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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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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Micah 6 to benefit from CROP Hunger Walk

cropart290Micah 6 to benefit from CROP Hunger Walk

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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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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Micah 6 Food Pantry Open Christmas Week

Micah 6 Food Pantry Open Christmas Week

The Micah 6 Food Pantry will be open as usual on December 26 and 28.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to volunteer with your family and friends. Please consider spending time at the Pantry this week. Sign up by clicking the VolunteerSpot link to the right or contact Volunteer Coordinator Jan Hames janhames@gmail.com to confirm your volunteer spot.

May you and your family be blessed with peace and joy this Christmas season!

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Students of the World document hunger in Austin

Students of the World document hunger in Austin

In the spring of 2013, the University of Texas student organization Students of the World participated in film documentary competition. Their topic was the nature of hunger, especially in Austin, Texas. Four of the films were entered into a competition against students of Stanford University. Click the link below to see SOW’s winning entries.

Hunger in Austin: Films from Students of the World

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Pantry to Close Thanksgiving Day

Food Pantry Closed Thanksgiving Day, Call for Volunteers and Donations

The Micah 6 food pantry will be closed Thursday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the only closing in 2013. The pantry will operate as usual on Saturday, November 30.

Since November 30 falls during the long holiday weekend, we need additional volunteers for that day. Please click the Volunteer Opportunities button at the right to go to our volunteer calendar to let us know you’ll help out on the 30th.

Our regular delivery from the Capital Area Food Bank will not occur the week of Thanksgiving. If you would like to donate food especially for November 30, contact the Micah 6 coordinator at janhames@gmail.com to arrange for delivery. We especially need protein, meals ready to eat, pop top cans, and ultra-high temperature processed (UHT) milk and juices that do not require refrigeration. Please, no glass containers.

May your Thanksgiving celebrations be filled with blessings!

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Kennel & Crate Donations

kennels at drop-in center 2013 compressedThank you to donors Mary Dodd and veterinarian Michael Mullen, who responded to our request for large wire kennels last month. Many of our guests at the Street Youth Drop-in Center have dogs, and appreciate that Micah 6 provides a safe, shady place for their dogs to rest while they are visiting the Center. If you’d like to volunteer with the Drop-in Center, contact Jan Hames, Micah 6 volunteer coordinator.

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Micah 6 Annual Meeting Held June 1

Micah 6 Report for 2012 Presented at Annual Meeting

Micah 6 held its annual meeting June 1, 2013. We welcomed new Board member the Reverend Linda Bourianoff, pastor of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, along with Carl Noble of University Christian Church and Craig Moore of University Avenue Church of Christ. The Reverend Cheryl Kimble of Highland Park Baptist Church begins a new three-year term, as does Mac McKaskle of University Baptist Church. We are very grateful to retiring Board members Craig Bell of University Christian Church and Ruth Crowson of University Avenue Church of Christ for their years of faithful service to Micah 6.

Officers for 2013 are

President
The Reverend Liz Nash, Brazos Association  Minister, United Church of Christ

Vice President
Mac McKaskle, University Baptist Church

Secretary
Jackie Chuter, First English Lutheran Church

Treasurer
Brian Hopper, All Saints Episcopal Church

The 2012 Annual Report is now available here.

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Affordable Housing 101 by KUT

Learn More about Affordable Housing in Austin

Morning at Mueller, the former Austin airport. Redevelopment plans for the city-owned land called for a mix of housing, including affordable housing.
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Recently, Austinites rejected an affordable housing bond proposal. The issue may be presented again in November. KUT aired a 4-part series last week called “Affordable Housing 101″ to help listeners understand the complexities of building affordable housing in Austin. What do you think?

Affordable Housing 101, presented by KUT

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