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    Your CBD Store Blood Drive

    This mobile blood drive has a very special bonus: a $10 coupon for Your CBD Store. Schedule an appointment online now with We Are Blood using group code D263 to be sure you don't miss out!
    Wed., April 15, noon-5pm  
    Your CBD Store, 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd. Ste. B-200, Leander
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    All Together ATX Fund

    Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin have begun a community-led philanthropic fund, dubbed All Together ATX, to support communities experiencing economic and health-related hardships caused by COVID-19 in the Austin metro area. Donate online; grant applications are open until April 10, and funds will be distributed beginning May 1.
    Through April 17  
    Online
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    ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange

    The city of Austin has set up a new community forum, dubbed the ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange, to connect food assistance and volunteers with the people who need them. Do you need or have skills, materials, funds, space, et al.? Visit the site for more information and get connected.
     
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    Austin Easter Egg/Aid Hunt

    Here's a fun opportunity to get connected to the community and celebrate Easter in a unique way. First, create a giant, poster-sized egg, and add a QR code linking to your service, livestream, or request for donations. Then display your egg outside and register it with the Austin Easter Egg/Aid Facebook page. Have fun hopping around hunting for other eggs, and use the QR codes to find out what your neighbors are offering or what they need.
    April 6-12. Free.  
    Citywide
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    Austin ISD Community Resources

    In response to COVID-19, Austin ISD is offering community resources including free meals to students at numerous locations, free access to telehealth and waived medical copays through a partnership with Virtual Care for Kids, free Learning at Home online courses, and recommended educational resources for all grade levels. For more information, visit the website.
     
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Best Food Trucks

    Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Bowl for Kids

    This year, Bowl for Kids is going virtual. Get your team together and fundraise online all month, and get into the theme with a weekly Roaring Twenties costume contest. Teams raising the most funds win special prizes, too. Follow @BigMentoring on Facebook for more info leading up to the grand finale on April 25.
    Through April 25  
    Online
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    BSC COVID-19 Business Owner Weekly Support Group

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests. Feel free to drop in and out; you don't need to stay the whole hour. Virtual meetings are planned for every Thursday through September; get the login details via Eventbrite.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Free.  
    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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    Celebration of Austin-Oita Sister City Committee

    Oita, Japan, has been one of Austin's sister cities since 1990, and for this special 30th anniversary, the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee invites the greater Austin community to join in celebrating with 30 days of Facebook programming. Tune in every day in April at 7pm for online events featuring local artists and experts touching on traditional and modern Japanese culture. There's a full slate of programs, including a performance by Peelander Yellow, an overview of Oita art, demonstrations of bento boxes and sumo exercises, and so much more.
    Daily through April 30, 7pm. Free.  
    www.facebook.com/austinoita
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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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    Covid Mask Makers Seeks Assistance

    Do you know how to sew? Covid Mask Makers needs people to help sew face masks, and they've got patterns and instructions, including a helpful video, on their website. If you're all thumbs in that regard, you can help by donating supplies or picking up and delivering finished masks. Sign up for the newsletter to get more details, but feel free to get going on the mask-making anytime.
    At home
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    DC Law Virtual Donation Drive for AGE of Central Texas

    Local nonprofit AGE of Central Texas helps older adults and their caregivers thrive, and is now in need of adult pull-ups and wipes. Austin-based law firm DC Law is supplying $1,000 worth of products, and has put together a drive to gather more of these supplies. As an incentive, they're offering a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card. Simply purchase your donation online and ship it directly to AGE of Central Texas: 3710 Cedar #100, Austin, TX 78705. Then email a copy of your receipt and contact info to nathan@texasjustice.com to be entered in the drawing.
    Through Tue., April 14  
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    Don't Mess With Texas Art Contest

    The Don't Mess With Texas® Art Contest is officially open! Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t Mess With Texas calendar, with the top 14 designs featured. Each winner will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet, a Buc-ee's gift basket, their artwork framed and returned, and the opportunity to share the work on websites and social media. Teachers representing student winners will receive a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card. Submissions must be postmarked by April 24.
    Feb. 12-April 24. Free.  
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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, 9-11am.
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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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    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.
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    Free Internet at Full Circle Bar

    The Full Circle Bar is offering free public high-speed wi-fi from 8am to 8pm so that community members without home internet can access news and check in with work and children can keep up with their studies. Mission Possible is offering free parking across the street, and users must stay in their car or keep at least 6 feet away from each other if they do not have a car.
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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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    HC4A/Shalom Austin School Supplies Fundraiser

    HC4A and Shalom Austin had set a date of April 19 for their eighth annual event raising funds for school supplies for Austin-area homeless children, which last year supported over 1,300 children. The April event is now canceled due to coronavirus, but you can still help reach the fundraising goal of $34,000 to support 1,600 students. A small donation of $25 will help support one child. On Aug. 19, volunteers plan to gather to assemble the school supplies at Dell Jewish Community Center. Donate online at HC4A.org.
    Online
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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.
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    Joy Organics Free Delivery

    Joy Organics now offers free delivery of their CBD gummies, salves, oils, and more, which could be just what the doctor ordered right about now. For free doorstep delivery, call or order online and select "local delivery" at checkout. For free shipping to your home, select "in-store pickup" at checkout.
    Order online or by phone
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    Omni Sound Project Online Instruction and Events

    The Omni Sound Project was created to provide educational and networking opportunities to people who identify as women who are involved in the creation, production, and recording of music and sound. Join to connect with other women in the audio industry and take advantage of one of the many upcoming online courses and events. An annual membership is only $25, and members get 25% off online courses. There are free events as well; check out the calendar for all the details and sign up soon for Getting Started With Synths, Beginner Bass Lessons, and more.
    Ongoing. Prices vary.  
    Online
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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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    Pajama Drive for Foster Youth

    All Mattress Firm stores are accepting new pajamas to give foster children of all ages the comfort of a new pair of pajamas. You can also donate online or by mail.
    Through April 26
    All area Mattress Firm locations
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    Sherwood Forest Virtual Faire

    Sherwood Forest Faire sadly had to close prematurely, but fear not: You can return to the faire virtually via their YouTube channel. Each Saturday (beginning March 28) a new episode will be broadcast featuring full performances filmed during the 2020 season. The virtual tip jar will be open as well, so feel free to drop some digital dollars as you enjoy the show.
    Ongoing; new episodes premiere each Saturday  
    Online
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    Virtual Three-Week Language Immersion Workshop

    Austinites interested in building proficiency in Spanish, French, and Italian can learn online in a virtual classroom. Reach your language learning goals from the comfort of your home with three-week immersion workshops in May. Learn through the context of food & restaurants, art & museums, leisure activities, and culturally relevant events – we may not be traveling this summer but you can scratch that "travel itch," practicing everyday language with increasing cultural understanding.
    Workshops are May 2-20; register now. $219, full course; $35, drop-ins; $90, three Saturdays.  
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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  
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    We Are Blood Urgently Needs Donations

    With concerns around coronavirus growing and more companies implementing work-from-home policies, some mobile blood drives have been canceled and turnout has been low. There is a pressing need for donations, so the community is urged to find active mobile drives or go to a donor center today.
     
    We Are Blood locations citywide
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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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