Employee Volunteer Program

The GBRA Employee Volunteer Program was created in September 2000 to improve the quality of life in our communities through the commitment of our employees and the use of their time, energy, talents, and skills.

Our Day To Shine

Each Spring, volunteers and their families from each division of GBRA gather at a designated location to perform some type of service for needy individuals or organizations. This event is the highlight of our year and is called "Our Day to Shine."

2016 - Canyon Lake Area

The 2016 Our Day To Shine project took place on Sat., May 14, at two deserving organizations in the Canyon Lake area. The project ideas were submitted by employees and decided by committee vote.

Canyon Lake Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC)

Canyon Lake Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) is a volunteer-run center that provides a safe place for exercise, gardening, community events, a food pantry, and a thrift store for the residents around Canyon Lake.

Work undertaken included:

  • Gardening and irrigation assistance in the community garden
  • Building a storage shed for secure tool storage
  • Restoring the wooden structure and picnic area at the children�s playground
  • Fence removal, tree trimming, and plaque replacement around Founders� Trees

Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS)

Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located in Startzville. The shelter is a shining example of how caring citizens in the community can band together to provide exceptional care for vulnerable dogs and cats.

Work undertaken included:

  • Donating and installing 5 large dog kennels
  • Supplying outdoor kennel misters to keep the dogs cool in the summer
  • Replacing the old cracked bathtub with a new one
  • Replacing two broken washers and dryers

2015 - McMahan Women's Club Community Center

The Women's Club is a gathering place for the McMahan community which is in the center of the Luling, Lockhart, Bastrop triangle in Caldwell Co. The original structure was constructed in 1928 and has served the community for 87 years.

The community center serves as a meeting place for the McMahan Community Women's Club, Sandhills Sewing Club and numerous classes. It also serves as a polling place for Caldwell County and is a popular spot for reunions, weddings and other events.

Work undertaken included:

  • Paint the walls and refinish the hardwood floors
  • Completely remodel the kitchen, replacing cabinets, appliances, and repainting the walls
  • Completely replace the cover over their BBQ area
  • Landscape the front of the building

2014 - Green DeWitt School House Community Center

The Community Center is a gathering place for the Green DeWitt community which is about eight miles southeast of Cuero.

The community center has served as a voting place, meeting place for the 4-H clubs, and hosted annual 4th of July Celebrations and BBQ's. It also serves as a meeting place for community activities such as family reunions, birthdays, weddings, and graduations. It is also utilized during fund raising and charitable events.

The original school was constructed in 1901. It burned in 1929 and a new building was constructed in the fall of that same year. The school house is the only public structure ever built in the community and although it is no longer a school, it is the center of community activity.

Work undertaken included:

  • Replacing the main electrical panel and reroute all existing panels to the new one
  • Removing the old paneling, prime and paint the inside walls
  • Replacing window units with a central heating and air conditioning system
  • Removing old cabinets and replace with new ones, purchase a new stove and microwave, and install new flooring in the kitchen
  • Replacing the ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Replacing the existing outside lighting with more efficient fixtures and add additional lighting for security

2011 - Gonzales Christian Assistance Ministry (GCAM)

GCAM is a 501(c)3 organization that provides food, clothing and financial assistance to the underprivileged residents of Gonzales County. It receives funding from grants, donations and proceeds from their thrift store.

The recession has had a major impact on low income families. For the first time, some families that were self-sustaining in the past were having to ask for assistance. GBRA's help allows GCAM to better utilize its space and serve clients more efficiently.

Work undertaken included:

  • Installing partitions in the office to offer privacy for clients.
  • Painting walls and woodwork.
  • Repurposing an existing small building into a Thrift Store.
  • Painting and repairs to the restroom.
  • Repairing the damaged portico.
  • Repairing some electrical problems.

Our Day to Shine Our Day to Shine

2010 - The Lodge Children's Shelter, Guadalupe County

The Lodge is a shelter for children who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) because of violence or neglect. Their primary goals are to protect and serve the needs of the children, work with the children to teach bonding and trust skills, and offer emotional stability as a major part of each child's treatment plan.

The Lodge will offer children in Guadalupe and surrounding areas an opportunity to keep their normal routines by allowing them to remain in familiar surroundings, continuing at their current schools and churches, and maintaining their current friendships.

Work undertaken included:

  • Converting one large room into two conference/counseling rooms.
  • Repurposing an existing room into a laundry room.
  • Repurposing an existing room into an intake area.
  • Painting the administrative offices.
  • Painting exterior trim.
  • Painting the back porch.

Our Day to Shine Our Day to Shine

2009 - Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, Texas

The Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, Texas has been providing services to Victoria youth since 1968. The club serves over 550 members.

Programs offered at the Boys & Girls Club promote character and leadership development in a safe and nurturing environment. In general, the Club offers youth safe refuge while their parents are still at work.

Work undertaken included:

  • Painting cinder block walls in gym.
  • Repurposing an existing storage area into a weight room.
  • Replacing some damaged drywall.
  • Repairing plumbing, installing new fixtures, and painting in locker rooms.

Our Day to Shine Our Day to Shine

Scholarship Program

GBRA's scholarship program was initiated through the Employee Volunteer Program. Scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors each spring.

Scholarship Recipients

Christmas Activities

Since the inception of the GBRA Employee Volunteer Program, employees and their families have made Christmas brighter for disadvantaged children by donating and wrapping gifts for the Blue Santa and Toys for Tots Programs. Employees support Blue Santa wrap nights in the Seguin, Victoria, and Port Lavaca areas.

Christmas Christmas

Port Lavaca employees gather coats, gloves, and scarfs for children. Employees in the Seguin area volunteer with Christmas in Seguin to provide a Christmas meal for the low income, elderly, and those who have no place to go for the holidays.

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