AAA Foundation Programs & Initiatives

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Programs and Initiatives

Volunteer Initiatives

Raising Funds & Feeding Families in Central Texas | What started as a humble initiative back in 1986, spearheaded by volunteer Steve Cartelli with $600 in total donations, has blossomed into an extraordinary annual fundraising event that has raised over $1,000,000 since its inception 37 years ago. The impact of the drive has been nothing short of remarkable, with over 24,350 Thanksgiving Food Packs distributed to grateful Austin residents over the years. Additionally, food pantries in 10 counties surrounding Travis have received a total of $15,600 in vital financial contributions.

Learn more about the Food Drive

Partnering with the Red Cross and We Are Blood, we host blood drives to support our community's blood supply needs. Stay tuned for upcoming blood drive dates, or find a local drive near you:

Can't give blood? Your financial contributions are also crucial to supporting a thriving local blood supply. You are able to choose where your generous gift goes within The Red Cross: blood services, where it is needed most, disaster relief, or your local Red Cross.  Or, as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, We Are Blood accepts and depends on financial contributions to support a thriving local blood supply.

Volunteer Blitz at Local Food Banks

June - July 2024

Join the Austin Apartment Association Community Service Committee for a volunteering blitz at local Food Banks and Food Pantries! We invite all members to roll up their sleeves and make a meaningful difference in our community.

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Donation Drive for Austin Pets Alive!

July - August 2024

The Austin Apartment Association (AAA) is excited to announce our latest community outreach initiative for July and August: a drive to support Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) with donations of urgently needed items. APA! is not your average animal shelter. They pioneer innovative lifesaving programs designed to save the animals most at risk of euthanasia, making a tremendous difference in our community.

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Community Engagement Initiatives
Sound the Alarm Save a Life

Join us for the next American Red Cross Sound the Alarm event! Volunteers install free smoke alarms and

share safety information to help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires. No prior experience is necessary, as the Red Cross provides all the training you'll need.

More event details will be posted here when they are available!

Learn more about Sound the Alarm

AAA helps recruit multifamily industry professionals to be trained as a volunteer emergency response team for the Red Cross, one specifically utilized to call on to respond to emergencies at apartment communities in our area such as fires, floods, and other emergencies.

What is your obligation as a member of the Disaster Response Team?

One hour of online training is followed by two hours of classroom training conducted by the Red Cross. Once training is complete, your name will be added to a volunteer roster at the Red Cross of Central Texas. In the event of an emergency at a multi-family rental housing community, our team of trained volunteers will be contacted to help in response efforts. There is no obligation to help when called, but the hope is you will be trained and ready to go when help is needed most.

Partnership Programs

Partnering with the Austin Independent School District (AISD), we offer exclusive housing benefits to all AISD employees. The program includes discounted rent, waived fees, move-in specials, and more, aimed at making housing more affordable and accessible for AISD staff.

View the AISD Property Directory

A national 501(c)3 organization dedicated to transitioning individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness to economic self-sufficiency. Entryway provides career training, full-time employment, and housing opportunities in partnership with the real estate industry.

Learn more about Entryway

Scholarship Programs

We are proud to offer scholarship programs aimed at supporting students in their educational pursuits within the housing and real estate sectors.

Learn more about the Solt Scholar Program

Past Volunteer Efforts
​Outreach members helped the Austin Independent School District by stuffing backpacks at the Delco Center in preparation for their annual Back to School Bash. In 2018, this program provided 5,032 backpacks to Austin ISD students at Bash, Family Resource Centers, the International Welcome Center, and the Refugee Family Support Office. Families and students also received 115 haircuts, 120 haircut certificates, over 30 eye exams, 350 booster seats, 111 Child ID Kits, various health screenings, and dozens of door prizes—all free!
AAA outreach volunteers will meet periodically to cook and serve breakfast for families at Ronald McDonald House. The Central Texas Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comforting “home-away-from-home” for families to stay so they can fight their child’s illness or injury together.​
2021 marked the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Drive for Brady's Bridge and AAA Outreach was there to help! AAA outreach volunteers helped Brady's Bridge by raising money to purchase and package Christmas trees and decorations for children spending the holidays in local hospitals.  For more information about Brady's Bridge visit