Remember the Schoolhouse Rock song, “Three is a Magic Number”? Okay, so maybe we’re dating ourselves a little bit with that reference, but this December, the number 3 is ringing as true as 3 French hens to all of us here at Viva Day Spa.
We’re calling this December 3-fer festivity “#VivaGives” — the #hashtag is just some extra incentive to share the campaign through your social circles.
So, help share the love and spread some holiday cheer. Your gift — whether direct to the charities themselves or through your purchase of a Viva gift certificate — can make some magic happen this December.
Who are the 3 Austin charities?
Here’s a snapshot of these amazing organizations. (We’ll share even more as we make our way through December with stories of how each connects to Shannon, Maya, and Laurie.)
The largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network in the US, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) “makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.”
BBBS of Central Texas serves more than 1,000 children in Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bell counties every day. Many have the odds stacked against them, but with the help of their mentor, they are taking steps toward a brighter future.
Last year more than 99% of the children served by BBBS remained in school, while 97% of them improved or maintained their grades. To achieve these outcomes, volunteers donated more than 90,000 hours of their time and staff made 13,317 interactions with program participants. We also awarded 91 students a total of $58,000 in scholarship support from the BBBS Foundation’s Scholarship Program. The Central Texas chapter agency is also ranked in the top 5 percent for program quality out of 350 BBBS agencies nationwide. All donations stay local and serve kids in our Central Texas community.
The Nature Conservancy works across the state to preserve the lands and waters of Texas. With 37 Texas nature preserves and conservation properties and more than 100 private landowner partnerships, The Nature Conservancy has to date protected more than 838,000 acres in Texas.
In Austin, The Nature Conservancy has a direct hand in the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve, nestled along four miles of Barton Creek in southwest Travis County in Austin. They have also had a direct hand in protecting other beloved and iconic natural water spots in Austin like Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and the Balcones Canyonland Preserve.
Since 1984, Austin Children’s Shelter has carried forward its mission to protect and heal children, young adults and families in need through emergency shelter programs for children that had been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.
Today, Austin Children’s Shelter has expanded its reach through a broader continuum of services to address the needs of children and their families that includes Emergency Shelter Care, a Transitional Living Program, a Teen Parent Program and Respite Care. Its latest program is Foster Family Services, a Child Development and Family Support Center and a child abuse prevention program through Strong Start.