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She Gives Back

Published On September 10, 2013 | September/October 2013

She Gives Back: Volunteer Opportunities for Helping Austin Women

Austin is full of strong and Powerful Women who are leading the way

Special contribution to Austin MD by Citizen Generation’s Catherine MarLen

Whether you are a woman or a man, you know that the female gender is a gentle yet strong, crazy yet caring, intelligent and powerful group. At Citizen Generation, our mission is to create the habit of giving through philanthropic experiences and community programs. We want to cultivate donors for life for the betterment of their communities and the world. Following this month’s theme of women’s health, we would like to share with you ways in which you can help women throughout the Austin community.

Citizen Generation loves giving back to all kinds of nonprofits that are working to better our community, from those that focus on animals to children and more. As a team of young women ourselves, we particularly enjoy finding ways to empower women. Citizen Generation is made up of four programs: CharityBash, CharityLadies, CharityLunch and CharityVolunteers. Our programs allow us to benefit a variety of central Texas nonprofits, and CharityLadies allows us to focus solely on women.

CharityLadies provides opportunities for women to empower other women. To participate, attendees bring items to donate to the selected women-oriented beneficiaries. The event is then centered around a woman entrepreneur, who provides a presentation and discussion about business.

By attending a CharityLadies event, you have the chance to meet other like-minded women, have fun and give back to the community all within one event. Our last CharityLadies event was hosted at Painting With a Twist, where attendees had the opportunity to mingle with one another while turning a blank
canvas into a beautiful painting. Each woman was asked to select an item from a provided list to bring as a donation for our beneficiary, Caritas
of Austin, a group that provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. We collected $100 in gift cards and 54.2 pounds of hygiene products that were donated to Caritas.

If you’re interested in supporting women throughout Austin, below are resources for some great places to get started! All of these organizations are doing wonderful work to help women and are looking for support through volunteers.

1 Con Mi MADRE: “A non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the representation of Hispanic women in post-secondary education through a focus on education and social support services to girls and their mothers.”

2 Saint Louise House: “Founded in 2000 to address the drastic shortage of safe housing and supportive services for homeless women
and children, we provide deeply affordable and supportive housing for low-income homeless women and their children with the goal of helping families develop long-term stability. Saint Louise House has grown from five apartments in 2001 to two 24-unit apartment complexes and the capacity to serve 46 families.”

3 Posada Esperanza at Casa Marianella: “The goal of Posada is to create a nurturing environment for the children while their moms work to achieve self-sufficiency.”

4 Women’s programs at Austin Recovery: Austin Recovery offers both short-term and long-term programs for women who are struggling with addiction. Austin Recovery is in need of volunteers with various skills in several different areas.

There are many other great organizations, such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, who are always in need of volunteers. Be sure to call ahead and check with the organization to see what volunteer opportunities are available! Austin is full of strong and powerful women who are leading the way. Join Citizen Generation in creating the habit of giving, empowering women and supporting the growing needs
of Austin. Together we can do it!

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