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Wanted: Children's Drawings and Letters

Drawings Nursing Homes
As we all know, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and assisted living communities have been hit extra hard by our current health crisis. As per the CDC, “Given their congregate nature and resident population served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at high risk of being affected by respiratory pathogens like COVID-19.” However, not only are they particularly vulnerable when it comes to their health, they’re also hit extra hard with isolation.

Many residents haven’t received in-person visits from family and friends since March, as most facilities limit community entry to essential visitors only (those necessary for resident care and community operations) and don’t allow in-house social visits, public events or outings.

In addition – and that is an ongoing situation and not specific to COVID-19 – some residents may not have family and friends close by or may not have visitors at all. 

We therefore invite families in and around Austin to join us in bringing a smile to many sad faces, and this is how.

By Birgit Sund on June 13, 2020

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers
Last Saturday, the Central Texas Food Bank was able to provide food for 1,515 households at a special drive-thru food distribution in Austin. Do you know how long a car line of 1,515 households looks like? Read on and see for yourself, and join us in raising funds for the Central Texas Food Bank, as more food distributions like this are in the works and monetary donations are desperately needed.
By Birgit Sund on April 7, 2020

Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

It's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open or closing soon or when they're free.

Free camps? Yes, there is such a thing as free camps. We've done quite some research to find camps in and around Austin (up to a 2.5 hr radius) that are not a financial burden to families, especially families that already have enough to worry about.

By Birgit Sund on February 24, 2020

I Live Here I Give Here Invites Austin Families to Give Back on Amplify Austin Day

I Live Here I Give Here Invites Austin Families to Give Back on Amplify Austin Day
Volunteering fosters many desirable traits that all parents want their children to possess. However, many children wonder what’s going to be in it for them. How will it directly affect them and their well-being? Many organizations in and around Austin are at the forefront of answering this question and are giving children an incentive to participate in creating a culture of generosity in their community while also encouraging their entire family to join in. 
By Birgit Sund on February 20, 2020

It’s the Law: Texas High Schools Must Help Students Register to Vote

Help high school students register to vote
Does your child’s high school offer students the opportunity of and assistance with voter registration? They should. It's the law. 

Twice each academic year, once per semester, Texas high school principals must offer students 18 years of age or turning 18 that school year, the chance to register to vote.

Learn more about your child's high school's duties and how you can get involved and help others register to vote.
By Birgit Sund on February 17, 2020

Invitation for Businesses to Join Our Free "Support Local Schools Program"

Attention, local businesses owners!

We are happy to announce that we're going to roll out a new service free of charge for local businesses and invite you to participate in this program.

We are partnering with Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) of schools in the Austin area. As you may know, PTOs often seek fundraising support or donations for upcoming school events, such as raffle prizes, food and snacks, or other forms of donations. This is a great way for local businesses to give back to the community and, at the same time, to promote their products and services to families in the area.
By Birgit Sund on January 11, 2020

Back-To-School and School Supply Drives In And Around Austin



The average costs for school supplies every year is $35 which creates an extra burden for already challenged families as well as for teachers, who often spend their own money buying missing supplies for their classrooms and students.

In order to ease the burden of both families and teachers, school districts that are continuously facing tighter budgets, are trying to outsource the financial obligation by requesting that parents help provide  these supplies. 

Here is a list of Back-to-School Programs and School-Supply Drives in and around Austin.
By Birgit Sund on July 23, 2019

Calling All Austin Knitters and Crocheters - Join the Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign in Austin

Congenital Heart Defects are the number one kind of birth defect.

 
You may have heard about Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel sharing his family’s story: his newborn son Billy was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect that required immediate open heart surgery. 

Congenital Heart Defects or Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) are fairly common. About 8 out of every 1,000 newborns – that’s about 40,000 babies every year in the United States – are born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Here's how you can help make a difference.

Here's how you can honor babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way.
By Birgit Sund on November 5, 2018

The Little Hummingbird Society - Program For Kids By The Austin Parks Foundation


The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) introduces the Little Hummingbird Society!

The program offers kids a great way to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces through seasonal activity kits and special kids events including volunteer projects. Find out more.
By Birgit Sund on August 21, 2018

Austin Hope Squad Helps Individuals To Start A New Life


Do you remember when you moved into your first home and all the things that you needed in order to start a new life on your own? It's a big step and it isn't always easy, especially for youth and young families with little money and resources.

Today, we'd like to introduce you to a new nonprofit that aims to provide those individuals with as much assistance as possible.
By Birgit Sund on July 6, 2018

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