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CultureMap launches Culture of Giving event series with a look at issues facing Austin youth

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Austin is an awesome city but it's far from perfect. We face a multitude of issues — and I'm not just talking about the traffic.

Homelessness, family violence, crime and teen pregnancy are a few of the problems plaguing the Capital City. Throughout the year CultureMap Austin showcases some of the nonprofits dealing with these issues in its Culture of Giving editorial series. This month CultureMap is bringing the editorial series to life. 

 If you've ever wanted to help kids in the area, this is your chance, as you'll have access to leaders behind 10 nonprofits that focus on area youth. 

CultureMap Austin, in partnership with I Live Here, I Give Here, is launching the Culture of Giving event series on Wednesday, August 22 at the ND in East Austin. These quarterly mixers aim to shine a light on the city's problems and the nonprofits that tackle them every day. The inaugural mixer will feature a 2-hour program that includes a short moderated question and answer session, a special presentation by Theater Action Project and plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle. 

The Culture of Giving event series will kick off with a hard look at issues facing Austin's youth including poverty, pregnancy, literacy, obesity and family abuse. If you've ever wanted to help kids in the area, this is your chance, as you'll have access to leaders behind 10 nonprofits that focus on area youth. Participating nonprofits include Spirit ReinsCASA Travis CountyFoster AngelsSpecial OlympicsCentral Texas Children's HomeDowns Syndrome AssociationLifeWorksExplore AustinFirst Tee of Greater Austin and Kids in a New Groove

"In spite of all of those 'best of' lists we keep ranking high on, the majority of families living in Austin have annual income of $29K or less," said Karen Frost, Consulting Director of Nonprofit Relations for I Live Here, I Give Here. 

"Our research tells us that Austinites care about our community and are more willing to help out with their time, talent and treasures when they know what the needs are. The Culture of Giving events will help highlight the needs in our community and educate everyone on how to get involved and make a difference." 

Of course, CultureMap is not one to host an event without a little food and drink. Enjoy complimentary cocktails from Treaty Oak Rum and Waterloo Gin as you get to know nonprofit leaders and learn about nonprofits that might be off your radar. A full bar will also be available at happy hour pricing along with samples from Mel's Meals.

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The Culture of Giving kick-off event will be held at the ND in East Austin from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. Reserve your spot today: RSVP@culturemap.com.

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