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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Texas Tribune Festival

    For 10 years The Texas Tribune Festival has invited people from all over the state and country to talk about all things policy, politics, and current events. This year, the entirely virtual conference will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. With speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ted Cruz, and Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss it!
    Through Sept. 30. $49-199.  
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    Advisory Councils Seek New Members

    For anyone passionate about pedestrian and bicyclist issues, you might consider becoming part of the groups that advise City Council on these matters. Applications are being accepted for both the Bicycle Advisory Council and Pedestrian Advisory Council. They typically meet monthly, and applicants are encouraged to attend the next virtual meeting of the council they'd like to join (PAC: Sept. 14; BAC: Sept. 15). Apply here for the BAC and here for the PAC.
    Deadline: Sept. 25  
    Apply online
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a full schedule of virtual book clubs throughout the fall, including true crime, LGBTQ content, graphic novels, and more. Check out the online calendar and see if one strikes your fancy.
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    Austin Self-Guided Hemp Tour

    Learn more about hemp while social distancing. Visit all seven retail locations for special discounts, education, and free swag.
    Through Oct. 22. Free.  
    Citywide
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    Borgen Project Intern/Volunteer Opportunity Info Session

    Learn how to be a volunteer or intern for the Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization that helps eradicate extreme global poverty.
    Mon., Sept. 21, 5pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    City's Nonprofit Grant Program Closing Soon

    The city's Economic Development Department reopened the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant fund to reach additional local nonprofits facing hardships due to the pandemic, and applications are due this week. This $6.35 million fund provides grants of up to $20,000.
    Through Oct. 9, 5pm  
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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.
    June 8-Oct. 1  
    Online
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    Help Rename the Zilker Train

    Help rename the Zilker Park train, formerly known as the Zilker Zephyr, which went out of commission in 2019 and is preparing to hit the tracks once again. Kids can also fill in and upload a Zilker Train coloring sheet. The Parks Foundation will announce the most popular train names at Party for the Parks on Sept. 30, opening voting for the final name.
    Deadline: Mon., Sept. 21  
    Online
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    Pig Week 2020

    OK, so Pig Week is actually seven weeks, during which Central Texas Pig Rescue's compassionate small-business friends will be offering specials, with proceeds going to the CTPR Expansion Project. Check the calendar, follow CTPR's social media, and sign up for the newsletter to get reminders and updates. Then, simply indulge in your local faves like Rebel Cheese, Plow Burger, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and more, and share on Instagram by tagging @centraltexaspigrescue and the business' account using #pigweek2020 to be entered into raffles. It's an excellent way to "swine and dine," if you will, for a great cause.
    Through Oct. 31  
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    RISE 2.0 Application Period Open

    Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) 2.0 funding is for individuals who have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19, and the application period is now open. Funds will be distributed to those who apply and are chosen through a randomized selection process. Chosen applicants will receive $2,000 per household. Apply online or call 512/714-6950.
    Applications due Mon., Sept. 21, 7pm  
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    Shoal Creek Social Distancing

    Join Shoal Creek Conservancy for a two-week social distancing giving campaign. Safely enjoy the Shoal Creek Trail and celebrate with the conservancy with a self-led photo scavenger hunt and virtual happy hour. Get all the details, including how to win tons of cool prizes, on the website.
    Sept. 15-30  
    Shoal Creek Trail
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    We Are Blood’s September Promotions

    We Are Blood is celebrating September with various promotions. Through Sept. 4, donors will receive a voucher for P. Terry's newest menu item, the Egg Burger. Donors between Sept. 5 and 7 will receive a branded We Are Blood cap, and donors between Sept. 8 and 30 will receive a blood type wristband. Due to COVID-19, appointments are mandatory and masks or face coverings are required. Schedule an appointment online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Sept. 30  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives

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