The Second Annual Fall Festival

Austin Sunshine Camps

We love Autumn in Austin - not just because the weather is finally (we hope) cooling off, but also because the cooling weather means there are a lot more local outdoor events happening. From ACL and the new Sound on Sound Fest (so long Fun Fun Fun Fest, we hope you'll come back) to Halloween and the Formula 1 races there is plenty to keep you busy over the next few months. However we want to take the time today to focus on a great fun event that helps to give back to the community that we are proud to be helping out with. 

On Saturday October 29th from 12pm-4pm the Austin Sunshine Camps will be hosting the 2nd Annual Fall Festival at Zilker Park to help benefit future campers. There will be face-painting, hay rides, pumpkin painting, food trucks, and so much more! This is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun fall outing. And all the proceeds will go toward helping lower income families send their kids to the Austin Sunshine Camps each summer. You're not going to want to miss out on this amazing event. 

So come on out to 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd. Austin, TX on October 29th and enjoy this wonderful free event!  

Find out more here: http://www.sunshinecamps.org/events/ or RSVP here.

 

Get to Know YMBL

One the central aspects of our community engagement through the years has come through our involvement with the Young Men's Business League of Austin. 

Founded in 1913, The Young Men's Business League (YMBL) is one of the oldest and most respected social service organizations in Austin. For 100 years, the YMBL has built today's young professionals into tomorrow's leaders by creating connections, fostering leadership development, and serving the Austin Sunshine Camps. 

In addition to hosting events such as the Austin Under 40 Awards (in partnership with the Young Women's Alliance) and the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run, the YMBL also hosts an Annual Golf Classic, Spring and Fall Flings and offers various activity groups for members to connect around the hobbies they enjoy, such as golf, hunting and fishing and the YMBL BBQ Group. The main thrust of the YMBL is the Austin Sunshine Camp (ASC). ASC serves more than 800 low-income, high potential children every summer and many more through year-round leadership and mentoring programs. For more on the Austin Sunshine Camps - check out our other blog posts to see what its all about and what we've been up to. 

Patrick currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Zilker Rental Committee. If you are at all interested in joining YMBL or finding out more about it you can check out their website or reach out to Patrick. He would love to get you set up and established within this great organization. 

Get to Know Austin Sunshine Camps

Through our work with the Young Men's Business League we have developed a lifelong passion for their main philanthropic endeavor, the Austin Sunshine Camp. 

In 1928, The Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) of Austin recognized the serious community threat of youth tuberculosis and established the Austin YMBL Summer Sunshine Camps in Zilker Park, as it was said that exposure to sunshine could promote healing from the disease. The park provided a space in which local economically disadvantaged children could gain weight, grow strong and spend time outdoors. Today, Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps (ASC) is still serving youth living near or below the poverty line. The programs enrich the community by encouraging and facilitating the power to succeed through education and healthy living.  Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps renders the space and comfort kids need to look beyond their current situation and dream big.

Our main area of focus has been the Zilker camp - where Patrick serves as the Chair of the Zilker Rental Committee and Melody is on the Development Advisory Committee and is Chair of the 2nd Annul Fall Festival happening October 29th at the Sunshine Camps. Since it first opened in 1928, the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps has opened a world of possibilities to the youth of Central Texas by providing free week long summer camps to low-income families. The Zilker Park camp is located inside Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool; it serves campers 7 – 11 years of age. The camp program, under the supervision of experienced counselors, offers activities such as swimming in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pool, fishing, canoeing, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, and a ropes course with a variety of elements including a team wall, and trust fall. Transportation to camp and three meals a day is included.

Campers take home increased confidence and leadership abilities, better problem-solving skills, and friendships that last a lifetime. They learn to resolve conflicts, value diversity, and to share in the success of the group. Fun becomes the foundation on which courage, self-respect, cooperation, and leadership are built. 

Get to Know Mother's Milk Bank at Austin

Mother's Milk Bank at Austin may be one of our more recent areas of engagement within the community but it is still one that is very dear to our hearts. After the birth of her daughter, Melody became aware the growing need for breast milk among newborns who have to remain in the hospital after birth in the Austin and greater Texas area. Over the past few years her involvement and dedication to the organization has steadily grown and she was recently asked to become a member of the board. 

Formed in early 1998, by two Austin neonatologists, Dr. Sonny Rivera and Dr. George Sharpe. They recognized that tiny preterm and ill babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) fared better on human milk. Citing the medical literature that documented better health outcomes and lower care costs for infants receiving mothers’ milk – and noting that the nearest milk bank was in Denver – The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin was formed.

Since the milk bank’s official opening in 1999, it has experienced much growth and success, dispensing over 4 million ounces of pasteurized milk. Thanks to the dedication of ever-growing numbers of milk donors, volunteers, supporters, and staff, this year the Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrated its 17th anniversary of providing milk to preterm and medically fragile babies in Texas and across the U.S.

Get To Know Junior League of Austin

For the past 5 years Melody has been an active contributing member of the Junior League of Austin and a huge proponent of the work that they do. 

The Junior League of Austin is a diverse group of dedicated women working to make Austin a better place.  The Junior League of Austin is a non-profit organization formed in 1934 committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The Junior League of Austin's members serve as trained volunteers at League Signature Impact projects and through Community Project partnerships with 29 non-profit agencies and programs throughout the Austin area. JLA volunteers support initiatives to enhance education, health and well-being, safety and crisis intervention, the arts, and the environment. Each dollar raised by The Junior League of Austin is tripled in value by our volunteers' time. In fact, this year alone they will invest more than $780,000 and 100,000 volunteer hours in improving our community.

Melody currently serves as the PR & Marketing Chair for the Coats for Kids campaign run by the Junior League of Austin.