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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!


Holiday Drives & Volunteer Opportunities


Project Santa logo


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


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.


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

    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.


Angel Tree

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) 
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
2 Lone Oak
403 Nixon Drive
1295 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
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
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
10700 Anderson Mill Road  Ste.220



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


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.

The Exchange Club of Austin2013_03_npologo

Brookwood in Georgetown


Sacred Heart Community Clinic






Austin Partners in Education


PET Austin


The Miracle League at Town & Country


Round Rock Community Foundation


#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.


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!


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.

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

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.


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!