Local Rotary club and Ladies of Charity team up to help local programs

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis present a donation Nov. 1 to Ladies of Charity-Lake Travis Thrift Shop to help with local humanitarian programs.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis present a donation Nov. 1 to Ladies of Charity-Lake Travis Thrift Shop to help with local humanitarian programs.

In a partnership between two organizations, the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis donated $60,000 to the Ladies of Charity-Lake Travis Thrift Shop on Nov. 1 to support humanitarian projects in the area.

The funds will help the Ladies of Charity’s capital fundraising campaign for a larger thrift shop space, which in turn would allow the Ladies of Charity to further support Rotary Club's longtime scholarship program at Lake Travis High School, the Rotary Club said in a news release.

“Our partnership with Rotary helps make our new building program a reality,” Ladies of Charity president Carol Nex said.

The Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis consists of local business leaders working to address various community and international humanitarian projects and has been giving scholarships to Lake Travis ISD students for many years. The Ladies of Charity shares similar philosophies, providing basic needs and educational opportunities to the community.

“Joining forces in this campaign presents a great opportunity to help Lake Travis residents into the future,” said Michael Jansen, Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis Foundation president.

Ladies of Charity opened their thrift shop 26 years ago to provide financial support to Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. Today the thrift shop is the ministries’ top donor and also supports over 30 charities throughout Austin and beyond.

Working under the motto, “to serve rather than to be served,” Ladies of Charity donated $265,000 in cash grants last year and over $500,000 of in-kind donations.