Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
The Alzheimer's Association-Capital of Texas Chapter provides family support, community education, public awareness and supports research for the prevention, cure and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Visit our website, www.alz.org/texascapital for more information about our programs and our annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, resource referrals, and to view our calendar of events.
The AFSP Central Texas Chapter welcomes you to join us in our efforts to increase knowledge and reduce the stigma of suicide. Our efforts include education, fundraising, promoting awareness, providing outreach to survivors, developing resources for researchers and above all creating a sense of community throughout Central Texas as we work together toward a common goal to end suicide. We are dedicated to raising funds for suicide prevention research and educational programs, erasing the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, and encouraging those who are suffering from mental illness to seek treatment.
The Austin State Hospital (ASH) Volunteer Services Council (VSC) was established in 1952 to support volunteer and donation programs at Austin State Hospital. Since its inception, the ASH VSC has worked to enrich the lives of patients receiving treatment for severe mental illness at ASH. As state funding priorities shift and fewer dollars become available, the VSC will continue to work to maintain support for important programs and services. Please visit our website for a list of what the VSC funds. www.ashvolunteer.org
Juanita, a mom with 4 children, lacks affordable health care. She has diabetes and needs doctor visits, insulin, test strips, and blood pressure medicine. Without proper treatment, Juanita has a high risk of developing complications from diabetes including kidney failure, blindness, amputations, and heart disease. She was denied services by the health district because her husband, who works in construction, earned a few dollars above qualifying level last quarter. Juanita is exhausted by her diabetes and by the constant need to prove that she is poor. Roughly 10% of the Austin population has diabetes, and more than 200,000 lack insurance. Auxanomen is the only diabetes specialty clinic without financial barriers for the uninsured in East Austin. With two doctors, the clinic can handle 750 patient visits annually, but we need your help as the demand for services is growing. In a fractured system, Auxanomen offers compassionate care and continuity.
Beyond Batten Disease Foundation was established to eradicate Batten disease, a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that begins in childhood.
Since the foundations’ inception in August 2008, we have made exciting progress. With the help of donors, our goal of creating a test of diagnose and prevent Batten and over 600 other rare diseases is complete, making Time magazine’s list of Top Ten Medical Discoveries in 2012.
We are in an exciting and hopeful place in Batten disease research history. Thanks to donor support and BBDF funding researchers have identified mistakes in DNA that cause the disease and even been able to slow the disease in our animal models. With these new discoveries in-hand, BBDF has partnered with industry experts to embark on an aggressive, well-informed, strategic plan to clinical trials that will help turn basic discovery into therapy development in the least amount of time.
The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas accepts financial contributions that play a critical role in both Centers' ability to purchase equipment, maintain facilities and provide programs, education and services to the Central Texas community.
The Brain Power 5K seeks to provide funding to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation for brain cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. We wish to create an opportunity for Central Texas to celebrate the brain tumor survivors in our community and remember loved ones lost to this devastating disease.
The Brain Power 5K originated from a brain tumor survivor's will to make a difference in the fight against brain cancer. Kelly Bolinger saw the need in the Austin community for an event to honor those affected by this disease. Combining her love for running, years of involvement in races and desire to improve brain cancer research; the Brain Power 5K was born.
5K Chip-timed/Fun Run/Walk & Kid’s K
Brain tumor survivor recognition & family tributes
Brain tumor related group events throughout the year
Cancer Connection creates opportunities for Central Texans whose lives are currently impacted by cancer to receive the unique support only survivors can provide. Through peer matching and as clinical partners in local-area hospitals and treatment centers, our survivor volunteers provide psychosocial support and procure tangible resources, all without cost to patients.
Cancer Support Community Central Texas’ (CSCCT) objectives are to help people affected by cancer learn to actively cope with their cancer, take responsibility and control of their care, and make desired lifestyle changes to improve their emotional and physical well-being. To achieve these objectives CSCCT’s activities encompass the following five areas:
• Support-helping patients and caregivers throughout the cancer journey so no one has to face cancer alone;
• Education-programs and workshops to help participants better understand and manage the many facets of the disease;
• Healthy Lifestyle-programs that address exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, expressive arts and other mind/body therapies;
• Social Activities-opportunities to share and laugh with others; and
• Information and Referral-learning to access and navigate available information.
The mission of Cancer Support Community Central Texas (CSCCT), is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
The Foundation serves to advance dental services for the economically disadvantaged in the Greater Austin Area.
COHI is a US-based non-profit organization that helps mamas and babies in some of the world's hardest places. We work with nurses, midwives, mamas themselves, locally based women's organizations, clinics, and hospitals to provide life-saving services in war and disaster settings, and within communities that have been displaced. We are midwives, doctors, nurses, trauma specialists, activists, public health professionals, and concerned members of humanity.
We are a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Our focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Our team works tirelessly to extend and enhance life for those with cystic fibrosis by functioning as:
- Research pioneers, blazing new trails in drug development
- Fund-raisers, securing the money needed to support the fight against CF
- Advocates, keeping CF a top priority in government, industry and research
- Stewards, using your donations to help fuel the creation of new drugs
- Caregivers, linking patients and families to specialized CF care
- Helping hands, offering support, information and resources
The Dick Beardsley Foundation educates the public (including the youth in schools and clubs) on the disease of chemical dependency, the warning signs of chemical dependency, the dangers of chemical dependency, and how chemical dependency can be treated; to promote living a healthy, active lifestyle, chemically free; and to promote greater openness about chemical dependency.
Our volunteer teams visit children and adults facing various challenges, including mental illness (Austin State Hospital, Wounded Warriors at Ft. Hood with PTSD), developmental differences (children with autism and learning disabilities) , physical limitations (St. David's Hospital) and dementia (elderly with Alzheimers) . Therapeutic interaction with our specially trained canines results in emotional and physical benefits such as improved mood, confidence, communication, relaxation and trust. Founded in 2004, the organization's success is based on two simple premises-one philosophical, the other pragmatic. First, there exists a deep, mysterious bond of healing between humans and dogs. Second, dog enthusiasts are a responsible, dedicated and highly driven volunteer demographic. Led by highly trained handlers, our volunteer teams of busy individuals care about their community. They appreciate and want to share the joy and unconditional love their dogs so freely give. Click here to view a video to learn more about Divine Canines: http://vimeo.com/22674373
The Friends' of Austin State Supported Living Center (AuSSLC) mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents who call the Living Center home. The Friends help raise awareness and funds for AuSSLC by hosting special events, publishing newsletters, maintaining financial resources for special needs, supporting the volunteer recruitment efforts of the Community Relations staff, encouraging and supporting staff through morale-raising activities, providing education to the public about the Volunteer Services Council and the AuSS Living Center's population, and supporting the continuous beautification and enhancement of the homes and facility at the AuSS Living Center.
Hands Feet & Heart (HFH) began in 2009 when two mothers of children with neuropathy decided to provide a way for others living with the challenges of neuropathy to share information and provide mutual support.
• Promote awareness about neuropathy in Central Texas.
• Provide education, resources and support to patients and caregivers.
• Support research for a cure.
Our Primary Programs:
• Monthly support meetings in Georgetown and Austin with lending libraries for each group
• Regularly updated website (www.handsfeetheart.org) with local and national resources
• One-on-one support for neuropathy patients and caregivers
HFH is the only organization in Central Texas that is dedicated to supporting the approximately 114,000 people in the region with this disease.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) provides access to affordable healthcare to Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians. Services include: primary medical care through Seton Healthcare Family, basic dental care through St. David’s Foundation in partnership with the Capital Area Dental Foundation and mental health counseling and addiction recovery services through The SIMS Foundation.
Hospice Austin is a nonprofit organization that serves terminally ill and bereaved persons in our community with integrity, compassion and respect.
Since 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has existed to fund research to cure blood cancers, to ensure access to quality care for people living blood cancer, and to provide support to blood cancer patients and their families. LLS has a local office in the Austin area that provides program services including patient education through printed materials and on-line information, peer support for newly diagnosed, and financial and co-pay assistance for those patients and their families who reside in the South Central Texas area. Additional resources provide professional education programs for health care providers and there are national and local advocacy programs to ensure access to care. There are four major fundraising campaigns that are implemented annually in Austin to support the LLS organization in its fight against cancer: Light the Night Walk, Team in Training, Man & Woman of the Year, and the School & Youth Program.
Maverick’s Miracle Babies Foundation was founded to help provide couples facing infertility with the funds to begin the process of conceiving a child with medical assistance—specifically IUI and IVF. Couples facing infertility have few options other than to pursue procedures in which the average cost of one cycle of treatment is $15,000. Typically, the expensive treatment options and procedures are not covered by insurance, making these choices too costly for many couples to consider. The hope is that providing couples with this funding will enable them to spend less time worrying about the financial burden and more time focusing on growing their family.
PCC’s mission is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable healthcare. Since 1970, PCC has offered care with respect and dignity to people with little or no health insurance. Our 10,000 patients have access to prenatal, pediatric, adolescent and adult care; immunizations; social work and integrated behavioral health services; and chronic disease management. The Clinic offers pharmacy and lab services on-site. Charges for services are on a sliding scale according to patient income and household size. Regular medical care keeps Emergency Room use down for patients with chronic diseases. Making sure children come in for well child check-ups ensures that issues can be addressed early. The babies born into the Clinic practice are healthier because their mothers received quality prenatal care. Simply put, good healthcare makes sense for our patients and our community.
Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region helps people make informed, private decisions in matters of sexuality, reproduction, and parenthood. Planned Parenthood operates three nonprofit health centers in Austin that provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control including emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, rapid HIV testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), colposcopy and cryotherapy to treat abnormal cervical cells, pregnancy testing, referrals for other medical and social services, and sexual health education. Services offered to male clients include testing and treatment for STIs, vasectomy referrals, rapid HIV testing, HPV vaccines, and sexual health education.
Planned Parenthood also provides medically accurate, age appropriate education for teens and parents. Each presentation is designed to meet the needs of the participants and is intended to increase knowledge of reproductive health to help participants stay healthy and safe, and avoid teen pregnancies and STDs.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. We help families face the weight of childhood illness together. We do this through the Ronald McDonald House and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms inside Austin hospitals. Since 1985 the Ronald McDonald House has never closed its doors to families facing pediatric medical crisis. Your support ensures that these doors remain open.
The Seton Family of Hospitals is committed to providing access to comprehensive, leading edge, compassionate health care to all Central Texas residents. Through leadership, collaborative efforts and good stewardship, Seton can meet those demands and truly make life healthier for those we serve.
The SIMS Mission is to provide access to and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families.
The St. David’s Foundation serves more than 25,000 area schoolchildren and adults with free dental services via 6 mobile dental clinics, and collaborates with other Central Texas agencies through grants, programs, and sponsorships to promote primary health care, healthy aging, mental health services and support for health care research.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency.
The Volunteer Healthcare Clinic provides free healthcare to people in our community who are low-income and uninsured. With the help of over 400 volunteers and many community collaborations, the Clinic provides walk-in acute care services 2-nights a week and chronic disease management services 1-night a week.
Waterloo was established in 1983 to support all Central Texans in improving their ability to live productive, high-functioning lives by working toward their optimal mental health. We provide mental health counseling services at very low cost, usually ranging from $10 to $60 per session. Clients can access services through a sliding fee scale or they can use their insurance. Under-insured clients are eligible for co-pay and deductible assistance as needed. Waterloo welcomes the entire Central Texas community, and has a specific expertise in serving vulnerable populations including the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community; Spanish speakers; and people living with HIV/AIDS.
The mission of WeViva is to provide accessible and affordable fitness and nutrition classes to people in low-income neighborhoods. We accomplish this by providing the classes on-site and completely free of charge.
Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) is a start-up, nonprofit organization comprised of young men and women affected directly or indirectly by cancer, who actively support the cancer community through the following efforts: Raising funds to help support research-based and small- to medium-sized organizations, increasing support for volunteer organizations, and educating our community about cancer research.
American Botanical Council (ABC) is a nonprofit, member-supported organization whose mission is to provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine — serving the public, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, industry, and media.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
The mission of the American Heart Association is to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Austin LifeCare is a faith based non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate and trustworthy service to the Austin community by offering positive solutions to the challenges surrounding unplanned pregnancies through prevention education and practical and emotional support.
Provide effective, affordable & compassionate chemical dependency treatment to the poor and working families of Central Texas.
Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), formerly known as the Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, serves as the Local Authority for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in Travis County, administering an annual budget of $45 million of local, state and federal funding to over 80 distinct funding sources at 44 physical facilities. In the last year, ATCIC served more than 18,500 individuals and families in Travis County, offering numerous services and programs year-round. ATCIC also operates a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, for anyone experiencing a psychiatric crisis--512-472-HELP (4357).
As breast cancer survivors, we offer hope, answer questions, and provide hands-on support to Texas women who hear the life-altering words, “You have breast cancer.” We help women of any age, culture, education, profession, and financial status navigate from diagnosis through recovery, and all services are free of charge.
Striving to provide affordable, accessible, high-quality mental health services to all central Texans who desire them. To provide an unparalled training environment for pre- and post-graduate therapists from all of the helping professions.
We are a low-cost (sliding scale fee) counseling center...our purpose is to offer biblically-based services that are affordable. We offer group classes (various subjects) to help people find direction, encouragement, peace, &
healing. We also offer individual & couples counseling. Please visit our website for more details.
The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.
Our goal at Keep Austin Mobile is to provide safe, reliable and friendly transportation for people in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. We offer our free service to people needing a ride to work, medical appointments, school, or recreational activities.
The Hill Country Ride for AIDS is an annual cycling event that provides financial support to ten beneficiary agencies. The Ride is a fun and imaginative event, open to a broad range of participants, and promoting HIV and AIDS awareness, education, community, philanthropy, and volunteerism.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) is the world's largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Our mission is to prevent diabetes and reduce obesity in Hispanic families by teaching healthy lifestyle through community-based intervention programs in the underserved communities of North Austin and Round Rock. Our Program focuses on weight loss and healthy lifestyle by providing, exercise and cooking classes, nutrition and behavior change consultations.
The Lilith Fund assists women in exercising their fundamental right to abortion by removing barriers to access.
Milk Bank at Austin’s mission is to accept, pasteurize, and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription primarily to premature and ill infants. Babies that may not thrive or survive if given formula.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas' mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
People come for help with issues of severe anxiety or depression, crumbling relationships (parent/child, spouses, siblings, child/elderly parent, etc.), developing relationships (pre-marital counseling), rage, abuse and addictions. They need serious help and cannot find quality, professional services at a price they can afford. So New Life Institute, Inc. offers scholarship hours to offset the fees these clients cannot pay. On average, one scholarship hour is provided with each $25.00 of donations.
Project Transitions, founded in 1989, is dedicated to serving people living with HIV/AIDS, by providing hospice, housing, and support in a compassionate and caring environment.
Project Walk - Austin is a physical training program for people with spinal cord injuries where hard work leads to greater: confidence, independence, mobility...and Hope. We help people with SCI reclaim their lives through exercise-based recovery. Our program is based on the Dardzinski Method which targets each individual's weaknesses and retrains the nervous system to respond appropriately. While we cannot promise every client will walk again, we do promise that everyone who comes through our doors will leave with increased function and the tools to control their own physical well-being.
Our mission is to provide screening, education and awareness for Prostate Cancer in underserved minorities and underinsured. This is a grassroots operation providing mentoring newly diagnosed with seasoned survivors.
A nonprofit, interfaith counseling center whose mission is to integrate professional, affordable mental health counseling services with a client's own personal and spiritual values. Our staff is sensitive to spiritual issues but does not impose religious concepts on their clients. We serve children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. At their request, a favorite style of music or musician is brought directly to the home or facility. The concert allows patient, family and friends to focus beyond the illness and come together through the medium of music.
Each year, more than 300,000 Americans including nearly 500 Austin/Travis County residents of all ages die from sudden cardiac arrest. Take Heart Austin uses a coordinated, community-wide approach to implement state of the art methods that will dramatically increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest in our communities.
Our mission is to provide education and advocacy of not only the possible medical benefits of stem cell research to Texas citizens, but also the positive economic impact this research can bring to the State of Texas and the City of Austin.
Our mission is to provide leadership to improve the health of Texans and their communities through education, research, and health policy.
The Octopus Club is a volunteer run fundraising arm of AIDS Services of Austin.
The Wright House Wellness Center offers care and compassion to Central Texans living with or at risk of HIV and other chronic illnesses and provides resources for support, education and empowerment. We offer Disease Management and Disease Prevention programs to people living in Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays or Williamson Counties. Services are provided at either no- or low-cost and eligibility is determined by service. Our primary aim is to empower people so that they may live active and fulfilled lives.