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United Way for Greater Austin
http://www.unitedwayaustin.org

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.

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.

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.

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).