Public Notice says, "Keep cool this summer and volunteer for a local public service organization."
Don't be glum, chum. It can always get worse. Like, say, 10ö worse ... hotter, humid-er, stickier, stinkier, slippery-er, more summery worse. Yup. It's Texas; what were you thinking? Expecting a "mild" summer in Austin is like asking for a "mild" habanero sauce at a restaurant. It's just not done. Sure, some of us accustomed to the heat might say that the weather we're experiencing now is mild, but even veterans have their breaking points. And Austin's summers test just about everyone's.
Welcome to our Summer Fun issue. In just about every section, we offer suggestions to keep you cool during this sizzling season wedged between the comforting cool of spring and fall. "Public Notice" wants to do its part, too. A great way to keep cool -- and even more importantly, be cool -- is to get involved with a charitable concern you can relate to. Lord knows Austin is chock full of 'em. For parents of pre-teen and teen types: Public Service gets kids out of the house. For everyone else: Public service gets you out of the house. And we can say with a great deal of certainty that many of these Volunteer Opportunities take place in air-conditioned facilities. So here's a partial list of some from which you may choose. Over the next few weeks, we'll run the remainder of this list (Hint to Public Service Groups: If you are not on here, send your info in and we'll get you in the queue!).
Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance (ALAA) Lawyers, accountants, and marketing assistance needed. 3710 Cedar, 78705. 407-8990.
The As & Bs of Volunteer Opportunities
AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) A clearinghouse consortium of local AIDS services organizations. PO Box 4874, 78765. 406-6150.
AISD Volunteer Services Coach a new friend: a student from an Austin public school. 1111 W. Sixth, 78703. 414-4512.
ALLGO/Informe-SIDA AIDS/HIV education project of Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization. 1715 E. Sixth, 78702. 472-2001.
Access Arts Austin Assistive listening devices in theatres and opportunities for the disabled to perform onstage. firstname.lastname@example.org or 3710 Cedar #7, 78705. 454-9912.
American Cancer Society Resource Center volunteers of all skill levels sought. PO Box 149100, 78714. 928-1144.
Any Baby Can Care for chronically ill babies and their families. 3423 Guadalupe #100, 78705. 454-3743.
Area Agency on Aging Advocate for nursing-home residents. 2512 S. I-35, 78704. 916-6062.
ARC of Austin Assist folks with developmental disabilities. 2818 San Gabriel, 78705. 476-7044.
Austin Free-Net Get wired and help others jump on the Net. Computer volunteers needed. 1711 S. Congress, 78704. 326-9084.
Austin Project Computer tutors, data entry, and health admin types needed. 901 Neal, 78702. 474-8007.
Austin Respite Network Provide temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities. 3423 Guadalupe, #100, 78705. 454-3743x28.
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) Transitional assistance for the local homeless. 701 W. Fifth, 78701. 476-4357.
Austin State Hospital has many volunteer needs. 4110 Guadalupe, 78751-4296. 419-2330.
Austin Tenant's Council Be an undercover housing rights spy! 1619 E. Cesar Chavez, 474-7007.
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 tech types needed to refurbish bikes to sell to support their efforts. 2505 Sweeney, 78723. 926-4725.
Brackenridge Hospital Gift shop, info desk, admitting and discharge, ICU volunteers, and more. 601 E. 15th, 78701. 324-7590.
In two weeks we will run Part Two, I Z.
Big Thank You to Kimberly Morgan for assistance.