Archive | August 2013

Supporting Austin’s Students

The variety of benefits that volunteering provides is pretty great. But we know there are still plenty of people who aren’t able to volunteer. Below are a few ways to support our programs for Austin ISD students without making that weekly commitment:

Austin School Supply DriveWalgreens School Supply Drive

The Kids In Need Foundation is partnering with Walgreens on a nationwide school supply drive July 28-Aug. 24. Drop off your donation at a Walgreens store, and APIE will help distribute items to schools in Austin.

SEMI Austin Golf Classic 2013

Join your colleagues and friends for an afternoon of golf at the beautiful Avery Ranch Golf Club on Sept. 19. All proceeds from the event will benefit APIE! You can register here.

Give as You Get Give as You Get to Austin Partners

Give as You Get lets you buy the items you want while donating a percentage to your favorite organization. So if you’re going to buy something anyway, why not give as you get? Just select your organization, then find the website through Give as You Get where you’d like to shop!

Bedrock.  You click, you give, you rock.

Bedrock

Through CD sales, Bedrock donates proceeds to their partner nonprofits, including APIE. You click. You give. You rock.

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Give Realty

Founded by Laurie Loew, Give Realty works to make the world a better place by fostering philanthropy through home ownership. 25% of Give Realty’s commission is donated to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit of the buyer’s or seller’s choice. If you’re looking to buy a home in Austin, check this place out!

Volunteerism

Our days almost always feel jam packed. Volunteering takes up precious time. Between going to work or school, fulfilling family obligations, fitting in crucial time to socialize and maintain relationships, getting in some “you” time, and of course snagging the ever-elusive eight hours of sleep, it’s easy to understand why finding time to volunteer seems difficult if not impossible.

There are 168 hours in a week. Our volunteer opportunities require 45 minutes, plus travel time, each week. That’s roughly 0.59% of the 168 hours. The reality is that, of course, it IS difficult to find the time. But that small percentage of your week has the potential to boost your mood and sense of fulfillment, help you make professional and personal connections, and improve your overall health.

Self-Fulfillment
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteers experience pride and satisfaction from their experiences. And regarding volunteering for APIE in particular, you are strengthening communities, improving the lives of AISD students, making connections, and growing personally.

Personal Connections
Through volunteering, people can expand their personal and professional networks from connections forged with fellow volunteers, teachers, and volunteer coordinators. In addition, volunteers can gain or improve valuable skills, including leadership and knowledge related to a particular field. According to another study by the Corporation for National & Community Service, “…volunteering is linked with a 27 percent increase in odds of employment, and provides ‘social capital and human capital,’ which are directly related with better job prospects.”

Overall Health
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, and VolunteerMatch surveyed 4,500 adults in 2010 and found the following:
• 68% of volunteers agree that “volunteering has made me feel physically healthier”
• 89% of volunteers agree that “volunteering has improved my sense of well-being”
• 73% of volunteers agree that “volunteering lowers my stress levels”

Did you know the Independent Sector places a value on the volunteer hour in Texas at $22.57? Based on that value, APIE volunteers (classroom coaches and mentors combined) in the 2012-13 school year provided more than $975,000 worth of academic and personal support to students in AISD. And we’re betting they feel pretty great about that.

Thanks to all those who volunteer or donate! Our programs would not be successful without your efforts.