2W Recap (Social, General Meeting, & Double E)

These past two weeks have been new and exciting for H2O (so this is a long post). We had our first social in a very long time, held our first general meeting, and featured a double-event Saturday. Phew!

Last Saturday, several of our members came down to the Union Underground to socialize and play billiards (but mostly to socialize). We arrived unsure of our abilities, but once Jason and Rosary paired up together, they dominated. We met a new face and had a lot of fun enjoying each other’s company so much that we continued the conversation down to the Indian place on the Drag.

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Jamie, Lauren, Elizabeth, and Jason playing billiards

On Monday, service coordinator Katie Ray led the semester’s first general meeting in room BUR 130. The current local issue featured during the meeting was the Keep Austin Affordable campaign, which focuses on increasing awareness and garnering support for an affordable housing bond package on the November 2013 ballot. In particular, our meeting focused on Scott Clapper’s story in their video as a reminder of the diversity of circumstances that lead to people becoming homeless. Katie raised some interesting discussion questions, and we were glad to see many new and returning faces join in on the conversation.

Interested in learning more about our organization or other issues in the area? Join us for our next meeting on October 14 at 6:00 PM, same place!

This past Saturday, we had our double-event extravaganza! Our Google survey for the first time asked our volunteers to choose between two locations, Capital Area Food Bank and UUMC, and we had a terrific turn-out.

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Traditional group photo in front of UUMC — what a turn-out!

The group above is only part of our volunteers who came out Saturday morning, since a few who went to Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) are not pictured. This was H2O’s first time being a part of UUMC’s Brown Lunch program (they’ve been doing it for four Saturdays already!), but everyone agreed that it was a great experience. We manned the coffee station, passed out lunches, sorted trash, and were hospitality staff. Although the tasks weren’t exhausting, the people who grabbed lunch were all very appreciative our presence and efforts.

After we helped UUMC clean up and collect inventory, the group decided to try some Mediterranean food on 24th.

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H2O gathers around a circle at a café after volunteering

Unfortunately, no documentation was had of the group who went to CAFB. Nonetheless, the volunteers were with co-chair Jason and no doubt had a great time and were very pleased with their output at the end of the morning.

To volunteer with us, join our mailing list or join our facebook group (see “Contact Us!”)

-T

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