Connections for Georgetown parents

 

ParentingEver dreamed of having someone help you with your parental concerns? Don’t scratch it off as fancy. Your wish just might come true. Georgetown is rich with resources, help, partners, and programs geared toward parents and families. From Backpack Buddies to Young Life, you can have a friend along the parenting path.

Throughout the year, the Georgetown Project’s Bridges to Growth provides free and low-cost classes for parents. The organization also staffs a Parent Help Hotline for parents of young children, through which parents can get speedy advice on toddler issues. Additionally, Bridges operates a resource center where parents can check out, at no cost, books on parenting and toys for youngsters. Finally, low-cost counseling services are also available. www.georgetownproject.com
Bridges to Growth Parent Help Hotline for questions about parenting young children: 512-864-3008

The WilCo Literacy Council provides ESL and GED classes to Williamson County citizens. Many parents come to the Council because they need help with tasks such as communicating with their child’s teacher and assisting children with daily homework assignments. The ESL classes, in particular, are a great place for parents to get that extra one-on-one help with specific issues related to their child’s schooling. www.literacycouncil-wc.org

The ROSS Program (Resident Opportunities for Self Sufficiency) of the Georgetown Housing Authority works closely with programs such as Bridges to Growth and the Boys and Girls Club to bring quality assistance and resources to Georgetown residents in need. The program also offers free workshops on various subjects of great concern to parents, such as nutrition. www.georgetownha.org/ross

Georgetown Partners in Education is yet another asset available to area families. The organization’s tagline, “Connecting our Community and Schools,” clearly states its mission. Partners in Education has a Classroom Partners program in which trained volunteers  give academic support to students in school, providing a gateway into the classroom. The program occasionally hosts Family Fun nights that help relieve some of the daily pressures that go with parenting. And from time to time, the organization runs parenting workshops. www.facebook.com/Georgetown-Partners-in-Education

Backpack Buddies is a partnership between the Georgetown Ministerial Alliance and community volunteers that provides vitamin-enriched foods on a weekly basis to underprivileged children attending GISD schools. The idea behind the project is that even though qualifying students receive free or low-cost meals during school hours, these children may need extra nutritional assistance over the weekend or during holidays. Backpack Buddies is there to fill in the gap. www.georgetownbuddies.com

Young Life is a national organization that provides support for middle and high school students. They provide volunteer leaders, mentors, camps, clubs, campaigns, and more. Through activities such as songs, games, adventures, competitions, and through developing relationships, the Georgetown chapter provides students with a safe place to learn and grow into healthy young adults. georgetown.younglife.org

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