Community Involvement


Austin Pet’s Alive! We are currently focused on helping the healthy and treatable pets who are at risk of being killed in a shelter, by rescuing the pets who are at the greatest risk and helping owners who are having problems so great that they need to surrender their pet(s) to a shelter. Learn More



Welcome to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the only dedicated freestanding pediatric facility in the region. Serving a 46-county area and beyond, Dell Children’s is the premier health care provider for children and adolescents.Kids are different and so is Dell Children’s. Children are not small adults. They have unique healthcare needs. Statistics show that children heal faster when treated in a children’s hospital. At Dell Children’s, we treat each of our patients with:Extra timeExtra monitoringEquipment, medications and doses according to body sizeSpecialized pediatric medical skills and compassionAccess to family throughout the entire hospital stay. Learn More



March of Dimes – Working together for stronger, healthier babies. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. Learn More



Caritas of Austin – Vision Caritas envisions a community where there is respect for all individuals, hope for those experiencing poverty and opportunities for self-reliance.Mission Caritas provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Learn More



The mission of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. is to enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programming. Learn More



The Long Center for the Performing Arts is founded on the belief that the performing arts are essential components in the quality of life of our community. Our performing arts organizations – from the smallest to the largest – deserve and need facilities that reflect their contribution to the culture of our community.Therefore, our mission is to manage a state-of-the-art, multi-venue facility that will host the broad spectrum of Austin’s performing arts organizations. Learn More



The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1951 as the Travis County Medical Society Blood Bank, it initially provided whole blood to four Austin Hospitals and a couple of rural clinics. Its mission is to safeguard the community’s gifts of blood and tissue with uncompromising quality and excellence in customer service. Learn More



Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1883, UT is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation.Ours is a diverse learning community, with students from every state and more than 100 countries.We’re a university with world talent and Texas traditions. Discover more about us online and come visit our beautiful campus in person.- President William Powers Jr. Learn More



Zachary Scott Theater – Located in the heart of Austin on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, ZACH is widely considered “Austin’s Theatre.” The power of theatre to transform lives is evidenced all day long at ZACH as our theatre spaces transform from children’s theatre, to classroom, to premiere regional stage. Unlike our friends at The Long Center, Texas Performing Arts or the Paramount Theatre, who host touring productions and entertainment acts, ZACH is a producing theatre. We create each of our productions-from conception and design to performance-in theatres with close proximity of audience to actor, providing Central Texas audiences with an intimate experience of artistically excellent theatre. To that end, ZACH employs 50 full and part-time staff and nearly 200 actor, designer, musician, craftsman, teacher and technician in more than 300 roles each year, making us a key contributor to Austin’s creative economy. Learn More



Austin Children’s Shelter provides a safe home and supportive services for children, youth and young adults from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect in their lives. In a home-like environment, ACS provides medical care and therapy, and teaches positive coping skills and responsible decision making. Through customized service plans and nurturing support and guidance for each resident, we help the young people in our care to heal and to prepare for transition to the next phase of their life. Learn More



The official KUT mission is “to be the most trusted radio source for news and music in Central Texas.” In real terms, that means we strive every day to bring you insightful news coverage and music that gets us fired up. This page includes a lot of information that we need to share with you. But what we want you to know is that our entire staff is devoted to bringing you the best news and music in Central Texas every day-every hour, every minute that we’re on the air.KUT Austin is licensed by the FCC to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas and operates as a department within the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn More



Meals on Wheels and More seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through programs that promote dignity and independent living. Learn More



The Junior League of Austin is a diverse group of dedicated women working to make Austin a better place. The Junior League of Austin is a nonprofit organization formed in 1934 committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Learn More



The 100 Club of Central Texas is a volunteer, nonprofit organization composed of 2000 generous members committed to providing financial assistance and other support to first responders (peace officer, firefighters and EMS personnel), especially to the families of first responders who are killed or critically injured in the line of duty. Learn More



Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Learn More



American Childhood Cancer Organization – Our mission is to provide information and support for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to provide grassroots leadership through advocacy and awareness, and to support research leading to a cure for all children diagnosed with this life-threatening disease. Learn More



Amigos En Azul is a police organization dedicated to instilling professionalism in its members; to develop and maintain trust between police and the Hispanic community. Learn More



Austin Education and Leadership Training Foundation (AKELF) The purpose for which the AKELF was formed is to assist in and aid the public welfare of the Greater Austin community, especially young people, with the idea of helping to foster their desire for higher education and achievement; to award scholarships; to serve as mentors; to promote social, educational, and recreational activities among our members and the community; and to conduct programs and projects consistent with the goals and objectives of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Learn More



American Heart Association – Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question. Learn More



American Red Cross Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Learn More



Anderson High School In partnership with our parents and our community, Anderson High School strives to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. Learn More



At Any Baby Can, our mission is to improve the lives of children by strengthening them and their families through education, therapy and family support services. Learn More


Austin Boxer

Austin Boxer Rescue, located in Austin Texas, is a non-profit organization that branched off from Lone Star Boxer Rescue of Houston. ABR is made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to removing dogs from bad situations and placing them into loving permanent homes. We receive dogs from shelters, owners, and dogs found as strays and our volunteers take them into their homes. We do not have a shelter or a facility. Our rescued dogs are rehabilitated medically, socialized and are taught basic manners. We service Austin, San Antonio, Temple, and the surrounding areas. Learn More



ACG has transformed school-based music education in Austin. We’ve established guitar programs in over 50 different elementary, middle and high schools, the Travis County Juvenile Justice System, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. And we’ve served thousands of Central Texas kids who come from all sorts of different backgrounds. Learn More



The Austin Community Foundation exists to find creative and effective ways to help you give back to the community and create the kind of gift you always wanted to make – even if you never thought it was possible. Learn More


Austin Gives

Austin Gives is made up of participants who pledge to donate one percent or more of their pre-tax earnings to the community. The purpose of Austin Gives is specifically to encourage and celebrate business philanthropy in metro Austin. Learn More


Austin Pride

The mission of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation is to educate, resource, and connect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community in Austin, Texas. Learn More



The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The museum has two distinct yet complementary locations, the Jones Center in downtown Austin at 700 Congress Avenue, and Laguna Gloria, a fourteen-acre site on Lake Austin at 3809 W. 35th Street, which is home to the Driscoll Villa, the Art School, the Gatehouse Gallery, and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Learn More


Austin Sheltie Rescue

The Austin Sheltie Rescue is the result of a cooperative effort by people in the Central Texas area to find permanent loving homes for abandoned, stray, or unwanted Shetland Sheepdogs. Learn More


Austin Parks

Austin Parks Foundation We seek to fill the gap between what needs to be done and what our parks department can afford to do. Since 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, promoted, and facilitated physical improvements, new programming, and greater community involvement for Austin’s parks. Each year, Austin Parks Foundation generates millions of dollars in volunteer time, in-kind donations, and financial support for city parks. Learn More



Autism Society of Greater Austin – The Autism Society’s mission is straightforward: “improve the lives of all affected by autism.” Advocating for the education and training of parents and professionals involved in the educating and caring for persons with autism; Helping develop a better understanding of the challenges of persons with autism and their families by serving as a clearinghouse for information about autism; Supporting families and professionals through monthly meetings, workshops, on-line vehicles, and printed material. We also sponsor events that are just for fun–come join us! Learn More


Big Brother

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Learn More


Bikes Kids

Founded in 1996, the Bikes for Kids program aims to give underprivileged and under-deserved children in the Austin area the opportunity to get a brand-new bike for the holidays, as well as bike helmets and other bike accessories. Learn More



The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton’s collection comprises over 17,000 works of art in a variety of mediums, with particular depth in Western European art from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries and modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Learn More


Blue Santa
Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)(3) – non-profit, community based corporation, organized by the Austin Police Department, with support from the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Energy. Each year we provide each family we serve with a full holiday meal and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under age 14. Our service to citizens of Austin began back in 1972 serving about 20 families, this year we will easily serve over 3500 families. This is only possible because of the goodwill and big hearts of Austin’s citizens, businesses, and civic groups that support us each year.


Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Learn More


Brack Childs

University Medical Center at Brackenridge has long been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation. Now, UMC Brackenridge is accelerating its presence in the field of academic medicine. The Clinical Education Center uses high-fidelity interactive mannequins and a vast array of leap-ahead technology to train clinicians in the latest procedures working with state-of-the-art equipment. UMC Brackenridge is also home to the region’s first nursing residency program, and recently celebrated its 75th year of graduate medical education. Learn More


Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas – The purpose of BCRC is to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. Through effective patient navigation, BCRC provides support, information and resources to all those affected by breast cancer. Learn More



Brentwood Christian School Brentwood Christian is a family-friendly school, focused on readying its students for advanced education and for successful, Christian lives of leadership and service. The school is, and has been for its 40+ year history, a place where Austin-area families can turn for a quality education that includes and prioritizes the instilling of traditional Christian values and the fostering of a love for God in its students. Learn More



The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) provides food and grocery products to more than 350 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In 2010, CAFB provided more than 25 million pounds of food. The CAFB service area covers 19,064 square miles in Central Texas.Help the Food Bank achieve its mission of nourishing hungry people and leading the community in ending hunger. Donating funds is the most efficient and effective way to help. For every $1 you give, the Food Bank can provide $5 worth of nutritious food for hungry Central Texans. Learn More



The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture. A 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors in front of the Museum, and a colorful terrazzo floor in the Museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past. The Museum also has a Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a Museum Store with something for the Texan in everyone. Learn More



Camp Peniel – Our camps are founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ and our staff seek to show the love, grace, and truth of Him in all that they do. Kids can plainly see that actions speak louder than words. St. Francis of Assisi put it best when he said, “Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” The lives of our staff are called to reflect God in such a way that the lives of their campers would be transformed. Learn More



Carment Kiara Youth Organization – Carment Kiara Youth Organization’s mission is to help promote high self-esteem through positive mentoring and tutoring. Learn More



The mission of Casis Elementary School is to provide a learning environment that will enable each student to work to potential in his/her quest to be a life-long learner and a productive member of society.Casis is supported by an active Parent Teacher Association. The PTA is committed to providing significant support for the teachers and students at our school. Through the education and nurturing of our children, together we help them grow into adults with much to contribute in return. Learn More



Communities In Schools of Central Texas surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Children cannot learn at their potential when they are in crisis or face significant non-academic needs. Most students who drop out of school are dealing with multiple problems that present barriers to their education: poverty, unattended health needs, hunger, an unemployed parent, domestic violence. Learn More



Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA of Travis County believes every child who’s been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. To accomplish this, CASA educates and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure each child’s needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. CASA is the only child advocacy group working in the court system that provides a caring, consistent adult focused on the well-being of a single child. Learn More



Central Texas Dachshund Rescue was started in September of 2000. Our membership has grown yearly, providing more foster families and volunteers to help find loving, forever homes for our dachshunds. Learn More



Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.”Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.” Learn More


Child Protection

What We Do: The Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center, is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers at no charge and most are available in English and Spanish. Learn More



The Coats for Kids Foundation was established in January 2004 as a public, charitable foundation by Paul and Cheryl Darby of Alexandria, VA. It received IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) in March 2004. The Coats for Kids Foundation mission is “to ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives a new one.”CFK distinguishes itself from other very worthwhile and commendable programs by: 1. Only distributing new winter coats. 2. Including a pair of new gloves and a new winter hat, and 3. Accepting requests for coats and delivering them all winter long-from October through the end of March. Most coat drives only operate between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn More



Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin / San Antonio is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cocker spaniels in central Texas (and sometimes beyond). By adopting, making a donation or opening your home to a foster, you can help us save lives! Learn More


Colorado River

The Colorado River Foundation (CRF), a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 1994 to promote education, protection, and stewardship of the Colorado River in Texas. As a separate, non-profit funding partner for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the Foundation raises funds to support natural science education and outdoor recreation programs, particularly for at-risk and underserved youth, annual river cleanups, and additional community projects that encourage the stewardship, awareness, and protection of the Colorado River in Texas. Learn More



Faith in Action Caregivers offers services to help older adults in maintaining and improving their quality of life. With the assistance of volunteer caregivers, clients can maximize their ability to meet their own needs and to continue to live independently. Learn More



The Continental Challenge – Ever seen a grown man eat way too much red meat? Watch as four members of the Continental Automotive Group eat with their mouths wide open at Texas Roadhouse. The participants will be attempting to ingest a 72-ounce ribeye steak, a grilled shrimp skewer, a side of garlic mashed potatoes, a house salad, and a dinner roll at the Texas Roadhouse.Our First Annual Continental Challenge benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas was held on Wednesday, December 15 2010, at the Texas Roadhouse on 13435 US Highway 183 North. Representing Austin INFINITI, Troy Johnson and Gil Garcia, representing Austin Subaru and First Texas Honda, Garrett Liming, and lastly, Chris Branum representing Mercedes-Benz of Austin. Learn More



Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – We are a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Our focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure.Walk today. Add tomorrows. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. More than 250,000 walkers come together each year as one community for one cause…to help find a cure for CF. Thank you for your interest in Great Strides. We’re looking forward to a great event in 2013! Each year, Great Strides continues to gain momentum, as do our research efforts and progress toward a cure. Learn More


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Dog Day Afternoon – Whether you have a dog or want to adopt one, we have you covered at the annual Dog Day Afternoon. Presented by Austin Subaru, the all-dog themed event takes place each year at the Triangle.Activities: Dog Adoption Day from our participating rescue groups, KLBJ Rockin’ Weenie Dog Races II, Pet Massages, Agility Demos, Doga Demonstrations, FREE Doggie Treats and Goodie Bags, Premium Pet Watering Stations, Information about dog day care, Pet Psychic, Discounted Microchipping, Dog Accessories, Trainers, Kid’s Activities, Food and Beverages, special treats from our sponsors, and much more! * A portion of all sales made at our event are donated to each participating rescue group.* Learn More



Dripping Springs High School was the first in Texas to implement a portfolio program for the purpose of measuring student success and preparation for real world endeavors. Dripping Springs High School’s Pride in Portfolio Program has built a new way to make its students ready for the post-high school world. Learn More



EMANCIPE+ envisions a world where no cat or dog is ever killed just for being homeless.We work towards realizing that vision every day, by providing services and advocacy that effectively and humanely reduce the homeless pet population in our community. Learn More



Fashion for Compassion – Do you love fashion? Then you don’t want to miss our annual fashion show, “Fashion for Compassion”, presented by Mercedes-Benz of Austin with Saks Fifth Avenue. This chic spriNg style show features prominent Austinites on the runway, delicious tastings, fashion focused desserts, distinctive live auction items and fabulous shopping. Benefiting Austin Children’s Shelter. Learn More



Fountain Valley School of Colorado is dedicated to providing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in academics, athletics and the arts. Our community endeavors to foster a lifelong love of challenge and learning in an environment of diversity and mutual respect, and to prepare adolescents to become individuals who are open-minded, curious, courageous, self-reliant and compassionate. Learn More



Freed-Hardeman University is a private institution, associated with churches of Christ, dedicated to moral and spiritual values, academic excellence, and service in a friendly, supportive environment. The purpose of the University is to provide every student an education permeated with these Christian values. Learn More


Pease Park

Friends of Pease Park – Part of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt, Pease is a great place to hold a really big BBQ, host a birthday party, or play some disc golf (scheduled to close in late 2010).The park has extensive playground equipment and a new sprayground (opened May 2010). It is also a popular site for various Austin festivals; both the Jazz Festival and Eeyore’s Birthday Party are held at Pease Park. Learn More


Reed Park

Friends of Reed Park – Kids report Reed Park has great swings–shady, and with long, long chains for a good swoop. Children also love to explore the creek and nature trail.Across the parking area is a historic construction that inspires speculation. Is it an old oven, perhaps? You might be tempted to climb up for a closer look! Learn More



The Friends of Barton Springs Pool creates a community of people dedicated to restoring, improving and maintaining the pool and surrounding grounds through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.We work to inspire an appreciation of the rich history of Barton Springs Pool and pride in this natural treasure. We honor the pool’s sensitive environment and work to preserve and protect it so that we, and generations long after ours, can continue to enjoy the cool, clean spring waters. Learn More



Mayfield Park and Preserve is an island of restful respite located in the middle of Austin, Texas. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this estate was presented to the city of Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for all Austinites to enjoy as a park. It includes 2 acres of colorful cottage gardens with towering palm trees, brilliant peacocks and delicate water lilies, all blending in beautiful harmony, as well as 21 acres of nature preserve, walking trails and wildlife habitat. Learn More



Texas Land Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Tree Folks, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Urban Roots, and Clean Water Fund. It is a campaign designed to encourage local businesses to commit to donate five percent of gross sales on Earth Day to these non-profits that dedicate their time and energy into making Central Texas a better place. Learn More



The Heart of Texas Lab Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to rescue Labrador Retrievers from shelters, pounds, abandonment , and other situations, and place them in loving, caring homes. The HOT Lab Rescue serves Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas. It is HOTLR’s policy to accept and place dogs ONLY in the state of Texas. All Labradors are neutered/spayed, current on shots, and heartworm negative prior to being put up for adoption. Learn More



German Shepherd Rescue – We are a rescue organization that strives to save as many German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes as possible from neglect, abuse, and premature death. We give dogs the chance to have the good life they deserve through rescue, adoption, referrals, and behavior counseling. Learn More


Hill County

Hill Country Conservancy marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come. Learn More



The Humane Legislation Network – Established in 1975, The Network is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that fights for the enactment and enforcement of laws to protect animals from neglect and abuse.The Network is the political arm and voice for every animal and animal welfare agency in Texas. Learn More


Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. We work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty?; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics. Learn More


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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. Learn More



KLRU – Vision: Through the creative use of content, KLRU is making the greater Austin area the most vibrant, informed, and engaged community in the country.Mission: KLRU’s mission is to present quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities. Learn More



Our Mission: Kids in a New Groove provides private one-on-one music mentorship to kids in the Texas foster care system.Our Vision: To build a solid foundation for foster youth so that they can age out of care with tools for success. We provide youth with a consistent weekly mentor, and also present them with a brand new musical instrument which they earn from practicing and meeting program goals. Through Kids in a New Groove, lessons become a lifeline to a better future. Learn More



VISION: Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) inspires and educates individuals and our community towards greater environmental stewardship.GOAL: To Clean, Beautify and Protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and hands-on education. Learn More



Kristopher’s Gifts grew from the wishes of Kris Medford, who in April 1992, lost his battle with cancer. He was just 10 years old. Living in Lakeway, Texas, Kris was diagnosed when he was 7 years old. He spent his last holiday season undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Kris was receiving intensive care that last Christmas, when he was given a stuffed animal and was touched by the comfort it brought. He was so touched, he wished all hospitalized children might receive that same gift. His family was committed to make that wish come true. Learn More



AMOA-Laguna Gloria is an indoor/outdoor venue that consists of twelve acres of some of the most beautiful parkland in central Texas, including a mile of Lake Austin shoreline. Home to the Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria, the site features a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1916 by Clara Driscoll, best known as savior of the Alamo. The house and surrounding grounds are listed on local, state, and federal historic site registries. Centrally located off 35th Street and MoPac, AMOA-Laguna Gloria is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Austin. Learn More


Lake Travis

The Mission of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce is to promote sound economic growth, assist members with business development, and create awareness related to the outstanding characteristics of our unique South Lake Travis community. Learn More



Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”-the gospel of Jesus Christ-which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. Learn More


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Lakeway Police Foundation – The Foundation works towards the advancement of its mission which is to give back to men and women of the Lakeway Police Department. Donations are accepted from any outside source interested in supporting employees, families and friends of the Lakeway Police Department in the case of emergency or misfortune. Funds raised are also used for memorials, scholarships or other educational programs and in support of other public safety programs or needs of the department. Learn More



The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Learn More


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Lone Star Girl Scouts – Girl Scouts is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering girls to be leaders. In partnership with adult volunteers, girls develop leadership skills, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Learn More



Lone Star Paralysis Foundation – “My friend Kent Waldrep was injured and paralyzed in 1974, and has been working ever since to find a cure for paralysis. I’ve been committed to helping Kent since 1988. A dedicated team of people here in Austin helped create the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation in 2000, and we’re busy raising awareness and money for our cause: to find a CURE for paralysis. Kent and I have a date to play golf – as soon as he’s able. I’ll keep practicing until then.” – Doug English, president of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation Learn More


shih tzu

Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue is an all volunteer organization founded in 1999. The organization focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned, abused and neglected shih tzu and lhasa apsos. The organization typically takes in the dogs no one else will take in such as those with broken bones, heartworms, demodex, punctured and missing eyes and other extreme, but manageable illnesses. LSSTLAR is a 501 (c) (3) organization which means your donation may be tax deductible. Learn More



Make a Wish Foundation – We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. Learn More



Manos de Cristo is committed to empowering low-income individuals by promoting dignity and self-reliance. Manos hosts a wide range of adult education classes; houses a food pantry, a clothes closet, and two computer labs, to help more than 15,000 people in central Texas each year. Manos empowers low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and welcomes all regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference. Inspired by the Christian ideals of service and compassion, Manos promotes dignity and self-reliance by providing essential oral care, furthering educational development, and meeting basic needs with food and clothing. Learn More



Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980, the mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.” Learn More


APA!’s Parvo Program: Signs of parvovirus infection once meant immediate and absolute euthanasia for puppies and dogs at the city shelter. The city now calls in Austin Pets Alive and gives a same day deadline to pick up the puppies and start treatment. The disease takes about a week to treat and once they are free of parvo, these amazing pups go on to lead normal, healthy lives and are highly adoptable! Watching these puppies go from being on death’s door to playing and eating again is what keeps our volunteers coming back to help treat them. Each parvo puppy costs APA! about $250 to treat, so the number of lives APA! can save is directly related to donated supplies and funds that come through.APA!’s parvo program has over an 88% save rate – impressive considering most puppies arrive well after the recommended start time for treatment.



PAWS of Austin Great Dane Rescue – PAWS’ mission is to prevent cruelty to all animals by promoting humane standards through education and example, to provide care and shelter for homeless animals, aid in the reduction of domestic animal overpopulation, and aid in the enforcement of laws, including the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse. Our main goal is to provide the best possible care for the animals while in our custody and finding them new permanent, loving homes. Our attempts to place homeless animals into good homes help not only the animal but also provide a new owner with a loving companion and possibly a memorable life experience. Learn More



Pedal for Puppies – Continental Automotive Group’s Austin Subaru is the proud Title and Host Sponsor for Pedal for Puppies. Pedal for Puppies is a urban charity ride. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets, obey the rules of the road, and ride with caution. We have support vehicles, however the streets will open for normal use.CAG is proud of our exclusive automotive corporate sponsorship with Austin Pets Alive! Together we hope to make Austin a No-Kill City! Learn More



People’s Community Clinic – PCC’s mission is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable healthcare. The Clinic has been offering care with respect and dignity since 1970. Learn More



The Rise School of Austin is a non-profit organization providing the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with developmental disabilities and children without disabilities. The program provides school-based services for children 18 months up to 6 years of age. Children are grouped according to age and individual needs with each class containing a diverse range of abilities. Learn More


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Scott and White Children’s Hospital – Scott & White’s Mission: To provide the most personalized, comprehensive, and highest-quality health care, enhanced by medical education and research.Scott & White’s Vision: Scott & White will be the Most Trusted and Most Valued name in American Healthcare. Learn More



Season for Caring is the Austin American-Statesman’s yearly charity campaign, which introduces readers to families in need. The Community Development department and partnering agencies collect cash and in-kind contributions to help these families and hundreds of others like them. Since its inception in 1999, we have raised and funneled more than $2.26 million in cash and over $838,000 in in-kind goods and services to local non-profit organizations. Check here for updates on this year’s families and past families. Learn More



The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Learn More



The Mission of Santa Cruz Catholic School is to educate students to be lifelong learners and the next generation of Catholic leaders, following Christ’s message of Service, Compassion, Courage, and Spirit. Learn More



The RunTex Foundation was created in 2003 to improve the fitness of our community, state, and nation. By supporting events and training programs, and by promoting the quality of life, we encourage our community to sustain life-long habits of fitness and health.The Foundation provides event consultation, event day operations and infrastructure to dozons of runs, triathlons, duathlons, and walks in the Central Texas Region per year while raising dollars annually for local charities.The Foundation currently works with Dell Computer, Area Churches and the City of Austin to provide running and activity programs for their employees. We also provide shoes and coaching to youth-at-risk programs. Learn More



Seton Family of Hospitals – The Seton Family of Hospitals was recognized as the top-ranked health system in Texas by Modern Healthcare magazine and healthcare data consulting firm Verispan and among the year’s top 100 integrated healthcare systems in the nation for efficiency and performance.A not-for-profit organization, the Seton Family is the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas, serving an 11-county population of 1.8 million. Learn More



SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Learn More



The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.This is our mission: To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries. To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals. Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts. Learn More



St. David’s Foundation – Who We Are: St. David’s Foundation invests in a healthy community through funding, hard work, and initiatives to better care for the underserved and uninsured.What We Do: As a joint owner of St. David’s HealthCare, the Foundation achieves its goals by investing the proceeds from the hospitals back into the Central Texas community.Why We Do It: To improve health and health care for all Central Texans. Learn More



The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Learn More



St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Numerous schools throughout the world were originally founded as Episcopal schools, but as times have changed many have lost or put aside those traditions and foundations that truly embody the Episcopal identity. St. Stephen’s is not one of those schools. We fully embrace this identity as defined by the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). Learn More



St. Theresa’s Catholic School – The school’s mission is to develop elementary and middle school students to their full potential by educating them in a Catholic and academically excellent environment. Our school is a special place where strong spiritual principles and high academic standards help today’s children grow into tomorrow’s leaders. Learn More


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Susan G. Komen – Race for the Cure® is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Learn More



Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue (TGPR) is a 501.c.3 not for profit organization dedicated to the protection and rescue of Great Pyrenees in Texas and surrounding areas. Learn More



Texas School for the Deaf is the innovative leader providing exemplary and comprehensive ASL/English bilingual education empowering students to be engaged, life-long learners. We are a welcoming, dynamic, and diverse community collaborating with the global community. The mission of the Texas School for the Deaf is to ensure that students excel in an environment where they learn, grow, and belong. We support deaf students, families, and professionals in Texas by providing resources through outreach services. Learn More



The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a serene and natural setting for the work of 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors. It is the garden setting that makes learning about sculpture at the Umlauf so appealing. Learn More



The Wagathon Walkathon is a 2.5 mile dog walk around The Hill Country Galleria on their Hike and Bike trail. There will be multiple water stations and three rest stops around the track. There will be light entertainment at the finish. We are still looking to part with Hill Country Galleria merchants for post walk refreshments. If you are interested please call 512-381-6693. Learn More



Water to Thrive is a faith-based non-profit that transforms lives through the gift of clean water. Our vision is of a world where we share our abundance to provide health, hope, and water to all. Our current efforts are supporting rural and impoverished communities in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. Help us change lives. Give the gift of water. Learn More



Wee Rescue is an Austin, Texas based non-profit, 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that rescues Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, and Shih Tzus that are unwanted or neglected dogs, regardless of age or medical condition. We only adopt to loving families in the Austin area. Learn More



Weimaraner Rescue of Texas – OUR MISSION is the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of Weimaraners from animal shelters, found stray, abandoned, neglected and abused. We educate the public on responsible pet ownership, and promote spay/neuter. We are dedicated to end the tragedy of pet over-population by opposing puppy mills, pet stores selling live animals, and irresponsible over-breeding of companion animals. Learn More



The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is located on approximately five acres on the Inner Loop in Georgetown just to the east of the entrance to the county’s Juvenile Services building. The shelter is a collaborative effort between the county and participating cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander and Hutto. Learn More



Wonders & Worries – The impact of a parents serious illness on a child can be profound. It can affect their mental health, family functioning, school performance, friendships, growth and development, and overall adjustment. Typically, children in these situations are reported to experience behavioral changes, physical complaints, anxiety, decreased use of effective coping skills, and changes in sleeping and eating patterns.Wonders & Worries counsels children in understanding the situation and handling these potential negative effects. We give parents the resources and support to help their family work through such a crisis. Learn More