Bastrop County Cares, a nonprofit organization, is a county-wide partnership working to develop comprehensive community initiatives by identifying community priorities, collecting and analyzing data, and bringing together collaborative partnerships that will result in community solutions.  We identify large community issues that one organization cannot tackle on its own and build public will, advance policy, and mobilize and leverage funding.

We want to ensure that all individuals in Bastrop County can share in the social fabric of our community, access great educational programs, be economically stable, and to live healthy full lives in our wonderful Bastrop County community.



Bastrop County Cares brings people together to collaborate around large community challenges that no one organization can solve on its own to improve the conditions where our neighbors live, work, pray and play.


Bastrop County Cares achieves its mission through a variety of community partnerships and coalitions that bring together individuals and public, private, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations and institutions committed to creating the best Bastrop County. Our work must embody our core values of equity, inclusion, respect, trust, courage, and kindness.


We connect, empower, collaborate, support, advocate and act together to build the best Bastrop County.

Our Board of Directors

Catherine Pressler


Retired (community volunteer)


April Daniels: Executive Director, Smithville Chamber of Commerce

Jill Strube: Grants Administrator, City of Smithville

Ken Kesselus: Retired (community volunteer)

Leeanne Pacatte: Treasurer Project Administrator, Self-Employed (community volunteer)

Linda Wilson: Secretary, Retired (community volunteer)


(updated 2/21/22)