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    CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained volunteer advocate to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest. Volunteer advocates come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.

    Please join us at a free Volunteer Info Session to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate. CASA of Travis County is located in Building 2. Parking is free and plentiful. Light lunch will be provided. There will be time for questions with our staff and current volunteer advocates during the presentation.

    On Saturday, November 17, Generation SERVE will host the 2nd annual Austin Families Give Back event at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex! Registration for Austin Families Give Back is now open.

    Free and open to the public, this event allows families to come together to sample volunteer projects in support of more than 30 local nonprofit organizations. The projects are family-friendly and all ages are welcome. Shifts last just over an hour and run throughout the day.

    Please pre-register your family for a shift at generationserve.org/familyvolunteerdayAdvertisement
    Generation SERVE engages children in volunteerism and empowers them to make a difference in their communities through Family Volunteering, Service Learning, and Youth Leadership programs throughout the year. This large event, set-up as a service fair, is a microcosm of what Generation SERVE offers to Central Texas families nearly each day of the year. Bring your family to Austin Families Give Back to experience the joy of family volunteering and to kick off a tradition of community service!

    Last year I decided to deliver presents for Operation Blue Santa. The experience was extremely rewarding and I’m already excited about being involved this year. They’re an organization that delivers presents to underprivileged families along with a meal. The excitement on the children’s faces when we were delivering last year was priceless.


    There are many ways you can contribute to this great cause. You can donate an unwrapped toy, you can volunteer at the warehouse to help get things ready for delivery day or you can actually deliver the gifts.

    Starting tomorrow through delivery day (December 14th) you can play elf and volunteer in hour and a half increments at the Operation Blue Santa warehouse. For a complete schedule visit, http://www.bluesanta.org/volunteer/volunteer.htm.

    If you don’t have time to volunteer but would like to donate toys, here’s a list of places you can drop them off. http://www.bluesanta.org/toydrop/toydrop.htm

    I hightly recommend getting involved on delivery day. You don’t need to register, just show up at the warehouse and they’ll load you up!

    4101 S. Industrial Drive, Suite 260
    Austin, Texas  78744


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    My heart goes out to the local flood victims as they’re beginning the process of rebuilding their lives. I know that there are many people who want to help in anyway possible so I thought I would try to get the word out.


    For those who have items to donate; the Oak Meadow Baptist Church located at 6905 South IH 35 is collecting items such as gift cards, furniture, household items, water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby items, toys, shovels, sheet rock, face masks, leather gloves, box cutters, utility knives, trash bags and other items that can be used in the clean-up effort.

    The Dove Springs Recreation Center located at 5801 Ainez Drive is operating daily 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. as a ‘one-stop shop’ for flood victims.

    If you’d rather volunteer your time, you can do so with Austin Disaster Relief efforts. Sign up here to volunteer at the warehouse, or to actually work in the clean up efforts. http://www.adrntx.org/index.php/central-tx-flood-news/

    CentralTexasFires.org is collecting supplies at Central Texas Harley-Davidson in Round Rock at 2801 N Interstate 35. They are collecting Toiletries, bedding, non-perishables, shovels , Bleach , Trash Bags , work gloves, safety goggles. cleaning supplies, diapers, baby wipes, trash bags, pet supplies, water, Gatorade, baby food and formula of all kinds, cooking supplies like a electric skillet and crock pots, all food, fruit bars, bread, peanut butter, NEW under clothes, NEW clothes for all sizes children, clothes and coats and hats of all ages and Toys for the children of all ages. sizes.

    Thank you to KUT for putting together this list of more ways to help as well: http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-austins-flood-victims

    PHOTO CREDIT: Rodolfo Gonzalezhttp://www.statesman.com/gallery/weather/flood-cleanup-110513/gCFhS/#4076014

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    This year we partnered with the Austin Animal Shelter to bring you our Pet of the Week series. You may see these cute faces every week and while adding another member to your family is not feasible right now, there are still ways that you can help as they are always looking for volunteers or donations.


    There are countless ways to get involved, here are a few examples:

    • Customer Greeters – engaging our visitors with the animals, explaining the process for adopting or reclaiming a pet, answering questions
    • Dog Wellness – training the dogs to have good manners, taking them on walks and reinforcing house training skills
    • Cat Socialization – socializing with the cats, observing for character traits
    • Cat Nebulization – treating kitties sick with upper respiratory infections
    • Surgical Assistant – preparing surgery packs, monitoring animals pre-and post-surgery
    • Outreach Volunteer – participating with activities in the community about responsible pet ownership
    • Office Assistant – performing clerical tasks of varying details

    Volunteers are needed daily between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

    For more information on how to get involved visit, http://www.austintexas.gov/page/individual-aac-volunteer.

    If you are in the market for a new furry friend, check out our these Pet of the Week’s still looking for a forever home!

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    Mobile Loaves and Fishes is an organization that I just learned about that I think is doing great things in our community.


    They are dedicated to helping the homeless men and women in our community by providing housing and opportunities to get back on their feet.

    There are several ways for you to get involved.  You can help on their farm/ garden where you help make breakfast or meal for those living out there. You can also deliver meals to those in need as well. To learn more or find out how you can help visit their website and inquire about what opportunities suit what you are looking for.

    I know several people that are involved in this organization and they do such a great job of helping to provide a foundation for those looking to get back on their feet and those that are willing to work. It is great to see our community working to support one another.

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    SXSW is doing its annual call for volunteers.  This is your chance to be in the middle of the action.  They need volunteers for all sorts of positions.  Each year, more than 3,000 volunteers make the event happen.


    You can volunteer on the Conference Crew or the Production Crew.  The responsibility and perks are very different for each, so check out which one is more up your alley.

    Depending on the number of hours you volunteer, you can earn a SXSW film, interactive, or music wristband.  For more information on the conference crew, visit http://volunteer.sxsw.com/conference/perks/.  For information on the production crew, visit http://volunteer.sxsw.com/production/perks/.  Either way, it’s a sweet hook up. There are openings for all sorts of positions from transportation, photographers, greeters, all the way to a charity golf tournament volunteer.  It’s a great experience and opportunity!

    This is one of the coolest volunteering gigs in town.

    If you want to volunteer, you need to register online and attend the volunteer call today or Tuesday the 29th.

    When: today, January 19th & Tuesday, January 29th

    Time: today, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 29th: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Austin Convention Center
    500 E. Cesar Chavez
    Ballroom ABC
    Austin, Texas 78701


    Here we are on the eve of the much anticipated Lance Armstrong interview.  This week I have been overwhelmed with the amount of hate towards him and despite any feelings as an athlete or person, he has done good for the cancer community.  In the wake of all the negative media I think it’s important to remember the positive.  Lets not let the Livestrong Foundation suffer because of this as they have done an immense amount of good.  I have read countless stories from cancer patients who have been inspired or found hope through the Livestrong Foundation.  That is priceless in itself.

    As an Austinite and someone who has a family member who is a cancer survivor, I stand 100% behind Livestrong and hope through all this they will prevail and continue to provide support to those that need it most.  They cannot  provide support and do all the work they do without the help of volunteers.  I’m sure many people just recently resolved to give back, volunteer, or get involved in something.  This is your chance to see past the negative and find the great in this controversial situation.  In order for the foundation to put this behind them, they need continued support from the community.


    Those looking to volunteer can either become an office volunteer or a transportation volunteer. Office volunteers perform a variety of administrative tasks at the Livestrong Headquarters. To learn more about becoming an office volunteer visit this link.

    You can also sign up to become a transportation volunteer, where you make sure cancer patients make it to various cancer related appointments. To learn more about that opportunity visit this link.

    If you are looking to get involved but have limited time, you can sign up to be notified via email about other opportunities as they arise,via this link.

    As we move forward, I wish the Livestrong Foundation a great 2013 and hope that as a community we can help make it happen. Ultimately, I challenge you to support the good and not let negative prevail.

    Have you always had an interest in news, media or are just looking to see how it all works? Volunteering with KUT is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at the station.

    They are currently seeking volunteers to get involved for their annual KUT Spring Membership drive, and they need help.  The drive is coming up February 21-29. You can sign up for a time that fits your schedule, and if you volunteer, they will have food provided by various local restaurants.

    If you’re looking to volunteer, check out their Get Involved campaign and find an organization that speaks to you, http://kut.org/category/getinvolved/. They have a ton of really cool places to volunteer. It’s one of the better lists I’ve found, with tons of fun and unique ways to give back.

    2504 Whitis Avenue
    Austin, Texas


    Austin Pets Alive is always looking for volunteers for different activities, but I think dog walking is one of the easiest and definitely one of my favorites. It’s a great way to get a workout and pitch in for a great cause at the same time! Having my own dog, I know how much they love that time every day, so helping dogs at the shelter just seems like a win-win situation for everyone!

    I thought I would get the word out about this easy and fun volunteer opportunity now, because the next new volunteer orientation is this Saturday at the Texas School for the Deaf.

    Follow them on Facebook to find the latest events and volunteer opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/austinpetsalive

    2807 Manchaca Road
    Austin, Texas 78704