The beginning of the end is as good a vestibule as any to stop and contemplate our place in this race of rats and humanity. Our money's on humanity, frankly, despite some of the silly goings-on on the national and international fronts. Shake your head globally and thank the deities that locally we live in a sensible community that strives to take care of its own.
Last week, our "Features" section highlighted the efforts of six local service concerns and the volunteers and staff who fuel them. Now it's our turn to get out there and make this 1999 hum with the promise of better days ahead for all. Go to it, wild pussycats.
ALAA -- Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance Lawyers and accountants needed. Also, marketing assistance to develop an awareness campaign. 3710 Cedar, 407-8980.
AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) A clearinghouse consortium of local AIDS services organizations. PO Box 4874, 78765. 406-6150, Cathy Cook.
AISD Volunteer Services Coach a new friend: a student from an Austin public school. 1111 W. Sixth, 78703. 414-4512, Billie F. Franke.
ALLGO/Informe-SIDA AIDS/HIV education project of Latino/a lesbian/gay organization. 1715 E. Sixth, 78702. 472-2001.
American Cancer Society Resource Center volunteers of all skill levels sought. PO Box 149100, 78714. 928-1144, Brenda Doffing.
Animal Companions (ASA) Care for the pets of those who can't. PO Box 4874, 78765. 406-6407.
Any Baby Can Care for chronically ill babies and their families. 3423 Guadalupe #100, 78705. 454-3743, Karen Haigler.
Area Agency on Aging Advocate on behalf of nursing home residents or educate senior citizens on government benefit programs.2512 S.
I-35 #340, 78704. 916-6062, SuAnn Mills.
ARC of Austin Assist folks with developmental disabilities. 2818 San Gabriel, 78705. 476-7044, Angela Bingham-Love.
Austin Children's Museum Assist visitors explore the Museum's exhibits and galleries, hands-on. 201 Colorado, 78704. 472-2499, x233, Suzanna Cole.
Austin Free-Net Get wired and help others jump on the Net. Computer volunteers needed.1711 S. Congress, 78704. 326-9084, Ana Sisnett.
Austin Metropolitan Trails Council Build or maintain local trails. c/o Trust for Public Land, 700 San Antonio, 78701. 703-6898.
Austin Respite Network Collaborative effort of Any Baby Can, ARC, Austin/Travis MHMR, and Easter Seals to provide temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities. 3423 Guadalupe #100, 78705. 454-7218.
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) Ongoing call for transitional assistance for the local homeless. Reading groups are needed.411 W. Second, 78701. 476-4357.
Austin/Travis MHMR Hotline 24-hour crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information, and referrals. PO Box 3548, 78764-3548. 472-HELP.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Befriend a youngster and provide needed guidance and consistency in a child's life. 1400 Tillery, 78721. 472-KIDS.
Bikes Not Bombs Cranky bike-tech types needed to refurbish bikes to send to Mexico and sell great affordable bikes in town to support their efforts.2505 Sweeney, 926-4725.
Brackenridge Hospital Ongoing need for gift shop, info desk, admitting and discharge, ICU waiting room volunteers, and more.601 E. 15th, 78701. 324-7590.
Capital Area Food Bank Distribute needed food stuff to 18 CenTex counties. 8201 S. Congress, 78745. 282-2111.
Caritas This safety net for the working poor, homeless, and legal refugees needs you. PO Box 1076, 78767-1076. 472-5269, x138.
Casa Marianella Direct aid for refugees and immigrants. Staff volunteers: Benefits include room and board, stipend, and health insurance. 821 Gunter, 78702. 385-5571.
Ceden Family Resource Center Prenatal educators provide one-on-one support to pregnant teens and women.1208 E. Seventh, 78702.
477-1130, Christi Casteel.
Community Mentoring Network Mentors for at-risk youth; part of Austin Metropolitan Ministries. 2026 Guadalupe #226, 78705.
472-7627, Bob Sanborn.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Stand up (in court) for abused and neglected children in need.6330 Hwy290 E. #350, 78723, 459-2272.
DeWitty Job Training & Employment Center Instructors and employment counselors needed, as well as computer whizzes.2209 Rosewood #205, 78702. 472-5718, Carlean Johnson, Rochion Gregg, Martha Hernandez.
Directors of Volunteers in Austin (DOVIA) Promote volunteerism as a profession.PO Box 2606, 78768. 326-3308, Shar McBee.
Ecology Action Recycling for the People needs people to make it happen -- specifically: PR, electrical, plumbing, mechanical volunteers. Ninth & I-35, 78701. 322-0000.
El Buen Samaritan Episcopal Mission The people who help people who need help need your help.1919 S. First, 78704. email@example.com or 441-7977.
Faith Home Guardian angels for babies with AIDS.4101 Wildwood, 78722. 302-4101.
Foundation for the Homeless Area churches cooperate to provide after-school programs and tutors. PO Box 1862, 78767. 480-0005.
Green Corn Self-Sufficiency Project Provide free, organic food gardens at the homes of individuals, families, and communities in need.
PO Box 8544, 78713-8544. greencorn@austin 360.com or 833-7446, Shannon Kemp and Dayna Conner.
Habitat for Humanity Build affordable, quality homes. Site managers with people and construction skills appreciated. Volunteers also needed for the Re-Store, 310 Comal #100, 78702.
472-8788, x2, Sarah Sloan.
Hands On Housing Providing free home repair for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. 2026 Guadalupe #226, 78705. 472-7627.
HEART Line/Parents' Anonymous Crisis line and support group personnel needed to assist with a variety of family issues. 7801 N. Lamar #E-180, 78752. 459-5490, Mark or Mary.
Homeless Artists Guild Volunteers work with kids in art-related, hands-on activities and guide budding talent. 2026 Guadalupe #226, 78705. 472-4934.
House the Homeless All sorts of volunteers needed. 411 W. Second, 476-4357.
KOOP Radio Diversity in the ranks is essential to the mission of representing all of Austin, not just a select few. Support non-commercial radio for the People. PO Box 2116, 78768-2116.
472-KOOP, Jenny Wong.
Legal Aid of Central Texas Free civil, legal advocacy service for low-income Central Texans needs help at evening legal clinics. 205 W. Ninth #200, 78701. 476-7244, x338.
Meals on Wheels Deliver meals and meds to very appreciative Austinites. PO Box 6248, 78762. 476-MEAL, Suellen Mills.
National Domestic Violence Hotline Representatives from all walks of life needed for crisis counseling. 3616 Far West #101-297, 78731.
453-8117, Carmen Keltner.
Pebble Project Child abuse prevention educators. 3000 S. I-35 #200, 78741.462-1771, Judith Martin.
Planned Parenthood All backgrounds needed for counseling on reproduction issues. 1209 Rosewood, 78702. 472-0868.
Project PHASE Transitional assistance for area homeless youth. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336, Steve Beers.
Project Transitions Hospice care and supportive living services for those living with AIDS. PO Box 4826, 78765. 454-8646, Greg Harman.
Out Youth Emotional support and guidance for youth dealing with coming-out issues. 1117 Red River, 78701-1912. 708-1234, Gail Goodman.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Dulcet, smooth tones needed to help create accessible textbooks (recording and diskette) for all.
1314 W. 45th, 78756. 323-9390, Nicole Antonopoulos.
SafePlace PO Box 19454, 78760. Volunteers for domestic violence programs, call 928-9070, Coni Huntsman; volunteers for sexual assault programs, call 445-5776, x213, Margaret Valenti.
Special Olympics Texas Assist in award presentations, be a statistician, or be a "hugger." 11442 N. I-35, 78753. 707-3777.
Street Outreach/Lifeworks Young people can find their own way with a little help from some friends. Maybe you're one? 2525 Wallingwood, 482-9474.
TARAL -- Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League TARAL needs folks to ensure that reproductive rights stay legal and accessible for/to everyone. PO Box 684602, 78768, 462-1661.
Texas Runaway Hotline 24-hour hotline for runaways and their families. PO Box 149030, MC
Y-987, 78714-9030. 833-3477, Jay Smith.
Texas Youth Hotline 24-hour hotline to provide kids in crisis with intervention info and referrals to community services. PO Box 149030, MC
Y-987, 78714-9030. 833-3477, Jay Smith.
United Cerebral Palsy Assn. Liberation Station toy depot workers needed as well as outgoing types for their new Community Connections program which matches volunteers with socially isolated people. 9027 Northgate #101, 78758. 834-1827, Shauna Brock or Amy Hoskins.
United Way/First Call for Help Non-emergency, one-call referral; hotline workers needed. 2000 E. MLK, 78702. 323-1898, Donna Woodard.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Volunteers needed for all museum positions. 605 Robert E. Lee, 78704. 445-5582, Ann Herbert.
Victory Tutorial Program needs volunteers to tutor students with homework, reinforce basic skills, and provide additional preparation for the Exit Level TAAS Exam. 1111 W. Sixth #D-150, 78703, 499-7317
VISTA Placing men and women 18 and over with community-based agencies to work on issues concerning urban and rural poverty. Locally, call DOVIA, 326-3308.
Women & Their Work Gallery and gift shop workers needed to fill shifts. 1710 Lavaca, 78701. 477-1064, Jill Wood.
Youth OptionsGED tutors for shelter residents, and nurses needed, among others. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336.
YWCA of Greater AustinCheck out their Name Change Celebration & Coffeehouse Series Kick-Off at the Victory Grill, the day before MLK Day, Sun, Jan 17. Services and referrals for all women of Travis County. 1524 S. I-35 #315, 78704.
Happy New Year, everyone!