COVID-19 will leave a significant and lasting impression on our community. The uncertainty of these times has left millions unemployed and anxious. We are fortunate to live in a community like Austin, Texas, where many organizations are coming together and raising critical funds to help sustain the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. Velocity is proud to shine the spotlight on three of these organizations and their initiatives. Here’s how you can help:
Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin have announced a community-led philanthropic fund, dubbed All Together ATX, to support Austin metro area communities experiencing economic and health-related hardships caused by COVID-19. The organizations are raising and distributing funds to local organizations providing critical services including basic needs, health services and child care.
The best part? Every dollar raised is returned to our community without processing fees. That’s right, your entire donation will be thoughtfully and locally distributed.
Learn more and contribute at alltogetheratx.org.
Central Texas Food Bank
Under Austin’s Stay Home, Work Safe order, food banks are considered essential services and remain operational. In just one weekend, Central Texas Food Bank traditionally feeds more than 46,000 members of our community, and the demand for aid has only increased since the pandemic began.
Here are two ways you can help:
Donate : Your donation will be doubled when you give to Central Texas Food Bank; three generous local families have stepped up to offer a $250,000 matching gift. Generosity like this helps ensure that the quantities of food needed are available throughout this pandemic.
Volunteer : The Food Bank has weekday and select weekend opportunities available for individuals and groups. Volunteers can help to prepare food donations for distribution and to distribute food at mobile food pantries.
For questions about how COVID-19 has impacted the organization’s volunteer model, and answers to other questions about volunteering, please see the Food Bank’s Frequently Asked Questions here.
Austin Humane Society
In times of crisis, support for our four-legged friends can be overlooked. The Austin Humane Society shares these helpful tips on how we can support their efforts as one of Austin’s longest-running no-kill animal shelters.
- Donate: The Austin Humane Society’s life-saving operations continue, but they are already feeling the impact of lost revenue due to canceled events, limited adoptions, and reduction in some services. Animals such as Stella, and others that will depend on our care in the months to come, need your help right now. If you are able, please make a gift to ensure that tomorrow will be better for the thousands of animals they will serve this year. http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/covid-update-2/
- Adopt: All adoptions have gone virtual and will be by appointment only. Call the Austin Humane Society at 512.685.0115 or email [email protected]. The adoption team will walk you through its new process and help you find the purr-fect match for your family.
- Community: Join the Austin Humane Society as they lift up our community via their social media accounts. Enjoy inspirational stories, adorable adoptable animals, and virtual family-friendly events.