Mayor Adler Asks Austin to Deliver Cleaning Supplies on 9/11

On September 11—the National Day of Service and Remembrance—Mayor Adler is asking Austin to help those whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey by delivering new cleaning supplies to the Austin Convention Center where Keller Williams, the Austin-born, Austin-based real estate company, is turning its annual convention into a mega-relief effort. Every day, thousands of Keller Williams agents will be staging from the convention center, delivering cleaning supplies to affected communities, and helping people clean up their damaged homes.

Keller Williams is asking people to deliver the following cleaning supplies to:

Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 3 (Trinity and 2nd Streets)
Monday, Sep. 11 – Thursday, Sep. 14
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*** Keller Williams agents are accepting donations curbside at Trinity and 3rd Streets, so folks don’t need to park.

Supplies needed:

  • Multipurpose Cleaner
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Buckets
  • Plastic/Latex Gloves
  • Leather or Heavy Duty Work Gloves
  • Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Sponges
  • N95 Respirator Mask & Dust Masks
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Dust Pans
  • Paper Towels

9/11 Day is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement, with nearly 30 million Americans taking the time each September 11 to volunteer, support charities, and perform simple good deeds. To learn more about the 9/11 Day of Service visit 911day.org.

The people of Texas have learned that they can count on Austin. Now, as thousands of people face the reality of the floods, let’s give them the help they need.

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

September 5, 2017: Blue Santa is asking Austin to do a Texas Toy Drive!

In an effort to provide support and comfort to children throughout the state of Texas who have been displaced from their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Steve Adler is asking the Austin community to come together and donate the items listed below to ensure every child has the opportunity to continue being a kid during this difficult time.

The Mayor is asking for the community to donate new toys, board games, playing cards, sports balls, crayons/markers/colored pencils, arts and crafts sets, coloring books, and puzzles. Please avoid including any toy weapons, glitter, glue, or food items. We encourage the community to secure items for children of all ages, from infants to teenagers.

This donation drive is being conducted in partnership with Operation Blue Santa. Donations will be focused on supporting children in disaster relief locally and state-wide. If any additional donations are not utilized to support children during relief efforts they will be made available to families in our community that are in need this holiday season.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, September 15. For more information, you can visit the Blue Santa webpage at www.bluesanta.org or call at 512-974-BLUE.

Drop Off Location:
Blue Santa Warehouse
4101 S. Industrial Drive, #260
Austin, TX 78744
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday

District 6 NW Office is also accepting donations. Drop off here:

10401 Anderson Mill RD Suite 101 (next to Shipley’s Donuts)
M-W-F 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
T-Th 4 – 7 p.m.

Austin-based Go! Retail Group is offering a special of 30% off all games, toys, and puzzles for donation to Operation Blue Santa. They’re also accepting new game and toy donations at all 5 of their local-area retail stores. Any donations purchased online here will be delivered directly to Operation Blue Santa. Donations will be accepted through September 15.

The company has also committed to providing a teddy-bear for each purchased donation, with a commitment to donate up to 5,000 teddy-bears to kids in need of special comfort.

Drop Off Locations:

Go! Games and Toys stores at:

  • Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746, 512-362-8292
  • Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613, 512-215-0384
  • Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 North I-35, Round Rock, TX 78664, 512-763-8010
  • San Marcos Premium Outlets, 3939 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-392-2872
  • San Marcos Tanger Outlet, 4015 IH 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-368-4121

Toy Joy just started offering a Texas Toy Drive special. If you buy a toy from them for the Harvey kids, they’ll not only knock 25% off the price, but they will make sure the toy gets delivered to the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa for you! Didn’t buy a toy from them? Don’t worry about it. You can still drop it off there:

  • 403 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

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NOVEMBER is AUSTIN ART MONTH

On Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, Mayor Adler declared November as Austin Art Month. The proclamation was made in an effort to support the local arts scene and promote organizations that are hosting art-related events for the community in November.

The visual arts scene is growing fast and becoming a visceral part of the city. The proclamation aligns with the booming entertainment industry and promotes the local art scene.

“Austin is a creative, innovative city. We’re good at doing things in new ways, and art helps us see the world in new ways. The creative arts are absolutely vital to who we are as a city and what we can offer the world, so I’m proud to declare November Austin Art Month,” said Mayor Adler. Continue reading

DACA Renewals: How you can help

Free DACA Renewal Clinics:

Saturday, September 30th 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: KIPP Academy, 5107 S. I35 Frontage Road

Call 512.478.0546 ext. 200 for information and to make an appointment.

 

Organizations Doing the Work:

Equality Justice Center (EJC)

Your donation to the EJC will help the cost of processing 200 DACA renewals for people that fall 200% below the poverty line. The cost of a DACA renewal is about $500, making a fundraising goal of $100,000.

Donate now at http://www.equaljusticecenter.org/what/daca.html

University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

University Leadership Initiative is hosting a free DACA renewal Clinic on Sunday September 17th from 9am-2pm to help complete renewal applications.

Volunteer or donate to ULI:

  • Access to printing for DACA and know your right packets
  • Folders to store DACA packets after their completed
  • A portable projector to give Know Your Rights presentations
  • Both immigration attorney volunteers and regular volunteers
  • Promotion for both events

To donate, contact Joseph Ramirez at joseph.ramirez159@gmail.com

American Gateways

American Gateways has a fundraising goal of $20,000 to serve the 30 low income appointments already made and to allow for at least 10 more applicants.

They are holding outreach clinics to schedule low-income persons for DACA renewal assistance.

To donate, contact Rebecca Lightsey at rebeccal@americangateways.org>