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Membership Meeting on February 18th

  • When: Thursday, February 18th, 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Where: United Way of Greater Austin, 2000 E. MLK Blvd, in the Barton Springs & Lady Bird Lake Conference Rooms *please note location*
  • Details: At the meeting, we will have an update/discussion on the next steps for One Voice's strategic plan, hear from Stephanie Hayden with the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department on the Department's plans to expend the additional funding for social services that they received in this year's budget, and much more! The agenda and supporting meeting documents will be sent out on Tuesday.
  • Order lunch for the meeting here. All lunch orders must be submitted by Tuesday, February 16th at 5pm.

United Way for Greater Austin Launches 2-1-1 Mobile App

United Way for Greater Austin has launched a 2-1-1 Austin mobile app to help community members navigate the complex system of health and human services in Central Texas. The app is designed to allow users to get assistance quickly, anonymously and from the convenience of their mobile device. Users can simply download the app from the App Store and enter their zip code to connect to resources based on their needs and location. Users can find these resources through a robust set of resource-matching tools to obtain a list of services that closely match what they are looking for. The complex decisions of how to match constituents with the best social service for their needs is performed by the machine learning technology of a local Austin start up, Cerebri, who, in partnership with IBM Watson, developed the app to provide customized responses to each user. Learn more here.

Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Releases FY 2015 Community Impact Report

The Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Research & Planning Division recently completed the FY 2015 Community Impact Report. The report offers highlights of community conditions most pertinent to the services purchased within each of the nine issue areas in FY 2015. The report also details investment, programmatic, and performance information on nearly $17.5 million of the Department’s social service contracts. Also available is an Investment Overview, which provides a summary of the investment, client, and performance information for all of TCHHS/VS’s external investments within these issue areas. If you have any questions or requests, contact Courtney Bissonnet Lucas at courtney.lucas@traviscountytx.gov.

Take Action before February 16: Help Strengthen Voter Participation in Texas

 
A recent study showed that nonprofits are some of the most effective messengers in encouraging people to become voters. Nonprofits are particularly effective in helping to engage low propensity voters, increasing diversity, and closing voter disparities. Groups like Nonprofit VOTE have developed a wealth of resources to assist nonprofits in engaging in nonpartisan voter education efforts. Thanks to the Children's Defense Fund–Texas for sharing the following tips for nonprofits on sending a short, simple message in organizational communications on Why Voting Matters:

1. Share why your organization believes voting matters.
2. For nonpartisan reasons on why nonprofits care about voting, see Nonprofit VOTE's The Benefits of Voting.
3. Include the following important dates:
  • February 16: First Day for Early Voting
  • February 26: Last Day for Early Voting
  • March 1: Texas Primary Election
4. Include simple referral links:
  • For information on how and where to vote, visit the TX Secretary of State’s website VoteTexas.gov.
  • To check if you are registered to vote, or to begin the registration process, click here.
  • To learn about candidates, download the League of Women Voters’ 2016 Primary Elections Voter Guide, in English or Spanish.

Policy Updates

 
Gun Laws in Texas: Can A Nonprofit Restrict Guns on Its Property?
Thanks to the ACC Center for Nonprofit Studies for this update: Many nonprofits in Texas, particularly those that work with victims of violence or children, do not allow weapons on their premises. The 2015 Legislative Session brought several new laws that adversely affect the ability of nonprofits to restrict gun-carrying on their premises. These new laws may affect nonprofits with gun restrictions in place, especially those in government buildings or that lease property from the state, county or municipality. Learn more from the Texas C-Bar.

Human Services in the U.S. FY17 Budget
This week the White House released President Obama’s budget for FY 2017. The budget provides $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services to continue and expand critical investments, including increases in the following programs: runaway and homeless youthyouth employmentdisconnected youth, the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children, EITC, and TANF. Read this fact sheet to learn more about the President's Health and Human Services budget.

Upcoming Community Dialogues

 
Community Engagement Dialogue - Making Room: Austin & the Challenge of Affordable Housing
Austin's leadership is engaged in an ongoing conversation about ways that this city might address the very real need for housing among diverse Austin residents. Join District 2 Council Member Delia Garza and One Voice members Teddy McDaniel, President and CEO of the Austin Area Urban League and Walter Moreau, Executive Director of Foundation Communities as they discuss affordability in Austin. View the flyer here.
  • When: Wednesday, February 17th from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard Street
  • RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement. RSVP to ddce@utexas.edu or 512-232-4621.
UT Opportunity Forum Presents - Uniting Our Divided City: Racial and Ethnic Divides in Education
Austin’s diverse student population offers great potential for the creation of dynamic and inclusive learning environments. However, the racial and economic divides in the city also pose significant challenges in terms of educational access and equity. Attend the third event of the UT Opportunity Forum 2015-2016 Lunch Series, featuring policymakers, school district stakeholders, and UT faculty working to positively address racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in education in the Austin metropolitan area. See a list of the panelists here.
  • When: Friday, February 19, from 12:00-1:30pm
  • Where: LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Auditorium
  • RSVP: The event is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Click here to register.

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