During my years working at a senior health care services company, I had the pleasure of learning about a wonderful organization here in Austin that offers programming to older adults and family caregivers: AGE of Central Texas. Founded in 1986, AGE provides direct services to hundreds of older adults each year. AGE is the only licensed adult day health care center in the area. Other services include free loans of durable medical equipment to keep seniors safe and mobile, and invaluable education, resources, and support to the unpaid family caregivers who are supporting an older loved one.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with fundraising professional representatives from the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during their Advocacy Workshop. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to join dozens of dedicated professionals from so many extraordinary Austin non-profit organizations.
Throughout the Spring, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winners have been spotlighted for the amazing work they are each doing in their communities and across Texas, and today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is the eleventh and final 2017 GVA winner: Haven for Hope, which was the winner of the Community Leadership Award.
Each May is celebrated as Older Americans Month, a time to honor and celebrate the many contributions of our senior citizens. This year the Administration for Community Living, which leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month, has designated the theme as “Engage at Every Age” which emphasizes the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities through service. That is why this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is on Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse, two Senior Corps volunteers in San Angelo, and the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Senior Corps “Make a Difference” Award winners.
May is Military Appreciation Month, which makes it the perfect time to tell you about one of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winners – USAA, which was given the Corporate Community Impact Award. This award recognizes a private sector entity for having community service as a core value and business strategy, and for implementing employee volunteer programs that will have a long-term impact in their community.
Texanthropy Spotlight: University of Houston SURE™ Program - 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners
This past weekend I had the honor of giving the commencement address to the over 150 entrepreneurs graduating from the University of Houston SURE™ Program, which was the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winner of the Higher Education Community Impact Award, and this week's Texanthropy Spotlight!
As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, I want to highlight one more group doing great work to help children affected by abuse, and in particular, child sex trafficking – The Refuge. The Refuge is a non-profit serving sex trafficking victims in Central Texas, and their mission is to provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls who are survivors of sex trafficking. Importantly, The Refuge helps protect our children by recognizing the threat, and by helping victims to recover and restore their well-being.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it is fitting that this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is highlighting the top organization in Texas committed to preventing child abuse: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX). Greg and I have been longstanding supporters of the children’s advocacy center model in Texas.