Snoball.com, an online platform designed to affect change through viral social giving, today announced the creation of Love Austin Week, encouraging Austinites to show love for our city by supporting key local charities that work to lift up our community on a daily basis.
Centered around the Valentine’s Day holiday, this week long campaign will take place February 13-17. Highlighting one Austin-based charity a day through interactive community events, Snoball and Fiat of Austin are currently recruiting volunteers, local businesses, community groups and city leaders to participate in Love Austin Week.
“We want this to become the largest city wide movement of its kind; to have all of Austin come out in support of our incredible city,” said John Ludlow, chief strategy officer of Snoball.com. “We still need volunteers to sign up and rally for our community. Information on all the events and volunteer opportunities can be found at LoveAustinWeek.com. Let’s show our love, Austin!”
Please help us, help Austin by spreading the word on how the community can participate in the Love Austin Week events listed below:
Monday, February 13: Austin Pets Alive
Austin Pets Alive needs our help in saving the lives of hundreds of sheltered dogs and cats. Donations from this day’s events will go directly towards helping Snoball renovate a 22-foot truck donated by Best Friends into a Mobile Pet Adoption vehicle, which will help in rescuing and relocating several hundred animals yearly.
Doggie biscuits will be sold at local coffee shops, cafes and restaurants such as Progress Coffee and Jo’s for $2 with proceeds going directly towards the new Mobile Adoption Center.
You can also help by making a “Snoball” donating to Austin Pets Alive on Snoball.com, our online social giving platform.
Multiple adoption centers will be set up in the Second Street district from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to come out, meet the animals and ask any question they might have around animal adoption.
Also, at noon the community is invited to come out for a group dog walk, walking our furry friends around the downtown area, helping raise visibility for Austin Pets Alive.
Downtown Austin businesses are being encouraged to “Sponsor a Dog” for the day, and join in on the dog walk downtown at noon. Sign up here to have your organization sponsor a dog for the day!
Tuesday, February 14: The Trail Foundation
The Trail Foundation works tirelessly to keep Lady Bird Lake and The Trail clean and beautiful for Austinites. The Trail attracts 3,000 to 15,000 walkers and runners every day - that’s over 1.5 million annual visitors. Its biggest need is increased membership. This is our trail, our lake and our Austin. It’s time for us to give back.
Event: The World’s Shortest Long Distance Run
It’s Valentine’s Day, what better day to show love for our city’s most beautiful running trail. Runners, walkers, and supporters are invited to City Hall Plaza at lunchtime to participate in a one or three-mile social run (led by local celebrity runners).
All participating runners will meet in front of City Hall Plaza at 12:15 p.m. then continue on to The Trail on Lady Bird Lake for their respective one or three-mile route.
Good food, music and vibes at City Hall Plaza will follow the run! A number of local health and wellness non-profits will also be on hand with information and booths promoting a healthy Austin. If you are interested in joining the race please sign up here and we will send you the form!
Free - We would love for every participant to be able to give back to The Trail, but if you can’t do that, we would still love for you to show your support and run with us.
$45 - Paying participants will become a member of The Trail Foundation and receive a shirt and decal.
$25 - Student/Starving Artist. For $25 you can still become a member of The Trail Foundation and receive a free shirt and decal.
Wednesday, February 15: Overton Elementary School
Last year’s drought had a devastating affect on the landscaping at Overton Elementary School. A lack of water coupled with a broken sprinkler system killed most of the vegetation on the property.
Our goal is to give the school grounds a complete makeover on Wednesday, February 15 including landscaping and multiple gardens, so the children have a campus they can take pride in.
Volunteers are needed Monday (2/13) and Tuesday (2/14) to help pull dead weeds and shrubbery before the new landscaping can begin. Donors for mulch and topsoil are also still needed. Please contact Snoball, to join us in bringing beauty back to Overton Elementary.
Thursday, February 16: AIDS Services of Austin
The mission of AIDS Services of Austin is to enhance the health and well being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS in Austin. AIDS Services of Austin needs our help in raising awareness of their cause in Central Texas.
We are asking Austinites to wear a red pebble in their shoe on Thursday, February 16 as a reminder of the pain and suffering this disease causes.
Red pebbles will be delivered to participating organizations. Offices will also receive three emails throughout the day explaining and reiterating the importance of AIDS awareness and its impact on our community. Sign up here to get your organization involved.
Friday, February 17: Love Austin Non-Profits Happy Hour
Snoball will be hosting a special “Love Austin Non-Profits Happy Hour” on Friday, February 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Center61 (2921 E. 17th Street, Austin TX 78702).
Center61 is devoted to supporting organizations and individuals dedicated to changing the world. In addition to the non-profits highlighted during the week, employees and volunteers from all local non-profits are invited to a time of fun, appreciation and connection.
Sign-up through EventBrite to join in!
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Snoball Inc. is a social technology platform dedicated to building a new generation of “givers” for the benefit of charities and non-profit organizations. Snoball changes the way individuals and organizations give, enabling users who share an affinity for a cause to unite in financial support. The viral nature of the “Snoball” effect enables a continuous stream of online donations – creating the potential to radically change the way that charities and non-profits operate. For more information visit www.snoball.com or follow us on twitter @Snoballfort.