Why you should get involved with community service in Austin
By: Leslie Mullen Odom - 6/13/18
Oh Austin! We love your rolling hills and beautiful lakes and all you have to offer but most importantly we love your heart. “Keep Austin Weird” is not just our slogan it’s our mantra that we Austinintes take to heart. We like to hold our city to a higher standard and because of this a rich culture of philanthropic giving has taken root.
Austin has more nonprofits per capita than any other city in Texas. We love to give and it shows. Take a look next time you’re at the dog park and I bet half of those dogs are rescues from Austin Pets Alive. Austin is celebrating its fifth year as the country’s largest no kill city.
With so many choices it may take a while to find your perfect fit but a world full of like minded and kind Austinites are waiting to show you the ropes. Here are a few favorite local charities that always need a helping hand.
Dell Children’s Trust
Joining the Dell Children’s Trust gives you the opportunity of a lifetime! You’ll make new friends, learn the latest in pediatric healthcare and have the ability to really make a difference in our community. dellchildrens.net/support-dell-childrens/get-involved/support-groups/dell-childrens-trust/
Partnerships for Children
As a nonprofit in Central Texas, Partnerships for Children leads a collection of programs that offer resources, support and comfort for foster children and families in our community. Our accessibility to CPS, efficient practices and ability to connect with kids at all stages in their lives allows us to better serve those who need us most by providing real and impactful solutions. Learn how you can get involved here: partnershipsforchildren.org
Provides personalized birthday celebrations to children in foster care, creating a moment of connection between the child and a loving adult. We believe that something as simple as a birthday party has the power to provide normalcy, joy and hope in a foster child’s life. Learn more about them here: popupbirthday.org
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the killing of Austin’s adoptable dogs and cats. Led by Emancipet founder, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, they want to see the end of the killing of homeless pets in Austin, Central Texas, and the entire country. APA! is leading the no-kill movement in Austin by energizing the public and maintaining comprehensive, innovative, life-saving programs designed to save the animals most likely to be euthanized in shelters. Check out this great organization: www.austinpetsalive.org
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Mobile Loaves and Fishes provides food and clothing, cultivate community and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. Check out this great organization here: mlf.org
Community First! Village
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas Learn more about them here: mlf.org/community-first