Round Rock - Pflugerville - Hutto Edition - April 2020

Helping others in need Jason Ouellette, the pastor at Way of Life Church in Pflugerville, recently took to Facebook to leverage what he calls a “serendipitous event” in order to help his community. Several months ago, a staff member ordered cleaning supplies and accidentally purchased two large cases of toilet paper instead of paper towels. The church has approximately 60 attendees on a given Sunday, and that amount of toilet paper would have lasted them“years,” Ouellette laughed. “We’re a really small church,” Ouellette said. “We were wondering what we were going to do with all this toilet paper. And then COVID-19 came along.” Nearly 250 people responded to Ouellette’s Facebook post, in which he offered free rolls of toilet paper to those within the community who are having a hard time locating the recently in-demand household product. “I think it shows they’re trying to find hope and encouragement,” he said. “It’s something we’re all looking for.” Despite being a small congregation, Ouellette said it is important to the church to help the community in any way it can. “We don’t have a lot of resources,” he said. “But I think that’s everybody’s challenge, feeling like you don’t have the resources you need. Our focus is to take what we have and do with it whatever we can.”

“WE’RE NOT ON THE FRONT LINES RIGHT NOW, BUT WE’RE STILL TRYING TO DO OUR PART

“EVERY BIT THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP THESE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED THE MOST BY THE CLOSURES WILL HELP.” CRAIG MORGAN, ROUND ROCK MAYOR

AND HELP OUT.” ELAINE DOUVILLE, ROUND ROCK ISD DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES

funding to cover a range of needs— including operational loan down

Douville said she did not donate the district’s entire supply of masks and

payments, utility payments, payroll, lease payments and more—according to a March 25 news release. In addition, the business must employ 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees and “have incurred significant disruptions to operations or ability to remain open,” the release states. Morgan said financial resources will be provided to recipients as soon as applications are received and reviewed. Nyle Maxwell, chair of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, invited the public to make donations to area businesses in need. “Please examine what you have at home or in your business, and please help us with this fantastic solution to keep some of these businesses open during these next few weeks when it’s so terribly important,” Maxwell said. “Or we will lose some of these businesses long term.”

gloves. Rather, she said she calculated an adequate supply for the remainder of the semester, should classes resume in May. Supporting local businesses A new fund to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, Round Rock Cares, was established March 25. The city of Round Rock, the Round Rock Chamber, the Greater Round Rock Area Community Foundation and Dell Technologies launched the fundwith a combined total of $100,000 in donations. “I know this seems like thismay not be a lot,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “But every bit that we can do to help these small businesses that have been impacted the most by the closures will help.” Business owners with a principal location or business address in Round Rock can apply online for

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