Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities administers a wide range of economic-opportunity and social-services programs for both counties, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start, and Affordable Housing.
The Meals on Wheels program delivers hot meals five days a week to homebound residents over the age of 60, helping them receive proper nutrition and live independently for as long as possible. In addition to delivering hot noontime meals, volunteers visit with the clients, providing them with companionship and friendly check-ins.
Jazzercise is a 60-minute group fitness class combining cardio, strength, and stretch moves for a total body workout. We’ve taken moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training and bundled them into one hour. All ages, levels, and sizes welcomed! (512) 244-2534 email@example.com
While working in a hospital setting, Meredith Cooper and Melissa Hicks saw a number of children who suffered emotional devastation due to a family member’s illness. Together they founded Wonders & Worries to provide formalized therapeutic sessions for youth with a seriously ill parent. They and their staff of child-life professionals have worked with more than 1,000 families with a member dealing with cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Their therapeutic sessions help children maintain a sense of normalcy while they cope with hospital visits and the effects of their parent's illness. The organization provides both individual and group sessions in English and Spanish and offers bereavement support for families that experience a loss.
3 Wide Racing Entertainment brings miniaturized race-day rowdiness to parties and events, sending radio-controlled stock cars zooming around a portable 9'x18' racetrack, complete with drivers' stations and a professionally dressed pit crew. During each two-hour sprint, four hot rods at a time vie for blacktop supremacy on the XP18 racetrack, which boasts a digital lap counter, computerized in-race announcing, and a cybernetic agent to manage the racers' sponsorship opportunities. Races are standardized at about 2–3 minutes per go-around, leaving plenty of time for rematches. Whether wannabe drivers are children, adults, or two children in a trench coat and false mustache, easy-to-operate controls put revelers of all ages in the driver’s seat.
A program of nonprofit A Nurtured World, 1house at a time renovates homes to improve energy and water efficiency, helping to alleviate the strain of high utility bills for some of Austin's financially struggling households. By installing energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, setting up solar electricity-generating systems, utilizing renewable-energy technologies, and educating homeowners and volunteers, 1house at a time strives to reduce carbon footprints while also trying to help families save 20%–70% on their utility bills.
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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