Four years after accident, a daughter’s life back on track

Kate Austin Dog Alliance

A unique program at the Austin Dog Alliance gave a young woman with brain injury a new direction and purpose. We had to share this story from them. Katie is the first student to complete the vocational training classes and start earning a paycheck through our S+CORE! (Students + Canines = Opportunities for Rewarding Employment)…

Freescale Ups Its Investment in Texas STEM

A team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition.

Freescale helped establish the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon in 1991. Today, they sponsor it and use the funds raised to support future science and technology leaders. Freescale uses its sponsorship of the Austin Marathon, which will take place on February 15, 2015, to build awareness for the Freescale Foundation and STEM education (science, tech.…

Season for Caring shows Austin’s potential for generosity

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I’m thinking about the Austin Community Foundation today as they pore through thousands of envelopes filled with checks from the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign. That campaign launched for the 16th year this past Sunday, profiling more than 10 families in our community who need the most help. Nominated by nonprofits that serve them,…

List of 2014 “Sponsor a Family” Projects and Toy Drives


Need a reminder of the true meaning of the season? Here are more than a dozen opportunities to give gifts to fellow Austinites who truly need your help. Our annual list of “Sponsor a Family” and Toy Drives offers a variety of opportunities for families, companies, organizations and individuals. Browse the projects below and get…



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Austin kids love helping others. Here’s more proof.

The students, staff and families from three Austin preschools – Primrose Schools of Shady Hollow,  Southwest Austin and Bee Cave – raised more than $23,800 for charity.

“Giving without expecting is an important part of the Primrose culture and something we make a purposeful effort to teach our children,” said Kristin Rhoades, franchise owner of Primrose School of Shady Hollow and Southwest Austin.

This year’s record fundraising for the Primrose Children’s Foundation will benefit Primrose Schools’ newest charitable partner, Save the Children, which helps children living in poverty. The funding will also benefit Primrose Schools’ longtime partner, Reach Out and Read, which focuses its efforts on promoting early literacy.





locally-austin-orgHave you heard of Locally Austin?

The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department is encouraging Austinites to shop local and shop Zero Waste this holiday season with the Purchase with a Purpose campaign.

This month, the campaign will promote the City’s online local business  directory, LocallyAustin.org, and local Shop Zero Waste businesses, which sell recycled, upcycled, or reused items..

Look for LocallyAustin representatives giving away limited edition canvas shopping bags on December 13th at the Cherrywood Art Fair, and December 14th at the HOPE Farmers Market and Mueller Farmers Market.