66% of Austinites feel uninformed about the issues.
89% say they would give to a specific need in the community.

Why We’re Here

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.

Please check out our Programs and get to know our Board Members and Staff!



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Volunteer Opportunities This December!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
December 12, 2013

Hello December! With a new holiday cheer-filled month comes many opportunities to spread cheer and learn about this month’s Community Needs Spotlight. This month we are focusing on Health and Wellness Services. There are many ways to get involved, from attending fundraisers, to volunteering, to making donations. Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable and full of philanthropy.

Did you know that you could potentially help save over 500 lives if you donate blood every three months? Find out how you can get involved in blood donation through The Blood Centers of Central Texashttp://www.inyourhands.org/aboutblooddonation.php

Are you a survivor of cancer or were you a caregiver for someone with cancer? Cancer Connection needs your help to provide support services to current cancer patients and their loved ways. The next volunteer training session is December 13-14. http://www.thecancerconnection.org/getinvolved.html

Are you interested in fitness and nutrition? WeViva has lots of opportunities to get involved in making sure low-income communities have access to fitness and nutrition programs. http://weviva.org/get-involved/

It is difficult to know how many homeless people there are at any point in time. Knowing the number is critical in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will give Travis County’s homeless service providers. One way to help get those numbers in Austin is to assist ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition) in their annual Point in Time Count. They need volunteers to help canvas the city for one day to count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless men, women, and children in Austin. The first volunteer training session is December 14. http://www.austinecho.org/count/

Do you believe that early education is the key to a lifetime of success? Find out how to get involved with Breakthrough Austin and help get low-income students into college. http://www.breakthroughaustin.org/about-us/mission-vision

Do you enjoy shopping for others? Check out Front Step’s wish list and find out how you can help provide a pathway out of homelessness. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/donate/wish-list

Would you like to support the arts this season while enjoying it at the same time. Go to Conspirare’s Spellbound, CYC Holiday Concert. The event is December 13 and 14. http://conspirare.org/concerts/upcoming-events/

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Volunteer Opportunities This Holiday Season!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming and with so much to be thankful for, there are tons of ways to show our gratitude and give back to the community!

Do you want to help provide access to healthcare and health education to
vulnerable populations? Think about helping out at the Volunteer Health
Clinic
! They need helpers with both medical and non-medical backgrounds. http://www.volclinic.org/volunteers.php

Find out ways to help local survivors get through the holidays by checking out Safe Place’s Holiday Programs. https://www.safeplace.org/HolidayProgram

Austin Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help improve their presence in the Austin community. Find out how you can help. http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1422917.jsp

Would you like to find out about ways to help the homebound and hungry in the Austin area? Take a look at the volunteer opportunities at Meals on Wheels and Morehttp://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/volunteer/current-needs

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Want to raise money for a cause and build up an appetite for your big dinner? Check out the Turkey Trot and run to raise money for Caritashttp://www.caritasofaustin.org/events/turkey-trot

This year the YMCA will be hosting its 25th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. Last year more than 1,000 disadvantaged children attended the event. Many volunteer are needed to help bring joy to that many children. There are some great volunteer opportunities! http://www.austinymca.org/news/25th-annual-childrens-christmas-party

Are you interested in ending homelessness in Austin? Find out how you can help Front Steps reach their goal. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities 

Did you know that SAHELI has bystander trainings to help community members know how to interrupt, intervene, and stay safe when they see someone in a dangerous situation. Find out more and stop abuse! www.saheli-austin.org

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Hey Austin Involved,

We're happy to announce our first family volunteer day for Austin Involved members!

We're partnering with Little Helping Hands to give you and your family the opportunity to give back to the community! 

Check out who we're volunteering with: 

  • Goodwill GreenWorks Recycling Activity
  • Saturday, October 26
  • 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Goodwill Community Center, 1015 Norwood Park Blvd.

You and your family will help breakdown computers to resell and recycle in support of Goodwill’s job services and programs that connect Central Texans to meaningful employment. This is a fun, hands-on activity for adults and children who like to take things apart and who are curious about computers.  

This is a great opportunity to learn about joblessness and how organizations like Goodwill help individuals find, obtain, and retain jobs in our community.

Participants also have the chance to spend some time in Goodwill’s Computer Museum that exhibits the chronological evolution of computer technology through educational displays and demonstrations.

This activity is recommended for children ages 4 and older and Little Helping Hands recommends one adult accompany each child under 8. When you sign up, make sure to save a spot for each family member! 

How to Sign-Up!  
Sign up through Little Helping Hands VolunteerSpot 

If you have any questions about the volunteer day, contact Grace Ingram-Eiser at grace@littlehelpinghands.org.  

A big thanks to Little Helping Hands for partnering with us and making it happen! 

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Hey Austin Involved,

The summer heat has broken! So actually ENJOY being outside this Saturday and help US out by volunteering with Esprit de She Austin.

For every Member who volunteers, Austin Involved gets $25. Which means YOU get better cookies on volunteer day!

Details: Volunteers needed Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Life Time Tri Austin South. Esprit de She Austin is an all-women’s cycle tour offering women a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere to try cycling and is in partnership with Girls on the Run Austin.

Austin Involved will receive $25 for each Member who volunteers a minimum of 2 hours!

Check out the Saturday shift times and needs:

  • 7:30am -9:30am Aid Station (Hand Out Water) (3)
  • 9:30-11:30am Aid Station (Hand Out Water) (3)
  • 6:00am - 8:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 10:00am - 12:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 12:00am - 2:00pm Greeters, Runners (2)

Friday Setup

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Set up bikes, etc at Life Time Austin South) (3)

If you’re interested, contact Veronica Castelo at castelonotes@gmail.com. She'll need to know your full name, phone number, email, and t-shirt size.

Sharing your Saturday for just two hours will have a major impact! Thanks Austin Involved!

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