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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Categorized Activist List

womens rights


ADAPT of Austin

www.adaptoftexas.org

Austin, Texas

ADAPT is a grassroots organization that advocates for the rights of people living with disabilities and for more accessible communities. The organization conducts advocacy and research on a number of issues including the American Disabilities Act, affordable and accessible housing, community access for the disabled, and increased pay for attendant care providers. ADAPT is a member of the National ADAPT community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

ADAPT welcomes community members to contact the organization to learn more about how to get involved.

Contact:            Phone: (512) 442.0252

                        Email: adapt@adapt.org


Mamas of Color Rising

mamasofcolorrising.wordpress.com

Austin, Texas

Mamas of Color Rising is an all-volunteer group of women of color seeking to improve their communities. The group works on myriad issues including access to health care resources for pregnant women, welfare reform, affordable childcare, education, safety, and affordable housing. Mamas of Color Rising runs “Yo Mamas Catering Co-Op,” where group members offer their cooking services in order to raise money for initiatives. The group also co-publishes a blog called “Revolutionary Motherhood” with Young Women United, a New Mexico-based group working on health issues. The blog can be found on its website.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Contact:               Email: mamas of colorrising@gmail.com 


Mother’s Milk Bank

www.milkbank.org

Austin, Texas

Mothers’ Milk Bank mission is to provide donor human milk to every preterm or otherwise fragile baby with a medical need. Human milk is dependent on the generous sharing of time from volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Lab Assistants: Volunteers in the lab participate in the pouring of milk from individual containers into flasks for nutritional and microbiological testing, and in the pouring from flasks into bottles for pasteurizing and dispensing. These two functions are necessary on a daily basis, including many Saturdays, in order to have a steady supply of donor human milk available for our hospitals and outpatients. Labwork may also include logging incoming milk – linking milk deposits with specific approved donors, and estimating the volume of milk. Time periods most available are Mondays and Fridays from 10am through 2pm.

Office Assistants: Volunteers in the milk bank office engage in a variety of paperwork and database entry activities. Screening and recognition mailings are prepared and sent to all of our donors, and data from our donors are entered into both Access and Excel programs in order to track the milk. Office work may also involve calling donors for updates, and filing paperwork.

Contact:              Kim Updegrove, Executive Director

                          Email:kim@milkbank.org

                          Phone: (512) 494.0800


Women’s Storybook Project of Texas

www.storybookproject.org

Austin, Texas

The Women’s Storybook Project is an all-volunteer organization that seeks to improve the lives of children whose mothers are imprisoned at Gatesville prisons. The project attempts to build relationships between mothers and their children through recording the mothers reading stories to their children. The group also leads workshops with the incarcerated women to talk about the challenges of being a mother in prison.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The organization offers volunteers opportunities to participate in recording the women reading stories to their children. All volunteers must obtain permission from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to participate in the program. Volunteers must also fill out an application for the Women’s Storybook Project that can be found on the organization’s website.

Contact:            Judy Fox, Volunteer Chairman

                        Phone: (512) 292.4115

                        Email: jzfox@austin.rr.com

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EDUCATION

Conspire Theatre

conspiretheatre.wordpress.com

Austin, Texas

Conspire Theatre is a sponsored project of the non-profit organization, Austin Circle of Theatres. The group teaches theatre and writing to women who have been involved with the criminal justice system. It aims to help these women recover from trauma, to build self-confidence, foster creativity, develop communication skills and teamwork. A main achievement of the group has involved running a five-week workshop in the Travis County Correctional Facility (Del Valle, Texas) with women inmates. The workshops incorporate games, creative writing, acting, and dance.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Conspire Theatre seeks volunteers to help with a number of projects including grant writing, fundraising, business planning, networking, and graphic design of logos, poster, and programs.

Contact:              Email: conspiretheatre@gmail.com 


Theatre Action Project

www.theatreactionproject.org

Austin, Texas

Theatre Action Project is a team of professionally trained artists and educators that works in partnership with schools and communities to lead unique and engaging arts programs which allow young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression and to have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence.

Volunteer Opportunities:

TAP After School Program: TAP has volunteer opportunities each semester with our after school program assisting our teaching artists in creative classes Monday-Friday. This is a once-a-week commitment for a full semester between 3pm to 6pm. Contact Elizabeth atelizabeth@theatreactionproject.org, to schedule an orientation.

TAP in the Community: TAP has one-time volunteer opportunities with TAP events and Project-Based opportunities (check out our event calendar ). Email sarahgarza@theatreactionproject.org to get on board with an opportunity or sign up here to be added to our volunteer email list.

TAP Volunteer Project Leader program:

In collaboration with United Way Hands on Central Texas, TAP trains Volunteer Project Leaders with the goal that they will make a difference in their communities.

Contact:           Megan Fullen, Community Relations Manager

                       Phone: (512) 442.8773

                       Email: megan@theatreactionproject.org

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ENVIRONMENT

PODER-People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources

www.poder-texas.org

Austin, Texas

PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) was formed in 1991 by East Austin, Chicana/o activists and community leaders. The grassroots organization seeks to build advocacy in communities of color on concerns surrounding the environment, economic development, and social justice. PODER has worked on issues specifically relating to transportation, and has sought to raise awareness about the environmental and public health records of industries attempting to locate to East Austin.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Contact:         Phone: (512) 472-9921

                     Email: poder.austin@gmail.com


Urban Roots

www.youthlaunch.org/programs/seeds

Austin, Texas

Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the access of healthy food in Austin. Urban Roots provides paid internships to Austin youth, age 14-17, to work on our 3.5 acre urban farm in East Austin. During the 25 week spring and summer program, Urban Roots youth strives to teach youth essential life and job skills while growing food for the community. 40 percent of the produce is donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries and the rest is sold at farmers' markets and farm stands in Austin. Urban Youth also provides youth with a variety of workshops on food, agriculture, and serving their communities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Urban Roots relies on community volunteers to help maintain the farm and to grow vegetables.

The most volunteer opportunities are available in the fall and spring when youth work limited hours on the farm. Farm volunteers help with planting, harvesting, and preparing produce for market.
Community Volunteer Saturdays: Community Volunteer Saturdays are held in the late spring and summer and typically last about four hours. Urban Roots' youth Farm Interns lead volunteers through the tasks for the day and talk about their experience in the program. Space is limited at Community Volunteer Saturdays and you must RSVP to attend.
Service Learning Opportunities: Urban Roots welcomes inquiries regarding service learning opportunities for university students. We have many ways to involve people, which vary depending on the time of year.

Contact:            Shirene Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator

                        Phone: (512) 342.0424 x113

                        Email: sgarcia@youthlaunch.org 

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HEALTH

SafePlace

www.safeplace.org

Austin, Texas

Safeplace has more than 35-years experience working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Austin/Travis County. It provides an emergency shelter, transitional services, hospital advocacy for rape survivors, counseling, prevention and education programs. SafePlace also engages the community in changing attitudes, behaviors and policies to impact our understanding and responses to sexual and domestic violence.

Volunteer Opportunities:

40-Hour Volunteer Training: Volunteer Trainings are held three times per year, in February, June and October.  The cohort meets Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.  After that volunteers can sign up for specialized training to volunteer with different departments (ex. hospital advocacy, legal advocacy, community education, development).

Community Engagement Volunteers:  Volunteers who are interested in either volunteering for one-day SafePlace community engagement events or creating community engagement events through the Community Alliance Project can work with the SafePlace Community Organizer.  Community Engagement Volunteers do not need to attend the 40 hour training.

There are several one time events and work nights to support larger events that are available to volunteers.  Denim Day is an excellent example of a one day event: www.SafePlace.org/denimday.

The Community Alliance Project is a portfolio of events and campaigns designed for individuals to implement in their communities. CAP volunteers will work with the SafePlace Community Organizer to create a strategy for their events. 

Contact:             Email: CommunityEducation@SafePlace.org

                                    info@SafePlace.org

                         Phone: (512) 267.7233

*Please indicate that this is meant for the Community Organizer in your subject line.

 

Whole Women’s Health

www.wholewomanshealth.com

Austin, Texas

Whole Woman’s Health is a privately owned feminist organization based in Austin, Texas, providing holistic care to women. We operate a group of women’s clinics across the United States offering comprehensive gynecology and reproductive health care, including abortion services. We are extremely active in politics (city, county, state, and national) and education in the communities we serve. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Students will be primarily working in the administrative office, aiding Whole Woman’s Health in conducting research on new programs, aiding in fundraising for our patients, and helping to streamline or ever expanding network of clinics. Students will also have the opportunity to meet people who have worked in abortion care for many years and make valuable contacts in the feminist, abortion care, and health care communities in Austin. Opportunities for direct patient interaction is also available at our Austin clinic next door.

Contact:          April Looney

                      Phone: (512) 835.6858

                      april.looney@gmail.com

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MEDIA

Texas After Violence Project

www.texasafterviolence.org

Austin, Texas

The Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) is a non-profit organization that is working to build an oral history archive that documents the effects of murder and capital punishment in Texas and serves as a resource for public dialogue on alternative ways to prevent and respond to violence.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Texas After Violence Project requires that all interns/volunteers undergo multi-session trainings. The organization offers numerous opportunities for interns/volunteers to conduct oral history interviews, to videotape interviews, to transcribe, and to conduct administrative duties. TAVP also invites volunteers/interns to undertake their own research projects.

Contact:           Email: info@texasafterviolence.org

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MIGRATION

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition

www.austinirc.org

Austin, Texas

The Austin Immigration Rights Coalition (AIRC) was founded in April 2006 in response to the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, which sought to increase penalties for undocumented workers. The AIRC involves an alliance of community groups, immigrants, and activists organizing around issues related to immigrants and their families. Some of the issues AIRC focuses on include detention, worker’s rights, the Texas-Mexico border, and raids by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Volunteer Opportunities:

AIRC welcomes interested community members to contact the office to learn about the numerous ways to get involved in immigrant rights advocacy. 

Contact:             Phone: (512) 524.2012

                         Email: info@austinirc.org


Casa Marianella

www.casamarianella.org

Austin, Texas

The Austin Interfaith Task Force for Central America created Casa Marianella in 1986 to support refugees fleeing from Central America. Since then the shelter has welcomed immigrants from around the world, although the majority of its clients still hail from Central America and priority is given to political refugees. As well as providing beds, the shelter’s Adult House offers food, clothing, and English classes to clients. In 2003, the Casa Marianella staff opened Posada Esperanza, which provides emergency shelter and services to immigrant women and their children.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Casa Marianella offers multiple opportunities for volunteers to get involved in both its shelters that include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or computer classes, cooking dinner, offering childcare services, conducting house maintenance projects, sorting clothes, interviewing clients about their experiences, or conducting office work. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Casa Marianella at:

Contact:          Email: info@casamarianella.org

                      Phone: (512) 385.5571

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SEXUALITIES

allgo: a statewide queer people of color organization

allgo.org

Austin, Texas

allgo works to build a statewide network that supports queer people of color, organizations, and activists in Texas. The organization originated in Austin in 1985 when a group of Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists grew frustrated with gay rights organizations that failed to consider issues related to farm worker rights, racism, and police brutality in their advocacy. allgo has developed a number of initiatives focusing on the cultural arts, community health, and advocacy.

Volunteer Opportunities:

allog offers numerous opportunities for community members to get involved that include event planning, computer work, writing the newsletter, providing DJ services, designing publicity materials, and facilitating workshops.

Contact:         Phone: (512) 472.2001

                     Email: allgo@allgo.org

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WORK

Worker’s Defense Project

http://workersdefense.org

Austin, Texas

The Worker’s Defense Project (WDP) was founded in 2002 by employees and volunteers from Casa Marianella.WDP is a worker's center that aims to defend the rights of day laborers and low-wage workers. The group fights unsafe working conditions and issues of employee abuse. WDP also trains workers on their rights, seeks to recover wages that employers have refused to pay their employees, and advocates for policies that promote fair working conditions in the legislature.

Volunteer Opportunities:

WDP offers many opportunities for volunteers to get involved with helping workers and families defend their rights in the workplace. The group requires that all community members interested in volunteering fill out an application that is available on the website.

Contact:          Phone: (512) 391-2305

                      E-mail: info@workersdefense.org

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