By: Liz Bronson, Generation SERVE Parent and Past Board President
Why do I amplify Generation SERVE? It’s pretty simple: Generation SERVE turns Austin’s youth into lifelong volunteers. Without this organization, thousands of local kids wouldn’t have opportunities to learn about community service through hundreds of different hands-on activities, age appropriate learning and leadership opportunities, and paths to find their passions around helping others. Generation SERVE’s quality volunteer programs allow busy families to find ways to impact our community, and this organization makes volunteering accessible for kids throughout our city.
We give to Generation SERVE because, not only are they giving so many families access to volunteer opportunities, but this organization gives over 100 local nonprofits access to a dependable, hard-working, get-things-done volunteer workforce. Because of Generation SERVE, the people who use Micah 6 Food Pantry have smiling baggers for their groceries, Austin Animal Center’s cats and puppies have blankets for their cages, Operation School Bell has plenty of toiletry kits, El Buen Samaritano’s food pantry has stocked shelves, numerous senior communities have opportunities for their residents to play and create with children, and so so SO much more. Generation SERVE’s nonprofit partners rely on them to get things done so they can serve their clients with fewer paid resources. Giving to Generation SERVE means giving to nonprofits throughout Austin - Win. Win.
When volunteering with Generation SERVE, families rarely wonder where the ingredients for making meals at Caritas, the markers and stickers for art projects to brighten hospitals, or the duct tape for wallets for Front Steps’ clients come from. Families don’t see the thousands of hours that Generation SERVE’s bare bones staff puts into building and managing their programs, keeping up the calendar, finding opportunities with their partners, or making sure there are snacks in the bins ready to go with the trash grabbers, gloves and bags needed to clean up local parks. Every time you volunteer with Generation SERVE, they buy the supplies you need, their staff plans everything and this organization makes it easy for you to show up, have an incredible experience helping others, and move on with your day. Paying their staff, buying supplies, paying the rent and building their programs takes money. Without money, Generation SERVE wouldn’t be able to offer the robust programming that they have today, and they won’t be able to expand to reach more kids and bring the power of kids’ volunteerism to other places.
So, when you’re talking with your family about who to support during Amplify Austin, don’t forget the organization that introduced you to so many of your favorite nonprofits throughout our city. Don’t forget the organization that enables thousands of kids to find their passions around volunteerism, and that is engaging the next generation to give back and make our world a better place. Join our family in amplifying Generation SERVE to help this unique and impactful organization continue our mission of engaging children in volunteerism and empowering them to make a difference in their communities!
Liz, her husband Erick and her children, Lexie and Zackary, volunteer at Austin Sunshine Camps’ Summer Carnival.
Liz, Lexie and Zackary help families make native grass seed balls for Keep Austin Beautiful at Austin Families Give Back: Family Volunteer Day 2019.
Liz and her family help walk rescued dogs at Central Texas SPCA.
Amplify Austin is TOMORROW and Generation SERVE is trying to raise $25,000 to get 450 kids out volunteering in our community. Will YOU help us reach our goal?