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The Urban Roots program places active youth ages 14 to 17 in the role of paid "farm interns," in which they are responsible for the bounty of a 3.5-acre farm in East Austin. Sixty percent of the farm interns' sustainably grown harvests is sold at farmers' markets and farm stands—with all proceeds reinvested into the program—and the remaining 40% is donated to local hunger-relief programs. Though produce and prices vary depending on the season and other market prices, green-thumbed growers typically have fresh carrots ($3.50/bundle), radishes ($2.50), collard greens ($3/bundle), okra ($4/pound), spinach ($8/pound), basil/dill ($3/bundle), and much more.

7756 Northcross Dr
Austin,
TX
US

Originally a home-based childcare center for medically fragile infants and toddlers, Sammy’s House expanded to become a more comprehensive, centrally located center after realizing the need for this type of care in central Texas. Today, the foundation of the operations consists of a child-development program, a respite-care program, and a therapeutic-equipment loaning program. Each day, groups of families and professionals work together to design and lead day programs that combine therapy, education, and care for children with special needs, along with afterschool and weekend programs for the children and their siblings. Day programs maintain low child-to-staff ratios, ensuring that each child receives special care and attention while following a play-based curriculum.

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2415 Twin Oaks Dr
Austin,
TX
US

By installing energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, setting up solar electricity-generating systems, utilizing renewable energy technologies, adding rainwater collectors, and educating homeowners and volunteers, 1house at a time reduces environment footprints while also helping a family save 20% to 80% on their utility bills.

6404 Wilbur Dr
Austin,
TX
US

As one of Austin’s largest pet shelters with a no-kill policy, the Austin Humane Society strives both to reduce pet overpopulation and to protect Austin's homeless cats and dogs. More than 1,000 active volunteers at the shelter work to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia through spay and neuter programs, pet adoption, an extensive foster program for vulnerable pets, and emergency animal-rescue operations. Between 3,000 and 4,000 pets are adopted from the shelter each year, and the shelter serves more than 10,000 animals annually. Its adoption counselors provide insight into each animal’s personality and history to ensure a good fit into their permanent homes.

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124 West Anderson Lane
Austin,
TX
US

Affiliated with a national association that reaches more 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind of Texas supports people who are blind by providing resources to help them improve their quality of life; combat legal, economic, and social discrimination; and achieve their goals. The organization also spearheads research on blindness and promotes relevant new technology, such as the digital talking newspaper.

314 E Highland Mall Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

Susan and Don Cox founded The Christi Center in 1987 in memory of their daughter, who had recently died. Through their organization, they aim to help people adjust to life after the death of loved ones with a variety of support groups and community partnerships. The Christi Center runs 21 monthly groups to help people deal with the loss of children, spouses, and family members. Special bimonthly groups cater to children and teens, and school-based groups gather at local high schools for youth to participate in 10-week grief groups with their peers. In addition to providing grief support, The Christi Center also operates substance-abuse-recovery services for patients in conjunction with Austin Recovery.

2306 Hancock Dr
Austin,
TX
US