Hello December! With a new holiday cheer-filled month comes many opportunities to spread cheer and learn about this month’s Community Needs Spotlight. This month we are focusing on Health and Wellness Services. There are many ways to get involved, from attending fundraisers, to volunteering, to making donations. Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable and full of philanthropy.
Did you know that you could potentially help save over 500 lives if you donate blood every three months? Find out how you can get involved in blood donation through The Blood Centers of Central Texas. http://www.inyourhands.org/aboutblooddonation.php
Are you a survivor of cancer or were you a caregiver for someone with cancer? Cancer Connection needs your help to provide support services to current cancer patients and their loved ways. The next volunteer training session is December 13-14. http://www.thecancerconnection.org/getinvolved.html
Are you interested in fitness and nutrition? WeViva has lots of opportunities to get involved in making sure low-income communities have access to fitness and nutrition programs. http://weviva.org/get-involved/
It is difficult to know how many homeless people there are at any point in time. Knowing the number is critical in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will give Travis County’s homeless service providers. One way to help get those numbers in Austin is to assist ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition) in their annual Point in Time Count. They need volunteers to help canvas the city for one day to count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless men, women, and children in Austin. The first volunteer training session is December 14. http://www.austinecho.org/count/
Do you believe that early education is the key to a lifetime of success? Find out how to get involved with Breakthrough Austin and help get low-income students into college. http://www.breakthroughaustin.org/about-us/mission-vision
Do you enjoy shopping for others? Check out Front Step’s wish list and find out how you can help provide a pathway out of homelessness. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/donate/wish-list
Would you like to support the arts this season while enjoying it at the same time. Go to Conspirare’s Spellbound, CYC Holiday Concert. The event is December 13 and 14. http://conspirare.org/concerts/upcoming-events/
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Tis’ the season to be jolly, and we believe that the highlight of the season is the generosity in holiday giving. I Live Here, I Give Here is active all year round in helping Central Texans impact their community by making giving easy, fun, and more than just seasonal.
It’s why we started Amplify Austin. In 2013, Amplify Austin raised $2.8 million for local causes in 24 hours. Those generous dollars went to more than 300 local causes. Causes that ranged from improving literacy for school children, to providing end-of-life healthcare, to saving local wildlife, and to providing shelter and food to the homeless.
Central Texans stepped up and made Amplify Austin a huge success. Thank you, Central Texas. Thank you for taking a stand to change Austin, love Austin, and truly Amplify Austin. Your dollars touched many humans in this community. We’re simply thankful we can be the vessel for Central Texas’ outstanding generosity.
And on March 20 - 21, 2014, from 6pm to 6pm, Central Texas’ giving day is back. We’ve set a goal of $4 million raised for more than 400 nonprofits. It can happen. We know it can.
But we need your support. We ask that as you consider your end-of-year giving, please think about donating to I Live Here, I Give Here. We have a lot of good to give through Amplify Austin and our other programs but we cannot continue their success without your support.
The first $5,000 in donations made by December 31, 2013, to the “Amp-Up Fund” will be matched on a one-to-one basis by a friend of I Live Here, I Give Here! This supporter is an example of how we can change our community on a large scale, all at once, with the most impact. It’s not about one but the greater good of everyone. Please consider joining them.
Thank you for considering us in your holiday generosity and for helping us to keep Central Texas giving. If you choose to make a donation, please click here.
Crank up the giving and #AmplifyATX March 20-21!
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Thanksgiving is coming and with so much to be thankful for, there are tons of ways to show our gratitude and give back to the community!
Do you want to help provide access to healthcare and health education to
vulnerable populations? Think about helping out at the Volunteer Health
Clinic! They need helpers with both medical and non-medical backgrounds. http://www.volclinic.org/volunteers.php
Find out ways to help local survivors get through the holidays by checking out Safe Place’s Holiday Programs. https://www.safeplace.org/HolidayProgram
Austin Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help improve their presence in the Austin community. Find out how you can help. http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1422917.jsp
Would you like to find out about ways to help the homebound and hungry in the Austin area? Take a look at the volunteer opportunities at Meals on Wheels and More. http://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/volunteer/current-needs
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Want to raise money for a cause and build up an appetite for your big dinner? Check out the Turkey Trot and run to raise money for Caritas. http://www.caritasofaustin.org/events/turkey-trot
This year the YMCA will be hosting its 25th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. Last year more than 1,000 disadvantaged children attended the event. Many volunteer are needed to help bring joy to that many children. There are some great volunteer opportunities! http://www.austinymca.org/news/25th-annual-childrens-christmas-party
Are you interested in ending homelessness in Austin? Find out how you can help Front Steps reach their goal. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities
Did you know that SAHELI has bystander trainings to help community members know how to interrupt, intervene, and stay safe when they see someone in a dangerous situation. Find out more and stop abuse! www.saheli-austin.org
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Nonprofits, we’re ready for you.
Starting 8 a.m. Monday, November 18, registration for Amplify Austin 2014 is open for business!
So don’t miss out. Because 6 p.m. March 20, 2014, is the start day and time when Austin and Central Texas rally behind your cause for 24 inspiring hours and give online.
And yes, it’s inspiring. In its inception this past spring, your community raised $2.8 million for 320 nonprofits. And this year, we’ve set the goal at $4 million.
So let’s get going. To begin registration, visit our website to access the login portal for Amplify Austin. Since registration is different from last year (and improved!), here are a couple of tips and guidelines:
- Registering early and before the holidays take over is a good idea! Don’t wait too long -- get the process rolling as soon as you can.
- Registration closes February 20, 2014. Oh, so you have lots of time, right? Think of it this way: If you wait till the last moment, you lose A LOT of opportunity to be seen and searched by potential donors who have been checking out the website. And since media and promotion for Amplify Austin will be hot starting the first of the year, you want to make the most of this time.
Good luck to all you amazing nonprofits, and here’s to kicking-off a great Amplify Austin 2014!
Questions? Contact Blaire Kniffin, Blaire@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org or 512-432-1925.
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Let’s welcome November with some great nonprofit news! With the new month comes a new Community Needs Spotlight, focused on victim services, and great opportunities for everyone to get involved in the Austin community!
Do you have a story about the effects of violence on your life? Do you want to share that story? The Texas After Violence Project is running a storytelling project and may be able to interview you. Share your story or find out other ways to get involved to end violence in Texas. http://www.texasafterviolence.org/get-involved.aspx
The 2013 Race for the Cure is Sunday, November 10, and you can still take action to help prevent, detect, and cure breast cancer with Susan G. Komen! They are taking donations up until the day of the race as part of their #practicepink campaign. Check it out at http://practicewhatyoupink.org/ or check out their web video.
Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to help conduct a Community Assessment Survey in West on November 9 and 16, from 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m. The Purpose of assessment is to get a pulse for unmet needs from the blast disaster and figure the next order of services for families and the town. Get more information at http://ccctx.org/programs/disaster/west/westvolunteer/ If you are interested in helping, please call Sara Ramirez at 512-651-6102 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenlights is celebrating nonprofit excellence with Party for Good on Tuesday, November 12. We are so proud and honored that I Live Here, I Give Here is a finalist for nonprofit of the year! You can still get your tickets to the event. We’ll for sure be there! http://greenlights.org/training-events/party-for-good
VSA Texas’ Annual Holiday Arts and Gift Show is coming up! Their holiday art and gift show runs from November 18 until December 24, 2013. They will also host a Holiday Arts and Gift Show Artist Reception on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Come share some refreshments, meet the artists and shop. Why not support local artists with disabilities and the VSA while buying your family and friends holiday gifts to treasure? Artists get 70% of sale price and VSA Texas gets 30%. http://www.vsatx.org
The Children's Heart Foundation is seeking volunteers to help rally for funds for research on congenital heart defects. Find out more about their cause and what you can do to help! http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/SFGxs36BMcxd/
The Capital Area Food Bank still needs volunteers to help out during their busiest time of the year, “the Holiday Hustle.” Volunteers must be willing to commit to assisting every Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM beginning the week of November 7 and finishing the week of January 9. http://bit.ly/1a9SuKc
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It’s surprising the impact a pair of used shoes can have on one person.
Because someone decided not to toss them in the trash -- which just leads to the city trash anyway -- those shoes made their way to a donation bin, into the hands of some volunteer, tagged by another for pricing, and landed on a table at The Settlement Home for Children’s annual garage sale. Someone will buy them. They’ll pay a fantastic low price. And the money they give will serve a child. Shoes well traveled.
The Settlement Home has hosted their annual garage sale for 35 years. All the workers are volunteers. All the items for sale are donated. And that allows 100 percent of the proceeds to return to The Settlement Home to continue providing housing and security for women, foster and adoption programs, and residential and group home programs for children.
It’s easy to see that every dollar you give stretches far beyond what you buy. So do the donated items, which have such a range for shoppers to choose from: rugs, furniture, home goods, clothes, outdoor gear. You name it, and you’ll probably find it!
“I chose [to donate to] The Settlement Home because we wanted to build a relationship with a unique charity that could benefit from our type of donations. We've found that some items are directly useful to the community they serve, while others benefit the kids through the annual garage sale,” says Masha Poloskova, owner of Moss Designer Consignment and regular donor to The Settlement Home.
For three years, Moss has donated 1,200 - 2,000 high-end apparel and accessories yearly to The Settlement Home, with many found at the garage sale. Why do it? Because Austin is home to Masha. It supports her, so she supports it back.
“Austin has embraced both of my businesses … I've received an immense amount of support ... as a retailer who specializes in designer labels, I'm fortunate to be in the position to give back and support the community that has helped me grow personally and professionally over the years.”
Austinites, this weekend you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal: hunt for great goodies AND give back to the community. With a turnout of more than 25,000 people in the past years, it’s obvious we love this deal. If you’re lucky, you might snag Chanel loafers or a Prada bag. Or simply a well-traveled pair of used shoes.
The Settlement Home for Children Austin Garage Sale
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
November 2 (10 a.m.-5p.m.) - November 3 (10 a.m.-2p.m.)
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