers — donated 
  • Wardrobe to hang clothing — donated
  • Small dining table with chairs — donated
  • Curtains for windows: three windows — donated

Household:

  • Pillows and pillowcases — donated
  • A deep pot — donated
  • Knives and cutting board — donated

Clothing:

Joanna wears between size 12 and 14 and needs all items. Her daughter is 10 years old, wears size 14 and size 4Y shoes. Her son is 16 and wears 34 pants, medium shirt, size 9.5-10 shoes size. Her son, who now works at Wimberley Cafe, really needs pants, shirts and sneakers. Her daughter needs sandals and shoes she can wear to church with a dress. She also needs shorts. They all need pajamas, robes, house slippers. — donated

Click here to read about Joanna C and her 2 children and how the community has helped.

Please drop the items at Mail Stop -- an area has been reserved to collect items for Joanna and her family. We will pick up and deliver furniture items. Call us at 512-648-4400, if you have furniture items to donate!

In Joanna’s own words:

I returned to Wimberley because I need to give my children a better life.

In Rhonda’s own words:

"It makes me uncomfortable asking for things. I’m embarrassed to have to ask for something so expensive."

Rhonda B. — Goal Reached!

Typically WGN helps people who have needs in the $500-$3000 price range. Rhonda B. was forwarded to us by another nonprofit in Wimberley, and we want to try to help her since she's out of options. Dan Malin of Capital City Roofing, LLC has been working with us and keeping margins low to help Rhonda. He recommended that she roof the main structure of her house first, so that she is in a dry, safe home. Thank you, Dan! We will keep raising money for her breezeway and garage.

In 1998, when Rhonda B. was 33 years old, she moved to Woodcreek North and built a 2-bedroom, 2-bath house with her now ex-husband.  Commuting to Austin, she had always been employed with a diligent work ethic, working first at Pepsi Bottling then Motorola.  After the tech bubble burst and she lost her job, it didn’t slow her down.  Rhonda got busy training for a certified pharmacy technician position, finding the career that she truly loved.  She enjoyed her job at the Brookshire Brothers pharmacy until one day she woke up and couldn’t feel her feet.  She refused to go on disability and tried to work part-time, but it was too painful to stand on her feet all day.   She still didn’t give up and went back to her former career in Human Resources, working at Wimberley Ace Hardware until her health problems became too severe.  Rhonda wondered how this could happen to someone her age, but the day she couldn’t walk her small dog up a hill, it forced her to accept her life had changed forever    

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Let’s help Rhonda get a new roof for her house

Rhonda B.

Thank you to the Wimberley community, local nonprofits and Dan Malin! Rhonda B. has met her fundraising goal for a roof over her house!

$6,745 of $6,745 raised

In Rhonda’s own words:

"It makes me uncomfortable asking for things. I’m embarrassed to have to ask for something so expensive."

Rhonda B.'s breezeway and garage roof — $2,640 Goal Not Reached

July 5th deadline reached

Dan Malin of  Capital City Roofing, LLC has been working with us, keeping margins low and submitting tax credits to help Rhonda. He recommended that she roof the main structure of her house first, so that she is in a dry, safe home. Thank you, Dan! We will keep raising money for her breezeway and garage until the July 5th deadline.

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Rhonda B. was not able to raise any money for her breezeway and garage, but she is very thankful for the new roof over her house.

In Maggie’s own words:

We don’t buy the newest things. When my kids want me to replace their flip phones, I tell them our priorities are clothes on our back, food on the table and a car to get to work.

Maggie D., her husband and 3 children — Goal Reached!

Maggie D. was born with a birth defect that, by the way, she’s not ashamed of or self conscious about.   She told us to write about it and call it what it is — a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate birth defect that affected her ears, nose and throat.  People notice the small scar on her lip and don’t realize what she’s overcome or that she was born without an upper jaw or eardrums. 

 Maggie grew up in Austin and when she finished high school 15 years ago she got a job with HEB on Brodie Lane.  She met her husband, who grew up in Wimberley, then they got married and had children.  After her third child was born, they decided that they wanted a better quality of life and better education for their kids and moved to Wimberley.  She helped to open the Wimberley HEB and has been working there and earning enough money, supplemented by her husband’s income, to cover all bills plus be able to do a couple of fun things with their children every year. 

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Let’s help Maggie with her medical expenses

Maggie D., her husband and 3 children

Thank you to all Maggie’s friends, family and the Wimberley community! She has met her fundraising goal.

$3,186 of $3,000 raised

In Maggie’s own words:

We don’t buy the newest things. When my kids want me to replace their flip phones, I tell them our priorities are clothes on our back, food on the table and a car to get to work.

In Michaella’s own words:

My son loves playing sports. He plays basketball, runs in track, and hopes to play football next year. I don’t want to take him out of WISD

Michaella B. and 1 child + mellow dog, Sadie, a Heeler/Border Collie rescue — Goal Reached!

A WGN board member helped Michaella B. find a home in Wimberley at a price she could afford. We are wishing all the best for this family!

Michaella B. and her 14-year old son need a new place to live in Wimberley. She has a history of working in fine-dining establishments in Florida, where she was raised. When she moved here in 2017, she worked at Linda Allen’s Fine Foods for a year then moved on with great reviews. She now works at the Wimberley Cafe. Before moving to Wimberley, she had been homeschooling her son, and taking care of her mother-in-law who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Now divorced, she has lived with her mother here in Wimberley, who will be moving, forcing Michaella out of her home by June 15th.

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Let's help this family find a home in the WISD! Please call us at 512-648-4400 or let us know on social media!

In Michaella’s own words:

My son loves playing sports. He plays basketball, runs in track, and hopes to play football next year. I don’t want to take him out of WISD

In Joanna’s own words:

I returned to Wimberley because I need to give my children a better life.

Joanna C. and 2 children — Goal Reached!

Joanna lives in central Wimberley with her 10-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. They all live in one room without a kitchen for $800 a month. She called us asking for rent help, but we think it makes more sense to help her move out of the situation she’s living in. Joanna lived here for 15 years with her husband. Her 2 children were born here (CTMC), then five years ago they returned to Guanajuato, Mexico. She tried to make it work with her husband, but her daughter became very sick without running water and developed kidney problems that she still suffers from. Joanna came back to Wimberley in December; she is a U.S. citizen and so are her children. She had a cleaning job at Camp Lucy for several months until she switched to the kitchen at Deer Creek of Wimberley. Her manager at Camp Lucy extolled her as a worker: “She always showed up on time, filled in for other employees and was a very hard worker. I wish she had stayed and there were more like her.”

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Let’s help Joanna with her deposit and first month’s rent

Joanna C. and 2 children

The Wimberley community helped Joanna C. reach her goal!

$2,300 of $2,200 raised

In Joanna’s own words:

I returned to Wimberley because I need to give my children a better life.