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Community Organizing Gaining New Cachet

Interest in careers in community organizing is surging among college students and recent graduates, The New York Times reports. Educators and organizers say that while such jobs were once viewed as a low-paying destination for political radicals, they have now gained cachet as a vehicle to do good works, develop leadership skills, and emulate President Obama, who has written and spoken extensively about his community work. Hands On Central Texas is the community engagement arm of United Way Capital Area, and has recently enjoyed a surge in interest from folks wanting to organize and get involved in community solutions. Our Spring Day of Caring is on April 24, starting at 9am. It’s a great place to volunteer and help out in your community. We will start the day with United Way Days of Caring Kickoff (with guest speakers Mayoral candidates Brewster McCracken & Lee Leffingwell) where volunteers will learn about the impact they are making in the community and have an opportunity to eat some breakfast, meet other volunteers and guest speakers and check-in for their projects. United Way Days of Caring volunteers must check-in starting at 8:30 am for their projects at the Kickoff prior to volunteering at their projects. Find out how you can get involved, be a part of the solution.

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Step Forward & Serve – A Call to Action from President Elect Barack Obama

In order to change community conditions, help each other out, help those that need a hand, we need to step forward & serve. That’s the message coming from Presidential Transition team & President Elect Barack Obama. And very appropriate as we honor the legacy of Dr. King next weekend. Check out the new PSAs from USAService.org & the Ad Council…. Step Forward & Serve: President-Elect Barack Obaman USAService.org – Michell Obama General Colin Powell Announces Renew America Together Initiative – Press Conference

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We're Living United in 2009 – Ready to Join Us?

2009 is finally here. It promises to be an exciting year for many reasons. All of us here at United Way Capital Area are ready to Live United. Ready to change community conditions so everyone has the opportunity to succeed. We hope you are ready to show everyone how you Live United and join us. Our Live United invitation is to Give/Advocate/Volunteer. Here’s how you can get involved in 2009. GIVEYou can donate 24/7, 365 days of the year through our secure website. Any amount helps and your generous donation will stay right here in Central Texas, helping fund the 47 programs we support. Help us to create long-lasting change and opportunities for everyone to succeed. Donate today. ADVOCATEBe an advocate for important Central Texas causes. Stand up for what you believe in. Spread the word about United Way and the change we are trying to create. Sign up for our monthly Community Matters newsletters. We’re big fans of social networks, check out our Flickr photosets of our work in action and recruit your friends and coworkers with United Way on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or find us tweeting on Twitter. VOLUNTEERIn 2008 we provided over 10,000 volunteer opportunities, so there are tons of ways to get involved. Whether its improving a childcare center, helping a low-income working family files their taxes or helping at a local food bank, find your passion and get involved! It will be so much more rewarding than you can ever imagine. Volunteer now. We hope […]

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The NFL Lives United

The NFL and United Way partnership is the most visible and longest-running charitable collaboration of its kind. For 35 years, this partnership has been a shining example of the tangible good that can be leveraged when two household icons are harnessed into a powerful vehicle for real change in communities. Click here to learn more about the NFL and United Way.

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Volunteers needed all week (night & day) at 211 Texas!

We’re still getting loads of calls from Hurricane Ike evacuees. People want to know if they can go home, how to access services and help. You can help them this week!We need volunteers at the 211 Texas Call Center all week. Shifts are from 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-5:00pm, 5:00-11:00pm & 12:00am-7:00am. To sign up for a shift, go to www.handsoncentraltexas.org. Thanks,MandoDirector, Hands On Central Texas

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Hurricane Ike: Volunteer, Donate Food and Cash!

Here’s our latest update… VOLUNTEERS2-1-1 Texas needs help this weekend to help Hurricane Ike evacuees.The biggest needs are for tonight, midnight-7am & Saturday, 5-9pm, 9pm-12am & 12am-7am! !Sign up to volunteer now with 211 Texas! The Red Cross also needs help at the shelters. Training and a background check is required. Click here for more information. INKIND DONATIONSThe Capital Area Food Bank is taking emergency donations including bottled water, granola bars, canned meats (pop-top lids), peanut butter & diapers. Click here for more information. CASH DONATIONSClick here to give! Thanks for your help!

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