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#RecognizeGood Holiday Drives & Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in Austin’s nonprofit community in the coming days – make sure to check out even MORE events on our Calendar page at RecognizeGood.org!

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Holiday Drives & Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Austin Children’s Shelter: Project Santa

The holidays are a difficult time for the children and youth served by ACS.  Most of the youth at ACS will not be able to return home to their families for the Holiday season.  Our staff and volunteers work hard to make this a warm and memorable time for them and we do this with the generous support of individuals and companies that assist with donations.

If you would like to help provide gifts or other needed items, click HERE for printable lists, contact information and drop off dates.

For more information, call 512-499-0090 or email lindsay@austinchildrenshelter.org

 

 

Austin Children's Academy

Austin Children’s Academy: Holiday Toy & Book Drive

When: Now-December 24, 2013

Weekdays, 7:30 am-6:00 pm

Where: 12310 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, Texas 78750

We are having Toy and Book drive from December 1st thru December 24th. A new or gently used toy or book can be dropped off  12310 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, Texas 78750 from 7:30 am-6:00 pm on weekdays.

For more information email info@austinschildrenacademy.org

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CASA of Travis County: Holiday Toy Drive

When: Now-December 23, 2013

Where: 7701 N Lamar Blvd, Ste 301, Austin, TX 78752

Almost 1,000 children in foster care need your help to bring joy and laughter to their holiday season this year. That’s a lot of stockings to fill, so we’re kicking off the holidays early by asking you to join us for CASA of Travis County’s annual Holiday Toy Drive. For children spending the holidays in foster care away from their family, receiving the special gift they have wished for will mean the world to them.

Here’s how  you and your friends, family, church or company can help this holiday season. Target and Wal-Mart $30 gift cards are the most popular with and requested by our children every year. Just mail or deliver them to our offices at 7701 N Lamar Blvd, Ste 301, Austin, TX 78752 (along with your contact information so we can thank you). Please write amounts on all gift cards.

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Make a cash donation to support the Toy Drive HERE.

For any questions, please contact Rachel Dendy at (512) 539-2678.

 

12/14: Operation Blue Santa

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON DELIVERY DAY
    This Saturday, DECEMBER 14th

There is no sign up, you just show up at one of our Sites at 8:00 AM

OBS Warehouse    – 4101 S Industrial Drive
North Substation,   – 12425 Lamplight Village
South Substation   – 404 Ralph Ablanedo
Central Substation  – 812 Springdale Rd

NOTE:   MORE DELIVERIES NEEDED at the Operation Blue Santa WAREHOUSE, at 4101 S Industrial Dr.

Once you are there, your vehicle will be loaded up with as many deliveries as you want and you can return to do more .

Once you have finished doing as many deliveries as you want, you are invited for
BBQ and live music that will be provided to ALL volunteers after the last delivery leaves the warehouse at 4101 S. Industrial Drive.

 

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The Salvation Army: 2013 Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program aims to provide gifts for disadvantaged children in the Austin area. Volunteers “adopt” angels and purchase gifts to place under “Angel Trees” at workplaces and malls across the city. Click below to adopt an angel online or donate to the Angel Tree Program. Read on to learn how to adopt an Angel at Lakeline or Barton Creek Mall.

To adopt an angel, click HERE.

 

Brown Santa 2013

BROWN SANTA is a community service program of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and the many sponsors and volunteers who make it happen each year. Help us celebrate the joy of Christmas by donating or volunteering, browse our website for more information.  You can also call 24-SANTA  (247-2682), or email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@brownsanta.org.

Look for the Brown Barrels at the following locations:
All HEB’s in Travis County (Nov 22-Dec 18) 
 
CAPITAL CLEANERS (Nov 20- Dec 13)
1408 S 1st Street
1202 FM 685
512 W Stassney
2100 W Wm Cannon
RICKS CLEANERS (Nov 20-Dec 13)
7435 Burnet Rd
5324 Cameron Rd
11126 Jollyville Rd
4005 W Parmer
12218 FM 620 N
8400 Brodie Ln
13994 N US Hwy 183
600 W Wm Cannon
ALL TRAVIS COUNTY OFFICES/BUILDINGS (Nov 20-Dec 13)
SUNSET VALLEY POLICE DEPT. (Nov 21-Dec 18)
2 Lone Oak
ROLLINGWOOD POLICE DEPT. (Nov 21-Dec 18)
403 Nixon Drive
WESTLAKE FIRE DEPT. (Nov 20-Dec 18)
1295 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
JONESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT  (Nov 20-Dec 18)
18304 North Park Drive
TRAVIS COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE #1,#2 & #4 (Nov 22-Dec 14)
4010 FM 1327
9019 Elroy Rd
14312 Hunters Bend Road
HALF PRICE BOOK STORES (Nov 23-Dec 18)
9900 S IH 35
2929 S. Lamar Blvd.
13492 US Hwy 183 @ Anderson Mill
5555 N. Lamar Blvd
2500 W Parmer @ Mopac
LAND ART GARDEN CENTER (Nov 18-Dec 16,Mon-Sat 9a-5p Sun 10a-5p)
22101 State Hwy 71 W
STEINER RANCH HOA (Nov 22-Dec 14, Mon-Fri 8a-5p)
12550 Country Trails Lane
KEEN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC (Nov 22-Dec 10)
10700 Anderson Mill Road  Ste.220

 

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H-E-B Food & Toy Drive

When: December 1 to December 23

This holiday season, you can share your holiday spirit by helping H-E-B collect food and toys during the 3rd annual H-E-B Spirit as Big as Texas Food and Toy Drive. Look for the bins in your H-E-B! All donations go to local food banks, where food is distributed right away and toys are given to nonprofit agencies that have identified families with children in most need.

Far too many children across the state are without families, which can be especially difficult during the holidays. Many of the toys will go to Texas children’s shelters. Know that your donations will make a difference for these boys and girls on Christmas morning.

Participating stores near you:

Central Market Austin 22 (4477 S. Lamar Blvd)
Austin 26 H-E-B (2800 E. Whitestone Blvd.) See map
Austin 28 H-E-B (5800 W. Slaughter Lane) See map
Bastrop H-E-B (104 N. Hasler Blvd.) See map
Georgetown 1 H-E-B (1101 S. IH 35) See map
Georgetown 2 H-E-B (4500 Williams Dr.) See map
Kyle H-E-B plus! (5401 S. F.M. 1626) See map
Marble Falls H-E-B (1503 Hwy. 1431 W.) See map
Round Rock 1 H-E-B (3750 Gattis School Rd.) See map
Round Rock 2 H-E-B (16900 N. F.M. 620) See map
Round Rock 4 H-E-B plus! (1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd.) See map

 

12/14: Coats for Kids Distribution Day

When: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Coats for Kids is an annual community project that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Each year, The Junior League of Austin, Jack Brown Cleaners, KASE 101, and KVUE partner to bring the community together to ensure that the children of Central Texas stay warm.

Last year with the help of our sponsors and 2,700 community volunteers the Coats for Kids program distributed approximately 32,000 new and gently used coats to young people.  As we prepare for distribution day, Coats for Kids looks forward to the continued help and support of the Central Texas region.

Want to volunteer? Click HERE.

For more information, please contact The Junior League of Austin Coats for Kids office at (512) 467-8982, ext. 292 or via email at cfkvolunteers@jlaustin.org.

 

 

Share the Love - Stuff the Trunk Event

12/09-12/13: Stuff a Subaru

When: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Where: 3227 E 5th Street Austin, TX 78702

Please help make the holiday season a little brighter for someone in need. Come by and stuff a Subaru trunk with holiday gifts for our clients at the Meals on Wheels and More Central Kitchen site at 3227 E 5th Street Austin, TX 78702 

Items needed:

  • New blankets
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, body soap, & hand soap
  • Ensure nutritional drink: generic brands are ok
  • Household items: laundry soap, cleaners, etc.
  • Gift cards to HEB, Wal-Mart or Target (increments of $20)
  • Socks, gloves

For more information call (512) 476-6325 or email@mealsonwheelsandmore.org

 

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Giving Tuesday: How Your Company Can Get Involved

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A great article went up recently from the Hubspot blog, outlining the way Giving Tuesday is changing corporate social responsibility as we know it.  They list a few suggestions on how your company might get involved – check out the six action items below, and ask yourself whether or not your company might want to start joining in on Giving Tuesday.

1) Use content and social media to raise awareness.

2) Donate proceeds of products and services sold.

3) Encourage customers to participate.

4) Volunteer and donate goods.

5) Provide technology for nonprofit to use on Giving Tuesday.

6) Provide matching incentive for a nonprofit.

What could YOUR company be doing?  Check out the full article:  http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/giving-tuesday-redefining-corporate-social-responsibility-list

2013 Nonprofit Partners

Click on each logo below to read more about each of our 2013 nonprofit partners.  Each organization was chosen by a 2013 Legend award winner to receive a donation of $1,000.00, and will be eligible for a donation of up to $10,000.00 if their Legend receives the most “thank you” votes during our Say Thanks Austin campaign.

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Brookwood in Georgetown

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Sacred Heart Community Clinic

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Youth2Seniors

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THE LOCKER

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Austin Partners in Education

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PET Austin

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The Miracle League at Town & Country

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Round Rock Community Foundation

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#RecognizeGood News 11/8

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in Austin’s nonprofit community in the coming days – make sure to check out even MORE events on our Calendar page at RecognizeGood.org!

Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

from Giving City

El Buen Samaritano 
With the goal of providing Thanksgiving-meal groceries to more than 1,000 families from two locations, El Buen needs lots of volunteers. This year’s Hands for Hope will provide groceries for families to cook their own Thanksgiving meals at home. Families register, then pick up the groceries at either El Buen in South Austin or at the North Austin Events Center on Lamar at Braker. Opportunities vary: Bilingual volunteers can help register families on the two Saturdays before Thanksgiving, Nov. 9 and 16. Every family qualifies, but El Buen wants to make sure the families are getting all the help they can. You can also volunteer to hand out the groceries on distribution day, Saturday, Nov. 23.

Austin Empty Bowl Project
Are you a potter or a pottery student? Here’s a great opportunity for you to donate some of your work for a great cause. This one-day event raises money for Capital Area Food Bank and Meals on Wheels and More by selling bowls filled with hot, gourmet soup. Even if you’re not a potter, you can volunteer to set up, serve and more. This event gets bigger every year so it’s a call for all hands on deck! 

Meals on Wheels and More 
Each year, Meals on Wheels has hundreds of home-bound Austin clients signed up to signed up to receive holiday meals. Not only are you delivering their Thanksgiving meal , but you are also giving them the comfort and company everyone should have on Thanksgiving. Great for families and friends, sign up to deliver as many meals that day as you can handle.

Operation Turkey
Thousands of meals, thousands of volunteers, thousands of homeless Austinites receiving warm food, love and compassion. That’s Operation Turkey in a pie shell. Operation Turkey volunteers can choose to prep, cook, package or deliver. Great for families and kids. Again, this one goes fast!

Turkey Trot benefiting Caritas of Austin
Sure, you can register to run this five-mile course, but did you know you can also help make it happen? Thundercloud Subs (love) has been putting on the Turkey Trot for more than 20 years, with all proceeds benefiting Caritas of Austin, a beloved nonprofit that offers food service, refugee and social service programs. Volunteers can support the participants or pitch in with a variety of activities from setup, water stops, parking, directions and cleanup.

Feast of Sharing
The Austin H-E-B Feast of Sharing Holiday Dinner is one of 27 dinners that H-E-B hosts throughout the state of Texas and will serve more than 250,000 people this year. I’m sorry to say that as of press time, this one is all filled up. Most of the volunteer opportunities are booked months in advance for teams of employees from large and small businesses. But keep an eye out for this one. Feast of Sharing is one of the best ways to kick-off the holiday season.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes 
Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ “A Feast of Giving” provides those in need with a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, this is another event that fills up long before you think to volunteer.

11/8: The Library Foundation: Illumine Awards 2013

When: 7:00PM-10:00PM

Where: Austin Hilton Downtown, 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

The Library Foundation’s annual benefit, Illumine, honors members of the Austin community for outstanding literary achievement.

This year’s honorees are:

For Fiction: Stephen Harrigan, presented by Elizabeth Crook
For Nonfiction: Dr. Steven Weinberg, presented by Gregory Curtis
For Young Adult Literature: Cynthia Leitich Smith, presented by Mark Mitchell
Luminary Award: Carmel Borders, presented by Jeanne Klein

Also presenting: The Forrest Preece Young Authors’ Award, honoring writers in Badgerdog’s Creative Writing Summer Camp.

Purchase tickets HERE.

A Night of Giving Dangerously

11/9: A Night of Giving Dangerously

When: 6:30PM-11:00PM

Where: Austin Hilton Downtown, 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

This year’s Gala inspiration comes from one of the most glamorous Bond locations – the Monte Carlo Casino in the country of Monaco. A sumptuously elegant ambiance will transport guests to another world where you can try your luck in the casino or raffle and enjoy captivating dance and aerial performances. Fine dining, a live auction featuring one-of-kind items and opportunities and dancing to Wall Street round out the evening.

We hope you’ll join us for a night of intrigue, glamor and perhaps … a little danger, as the Austin Children’s Shelter brings you A Night of Giving Dangerously. The Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year and thanks to generous sponsors, 79 cents of every dollar raised goes to providing programs and services for the children and youth at ACS.

Contact Lauren Thomas for more information as lauren@austinchildenshelter.org.

We Are Girls Conference

11/9: GEN Austin: “We Are Girls”

When: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Where: Austin High School, 1715 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, 78702

GENaustin’s We Are Girls Conference is a statewide annual event that helps girls explore the issues of bullying, body image and being a girl. Skill-building workshops and dynamic presentations are offered on topics including creating healthy relationships, building financial and media literacy, enhancing parent-daughter communication, and increasing positive body image, health, and wellness. Designed especially for girls in grades 5-12 and the adults who care about them, the We Are Girls Conference connects individuals with questions to experts who have the answers.

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11/9: Light the Night Walk

When: 4:00PM-7:00PM

Where: Lake Park at Mueller, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. Not someday, today.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams, and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening Walks in nearly two hundred communities each fall across North America. The funds raised by Light The Night participants will help save lives.

Light The Night participants raise an average of $220 to support the fight against cancer. Be a Champion For Cures by raising $100 or more OR raise $1,000 or more to become a member of our Bright Lights Club. Form a walk team or walk individually and become a Champion for Cures by raising $100 or more. Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive: Night-of-Walk benefits including a Light the Night t-shirt, an illuminated balloon, and a wristband entitling the walker to food and refreshments.

Fundraising in honor of those lives touched by cancer, be part of finding a cure.

11/9: Blast Off

When: 7:00AM-3:00PM

Where: Thirsty Planet Brewery, 11160 Circle Drive, Austin, Texas 78736

This ride is for intermediate and advanced riders.  We expect the average pace to be 15 MPH ++ with rest stops. 2 rest stops (approx. every 20 miles) Convenience Stores are located throughout the route if you need additional nutrition or water. This ride is limited to 250 riders.

American YouthWorks’ Bike Corps makes transportation and fitness through cycling more accessible to at-risk youth. Through the program, students ride and care for trails, learn bike maintenance and repair, and acquire a lifelong appreciation of cycling.

Bicycle Sport Shop is a long-time supporter of Austin’s American YouthWorks, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk youth through education, service and green jobs training. More information is available at www.AmericanYouthworks.org

11/9: Rags to Wags

When: 6:30PM-10:30PM

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

We invite you to join us for the 8th Annual Rags to Wags Gala benefiting the Austin Humane Society!  Rags to Wags is the Austin Humane Society’s largest fundraising event of the year. The generosity of our sponsors directly impacts the programs and services AHS has created to save the lives of thousands of homeless animals each year.  This means that because of your support, when an animal enters our adoption program we make a commitment to provide them quality care for both their medical health as well as their behavioral needs.  Each and every animal receives spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, warm beds, and toys, exercise, and love.

During this year’s Rags to Wags Gala, we will be celebrating all the animals that have been able to live happily ever after thanks to your generosity and we hope you can join us for the fun!  The event will be held at the beautiful Four Seasons Austin and will feature unique live and silent auction items, a delicious dinner reception, and of course, adorable, adoptable cats and dogs!

11/10: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

When: 7:30AM-2:00PM

Where: Downtown Austin

Have your best Sunday ever with Komen Austin! On Sunday, November 10th, we will flood the downtown Austin streets for the 15th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure to celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those we’ve lost and serve those in need. In fact, 75 percent of the funds raised at this event stay in our community to offer free breast health education, screening, treatment and emotional support. The remaining 25 percent is entirely dedicated to research.

Visit www.komenaustin.org or call 512-473-0900 to donate, participate and advocate for the one in eight women who will fight breast cancer in her lifetime. This is your day to make a difference!

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11/10: 5th Annual American Girl Fashion Show

When:First show at 11:00AM, Second show at 3:30PM

Where: Double Tree Hotel, 6505 N IH-35, Austin, TX

The Austin Metropolitan Circle of Friends is proud to host the 5th Annual American Girl Fashion Show.  The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls.  We are expecting over 800 attendees between the 2 shows.  Your sponsorship will benefit the Texas Child Study Center Endowment, a joint collaboration between the University Of Texas College Of Education and Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The first show begins at 11:00 am and the second show starts at 3:30pm.

For more information, please contact Barbie Sproull at  basproull@seton.org or 512-324-0192.

11/12: GREENLIGHTS: Party for Good Celebrating Nonprofit Excellence

When: 6:00PM-10:00PM

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX

Each year, Greenlights recognizes the outstanding achievements of Central Texas nonprofits through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Exhibiting tremendous impact in the community, past recipients have included the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), ARC of the Capital Area, People’s Community Clinic and College Forward, among others.

These awards will now be celebrated at Party for Good, an evening event that highlights local nonprofits while raising funds to support our work with organizations that are poised for excellence but may not be able to afford Greenlights’ services. Your support helps ensure our services remain affordable so that nonprofits have access to top-notch strategy and resources to move their missions forward.

For sponsorship and table information, please contact Amy Silvey at amys@greenlights.org or 512-477-5955 ext. 248

11/12: 8th Annual State of Education

When: 11:00AM-1:00PM

Where: Westin Austin at the Domain, 11301 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758

Keynote Speaker Gregg Lowe, CEO of Freescale, will present updates on STEM education for the region and talk about why it is important that we as a business community support it.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams and Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes also will be on hand to emphasize the important role of business and industry in the future of STEM education in our state.

The event features a review of the Austin Chamber education initiatives, and a discussion of the 2013 Texas Legislative Session outcomes. Also, the high schools with the greatest college application, FAFSA submission rate, and college/career readiness rates will all be unveiled.

Agenda:
Registration: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:
Early Bird Ticket: $40 (through October 21)
Regular Attendee Ticket: $55 (October 22 -November 4)
Late/Onsite Ticket: $85 (November 5-12)

11/12: HYP Happy Hour

When: 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Where: Mean-eyed Cat, 1621 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703

Do you know what’s really scary? Not having a decent place to live. Almost 40,000 people in Austin face that fear every day.

So we’re bringing HYP back from the dead to do something about it. We’re not just putting on a costume to make ourselves look better, we’re shaking off the cobwebs and reinventing ourselves to be more rewarding for our members, more supportive of Austin Habitat, and better positioned to have real positive impact on our city.

Join us for a super fun gathering so we can show you how HYP is HIP and coming back bigger and better.

MORE UPCOMING EVENTS:

11/9: Austin Zoo & Sanctuary: Diaper Drive11/13: Impact Austin Community Coffee11/14: Strike Against Hunger Charity Bowling Tournament11/15: First Annual Legacy of Light Gala & Fundraiser11/16: St. Jude Give Thanks Walk11/22: Children’s Mental Health Seminar-Seeking Safety11/23: El Buen Samarito: Hands for Hope11/23: Austin Meatball Project11/24: Austin Empty Bowl Project12/3: #GivingTuesday

Don’t forget to keep up with all the RecognizeGood news! Sign up for our email newsletter, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn. You can also keep track of nonprofit events happening in Austin by checking out our Calendar page!

Photos: CTX Ability Sports Golf Tournament

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The first-annual golf fundraising event by our Legend Partner Central TX Ability Sports was a resounding success on Monday afternoon at Balcones Country Club!  This is such a great organization, and we couldn’t be happier to see this inaugural event be so successful.  Check out all the photos from the event here:  http://peapodproductions.smugmug.com/Events/CTX-Golf-Tournament/33222119_cNcs6H#!i=2882892391&k=hpmPqFN

#RecognizeGood News – 11/1

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in Austin’s nonprofit community in the coming days – make sure to check out even MORE events on our Calendar page at RecognizeGood.org!


Colin’s Hope: Underwater Holiday Photos with Santa

Locations and Times

Circle C Swim Center – [Map]
5919 La Crosse Ave, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78739
Saturday, November 2nd
12pm-4pm

Nitro Swimming Cedar Park – [Map]
1310 Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Sunday, November 3rd
10am-2pm

Pure Austin Quarry Lake (adults only) – [Map]
4210 W Braker Ln, Austin, Texas 78759-5354
Thursday, November 7th
6pm-8pm

Emler Swim School – WestLake location – [Map]
3267 Bee Caves Road, Suite 145, Austin, Texas 78746
Sunday, November 10th
10am-2pm

Steiner Ranch – Bella Mar Pool – [Map]
Bella Mar Trail, Austin, TX 78732
Saturday, November 16th
12pm-4pm

Come take the perfect holiday photo UNDERWATER and help prevent children from drowning!

For a $50 minimum donation, you will receive 2-5 downloadable digital images with up to 4 people in one photo.

Photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis. There will be a life guard and a Santa at each session. Please bring any props you would like to incorporate into your photo. Contact info@colinshope.org if you have questions.

A special thank you to Flashpool Productions and our pool partners at Circle C-Swim Center, Emler Swim School-Westlake, Nitro Swimming-Cedar Park, Pure Austin Fitness-Quarry Lake and Steiner Ranch-Bella Mar. Thank you to our Underwater Holiday Photo sponsors: AG Real Estate Services and Flashpool Productions.


11/2: CASA Fall Ball

When: 7:00PM-1:00AM

Where: Top Golf Austin, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758

THERE WILL ONLY BE 200 TICKETS SOLD FOR THIS EVENT!!!!

When Memphis Train isn’t playing, DJ Supafly will be mixing the tunes for us.

And for those that would like to swing a few golf clubs, there will be a couple of bays open for us to use.

A cash bar will be available. Please no outside food or drinks.

For info on Memphis Train…
http://www.memphistrainrevue.com/

For info on Austin’s Top Golf…
http://topgolf.com/austin/

This is an open-invitation event so please feel free to invite your friends.

Have questions about CASA Fall Ball? Contact Jeff Ballard


 

11/3: BCAS Friends Fall Fest

When: 3:00PM-7:00PM

Where: Bastrop Brewhouse, 601 Chestnut St, Bastrop, TX 78602

Friends of Bastrop County Animal Shelter (Friends) will be having a fundraiser at the Bastrop Brewhouse from 3-7pm. The “Fall Fest” is a child and animal friendly event and folks are welcome to bring their pets to the Brewhouse (with proof of Rabies) to join in the fun. There is an admission of a $10 donation or pet food or kitty litter donation. Live music will be provided by the “Shop Dawgs” and the Bastrop County Animal Shelter will have some adoptable dogs there sporting the latest in canine apparel. Local area chefs are making pets treats to sell that night, too. A percentage of the food sales that evening will be donated to Friends by the Bastrop Brewhouse.

Also at the event, we will be promoting the Miss Bastrop County Beauty Pageant calendar contest. People can enter their pets for a space on one of the months for the 2014 calendar. Anyone can enter their pet by sending in a picture along with a donation of $3 for the month they feel best shows their pet. They can enter as many months as we wish along with a $3 donation for each month.

People can vote for their favorite pet by Paypal and making a $3 donation at that time. The night of the Fall Fest, pictures all the entries will on display and people can continue to vote that night with the winner announced at the end of the night. All money from the contest will go to Friends.


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11/4: R.O.C.K. Rider Cup Classic

When: Shotgun @ 12:00PM

Where: Berry Creek Country Club, Georgetown, TX 78628

R.O.C.K., in partnership with unique and very gentle horses, improves the lives of children that suffer from serious physical and emotional disabilities by developing courage, motor skills and independence. The goal of R.O.C.K. Horses for Heroes program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered traumatic injuries in the line of duty. Bonding with the horse and the challenge of the activity helps restore our wounded warriors on many levels.

In celebration of the unique relationship between humans and equines, Berry Creek Country Club will be hosting the second annual Rider Cup Classic, a golf tournament benefiting R.O.C.K., on Monday, November 4, 2013. Please join us in supporting this worthy cause by becoming a sponsor. Several levels of support are outlined in the following documents. Your generosity will directly fund R.O.C.K. client’s therapies and continue to put children and adults on horses.
We hope you hear the angels calling!

For more information or to register, click HERE.


GivingCity IN FOCUS

11/6: GivingCity IN FOCUS

When: 5:30PM-8:00PM

Where: J. Clark Galleries, 1500 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703

We love great photography, especially when it’s for a good cause, and we’ll showcase some of the best at our inaugural GivingCity IN FOCUS Cause Photography Show.

Please join us for a mid-week gathering of Austin’s social minded activists and philanthropists. Have a drink, meet the photographers and support the ongoing work of GivingCity to connect and inspire more people to philanthropy and social activism in our community.

Fun, friends, photos, food and more! Tickets are $10. All proceeds from tickets and part of the proceeds from photography sale will go to GivingCityAustin, nonprofit local media for good.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


11/7: Support Skillpoint Alliance at the Inaugural STEM on Track

When: 4:00PM-7:00PM

Where: Velocity Lounge, Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX

The ATC Foundation is ramping up its preparations and hopes you will be able to join Central Texas Tech leadership for a unique event that features a silent auction, access to Circuit of The Americas, beer, wine, appetizers and more!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the ATC Foundation and local STEM supporters: Skillpoint Alliance, Girlstart and E3 Alliance. Your support means we can continue to engage more students each year in science, technology, engineering and math through the work of our STEM Council.

Don’t miss the ATC Foundation’s signature celebration for STEM education! Here’s how to get involved:

JOIN US! We can’t do this without you, and we want YOU there. If you haven’t already, register for the event here.

SUPPORT US! Support a worthy cause and enjoy unparalleled visibility and exclusive access to Austin’s most talked about venue, Circuit of the Americas. Find out more about sponsorship by emailing Kamille Girton at Kamille@austintechnologycouncil.org.


11/7: New Milestones Foundation: Bridging The Gap

When: 5:30PM-8:30PM

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX

Bridging the gap between children with mental illness and appropriate mental health services is no easy task. New Milestones Foundation wants to be that bridge for both children and their families in Travis County, helping them on the path to healing and wholeness. Our goal is to bridge the financial gap for families in crisis. With reductions in public funding, it is more important than ever to expand our services to those in need in our community.

We ask you to join us in being that bridge to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Healthy individuals and families make for a healthy community.

Purchase tickets call (512) 440-4051.

Buy tickets HERE.


11/7: 2013 Texas Legislative Awards Celebration

When: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Where: Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane, Austin,TX 78704

During the 83rd Legislative Session, our Chapter relied upon two critical ingredients to make progress:

#1     Dedicated, effective Lone Star Chapter staff and volunteers working with legislators, and

#2     Dedicated, effective Legislators who work with us to protect our air, water, and land (see the impressive list below)

This event gives us an opportunity to highlight the Lone Star Chapter’s work during the session, and honor the Texas State Representatives and Senators whose efforts and leadership advanced legislation on our issues.  It also gives our members and supporters an opportunity to make a difference in our state, by helping the Lone Star Chapter continue to work with our lawmakers for a better Texas.

We will have drinks and appetizers to enjoy while mingling with legislators and fellow enviros and applauding the awardees.  Even if you cannot attend, show your support with a “ticket” purchase, or better yet, be a Sponsor!  We have an array of opportunities to support your Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter.


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11/7: Big Reds & Bubbles

When: 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Where: The Driskill, 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas

Big Reds & Bubbles features a dazzling array of some of the world’s finest champagnes, sparkling wines and “big reds.” One of the most popular Foundation events, over a dozen of Austin’s finest chefs participate, pulling out all culinary stops. Set in the historic Driskill hotel ballroom, guests will enjoy an extraordinary evening complete with live music, and an outstanding silent auction. This years silent auction will feature a stay at The Four Seasons Resort & Club at Las Colinas, Tickets to Ballet Austin’s 51st Annual Production of The Nutcracker, restaurant packages and gift cards to Uchi/Uchiko, Bufalina, and much more!

Proceeds from Big Reds & Bubbles benefit The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ mission to support education and excellence in the culinary and viticulture arts and health in our community.

Foundation Members Only VIP Ticket: $125- Includes access to VIP Pre-party from 6:00-7:00pm in the Driskill’s Citadel Room and access to the main event from 6:30-9:30pm.

Foundation Member Tickets: $80
General Admission Tickets: $100

*Must be 21 or older to attend the event. Tickets are non-refundable.


MORE UPCOMING EVENTS:


Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

from Giving City

El Buen Samaritano
With the goal of providing Thanksgiving-meal groceries to more than 1,000 families from two locations, El Buen needs lots of volunteers. This year’s Hands for Hope will provide groceries for families to cook their own Thanksgiving meals at home. Families register, then pick up the groceries at either El Buen in South Austin or at the North Austin Events Center on Lamar at Braker. Opportunities vary: Bilingual volunteers can help register families on the two Saturdays before Thanksgiving, Nov. 9 and 16. Every family qualifies, but El Buen wants to make sure the families are getting all the help they can. You can also volunteer to hand out the groceries on distribution day, Saturday, Nov. 23.

Austin Empty Bowl Project
Are you a potter or a pottery student? Here’s a great opportunity for you to donate some of your work for a great cause. This one-day event raises money for Capital Area Food Bank and Meals on Wheels and More by selling bowls filled with hot, gourmet soup. Even if you’re not a potter, you can volunteer to set up, serve and more. This event gets bigger every year so it’s a call for all hands on deck!

Meals on Wheels and More
Each year, Meals on Wheels has hundreds of home-bound Austin clients signed up to signed up to receive holiday meals. Not only are you delivering their Thanksgiving meal , but you are also giving them the comfort and company everyone should have on Thanksgiving. Great for families and friends, sign up to deliver as many meals that day as you can handle.

Operation Turkey
Thousands of meals, thousands of volunteers, thousands of homeless Austinites receiving warm food, love and compassion. That’s Operation Turkey in a pie shell. Operation Turkey volunteers can choose to prep, cook, package or deliver. Great for families and kids. Again, this one goes fast!

Turkey Trot benefiting Caritas of Austin
Sure, you can register to run this five-mile course, but did you know you can also help make it happen? Thundercloud Subs (love) has been putting on the Turkey Trot for more than 20 years, with all proceeds benefiting Caritas of Austin, a beloved nonprofit that offers food service, refugee and social service programs. Volunteers can support the participants or pitch in with a variety of activities from setup, water stops, parking, directions and cleanup.

Feast of Sharing
The Austin H-E-B Feast of Sharing Holiday Dinner is one of 27 dinners that H-E-B hosts throughout the state of Texas and will serve more than 250,000 people this year. I’m sorry to say that as of press time, this one is all filled up. Most of the volunteer opportunities are booked months in advance for teams of employees from large and small businesses. But keep an eye out for this one. Feast of Sharing is one of the best ways to kick-off the holiday season.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ “A Feast of Giving” provides those in need with a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, this is another event that fills up long before you think to volunteer.


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#tbt March 2012 RecognizeGood Legend – Annie Brandt

Annie Brandt

In 2001, Annie was diagnosed with a grim prognosis of advanced-stage metastatic breast cancer and was told to get her affairs in order. She refused a double mastectomy, traditional high-dose chemo and radiation, and set about researching holistic ways to fight the cancer. Fast-forward two years and Annie is cancer-clear thanks to the Whole Being Healing Platform and a targeted low-dose chemotherapy system, IPTLD. In 2004, Annie started the Best Answer for Cancer Foundation with Rachel Best, a fellow patient.

Two years later, Rachel passed away due to an infection not related to cancer. Despite the disappearance of one of its initiators, the foundation continued to grow and thrive. In 2006, Annie reorganized the company into a 501(c)3 and enlisted physicians who supported targeted low-dose chemo as members of a new physician’s organization. In 2007, she created a patient/survivor center.

Best Answer for cancer is now the only hybrid organization of physicians and patients in existence. Over time, the foundation expanded online to include e-book platforms, a physician’s discussion forum, and a support forum for patients and survivors to connect. In 2009, the organization’s focus was expanded to include all options for integrative cancer care and a whole-being healing platform.

Today, it stands “to more appropriately express our mission to teach people about whole-being healing platforms and targeted cancer therapies” so that they can find their own best answer for cancer. Annie and her foundation are also responsible for the Annual International IPTLD (Insulin Potentiation Targeted LowDose) Integrative Cancer Conference to raise awareness about targeted therapies and whole-being healing. Since 2004, Annie has given her money, time and energy to the goals listed above. She spends countless hours every week on the phone with cancer patients, listening and sharing information. All her services are pro-bono.

http://www.bestanswerforcancer.org/

https://www.facebook.com/bestanswerforcancerfoundation

 

#ATXgood News 9/20/13

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in Austin’s nonprofit community in the coming days – make sure to check out even MORE events on the Calendar page at RecognizeGood.org!

 


 

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9/20:  Little Helping Hands Big Night Out

Please join us for our 2nd annual Big Night Out fundraiser event – a fun-filled night out on the town to raise support and community awareness for Little Helping Hands.

Event festivities include live music featuring KP and the Boom Boom, fabulous food from Bar Mireabeau, a silent auction and other fun ways to get some great deals while helping us continue to grow our work serving Austin’s youngest community members.

Note: All ticket sales are final – no refunds. One drink voucher included per ticket, then cash bar. Minors not allowed admittance. A portion of your ticket may be tax-deductible. If you require a receipt, please contact  marissa@littlehelpinghands.org.

 

 


 

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9/20:  The Amala Foundation Concert For Peace

At a time when the world seems increasingly violent and polarized along the lines of faith, nationality and political belief, there is a need for people to connect with each other and the world around them on a deeper level. Our intention is for this concert to act as a bridge between individuals and communities in Austin so that we can open doors of understanding, respect and friendship between Austinites of all faiths, cultures, nationalities and walks of life.

Peace is born from understanding, and understanding from human connection. As music is one of life’s greatest connectors, our hope is to channel global music to unite people who would not ordinarily connect, while also raising awareness about global issues that impact Austin. The Amala Foundation and Wobeon both have a strong track record for making things happen and effecting change — Amala through multiple humanitarian projects and Wobeon though its digital promotion of World Music and the creation of Wobeonfest, Austin’s first major World Music Festival.

When:  Friday, September 20th, 2013 from 6pm-Midnight
Where:  Vuka Austin – 411 Monroe Street W, Austin 78704
What:  Concert for Peace – celebrating the International Day of Peace through world music

In celebration of International Peace Day, two Austin-based organizations are teaming up to put on a Concert for Peace. Amala Foundation is a humanitarian organization assisting local and international youth. Wobeon World Beat Online is a music company focused on promoting global music in Austin & globally, which also created Austin’s first major World Music festival – Wobeon Fest.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.austinpeaceconcert.com.

Local and international musicians will perform with the goal of uniting the diverse cultures and people of Austin, while ideally also provoking thought and consideration of globally significant issues.

 


9/20:  Hill Country Nights – A Violet Crown Affair

WHERE:  Brazos Hall

WHEN:  6:30P – 11:00P

We are thrilled to announce that Hill Country Nights, “A Violet Crown Affair” is SOLD OUT!

Guests will enjoy a Hill Country evening celebrating conservation in the midst of downtown Austin! We will also unveil exciting announcements about the first regional trail system in Central Texas – the Violet Crown Trail. We are incredibly grateful for our Presenting Sponsor, Stratus Properties, and our other major sponsors including Manchester Texas Financial Group, Austin Pediatric Surgery, Buena Vista Foundation, Four T Realty, H-E-B, Trammell Crow and Dell Children’s Medical Center! It will no doubt be an evening to remember!

We hope to see you there, and if you can’t join us this year, stay tuned for photos and an event recap on our Facebook page!


9/21:  CASA Superhero Run

WHERE:  Mueller Lake Park & Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

WHEN:  7:00A


9/21:  World Vision Step Up For Africa 5K / 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

The 2013 Step Up for Africa 5K/1 Mile Family Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at Brushy Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park at the Cypress and Cedar Pavilions. This fundraiser is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, and benefits World Vision, an organization that supports health and education efforts in Matete, Kenya. Registration is $25 for an individual and $40 for a family. Participants can register online until September 18 at www.bethany-umc.org/events/step-up-for-africa, or in person at the race at 8 a.m.

Bethany UMC’s support of Matete, Kenya began after Elizabeth Stevens, a former Vista Ridge high school student, began fundraising to pay for a water well in Matete. This community of about 65,000 in western Kenya struggles with severe poverty, a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, life-threatening health risks associated with a lack of safe water, and a dangerous scarcity of food.

Cindi Deviney, also a member at Bethany UMC, wanted to further raise awareness of the needs in Matete, and started the Step Up for Africa Family Fun Walk in 2012, raising $3,000 for water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

“We saw a need to go the extra mile and help regular folk understand how they can make a difference in lives halfway around the world,” said Deviney. “Because of increased financial support, clean water is now available to 55% of the population, and deaths from water-borne disease has decreased by 57%. Children spend less time walking to get water for their families and can now attend school,” added Deviney.

Bethany UMC also supports the children and families of Matete through more than 450 personal sponsorships and congregational giving. More information about the progress in Matete can be found at www.bethany-umc.org/connect-serve/serve/matete-kenya/church-partner-reports.


9/21:  Energy For Life Walkathon Central Texas

WHEN:  9:00A – 11:30A

WHERE:  Old Settlers Park, Round Rock TX

Benefiting: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Price: none
Attire: workout attire
Chairperson(s): Jennifer Coyle
Contact Name: Jennifer Coyle
Contact Phone or Email: jenniferqcoyle@gmail.com

Please join the Central Texas Walk Committee of the UMDF for the 2nd Annual Energy For Life: Central Texas Walkathon as we unite in support of those individuals and families affected by…


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9/21:  Austin Partners In Education – Volunteer Coffee

WHEN:  9:00A – 10:00A

WHERE:  Patio, Central Market North

Our next volunteer coffee is coming right up!

Save the date for this Saturday, Sept. 21. We’ll be on the patio at Central Market North from 9 to 10 a.m.

The theme this month is recruitment! Bring a family member, friend, or colleague who may be interested in volunteering with us. They can hear about the experience from current volunteers and speak directly with APIE staff about questions, concerns, and interests.

We’ll see you and your friends Saturday morning!

www.austinpartners.org

 


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9/21:  Ecology Action Back to the Land Workday

WHEN:  10:00A – 1:00A

WHERE:  Circle Acres

Ecology Action Back to the Land Workdays 9/21   Ecology Action is thrilled to announce a new volunteer opportunity this year! Monthly Back to the Land Workdays will take place at Circle Acres, a 10-acre, shut down landfill in the East Austin neighborhood of Montopolis that Ecology Action is turning into a nature preserve and Green Infrastructure Demonstration site.  Ecology Action has made great strides in the last year developing this new project, but now it really needs your help bringing it all together.   Back to the Land Workdays involve removing litter after major storm events, maintaining walking trails, and making green infrastructure improvements to storm-water access points like culverts and tributary breaches. Work gloves, water, and any necessary tools will be provided, but please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.   Date:  3rd Saturday of the month Time:  10am-1pm Location:  Circle Acres, 420 Kemp Street, 78741 Look for the white mailbox with an Ecology Action logo on it. You can either park on the street and walk down the dirt road or drive down the road (carefully) and park on the right shoulder near the property’s main gate.


 

ALSO UPCOMING:

 

9/21:  Project Pink Fashion Show, benefiting Susan G. Komen Austin

9/21:  THE DKR Fund Fall Speaker Series

9/21:  Women’s Symphony League of Austin:  59th Annual Jewel Ball

9/22:  AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY!!!

9/24:  8TH Annual HAAM Benefit Day

9/24:  Austin Gives Reception

9/24:  Non-profit News Reporter Panel

9/24:  GAHCC:  Capital of Texas Awards 2013

9/26:  The Idea Fund:  Information Session

9/27:  ACGC Austin Originals Benefit Concert

9/27:  I Live Here, I Give Here – THE BIG GIVE

 


 

 

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#ATXgood News 9/13/13

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in Austin’s nonprofit community in the coming days:

 


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9/13:  Hill Country Conservancy:  Guns & Oil Brewing Co. Launch Party

Guns & Oil Brewing Co. is hosting their launch party THIS FRIDAY at 5PM at Hills Cafe with Austin’s own, Sons of Fathers!

ESPN Radio will be broadcasting live from 3-7 PM followed by Sons of Fathers performance.

Must be 21 and up to enter, event is free and open to the public. With a $10 suggested donation benefitting Hill Country Conservancy, folks will receive 2 Guns & Oil beer tickets.

RSVP HERE!

Friday, September 13th, 5:00 p.m.
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9/13:  The Care Communities – iCare Gala

Leave your superstitions behind and attend the 2013 Byron E. Cox iCare Gala.  You may find that it’s not unlucky after all.

On Friday, September the 13th, join us at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol as we celebrate Unconditional Care in our Community.  A shortened program this year means more time to eat, drink and try your luck at the auction.  Ticket price includes 2 drink tickets and downtown hotel garage self-parking. 

We are so thankful this year to be able to recognize three outstanding members of the Central Texas Community and the amazing amount of good they have done for others. This year our two Honorees for the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award are David C. Smith and Dr. Cynthia BrinsonLinda Richards is being honored with this year’s Guardian of Caring Award. Thank you three for all you do for those in need around you everyday.

The Care Communities continues it’s now 22 year old mission to care for our neighbors in Central Texas who are battling HIV/AIDS or cancer with Volunteer Teams that assist with their quality of life.  Register here!

 


Ongoing:  Austin Human Society:  Rev Up Raffle

Win Two VIP Tickets to F1 Qualifying Race!

Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Qualifying Race in a Luxury Suite on Friday, November 15th during our RevUp Raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda! Buy your raffle tickets today for a chance to win:

  • Two Formula One Tickets in a Luxury Suite for Friday, Nov. 15th Race
  • Food and beverages in the suite.

This fabulous package is valued at over $10,000!!

Raffle tickets are only $20 each or three for $50 and 100% of proceeds go to benefit the homeless animals of the Austin Humane Society! The winning ticket will be drawn on October 26th!

Hurry – we are only selling 2,000 tickets, so buy yours today while supplies last!  Find out more by visiting https://community.austinhumanesociety.org/revup


9/18:  Impact Austin Community Coffee

We already have several community coffees scheduled, so now is the time to invite friends, family and co-workers to attend. If you would like to host a coffee or serve on the membership committee please contact us.

September 18th
6:00pm-7:30pm
Sonno Domestic Living, Inc.
7301 Burnet Rd. Ste. 200L
Austin, TX 78757
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7pk3fgi44ea750c&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

 


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9/18:  CitizenGeneration CharityBash

Food.  Fun.  Philanthropy.  Benefitting Mexic-Arte Museum.


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9/20:  Little Helping Hands Big Night Out

Please join us for our 2nd annual Big Night Out fundraiser event – a fun-filled night out on the town to raise support and community awareness for Little Helping Hands.

Event festivities include live music featuring KP and the Boom Boom, fabulous food from Bar Mireabeau, a silent auction and other fun ways to get some great deals while helping us continue to grow our work serving Austin’s youngest community members.

Note: All ticket sales are final – no refunds. One drink voucher included per ticket, then cash bar. Minors not allowed admittance. A portion of your ticket may be tax-deductible. If you require a receipt, please contact  marissa@littlehelpinghands.org.

 

 


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9/20:  The Amala Foundation Concert For Peace

At a time when the world seems increasingly violent and polarized along the lines of faith, nationality and political belief, there is a need for people to connect with each other and the world around them on a deeper level. Our intention is for this concert to act as a bridge between individuals and communities in Austin so that we can open doors of understanding, respect and friendship between Austinites of all faiths, cultures, nationalities and walks of life.

Peace is born from understanding, and understanding from human connection. As music is one of life’s greatest connectors, our hope is to channel global music to unite people who would not ordinarily connect, while also raising awareness about global issues that impact Austin. The Amala Foundation and Wobeon both have a strong track record for making things happen and effecting change — Amala through multiple humanitarian projects and Wobeon though its digital promotion of World Music and the creation of Wobeonfest, Austin’s first major World Music Festival.

When:  Friday, September 20th, 2013 from 6pm-Midnight
Where:  Vuka Austin – 411 Monroe Street W, Austin 78704
What:  Concert for Peace – celebrating the International Day of Peace through world music

In celebration of International Peace Day, two Austin-based organizations are teaming up to put on a Concert for Peace. Amala Foundation is a humanitarian organization assisting local and international youth. Wobeon World Beat Online is a music company focused on promoting global music in Austin & globally, which also created Austin’s first major World Music festival – Wobeon Fest.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.austinpeaceconcert.com.

Local and international musicians will perform with the goal of uniting the diverse cultures and people of Austin, while ideally also provoking thought and consideration of globally significant issues.


9/21:  World Vision Step Up For Africa 5K / 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

The 2013 Step Up for Africa 5K/1 Mile Family Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at Brushy Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park at the Cypress and Cedar Pavilions. This fundraiser is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, and benefits World Vision, an organization that supports health and education efforts in Matete, Kenya. Registration is $25 for an individual and $40 for a family. Participants can register online until September 18 at www.bethany-umc.org/events/step-up-for-africa, or in person at the race at 8 a.m.

Bethany UMC’s support of Matete, Kenya began after Elizabeth Stevens, a former Vista Ridge high school student, began fundraising to pay for a water well in Matete. This community of about 65,000 in western Kenya struggles with severe poverty, a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, life-threatening health risks associated with a lack of safe water, and a dangerous scarcity of food.

Cindi Deviney, also a member at Bethany UMC, wanted to further raise awareness of the needs in Matete, and started the Step Up for Africa Family Fun Walk in 2012, raising $3,000 for water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

“We saw a need to go the extra mile and help regular folk understand how they can make a difference in lives halfway around the world,” said Deviney. “Because of increased financial support, clean water is now available to 55% of the population, and deaths from water-borne disease has decreased by 57%. Children spend less time walking to get water for their families and can now attend school,” added Deviney.

Bethany UMC also supports the children and families of Matete through more than 450 personal sponsorships and congregational giving. More information about the progress in Matete can be found at www.bethany-umc.org/connect-serve/serve/matete-kenya/church-partner-reports.

 


 

 

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Google Study: Donation Searches Increase In September

A new research study by Google suggests that nonprofits might be waiting too long to start their year-end fundraising efforts.

In 2012, the number of donation-related searches on the company’s site was 30 percent higher in September than it was in August.

“If nonprofits wait until Thanksgiving time to raise awareness, they’re missing out on all these people who are starting to search in September,” says Jessie End, who oversees the company’s advertising operations for nonprofit organizations.

Surprised by that finding, the company’s advertising unit commissioned a study to see what else it could learn about donors’ online-giving habits. Conducted by Millward Brown Digital, a market-research firm, the project included an online survey of 982 people and analysis of the online behavior for six months of 2 million people who had agreed to let the company track their activities online.

Three-quarters of donors began research they conducted on charities online, according to the survey.

Google will share the research at a meeting on Wednesday with its nonprofit clients and release the information more widely in the coming weeks.

Video a Powerful Tool

The study also found that video was a powerful tool to spark online gifts. Fifty-seven percent of survey participants said they had made a contribution after watching a charity’s online video.

The exploding popularity of smartphones and tablets also plays an increasing role in donors’ giving.

Forty percent of survey participants said they conduct research about charities on their mobile devices, and 25 percent said they make donations using smartphones and tablets.

Of the people who said they make donations through their mobile devices, 45 percent reported that they make their contributions using a browser, and 28 percent said they gave by text message. The rest of the donors reported using mobile apps, click-to-call features, and other mobile options.

Analysis of donors’ online activity showed that almost half of donors visited multiple nonprofit Web sites before making a donation. Thirty-nine percent visited two to four charity sites, and 8 percent visited five or more.

Says Ms. End: “It’s important to build your brand because nonprofit donors are, in fact, comparison shoppers.”

Source:  http://philanthropy.com/article/September-Is-Boom-Time-for/141207/#!


 

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#ATXgood Opportunities 7/19/13

As a recurring segment, we’ll post one or two hand-picked volunteer opportunities – chances for YOU (and us) to contribute GOOD to your community.  Of course, there are more than a handful of opportunities on any given day to contribute.  But for anyone who could use a good suggestion or jumping-off point, we want to be that for you!

One other really fun way to get involved is to join up with Austin Involved, a program of I Live Here, I Give Here – each month, members donate $25, learn about three local nonprofits, then vote for their favorite and team up for a 3-hour service project with the winning organization.  A really cool, really social way to get your nonprofiteer feet wet!  Here are our #ATXgood volunteer opportunity choices for this weekend:

 


 

WHAT:  Intergenerational Art w/ Youth2Seniors

WHEN:  Saturday, July 20, 2013 (9:30A – 12P)

WHO:  Youth2Seniors

WHERE:

Longhorn Village
12501 Longhorn Parkway
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

NOTES:  Youth and seniors work side-by-side to create art.  Each class is held in an assisted living facility and taught by a professional.  Classes are a combination of fine-arts and crafts.  Each series typically ends with an ‘art show’ where students get to celebrate their success!

 

WHAT:  CYC Fitness Charity Ride Benefiting Citizen Generation

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (7:30P – 8:30P)

WHO:  Citizen Generation

WHERE:

Cyc Fitness
715 West 23rd St #B2
Austin, Texas 78705
(512) 298-2292

NOTES:  Come break a sweat for a great cause! 100% of proceeds from this spin class will  benefit Citizen Generation.  Perfect time to try out a class for a great cause.  HonestTea will be providing drinks for everyone in the class!  Grab your seat here: http://cycride.eventbrite.com/

*For liability reasons please sign up and create an account after purchasing at http://cycfitness.com/

 

WHAT:  Give Realty: Celebrating 5 years, $250,000 in Donations

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (6P – 8P)

WHO:  Give Realty

WHERE:

Link Coworking
2700 West Anderson Lane #205
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 814-5465

NOTES:  Stop by and help Give Realty celebrate 5 wonderful years and over $250,000 in total donations made!  Live music, drinks and appetizers provided – stop by to show Laurie and her team your appreciation for setting such an amazing example of philanthropy here in Austin.  Register here!


 

There’s plenty of good happening all around us, right here in the Austin area – it’s actually pretty amazing once you let yourself start looking for it.  It’s happening at your office, in your grocery store, and even during rush-hour traffic.  It happened yesterday, it’s happening right now as you read this, and it will inevitably happen once again tomorrow.  While we can never say ‘thank you’ enough to these self-effacing do-gooders, we at RecognizeGood believe it’s worth a shot.  Drawing attention to the good in our community not only rewards those deserving citizens on the receiving end, but also inspires those all around them.  Take a couple of minutes to shine a spotlight on the next selfless act you see in our community – you can use our website to make a recognition, or simply use the hashtag #ATXgood on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  Tell the world about the person who changed yours.  By recognizing good, you inspire MORE good – and what could be better than that?

Legends in Review (#tbt): Dr. John Oswalt, HeartGift Austin

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Dr. John Oswalt, co-founder and a driving force behind HeartGift Austin, was recognized as our RecognizeGood Legend in December 2010.  HeartGift was created to provide funding, coordination of care, and medical services for children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) who live in developing countries where the opportunity for medical intervention is scarce or nonexistent.  Along with fellow co-founders Ray Wilkerson and Jim Hoover, Dr. Oswalt planned the formation of HeartGift for over a year before hiring an executive director, and the almost-immediate growth and success of the organization was quite surprising even to those original board members.  From its launch in Austin way back in July of 2000, HeartGift has now formed chapters in San Antonio, Louisiana, Houston and Fort Worth – and has served 173 patients from 25 different countries around the world.

Each and every story that comes out of HeartGift Austin and its supporting chapters is incredibly touching and inspirational.  The children served, and perhaps even moreso the parents of those children, are provided with hope when there seems to be no hope.  The obstacles are substantial – medically, financially, and often bureaucratically – but the resulting success stories are absolutely phenomenal.

Austinite Dorian de Wind recently wrote a beautiful op ed in the Austin American-Statesman that’s well worth a read – click here for the full article.  HeartGift is always in need of donations, as well as volunteers for everything from airport welcomes to translators and host families.  You can donate to HeartGift here, or take a look at all the available volunteer opportunities here.


Please take a moment to read some of the heartwarming success stories resulting from wonderful Austin residents, and show this wonderful organization your support in whatever way you can!

www.heartgift.org
www.facebook.com/HeartGiftAustin
www.twitter.com/HeartGiftNews
www.pinterest.com/heartgift


 

There’s plenty of good happening all around us, right here in the Austin area – it’s actually pretty amazing once you let yourself start looking for it.  It’s happening at your office, in your grocery store, and even during rush-hour traffic.  It happened yesterday, it’s happening right now as you read this, and it will inevitably happen once again tomorrow.  While we can never say ‘thank you’ enough to these self-effacing do-gooders, we at RecognizeGood believe it’s worth a shot.  Drawing attention to the good in our community not only rewards those deserving citizens on the receiving end, but also inspires those all around them.  Take a couple of minutes to shine a spotlight on the next selfless act you see in our community – you can use our website to make a recognition, or simply use the hashtag #ATXgood on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  Tell the world about the person who changed yours.  By recognizing good, you inspire MORE good – and what could be better than that?

RecognizeGood Spotlight: Citizen Generation

The heart of RecognizeGood is to simply say “thank you” to those doing good things in the community we love, live and work in.

Today’s Spotlight focuses on Citizen Generation, an organization created around the belief in the city of Austin as a national leader in philanthropy – and a belief in the younger generation as the key.  Over the past four years, founder Alex Winkelman has generated over $600,000 for Austin nonprofits – including many RecognizeGood donation beneficiaries like SafePlace, Colin’s Hope and BookSpring.  Alex launched the CharityBash program in 2009, mixing fun and philanthropy at a unique monthly event which benefits different local NPOs.  With the success of the program – $86,000 was raised in CharityBash’s first year, $125,000 in its second – Alex expanded to launch new programs, and Citizen Generation was born.  If you are, or know, a young person in Austin seeking more information about becoming a part of Austin’s giving community, Citizen Generation provides a laid-back, fun introduction.  It’s truly an incredible program, and the success in such a short time is undeniably impressive.  Did we mention that Alex is just 23 years old?  Check out all of the Citizen Generation programs here, and make sure to connect on Facebook and Twitter!

The May 2013 CharityBash benefits Austin’s Groundwork Music Project, and is happening Thursday, May 23rd!  You can still buy tickets here.

‘I Am…” Citizen Generation from John Aldrich on Vimeo.

http://www.citizengeneration.org/

Citizen Generation on Facebook

Citizen Generation on Twitter

Recognize Good Spotlight: Sevenly

For our latest Recognize Good Spotlight, I want to tell you all about a unique clothing company that not only sells amazing gear, but they are doing it for an amazing cause. I’d like to introduce you to Sevenly – an organic funding movement to raise capital and awareness for the world’s greatest causes. They partner & build 52 charity t-shirt campaigns per year (1 per week). For every tee purchased, they give $7 to that week’s charity. At the end of the 7 day campaign they send the charity a check. When I first checked them out, I saw a pretty cool clothing company at first glance, but it didn’t take more than one click to their website to see they are about so much more! Check out this video to see how it works:

Sevenly is making a difference in the lives of many around the world. Is there someone who has made a difference in yours? Tell the world about them at www.recognizegood.org!