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Census 2020 Volunteer

United Way for Greater Austin (United Way ATX) Volunteer Opportunity: Census 2020 Volunteer Department: Mission Advancement Team Who we are: As Austin’s philanthropic backbone, we lead the community to overcome barriers to economic opportunities. We unite individuals, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies with research-based work that ensures resources are invested, so that everyone has access to the promise of Austin. Who we want: United Way for Greater Austin has partnered with foundations in Central Texas to promote robust participation in the 2020 Census. Making sure everyone participates it’s hugely important: it helps bring political representation and money to our communities! We are seeking a volunteer to support the Census 2020 Project Director with communication and event-planning needs. This volunteer will provide important support to our efforts to ensure everyone is counted in our community. The volunteer will: Support event-planning needs for a series of Census Ambassador Trainings, including setting up, preparing materials and greeting attendants. The volunteer will also have opportunities to learn about all things related to the 2020 census, by participating in the trainings. Support with communication needs, e.g. drafting content for newsletters, social media posts, and other outreach materials. Search online for census outreach material already available. What you will bring: Excellent communication, writing and organization skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and willingness to learn other technology tools as needed. Ability to be focused and detailed, meet deadlines, be organized and effective. Job Type: Volunteer Starting Date: March Hours per week: 4 to 10 Duration: Ideally from March - July, 2020, but open to a shorter time frame depending on the availability of the volunteer. Volunteers hours: Variable based on person's schedule. This volunteer opportunity is located in Austin, Texas and reports directly to the Census 2020 Project Director. How to apply: Email your interest, availability and a resume to Mariana Salazar, Census 2020 Project Director at mariana.salazar@uwatx.org.

Austin, TX

Through 7/31/20

Food Bank Volunteer

The Central Texas Food Bank is an essential business providing food to nearly 46,000 people each week, we will remain open throughout the pandemic. They are in need of healthy people to help organize, sort, and distribute food to the community.If you’re healthy and not in a high-risk group, please consider helping out. Volunteers must sign up online prior to showing up to help out. Click here to volunteer. https://cafb.volunteerhub.com/

Austin, TX

Through 6/20/20

Natural Disaster Relief Training

Even though it may seem a ways away, we already starting the preparation for hurricane season. Looking for a hands-on way to make a difference? Volunteer with our 2-1-1 “call for help” line during a natural disaster – like hurricanes, floods, and fires – when requests for support are highest throughout Texas. United Way for Greater Austin is offering a free 2-hour training for people interested in volunteering for one or more 4-hours shifts between August and October, peak hurricane season for Texas. Sign up here to express interest, and we'll reach out as we get closer to summer. Volunteers must have basic computer and technology skills and a desire to help others.

Austin, TX

Through 6/20/20

Donate Blood

We Are Blood is an essential healthcare operation exempt from the shelter in place order due to the critical services they provide the community in order for patients to receive lifesaving treatment at hospitals. We Are Blood is in need of donations now more than ever. To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate click here: https://weareblood.org/blog/we-are-bloods-safety-measures-for-donors-and-staff-in-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus.

Through 6/20/20

Become a Senior Buddy

Seniors have been hit the hardest with this virus and have been advised to remain isolated from the general populous, BUT THEY STILL HAVE NEEDS! Shopping is hard to do and many seniors don't use the internet. We're looking for help! We match volunteers with a senior or multiple seniors to call and check in on them and bring them groceries or prescriptions if they're needed. You can find info about the program on our website here. https://www.senioraccesstx.org/ contact person: jean@senioraccesstx.org

Through 6/20/20

Advocate for change by calling our senators

Advocate for change - Want Congress to pass additional Coronavirus Relief measures? Think we should be using the Defense Production Act to produce medical supplies? Want Medicare for All? Call our senators Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922, John Cornyn: 202-224-2934 and tell them about the change you want to see. Calling is one of the most powerful ways let your voice be heard — even more than social media, email, or snail mail. Check out this awesome resource for more information on issue that matter to you: https://5calls.org/more

Through 6/20/20

Create thank yous for Travis County 211 and Navigation Team

As one way of showing our thanks digitally to the entire team who runs the 211 phone lines in Travis County, please write or draw a message of support, take a selfie holding your message, and send your photo to volunteer@uwatx.org. We’ll make sure to share the photos over the course of the coming weeks with the team holding down the phone lines and keeping us resourced!

Through 6/20/20

Collect critical supplies for Foundation Communities

Foundation Communities is collecting supplies to help protect the health of their residents and on-site staff. The following supplies are their highest priority: – Handmade masks – Gloves – Clorox wipes – Hand sanitizer – Fingertip Pulse Oximeters – Thermometers Donations must be delivered to a specific location, so please make sure to email Kristen Graben (KG) at Kristen.Graben@Foundcom.org for instructions.

Through 6/20/20

Share your expertise

Do you find yourself working from home with a bit more free time on your hands. Volunteer your skills and contribute to an organization we partner with! We'd love to be able to connect non-profit organizations with volunteers who are skilled in things like grant writing, auditing, SEO, web design, marketing, branding, etc. Please reach out to volunteer@uwatx.org for more information

Through 6/20/20

Travis County EMS supply drive for the homeless

The Explorer Post 247 has a goal of reaching 10, 000 homeless individuals for COVID-19 relief. Pitch in to help them collect their most needed supplies including: - bottled water (any size) - ready to eat individually wrapped foods (energy bars, chips, etc.) - female hygiene products (any size package) - deodorant (any size) - tooth brush/toothpaste set (any size). Contact Nolan Screen at emspost247@gmail.com or 225-252-3292 with any questions. Deliveries/supplies can be sent to 6007 Front Royal Dr Austin, TX 78746. Curious to learn more about this program, find out more here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/explorer-post-247

Through 6/20/20

Family Elder Care - Fan Drive

Every year, Family Eldercare organizes a Summer Fan Drive to bring heat relief to thousands of Central Texans. Due to rising temperatures & increasing utility costs for our elderly neighbors and families sheltering inside their homes, Family Eldercare will be mobilizing the Summer Fan Drive early this year so that we can be ready to deliver them later this month. As we continue our efforts to better protect and ensure basic needs are met for our clients, we’re asking for additional donations of the following critically needed items: 1) Hand sanitizer 2) Paper towels and toilet paper 3) Incontinence supplies/briefs (all sizes) 4) Gift cards to Walmart, HEB, and/or Amazon Donations can either be shipped to our office or delivered directly to our warehouse at 1700 Rutherford Ln. (78754) from 8a-12p Monday-Friday. Please call 1-888-500-6472 or email lcww@familyeldercare.org to request more information.

Through 6/20/20

Collaborate to collect personal protective equipment (PPE)

ATX COVID-19 Exchange is a platform that brings together experts, innovators, and leaders to create community solutions to critical COVID-19 needs. How it works: Someone in the community submits a need. Then the community comes up with a creative solution. People can respond to specific needs, or contribute raw materials, and if you have ideas and materials that you think could help then you can simply submit a solution. Some example of community needs being met: 3D printed face sheilds, DIY face masks, and cleaning supplies. check out https://austincovid.openproposals.dellmed.utexas.edu/ for details on how to help.

Through 6/20/20