Current Events

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Point Opportunities

Links for Volunteer Opportunities:

Painting Positivity → 

In light of the recent acts of hatred at our school and in our city, Anderson will be hosting the Painting Positivity event on Saturday, November 6 from 12-4pm. We will be painting the new picnic tables we have received with nice designs and positive messages in a show of unity and solidarity for the Anderson community. Anyone is welcome, and is encouraged to sign up beforehand.

How can you help?

  • Sign up here to volunteer or drop of materials: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4EA4A628A1F94-anderson

  • Bring exterior grade paint - any color - to AHS front desk or Lauren Ward’s house (5201 Vista West Cove)

  • Bring a drop off cloth or paintbrushes to Lauren’s house

  • Venmo directly in support of the event to help us buy paint and supplies to @lauren-ward-26

 

Please contact Student Lead Ford McCracken (fordmccracken@gmail.com) or Lauren Ward (lauren.ward02@gmail.com), Parent Supporter, with any questions. We hope you will join us for beautiful weather and a community gathering this Saturday!

Club Opportunity → Paper Bridges at Anderson

Be a part of a global initiative helping orphans and other vulnerable children by writing letters, supporting their education, and more. Go to the Instagram page @paperbridges.lcanderson for information on how to join and service opportunities!

https://www.instagram.com/paperbridges.lcanderson/

1.Notes for a Nursing Home → The residents at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation 

Center of Duval here in Austin are not allowed outside visitors - even their own family - during this precautionary period of infection potential. Please, if you are able to sign up and promise to write a letter or note or card and send it to one of these 213 humans without visits - it would help them to feel so special and "seen". Scroll down to get to the available slots. 

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/3234870/false#/invitation 

2.Color A Smile → Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful 

drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. All you have to do is print some coloring pages and send them to the address provided. More details at the link below. If you need stamps, they sell them at places like H-E-B, Office Depot, or stamps.com 

https://colorasmile.org/volunteer/instructions---young-adults.html 

3.Donate Blood → If you are eligible (17 years old and 110 lbs), you can still donate blood for NHS credit. As the pandemic stretches further, more hospitals are in need of blood yet less and less people are stepping up to donate. This is a great way to help the community! Donating blood counts as 2 NHS hours. **Note: This does require going out into the community, so it is important to check with your parents first. The “We Are Blood” homepage has information about donating during the Shelter in Place that you should check out. 

We Are Blood (more of a local option): https://weareblood.org/

American Red Cross (great option also): https://www.redcrossblood.org/ 

4. Smithsonian → The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program engages the public in 

making its collections more accessible. Digital volunteers transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and preserve these valuable assets for future generations. At the link below, click “Get Started Now” in orange font. 

https://transcription.si.edu/ 

5. Bookshare → Bookshare offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. 

As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned. 

https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-involved/volunteer/opportunities-us 

6. GenerationOn → At the link below, you can find various at-home volunteering projects. 

You can filter it by age group and budget 

https://www.generationon.org/projects-and-causes/volunteer-home

 

 

7. Translators Without Borders → Do you know another language? Translators Without 

Borders recruits volunteers who want to translate texts into different languages for NGOs and nonprofits. 

https://translatorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/ 

8. Amnesty Decoders → Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers 

around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents. Join a global network of digital volunteers helping us research and expose human rights violations. Scroll to the bottom at the link below to register. 

https://decoders.amnesty.org/#current-project 

9. Cards for Soldiers → Cards for Soldiers is a non-profit with the mission to send handmade, blank cards and signed Christmas, Thank You, and Get Well Cards to deployed units or service members overseas for the soldiers to use to write to family and friends. 

https://greetingcardsforsoldiers.blogspot.com/p/how-to-help.html 

10. Donate to COVID-19 Relief → There are so many organizations that need help during this time. If you are able, it would be a huge help! We can’t fit every organization here, but a few of them are listed below. Any donation you make equates to 1 hour for NHS (that’s the maximum). 

Feeding America:

https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Donation2?28371.donation=form1&df_id= 28371&mfc_pref=T&s_onsite_promo=covid_lp&s_src=W203DIRCT&s_onsite_ promo=lightbox&s_channel=no_channel&s_subsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fee dingamerica.org%2F&_ga=2.263238732.1151641549.1585104416-363391975.1 585104416

Mobile Loaves and Fishes:

https://give.mlf.org/give/138838/#!/donation/checkout

Red Cross (click on the button on the left-hand menu):

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emer gencies/coronavirus-safety.html

Central Texas Food Bank:

https://secure3.convio.net/cafbtx/site/Donation2?idb=1081601068&df_id=17813 &mfc_pref=T&17813.donation=form1 

11. Volunteer at Home →Read to a younger sibling. Spend some quality Face Time with 

homebound relatives. Help your parents out with some chores. It all helps.

 

12. Alzheimer’s Texas → Write thank you letters for donors of Alzheimer’s Texas. Alzheimer’s Texas* provides information, referrals, and a variety of support programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their family members, caregivers and professionals. Alzheimer's Texas* has proudly served Central Texas since 1982. 

 

13. Volunteer with Bookspring to promote reading at home

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflDYMsZiuUl6seYrlL5ju7Vhd1g75tlg_jdH9WJmbV2mgn3g/viewform

14. Volunteer at St. Matthew's Fall Fest → https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M6-5JbURbRS5_leM8joTti-xJz8jZPieJit1tqLobYQ/edit?usp=sharing

15. Volunteer at Tarrytown United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch → 

- Unload pumpkins: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-for-pumpkin-unloading-at-the-tumc-austin-pumpkin-patch-tickets-167538487125

- Volunteer at the patch: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-in-the-tumc-austin-pumpkin-patch-tickets-167536681725