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Austin Dog Rescue

MISSION

Austin Dog Rescue's mission is to end the cycle of homeless animals by saving dogs from Central Texas shelters that have no hope of a better life, encouraging the community to spay and neuter their pets, and providing education and resources to help pets live a long and healthy life. The foster home-based organization focuses on the dogs that fit in to most homes and save dogs that may have medical issues and which other rescues are unable to help.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Dog Rescue is made up entirely of volunteers. Each dog is sheltered within a home in the Austin area. As such, there is no physical shelter to visit the dogs — if you think you may be interested in fostering a particular dog now or in the future, fill out an application form.

If you are interested in donating your time to Austin Dog Resource but are unable to offer fostering services, you can sign up here.

BIG EVENT

Mardi Paws, benefiting Austin Dog Rescue and Cutie PITooties, features a Mardi Gras dog parade and party, DJ and brass band performance, festive drinks and eats, King Cake (for humans and dogs), photo opportunities, raffle prizes, and more.

KIPP Texas Public Schools

MISSION

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a statewide, nonprofit network of 52 public charter schools across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, educating over 27,700 students. KIPP Texas believes every child, regardless of economic background, has the right to an exemplary education and a choice-filled life. They do this by fostering a love of learning, character development, college-readiness expectations on the ACT, and the KIPP Through College Program, so students have the support needed to go to and through college and to a career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Getting involved is simple — reach out to info@kipptexas.org to become an advocate for educationally under-served students, a resource for the KIPP Through College program helping students go to and through college and career, or help understand the value of your donation.

Want to be a part of KIPP Texas? They can share details on how to enroll and career opportunities with KIPP Texas in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

BIG EVENT

KIPP Texas - Houston has an annual dinner in April, while KIPP Texas - Austin has KIPP Night Out in February.

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CASA of Travis County

MISSION

CASA of Travis County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected. It trains volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools, and in the community to help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes. For every child who needs them, CASA of Travis County envisions a trained volunteer advocate, a safe home, and a promising future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A CASA volunteer is a court appointed, trained, and committed adult who ensures that each child's individual needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child's family, teachers, doctors, therapists, caregivers, and anyone else involved in the child's life, then make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what's best for the child. Volunteer info sessions are a great opportunity to meet the CASA team and learn more about what it means to become a CASA volunteer.

MEMBERSHIP

With a gift of $2,000 or more, you become a member of the Powerful Voice Society and give one child a CASA volunteer for a year. Membership includes an invitation for two to an exclusive social event, the opportunity to visit court and see CASA volunteers in action, and personal quarterly updates from the executive director.

With a gift of $20,000 or more, you become a member of the newly-founded Visionary Circle and give 10 children a CASA volunteer for a year. In addition to the benefits of the Powerful Voice Society, you also receive an invitation to an exclusive Visionary Circle event with a special guest. To join the Powerful Voice Society or Visionary Circle or to donate online, head here.

BIG EVENT

CASA of Travis County's annual CASAblanca Gala features interactive art, live music, an auction, and casino after-party. 

American Lung Association

MISSION

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Its work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all, improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families, and create a tobacco-free future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, become an advocate, and donate are just a few of the ways to become involved. See the website for more details.

BIG EVENT

The LungForce Walk is held in the spring, while the Fight For Air Climb, which spans 51 stairs and 1,020 steps for those that cannot breathe, is in the fall. Early registration $10.00 thru September 7; $25.00 after - $100.00 Participant Fee 

Warrior Companion

MISSION

Warrior Companion is a one-of-a-kind, donation-supported organization formed in 2014 and based in Austin that provides health care insurance for service animals of disabled American military veterans.

Achieved through direct donations and institutional and individual partnerships, the foundation seeks to minimize veteran's concerns related to their service animal care and preserve its readiness for duty.

In addition to financial concerns, disabled veterans face many challenges in their lives. Warrior Companion seeks to alleviate some of these challenges by significantly reducing or eliminating the financial obligation for the care of their service animal, to extend the life of the animal, to maintain the readiness of the animal, and provide peace of mind to the veteran for whom the animal serves.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Help make veterans with service animals aware of Warrior Companions, and volunteer or attend events yourself.

BIG EVENT

The Lone Star Food and Brew will be at Star Hill Ranch on January 26, 2020. Amateurs, professionals, and restaurants are invited to come out and enter their best chili, and all Central Texas breweries are encouraged to enter and have the public crown the best brewery in Central Texas. The winner will have their name attached to a service animal and veteran funded through Warrior Companions.

There is also a golf event at the Hills Country Club in Lakeway scheduled for mid-next year.

Colin's Hope

MISSION

Colin’s Hope creates and supports programs that aid in preventing children from drowning through increased water safety awareness and improved standards throughout the community. Despite numerous sources for water safety, the number of children who drown per year is staggering.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Colin's Hope has one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, and families. Texas has already lost more than 40 children this year to preventable drowning and five times as many have survived a non-fatal drowning. The group relies on its 3,000-plus volunteers each year to make the biggest impact they can.

BIG EVENT

Colin's Hope hosts the Got2Swim Lake Austin 10K in August, and the Colin's Hope Kids Triathlon later the same month. Its annual Best Day Ever party will be held in May 2019.

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Service Dogs, Inc.

MISSION

Service Dogs, Inc. (SDI) transforms dogs abandoned to animal shelters or dogs in need of homes into lifelines for people living with hearing loss or mobility challenges. Founded in 1988 by attorney Sheri Soltes, SDI provides the dogs and training free of charge. The mission is to improve the quality of life of those living with disabilities by providing custom trained hearing and service dogs.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Service Dogs, Inc. is raising $175,000 to break ground on a new campus in Dripping Springs, which will allow the group to rescue, house, and train more dogs per year. To make a gift towards Hero Dog Digs, head here.

BIG EVENT

At the annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, join fellow dog lovers for a stroll Auditorium Shores and lots of exciting entertainment, giveaways and games.  Participating pooches will enjoy the latest in dog food samples, advice from top veterinarians, games of canine skill, and even a doggie psychic. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Service Dogs, Inc.

Horse Empowered Learning Programs (H.E.L.P.)

MISSION

H.E.L.P.'s mission is to help those with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges grow in strength and independence through personalized activities in partnership with horses.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available, from helping weekly in client riding lessons to assisting with event planning and administrative tasks to group work days. Head here for more details and to schedule a visit.

MEMBERSHIP

As with most therapeutic riding centers, the riders pay a fee/tuition for their lesson times. Scholarships are offered to help families for which cost may be a limiting factor, as well as accepting some medical insurance programs.

BIG EVENT

There are many events throughout the year, but the signature event is the annual Horsepower Gala that happens in early November. In 2019, the event had over 120 attendees, with 16 local/corporate sponsors and raised almost $30k.

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United Way for Greater Austin

MISSION

United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas, and resources together to fight poverty in the community. They address these complex problems from every angle by caring for immediate needs, confronting stubborn challenges, and convening for change.

Everyday challenges can be paralyzing for those who are financially vulnerable, so the group's 2-1-1 Navigation Center staff answer their calls every day to connect them with resources that can help. By bringing together the best of Austin's talent, resources, and corporate partners, they're empowering a collective dedicated to driving the most impact and improving life for every resident in Greater Austin.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether it's by donating your time, money, or talents, there are many ways to make Austin greater. Find out the various ways you can donate here — you can even designate your gift to the program that speaks to what you care about most.

The volunteer center, Hands On Central Texas, matches thousands of volunteers with hundreds of projects looking for help each year. Learn more about current opportunities for individual volunteers, businesses, and nonprofits here.

MEMBERSHIP

There are three giving societies that you can join: Young Leaders Society ($250-plus annually), Women United ($1,200-plus annually), and Century Investors ($2,500-plus annually).

BIG EVENT

Ruthless Good is not your ordinary fundraiser. Teams work and play together to solve clues to find unique Austin locations and capture photos and answer trivia questions. With the streets of Austin as the game board, participants have three hours to complete as many activities as possible, earning points all along the way. It's a great opportunity for students, families, friends, and work colleagues to team up and do some good for their community. In 2017, the event raised more than $100,000 for UWATX.

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Preservation Austin

MISSION

Preservation Austin promotes our city's diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places. The nonprofit has been Austin’s leading voice for preservation since 1953, with educational programming and advocacy that engage the community in "saving the good stuff."

Annual programs celebrating Austin's unique cultural and architectural heritage include the Historic Homes Tour and Preservation Merit Awards, with diverse educational events throughout the year. Supported by a passionate board of directors, staff, and hundreds of volunteers, they seek to broaden their message by engaging new constituents throughout the community. Preservation Austin advocates for improved preservation policies and outcomes to make sure that, as it grows, Austin remains the city that we know and love.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer for committees and/or our various events throughout the year. There are several committees, including the Education Committee that does outreach and educational programs; the Preservation Committee that works on preservation public policy, including working with City Council members, neighborhoods, and owners of historic properties; the Development Committee that helps raise money, and the Grant Committee that reviews grant applications and helps to decide who receives grants.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership levels range from $25 for full-time students, $50 for an individual, $75 for a household, $100 for Partner, and on up. There are also levels for business members at $250 and $500.

BIG EVENT

Preservation Austin has two signature events and several smaller events. The Homes Tour is held every spring in April, and showcases a different historic/vintage neighborhood each year. The event includes six to eight houses for people to tour, with around 130 volunteers acting as docents at the houses. The homes have all been rehabilitated and show how historic/vintage homes can work for modern families.

The Preservation Merit Awards Luncheon is in the fall and honors projects that celebrate the hard work and visionary approaches of those preserving Austin’s unique architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage. This is a juried award program; the jury consists of experts in preservation, architecture, and community development.

The Children's History Hunt is an architectural scavenger hunt for children with games and prizes that takes place in a different neighborhood every year. There is also a summer program for property owners called Greening Your Vintage Home, which covers a variety of subjects including window repair, ADU's, landscaping for historic homes, energy efficiency, and other relevant subjects.

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Beyond the Grade

MISSION

Beyond the Grade's (BTG) mission is to provide music education and life skills to at-risk students in Austin area schools. BTG aspires to give kids opportunities to learn from music industry professionals, while letting the students' interests guide the curriculum. They are currently providing music education for underprivileged kids as an after-school program in area school districts.

The immediate goal is to improve the quality of the education and classroom experience, as well as expand into other schools and locations. Beyond the Grade's teachers are local musicians — classes taught by working musicians give students the opportunity to learn how to be a music professional.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BTG's volunteer opportunities include bringing snacks to class, helping at BTG events, and securing instrument donations. For musicians looking to donate their time, BTG has volunteer opportunities to both assist in classrooms and teach a class. For more information on volunteering, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

BTG is looking for people with a passion for music, the Austin music scene, and education to join their board. Head here for more information.

BIG EVENT

Beyond the Grade's Annual Spring Benefit Concert is an afternoon of student performances on the main stage at the legendary Threadgill's Armadillo Headquarters, plus a silent auction and special guest performances from Austin musicians. 

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Explore Austin

MISSION

Explore Austin helps underserved youth to make positive life choices like avoiding risky behavior, developing healthy relationships, and advancing their education. Through leadership training, long-term mentoring, and outdoor adventure, Explore Austin hopes to improve the wellbeing of each participant, their families, and the community. Over the course of the six-year program, each explorer spends more than 1,300 hours with their mentors and fellow teammates, creating life-long changes in character, integrity, courage, and resilience

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Becoming a mentor volunteer for Explore Austin includes a three to six-year volunteer commitment, regular programming one Saturday a month during the academic year and one week in the summer, and direct mentoring to 15 Austin-area teens. Head here for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

By making a three-year commitment to give $5,000 or more each year, members of Explore Austin's Pathfinders club lead the way by empowering underserved youth to become leaders through mentoring and outdoor adventure. 

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Austin Bat Refuge

MISSION

Austin Bat Refuge is committed to the health and welfare of the bats in Austin. The organization cares for abandoned and injured bats found in Central Texas and Houston. It also operates the bat observation area in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot during peak times to answer questions and direct first-time viewers so they can have a fulfilling experience while viewing the bridge bats. ABR was started by a public outreach specialist and a group of devoted volunteers who together help educate the public on bat facts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Bat Refuge offers myriad volunteer opportunities for a range of skills and experience, including bat feeding shifts, boots-on-the-ground observation of bat emergencies, data entry, and transportation. For more information, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a member of Austin Bat Refuge helps make a long-term difference for local bats. Membership levels begin at $250 per year and include listing on ABR's site. 

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Anthropos Arts

MISSION

Anthropos Arts connects low-income youth with professional musicians to cultivate confidence, integrity, and life-skills through musical instruction and mentorship. Students get free instruction and mentoring from some of the best artists in the country, performance opportunities at Austin’s seminal venues and events, and exposure to a wide range of music as both audience and performer.

Anthropos Arts began in 1998 at Travis and Reagan High School, with two workshops and 15 students getting free music lessons. Since then, it has provided over 18,000 music lessons to low-income students, over 100 workshops in Title I schools, and over 150 public student performances — all at zero cost to the students, families, and schools.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To volunteer with Anthropos Arts, head here. For information on hosting an event, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Through a gift of $10,000, donors have the opportunity to sponsor a school. Anthropos Arts collaborates with 16 middle and high schools in three Central Texas districts (Austin ISD, Manor ISD, and KIPP Austin Public Schools). Anthropos Arts works closely with the band programs to identify students for its Music Mentor Program, which provide free music lessons with a professional musician, mentoring, and performance opportunities.

BIG EVENT

In addition to an annual showcase of their work, Anthropos Arts students perform in some of the most iconic Austin music events, including at ACL and SXSW.

HealthStart

MISSION

HealthStart provides the blueprints for creating healthier communities through children's science-based health education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Subscribe to the newsletter here, and follow the group on Facebook.

BIG EVENT

The annual I <3 HealthStart gala is where donors and community members are invited out for an evening of healthy food and to learn all about HealthStart's work in Austin.

IssueVoter

MISSION

IssueVoter is a non-partisan online platform and your guide to contacting Congress. Since its founding, IssueVoter has become the first-ever technology platform to provide a 21st-century constituent relationship — at the individual level — in every district in the United States.

Individuals use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills, send opinions to their rep before Congress votes, and track whether s/he represents them. IssueVoter summarizes bills in plain language, along with what both sides are saying, and is the only platform providing a personalized rep scorecard — helping you keep elected officials accountable and be a more informed voter at the next election.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a patron at any level and your tax-deductible contribution goes straight to solving the root causes of civic disengagement, making our democracy work again. Recurring donations are the best way to give steady support.

Show off your support by shopping IssueVoter merchandise. Follow and share @IssueVoter on social media; you can even expose the exact percentage that your representative actually represents your viewpoints.

IssueVoter is looking for people interested in serving as advisors and organizations who want to provide civic engagement for their community. For more details, email founder Maria Yuan at info@issuevoter.org.

BIG EVENT

The organization will be kicking off a series of Community Conversations in 2020. These events bring together individuals who sent opinions on opposite sides of bills to practice active listening and civil discourse.

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Austin Area Urban League

MISSION

Although 40 years have passed since its inception, the Austin Area Urban League (AAUL) continues to hold true to its original mission: to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality. Through direct delivery service and advocacy, the AAUL provides programs in education, youth development, workforce training/career development, and housing and emergency home repair. The mission, encapsulated in the slogan "Building for Equal Opportunity," is symbolized by the equal sign centered within a circle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The AAUL has many volunteering opportunities. One of its services is to conduct after-school computer and technology classes, and they are currently looking for volunteers to assist the instructor with outreach to community youth, enrollment and attendance record keeping, supervision of youth, field trips, and much more. Assisting with AAUL youth is just one example of the many ways you can become involved — call their office at 512-478-7176 for more information about volunteering.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming an AAUL member means joining in the movement to ensure that all Austin-area African Americans and disadvantaged individuals live their dream of achieving economic empowerment. Membership, which is offered at various levels including corporate memberships, allows you to get involved and stay informed about issues that affect African Americans and gives you access to programs and services and upcoming discounts on products and events.

BIG EVENT

The annual Equal Opportunity Awards Gala in downtown Austin is an opportunity to break out your fanciest duds for for an evening of recognition and glamour while celebrating some of the city's most empowering organizations dedicated to making a difference.

People's Community Clinic

MISSION

People's Community Clinic improves the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable health care with dignity and respect.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can donate to help support People's programs and services. Your gift covers the cost of primary care for Central Texans in need.

BIG EVENT

Each year, they celebrate those who make People's work possible at the annual "There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch" Luncheon. Guests enjoy a seated lunch and engaging keynote from leading health care innovators.

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Austin Angels

MISSION

The Austin Angels mission is to walk alongside children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. The Austin Angels serve just under 200 children in Central Texas, and there are currently over 5,600 children in foster homes or substitute care services in Central Texas alone. Their long-term vision is to open chapters in every major metropolitan city in the nation, so every single child in foster care in the United States will be supported and empowered to succeed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Love Box program provides foster families with community and holistic support so that they can continue to do the important and meaningful work of being a foster parent. As a Love Box volunteer, you will be matched with a local foster family based on compatibility and scope of needs. When families are matched with committed volunteers that show up monthly, parents feel supported and children gain a sense of belonging and self confidence. This program requires a one-year commitment.

MEMBERSHIP

Angel Ambassadors are passionately committed to making a difference by investing capital and sharing the responsibility of caring for children in the foster care system. Ambassador memberships start at $25 per month, and benefits include a personal phone call from the head of Angel Ambassadors.

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Austin Baptist Chapel Angel House Soup Kitchen

MISSION

Angel House is the soup kitchen ministry of the Austin Baptist Chapel that serves people who suffer from the lack of basic human needs: food and clothing. Every person who comes for a meal is welcomed, without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, handicap, or income. Approximately 400 people a day are helped at Angel House.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The only requirements for volunteers are that you are fit and healthy and want to enjoy that special feeling that comes with reaching out and helping someone else. Volunteers (ages 10 and up) serve from 10 am-1 pm. Weekends are booked three months in advance, while weekdays are booked a month to two months in advance. Email angelhouse@austinbaptistchapel.com for more information or to sign up.

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Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation

MISSION

Formed in 2010, the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation (AGLPF) is a 100-percent volunteer-run organization dedicated to managing and organizing Austin's annual PRIDE Celebration and Stonewall Rally, with a mission to educate, provide resources for, and connect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Austin.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers make a direct impact on the ability of the AGLPF to give back to the community by helping maintain a safe, exciting, and economically viable PRIDE celebration. Plus, PRIDE volunteers are all granted free festival entry. For more information and to sign up, head here.​

BIG EVENT

Austin's Annual PRIDE celebration, which includes a lively parade and festival, is one of the largest opportunities for local nonprofit organizations, social groups, and causes to gain exposure in the LGBTQ community. Each year, dozens of these groups use the festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support, and opportunities to volunteer at PRIDE events. Furthermore, the Austin PRIDE Festival is Central Texas' single largest HIV testing day of the year, enabling several local HIV-related service organizations to reach populations they may otherwise not reach. For tickets and to register, head here.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

MISSION

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin's leading out-of-school time youth development agency, currently engaging with more than 11,300 kids annually and serving 7,500 registered Club members ages 6 to 18 at 33 locations in Travis and Bastrop Counties.

BGCAA's formula for impact centers on quality programming and services in academic success, character and leadership, and healthy living. Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared to non-Club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates, and a better likelihood of attending college.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers play a vital role in transforming the lives of Club members — just a few hours a week can have a tremendous impact on a child's life. The Clubs offer opportunities for adults to work directly with youth as homework helpers and tutors, activities assistants, and college preparation support. Groups and organizations seeking one-day, project-based volunteer opportunities are also welcome.

BIG EVENT

It's no ordinary lunch date at the Great Futures Spring Luncheon, an annual event that brings Austin community leaders and philanthropists together with some of the remarkable youth served by BGCAA.

The Austin Duck Derby is a rubber duck derby benefiting the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation. In 2017, more than 17,000 ducks "raced" on Lady Bird Lake and the fastest ducks won fantastic prizes for their duck adoptive parents.

The Club Classic at TopGolf is a fun and engaging event held annually to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Get your clubs out to support the clubs. Not to be missed, this event invites golf enthusiasts of all levels to enjoy an evening of golf games, music, small bites, and cocktails in the state-of-the-art facilities at TopGolf. The event also features a luxury raffle and silent auction.

National Day for Kids celebrates the life-changing work at Boys & Girls Clubs, and is a reminder that one day can change a child’s future. A national day of celebration that invites adults to join Boys & Girls Club worldwide in making a difference for kids in their community. For more than a decade, adults, and kids alike have participated in Day for Kids events to advocate for youth.

The annual Art of Giving Gala is a unique, fun-filled evening that celebrates and supports the many ways that Boys & Girls Clubs make a difference in the life of every youth they serve. Festivities include a cocktail reception followed by dinner, as well as silent and live auctions. Make a full evening of it and stay on for an after party featuring live entertainment and more fun.

The Angels Among Us Breakfast is a celebration of those whose actions are consistently virtuous and exemplify the mission of Boys & Girls Club. Each year, two exceptional Club members are selected to represent BGCAA, one as Youth of the Year (high school) and one as Junior Youth of the Year (middle school), to serve as exemplary ambassadors for Boys & Girls Club youth and a strong voice for all of Austin's young people.

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Austin Humane Society

MISSION

Serving Austin since 1952, the Austin Humane Society (AHS) is the longest-standing no-kill shelter in town. AHS transforms the lives of animals and the people who love them through life-saving programs that find animals homes, serve animals and people in times of crisis, prevent future homelessness through spay and neuter, and engage the community to be a part of the solution. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you adopt from AHS, you're not only saving a life, you're also saving a lot of money. At AHS, adoption prices vary according to the age, breed, and size of the animal. The most popular breeds have higher adoption fees in order to leave a financial legacy for animals in their program that need specialized medical care or training in order to find a loving home.

AHS has a robust volunteer program with opportunities for cat and dog lovers alike. You can assist with direct animal care, help AHS to end homelessness for pets, or simply serve the Central Texas communities through outreach projects. For more information on how to volunteer, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Austin Human Society's Heroes of Hope Club are supporters who make annual contributions of $500 or more. Benefits of joining include invitations to exclusive AHS events, sneak peeks at the latest AHS news and special opportunities, and quarterly updates. 

BIG EVENT

Austin Humane Society's annual Rags to Wags Gala features unique live and silent auctions, a mouthwatering seated dinner, and a special runway show featuring Austin's celebrities and adorable, adoptable cats and dogs.

For those who prefer furry over fancy, AHS also hosts an annual Puppy Bowl every Super Bowl Sunday, featuring a football-themed, family-friendly tailgate, plenty of adoptable puppies, children's activities, and local vendors. And if you're not looking for an adopt, puppy players are ready to give you all the free snuggles you can handle. Be sure to stay for the puppy MVP battles (Most Valuable Puppies) and the Puppy Player Prediction that happens throughout the afternoon.

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Asian Family Support Services

MISSION

Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA) provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. Their mission is to promote abuse-free Asian communities through advocacy, support, awareness, and access to social services. While AFSSA's focus is on the Asian community, they do not discriminate and their services are for anyone who needs assistance.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

AFSSA offers myriad volunteer opportunities, including for direct services such as becoming a sexual assault hospital accompaniment volunteer, a helpline/resource line volunteer, and a life skills volunteer, in addition to community education positions such as booth supervisors and research volunteers. All volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check and are required to be at least 18 years old. For more information, contact volunteer@afssaustin.org.

BIG EVENT

According to Japanese legend, folding 1,000 origami cranes grants a wish. It's with that in mind that each year AFSSA wishes for peace and health for all families with its 1,000 Cranes of Peace event. For the annual fundraiser, community members and businesses help AFSSA fold 1,000 origami cranes, and donors and supporters sponsor cranes for $10 apiece. The 1,000 cranes are then incorporated into a unique and engaging original art installation designed by a local artist.

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Austin Dog Alliance

MISSION

Since 2006, Austin Dog Alliance has been improving the lives of families and individuals through therapeutic programs which incorporate the powerful connection between dogs and humans. Its key programs include "Hounds for Heroes," in which service dogs are trained not only to be unobtrusive in public but also to mitigate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and/or depression, and "Bow Wow Reading Dogs," which teaches reading skills to at-risk readers by providing highly trained dogs and their handlers to local elementary schools.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Dog Alliance is a volunteer-driven organization, and volunteers take on a range of tasks from being out in the community with their therapy dog partners to rescuing dogs from shelters for placement as service dogs to helping Austin Dog Alliance maintain its ranch. Volunteers are asked to first attend a volunteer orientation, which requires a one-time fee of $35 that covers a background check, T-shirt, and insurance. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

Austin Dog Alliance's Hounds for Heroes 5K and Paws Festival is a dog and family-friendly event that includes a 5K race, dog costume contest, a  "Central Texas Dogs Got Talent" contest, dog sport demonstrations, and carnival games throughout the day. Proceeds help provide Bow Wow Reading Dogs in local schools for struggling readers and Hounds for Heroes service dogs for veterans and First Responders challenged by the mental and physical effects of their service.

Student Ambassador Exchange

MISSION

The mission of the Student Ambassador Exchange program is to provide an environment and experiences that promote and enhance the interchange of scholastic education, knowledge, and culture between students around the world and the United States.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Apply to host a foreign exchange student in your home or refer a friend.

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Literacy First

MISSION

Literacy First places highly-trained AmeriCorps members in low-income schools to deliver intensive and effective tutoring to advance K-2 students to grade level in reading by third grade. Founded in 1994, Literacy First (formerly ACE: A Community for Education) provides bilingual literacy interventions to struggling K-2 readers at low-income public schools.

Over the past two decades, they have engaged more than 1,000 community tutors and helped nearly 20,000 students. Their one-to-one tutoring has a proven track record: approximately 75 percent of Literacy First-tutored students either reach grade level or make significant, measurable progress in reading skills every year.

Literacy First is also a future teacher pipeline. Their partnership with the Texas Region XIII Alternative Certification Program allows qualified returning tutors to obtain teaching certification during their service term. More than 65 full-time teachers in Central Texas school districts were Literacy First tutors.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Each year, Literacy First selects both full-time and part-time AmeriCorps members to serve as early literacy tutors. Literacy First tutors provide one-to-one tutoring to struggling readers in kindergarten, first, and second grade. Training and mentorship is provided. Learn more about available positions and apply to become a tutor here.

Community members are also encouraged to serve on committees, such as those for the spring and fall fundraisers, and/or to attend spring reading day and other events. If you are interested in these opportunities, please email Rachel Mallernee at rmallernee@austin.utexas.edu.

Literacy First is funded by AmeriCorps, the school districts that it serves, and foundation, corporate, and individual donations. They could not do this important work without the Literacy First family of supporters. Please join the fight against illiteracy here.

BIG EVENT

Literacy First holds two signature events per year, site visits during the school year, and a reading day in the spring.

The Study Social is Literacy First's back-to-school event for young professionals. They provide local food, drinks, entertainment, and raffle prizes for a fun Friday night that celebrates a great cause.

The Literacy Luncheon is their spring event, bringing together community leaders and professionals with an interest in literacy with a short program of speakers over a catered lunch.

They also offer individual site visits throughout the school year at campuses around the city to see the program in action. Additionally, the Lawyers for Literacy affiliate group holds a reading day in the spring where all literacy champions can read to the students. For information on the Literacy Luncheon, Reading Day, or to schedule a site visit, please email Rachel Mallernee at rmallernee@austin.utexas.edu.

AVANCE Austin

MISSION

Avance Austin breaks the cycle of inter-generational poverty through innovative, two-generation education and support for families with young children. They envision a world where children and parents advance to their full potential, transforming the communities in which they live.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Make an investment in the future of Austin and the lives of Avance families by making a donation or volunteering your time and talents. They hold several events throughout the year, with many opportunities for the community to get involved.

MEMBERSHIP

A membership opportunity is available through Avance Austin Changemakers, a diverse network of individuals whose mission is to create a continuous and lasting change in the community. The Changemakers effort combines social and philanthropic opportunities to support low-income, Spanish-speaking families in the Austin area. As a Changemaker, you can boost your impact on Avance's dual-generation parent education and family support services by becoming a sustaining donor through monthly contributions at the following levels:

  • $10/month ($120/year) helps a mom grow her language skills in ESL classes
  • $20/month ($240/year) provides a child with early developmental delay testing and referrals
  • $30/month ($360/year) provides nutritional snacks so that families facing food insecurity can still participate fully

Exclusive opportunities for Changemakers also include:

  • Interactive volunteer opportunities, including educational toy making sessions, classroom preparation, holiday parties, and more
  • Community connections, which offer meaningful collaboration with fellow members through quarterly events, each highlighting a different component or resource that Avance offers to children and families in the community. In the spring, there's an educational toy-making project; in the summer it's Spanish as a second language; fall is exploring your community; and winter is parenting tips and tricks.

BIG EVENT

The Valor y Sueños Luncheon is Avance Austin's largest annual fundraiser. Guests experience a lunch centered on meaningful conversation and inspirational storytelling.

Operation Finally Home

MISSION

Based in New Braunfels, this national organization provide homes and home modifications to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. OFH brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs — a place to call home.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Learn how to donate via cash, check, bequest, or insurance policy here. OFH also takes applications for builders, contractors, and more. Find out more information here.

MEMBERSHIP

Make a monthly donation here

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Austin Recovery

MISSION

Since 1967, Austin Recovery has provided compassionate and affordable addiction treatment to the Austin area. The community-supported nonprofit is dedicated to providing substance-use disorder treatment for adult men, women, and parents with small children. It offers 30- and 90-day residential treatment, outpatient care, and aftercare. The approach is individualized and realistic, with an emphasis on developing the necessary tools and coping techniques to protect recovery through cognitive behavioral therapy, the 12 Steps, and experiential therapy. Thanks to community support and partnerships with St. David’s Foundation and the City of Austin, Austin Recovery offers sliding scale and free treatment to qualified individuals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To support Austin Recovery's addiction treatment, you can set up a recurring or one-time donation here.

BIG EVENT

Austin Recovery's annual Spring Luncheon at Shalom Austin's Jewish Community Center is a way to celebrate the generational impact of recovery in the Austin community, and features speakers who have intimate experience with Recovery Austin's programs.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

MISSION

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. It creates a culture that's smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: funding scientific research, educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, and supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. You can walk in one of the Out of the Darkness Walks, volunteer, become an advocate, and bring prevention to your school or workplace.

BIG EVENT

Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

As AFSP's signature fundraising series, the Out of the Darkness walks bring together friends, family, and supporters in more than 400 communities nationwide. Campus Walks engage young adults in AFSP's mission and programs with 5K walks each spring at colleges and high schools across the country. AFSP's flagship fundraising event, the Overnight, is a challenging endurance walk from dusk to dawn that rotates cities each year.

The Other 23

MISSION

The Other 23 was founded with the sole mission of bringing people together in order to make a distinct impact on veteran communities. It provides opportunities for veterans to take advantage of community-based active therapy, and hobbies with like-minded professionals and individuals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

New partners, donors, and volunteers are always welcome.

BIG EVENT

There are two surf camps a year: Cinco de Surfo, which is around Cinco de Mayo, and Uncle Sam's Surf Camp, which is in August or September.

These are veteran-only, all-inclusive events where 10-12 veterans go to a lake house in Austin and learn how to wake surf. Surf therapy has been proven to be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression and PTSD.

Bubbles & Boards is a dinner and silent auction fundraiser to raise the money needed to host camps. The first one of this year is set for February 20, 2020.

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Austin Empty Bowl Project

MISSION

The Austin Empty Bowl Project (AEBP) is an effort by Austin-area potters to fight hunger. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, AEBP invites the public to select their favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread, and listen to live music while enjoying the lunch. The $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Take the bowl home to remind you that others have empty bowls.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

AEBP welcomes bowl donations from potters and pottery students. The bowls must be ceramic, food-safe, glazed bowls that will hold two cups of liquid. Bowls should not have any rough edges or sharp spots. The interior of the bowls should be completely glazed, with no pinholes or crevices that could harbor bacteria. Fill out a donation form here.

For those who are not potters or pottery students, or don't have access to a clay studio but would like to donate a bowl, there are opportunities to hand-decorate a ceramic bowl and have it donated to the event. Head here for more information.

BIG EVENT

The annual Austin Empty Bowl Project Preview Party is a family-friendly event that include soups, hors d'oeuvres, breads, desserts, beer and wine, door prizes, and an empty bowl. All proceeds benefit the children's programs of the Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Tickets are $75 per person.

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Carrying Hope

MISSION

More than 17,000 children are removed from their homes by CPS in the state of Texas every year. In an effort to ease what can be a tumultuous transition, Carrying Hope consulted with local foster care agencies and CPS and came up with the idea for Hope Packs: backpacks or diaper bags filled with items that children who are entering the system need most.

The item lists for Hope Packs feature a mix of necessities — formula, diapers, and wipes — and comfort items, such as stuffed animals, nightlights, and coloring books. After Carrying Hope receives the completed packs, they distribute them to foster care agencies and CPS caseworkers who can take them along when they're placing children in new homes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To make your own Hope Pack, head here for a supply list. Complete Hope Packs can be dropped off at 9600 Escarpment Blvd., suite 745-239.

Volunteer opportunities include stocking shelves and helping run packing drives. Head here to find out more.

MEMBERSHIP

The "Hope All Year" gift is an annual contribution of $600 to Carrying Hope, which provides 12 Hope Packs — one for each month — for children who are entering the foster care system. "Hope All Year" donors receive a monthly newsletter that includes a story of a child who received a Hope Pack thanks to donors like them.

BIG EVENT

Carrying Hope's inaugural Fostering Love Gala raised more than $65,000 for children who are entering foster care in Central Texas.

Dreamtime Animal Sanctuary

MISSION

Dreamtime began in 1997, operating under the umbrella of another equine sanctuary organization to offer lifetime sanctuary to horses and donkeys. They quickly began to include sheep, goats, and pigs; then came the dogs and cats. Current sanctuary residents include 13 horses, 12 donkeys, seven sheep, 14 goats, 11 pigs, 44 chickens, six Guinea fowl, eight dogs, 18 cats, 10  ducks and one goose named Leona. The sanctuary is located on a rural road outside of Elgin, Texas. Here, animals and human visitors alike find new life and hope.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can contact Dreamtime here for volunteering information, or donate online here.

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Ann Richards School Foundation

MISSION

Before she died in 2006, Governor Ann Richards laid out her vision for the Ann Richards School. As the first in her family to attend college, she was committed to advancing education and empowering young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is dedicated to preparing young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, lead with courage and compassion, and solve problems creatively and ethically in support of their global community. The Ann Richards School Foundation raises funds and forms partnerships to advance education, empower young women, and create opportunities for girls who may otherwise be held back from achieving their full potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Corporate Pathway Partnership program engages the business community with ARS students and helps fund the school’s STEM programs, acting as both a way to help sponsor STEM programs and share industry expertise with ARS teachers to help enhance curriculum.

MEMBERSHIP

The Governor's Council is a way to support Ann Richard's legacy with a gift of $1,000 or more. Governor’s Council members receive special donor benefits that include acknowledgement on the ARS website, name displayed on their donor wall, and an invitation to the annual Governor’s Council event and speakers series.

BIG EVENT

Reach for the Stars is the Ann Richards School Foundation’s annual fundraising gala at the Four Seasons Austin, to recognize the graduating class of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and celebrate their bright futures. Table sponsorships are available beginning at $3,000, and table sponsors are seated with graduating seniors.

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Ballet Austin

MISSION

The 11th largest classical ballet company in the country, Ballet Austin creates, nurtures, and shares the joy of dance through classically innovative arts and arts education programs. Within this purpose, Ballet Austin maintains a strong commitment to the creation of new work, incubation of emerging talent, and integration into the community. It also runs the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, which serves over 9,000 people of all ages and skill levels with year-round dance and fitness classes, and is home to one of Austin's top-ranked Pilates centers. The company's outreach initiatives serve 31 Central Texas school districts and 200 other area nonprofits.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Ballet Austin Guild, a nonprofit subsidiary of Ballet Austin, is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to support and promote the interests of Ballet Austin through educational programs, fundraising, and special events.

In 1998, visionary community leaders established the Ballet Austin Foundation (BAF) to create a permanent endowment fund. In 2016, the Ballet Austin Foundation kicked off a permanent fundraising effort called Here for Good to secure endowment and legacy gifts that will set in motion a bold vision for Ballet Austin's future.

MEMBERSHIP

Season subscribers can choose between several multi-performance ticket packages.

BIG EVENT

Ballet Austin’s Fête has become one of the city's most anticipated fundraiser galas, synonymous with elegance, excitement, and innovation. Each fall, Ballet Austin opens its performance season with the party, where art enthusiasts enjoy a three-course dinner, live auction, VIP access to fete*ish, and a fanciful ambience inspired by an upcoming production. Proceeds from Fête and fete*ish support Ballet Austin's mission of providing exceptional artistic programming and arts education to the Central Texas community.

Back on My Feet

MISSION

Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the U.S., combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers can get involved with morning runs (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with members at partner facilities. Other volunteer opportunities include participating in local races with members and volunteering at fundraising events (breakfast gala, treadmill challenge, 5K/10K race).

BIG EVENT

The Breakfast Gala fundraiser event at the Omni Dallas has a live auction and silent auction. The Treadmill Challenge fundraiser is where teams keep treadmills running for a full day, including community pizza on the plaza and advocating for Back on My Feet. Meaningful Miles is the annual 5K/10K race at Trinity Groves.

Lemonade Day

MISSION

Lemonade Day's mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. They want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer mentor, donor, or corporate sponsor. Visit the website for more information.

Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas

MISSION

EFCST leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always appreciated, and you can find out more here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Walk To End Epilepsy is held in November in both San Antonio and Austin.

I Live Here I Give Here

MISSION

I Live Here I Give Here is on a mission to make Central Texas the most generous community in the United States. They advance this mission by connecting locals with causes they are passionate about and the local nonprofit organizations (750 nonprofit member organizations) that address those causes, and empowering them to to give back in a way that is meaningful to them — to volunteer, advocate, serve on a nonprofit board or committee, or make a donation.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Search local nonprofits by cause category at AmplifyATX.org to learn about volunteer opportunities or make a donation.

Participate in #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of generosity, by sharing how you give back local to inspire others with the hashtag #ILiveHereIGiveHere.

Participate in Amplify Austin Day, March 5-6, 2020, by making a gift of any size on AmplifyATX.org to reach a community-wide goal of $12 million raised for 750 local nonprofits in 24 hours.

Sign up for one of the mentorship programs (See Jane Give, Give Back Jack, Board Internship Program) to develop your personal philanthropic journey.

BIG EVENT

Amplify Austin Day is Central Texas' biggest day of giving. Over the past seven years, small gifts have come together to make a massive collective impact, with individuals, groups, and businesses raising over $57 million for 740 nonprofits.

I Live Here I Give Here is the hub of the global generosity movement, #GivingTuesday, in Central Texas. #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a day to showcase the importance of giving back to your community in a variety of ways.

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

MISSION

ATCF raises awareness about conditions of social and economic injustice along the Texas/Mexico border, particularly as they affect displaced and disenfranchised communities, and supports community-driven resistance to injustice through transnational solidarity and fair trade. They believe that their environment, communities, and human dignity are sacred and must be respected in the movement for social justice.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteering at any of the educational events, the Women and Fair Trade Festival, or attend a Solidarity Delegation.

BIG EVENT

The annual Women and Fair Trade Festival invites women's cooperatives to come from all over the world to tell their stories about globalization and to sell their beautiful, handmade items. The sale showcases cooperatives that work at the grassroots level in enabling their communities to prosper and continue their cultural traditions based on weaving, sewing, basketry, ceramics and other local crafts. There are also cultural and educational aspects such as live musical performance, a poetry concert, and/or documentary film.

In defiance of the official story about "free" trade agreements — such as NAFTA — Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera takes solidarity delegations to the maquiladora communities three times a year, bringing people from the U.S. who want to see the reality for themselves. A prime outgrowth of "free trade," maquiladoras are foreign-owned, low-wage factories on Mexican soil, manufacturing and assembling goods for export, mostly to the U.S. International agreements exempt them from Mexican tariffs and taxes and in some cases respect for Mexican labor laws.

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Art Alliance Austin

MISSION

Established in 1956, Art Alliance Austin’s goal is to strengthen Austin’s artistic community through experiences. Through festivals like Art City Austin and projects like Hello Lamp Post, Art Alliance Austin dedicates itself to giving artists and art organizations platforms for showcasing their work. Flexibility and inclusiveness is a key part of Art Alliance Austin’s mission and one of the reasons the organization has continued to evolve so successfully. Working behind the scenes on administrative things like development, event planning, and marketing, Art Alliance Austin helps connect artists and audiences. In doing so, it generates impressive economic benefits for the entire city.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A donation to Art Alliance Austin directly supports the arts and helps them reach their goal to support Austin galleries and artists. Art Alliance Austin has a close-knit volunteer community; contact info@artallianceaustin.org for current opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The Art Alliance Membership program is being updated. Please contact info@artallianceaustin.org for further details.

BIG EVENT

Artbash is a unique and immersive annual kick-off party for the East Austin Studio Tour, and Art Alliance Austin’s biggest membership drive and fundraiser of the year. 

allgo

MISSION

For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Allgo relies heavily on volunteers both in Austin and throughout Texas to build its statewide QPOC movement. Volunteer opportunities include serving on event-planning committees, working events, computer work, DJ services, newsletter writing, designing publicity materials, facilitating workshops and groups, and more. Email allgo@allgo.org for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

Being a member of allgo means that you share in the vision of a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities and that you commit your time and resources to support allgo. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member, plus make a pledge for either a monthly or annual donation and/or offering a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work with allgo.

BIG EVENT

Allgo’s annual Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit brings together 25 QPOC activists from across the state to explore and develop strategies for the coming year, to celebrate accomplishments, and to learn self-care. The weekend-long summit is a space for dialogue about building a movement coming from a place of engaging possibilities rather than a place of fighting. Summit activities and workshops allow attendees to safely engage in dialogue, reflection, learning, and sharing experiences. 

Equality Texas Foundation

MISSION

The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MISSION

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Texas and raise funds for critical MS research.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate here to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. You can also volunteer to support fundraising events, help people living with MS, contribute professional skills, and much more. Learn more here

BIG EVENT

Throughout the year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts walks in different cities in Texas to raise money and awareness about MS.

Reveal Beauty

MISSION

Through Reveal Beauty's events and workshop experiences, survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking have the opportunity to believe that hope is possible, and each of us have pivotal role in being a story of hope. Reveal Beauty empowers women to own their worth and reset future generations with a new narrative of beauty, dignity, and celebration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Hair stylists, makeup artists, photographers, nail technicians, and fashion stylists are encouraged to volunteer at the annual makeover event that seeks to empower the local community of sex trafficking and domestic abuse victims. The day is dedicated to pampering women survivors.

They also offer a variety of life, career, and self-care workshops throughout the year to help women get back on their feet.

Become a board/team volunteer, donate funds or any new and unused beauty products for our event. They also accept gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories for the survivors so they can get back on their feet.

BIG EVENT

The annual makeover event takes place on different dates in NYC, LA, and now Austin.

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Keep Austin Beautiful

MISSION

Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) provides resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. KAB has five areas of focus: clean, beautify, recycle, educate, and recognize, which is about honoring the most outstanding environmental efforts of individuals, schools, and organizations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Keep Austin Beautiful offers year-round volunteer engagement opportunities. You can view and register for projects here, or visit the event calendar to see more opportunities.

KAB also help you organize your own community cleanup. You choose the place and time, and they provide all the necessary supplies for a successful cleanup. Additionally, they support community projects with a variety of free resources, including tools, soil, mulch, and compost.

BIG EVENT

Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a county-wide service day spanning over 131 sites in 31 ZIP codes throughout Austin and Travis County. As Clean Sweep has grown over the years, it has become more than just a cleanup day. Volunteers are planting gardens, restoring riparian habitats, removing graffiti, and more. 

In previous years, the cleanup and project day has resulted in over 26 tons of trash removed by over 4,000 volunteers who contribute 8,700 combined service hours. The network of projects is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free T-shirts, lunch, live music, children's environmental activities, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more.

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Art From the Streets

MISSION

Art From the Streets (AFTS) provides a safe and encouraging environment in which the positive spirit and creativity of homeless and formerly homeless people is nurtured through artistic expression, and provides them with a source of pride and income through the sale of their work. The benefits that these "artists from the streets" have experienced from their hard work include greater emotional and financial stability, improved self-esteem, and personal growth. Every artist receives 95 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their work and the transformation from a negative label to a positive one enables enormous newfound opportunities for each artist in the program.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

AFTS seeks to diminish the stigmatizing effect of homelessness by nurturing the human desire to create and share, and are always looking for help in making that a reality. Whether you're interested in working with Art From the Streets downtown open studio sessions from 1-4 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, helping out at the Annual Show & Sale in December, helping host a show or fundraiser, or being a corporate sponsor, AFTS will gladly find something to suit your talents, abilities, and schedule. Head here for more information. 

BIG EVENT

The Give Art a Home fundraiser is a lively celebration and exhibit that helps to support the mission of AFTS. The afternoon event is filled with a live and silent auction (that includes artwork from the program's artists), live music, and, of course, plenty of bites and booze.

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Start-Up! Kids Club

MISSION

Start-Up Kid's Club shapes the world by cultivating entrepreneurship to broaden youth perspective and enhance life skills through community connection and experience. It seeks to unlock the capability and possibility inside every child as soon as possible. By creating an inclusive environment that works with children as young as five, they believe entrepreneurship has the power to not only equip students with valuable life skills, but help break poverty cycles.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Start-Up runs with the help of volunteers and community members who are looking to give back. Current volunteer needs include event and class volunteers, mentors, videographer and photographers, a public relations rep, and Lake Travis Community library class facilitator. Head here for more info.

BIG EVENT

Kids with ideas that could be the next big deal can attend Pitch Yea! on January 27, 2019, at the Stateside Paramount Theater. Students 18 and under can pitch their business ideas in front of a celebrity judging panel for a chance to win funding and cool prizes. All finalist will walk away with prizes, and top winners are awarded a "Start-Up" funding package.

Susan G. Komen Austin

MISSION

Komen Austin's mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in the community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Susan G. Komen Austin strives to engage energetic volunteers to achieve its vision of a world without breast cancer. Empower your community today by joining the Komen Austin family as an Ambassador, representing the organization on a voluntary basis with the purpose of raising awareness about breast health and breast cancer services. More information is available here.

BIG EVENT

The Komen Austin Race for the Cure takes place in the fall.

Foster Angels of Central Texas

MISSION

Foster Angels of Central Texas helps meet the many unfulfilled needs of children in foster care. They believe all kids deserve to feel “normal," so they make sure they receive the basic essentials and, whenever possible, provide life-enhancing opportunities.

Through a partnership with Child Protective Services and other nonprofit agencies, Foster Angels identifies the gaps and quickly responds to children's circumstances so they too can have supportive, loving childhood experiences, with long-felt positive impact. Since 2010, they have helped over 20,000 children and youth.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

They host several drives throughout the year, whether it is for a new, stuffed backpack to send a child back to school or a teen getting everything on his Christmas list, and always need volunteers to help with the logistics of gathering and distributing those items throughout the year. You can learn more about current volunteer opportunities by emailing info@fosterangelsctx.org.

They also provide assistance to children in care in the form of gift cards, and love when offices, organizations, and families host gift card drives that go directly to children in need so that they are able to pick out their own items.

BIG EVENT

The Austin Skipathon at Mueller Lake Park takes place in September, and you can enjoy music, food, and skipping for a great cause.

Make a Vet Sweat

MISSION

Make a Vet Sweat serves Texas veterans with combat-related disabilities and their spouses by offering free three-month group fitness gym memberships to those battling PTSD. The holistic coping alternative promoted stress relief, encourages physical activity, and provides a support system in team-based activity.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Find out how to donate by credit card or check here. Fitness companies can find out how to become a partner here.

BIG EVENT

The annual Gala Party includes live entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle.

 

Austin Food & Wine Alliance

MISSION

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming, and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary- and community-minded professionals, the Alliance's commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits, and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas' culinary impact.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To volunteer with the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, head here. Donations to the Alliance help grow Austin's culinary community and fuel innovation.

BIG EVENT

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is the designated beneficiary of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, an annual, weekend-long celebration of all things food and booze that features creations by chefs from around Texas and beyond, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, chef meet and greets, and more. Proceeds from the festival help support all aspects of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance's mission, including the Culinary Grant Program, educational programming, and AFWA signature events, including Live Fire! and Official Drink of Austin.

The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

MISSION

This center assists adults and children as they move from loss to life through support, therapy, education, training, and consultation throughout the greater Austin area.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are numerous ways you can support hope, healing, and transformation, including support group facilitation, child care during evening support groups, event coordination, fundraising, special projects, office support, and even gardening.

BIG EVENT

Annual signature events include:

  • Camp Red Bird, a day camp for grieving children
  • Remember and Reflect, a special gathering to honor and celebrate the memory of those we love and have lost
  • Holder of Hope, the annual gala
Sanctuary Project

MISSION

Sanctuary Project is a community of survivors and their advocates who have a mission to create beautiful products with messages of hope. All the products are designed, hand-selected, and hand-crafted by survivors of trafficking, violence, and addiction who are in the process of restoring and rebuilding their lives and hearts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Visit the website or email thisissanctuary@gmail.com to volunteer at yearly events or to learn about opportunities to donate goods, services, and funds.

BIG EVENT

On April 4, top fashion blogger Jessi Afshin of The Darling Detail and My Darling Diary is hosting the annual Spring into Sanctuary - Shop for a Cause event at Mercury Hall. Twelve local Austin brands and boutiques will sell products and feature an outfit or product on the runway, all with the spirit of giving back to survivors of trafficking, violence, and addiction with Sanctuary Project. The event will be free and open to the public from 6-9 pm.

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The Birthday Party Project

MISSION

The Birthday Party Project (BPP) brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. With the help of its birthday enthusiasts, BPP hosts monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. They celebrate all children (ages 1-22) that have a birthday that month, and invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join the party. The one-hour celebration is a chance for kids to dream big, and the BPP sees their parties as being much more than a celebration — they are a loud exclamation point that kids matter.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

"Birthday enthusiasts" help create magical moments for the kids they celebrate by helping to set-up, decorate, light candles, hand out cupcakes, and connect with the birthday kids. To get started as a birthday enthusiast, head here.

BIG EVENT

Happiness is contagious at the Birthday Party Project's annual birthday party, the signature fundraising event that celebrates bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. This wild party is both fun and fancy, and 100 percent of ticket sales and sponsorships go directly to throwing birthday parties at partner agencies.

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Austin Sunshine Camps

MISSION

Austin Sunshine Camps' mission is to engage and and empower youth living near or below the poverty line. The organization uses education and outdoor experiences, rendering the space and comfort kids need to look beyond their current situation and dream big.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Sunshine Camps are often looking for volunteers for various events. For a complete calender of events and volunteer opportunities, click here.

MEMBERSHIP

A Sunshine Keeper is a $33/month entry-level membership for individual, sustaining donors to the Austin Sunshine Camps. When amortized over one year this donation level sends one child to summer camp for a week. Austin Sunshine Camps also offers Family Keeper Membership, a $50/month family membership that creates a fun way to get kids involved in philanthropy.

BIG EVENT

Austin Sunshine Camps host an annual carnival for adults and kids with a VIP reception that follows, featuring guest speakers, live music, an open bar, and hors d'oeuvres. Daytime festivities include carnival attractions, a silent auction, and games for adults and kids to enjoy. 

Back on My Feet

MISSION

Back on My Feet uses running and community to motivate and support individuals every step of the way from homelessness to independence, first by recruiting members (individuals experiencing homelessness) at homeless and residential facilities who commit to run three days a week in the early morning. After 30 days in the program, members with 90 percent attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program, called Next Steps, which provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals, and housing resources. Almost 80 percent of individuals who start the program move into Next Steps.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer runners meet in the early morning and run between one and five miles with our members. Back on My Feet sees different physical abilities among members, so they encourage all runners, joggers, and walkers to become a part of the growing community. They run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but the desired volunteer commitment is once a week. But if you fall in love with the team, you're encouraged to join as often as you like.

Back on My Feet Austin has helped more than 265 members reach self-sufficiency—a donation of any amount helps them to grow that number. 

BIG EVENT

The annual Back on My Feet Bash is the nonprofit's biggest fundraising event of the year to benef the Austin chapter.

Out Youth Austin

MISSION

For nearly 30 years, Out Youth has been a safe place for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities to be themselves. Out Youth promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. Using value-based programming, Out Youth creates programming and provides services for Austin-area youth as well as educational services for parents, educators, and caregivers. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Support Out Youth through donations, which will be put to work immediately to provide the life-changing and life-saving programs LGBTQ youth and their families rely on every day. Go here to learn more. The nonprofit is actively looking for volunteers to help with everything from family dinners to community engagement events. Go here to learn more.

BIG EVENT

The Glitz Gala, held in the fall, is a night of fun and philanthropy. Enjoy a silent auction, DJ, photo booth, and more.

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CareBOX

MISSION

CareBOX founders Jillian Domingue and Lisa Keefauver saw through the experiences of their loved ones and friends that there was a dire need for patients going through cancer treatments to have access to essential supplies at home.

Because these supplies are typically not covered by insurance, CareBOX Program realized that many people were simply going without them, and their health was suffering as a consequence. Once they became aware that one in five cancer-related deaths can be attributed to the effects of malnutrition alone, they knew what their mission would be: deliver free care supplies to cancer patients at home to prevent malnutrition, infections, and injuries.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a variety of ways to get involved with CareBOX, including in-office volunteering, delivering CareBOXes straight to patients' homes, collecting items needed for the boxes, and more. Head here for more information on volunteering and/or donating supplies.

MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a CareGIVER means automatically helping cancer patients get the supplies they need with a recurring donation.

BIG EVENT

The annual Stand Up for CareBOX Program features Austin's funniest comedians, locally crafted beer, wine and cocktails, tasty bites, auctions, live music, and the best views of the city.

Texans Can Academies

MISSION

Texans Can Academies provides the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are a multitude of ways to be involved with Texans Can Academies, from donating to help students secure their economic independence to volunteering your time and talents to make a difference in the students' lives.

BIG EVENT

Leading up to each school year, Texans Can Academies hosts its annual Countdown to Class Uniform Drive to raise funds that will benefit students at their 14 campuses across the state of Texas. The open-enrollment public charter high school has campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The funds from the drive benefit students and their families by providing brand-new clothes that fit properly to wear as the school's uniform of khaki pants and white collared shirts. A $75 donation provides one pair of pants, two shirts, socks, and a belt for one student. 

Each city — Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth — has a Cares for Kids Luncheon each year. The luncheon benefits students who seek a second chance and renewed hope of economic independence through a high school education.

Alzheimer's Texas

MISSION

Alzheimer’s Texas provides free information, assistance, and support for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as for their family members, caregivers. and professionals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

People are always encouraged to sign up for the annual walk, which will be in March, 2020, at Camp Mabry. Corporate sponsorships as well as walking team sponsorships encouraged.

BIG EVENT

Several walks are done throughout the year to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and various dementia-related illnesses.

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Kids in a New Groove

MISSION

Kids in a New Groove (KING) provides Central Texas children living in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through private music instruction. Since 2009, KING KING has empowered over 600 youth by offering free, in-home music lessons.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Kids In a New Groove is always seeking talented, passionate, and dedicated volunteers to serve as Music Mentors. In addition, KING has opportunities for event and creative volunteers. You can also donate new or gently used music instruments and/or equipment, or make a monetary donation

BIG EVENT

An annual fundraiser for Kids in a New Groove, the Music Matters Luncheon is dedicated to why music matters to the community and the organization.

Firefly Fund

MISSION

Firefly Fund's mission is to fund and support the research and education necessary to accelerate a cure for rare neurodegenerative genetic diseases that affect children and currently have no cure. Firefly Fund has begun its journey with a focus on Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC).

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your donations fund the research necessary to develop new drug therapies that slow the progression of Niemann-Pick Type C.

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Austin Open Door Outreach

MISSION

Austin Open Door serves Austin's homeless and working poor men, women, and children by providing a substantial meal and operating a clothing store every Saturday morning of the year (including holidays). Open Door is operated 100 percent by volunteers within the Austin community, many of whom are or have been a part of the population served by Open Door. Most importantly, Open Door fosters a community atmosphere to enable the homeless population to be recognized as valuable, respected, and beloved members of the Austin community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Open Door Outreach offers weekly volunteer opportunities for interested individuals and groups within the Austin area. The program prepares and serves a substantial meal to more than 200 Austin-area homeless and working poor members of the community on Saturday morning. Volunteer opportunities during the week are also available for those wishing to help sort and/or stock the clothing store. For additional information on volunteer opportunities, contact Judy at uumc.opendoor@yahoo.com.

Emancipet

MISSION

Emancipet is a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. They manage an expanding national network of high-quality, low-cost clinics; offer customized training and consulting programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide; and advocate for strategies and public policy that improve the lives of pets in underserved communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your donation helps Emancipet achieve its vision of a future where all pets are happy, healthy, and living with families whose lives they enrich.

They always have volunteer opportunities, including serving on a committee, collecting and delivering towels for clinics, helping prepare for a big event, and more.

CapCityKids

MISSION

CapCityKids (the Capital City Fund for Education) is a nonprofit organization created to help children facing homelessness beat the odds and get a quality education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

CapCityKids develops innovative programs and provides direct resources to help these students stay in school. Administrative costs for the programs are absorbed by the board and by leveraging existing infrastructure at Austin Independent School District.

Thanks to this close partnership, 100 percent of donations go directly to the students. Donations not only provide basic school supplies, but also support a campus-based specialist for at-risk students and emergency funds for families, and help connect kids with counseling and social services, and more.

BIG EVENT

The annual Austin Empowerment Academy is a fair-like back-to-school event with fun activities for homeless kids living in shelters and other at-risk youth. After a delicious breakfast, hundreds of kids receive backpacks full of school supplies, get haircut vouchers, eat snow cones, and so much more. In 2018, the program was expanded with a Bastrop ISD edition.

Folds of Honor

MISSION

Since 2007, Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service-members.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A Folds of Honor Wingman dutifully supports the pursuit of education for military families affected by war. Commit to provide aid in the form of a recurring donation, starting at $13 a month.

BIG EVENT

There is an annual gala held the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend every November.

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Austin Parks Foundation

MISSION

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) partners with the community to enhance people's lives by making Austin's public parks, trails, and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support. APF fosters innovative public and private partnerships, and since 2006 has given over $2.5 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It's My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

On the citywide volunteer event It's My Park Day, thousands of Austinites come together to help improve and transform parks, trails, and greenbelts throughout Austin. Volunteer projects include city-approved tree mulching, root collar clearing, habitat restoration, and trail maintenance, as well as park and creek cleanups. To be a part of this year's It's My Park Day, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

APF’s Ambassador Program provides a unique and meaningful volunteer experience that allows residents to play a pivotal role in helping strengthen Austin's city’s park system. Ambassadors are trained volunteers who act as representatives for APF. Benefits include unique APF merchandise, networking and educational opportunities available to all volunteers, leadership development, and advance invitations to volunteer at APF-related events including Party for the Parks and Austin City Limits Music Festival. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, head here.

BIG EVENT

APF's annual fundraiser Party for the Parks, held at Austin's very first park Republic Square, features bites curated by some of Austin's top restaurants and drinks by favorite local brands. The evening also showcases a stellar live auction experience, fun activities, and live music. 

The SAFE Alliance

MISSION

A merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, The SAFE Alliance exists to "Stop Abuse For Everyone." The organization's mission is to end violence through prevention, advocacy, and comprehensive services for individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by abuse.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

SAFE offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including flexible options for individuals and groups. Those interested in direct service volunteer opportunities should attend an info session to become eligible for a 40-hour volunteer and/or children’s and youth training.  

BIG EVENT

SAFE's annual gala raises funds for the kids and families in the organization's care.

Family Eldercare

MISSION

Recognized experts in the field of aging and disability services, Family Eldercare is a nonprofit that has served Central Texas since 1982. They ensure that all older adults and adults with disabilities receive the care they need to thrive in their communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer, donate, or contribute to the summer fan drive, which runs May 1-August 31 and provides fans for those without air conditioning who are in danger of heat stroke.

National Math and Science Initiative

MISSION

National Math and Science Initiative believes STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity, and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.​ Thus, its mission is to advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem-solvers and lif​e-long learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world's toughest challenges​

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help more students reach their highest potential by donating, or reach out to your school or district administrators to encourage them to bring the program to your schools.

To read more about their impact, click here.

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Therapists Beyond Borders

MISSION

Therapists Beyond Borders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with communities around the world that have expressed a need for therapy services. They collaborate with partner sites to co-design programs that provide care for individuals with special needs and empower those who care for them. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy volunteers carry out the programs until they can be locally sustained. By using a model that fosters community involvement, they allow individuals to progress beyond borders to reach their own unique potential.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to the local program-building, as well as carrying out programs internationally, and donate! Contact info@tbbinc.org.

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Candlelight Ranch

MISSION

Candlelight Ranch provides therapeutic and educational nature-based experiences to enrich the lives of at-risk youth, children with disabilities, and their families. Partnering with community groups, nonprofits, and schools, the ranch provides interactive learning programs and experiences that are customized to meet the specific needs of the youth and families served.

Three zip lines pass through a tree canopy and over a beautiful grotto with natural springs and hiking trails. When not grazing, the ranch's horses, Rusty and Comet, provide a great canvas for painting, as well as therapeutic and educational interaction. All the main facilities are wheelchair accessible, including Reese's Tree House: a magical place nestled in 100 year-old live oaks, 19 feet above the ground.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether providing hands-on support to deliver the ranch's programs or helping on a special project to keep the ranch beautiful, Candlelight Ranch couldn’t deliver its mission-based programs without the support of volunteers. All volunteers who work with the youth at the ranch are screened and must pass a background check. Head here to apply.

MEMBERSHIP

Candlelight Ranch has established an endowment called the Candlelight Ranch Legacy Fund. Donations to the endowment fund will enable Candlelight Ranch to continue providing generations of children with life experiences they would not otherwise have. There are many options to join, including making a cash or stock gift and leaving Candlelight Ranch a bequest.

BIG EVENT

The annual Dance for Candlelight at the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs includes an entertaining night with a live and silent auction, live music, dancing, and food and beverages from some of Austin’s best restaurants. It's a fun-filled evening that raises awareness and funds to support the children Candlelight Ranch serves, as well as being a celebration of all that has been accomplished over the past year.

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Capital Idea

MISSION

Capital Idea provides financial support and extensive professional guidance to motivated, non-traditional students who want to earn more and move up in a great career. With many community partners, like Austin Community College, the group stands committed to providing individuals the opportunity and support they need to earn a degree and get started in a promising career.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To make a gift to Capital Idea, head here.

AIDS Services of Austin

MISSION

AIDS Services of Austin is Central Texas' largest provider of critical HIV-dedicated services, and is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. The group helps people navigate the maze of social and medical services to get the care and knowledge they need to live with HIV, and works with community groups through special initiatives to ensure that people undergoing this highly personal experience can maintain their health and well-being. They also work to fight indifference and stigma by both supporting their clients through obstacles and by educating the community to reduce indifference fueled by stereotypes, fear, beliefs, and stigma.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

At ASA, a diverse group of volunteers give their time and talents to help Central Texans living with HIV and AIDS. Most volunteer activities take place Monday to Friday, 10 am-5 pm. Head here for more information and to create a volunteer profile.

MEMBERSHIP

ASA's Star Partners are a dedicated group of donors who share the organization's commitment to ending HIV and AIDS by making annual or monthly contributions totaling at least $1,200 in a 12-month period . For more information, contact director of development Christopher Alberts at 512-406-6115.

BIG EVENT

Now in its 32nd year, AIDS Walk Austin benefits 10 sharing agencies, including AIDS Services of Austin, and brings together people (and pets!) from all walks of life. AIDS Walk Austin attracts 1,000-plus people annually for an afternoon of celebration and remembrance of those affected by HIV. Head here for more information.
 
The Red Ribbon Dinner Series offers dynamic, bi-monthly fine dining experience with wine pairings at some of Austin’s best restaurants. Proceeds go to support ASA, and have totaled more than $400,000 since the Red Ribbon Dinner Series' inception in 1993.
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Sustainable Food Center

MISSION

Sustainable Food Center's (SFC) mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.

From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes, and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and the environment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities with SFC vary. Some of the on-going opportunities include helping with the information booth at SFC Farmers Markets, becoming a garden volunteer, and seed packing for Spread the Harvest.

MEMBERSHIP

Joining the SFC Sustainer Circle with an annual sustaining gift is the most effective way to ensure the longevity of SFC's work and the momentum they have built in this critical food movement. Benefits vary depending on membership level, but inlcude things like a parking pass for SFC Farmers Market Downtown and advance purchase opportunities for classes and events.

BIG EVENT

SFC's annual Farm to Plate fundraising event celebrates the bounty of Central Texas with some of Austin's most acclaimed local restaurants. The sip-and-stroll event features bites from chefs who are dedicated to sourcing local and sustainable food from area farmers. Farm to Plate also features local artisan cocktails, local wine and beer, live music, and a silent auction.

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C2 Change

MISSION

C2 Change is a mental health agency dedicated to providing quality mental health treatment to youth and their families, regardless of income. It helps families proactively address the challenges they face, with techniques that are evidence-based and tailored to meet unique needs. C2 Change offers services on a sliding scale to keep treatment affordable. Since opening its doors in 2010, C2 Change has served over 1,000 clients.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To donate to C2 Change, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

C2 Change is looking for volunteers to join its fundraising committee. The committee helps plan for all fundraising events as well as map out strategy for the fiscal year.

The C2 Change grants committee develops relationships with foundations and corporations that provide funding through grants. The committee helps write grant applications to funding sources that appear to be a match for the agency. It generally meets on the first Friday of each month, and conference calls are common. The majority of the work is done on committee members’ own time.

BIG EVENT

The C2 Change Gala is an annual philanthropy evening benefiting C2 Change, featuring cocktails, poetry and performances, dinner, live music, and dancing. For more information and tickets, head here.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MISSION

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since its inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research they have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases.

MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic, and patient-reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics, providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions.

The resource center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. Each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Together with its generous supporters, MDA is fighting to free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. They need caring individuals like you to help bring more treatments, the best care, and life-changing support to families today.

Join your community at an MDA event to raise vital funds and awareness to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger. Your involvement enables MDA to fund research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support.

BIG EVENT

MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. In more than 150 hometowns across America, the Muscle Walk offers at 5K run, walk, or roll as well as a one-mile leisure option designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help MDA find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support to live longer and grow stronger.

Marathon Kids

MISSION

Through running, kids learn they can achieve more than they ever thought possible and be put on the path to healthier lives.

Title 1 schools apply for grants and Marathon Kids fund their run clubs so that all students can have the opportunity to be involved in an extracurricular activity. 60,000 kids in Central Texas run with Marathon Kids each year, including all elementary students in Austin ISD.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Sponsor a kid in a Title 1 school — just $15 covers the cost for them to be in a run club for the whole school year.

MEMBERSHIP

Marathon Kids costs $15 per child for the school year. Head here for more details.

BIG EVENT

A new signature event is launching in April 2020.

Urban Roots

MISSION

The only farm-based youth leadership organization in Austin, Urban Roots has been empowering youth and nourishing community for more than 10 years. Urban Roots started in 2008 with just 15 teenagers and one field as a project of another youth development organization, eventually becoming an independent nonprofit in 2011. On its 3.5 acre farm in East Austin, teens and young adults participate in paid internships that focus not just on farming, but also on their growth as leaders and good citizens. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Thanks to donors like you, over 300 young leaders have graduated from Urban Roots programs and earned over $565,000 in paid stipends. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

BIG EVENT

The annual Seed to Harvest Kickoff in September marks the beginning of a fresh season and a new year for Urban Roots. The happy hour fundraiser includes a few words from the youth leaders, bites and signature drinks, a DJ, giveaways, and other fun.

Seedling

MISSION

Seedling's mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research-driven, school-based mentoring.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Seedling is in need of volunteer mentors to spend lunch with a deserving child one day per week during the school year on their school campus. They are seeking to match 667 mentors during the 2018-19 school year. Mentoring benefits the child and is equally rewarding for the mentor. Head here to watch a video about mentoring for Seedling. 

Donations are also always accepted and appreciated.

BIG EVENT

Austin's Fab Five honors five well-known Austinites who have given their time, energy, and resources to help children in the community.

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Dell Children's Medical Center Foundation

MISSION

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Seton Family of Hospital's Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Through philanthropy, the Central Texas community helped build this outstanding regional facility. The goal is to help make it one of the top children's hospitals in the country. The foundation's mission is to raise philanthropic dollars in an ethical and strategic way to impact the most children with the best care, with a vision to endow the hospital so that efforts today will help to heal and bring hope to children in future generations.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, from becoming a community champion to volunteering your time to attending Dell Children's events.

MEMBERSHIP

Joining one of the many Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation support groups allows you to make an immediate impact toward keeping Central Texas children healthy and strong.

BIG EVENT

The annual Dell Children's Gala is the first fundraising event of the year for Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Each year, the gala provides more than $1 million to the medical center's area of greatest need, and supports the premier kid and family-centered care offered at the hospital. The elegant evening features live music, silent and live auctions, and dinner and dancing.

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The Trail Foundation

MISSION

The Trail Foundation's mission is to preserve, enhance, and connect the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike-Trail for the benefit of all. The Butler Trail is the 10-mile lush, urban path in the heart of Austin that meanders along the edges of Lady Bird Lake and gets more than 2.6 million visits every year.

Since its founding, The Trail Foundation has achieved restoration and beautification projects to the trail's infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the trail's founders and ensuring its vibrancy for generations to come.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best way to get involved with The Trail Foundation (TTF) is to become a member. Support from TTF's generous members helps make the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake more beautiful, accessible, and enjoyable for the benefit of all. This year TTF invested about $4 million into trail enhancement projects, and the City of Austin put $1 million into the trail.

Trail users can honor someone special while supporting TTF at the same time by purchasing an honorary or memorial gift in their name. Currently available memorial gifts include personally engraved Lakeshore Park commemorative bricks, boardwalk benches, and endowment funds. Learn more about these options to get involved here.

Another great way to get involved with TTF is through its Lady Bird Johnson Adopt-a-Garden program, in which an individual, business, family, organization, or club may adopt a garden along the trail and design, plant, and tend it. Gardens are adopted for a year, and new garden beds are put up for adoption as they become available. To volunteer with this program or find out more info, head here or email gardens@thetrailfoundation.org.

TTF's "Day in the Trail Dirt" program is an opportunity for corporate groups to promote volunteerism and environmental stewardship while building employee cohesiveness and camaraderie. A "Day in the Trail Dirt" is a highly customized volunteer day that includes a TTF staff member that is dedicated to your group and helps facilitate the volunteer event. TTF provides all the necessary tools and resources to maximize the value of the day's activities for the corporate volunteer group. Learn more about this program here.

In addition, Austinites can get involved with The Trail Foundation through a number of volunteer opportunities. TTF hosts quarterly volunteer days each year that take place on Saturdays from 9 am-noon. Activities are based on season, temperature, rainfall, and needs of the trail at the time. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to: painting benches, pipe fencing, or railing; planting trees and native plants; seeding wildflower meadows; removing invasive plants or weeds; mulching garden beds; and more. Each volunteer day is limited to 30 participants, and the list of upcoming dates can be found here. Trail users can also shop with Amazon Smile to benefit The Trail Foundation, sponsor an individual project or event, or donate materials. Visit TTF's website or contact kelly@thetrailfoundation.org for more info.

MEMBERSHIP

Any donation to The Trail Foundation makes you a member, but the minimum donation amount is $25 if you'd like branded items to show your support for the trail. Dog and student memberships start at $25, individual memberships are $50, and family memberships are $150. Head here to view all the membership levels and associated perks as well as the awesome TTF swag items.

BIG EVENT

The Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run and Party is TTF's largest annual fundraising event. This year the event will take place June 6, 2019 from 8-10 p.m. Ladies can trade the little black dress and heels for little black shorts and running shoes, while gentlemen can leave their ties at home. The evening begins with an 8 pm shotgun start to a 5K course that travels along the streets bordering Lady Bird Lake.

Immediately following the race, join TTF for a post-race party on Seaholm's scenic Great Lawn. Party attendees enjoy dinner and margaritas catered by Maudie's Tex-Mex, live music and dancing, and fun photo ops underneath the stars and lights of downtown Austin. For more info, head here.

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HAAM

MISSION

HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Since its founding in 2005, HAAM has helped almost 5,000 local musicians access a range of healthcare appointments, including dental work, doctor visits, prescriptions, psychiatric counseling, eye exams, out-patient procedures, specialist referrals, and hearing screenings. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

HAAMbassadors serve as the face of the organization around town. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round and include taking donations at concerts, spreading the word about HAAM, and helping the staff in a variety of ways. To become a HAAMbassador, sign up here, then attend an orientation.

MEMBERSHIP

Working musicians living in Austin or a surrounding county may be eligible to become a HAAM member.

BIG EVENT

HAAM Day is the organization's biggest fundraiser, taking place September 11, 2018. On HAAM Day, Austin businesses and music venues across the city host over 200 performances from local musicians and donate a portion of the day's sales to support HAAM. 

HAAM also hosts an annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, where local professionals get the chance to "unleash their inner rock star for a good cause."

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

MISSION

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX) is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are severals ways to get involved at RMHC CTX to support families with sick children:

  • Prepare a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. Gather a group of co-workers and friends, plan a menu, and prepare a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Volunteer meal providers only need to bring the food — the kitchen already has cookware, utensils, and spices.
  • Host a Wish List Drive to gather much-needed items for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. The Wish Lists can be found here.
  • Donate a meal at a Ronald McDonald Family Room. Meals made from a commercial kitchen can be donated at the Family Rooms located inside four Austin hospitals.
  • Stroll a Happy Wheels Cart inside the hospital to distribute complimentary items to families and their hospitalized children.
  • Assist families by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. Different shifts are available.
  • Join a Special Event Committee. RMHC CTX hosts several special events each year, and you can join a committee to help organize an event.

BIG EVENT

The signature fundraiser held at the Wild Onion Ranch, the Bandana Ball, attracts nearly 800 guests in April. The event features live entertainment, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Starlight Affair, held in late April in Bryan/College Station, supports the RMHC CTX services in the Brazos Valley. The event hosts 300 guests and features live entertainment, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Red Shoe Luncheon in September is a complimentary, invitation-only luncheon to introduce new friends to RMHC CTX's mission.

The Sporting Clay Classic in October features flurry shoot, clay shoot, dinner, and awards celebration.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

MISSION

With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless in Austin, and has spawned similar food truck programs in other cities across the country.

Complementing its truck ministry, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is also the visionary behind Austin's innovative Community First! Village — a 27-acre master-planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

Additionally, Mobile Loaves & Fishes' Community Works program provides micro-enterprise opportunities that enable formerly homeless men and women to earn a dignified income, develop new skills, and cultivate enduring relationships as they take part in a restorative journey home.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the backbone of Mobile Loaves & Fishes' food truck ministry. Not only do they prepare and deliver meals to men and women who are living on the streets, they also provide the homeless with the dignity that comes with handshake, a hug, or a friendly smile. People of varied interests and abilities can volunteer, whether you want to be hands-on serving food during truck runs, prepare meals behind the scenes, or provide other needed assistance. Head here to learn more.
 
There are also numerous volunteer opportunities at the Community First! Village, from beautification projects to being a sounding board and friend for resident artists. Head here to get started.

MEMBERSHIP

Everyday Angels support Mobile Loaves & Fishes with a monthly gift, enabling volunteers to bring relief and hope to those living on the streets. Everyday Angels give automatically from their credit card, providing dependable support for all MLF programs.

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Soldiers' Angels

MISSION

Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers' Angels is a national nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; their families; and the growing veteran population. Hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, as well as wounded and deployed personnel and their families, in a variety of ways.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The organization has 12 different teams. They range from the Angel Baker Team, which bakes homemade treats, to the Sewing and Crafting Team, which sew blankets for veterans, to the Deployed Adoptions Team, which “adopts” a service member. The team opportunities are virtual, so you can bake goodies, sew blankets, or adopt a soldier no matter where you live.

In addition to the virtual teams, Soldiers’ Angels also offers “boots on the ground” opportunities for volunteers within VA hospitals and medical centers. Volunteers and staff coordinate events and activities for veterans at VAs and have the opportunity to participate in patient visits to distribute comfort items.

Learn more about getting involved with Soldiers' Angels programs here.

The Settlement Home for Children

MISSION

The Settlement Home is a private, licensed nonprofit that cares for children who come from abusive and neglectful backgrounds. Their mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults, and families by providing a continuum of care, support, and resources. They serve individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse, and neglect. Through a variety of services and programs, the Settlement Home for Children is able to meet the specific needs of each individual they serve.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers play an integral part in serving as role models to the children at the Settlement Home. There are several opportunities to get involved:

  • Individual mentors build a healthy, positive relationship with one child through both on and off campus activities
  • Cottage volunteers work with a group of residents at one of the Settlement Home for Children's cottages and assist with leading recreation or daily routine activities
  • School volunteers provide academic assistance as a tutor, participate in classroom group activities or field trips, and provide additional support to help students achieve academic success
  • Recreation volunteers lead a recreation or health and fitness class, teach music lessons, and hosts workshops
  • Group volunteers assist with campus beautification, host a dinner or event, teach a vocational class, support fundraising events, and assist with holiday activities

MEMBERSHIP

The Settlement Club is a group of 450 women who volunteer across campus in a variety of ways.

BIG EVENT

The Settlement Home for Children hosts an annual garage and estate sale at the Palmer Events Center the first weekend of November each year. They also host Giving for Living on the last day of the sale, which partners with nonprofits in the Austin area to provide shopping certificates to individuals and families deemed to be in the greatest need. To date, more than 25,000 certificates have been distributed to over 100 nonprofit agencies and schools throughout the community.

The Settlement Home for Children also hosts Shining Star: A Night to Inspire, an evening that honors the Community Youth Council, which consists of area high school students who are committed to giving back to the community.

HorseLink

MISSION

HorseLink provides renewed purpose and a loving, permanent home to horses in need, as well as equine-assisted learning programs (for people) that deliver self-discovery and empowerment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer as a Horse Buddy or Barn Buddy, or help out with special events and during fundraising campaigns. Corporate volunteering is welcome at the farm. You can register and attend a demo day or open house, a veteran's introductory program or a Horse Power Program. Register to attend a facilitator training program and become a facilitator. Details on each of these options can be found here.

MEMBERSHIP

There is a cost for the Facilitator Training program, but all other programs are free.

BIG EVENT

Saddle Up Austin! is a festive, family-friendly event with great food, drinks, and entertainment for everyone. Kids 12 and under attend for free.

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AGE of Central Texas

MISSION

AGE of Central Texas provides both education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older. Each year, through primary interrelated programs that include adult day health care, early memory loss support, and peer-based computer classes for seniors, AGE serves more than 3,000 older adults in the Austin area. AGE operates under the belief that aging cuts across all socioeconomic levels and will touch everyone at some point in their lives. Through education, advocacy, and support, AGE empowers the community to access resources that protect and improve the quality of life for everyone along the lifetime spectrum. Many of its services are free or low-cost, and AGE has a special concern for providing services to the poor.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Legacy Fund is a a group of passionate individuals who invest in AGE’s mission at an impactful level. This founding group of community investors — whose gifts are matched dollar by dollar by the Anderson Foundation — are helping create a foundation to launch AGE  into the next successful phase of serving the Central Texas community, as the need for services for older adults and family caregivers climbs rapidly.

MEMBERSHIP

Click here to to become a founding member of The Legacy Fund — the only requirements are a gift impact of $1,000 or more.

BIG EVENT

The annual AGE Awards event recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations whose leadership, achievements, and contributions have had a significant impact on the quality of life for aging adults and their caregivers in Central Texas.

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Texas Music Partners

MISSION

Texas Music Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) Arts Provider whose mission is to show kids how to combine creativity, technology, and music through education and performance. Their goal is to help students find a passion in music and the arts alongside technology and have it manifest into interesting careers, avocations, or hobbies related to music, the arts, or just the next generation of music lovers and patrons to make life more rich and rewarding.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donors and volunteers are always welcome, including experienced board members, committee members, event and research volunteers, and social advocates to help get the word out. More details can be found here.

BIG EVENT

A Taste of Autumn includes food sampling stations, live music, and a silent auction.

Austin Bat Cave

MISSION

Austin Bat Cave's free writing programs empower students to find their voices and tell their stories. ABC provides Austin children and teenagers with opportunities to develop their writing skills by connecting a diverse population of young leaders with a community of adult volunteers via one-on-one tutoring. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Bat Cave is looking for adult volunteers to join the team for free writing programs. If you've never taught or written a lesson plan, ABC will help with that. You can view ongoing and one-time workshop opportunities here. You can also donate to the organization here

BIG EVENT

The fourth annual FORE the Kids wacky pants golf tournament takes place February 17, 2019. 

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Beautifully Loved

MISSION

Beautifully Loved is an Austin Community Foundation Fund with the mission to love and care for families dealing with pediatric cancer and other childhood illnesses through experiences that promote wellness, beauty, and fashion. By providing these experiences, they remind the patients and families that they are seen, valued, and overwhelmingly loved. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Monetary donations to Beautifully Loved help contribute to the experiences they provide in their efforts to bring happiness and self-confidence to children patients and their families in an otherwise challenging journey. 

BIG EVENT

The annual Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center Fashion Show, hosted by Beautifully Loved, features teen patients of the Dell Children's CBCC involved with a support group called Hungry Bunch. For the show, these boys and girls get to have their hair and makeup professionally done, wear their favorite looks from boutiques around Austin, strut the runway, and participate in an exclusive photo shoot. Most importantly, they forget for a moment the cancer or illness they're battling. It's a vital boost of confidence for these teens and a highlight of their year. 100 percent of ticket sales goes directly back to the Hungry Bunch, which provides other fun activities for the kids.

American Heart Association

MISSION

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer opportunities include community events such as health fairs; signature charity events such as Heart Walk, Cotes du Coeur and the Go Red For Women Luncheon; or becoming a You're the Cure grassroots advocate. Call 214-441-4293 for more information.

BIG EVENT

AHA hosts several signature events throughout the year:

  • Local Heart Walks, whose purpose is to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Go Red For Women is a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness and educate women about their risks of heart disease and stroke. The cornerstone of this movement is the Go Red For Women Luncheon, which focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education, and research of heart health in women. Because every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease, even though 80 percent of those deaths are preventable through simple lifestyle changes, education, and awareness.
  • The Cotes du Coeur event series is a premier fundraising campaign that culminates with an annual fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner. This black-tie gala event is the largest of its kind, making it the No. 1 fundraising gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Cotes du Coeur hosts approximately 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors, and physicians. Proceeds from Cotes du Coeur go directly to cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs, both locally and nationwide.
Children at Risk

MISSION

Children at Risk is a research and advocacy nonprofit leading the way in improving the quality of life for Texas' children. Children at Risk considers the whole child by tracking issues in children's health, safety, education, and economic security. Committed to action beyond the data, Children at Risk drives evidence-based change by speaking out on behalf of children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please call 713-869-7740 or email info@childrenatrisk.org for volunteer and donation opportunities.

BIG EVENT

Annual events include the Accolades Luncheon in October, the Children at Risk Golf Classic in May, and the Spring Party in March.

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Creative Action

MISSION

Creative Action is an arts-based youth development organization that provides hands-on, fun, creative learning programs in classrooms, in after-school settings, and in the community. As one of the largest youth arts organizations in Central Texas, Creative Action reaches more than 20,000 youths each year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Each year, hundreds of people give their time to help Creative Action achieve its mission. It's always seeking individuals and groups to help as one-time volunteers or in an ongoing capacity in the following areas: program assistance, community events, and administrative and fundraising tasks. Head here to see a list of current opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The Creative Circle is a monthly giving society that provides ongoing support for critical Creative Action programming, such as scholarships for the after-school program.

BIG EVENT

Creative Action's signature fundraising event, Big Hair Country Fair, is unlike any event in Austin. The fun-filled evening features wild carnival games and fun prizes, big hairdos at a vintage beauty parlor, live music, a barbecue and bourbon dinner, surprise bags, youth performances, a live auction, and signature drinks.

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American Youth Works

MISSION

The mission of American YouthWorks is to provide young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others. 

In 1975, Richard Halpin founded AYW as a GED and literacy program for incarcerated youth in Austin. Since then, AYW has grown to serve the entire Austin community and is now home to two primary programs: YouthBuild Austin and Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC). TxCC, established in 1993, conserves natural landscapes across the Southwest and responds to natural disasters. YouthBuild Austin, established in 1997, offers young adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and simultaneously receive career training.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are always welcome for a variety of different capacities, including one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, photography, and maintenance and repair. Head here to fill out a volunteer application.
 
TXCC offers trained crews to help accomplish your conservation project needs while providing young adults opportunities to learn about land management issues and challenges. To find out more information about hiring a crew, contact Jody Karr at jkarr@americanyouthworks.org.

 

National Psoriasis Foundation

MISSION

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Join the thousands of people working for a cure for psoriatic disease. Get involved by participating in fundraising events, attending educational opportunities, championing state and federal advocacy initiatives, or volunteering in your community. Learn more about what is going on in the NPF Central Region here.

BIG EVENT

The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts three signature events in the Central Region each year.

The Team NPF Walk in Houston is held each fall. These walks are a family-friendly celebration of our community's commitment to a cure. Bring old friends and make new ones while you learn about new ways to manage psoriatic disease and enjoy free samples at the finish-line Health Fair. Dance to local bands and hear inspiring stories of people thriving with psoriatic disease. But most importantly, come out and do your part for a cure. To learn more, head here.

Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease is the signature fundraising event of the National Psoriasis Foundation and is hosted in Austin each spring, and in Houston each summer. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, bingo games, bidding on silent auction items, and raising a paddle to fund psoriatic disease education, advocacy, and research. To learn more, head here for Houston and here for Austin.

Volunteer Healthcare Clinic

MISSION

The Volunteer Healthcare Clinic's mission is to improve the health of the uninsured and the working poor by providing access to high-quality health care and prevention education.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The name says it all. The Volunteer Healthcare Clinic was created by volunteers and they continue to be the heart of our organization. It is through the generosity of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise that VHC has been able to provide high-quality healthcare to some of Austin's most vulnerable residents for almost 50 years. See a list of volunteer opportunities here.

Donations are also always accepted and appreciated.

BIG EVENT

Walk-in clinics are open Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5pm. Check the VHC website for any changes or updates.

The Comfort Crew for Military Kids

MISSION

The Comfort Crew for Military Kids delivers proven resources to help military kids and their families connect and build resiliency in the face of extraordinary challenges. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In the past 10 years, the Comfort Crew has supported over 500,000 military kids. To accomplish its mission of supporting every military family, they rely on people like you to fund the programs that make the greatest impact. Donate today so they can continue to provide individualized support to military kids every day.

There are many great opportunities to volunteer with the Comfort Crew if you live near Austin. There are scheduled times to build Comfort Kits at the Comfort Crew's home office, and outreach events like the Camp Mabry Open House and Hood Howdy. If you are interested in volunteering, please email contact@comfortcrew.org.

A third-party event can help raise funds to support military kids while taking some pressure off the Crew's small staff. This is when a company, organization, community group, or individual hosts an event or promotion to benefit the Comfort Crew for Military Kids.

BIG EVENT

The Comfort Crew for Military Kids hosts the annual Boots and Birdies Charity Classic to benefit the organization.

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Black Fret

MISSION

Black Fret's mission is to empower musicians to create and perform new music. For centuries, classical music has had the benefit of community financial support. Black Fret is an innovative evolution focused on supporting popular local music. It is a new model of arts patronage anchored by three main initiatives: providing grants and mentoring to exceptional musicians, gathering to see Black Fret nominees perform in unique locations, and building an endowment to allow for more grants and more performances.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Black Fret volunteers are driven, dedicated, reliable self-starters who help events run smoothly and safely, while also having a great time. The music, the people, and the overall energy of the community make it a special experience. The vast majority of performances occur every other Saturday night. Volunteers must be available from 5-11 pm. Black Fret asks that volunteers commit to at least one event per month. For more information, head here.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Black Fret members pay annual dues of $1,500 (80 percent of which is tax deductible) to fund artist grants and performance fees. Members nominate the bands they love, gather to see them perform in interesting venues all over the city, and vote to allocate Black Fret grants to exceptional artists at the end of each year, awarded at the Black Fret Ball. As a Black Fret member, you gain access for yourself and a guest to over 20 unique performance events each year.

BIG EVENT

The annual Black Fret Ball, where yearly grant recipients are announced, is a star-studded musical evening at The Paramount Theater featuring live performances by Black Fret grant nominees for an audience of Black Fret members.

All Things Wild Rehabilitation, Inc.

MISSION

ATW was established in 2012. Its mission is to promote respect and compassion for all wildlife through educational outreach programs to raise community awareness; to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife and release them back into the appropriate habitat; and to provide sanctuary for all animals in need.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers train to become wildlife rehabilitator, which is done out of your home. If you don't want to work directly with animals but want to help our mission, you can volunteer to assist with fundraising, phone answering, public relations and publicity, or education programs.

Head here to fill out a volunteer form, or email allthingswildrehab@gmail.com or wildfest2018@gmail.com to find out about current opportunities.

Monetary donations are also appreciated and accepted here.

BIG EVENT

WildFest is help in the fall, with a 5K fun run/walk around the scenic Brushy Creek Lake. The purpose of WildFest is to raise funds, promote respect and compassion for all wildlife through fun and engaging activities, and to introduce resources available in the community that support these goals. 350 people attended in the 2017 inaugural year.

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ATX Kids Club

MISSION

ATX Kids Club works to inspire youth to fearlessly explore and become independent, self-confident individuals through year-round educational and health-minded field trip adventures. Along with community partner CapMetro, ATX Kids Club helps kids learn to explore their own city with urban adventures and explore the Texas Hill Country with guided van excursions. Through these experiences, ATX Kids Club provides campers with a sense of self, sense of place, and sense of adventure.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you are available to join on an upcoming adventure, complete a volunteer application here. Background checks are required, and all volunteers should have appropriate communication skills and an attention to safety with young children.

Individual and corporate donations are what allows ATX Kids Club to extend their programs to children in need of financial assistance. By giving to ATX Kids Club you help provide more children access to their programs. 

American Liver Foundation

MISSION

ALF's mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

With your generous contribution, you help the American Liver Foundation provide education and support services to the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease and help to fund critical research that one day will make liver disease a thing of the past.

The American Liver Foundation relies on volunteers, not only because the generosity of their presence allows them to maximize resources, but also because they embody the spirit and ideal of what ALF does.

Make a Difference allows you to fundraise your way for the American Liver Foundation. Host a bake sale, bowling night, tag/garage sale, or participate in a local race. Whatever idea you have, the American Liver Foundation will provide you with the tools needed to fundraise and make a difference in the fight against liver disease. Want more information? Email events@liverfoundation.org

BIG EVENT

Liver Life Walk Greater Houston will be held on April 27, 2019. Walkers and teams can register now here. The Liver Life Walk Dallas will be held on September 21, 2019.

Young Voices of Austin

MISSION

The mission of Young Voices of Austin is to foster musical excellence, leadership, and sustained academic achievement. Their choristers become global citizens who use the power of music as the path to create bridges throughout our city and into the world.

Young Voices of Austin provides a high-quality after-school program to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6-18.  This includes assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general music literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Young Voices of Austin relies on volunteers, donors, and community partners to help achieve their goals. They welcome donations of time on program days for tutoring, office assistance, food donations, opportunities for the kids to sing, supplies, and, of course, are grateful for any financial assistance toward scholarships and operations.

MEMBERSHIP

Tuition for the after-school program is currently $700 per year. They operate at a 76 percent full scholarship rate so that the program can be available to children throughout the city and beyond who might otherwise not be able to join. This includes not only program fees, but also most concert attire, a meal each program day (generously donated by a rotation of local Austin restaurants) and, for those who require it, transportation from their school to the program and back.

BIG EVENT

There is one fundraiser each spring, most recently the Music and Moonlight event in February. The choristers also perform at the Zilker Trail of Lights in December and at two concerts each year, in addition to community events around town.

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Caritas of Austin

MISSION

Caritas of Austin believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to the community. The organization works to build wellbeing by making sure that people have a safe home, access to healthy groceries, jobs that provide a reliable living wage, and educational opportunities to learn life skills. The innovative, personalized, and proven approach to building wellbeing and ending homelessness creates a more vibrant Austin for everyone. In addition, since 2011, Caritas of Austin has been a leader in the local efforts to end veteran homelessness.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Whether it's serving a nutritious lunch, working with clients directly to achieve their life goals, or supporting staff members to make their programs even stronger, volunteers help Caritas of Austin end homelessness. Head here for more information on getting involved.

MEMBERSHIP

By becoming a Caritas of Austin monthly donor, you are helping provide reliable and sustainable funding to make their programs and services possible year-round.

BIG EVENT

Caritas of Austin believes in the power of stories to educate and inspire change in our community. Words of Hope is Caritas of Austin's largest annual fundraising event. Each year, the event features an author or prominent individual whose story reflects the mission and work of Caritas of Austin. The Harvey Penick Award for "excellence in the game of life" is also presented during the evening's program.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MISSION

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The regional fundraising offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston put on hundreds of fundraising events, such as galas, golf tournaments, and walks and marathons, throughout the year in those cities and surrounding areas. If you are interested in supporting St. Jude, there are several committee openings and event day volunteer opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

The St. Jude Young Professionals of Dallas are a dedicated group of Young Professionals in the community dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the mission of St. Jude. You can become involved by joining the leadership board and serving the mission of St. Jude by helping plan upcoming events while creating networking opportunities and happy hours for like-minded young professionals.

The membership fee is $50 annually per person, which includes quarterly happy hours, networking events, and first opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for signature events.

BIG EVENT

St. Jude hosts several events, including:

  • The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, a national event happens in more than 60 cities on the same day
  • The Rock n Roll Series, a half marathon and marathon in San Antonio and Dallas
  • The Houston Marathon, where St. Jude Heroes register to Run for a Reason and raise money for St. Jude while earning free race entry and other incentives
  • Friends of St. Jude Crawfish Boil, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music
  • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Waco and San Antonio, where a $100 ticket enters participants for a chance to win a house with an estimated value of $575,000, or other great prizes
  • The St. Jude Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament at Four Corners Brewery on May 18, 2019.
ALS Association Texas Chapter

MISSION

The ALS Association and the Texas chapter operate under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As they pursue treatments and a cure for this disease, your donations enable them to improve the lives of Texans living with ALS. From donating funds to support the mission to hosting local fundraisers to raise awareness in your community, your time and effort can make a huge impact on people with ALS, their families, and their caregivers. Head here to learn more about how you can help.

BIG EVENT

The Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual event held in communities all over Texas and throughout the country. Each local walk is between one and three miles in length. Participants raise money through donations from friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors. You can enter as an individual or as a team; many people create teams to honor or show support for loved ones with ALS.

Head here to see when there will be a walk in your city.

Inside Books Project

MISSION

Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Donate books or magazines to the organization! If you want to volunteer time, they also have volunteer nights where you can make packages to send to inmates.

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Austin Wildlife Rescue

MISSION

Operating under the belief that all life is precious, Austin Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates and releases orphaned, sick, or injured wild animals and educates the public to coexist with wildlife. It serves the citizens and wildlife of Central Texas by providing direct assistance to the public concerning questions, problems, and conflicts with native wildlife through programs that include training volunteers to operate a telephone hotline in order to assist with wildlife inquiries from the public, supporting qualified rehabilitators to provide quality care to orphaned and injured wildlife until they can be returned to their native habitat, and providing educational programs designed to eliminate or mitigate conflicts between humans and wildlife.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Wildlife Rescue is currently accepting new volunteer applications here. If selected, volunteers will be invited to the next volunteer training class. For questions regarding scheduling, duties, and responsibilities, send an email to office@austinwildliferescue.org.
 
Every year, Wildlife Rescue releases hundreds of animals back into the wild is always looking for new release sites. If you own 100 acres of land or more, your land may qualify as a wildlife release site. If you are interested in donating your land as a wildlife release site, head here.
 
Austin Wildlife Rescue routinely takes in animals that are in need of extensive care involving medications and/or surgery. Head here to see what animals are currently in need and to sponsor their treatment — your donation will go directly toward the care of your selected animal.

BIG EVENT

Austin Wildlife Rescue's Caring for Critters Brunch is an opportunity for donors, partners, and supporters of Austin Wildlife Rescue to enjoy brunch while hearing about what's new at Austin Wildlife Rescue directly from the executive director. The program includes a presentation of the annual Community Giving Award, and closes with "Wild Gifts that Give Back," an opportunity to purchase equipment for the new wildlife rehabilitation center.

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Austin Smiles

MISSION

Austin Smiles improves lives by bringing medical, surgical, and therapeutic care to underserved children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies in Latin America. The organization also collaborates with the Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, providing financial and program support for patients undergoing surgeries and treatment.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Austin Smiles needs a range of medical volunteers for its missions to Latin America, including physicians, dentists, certified surgical technologists, and speech pathologists. All medical volunteers must be licensed or certified in their designated field, and can apply here.

Nonmedical volunteers are needed to help with translation, patient intake, family support and counseling, IT support and database maintenance, and other nonmedical tasks, and can apply here. All mission volunteers are required to raise or donate a $750 sponsorship fee for each trip.

Austin Smiles also hosts events for child patients of the Central Texas Cleft Team and are always in need of volunteers who enjoy working with children. For more information on local volunteering, click here.

BIG EVENT

Austin Smiles' annual Shoot for a Smile features a sporting clays tournament and raffle at Capitol City Trap & Skeets Club, with all proceeds benefiting the Austin Smiles Plastic Surgery Foundation. The event includes four-man shooting teams on a 50-target course, a barbecue luncheon, a silent auction, and shooting games.

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Austin Clubhouse

MISSION

Austin Clubhouse exists to provide acceptance and empowerment so adults living with mental health diagnoses can pursue personal goals and play a meaningful role as co-workers, colleagues, family members, neighbors, and friends. Austin Clubhouse serves adults with mental health diagnoses by offering them friendship and support, a rang of supported employment and education opportunities, a nutritious and affordable lunch each day they are open, and increased confidence through participation in the work of the clubhouse. People are referred to as "members" instead of clients, patients, or consumers, and membership is open to any adult in the Austin area with a diagnosed mental health condition, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, or schizophrenia. There are no membership dues or fees, and a member retain their membership for as long as they like.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A gift to Austin Clubhouse creates an active solution to the economic impact levied on Austin by the consequences of untreated mental illness. More importantly, those gifts save lives and allow members the chance to make a difference — not only for themselves, but for others as well. To make a donation or for more information on giving to Austin Clubhouse, call 512-925-5877 or email info@austinclubhouse.org.

MEMBERSHIP

Austin Clubhouse is looking for passionate individuals to represent Austin Clubhouse and raise awareness in the community. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

Austin Clubhouse's annual Working for Wellness luncheon raises funds that allow Austin Clubhouse to continue and expand the services offered for members while educating the community about their work and mental illness.

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Austin Film Festival

MISSION

Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of storytelling by inspiring and championing the work of writers, filmmakers, and all artists who use written and visual language to tell a story.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Attend one of the many year-round events or come to the festival that's held annually in October.

MEMBERSHIP

Memberships are available, but you do not need to be a dues-paying member to be a part of Austin Film Festival's community.

BIG EVENT

Each year the organization hosts a writers conference and festival that attracts thousands of people to the Austin area and serves to underscore the beauty of filmmaking and the art of storytelling. The event welcomes industry experts and film buffs alike and allows them to network in an unpretentious environment.

American Cancer Society

MISSION

Breakthrough research. Free lodging near treatment. A 24/7/365 live helpline. Rides to treatment. This is far from a complete list, but it makes one thing clear: when it comes to cancer, American Cancer Society is the only organization attacking it from every angle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Become a volunteer, make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in a fundraising event to help save lives. Call 1-800-227-2345 for volunteer opportunities in fundraising, patient programs, advocacy, and other volunteer needs.

BIG EVENT

American Cancer Society puts on several events, including Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Cattle Barons Ball, Real Men Wear Pink, Holiday Shopping Card, and many other events in communities across the state of Texas.

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Communities In Schools

MISSION

Communities In Schools of Central Texas surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through campus-based programs and special projects, Communities In Schools creates a network of volunteers, social services, businesses, and community resources that work together to break down barriers and help students succeed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Most Communities In Schools volunteer opportunities are located on a school campus. Volunteers are matched to meet weekly with a student, beginning in the fall and continuing until the end of the school year. To become a volunteer, first complete the online application.

BIG EVENT

Austin's annual premier tasting event, Food for Thought, is a fun, elegant tasting event featuring Austin’s hottest restaurants. Join 700 of Austin's most dynamic community leaders at the acclaimed Moody Theater for a lively evening of exquisite local cuisine, festive live music, delicious libations, and irresistible live auction packages. It's a night to celebrate the success of Communities In Schools students and raise financial support for critical dropout prevention services.

Any Baby Can

MISSION

Any Baby Can's mission is to improve the lives of children by strengthening them and their families through education, therapy, and family support services. The organization carries out this mission through family counseling, direct service to help pregnant women get quality pre-natal care, and setting them up to properly care for and raise their child. The bilingual staff of more than 100 makes home visits, leads community classes, and also hosts support programs for its clients. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Any Baby Can has immediate volunteer opportunities for a range of skill sets, including becoming a summer counselor for Any Baby and Camp Grey Dove (apply here), being a front desk greeter, offering office support, or childcare assistance. For more information, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

Angel Society donors are individuals who passionately invest in the core mission of Any Baby Can by making an annual gift at a level that is meaningful to that person or family. Angel Society donors provide critical resources to realize the vision of a community where all children and families thrive. Angel Society donors are invited to gather at private events throughout the year that are both social and educational — they also receive a quarterly communication highlighting client success stories, informative data, and opportunities to be involved. Contact Eric Maxson at ericm@anybabycan.org to discuss your interest in becoming an Angel Society member.

BIG EVENT

Any Baby Can's Rockin' Round Up, held annually at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, is a star-studded evening featuring special musical performances, a live auction, and recognition of Any Baby Can's award nominees for their outstanding leadership in helping children throughout Central Texas.

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The Young Journey Foundation

MISSION

The Young Journey Foundation's mission is to empower youth and families by providing youth with safe, positive media arts and sports educational training with transferable life skills through programs, projects, and events. The vision is to use digital technology to instill confidence and encourage creativity, preparing today's youth to be valuable, self-sufficient leaders worldwide.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Your sponsorship, donations, and in-kind support helps YJ continue to offer no-cost youth media arts and sports education to improve the socio-economic status of under-resourced communities.

Organization general needs include program budget, operating budget, audio/visual equipment, and in-kind donations of space, transportation, and professional video editing.

Wreaths Across America (WAA)

MISSION

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. WAA's mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.

Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include nearly 2,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,600 participating locations, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

When you sponsor a wreath for a veteran grave, you remember their lives and service. Join WAA for wreath placements on December 14, 2019, at 11 am CST to coincide with wreath placement at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, including the national cemeteries at DFW, Houston, and San Antonio and Texas State Cemetery-Austin and 108 other WAA-Texas locations.

Refugee Services of Texas

MISSION

Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Refugee Services of Texas welcomes all members in the community to get involved by attending community events, volunteering, advocating, and making donations.

BIG EVENT

Refugee Services of Texas' signature events are held at the kickoff of Amplify Austin in Austin and for North Texas Giving Day in Fort Worth and Dallas. RST hosts events across Texas year-round — keep an eye on the website events calendar to know the latest events that are coming up.

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Bake a Wish Austin

MISSION

Karen Nichols, founder of Bake a Wish, bakes birthday cakes for the orphaned, disabled, or elderly in need, who wouldn't otherwise have their birthday acknowledged. What started out as a simple confectionery gesture has grown into a nonprofit that provides cheer to the Austin community.

The process is simple: When a cake request comes in, a volunteer signs up for the task online. Professional pastry chefs and at-home bakers alike are welcome to whip up anything from a classic sheet cake to a Superman vs. Batman extravaganza.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Bake a Wish is entirely volunteer-run and is always looking for help baking and/or or collecting baking and monetary donations. A variety of skill levels are welcome, from novice to professional. Email volunteer@bakeawishaustin.org to fill out a volunteer form.

Austin Child Guidance Center

MISSION

The mission of the Austin Child Guidance Center is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills to face life's challenges.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The best ways to get involved are either through volunteer work, joining one of the group's various committees, or partnering through event sponsorship.

BIG EVENT

The signature event of the year is the Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The annual fundraiser brings together community leaders and supporters of ACGC to raise money for children's mental health services. The event features a headline musical act every year, live and silent auctions, an awards ceremony, and a tasting grove featuring food bites from local Austin favorites.

Other events throughout the year include a comedy/variety show to kick off Amplify Austin, trivia night, and a fall Pumpkin Patch Fiesta, among many others.

Livestrong

MISSION

Livestrong fights for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer. The organization, headquartered in Austin, provides direct services; connects communities with the services they need; and calls for state, national, and world leaders to help fight the disease. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can donate online to the organization or create a fundraiser to celebrate your cancer anniversary or honor a cancer warrior.

BIG EVENT

The Livestrong Challenge, held in Austin, is one of the organization's signature events. Registration for the fundraising bike ride, which starts and ends in downtown Austin and winds through the greater Austin area, is open now.

Austin Classical Guitar

MISSION

Austin Classical Guitar, the leading nonprofit of its kind in the country, inspires individuals through musical experiences of deep, personal significance. It presents concerts in several diverse series and promotes lifelong learning in the arts.

ACG supports guitar programs in nearly 60 schools around the Austin area, bringing high-quality, long-term education to 4,000 students each week. The flexibility and comprehensiveness of ACG's curriculum, published online at GuitarCurriculum.com and used by hundreds of teachers throughout Texas and around the world, has shown classical guitar to be a uniquely effective and engaging solution for under-resourced schools struggling to provide high-quality arts education.

ACG has expanded to include innovative programs for Travis County youth who are incarcerated or on probation, as well as braille-adapted instruction. Through a partnership with Carnegie Hall, ACG offers the Lullaby Project, an arts intervention for new and expecting mothers facing economic, social, and psychological challenges.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The dream at Austin Classical Guitar is a world where music is here for everyone, connecting us, inspiring us, and bringing joy and meaning wherever it goes. Join by volunteering, becoming a member, making a gift, sponsoring a program or event, or becoming a business partner.

MEMBERSHIP

Join a vibrant community of like-minded people who appreciate the power of music to lift and inspire. ACG members receive the best prices on tickets for all major concerts, including the International, FlamencoAustin, and Summer series. Memberships are valid for one year, and fees are tax-deductible. Student or senior (60-plus) membership for two people is $15; regular membership for one person is $25, and two people is $35.

BIG EVENT

Guitars Under the Stars is the annual gala for ACG Education. It's a night for gratitude and celebration in a magical setting, with inspiring speakers, custom cocktails, an elegant dinner, and a concert by a fantastic visiting artist.

Wounded Warrior Project

MISSION

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to military service on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the family member or caregiver of a Wounded Warrior. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

WWP offers a wide range of opportunities to host a fundraiser or simply participate in one. Whether you're looking to spend time or money helping those who've served us, you can find a way to get involved here

BIG EVENT

Wounded Warrior Project hosts the annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner. At this gala, WWP's most passionate supporters are recognized for their service and dedication to WWP's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The event, which takes place in New York City, fuels the critical support necessary for WWP to offer warriors a range of specialized programs and services — all tailored to each veteran's specific needs — free of charge.  

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Central Texas Food Bank

MISSION

The Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. It works with food donors across the country, financial supporters, and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas through three key ways: by sharing free food and knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need; assisting families who qualify for federal assistance programs; and making food affordable for charitable and government partners.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the food bank — they ensure that safe food leaves the warehouse, keep mobile food pantry lines running smoothly, and share the CTFB mission at community events throughout the year. The food bank needs volunteer support year-round, and offers a diverse offering of volunteer opportunities, perfect for individuals and groups. For more information, head here.

BIG EVENT

This summer the Central Texas Food Bank will host its annual Austin Restaurant Weeks, a delicious promotion that helps you check off your bucket list while raising funds to fight food insecurity. The event will run in August 2019.

For Austin Restaurant Weeks, dozens of local eateries and bars offer specially priced prix fixe meals and cocktails. The meals come at two levels: a two- or three-course lunch priced at $25 or a three- or four-course dinner priced at either $35 or $45. Some participants also offer a $8 cocktail or $6 beer to help sweeten the deal. A portion of the proceeds from the sale goes directly to eliminating hunger in Central Texas.

Partnerships for Children

MISSION

Partnerships for Children strives to empower and support Child Protective Services caseworkers, foster parents, and abused and neglected children in foster care, including teens, sibling groups, and children who are medically fragile.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can donate funds, items, or your time, but whatever you choose will brighten a day and change a life.

BIG EVENT

Each year, Partnerships for Children holds fundraising events to support their important. From galas to golf, you can make a difference in the lives of the children they serve while having fun alongside supportive members in the community.

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Andy Roddick Foundation

MISSION

The Andy Roddick Foundation, founded by tennis star Andy Roddick, aims to take the time children spend outside the classroom and turn it into growth opportunities by engaging children in enriching experiences after school and during the summer. Through high-quality afterschool activities developed in cooperation with the Austin Independent School District, an acclaimed six-week summer program, investing in innovative summer activities, and other joint initiatives, the Andy Roddick Foundation creates new chances for all kids to grow in literacy, STEM, art, and sports during the months and times of day when statistics show they’re most at risk of falling behind.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

A portion of proceeds from merchandise sales at the Andy Roddick Foundation online store directly supports the work of the foundation.

MEMBERSHIP

The Opportunity Matters Circle is a giving society that capitalizes on ARF's mission-focused opportunities. Members of the Opportunity Matters Circle pledge unrestricted funds which will be used to support opportunities where other funding is not always readily available. These unrestricted funds are allocated at the discretion of the CEO.

Each member commits a minimum donation to ARF of $1,500 per year for three years, and in return receives a quarterly briefing from the foundation, recognition on the ARF website and other publications, advanced notification of ARF events, and an invitation to an exclusive Opportunity Matters Circle Appreciation event.

BIG EVENT

While only a few years old, the ARF Luncheon, hosted by Brooklyn Decker, has quickly become a star-studded event. Featuring a cocktail reception, a silent auction, an elegant lunch, and entertaining and informative speakers and guests, the luncheon celebrates the foundation's work to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive, and succeed, with proceeds benefiting high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.
Center for Child Protection

MISSION

The Center for Child Protection's mission is to reduce the trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Go online to learn about various volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, or how to get involved by hosting a drive or attending an educational training.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Guardian Angel Society pledge to donate a specified amount every year for a period of three years to the Center for Child Protection. Pledge amounts range from $1,000 per year to $10,000 per year or more, and membership is active for three years from the date on the pledge form. Fill out the form here and return to jcady@centerforchildprotection.org.

Formed in 1998 by concerned women and mothers, the Friends of Christopher Guild is committed to sustaining and expanding the safety net for abused children in Travis County through support of the Center for Child Protection. Guild members volunteer tirelessly on behalf of Austin’s children and pay yearly dues of $75.

BIG EVENT

The Center for Child Protection hosts four annual events and one annual raffle. In the spring, supporters can attend Ride.Drive.Give. at Circuit of the Americas or the NFL Alumni Caring for Kids Banquet & Golf Classic. Fall events include PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon and the annual gala, Dancing with the Stars Austin.

Just Keep Livin Foundation

MISSION

The Just Keep Livin Foundation was started by Matthew and Camila McConaughey, and is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Give today to help the foundation continue to provide fitness and wellness programs in high schools across the nation.

If you are interested in volunteering, call 310-857-1555 or email jklfoundation@jklivin.net. Different opportunities are available, such as being a guest speaker at one of its programs or participating at a community service day with the students.

BIG EVENT

Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of Matthew McConaughey, ESPN analyst and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown, and ACM award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram, is a yearly, two-day nonprofit event. Since its launch in 2013, it has raised nearly $7.5 million dollars for charitable organizations benefiting a handful of youth organizations that all reflect MJ&M’s goal to empower kids in their community.

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Dress for Success Austin

MISSION

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Austin is committed to providing services and opportunities to help women establish a solid work history and permanently leave the cycle of poverty. Support extends far beyond the "suit" to a promise to each client of ongoing support and information as she enters and remains in the employment arena.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Clothing donations can be taken to any of the Westbank Dry Cleaning locations or to Dress for Success Austin at 701 Tillery Street, suite A-5, where donations are accepted Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm or Saturday from 10 am-2 pm. For a list of accepted clothing, head here.

Volunteer opportunities include administrative support, mentoring, and working one-on-one with clients to help them find the perfect ensemble for their job interview or new career. Head here to learn more and apply.

BIG EVENT

The Annual Little Black Dress Soiree is the premier fundraising event for the Austin Dress for Success organization. This fun-filled evening includes great food, libations, music, and auction items to bid on.

 
UNICEF USA

MISSION

UNICEF USA works to put children first all over the world through fundraising, advocacy, and education for UNICEF’s global mandate here in the United States. They are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories around the world and has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. With every dollar donated, 88.4 percent goes directly toward helping children all around the globe.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Although its offices are located in Dallas and Houston, UNICEF's engagement and activations cover the entire state of Texas. Students can get involved with UNICEF’s work by joining their local UNICEF club, currently operating in 67 schools in Texas. Participants support campaigns and put on fun events to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF USA implemented the original Kids-Helping-Kids program with the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Kids can support their peers throughout the year with UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives by tracking physical activity through the Kid Power band and app. Kids run, jump, and dance to unlock funding from partners which UNICEF uses to deliver lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children. The more kids move, the more lives they save. To date, over 10 million packets of lifesaving nourishment have been unlocked saving over 70,000 lives.

UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering, and fundraising. Through their activities, members mobilize their networks and inspire their generations to take action on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children.

BIG EVENT

In Texas, the major events include the UNICEF Gala Dallas and the UNICEF Gala Houston. These events are held annually in the spring. Both are black-tie affairs honoring outstanding humanitarian leaders and celebrating UNICEF’s mission. Head over to their websites to learn how to attend.

Lupus Foundation of America Lone Star Chapter

MISSION

The Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Community outreach is the best way to connect with the chapter. Volunteering for event committees, advocacy, or board membership are just a few ways to invest time in the organization. Call its office, email, or follow on social media platforms to get started.

BIG EVENT

There are several events throughout the year, including the Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in March and the Purple and White Gala in the fall. They host four walks in cities during April and September, and Lupus Awareness Month in May brings educational panels throughout the year.

March of Dimes Texas

MISSION

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start, but unfortunately not all get one. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now they're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness, and implement critical programs to help support our mission.

Another way to get involved is to donate here

BIG EVENT

The biggest event that the Dallas chapter of March of Dimes holds is the March for Babies in May. For more information on events in Dallas, click here

People have been walking in the March for Babies since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. March for Babies San Antonio will have 1-mile and 5K route options, all fully accessible. There's fun for the entire family, including the Super Hero Sprint for children 12 and under. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising — every dollar makes a difference.

The Signature Chefs Auction is a high-profile gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of San Antonio's prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. Taste the chefs' creations while bidding on the silent auction packages, before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission.

Caring for Cambodia

MISSION

Caring for Cambodia (CFC) believes that when knowledge cannot be handed down, it must be handed out. The organization, which has an office in Austin, works to educate one child at a time today, to make a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. They create and sustain safe, modern, technologically-equipped schools; mentor and professionally train teachers; and fund supplies and other tools needed to teach those who want to learn. CFC provides educational opportunities for Cambodian children so they may reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their communities.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Raising awareness about the state of Cambodian education is the only way to achieve sustainable change. Join one of Caring for Cambodia's existing chapters – Singapore, California, Midwest, Austin, or Washington, D.C. — or connect with other volunteers in your area.

BIG EVENT

The annual luncheon in September is a celebration of what has kept founder Jamie Amelio motivated, and how she has continually ignited a passion in others for a better education system that could transform a country.

SprATX Ignite Program

MISSION

SprATX Ignite serves as a newly created platform to equip selected artists with the support and tools necessary to kindle their art careers to new levels. It is their continued mission to help sustain and evolve alongside the Austin art scene and SprATX Ignite is an expression of that conviction. SprATX Ignite Program is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Community Foundation. All donations are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Attend the shows, follow local artists, join in at events, and spread the word.

BIG EVENT

You can attend quarterly art showcases featuring resident artists, as well as regular workshops and seminars, art markets, community art events, and a large Summer Bash.

Re: Cancer

MISSION

This innovative program matches trained cancer survivors and caregivers with newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers to provide coping skills that enable those with cancer to regain a sense of control, reduce isolation, and restore hope. Trained volunteers also visit with patients and their caregivers at local oncology infusion centers to offer comfort, support, and information about community resources.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, please consider becoming a trained volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to make fleece blankets to distribute to patients in the infusion rooms. Head here to complete an application form and find out more.

You can also host a third-party event to help fundraise on Re: Cancer's behalf.

BIG EVENT

20 Colors/20 Bikes, to be held on February 9, 2019, is an indoor cycling fundraiser that invites beginning riders, competitive cyclists, fitness enthusiasts, cancer patients, and survivors to hop on a stationary bike and raise funds to help Austin-area cancer patients and their support network. Spin instructors from the top cycling studios in Austin will be on hand to teach an hour-long class at the Dell Jewish Community Center.

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Chula League

MISSION

Chula League was formed in 2005 to support the arts, art education, and artful outdoor spaces in East Austin. It works to ensure that the arts and public outdoor spaces play a valued role in the educational, economic, and cultural wellbeing of East Austin neighborhoods. through a variety of projects and events, including the arts-mentoring program Little Artist BIG ARTIST.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Launched in 2007, Little Artist BIG ARTIST is a unique mentoring experience that pairs professional artists with fifth and sixth graders from East Austin elementary schools. BIG ARTISTs provide their time and professional experience as working artists to guide their Little Artists to envision, plan, and create at least two pieces of artwork during their 10-week, one-on-one collaboration. If you are interested in a BIG ARTIST mentoring position, head here.

MEMBERSHIP

The Chula League membership program helps fund Little Artist BIG ARTIST and the professional development workshops for artists. By signing up for an annual membership for $25 per month or more, supporters gain access to a number of special benefits including a membership email newsletter with exclusive updates and a personal thank you from Chula League's executive director.

BIG EVENT

Chula League's flagship event, the annual Cherrywood Art Fair, has been a holiday shopping destination for over 16 years. It showcases the work of local artists and brings local music acts, original performers, and unique Austin eats together with fun family activities.

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SIMS Foundation

MISSION

SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance-use recovery services for musicians, music industry professionals, and their families to support the well-being of the Austin music community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

SIMS Foundation is able to provide services that support the emotional well-being of the Central Texas music community thanks to broad partnerships with individual and group mental health providers throughout Central Texas. Interested mental health professionals can get involved with the SIMS provider network by visiting the website and filling out out the provider intake form.

The SIMS volunteer team is filled with individuals enthusiastic about both local music and spreading a positive mental wellness message. Volunteers represent SIMS Foundation at events, assisting with outreach and fundraising.

Anyone who wants to get involved or give back to the Central Texas music family can email info@simsfoundation.org with their interest, whether it be as a provider, volunteer, or financial partner.

BIG EVENT

SIMS Foundation relies on third-party events as both a means to raise funds for their services as well as provide outreach to the music community on a direct, local level. If you’d like to make your next live or virtual event a fundraiser for SIMS, let them know at info@simsfoundation.org.

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Stand Up Eight

MISSION

Stand Up Eight is a one-of-a-kind program dedicated to empowering adoptive families for immediate and lasting change by providing trauma-informed behavior management intervention in their homes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Adoption affects all of us in one way or another. To be involved, you can spread the word about the program and spread the generosity through monetary contributions to keep costs affordable for families.

BIG EVENT

Stand Up Eight hosts an annual fundraising event in April. This year, "Play It Forward" is April 16 at Antone's from 6-8:30 pm. There will be team trivia (teams of four), prizes, and complimentary TacoDeli, cupcakes, and drinks. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite soon.

kidsActing Foundation

MISSION

This group gives children and teens who are often overlooked by traditional theater programs the chance to lead, learn, thrive, and grow through the magic of performing arts.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact them at info@kidsactingfoundation.org if you have a love of drama, voice, piano, costuming, set design, or any aspect of theater arts. They have opportunities to help kids directly or behind the scenes.

The donation of business services is also always appreciated.

BIG EVENT

They host two live theater performances each year in the spring by kidsActing Studio's Elite Cast at Center Stage Theatre, accompanied by a silent and live auction.

Colorado River Alliance

MISSION

The Colorado River Alliance believes that a healthy, flowing river is imperative to the well-being of our communities and our state. Its mission is to champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.

They dedicate resources, time, and energy to educating Texans about how the Texas Colorado River supports us and how, in turn, we can ensure the longevity of its health. Since 1994, the Alliance has been connecting kids to the river, teaching them about natural resources, and helping to nurture a generation of water stewards and ambassadors.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Head here to learn about ways to get involved.

BIG EVENT

Cocktails for the Colorado Gala will be held on May 14, 2020, at Hotel Van Zandt. Hundreds of Austin's finest thought leaders, philanthropists, and community members come together at this annual fundraiser with the shared goal to make a positive impact for the Texas Colorado River and its Highland Lakes.

This truly memorable event features live music, exquisite food and drink, a luxury silent auction, thrilling live auction, and other fun surprises. All funds raised go to support water education for youth and the community, which build awareness to protect the Texas Colorado River and keep it healthy for future generations.

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Capital Area Dental Foundation

MISSION

CADF transforms lives in Central Texas by offering life-changing access to charitable dental care.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteer as a dental provider by emailing volunteer@capitalareadentalfoundation.org, or donate online here.

BIG EVENT

The Capital Area Dental Foundation holds two signature fundraising events each year: a golf classic in the fall and a gala in the spring. Information about these events is always available on the website.

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BookSpring

MISSION

BookSpring builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1974, BookSpring has been providing a critical role in closing the early literacy gap in Central Texas ever since. Through access to books, promotional events, and information on how to engage families in the world through written and spoken language, the group aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The only way BookSpring can serve tens of thousands of children each year is with the enthusiastic support of community volunteers. For current needs and opportunities, check out the Go Community Wishlist.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Flying Book Society help build early literacy year-round with a monthly recurring donation of only $3. Plus for every pledge of $10 a month or more, members get a nifty gift as a charter member of the Flying Book Society.

Side by Side Kids

MISSION

Side by Side Kids' mission is to inspire and equip kids in East Austin to be excellent students, make wise choices, and follow Christ. The organization is the only free, faith-based afterschool program in East Austin. It serves 300 elementary kids annually in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods, where thousands of kids have no supervision or safe place to go after the bell rings. SBSK encourages and equips children through personalized homework help, a healthy meal, mentoring, and faith and character-building curriculum.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

SBSK values the support of its partners, whether it be through volunteering, rallying others around the cause, or donating. Consider taking a tour at one of the afterschool programs, where you will have an opportunity to visit with the kids and see the impact SBSK is making in their lives.

Consider joining the Next Generation Monthly Giving Program, where your support continues to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders, today. For just $10 a month (two Starbucks lattes), you can set up a recurring gift and make a lifelong difference for the kids each month.

BIG EVENT

Side by Side Kids hosts two annual fundraising events in the fall and spring. Heart of a Lion is the largest annual fundraiser and features Tim Tebow, a two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, and Heisman Trophy winner. This year's event will be hosted on October 17, 2019, at 7 pm at the new Hill Country Pavillion at the Barton Creek Resort and will feature a dinner and live auction.

Topgolf brings friends together with food, drinks, and great Yeti prizes. For more information, please feel free to contact development director Stacy Albrecht at stacy.albrecht@sidebysidekids.org, and she will be happy to answer any questions.

Central Texas Pig Rescue

MISSION

CTPR is a 501c3 organization located in Bastrop, about 30 minutes outside of Austin. In only three years, they've become home to over 250 pigs, all saved from high-risk situations including abuse, neglect, slaughter, and animal testing. They prioritize "last chance" pigs — medical and behavioral special-needs cases with no other options.

They're also home to two goats, five donkeys, two guinea fowl, eight cats, and six chickens. Most people who adopt a mini pig choose to rehome it at some point, and while they cannot take every pig who needs a home, the CTPR Rescue and Rehoming Facebook page has been a huge resource for many people needing to find a new, loving home for their pig.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can donate, volunteer, or adopt.

BIG EVENT

CTPR offers monthly tours so you can visit the pigs in person and learn about what the group does. Private tours and the hosting of small events is also available.

Photo courtesy of Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive!

MISSION

Austin Pets Alive! (APA) leads the charge in rescuing more than 30,000 pets from euthanasia and finding them forever homes. APA has created programs like The PASS Program (Positive Alternative to Shelter Surrender), which provides assistance to pet owners who may be unable to house their pets, significantly reducing the number of animals that enter the shelter system. Through developing innovative programs for at-risk animals, APA has helped Austin become, and maintain its status, as the largest no-kill city in the country.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are critical to the success of APA! by helping support programs and allowing the group to operate on a shoestring budget. Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as APA! grows and develops new programs, but currently include shifts at APA's thrift store, working with the dog or cat programs, and working APA! booths at events. To fill out a volunteer application, click here.

MEMBERSHIP

Constant Companion members support Austin’s homeless dogs and cats every month with an automated recurring gift, and receive exclusive access to mixers, tours, special projects, monthly news, and stories from the shelter, plus exclusive talks from expert program leads.

BIG EVENT

Each year, APA! celebrates the anniversary of Austin being a no-kill city by throwing its annual No Kill Anniversary Party. The celebration features live music, drinks, appetizers and, of course, live music. For tickets and more information, click here.