Austin Involved: Your Opportunity to Make Austin Better

July 2, 2013 by Brittany Highland

Austin Involved gives members the opportunity to meet great people and make a difference in our community (Credit: Austin Involved). Austin Involved, a program run by I Live Here, I Give Here, allows its members to vote for and support one fantastic Austin non-profit every month of the year. When a non-profit is chosen by Austin Involved’s members, it benefits from a three-hour service project. Members also donate $25 per person each month to the same non-profit.

Recent Austin Involved Projects

Laying new flooring for Austin Community Steelband

I Live Here, I Give Here highlights a different non-profit category every month, whether it be literacy, homelessness, disability services or the environment. Austin Involved non-profits always correspond with I Live Here, I Give Here’s category of the month. For example, the June 2013 non-profit category was Arts & Culture, and the non-profit that Austin Involved members voted to support was the Austin Community Steelband.
I had the privilege of attending the June 2013 service project. Members gathered at the headquarters for Austin Community Steelband on Austin’s eastside, near Franklin Barbecue. Around 25 volunteers helped to lay new flooring and hang new blinds. Austin Involved supplied all of the materials.
When I asked Founder Paula Beaird what the service project meant to her, she responded, “You have no idea.” She told me that she wanted to start inviting donors over to their space, but the flooring was coming up and the blinds were broken. Austin Involved solved this issue for Austin Community Steelband.

Credit: Austin Involved

I loved Paula’s stories of the incredible difference that Austin Community Steelband has made in the lives of children. Ninety-nine percent of the kids that Austin Community Steelband serves are very low-income, without access to music instruction apart from this non-profit. Students learn social skills and discipline, and receive a huge boost in self-esteem.