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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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    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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    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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    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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    Virtual Library Access Extended

    With social distancing being encouraged due to COVID-19, now's a great time to get familiar with Austin's virtual library. Kanopy, CloudLibrary, and Hoopla checkouts are now extended; get details and explore the film, music, ebook, audiobook, and magazine titles on the library's website.
     
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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.
     
    Online
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    Austin Animal Center Updates

    Austin Animal Center is closed to the public until at least April 13, meaning they will not be able to take in or adopt out any animals during this time. Due to incredible community outreach, they no longer need fosters at this time, but check back in case that changes. See AAC's Facebook page for details as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
     
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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.
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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.
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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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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