The heart of the association is in giving back to our community.
Annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive
Raising Funds & Feeding Families in Central Texas
The Austin Apartment Association’s annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive is a volunteer-driven fundraiser to purchase Thanksgiving foodstuffs for Central Texans in our 11-county jurisdiction. Just one $45 donation gives a family their Thanksgiving food pack this year. 100% of collected funds go toward buying family food packs for needy families and individuals in Austin and surrounding areas. The fundraising begins in earnest early September and ends mid-November.
Food packs are hand-delivered by volunteers to the Austin Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, SAFE Austin, and Foundation Communities on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Volunteer Opportunities During The COVID-19 Crisis
Just because we have shelter-in-place orders, doesn't mean we can't do some good out there and help those in need. Please see below for FOUR incredible Outreach Opportunities you can participate in during this trying time.
The Red Cross is working hard to open new donation sites every day, In the meantime, PLEASE SEARCH 15 DAYS OUT AND BEYOND or search for locations at We Are Blood (below).
Provider and protector of the Central Texas blood supply, We Are Blood donations are prioritized based on local needs. This means it has the greatest potential to stay right here in our community.
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.
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.
Other AAA Outreach, Volunteer Efforts
Red Cross Disaster Response Team
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 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.
AISD Back to School Bash Backpack Stuffing
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 help Brady's Bridge by packaging Christmas trees for children spending the holidays in local hospitals, as well as by creating a special fundraising event at our annual Holiday Gala. Brady’s Bridge was created to provide individualized care in a group setting for kids of all abilities.
Ronald McDonald House
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.