H2O volunteers went out to one of Austin’s local food banks, Capital Area Food Bank (or CAFB for short), and sorted through over 5000 pounds of food to be distributed to the community. This food gets dispersed to various charitable organizations, including food pantries that we frequent such as Micah 6. H2O gets involved in every step of relieving hunger in Austin.
H2O had a great time at University United Methodist Church feeding and clothing the local homeless population. We made brown bag lunches (their kitchen will be ready for hot meals soon!) and distributed clothing from their clothing pantry, Fig Leaf. Everyone was very appreciative of our contributions. It’s so rewarding to directly help those who need it the most.
Welcome back to a new semester! A new semester, a new year, new chances and new changes. We’re excited to be back and to have all of you back safe from the holidays (and those terrible road conditions those two days).
We started the semester off on 1/25 at Capital Area Food Bank on S Congress. First, we’d like to thank our drivers–Meredith, Lauren, and Jason–for providing our volunteers a ride to the location on time. Second, we’d like to thank all of our new volunteers and first-time CAFB-goers for volunteering with us. We wouldn’t have been able to sort enough food and drinks for over 5000 meals if it wasn’t for all of you!
On 2/01, we had our second event of the semester near-campus at the University United Methodist Church. Our volunteers did a variety of jobs ranging from making three sorts of sandwiches to stuffing brown bags to passing out drinks to being hospitable and sociable among the crowd we served. We were able to make over 200 bags, and even more sandwiches.
A few things before we begin:
- Our last volunteering event of the semester (and 2013) was Saturday (11/23)
- Our last meeting was Monday (11/25)
- Join our mailing list to be notified of our events next semester!
On 11/16, several students visited Genesis Gardens, a subset of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that hopes to cultivate an empowered community of the neighborly and the homeless. As an organization, we volunteer to come and help them develop their envisioned community, which has recently been featured in local news (discussed in a future post). Unfortunately, no photos of this event are available. Please look at older events to see some earlier-in-the-semester pictures of our volunteers working hard!
On 11/23, a handful of us helped out the Travis County Sheriff’s Office with their Brown Santa program.
This event was hosted in a warehouse, and the many toys and books and stuffed animals and wrapping paper made it seem like Santa’s Workshop. Groups of 2-3 were given a family who applied for the program and who listed children under 14 in the household. We went through each name and chose and wrapped for each child at least four gifts! Some family boxes were filled to the brim with gifts! Best of all, each box included a gift that the whole family could enjoy together.
Every year, the Sheriff’s Office hosts this project starting in November, and though they have closed wrapping volunteering sign-ups, they are now loading delivery trucks and sending out the gifts.
Visit their site here to find out more and put it on your calendar for next year!
Unfortunately, this was our last event of the semester (and the 2013 year). To those of us graduating, congratulations. To those of us who are taking finals, good luck! To those of us who want to volunteer some more, join our mailing list! Visit our facebook page! Join our facebook group! We’ll start right back up next semester!
(Oof. A general warning to procrastinators: it’s a slippery slope.)
Greetings, readers! The following is a long post filled with a plethora of photos from the past few weeks. Specifically, we’ll be talking about HopeFest (10/26), UUMC (11/02), and Micah 6 (11/09). The details may not be all there, but hopefully a picture really is worth a thousand words. Thanks to all of those who contributed to this post and helped make this happen. And thanks to all the volunteers who have been to these events and the past two General Meetings (which will not be recapped).
First off, HopeFest. H2O volunteered at HopeFest’s Day of Celebration, hosted locally by Reagan High School. This day of celebration comes during their