Announcement: Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Have you ever volunteered with Micah 6? We’re celebrating YOU!
Join us October 25, 2014 from 3 pm to 6 pm
parking lot of First English Lutheran Church
3001 Whittis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705.

It will be great fun! Let us know you’re coming by signing up on our Facebook page:
Micah 6 Volunteer Appreciation Event

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Announcement: Welcome Mac McKaskle as Street Youth Outreach Director

Welcome Mac McKaskle as Street Youth Outreach Director

The Micah 6 Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mac McKaskle has accepted the newly created position of Director of Street Youth Outreach. Mac will be responsible for the operations of the Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-in Center and will lead the development of a new Freeze Night program for young adults under 30 beginning this fall.

A native Louisianan, Mac is a retired chef and restaurateur, having owed a restaurant in the US Virgin Islands and been an executive chef in resorts around the US. As a member of Micah 6 congregation University Baptist Church, Mac has actively worked with hunger and homeless issues for more than ten years. Mac currently directs God’s Family Dinner, a UBC ministry feeding 250 folks each week. In 2012, the Micah 6 board envisioned the new Street Youth Outreach ministry and Mac was involved with the planning and inauguration of the Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-In Center. He has volunteered at the center most Sundays for the last three years. “I am excited to bring my experience in business and nonprofits to Micah 6′s services for street dependent young people,”  said Mac. “I believe that we can match the potential of these young adults  with the kindness and justice seeking of our Micah 6 churches in this wonderful mission to have a significant influence.”

 

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Announcement: Welcome Riena Long, Director of Pantry Operations

Riena Long Joins Micah 6 as Director of Pantry Operations

clip_Riena Long b&w 2014_phixrMicah 6 of Austin is pleased to announce that Riena Long has accepted the position of Director of Pantry Operations. As director, Riena is responsible for food safety management and the day-to-day work of the largest free-pick food pantry in Travis County.

“Access to healthy food is an issue I am very passionate about,” said Riena. “I have seen first-hand that those worrying about where their next meal will come from have an even greater struggle facing other barriers when their primary barrier is hunger.”

Riena comes to Micah 6 from AmeriCorps Keep Austin Housed program, where she was a case management aid at Trinity Center. Prior to Trinity Center, Riena provided resident support services at Arbor Terrace for Foundation Communities. She co-administered the food pantry at Arbor Terrace, working closely with Capital Area Food Bank and other Austin social service agencies. Riena is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

“During my time at Trinity Center, we embraced the concept of loving thy neighbor as thyself above all else while serving the downtown Austin homeless community,” Riena continued. “I take those words with me into the great work of Micah 6.”

 

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Announcement: Call Congress to urge support of the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act

Call Congress to urge support of the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act This week, Congress will vote on legislation that would improve federal tax incentives for donating food and funds to food banks and other nonprofits, including food donation tax incentives … Continue reading

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Announcement: Micah 6 family touched by death

ThCraig Mooree staff and volunteers at Micah 6 mourn the loss of one of our board members, T. Craig Moore, who died June 9, 2014 after a long illness. Craig served on the board as the representative from University Avenue Church of Christ from January 2013.

A celebration of Craig’s life will be at University Avenue Church of Christ, 1903 University Avenue, at 2 PM Sunday, June 15, with reception to follow. Attendees are invited to wear a western item in honor of Craig.

Free parking is available in the AT&T Conference Center across the street; pull a ticket and bring it to be stamped.

Please keep Craig’s wife Dia and Craig’s family and friends in your prayers.

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Announcement: UT College of Pharmacy offers health screenings

UT College of Pharmacy offers health screenings

Both shoppers and volunteers had an opportunity to receive basic health screening on
April 26, thanks to a dedicated group of students from the UT College of Pharmacy.
Arriving at 8 am, they set up several tables in the UPC  courtyard and invited waiting shoppers in for blood pressure, glucose and weight checks. Under the umbrella “Project Collaborate – working together for better health in our community,” the students offered professional-level attention to people with limited access to basic health services. By the end of the morning, the pharmacy students had volunteered a collective 51 hours and screened more than 50 people.

Thank you, UT College of Pharmacy students!

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Announcement: Amplify Austin Success – Thanks!

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Amplify Austin a great success! Thank you!

We at Micah 6 are overwhelmed by the community support in a single day of giving through Amplify Austin. Thanks to your generosity, we now have an additional $7,600 to meet our mission in 2014.

We will share how your gifts benefit the people we serve very soon. Thank you all for choosing Micah 6 of Austin!

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Announcement: Amplify Austin with Micah 6 of Austin

Amplify Austin LogoSupport Micah 6 through Amplify Austin
March 20-21, 2014

This year, Micah 6 of Austin has joined hundreds of other Austin-based nonprofits to increase philanthropy in central Texas and Amplify Austin. Schedule your donation today and make Micah 6 of Austin eligible for incentive prizes! Follow @ILH_IGH to see how we’re doing.

Thank you!

 

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Announcement: Micah 6 to benefit from CROP Hunger Walk

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A portion of the funds raised in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk will go to support Micah 6 programs. The walk, which takes place March 23, 2014 at Camp Mabry, annually raises funds for international, national, and local programs that build community and work to eliminate food insecurity. Last year, the CROP Walk raised nearly $96,000, 25 percent of which stayed in the Austin community. In addition to Micah 6, other local programs benefitting from the walk include Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), the Sustainable Food Center, and the Capital Area Food Bank. To donate or register for the CROP Walk, go to the Micah 6 Food Basket Challenge Team page or contact your church’s CROP Walk recruiter. Our thanks to the Church World Service Austin committee for choosing Micah 6 this year!

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Announcement: Little Helping Hands are our hardest working volunteers!

Little Helping Hands are our hardest working volunteers!
On Saturday, February 15, four families from Little Helping Hands came to the Food Pantry and did a “deep clean.” They scrubbed tables, disinfected pantry shelves, swept, mopped, made several trips to the recycle and trash containers, and even tackled the floor in the stock room! We had so much fun, we can’t wait to do it again!

Little Helping Hands families are some of our most faithful volunteers. They’ve worked at the pantry at least four times a month for several years. We are so grateful that they’ve chosen Micah 6 as one of their community service commitments. Thank you!

Mom and son make a great team disinfecting the produce shelves.

Mom and son make a great team disinfecting the produce shelves.

Sowing seeds of kindness with a broom!

Sowing seeds of kindness with a broom!

After sweeping comes mopping. The floors look great!

After sweeping comes mopping. The floors look great!

The protein room looks great after the cooler lids LLH thoroughly cleaned the lids.

The protein room was much improved  after LLH thoroughly cleaned the cooler lids.

Little Helping Hands scrubbed the table tops AND the stock room floor. Well done!

Little Helping Hands scrubbed the table tops AND the stock room floor. Well done!

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