We live in this incredible moment in time where the ideas of technology and innovation have tricked
us into believing we can accomplish twice as much in half the time. We have become multitasking
masterminds that can attend a live streamed business seminar, while devouring our lunch that was
conveniently brought to us by Favor or Bites, order the groceries to be picked up on the way home
from work all while snapping a selfie to upload to our 5 social media feeds, #motivationmonday #boss
Ideally, all this multitasking should then provide us with extra time to engage in those things that truly
make a difference, right? Sadly, no. Between 2013-2017, a study showed the level of volunteering has
been gradually declining each year. To top it off, the Corporation for National Community and Service
ranked Texas 40th out of the 51 states for volunteer rates, Austin ranking 23rd out of the 51 Large Cities
polled. Are we really just “Average”?!
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for
others?” Fortunately, the answer to this question is easier than finding a match on Tinder. Whether
you gather a few colleagues from the office as a volunteer sponsor or head out on a Saturday with a
few friends, these four organizations make giving back something any Austinite can fit into their
Mobile Loaves and Fishes:
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, Mobile Loaves and Fishes has been a force in Austin. What
started with 5 men answering the call to “love your neighbour as yourself”, Alan Graham and his
friends have served more than 5 million meals, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items to the
homeless all over Austin. Operating trucks 7 nights, 365 days a year, there’s always a night that could
work for anyone! Simply pick a location, contact the volunteer coordinator and serve. You can help
prepare meals or hit the streets on one of the truck runs.
Austin Parks Foundation:
Whether you have a green thumb or just enjoy being outside in nature, the Austin Parks Foundation
has several ways for you to get your fix while enhancing the beauty of our great city. Join a Volunteer
Workday hosted throughout the year or sign up for It’s My Park Day by Feb. 5th to be apart of the
hundreds of individuals helping to keep our parks beautiful, because let’s be honest, the best part of
Austin must be its collection of more than 300 parks.
Austin Pets Alive:
On March 11, 2010, City Council unanimously passed a plan created by Austin Animal Advisory
Commission and city staff to officially make Austin a no kill city. Austin is now the largest no-kill city in
the country, and Austin Pets Alive has brought pet lovers and our furry pals together ever since. From
dog walking, to pet fostering or helping at adoption days, one can find an opportunity to get involved
with Austin Pets Alive. Fill out a volunteer application today!
Ronald McDonald House:
With a mission to “Helping give children what they need most – their families.” The Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Central Texas allows the family members of sick children the peace of mind and
relief from daily needs whether it’s a meal, financial assistance or a place to stay near their children
who are in the hospital. The ways to get involved with RMH CTX can be as simple as dropping change
into donation boxes at participating McDonalds restaurants, cooking a meal or making a wish on their
Wish List come true for a child or family.
Austin has been called one of the top places to live and to work, now let’s make it one of the top places to give back!
Written by our Agent, Renee Kennedy.