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    Online Classes With Esquina Tango

    Nonprofit Esquina Tango has taken their programming online via Zoom and Facebook Live. There's something going on every day, so check out the full list of donation-based classes and choose from conversational Spanish or Portuguese, salsa aerobics, and, of course, tango.
    Daily; times vary  
    Online
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    Teach On! Virtual Fair

    Austin Community College presents this virtual fair about teaching and learning online. If you're a parent trying to support an online learner, or you’re looking to connect with experienced online teachers and up your online game, Teach On! is here to help. And if you have online teaching tips or tricks to share, this is a great way to help your colleagues and the community. Head to the event page to complete a survey to share your needs, and if you have something to offer, sign up for a booth or submit instructional material.
    Sun., Aug. 9, 1-5pm  
    Online
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    A Spacious Place

    A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Austin Animal Center Now Open by Appointment

    AAC opened June 1 for pet adoptions and lost pet intake by appointment only. Drop-ins will only be accepted for sick or injured pets. Check out pet bios online and schedule an adoption appointment via email at ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov, and schedule intake appointments here.
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    Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

    Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
    Online
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

    Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
    Through Aug. 31  
    Online
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    Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

    Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
    Online
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    Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

    Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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    Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

    CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
    Online
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    Child Care Provider Relief Grant Application Period Open

    The Austin Child Care Provider Relief Grant provides immediate one-time financial assistance to eligible child care centers, including home providers. In partnership with the city of Austin, United Way for Greater Austin will accept applications and provide consultation and case management services to grant applicants. Join a webinar on Wed., July 22, at 9am to get more information.
    Open July 21 to Oct. 1 or when funding is expended, whichever is first  
    Online
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    Connect Over Cocktails

    Mix a cocktail (or mocktail) and join Women Communicators of Austin's virtual happy hour to connect, converse, and cheers to the community. Members and nonmembers welcome; just RSVP to get the link.
    Wed., Aug. 5, 5:30-6:30pm  
    Online via Zoom
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    Donate to PEAS Resiliency Gardens Program

    Donations to PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) will go to support outdoor learning and edible education programming in the community. Choose your level of funding, from seeds to an entire garden for an Austin family.
    Online
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    El Buen Samaritano

    El Buen Samaritano's food pantry anticipates an increased need for their services in the coming months. They are also supporting community partners in their efforts to provide food for the families and individuals they serve. Right now, the pantry is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8-10am.
    Online
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    Escape to 1800s Texas

    Pioneer Farms' General Store is still open for limited hours on the weekends to sell handmade soaps and fresh eggs by the dozen, but all other operations are suspended until April 13. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fun facts, livestreams of the farm, prairie trivia, archive exploration, and more. Their website has a bunch of fun games and crafts to keep the family entertained at home, which as they point out, is how the pioneers in the 19th century often lived.
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    Feed It Forward

    Feed It Forward and take out hunger! Order delivery, pickup, groceries, beer, wine, or cocktails from participating restaurants and add the $5 Feed It Forward menu item before checkout. Support the local food community and provide 20 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank with each Feed It Forward item. Plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching donations up to $10,000. Check out the list of participating locations online before you make your next takeout order; there's a wide variety all over town.
    Various locations
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    Food Access Resources From SFC

    The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they are accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
     
    Citywide
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    Foundation Communities

    Foundation Communities has suspended volunteer operations, but you can donate to their Emergency Assistance Fund to help their residents who are experiencing health concerns and lost wages. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help affected residents afford rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.
    online
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    Free Curbside Clothing & Housewares Collection

    Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with Goodwill Central Texas to provide a new curbside pickup service for household goods and clothing items suitable for reuse or recycling. ARR customers can either call or schedule online, and they'll mail bags for you to fill. See the website for details.
     
    Citywide
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    Free Produce Boxes From AISD

    Austin ISD will be providing produce boxes to AISD families The boxes will feature locally grown produce, such as peppers, melons, squash, carrots, and other seasonal staples. The Common Market Texas, a mission-driven distributor of sustainable, local farm foods, will prepare and deliver the produce boxes to various AISD locations each week.
    Wednesdays through Aug. 12, 9-11am  
    Various locations
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    Generation Serve: Helping While Home

    Local nonprofit youth service organization Generation Serve has suspended volunteer activities through April, but published a thoughtful list of activities and ways to help the community from home. Create cards and wallets, become a translator, start online fundraisers, learn and serve in nature, and more. Check out their post for all the details.
     
    At home and online
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    Get Involved With Austin Justice Coalition

    Austin Justice Coalition "serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, overpolicing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin." Get involved by donating, volunteering, or attending an event, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed.
     
    Citywide
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    Help Feed the Animals at Pioneer Farms

    Moondog, Henry, Big Red, and their friends need your help. They're all part of Pioneer Farms' four-legged team of 13 horses, donkeys, and longhorns, who, along with 50 chickens, help tell the story of 19th-century Texas at Pioneer Farms. A donation of $10 gets them 60 pounds of hay, $15 buys 50 pounds of food, and $25 keeps the animals fed for almost three days. Check out their website to learn more about the animals you're keeping fed, and you'll get a shout-out in the newsletter when you donate.
    Online
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    Lend a Hand ATX

    Lend a Hand ATX, created by Austin Tech Alliance, is a platform to help skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. Create an account, make an offer or request, and find a match!
     
    Online
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    Make Your Mark at Pease Park

    Pease Park Conservancy is accepting donations for their new Ribbon Wall. Through Dec. 31, for contributions of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 (which can also be made monthly at $84, $208, or $467 per month), the first 300 people to sign on can have their name etched on the Ribbon Wall that will wind throughout the lower seven acres of Pease Park known as Kingsbury Commons. Become a part of Austin history and make your mark today.
    Ongoing  
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    Online Art Workshops With the Cathedral

    In an effort to continue to support artists and encourage people to stay home, the Cathedral is: now offering their artist-led workshops online. You can help support local artists by signing up for one of their workshops, which include a kit with all materials needed for the class. Kits are available for curbside pickup at 2403 E. 16th, or they can be shipped straight to your home. Check out the website to sign up for a workshop and order your kit.
    At home; register online
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    Pioneer Farms Artisan Classes Booking Now

    Do you want to learn to blacksmith? How about grow your own food, raise chickens, spin, sew, weave, cook, preserve food, create your own knife, or make cheese? In Pioneer Farms' artisan classes, you can learn how to do all these things from talented and experienced teachers in online or safe in-person classes.
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    Texas Folk & Traditional Arts Relief Fund

    In response to the substantial economic and social impact of the ongoing pandemic, a group of Texas folk and traditional arts organizations have come together to help offset the immediate and ongoing needs of the community. This fund will support artists from marginalized and at-risk communities that may not be in line for assistance by other Covid-19 relief funds. You can donate to the fund or apply online if you qualify for a grant.
    Through Aug. 14  
    Online
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    Texas Story Project

    Every Texan has a story, and you can share yours with the Bullock Museum's Texas Story Project. For inspiration, visit the interactive Texas map, then add your own story using their prompts, such as "How has your Texas community changed since you moved there?" or "What object, heirloom, or work of art reminds you most of Texas?" You can even add photos, videos, or audio files to your story.
     
    Online via Bullock Museum
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    The Escape Game Remote Adventures

    Play the Escape Game’s newest game, "Ruins: Forbidden Treasure," from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. An expert game guide will be there to help along the way, just like the typical escape room. Assemble a team of friends, family, or co-workers, and see if you can escape within an hour!
    $25/person.  
    Online
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    Toxins Detected in Lady Bird Lake

    Lady Bird Lake experienced a harmful algae bloom in 2019, which sickened and killed several dogs. On July 20, the city reported that toxins have again been detected in algae at Festival Beach and Red Bud Isle, and it is recommended that you do not allow dogs to swim in or drink from Lady Bird Lake. The city continues to monitor algae in the water; keep tabs on the status via their online dashboard.
    Ongoing  
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    Virtual YMCA

    YMCA of Austin's homepage has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual and emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information, as well as ways people can volunteer and give back. You can also follow them on social media for even more activities.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Volunteer From Home for Ronald McDonald House

    The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to keep families with sick children together by providing lodging near hospitals, and they have needs that you can help meet from your own home. Donate online or choose from the helpful list of projects they've put together: Crafty volunteers can crochet beanies for NICU babies or create greeting cards, or you can put together activity packets or toiletry kits, order something from their Amazon wish list or have a meal delivered, and more. The full list is here.
     
    At home
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    YMCA Child Care for Essential Workers

    YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of health care workers, first responders, and all other essential workers. Care is available for children ages 3-12, and children are required to bring a sack lunch. During the day, kids will enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, games, movies, snacks, and supervision from experienced, expert Y staff. Children will be divided into small groups throughout the Y facilities, and proper social spacing will be maintained at all times. Register online.
    $40-50.  
    Austin-area YMCAs

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