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89% say they would give to a specific need in the community.

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I Live Here, I Give Here’s mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest more money in our community. We educate and connect individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy.

I Live Here, I Give Here’s mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest more money in our community. We educate and connect individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy.

Did you know that according to a study done by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2012, Austin is ranked 32nd out of the 50 largest cities in the nation in per capita charitable giving? This is a big improvement over our ranking at the beginning of the 21st century when we ranked 48, but there is still a lot of room for growth!

Austin is a vibrant city with a personality all its own. Central Texans are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers of their time and talent. But that’s not enough. The biggest problem facing Austin Nonprofits is there is not enough money.

Our community is well known for cherishing its environment and local businesses, its time to nurture our home-grown nonprofits in the same way!

We depend on our nonprofits to meet so many of the Austin's most basic needs; but the shortage of funds for these organizations is creating large gaps in services.

This is where I Live Here, I Give Here steps in. Our main purpose is to connect people like YOU with the issues you care about and the Nonprofits that support them.

I Live Here, I Give Here is proud of the work we have accomplished since our launch in 2007. We connect the people of Austin with the causes they care about.

We partner with nonprofit groups so they can be more accessible to you. We spotlight specific needs in Austin every month to let you know how you can help.

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Nonprofit News! 11.06.13

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
November 6, 2013

Let’s welcome November with some great nonprofit news! With the new month comes a new Community Needs Spotlight, focused on victim services, and great opportunities for everyone to get involved in the Austin community!

Do you have a story about the effects of violence on your life? Do you want to share that story? The Texas After Violence Project is running a storytelling project and may be able to interview you. Share your story or find out other ways to get involved to end violence in Texas. http://www.texasafterviolence.org/get-involved.aspx

The 2013 Race for the Cure is Sunday, November 10, and you can still take action to help prevent, detect, and cure breast cancer with Susan G. Komen!  They are taking donations up until the day of the race as part of their #practicepink campaign. Check it out at http://practicewhatyoupink.org/ or check out their web video.

Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to help conduct a Community Assessment Survey in West on November 9 and 16, from 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m. The Purpose of assessment is to get a pulse for unmet needs from the blast disaster and figure the next order of services for families and the town. Get more information at http://ccctx.org/programs/disaster/west/westvolunteer/ If you are interested in helping, please call Sara Ramirez at 512-651-6102 or emailing sara-ramirez@ccctx.org.

Greenlights is celebrating nonprofit excellence with Party for Good on Tuesday, November 12. We are so proud and honored that I Live Here, I Give Here is a finalist for nonprofit of the year! You can still get your tickets to the event. We’ll for sure be there! http://greenlights.org/training-events/party-for-good

VSA Texas’ Annual Holiday Arts and Gift Show is coming up! Their holiday art and gift show runs from November 18 until December 24, 2013. They will also host a Holiday Arts and Gift Show Artist Reception on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Come share some refreshments, meet the artists and shop.  Why not support local artists with disabilities and the VSA while buying your family and friends holiday gifts to treasure? Artists get 70% of sale price and VSA Texas gets 30%. http://www.vsatx.org 

The Children's Heart Foundation is seeking volunteers to help rally for funds for research on congenital heart defects. Find out more about their cause and what you can do to help! http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/SFGxs36BMcxd/

The Capital Area Food Bank
still needs volunteers to help out during their busiest time of the year, “the Holiday Hustle.” Volunteers must be willing to commit to assisting every Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM beginning the week of November 7 and finishing the week of January 9. http://bit.ly/1a9SuKc 

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A 2-for-1 Deal: Get Something, Give Something

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
October 29, 2013

 

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It’s surprising the impact a pair of used shoes can have on one person.

Because someone decided not to toss them in the trash -- which just leads to the city trash anyway -- those shoes made their way to a donation bin, into the hands of some volunteer, tagged by another for pricing, and landed on a table at The Settlement Home for Children’s annual garage sale. Someone will buy them. They’ll pay a fantastic low price. And the money they give will serve a child. Shoes well traveled.

The Settlement Home has hosted their annual garage sale for 35 years. All the workers are volunteers. All the items for sale are donated. And that allows 100 percent of the proceeds to return to The Settlement Home to continue providing housing and security for women, foster and adoption programs, and residential and group home programs for children.

It’s easy to see that every dollar you give stretches far beyond what you buy. So do the donated items, which have such a range for shoppers to choose from: rugs, furniture, home goods, clothes, outdoor gear. You name it, and you’ll probably find it!

“I chose [to donate to] The Settlement Home because we wanted to build a relationship with a unique charity that could benefit from our type of donations. We've found that some items are directly useful to the community they serve, while others benefit the kids through the annual garage sale,” says Masha Poloskova, owner of Moss Designer Consignment and regular donor to The Settlement Home.

For three years, Moss has donated 1,200 - 2,000 high-end apparel and accessories yearly to The Settlement Home, with many found at the garage sale. Why do it? Because Austin is home to Masha. It supports her, so she supports it back.

“Austin has embraced both of my businesses … I've received an immense amount of support ... as a retailer who specializes in designer labels, I'm fortunate to be in the position to give back and support the community that has helped me grow personally and professionally over the years.”

Austinites, this weekend you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal: hunt for great goodies AND give back to the community. With a turnout of more than 25,000 people in the past years, it’s obvious we love this deal. If you’re lucky, you might snag Chanel loafers or a Prada bag. Or simply a well-traveled pair of used shoes.

The Settlement Home for Children Austin Garage Sale
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
November 2 (10 a.m.-5p.m.) - November 3 (10 a.m.-2p.m.)
https://www.settlementhome.org/


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Nonprofit News! 10.24.13

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
October 24, 2013

This month, we've been sharing stories, videos, news and facts about the issues facing seniors and disabled people in Austin. And you've probably learned of a few, if not many, nonprofits who have taken up the cause to serve our neighbors, friends, and family. So here's your chance to share in that impact. We have a list of volunteer opportunities and events that are coming up and related to this month's Community Needs Spotlight. We're happy to help you find your cause. 

ARCIL, inc., is currently seeking volunteers to help people with disabilities in the physical moving process. While there is sometimes funding available to help with rent and utilities, physically moving personal belongings from one residence to another can be costly. If you are interested in helping, e-mail John Meinkowsky at johnm@arcil.com.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas invites you to join them for their 14th Annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Visit their website to learn more about the event: http://dsact.com/buddywalk/dsact-buddy-walk/ 

Volunteer for Family Fun Days with Growing Roots. Help with planning, coordinating, and implementing 7 weekend afternoons of Family Fun Day (an afternoon of activities for all parents and their families involved in our programs). More info here: http://bit.ly/1cfRhTn 

Power for Parkinson’s has many volunteer opportunities. In alignment with their mission to improve the wellbeing of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, their fitness program has been developed using the most current research available regarding Parkinson's and exercise physiology. To get more information, contact powerforparkinsons@gmail.com.

Drive A Senior is always looking for drivers, friendly visitors, office assistants, and handy helpers to volunteer. You can learn more about their needs and the work they provide to seniors in our neighborhoods at http://driveasenior.org/volunteer/.

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. Join CASA at a free Volunteer Info Session & Lunch November 19 to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer. Lunch will begin at 11:30 am and the presentation will start at 11:45. There will be time for questions with our staff and current volunteer advocates after the presentation.

Volunteer with Center for Child Protection and help greet children and families, assist in the distribution of information packets, educate families about the court process, assist pediatricians, shop for supplies, provide child care, perform administrative activities and assist with center upkeep. www.centerforchildprotection.org.

The Capital Area Food Bank seeks "Holiday Hustle" administrative volunteers to assist during their busiest time of the year. Volunteers must be willing to commit to assisting every Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM beginning the week of November 7 and finishing the week of January 9. http://bit.ly/1a9SuKc 

Become a Guardian Advocate at Family Eldercare to brighten the life of a senior or an adult with a disability. Guardian Advocates make short, regular visits to a client to provide companionship and a higher quality of life by advocating for the person's needs. To learn more about becoming a Guardian Advocate or about their Guardianship Program, contact them at 512-483-3582 or email, volunteer@familyeldercare.org.


 


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This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and those residents with disabilities.

Did you know that since 2000, the number of senior adults living in poverty has increased by 42 percent in Central Texas? Meals on Wheels and More is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community here in our own backyard. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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Nonprofit News!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
October 17, 2013

Halloween costumes, photo contests, and more! There’s so much going on this month around town. Find out how you can play a part!

Open Door Preschool and FedEx Cares

Open Door Preschool teamed with FedEx for a makeover of their central location, which includes painting the walls of classrooms, hallways and their atrium. In addition, each teacher crafted a wish list that FedEx filled, stocking the classrooms with supplies for the year.  This volunteer day was part of the ninth annual FedEx Cares Week, which provides volunteer and service opportunities for FedEx team members both in the U.S. and around the world.  

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PeopleFund’s East Night Celebration

Join PeopleFund for a night of gambling for giving that includes poker, roulette, slots, drinks, food, and prizes. Meet PeopleFund clients, partners, volunteers, and staff as you test your luck at their Casino event October 24! More information at https://peoplefund.org/east-night/ 

The Texas Book Festival 2013

The Texas Book Festival is October 26 and 27, which celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Support from donors helps keep the annual festival – and fifth biggest in the country – free to the public. They’re also seeking book-loving volunteers to help with the preparations. Learn more at http://www.texasbookfestival.org/support-texas-book-festival/

Buy Your Halloween Costume & Help Zilker Theatre Productions

Support Zilker Theatre Productions! Shop for your Halloween costume and 15% of your purchase goes to ZTP. Follow this link to get the details and see the selection of costumes this year:http://conta.cc/1bX3IDs

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SFC Farmers’ Markets “Dogs of the Market: People’s Choice” Photo Contest

Does your four-legged friend wake you up early every Saturday, ready to head out to the SFC Farmers’ Market? If yours is the cutest and most committed canine at the market, this photo contest is for you – Enter the People’s Choice Photo Contest on October 26! http://www.facebook.com/SustainableFoodCenter?v=app_340493986057345&rest=1

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October Spotlight: AGE Of Central Texas

by Blaire Kniffin
October 10, 2013

This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and residents with disabilities.

Did you know Central Texas has the second largest aging population in the country? AGE of Central Texas is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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Happy October! This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve our Central Texas aging population and residents with disabilities.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help.

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas is one of these incredible nonprofits that we are shedding light on this month. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired by a local philanthropist doing his part to change Central Texas for the better. Hear from Guillermo Carrillo, father to a son with Down Syndrome, board member and donor of The Down Syndrome Association. 

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A wonderfully entertaining, Austin-themed holiday movie called Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick Jr. Willie Nelson, Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson is bringing I Live Here, I Give Here Partner’s a fundraising opportunity this holiday season. Your organization can select a night in November to invite your supporters to a special screening of this heart-warming movie at Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse theaters. angelssing_09_02_2013_08_33.jpg

How It Works:

Your organization can buy out a screening with tickets at $10 each and offer them to your supporters and the community at a price you choose to raise funds for your work.  Apart from that commitment, the screening evening has many options and flexibility for you to create a fun and engaging event.

You can add value to your evening by having a cocktail party or dinner before or after the event or adding an auction or auction items to the evening. There are many options to increase the return for you and to further excite your supporters to attend. Other options will include the ability to split a screening with a friendly or similarly focused organization to cut expected audience for each organization in half. 

Download the Fundraiser Movie Event Guide for more information. If your organization is interested in scheduling an Angels Sing private screening fundraiser in November, please email Liz Fitzgerald, project manager, at angelssingcharities@gmail.com or call her directly (512) 797-2445. Deadline to reachout is October 15th. 

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