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AGE of Central Texas

We give relief to 4,000+ caregivers and aging citizens each year through our diverse programs that include our Adult Day Center, Caregiver U, Computer Lab, Health Equipment Lending (HELP) Program, and our Early Memory Loss Support Program. Since last year's Amplify... We now have 44 seniors on a wait-list for our Williamson County Adult Day Health Center. We provide transportation to and from the city's senior lower income housing (Housing Authority for City of Austin, HACA). A new Memory Connections site is to open at the Baylor, Scott, & White Clinic in Sun City. BUT we need YOU to help us buy a bus! We ensure transportation is not a barrier to access some of our programs and we have an opportunity to add a new bus to our fleet. DONATE NOW to provide freedom, socialization, and access to the world for your senior neighbors!

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AIDS Services of Austin

In the HIV and AIDS field, the landscape changes constantly. Each year brings new medical advancements, helping people live longer, healthier lives with HIV. However, as the number of people affected by HIV grows, ASA's services become even more in demand. Throughout the past 26 years serving Central Texans, we've learned to get one step ahead of the curve, always staying informed and anticipating where the highest need will be in the months or years ahead. We founded the first dental clinic for people living with HIV, and helped volunteers pioneer the groundbreaking Octopus Club fundraising model, which raised its two millionth dollar this year. The past few years have seen renewed hope as research into cures and vaccines has made incredible breakthroughs. But approaching HIV treatment and prevention requires not just medical insight, but social and behavioral foresight. In Texas, the rate of new HIV infections has been increasing, and over the past two years, 40% of new infections has been youth ages 15-29. With our expanding youth space at the Q Austin and new "Camp Q" messaging, ASA was ready to tackle this trend, reaching young people in new, innovative ways. These trends demonstrate the value of our responsibility to the community. However, we cannot help our community without the help of our community. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Hill Country Ride, a cornerstone of fellowship and support in Austin. 2014 also marks the 21st anniversary of Viva, benefiting the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project (CAALP). Like many of our programs, CAALP was created in response to an immediate need, particularly for people faced with difficult medical decisions, financial hardship, end-of-life concerns, and even discrimination. Through ASA's proven programs and services, we predict and tackle each new challenge as it comes along. We work daily to identify future issues that affect the wellbeing of our clients. And as always, we rely on your continued support to serve the needs of a growing population.

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Alzheimer's Texas

We are 100% local and 100% privately funded! Alzheimer's Texas (f/k/a Alzheimer's Association Capital of Texas Chapter) continues our commitment to excellent programs and services though of our robust offering of education and training classes, consulting with families about care and planning, over 40 caregiver support groups in Central Texas, Early-Stage Support Groups, and Early Stage Social Engagement. We are also busy with advocating our elected officials and advancing research.

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society relies on more than 100 years of evidence and proven results to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, service, and advocacy. There's hardly a person or family who hasn't benefited, directly or indirectly, from our work to eliminate cancer - all cancers - as a major health problem. From prevention and early detection guidelines and breakthrough cancer therapies to the support and understanding response of a cancer information specialist or volunteer driver on the way to a cancer treatment, people in Central Texas are benefitting everyday from programs and services delivered because of you. The Society has contributed to the over 20% decline in cancer deaths in the past 2 decades, preventing more than 1.5 million cancer deaths. When we began the fight against cancer, the disease was a death sentence. Today, 2 out of 3 people are surviving for five years or more! We need your help to make it 3 out of 3. Everything the American Cancer Society does benefits everyone in our community. The American Cancer Society provides the funds for cutting-edge research being done right here in Austin and nationwide that can lead to better treatments for people in your neighborhood. We advocate for better laws to help people in our state threatened by cancer. We are providing people with free information and services-when they need it and where they need it.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Central Texas Chapter)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a goal of reducing the national annual suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025. The Central Texas Chapter aims to bring that reduction to a local level and save lives through our programs, outreach, resources, and community partnerships. PROGRAMS: AFSP's prevention, research, education, loss and bereavement, and advocacy programs bring knowledge gained through research to mental health professionals, physicians, gatekeepers, educators, and other community members concerned with the identification and/or care of those at risk. In the 2017-2018 timeframe, the Central Texas Chapter plans to implement local programs in the following arenas: research (Research Connection), schools (More Than Sad & The Truth About Suicide DVD programs, After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools), gatekeeper trainings (Mental Health First Aid), suicide loss survivor assistance (Survivor Outreach Program, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day), advocacy (participation in state and federal public policy programs), and chapter growth and community awareness (tabling at health fairs, distribution of materials, volunteer training, board development). RESEARCH: We imagine a world where we fully understand and can prevent suicide-and believe that sound scientific research is key to achieving this vision. Encouraging and supporting research across all the disciplines that contribute to our understanding of suicide and suicide prevention has been the cornerstone of AFSP since its inception. At the heart of our efforts are start-up grants to researchers for innovative studies that have the potential to move the field forward. We rigorously identify and support pioneering research with the goal of finding new and better ways to understand and prevent suicide. Believing young investigators are our future, we also support early-career scientists to pursue independent suicide research with the guidance of a mentor who has already made significant contributions to the field. Through these grants, we are growing an international community of scientists dedicated to preventing the loss of life from suicide. In addition, we supplement studies funded by other sources so that investigators are able to include meaningful numbers of individuals who are suicidal or who have been touched by suicide loss. AFSP-funded research has produced ground-breaking new information for the field-identifying alterations in brain structure and function that are associated with suicide, developing treatments to give people at risk tools to combat their troubling thoughts and prevent suicidal behavior, and determining that barriers on bridges can reduce suicide rates from jumping without substantial increases in deaths from nearby bridges. Findings like these have increased our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie suicide and shaped prevention efforts in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world.

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American Heart Association

Our activities and purpose are driven by our mission: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke." Our 2020 impact goal: "To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by the year 2020. To accomplish this, we are inspiring change through education, research, community programs and outreach. Advocacy We're making our community healthier, advocating for: » Win: CPR Training in Schools. Now, all Texas students will learn basic CPR before graduating from high school. With around 280,000 graduates every year- think of all the new potential lifesavers pouring into our communities. » Win: Newborn Heart Defect Screening. Now, all newborns will receive a test for one of their leading risk factors, Congenital Heart Defects. Simple and non-invasive tools can be used to enhance the ability to catch a heart defect early on. » Win: Heart and Stroke Prevention Funding. Important program funding was dedicated to stroke outreach and obesity/tobacco prevention. » Win: Smoke-Free Communities. Texas workers in Lewisville, Brownsville, and Lufkin won by passing comprehensive ordinances to protect the public from secondhand smoke. This means 280,000 Texans are now covered! » Draw: PE and Health Education. Thankfully, efforts to eliminate fitness testing and other PE requirements were defeated; however there was no movement on increasing PE minutes or course requirements. Emergency Care Education We're working with local hospitals and emergency care teams to improve patient care: » Working with all local hospitals to strengthen patient care standards » Enlisting 100+ healthcare and EMS volunteers to speed care for heart attack patients » Providing 40,000 materials to teach CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care Prevention through Nutrition and Obesity Programs We're reaching at-risk populations and preventing heart disease through cause initiatives and online tools: » Heart 360: This program focuses on increasing physical activity, healthier eating and better management of high blood pressure through education tracking and personal coaching. The program embraces and celebrates the diversity, culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans by making healthy living a team effort. » Vestido Rojo: Heart disease is the #1 cause of death among Hispanic women. The Vestido Rojo conference is the American Heart Association's nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together and wipe out heart disease. Cardiovascular Research » Currently investing in 7 cardiovascular research projects, including $735,000 at UT Austin. » Over 150 awards and more than $26 million is currently at work on cardiovascular research projects throughout Texas. » The American Heart Association is second, only to the Federal Government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research and has spent more than $3.4 billion on cardiovascular research since 1949. Youth Education » The American Heart Association is present in many of the local schools; providing school programming for nearly 50,000 local children in Central Texas. » Programs such as Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart help to influence the youth within our community to stay active.

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Any Baby Can

In 2016, we impacted more than 6,000 families. Our staff is composed of 90 professionals: 33 percent hold Master's degrees, 38 percent are professionally licensed, and 56 percent are bilingual. We are well-qualified to aid families in our community, and with your help we can serve even more in the future. We assist: • Children with chronic illnesses • Children with developmental delays • Children with hearing loss • Children with cancer • First-time pregnant women • Parents seeking parenting skills • Women with postpartum depression Any Baby Can programs offer: • Case management • Home-visitation services • Patient advocacy • Crisis assistance • Community resources

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Austin Achieve

Our school is empowering Austin's low-income youth by providing high-quality educational and afterschool programs that promote academics, healthy lifestyles, and team building. This year, we're fundraising for our growing athletics program which has had an incredible impact on our entire student body, including nearly 700 children and their families. Our formal athletics program is growing and currently includes: volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, and cheerleading. Every amount counts; see what your funds will provide: $25: Sends 10 scholars to a game on the AAPS fan bus $50: Buys a jersey for a scholar-athlete $125: Covers the cost of training equipment for an AAPS Basketball, Soccer or Volleyball scholar-athlete $250: Outfits an AAPS Tackle Football scholar-athlete with pads and a uniform for a whole season $500: Become an AAPS Field Founder With this "Field Founders'" level donation, your contribution will support the installation of an astroturf practice space on campus and will be recognized with a special name-plate near the field. Your contribution will give our scholars the opportunity to excel off and on the court. Check out these highlights: On the Field: * Our Girls' Varsity Basketball team WON the Texas Charter School League State Championship this year! * AAPS is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle: 100% of Middle School scholars take P.E every day. * This fall we launched our Tackle Football program; we went 4-4 and almost made the playoffs! Off the Field: * We've received nine academic distinctions over the past two years. * 100% of our high school scholars are on-track to graduate with Distinguished Diplomas (Texas's most prestigious public school diploma) * Over 70% of our incoming 6th graders met their reading goals within the first six weeks of instruction

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Austin Blades Sled Hockey Corp.

One of our many goals is to recruit more physically challenged individuals, especially kids via advertising and contacting schools/organizations to give them the opportunity to participate in a competitive team sport. Funds for ice time, new equipment, travel expenses for tournaments, camps and development are limited due to the fact there isn't enough awareness of Sled Hockey here in Austin, TX. Our USA Paralympic team traveled to Sochi for Sled hockey and won Gold for USA. I would love to give our younger generation the opportunity to reach that same amazing goal.

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Austin Child Guidance Center

Austin Child Guidance Center welcomed a new addition to the Children's Healing Garden with a Meditation Labyrinth. This year, Austin Child Guidance Center will be facilitating the 2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference at the AT&T Conference Center featuring Dr. Dan Siegel. This 2-day training brings together over 600 professionals working with children who have been exposed to trauma.The conference will provide expert guidance, education and continuing education units on the effects of trauma, as well as evidence-based practices in recognizing and treating trauma.

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Austin Clubhouse

2016 was an exciting year at the Austin Clubhouse. In August, we celebrated our 6th year anniversary. We continued our unprecedented growth, expanded our employment programs and Whole Health Initiative, and opened our first satellite location in South Austin to better serve Austin. Austin Clubhouse fills a major gap in service in the greater Austin area, as adults with mental illness cycle through the system with no real prospect to support true recovery and growth. Together we are opening doors to a whole new world of opportunity in Austin for persons living with mental health diagnoses. AC's ultimate goal is to expand our evidence-based programming and increase community awareness, while maintaining the highest quality of services. AC's services are proven to have lasting and positive outcomes, including better transitional employment results, cost efficiency, reduced hospitalizations, reduced incarceration, and improved quality of life among adults living with severe and persistent mental health diagnoses. By supporting and empowering over 580 individuals who struggle with mental illness, AC fills a major gap in services and ensures better transition into life-long recovery.

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Austin Ed Fund

Public schools are the heart and foundation of our community- and keeping them strong here in Austin is more important now than ever. Austin ISD prepares all 83,000 students at 130 campuses to graduate ready for college, career and life. All students means ALL--and one of Austin ISD's strengths as well as challenges is its diverse student body. More than 94 languages are spoken in Austin ISD schools, 52% of students are economically disadvantaged, and 10% of students are enrolled in Special Education programs. Despite these challenges, Austin ISD is one of the strongest urban school districts in Texas, with an all-time-high 89.7% graduation rate and the most National Board Certified Teachers of any district in the state. Community investment through Austin Ed Fund ensures that every Austin ISD student has access to innovative opportunities and enriching experiences. This past fall, Austin Ed Fund launched our Student Opportunity Fund, focused on supporting educational enhancement for economically-disadvantaged students. Inaugural projects funded include incentive-based field trips at our all-boys campus and tutoring for refugee students across the district. In the spring of 2017, Austin Ed Fund will select our third cohort of Innovation Grants recipients and award our next round of Student Opportunity Fund grants. We'll also continue to champion and help fundraise for Austin ISD's nationally-recognized Social and Emotional Learning initiative, which teaches students the skills to resolve conflict, manage emotions, and succeed in the classroom, career, and life.

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Austin Family Institute

At Austin Family Institute, we are working to expand our services in the Austin area to better address mental health disparities. In AFI's 20-year-long history, we have relied on people to come to us. Now, we hope to go out and meet people where they are. We aim to increase access to mental health care for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it and provide direct services to clients. In doing so, we hope to do our part to raise mental health awareness and strengthen all relationships contributing to a healthy Austin community. We serve individuals, couples and families of diverse backgrounds from ages five through senior adults. Our therapists are qualified to address the following, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, behavioral issues, and violence to self and/or others.

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Austin FertilityCare Center

We are a group of natural fertility awareness practitioners who teach the Creighton FertilityCare™ System, a natural method used to monitor a couple or woman's reproductive health and fertility. No need to use cycle calculations, temperature taking, LH strips, or fertility monitors to figure out days of fertility or infertility. Once a general session is attended, personal instruction begins with a professional Creighton model practitioner. Our goal is to increase teachers in our area to cover a wider community base. We see clients from Waco to San Marcos and need teachers of this method to meet our growing needs in the community. We especially want to provide this service as an affordable alternative to artificial methods, and offer more classes in Spanish. Your help in raising these funds will go toward helping couples and women succeed in using a natural method of fertility awareness that is very affordable, healthy and totally natural.

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Austin IN Connection

Austin IN Connection (AINC) is a non-profit with a very unique mission. By donating to AINC, you help support events throughout the year that promote relationship health and psychological growth. Our trainings, learning experiences, and networking opportunities for helping professionals (counselors, medical doctors, social workers, educators) have been an immense benefit to members of our Austin community. Your financial support helps us fulfill the AINC mission in the years to come.

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