March 8 edit:
The Milwood neighborhood association is fundraising for Balcones District Park and Pool improvements after the project has been awarded $200,000 in grants that need a cash match of $15,000 to be received.
By now, you must be familiar with the concept of Amplify Austin, "our city's annual community-wide day of online giving".
"Over the past three years, Amplify Austin has raised over $16.2M for hundreds of local organizations," states I Live Here, I Give Here, the organization that created this "community-wide day of online giving" in 2013 in order to boost donations to local nonprofits.
Gifts made through Amplify Austin are 100% tax-deductible and amplified by incentive matching dollars, but transactions incur a service charge of 3-5%.
Starting at 6pm on Tuesday, March 8, some Central Texas 600 nonprofits will be fundraising millions of dollars.
Here at Love North Austin, we created a map of North Austin nonprofits on the occasion of the 2016 edition of Amplify Austin,
and through this blog post, we aim to list the main Amplify fundraisers for North Austin, so that people living in North Austin can give in North Austin.
First, we'd like to invite North Austin residents to give to North Austin Creatives, the group that took over this platform, and is putting together a first North Austin art show on March 26.
Over the past nine months, followers of this blog could see the North Austin Creatives initiative grow from its two co-founders to a dynamic group of 400 and growing North Austin artists and supporters of the arts (join the group on Facebook).
A board was formed, and a Community Initiative grant awarded by the City of Austin in the fall.
North Austin Creatives' first Amplify Austin fundraising campaign represents a new milestone that the group hopes will help fund:
You can also get to know some North Austin Creatives by reading Stuart Wallace, Angel Austin, Clairissa Bear Crafts, and Clarissa Cochran recent spotlights. Like them on Facebook to read more.
By visiting North Austin Creatives' Amplify ATX page, you also get to meet the Chair's adorable baby girl. Check it out!
Another organization we particularly care about here at Love North Austin is Goodwill Central Texas.
Readers of this blog know the famous employment placement and thrift stores nonprofit has a high school for adults at its Norwood Community Center, near I35 and 183.
Now, Goodwill Central Texas Amplify ATX campaign's focus is on the Community Center 's brand new Exploration Center. "What is the Exploration Center?" you'll ask. Well, that's the "licensed child-care facility located right inside our high school" that's "opened on January 29th," explains Goodwill Central Texas.
"Your support would purchase items like books, educational toys, art supplies, and other items appropriate for children, and maybe add a few pieces of equipment in their play yard as well," states the nonprofit. Learn more and schedule your donation on the Amplify Austin website.
Close to Goodwill Central Texas' Norwood Community Center, The Settlement Home for Children providing a continuum of care, support, and resources to children and young adults with a history of severa trauma, abuse, and neglect is aiming at raising $20,000 to buy school supplies, pairs of shoes and clothing for the children, food and hygiene supplies for its residential treatment cottages, therapies, the costs of adoptions, etc. through its Amplify Austin campaign.
Over its 100 years history, the nonprofit has achieved, and helped Austin achieved a number of milestones. Read more on The Settlement Home's website. And check out the video the organization just released on this occasion:
"Homelessness, incarceration, addiction... We have a chance to prevent that. I can't think of anything more important," Settlement Home for Children Executive Director Darcie DeShazo in it.
Caritas of Austin's 2016 Amplify Austin fundraising campaign is the first one since the nonprofit opened Caritas North, a smaller neighborhood center providing many of the same services as the headquarter location at 9027 Northgate Boulevard, in April of last year.
"This past year, Caritas of Austin also led efforts to end veteran homelessness in our community by housing all 234 homeless veterans, and we are just a few months away from reaching that goal" of ending veteran homelessness, says Caritas of Austin's Amplify ATX page.
Another nonprofit that's opened a new North Austin location in the past year is Austin Voices for Education and the Youth, making a difference in a lot of North Austin neighborhoods by "working in partnership with community leaders, young people, parents, and educators to build successful schools and strong neighborhoods," for example helping 1,400+ University of Texas volunteers to renovate schools in the Rundberg area as part of The Project, or Helping the Austin Independent School District organizing a gathering for Arabic-speaking families, initiatives all part of the Community School model promoted by Austin Voices.
The Rundberg Educational Advancement District recently announced the new Austin Voices Family Resource Center at Lanier High School was moving into its portable.
Learn more and schedule your donation on Austin Voices' Amplify ATX page.
Finally, we recently shared on this blog a story on how North Austin YMCA made a difference in some North Austin residents lives, so we should finish this list with the YMCA of Austin's Amplify Austin fundraising campaign.
But there are many other North Austin nonprofits looking to "amplify" donations through Amplify Austin:
Arts Blue Cow Studio's project for McBee Elementary in North Austin. Learn more on the blog.
Explore our new map of North Austin nonprofits to do your own research on organizations serving your neighborhood you could donate to:
Visit the new North Austin nonprofits page of this blog in order to learn more about donations but also volunteering opportunities.
North Austin YMCA Youth & Family Director Eleanor Earnhart recently shared a story showing the impact the community plots of the North Austin community garden supported by her organization on the North Austin Y's Facebook page:
"Part of my job is supporting our community garden, and a few weeks ago I was helping with a plant sale fundraiser for the garden. It's a fun event, where you get to help answer questions about the plants, give advice to new gardeners, and hear gardening stories from a mix of different people.
As one woman was checking out with her plants, she asked where the funds go. When I told her that they support the community garden, she said, "Oh good!" and then told me her story:
Last year, she became very ill and was in the hospital for an extended amount of time. As a result, she lost her job and was having a very hard time making ends meet. She would go out to the community garden and harvest food from the community plots outside the fence (the plots outside the fence are available for anyone to harvest from, and they are maintained by the kid's gardening classes that I teach!). She was able to supplement her diet with free, organic vegetables while she was working toward becoming healthy again and getting back on her feet. She said she was very thankful for that.
I'm very thankful that we were able to support her! It makes me very proud to know that our work makes such an impact.
If you would like to support our work, please consider giving to the YMCA's Annual Campaign. Every cent you give goes straight back to supporting the community through programs like Membership For All, our children's gardening classes, and many others. (...) Thanks for your support!"