The Round Rock Area Serving Center’s new 16,000-square-foot space, a groundbreaking ceremony for which was held Sept. 14, will help generate a projected $1 million in revenue for the nonprofit organization once construction is complete.

The gist

The event comes as the service center has been running a capital campaign to expand its footprint in Round Rock and house its clothing and furniture stores in the new space. With a goal to raise $7 million, the campaign committee—made up of past and present board members along with city leaders—has raised more than $5.9 million in the last 12 months.

Executive Director Lori Scott said the expansion could help double the sales the center sees at its thrift stores. It will also allow the center to increase the size of its food pantry next door as well as provide higher rent and utility assistance. The nonprofit also plans to begin offering services for veterans.

Quote of note

“The Serving Center has been operating a food pantry for 36 years and continues to assess and develop programs to meet the needs of the community,” Scott said. “Due to the population growth of the county and the economic challenges facing low-income working families, the Serving Center is expanding its operation to ensure that programs grow with the increased need.”

One more thing

The RRASC hopes to officially start construction on the new building in the coming months. In the meantime, the nonprofit will continue to raise funds for its capital campaign and always has volunteer opportunities for those wanting to help its mission. Its stores are open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.