Be The Change You Want To See
Volunteerism can have transformational effects on a business and it is a fundamental part of MHD’s core values. Volunteering helps strengthen our ties to the community through direct interaction and shows quantifiable social impact by bring community needs into focus. The benefits generated will guide a new generation to promote social awareness and social responsibility.
Meals On Wheels And More
This year 2013, MOWAM celebrates 41 years of service in the Greater Austin area. What began as a program of eight volunteers serving 29 seniors has now expanded into a multi-service organization of nearly 7,000 volunteers reaching more than 5,000 of our Greater Austin neighbors in need. Aside from preparing 855,865 meals in 2012 year, MOWAM also offers many other programs designed to keep people healthy and living in their own homes. MOWAM is a 501 c 3 organization and is independent and locally-run. We are a member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, but receive no funds from it.
Austin Ballet Guild
Ballet Austin Guild, a nonprofit subsidiary of Ballet Austin, is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to support and promote the interests of Ballet Austin through educational programs, fundraising, and special events. Through its membership of enthusiastic ambassadors of dance and volunteerism, the Guild has supported Ballet Austin since 1975.Ballet Austin Guild is the only avenue through which a community member can not only enjoy the many opportunities for involvement with Ballet Austin – Company Productions, The Academy, community dance & fitness classes, and educational programs – but also help create them! Ballet Austin Guild volunteers enjoy this deeper level of connection and involvement with Ballet Austin, making the dream of dance a reality!
Foundation Communities is a local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed. We offer an innovative, proven model that enables our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success and financial stability. We own and operate 17 properties in Austin and North Texas providing affordable homes to over 2,600 families, create enriched learning environments for over 700 children as well as ongoing adult education and financial coaching, and help over 17,000 low income residents file their taxes free of charge every year returning $27 million in refunds to the local economy.
Back On My Feet
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members achieve independence through employment and housing. Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.
United Way Austin
United Way has been part of the fabric of Austin since 1924; nationally the organization celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. Our local United Way Navigation Center received the first 2-1-1 call in the state over a decade ago, and early in 2012 the Navigation Center responded to its two millionth call. Of course there have been shifting needs in Austin over the 88 years United Way has been here; and we have responded to these changes – while never veering from our original and steadfast mission of fighting poverty. United Way has relied on national and local research to adjust our work to achieve the greatest good. Several years ago after local research backed up a recommendation from United Way Worldwide, United Way for Greater Austin – managed entirely by local leadership, made a shift from funding basic needs to a model of community impact work. This work aims to address the root causes of poverty identified to be in the areas of financial stability, health and education.
Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.