We gave thanks on Thursday, we shopped on Brown Amber Saturday, and now it’s time to give back. On Giving Tuesday, we donate our time, money, and our voices to important organizations that help improve our community. From food banks to animal shelters, these are some of our favorite local organizations.
Since January 2015, Houston Pets Alive! has saved over 700 pet lives and is paving the way for Houston to become a “No-Kill” city for stray pets.
Named one of the top charities in Texas by Charity Navigator, the Houston Food Bank has delivered 79 million nutritious meals to the Houston area to date and feeds up to 800,000 people annually. That’s just the beginning — HFB hopes to provide over 100,000,000 meals by 2018.
When foster children are moved from one home to another, they’re typically given a trash bag to hold their few belongings. Sweet Cases, one of Together We Rise’s programs, provides new duffel bags, filled with a teddy bear, blanket, hygiene kit, and much more to make their move easier.
Serving over 6,000 Central Texas families annually, Lifeworks is one of the most innovative non-profit organizations. Through 20 different programs, which focus on housing, counseling, education, and youth development, Lifeworks has been able to create a successful pathway to self-sufficiency for youths and young adults.
In Austin, we’re lucky to have two “No-Kill shelters,” Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Animal Center. Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive! has saved the lives of more than 25,000 cats and dogs, and the Austin Animal Center provides shelter to over 18,000 pets a year.
Here’s some food for thought: more than one in four kids in Texas live in households that struggle against hunger. Help stomp out hunger in Austin by donating to the Central Texas Food Bank. For 35 years this organization has been providing meals to the community. In fact, last year they were able to provide 31 million meals alone!
Since 1997, Girlstart has empowered young girls to explore and pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In 2015, Girlstart’s programs have reached over 23,000 girls, educators, and community members. With resources in both Austin and Houston, Girlstart is helping young girls reach their full potential.