Give 'til it helps: Part 2
We invited local nonprofits to send us lists of all the things they need to be able to serve our community with the impact to which we are accustomed. As always, we have edited these lists as space dictates, and we encourage you to call your intended benefactor(s) for the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes of things are needed (especially with regard to tech specs on computer and other electronic systems). Here's a big hint: They always need your cash and love (i.e., volunteer hours).
So go to it, dear Austin. Go share thine ample booty, thine plentiful excess, and show these folks how much we appreciate their place in our community, their big hearts, and the good they do all year long.
– Kate X Messer; list compiled by X, Kathryn O'Shields, and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
ADAPT OF TEXAS
Conference tables (8-feet long)
General office supplies
1640-A E. Second #100, 442-0252. www.adaptoftexas.org
AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN
Office furniture (desks, chairs)
Small, round conference table
General office supplies
PO Box 4874, 458-2437.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL TEXAS
Color printer (new or used, high-volume)
$25 gas gift cards (for client use)
Storage space in Travis Co.
19-inch television (new or used, with built-in DVD player)
Six Prentice Hall Nurse's Drug Guide 2007
Two Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Pro bono Web hosting
T-shirts and printing
30 5-gallon water jugs
2218 Pershing, 928-4271. www.centex.redcross.org
ANY BABY CAN
Unwrapped gifts for kids
Clothing for all ages and sizes
Nursery items, mobiles
Kids games, trucks, and dolls
Dolls or Barbie dolls
Skates, scooters, or skateboards
Educational toys (LeapFrog) and books
Board games and puzzles
Colors sets and paints
Shoes or sneakers
Dolls or Barbie dolls
Make-up sets, nail polish
Beauty supplies and jewelry
Purses and watches
Soccer balls or footballs
1121 E. Seventh, 454-3743.
ART FROM THE STREETS
Jerry's Art-o-Rama gift certificate
Storage space for art (secure, climate-controlled, at least 500 square feet)
Graphic artist (postcards, calendar, etc.)
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, 500 E. Seventh, 305-4100. www.artfromthestreets.com
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AUSTIN
New and gently used children's clothing
4901 Burnet Rd., 458-3716.
THE AUSTIN ACADEMY
Digital camera (5 pixel or higher)
Pens and pencils
16 conference-room chairs
40 adult backpacks
1640-B E. Second, 326-8655. www.austinacademy.org
AUSTIN GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
Gift cards to local pet stores
Use of a storage unit
PO Box 339, Austin 78653, 413-0589. www.austingermanshepherdrescue.org
AUSTIN GROUPS FOR THE ELDERLY
Adaptive eating utensils for clients with arthritis
Catered Mexican lunch for 40
Gift cards (HEB, Target)
Small bottles of Elmer's glue
White butcher paper
Costume jewelry and nail polish
Shower chairs and tub- transfer benches
Adult diapers (L, XL) and baby wipes
Carpet for the second floor
3710 Cedar #2, 451-4611. www.ageofaustin.org
AUSTIN OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER INC.
Office supplies (copy paper, ink jet paper, and laser printer paper)
Couches and chairs
Laptop computer and website development
8906 Wall #401, 833-0444.
Canned dog and cat food
Frozen meats (no pork or horse meat)
Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
Towels, blankets, and sheets
250-watt infrared heat lamps
Regular and heavy-duty tarps
Plastic and metal rakes
Large plastic shovels
10807 Rawhide Trail, 288-1490.
BADGERDOG LITERArY PUBLISHING INC.
Digital camera (five megapixels or more)
DVD/CD burner and flash drives
High-quality colored paper
1-inch three-ring binders
PO Box 301209, 538-1305.
New, unwrapped toys for ages 0-2 and 14-16
Volunteers to sort, wrap, and deliver
710 W. Howard #400, 247-2682.
Great families (traditional and nontraditional) who wish to foster
Foster parents for foster children
Gift cards (Target, Office Depot)
Tablecloth with our name and logo on it
New fax machine
Three new office chairs
1524 S. I-35 #218, 444-0900. www.camelotcommunitycare.org
CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK
Money to purchase healthy, nonperishable fresh food including produce and meats that cannot be placed in food-drive barrels. Donations can be made online.
8201 S. Congress, 282-2111.
CAPITOL SCHOOL OF AUSTIN
Dollhouse furniture and dolls
Play food, play dishes
Memory match games
2011 W. Koenig, 467-7006.
Men's blue jeans
821 Gunter, 385-5571.
CASA OF TRAVIS COUNTY
New children's clothes, toys, and sneakers for all ages
Gift cards ($10+) to Target, etc.
New children's books
Office furniture and chairs
One round office table with chairs
Two to five office desks
6330 Hwy. 290 E. #350, 459-2272.
College-themed swag (e.g., University of Texas T-shirts, hats, etc.)
Gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond and Linens 'n Things
Board games (e.g., Apples to Apples, Taboo, Scattergories, etc.)
Toys for classrooms (bouncy balls, slinkies, etc.)
Small boom boxes
The Real ACT Prep Guide, 2008 edition
Boxes of No. 2 pencils
6448 Hwy. 290 E. Ste E-108, 452-4800.
DIVERSEARTS LITTLE GALLERY
Food and wine donations for art openings
Reduced or free printing services
Pro bono legal and accounting/bookkeeping services
Video/DVD projector and screen
Analog-to-digital conversion services/media
Mics, stands, monitor boxes
Stage light fader board
Airline miles and hotel accommodations for touring artists
Free or discounted tent rentals for outdoor events
1601 E. Fifth #106, 477-9438.
EQUAL JUSTICE CENTER
Expert digital-video file-editing for workers' testimonies
Graphic designer (brochures and workers' rights education materials)
Photocopier in good condition
Digital video camera
510 S. Congress #206, 784-0683. www.equaljusticecenter.org
Trifold presentation board
PO Box 2340, Austin, 78768, 474-5475. www.equalitytexas.org
FLORENCE'S COMFORT HOUSE
Single bed with firm mattress
Bedding and blankets
Gift cards (HEB, Target)
Children's books and toys
515 Kemp, 385-8672. www.florencescomforthouse.org
Dolls, stuffed animals
Barbies, Bratz, and action figures
Clothes, jewelry, coloring books, art supplies, books, movies, board games, and puzzles for young children and teens
Dishes, towels, pots/pans
Sheets, pillows, blankets
Household cleaners and laundry supplies
Lamps and furniture
3036 S. First #200, 447-2026.
FOUNDATION FOR THE HOMELESS
5202 Balcones, 453-6570.
Blankets (twin size or larger)
Men's jackets, coats, and jeans
New men's white athletic socks and underwear
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, and razors
500 E. Seventh, 305-4100.
GIRLS ROCK CAMP AUSTIN
Musical equipment of all kinds: basses, amps, keyboards, drum gear, mics, guitars, mixers, faders, picks, cables, PAs, etc.
Portable CD players
Goods/services donated for silent auction
Office supplies for campers
Art supplies: small and regular-sized scissors, black Sharpies of all thicknesses, glue sticks, magazines (w/ female musicians), stickers, white typing paper, saddle and regular staplers, photocopying services, color markers, highlighters, girl and lady zines for zine library, silkscreen supplies, new plain T-shirts for printing on (child and adult sizes)
GIRLSTART TECH CENTER
Gift cards (HEB, Hobby Lobby, Target, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Starbucks)
1400 W. Anderson, 916-4775. www.girlstart.org
Alternative energy components (solar panels, windmills, micro-hydro generators, inverters, charge controllers)
Musical instruments (electric keyboard, amplifiers, speakers, wind instruments)
A new bridge (materials and engineering consultation)
1411 Old Sayers Rd., Bastrop 512/281-2661.
HILL COUNTRY CONSERVANCY
Heavy wooden or antique conference table with 6-8 chairs
New phone system with 10 phone stations
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR lens for EOS digital SLR
Office desk and chair
PO Box 163125, Austin, 78716, 328-2481. www.hillcountryconservancy.org
Gift cards to HEB, Walgreens, etc.
Lock boxes (for patient's homes)
Internet access for our in-patient facility (wireless or station)
Ensure and Boost
Carnation Instant Breakfast
4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 342-4700.
HOUSE THE HOMELESS
New thermal underwear for annual Thermal Underwear Drive
Cash: $10 equals a full set of cold-deflecting thermals; $25 equals thermals, a hat, socks, and gloves
PO Box 2312, 796-4366.
INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT
Gift cards for photocopy service
Donations to cover the cost of postage
English and English-Spanish dictionaries
African-American studies books
Large packing envelopes
Clear packing tape
GED study books
827 W. 12th, 647-4803. www.insidebooksproject.com
8906 Wall #203, 836-9544.
Lint-free computer-cleaning cloths for cleaning CDs
Empty, clean spray bottles (no toxic chemicals)
Dish towels in good condition
50% isopropyl alcohol
3823 Airport Ste. B, 472-1369. www.koop.org
Blank CDs, DVDs, DAT tapes, mini DV tapes
Microphones, speakers, sound boards
Vinyl banner printing service
Swiveling office chairs
Venue for SXSW
CMA Building, Dean Keeton & Guadalupe, 471-5106.
White and colored paper (8½-inch-by-11-inch)
Photo paper (8½-inch-by-11-inch)
Vivera 110 tri-color ink cartridges for HP portable photo printer
Digital video tapes
Headphones for audio recording
General school and art supplies
PO Box 4284, 322-9947.
Crayons and coloring books
General art supplies
HEB/Randalls gift cards
Target, etc. gift cards
Disposable diapers and wipes
Adult-sized backpacks (black or dark green only)
New crew socks
3700 S. First, 735-2400.
MEALS ON WHEELS AND MORE
Boost and Ensure
Volunteer for holiday season, New Year's Eve, and substitute drivers year round
Grocery-store gift cards
3227 E. Fifth, 476-6325.
Lighted open/closed sign
Water filter for our faucet
Large area rug
110 E. North Loop, 407-6925.
NARAL PRO CHOICE TEXAS
Gift certificates to local businesses
PO Box 684602, Austin, 78745, 462-1661. www.prochoicetexas.org
NUBIAN QUEEN LOLA'S CAJUN KITCHEN
Ingredients that can be used for her menu to feed the homeless on Sundays
200-plus backpacks (preferably new)
1815 Rosewood, 474-LOLA (5652).
Mechanic for donated 1991 van
External hard drives (FireWire and USB 2)
PlayStation3 with Rock Band
Gift cards (restaurants, movies, Home Depot, vets)
909 E. 49½, 419-1233.
Children's books for clinic waiting room
Spanish magazines and coffeetable books
Clear plastic storage containers for educational materials
Two to four outdoor benches for courtyard
201 E. Ben White Bldg. B, 275-0171 x106. www.ppaustin.org
Diapers: sizes 4, 5, and 6
Pull-Ups: all sizes
Body care products (new shampoo, conditioner, body wash)
Baby care products (oil, lotion, powder, wash)
Feminine hygiene products
HEB and Wal-Mart gift cards
Linens and blankets (twin size)
PO Box 19454, 356-1567.
SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY
Grocery and drug-store gift cards
Vacuum cleaners and brooms
Towels and blankets
Adult diapers (large)
2200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 477-3796.
SOUTHWEST KEY PROGRAM INC.
Books and videos in Spanish for children and young adults
Used laptops or tablet PCs
Eight 72-inch-round tables
Digital video camera
Vouchers for movies and entertainment
Gift cards (Sam's, Home Depot, HEB, Target, etc.)
Class set of Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell
Refrigerator with water dispenser
Clear plastic geometric volume set
Gas grill for cookouts
6002 Jain, 462-2181. www.swkey.org
SUN DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF DEFENSE
Folding or stacking chairs
Water cooler or water fountain
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs
Small copier and cartridges
203 E. Riverside, 416-9735. www.sundragon.org
TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK
Sturdy, front-yard picnic table
PO Box 1624, Austin, 78767, 322-0545. www.tfn.org
TEXAS MORATORIUM NETWORK
Unused holiday and birthday greeting cards
Mini DV camera or digital still camera
Design help for logo, website, newsletters, brochures, marketing materials, etc.
Laptop or desktop PC
Places for students to stay in Austin during Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, March 10-14 (
3616 Far West #117 Box 251, 302-6715.
TEXAS HEARING AND SERVICE DOGS
Mac laptop and three new PC laptops
Two new HP printers
Lawn mower and weed eater
Material for perimeter fence
Large jars of peanut butter
Hot dogs and string cheese
Blankets and towels
Plastic storage containers with lids
Gift certificates for office supplies
10-by-10-foot E-Z Up lightweight tents
4803 Rutherglen, 891-9090, 877/TEX-DOGS.
THE LOVE OF FOOD FEEDS THE HOMELESS
Cases of bottled water
8-ounce to-go containers
Doughnuts and pastries
401 Orchard, 476-2880.
THUNDERING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Purina Lamb & Rice dog food
Organic Timothy Hay for bunnies
Any premium dry cat food (except Iams)
Cans of Fancy Feast (fish flavors)
Any kind of mild, environmentally safe, general cleaning product, including laundry detergent
Industrial mop and mop bucket
Large wagon for hauling heavy things
Revolution flea preventative (cats and dogs)
Large storage shed
Washable cat beds
PetSmart gift cards
Scoopable kitty litter
Large litter boxes
PO Box 1555, Dripping Springs, 78620, 512/402-9725. www.thunderingpaws.org
4902 Burnet Rd., 454-5161. www.topdrawerthrift.org
TRAVIS AUDUBON SOCIETY
Multitask color printer (copier, printer, fax, scanner)
350 square feet of free or dirt-cheap office space
Recycled copy paper (legal and letter size)
General office supplies
Three two-line phones
PO Box 40787, Austin, 78704, 300-BIRD (2473). www.travisaudubon.org
TREASURE CITY THRIFT
Working panel van or truck
Publicity and advertising
Copy cards to Kinkos, etc.
Interior paint colors
Useable household goods
1720 E. 12th, 524-2820. treasurecitythrift.org
VOLUNTEER SERVICES COUNCIL, AUSTIN STATE SCHOOL
Gift certificates for Home Depot, Target, restaurants, or recreational events
Decorative fence for cemetery
Color laser printer
2203 W. 35th, 374-6048.
Heartworm and flea preventatives
Doggy beds and crates
PO Box 66872.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY CRISIS CENTER
Gift cards to HEB or Wal-Mart ($10 increments preferred)
Swingline model 535 three-hole electric punch
New or gently used scrubs or sweat suits
Pajamas for women and children
Diapers (sizes 3 to 5)
School supplies, black pens
Hewlett Packard P3005 printer
Day planners, journals
White copy paper (20 pounds, 104 brightness, 8.5 x 11 inch)
Gift cards to Office Depot or Office Max
New manila folders
Lexmark Model 10N0217 #17 black ink cartridges
Art paper, washable paint, drawing pads
School glue, glue sticks, glitter
Games for teens
Ethnic books for children
Markers (washable and permanent)
Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels
Cleaning supplies, dishwashing soap
Liquid hand soap, disposable razors
Shampoo, conditioner, body-wash gel
Baby wipes, powder, soap, and shampoo
Ethnic make-up and hair-care products
Hair gel, hairspray, deodorant
211 Commerce #103, Round Rock, 512/255-1212. www.wccc.info
THE WRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER
Food items to serve 45 holiday dinners
4301-B N. I-35, 467-0088.
YELLOW BIKE PROJECT
Bike mechanics, accountants, grant writers, event organizers, building contractors, civil engineers
Tools of all kinds (especially metric box-end wrenches, 8-17 mm, and screwdrivers)
Quality bikes (especially road bikes)
700c wheels (no bent rims)
Saddles in good condition
Working floor pumps
Locks with keys
2013 E. 51st, 457-9880. www.austinyellowbike.org
Van paint job
Lamps and furniture
2015 S. I-35 #110, 326-1222.