Monday, May 23, 2022

Help Rebuild a Life This October

This month, Southlake Cares is turning its attention to a really important issue – domestic violence. For the rest of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Southlake Cares asks you to support SafeHaven and their efforts to help those who need it most.

SafeHaven is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence families.  This organization provides 24-hour care at two emergency shelters and transitional housing to families seeking their first taste of independence.  The highest priority is to meet the needs of the women and children residing in SafeHaven shelters, including clothes, toiletries, and baby care items.  Please consider donating any of these items, as well as those listed on the Immediate Needs List.

For in-person donations, please label as “Immediate Needs” and drop off items Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at either of their Resource Centers: 1010 N. Center St., Arlington, or 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 101, Fort Worth. SafeHaven also has an Amazon Wish List if you prefer donate online.

SafeHaven is Tarrant County’s only domestic violence service provider, offering safety now and support for the future.  Your support saves lives.

For more information, call 817-535-6462.

The Southlake Cares Challenge

We need you, Southlake!  A challenge is at hand, and we need your help to conquer need in our community. The Southlake Cares Six-Month Challenge will raise awareness of these particular organizations’ needs and ask for specific aid to meet them.

Economic Stress Creates High Demand for Assistance

It’s a difficult time in our nation and our communities. Families desperately need the essentials of food, medicine, shelter, and more in our area, and local service organizations have a growing need of support from the community for money, in-kind donations, and volunteers. In some instances, the demands have tripled, while revenue sources have declined.  The City of Southlake has a history of partnership with these six service organizations and relies on them to help provide services to the community in meaningful ways.

How to Help

Visit the Southlake Cares website and learn more about these organizations. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says Learn More. On that page, there are links to take you to our partners websites.  From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

Over the next six months, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City.  We will also track the challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Won’t you join us?

Carita Weaver of i5 web works Receives Legacy of Women Award

Carita Weaver, co-founder and partner of i5 web works, an Internet marketing agency in Dallas Fort Worth, has been named a 2013 Legacy of Women honoree by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.  The 21st Annual Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon, which benefits SafeHaven’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs, will take place October 3 at Tarrant County Convention Center.

Weaver, who is being honored in the business category for Northeast Tarrant County, is among 15 honorees this year in the categories of arts, business, education, health and human services, and volunteerism representing Arlington, Fort Worth and Northeast Tarrant County. All nominees are judged on the following criteria:  commitment, achievements, initiative, impact and additional contributions. A panel of SafeHaven’s professional staff and previous honorees make the selections.

According to Renova Williams, community volunteer who nominated Weaver, she joins a distinguished group of women who excel in their areas of expertise while giving back to the community.

“Carita’s business success at i5 web works, strength of character and support of her community made her an outstanding choice for this coveted award,”  said Williams.

Weaver was nominated for her contributions to numerous charitable organizations, which includes designing new websites, providing marketing expertise, and serving as a volunteer and board member. A letter of support submitted by leaders of The Arts League, Colleyville Woman’s Club and Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) is a testament to her philanthropic dedication: The cutting-edge website designs and technical support by Carita and her company, i5 web works, have been absolutely incredible. This outstanding young business woman has the background, knowledge, experience, energy, and strength of character needed to succeed in today’s fast-moving technical business environment. Her success in business and support of her community are an inspiration to all of us.”

“Regardless of how busy my schedule is, I believe there is always time to volunteer and help others. I don’t consider it to be work when I’m designing a website or helping to promote a fundraising event for a non-profit organization. I am extremely honored to receive the Legacy of Women Award and join this prestigious group of women,” Weaver stated.

Weaver, and her business partner and co-founder, Michael Burns, are the well-recognized faces of i5 web works, which was founded in 2005 and provides Internet marketing services in Dallas Fort Worth including custom website design, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising and social media mananagement. With a “divide and conquer” strategy, the duo is active in numerous business and community organizations, oftentimes providing pro bono expertise and work. The company has received several awards from local chambers of commerce, and Weaver is the recipient of  the  Chairman’s Award from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and the Keller Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

For more information about i5 web works’ award-winning Internet marketing services in Dallas Fort Worth, go to or call 817-481-1447.