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Give Local!

Don’t know what to gift someone on your list OR want to make a socially conscience statement this Holiday Season? In lieu of – or in addition to – gifts, consider giving to a local charity in the name of your loved ones. Help out those who are less fortunate by gifting a monetary donation to an amazing organization. Also, get the kids involved! Let them pick out toys and donate them to The Salvation Army Angel program or Toys for Tots. The next generation needs to know that it is truly better to give than to receive!

Here are just a few local charities that CLINK loves and supports. We’ve provided a little snippet of information about each organization from their Web sites.

Austin Pets Alive

Austin Pets Alive! is staffed entirely by volunteers. In a unique partnership with Austin’s municipal animal shelter, APA! is helping to stop the killing of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. It also promotes spaying/neutering and subsidizes these and other veterinary services in underserved communities. Donate here.

Austin Youth River Watch

Austin Youth River Watch is a multi-year, after-school and summer program for high school students, combining peer mentoring with intensive environmental education.

Students collect, analyze, and publish water-quality data from Austin-area streams and rivers. It report its data to local and statewide agencies.

Guided by a volunteer Board of community leaders, the mission of Austin Youth River Watch is to advance personal and academic achievement through environmental monitoring, education, and adventure. Donate here.

The Trail Foundation

The Trail Foundation devotes its efforts to restoring, improving, expanding and beautifying the Town Lake Trail. Our mission is fulfilled through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment. In a distinctively collaborative effort, we work in cooperation with the city, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. Donate here.

Candlelight Ranch

Candlelight Ranch provides outdoor, educational, recreational and therapeutic programs for Central Texas Children with special needs and at-risk children and youth. It serves children with chronic or terminal illness, physical or learning disabilities, emotional needs, children who are in the foster-care system and children who live in urban economically-disadvantaged areas. Candlelight Ranch staff and volunteers customize programs to meet the needs of each individual group. Donate here.


Emancipet is on a mission to make spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet guardians. It envisions a future in which all pets are happy, healthy, and living with families whose lives they enrich through the human-animal bond. We provide free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and preventive veterinary wellness through its stationary clinic on Levander Loop and via its two mobile spay/neuter clinics. Its mobile clinics bring low-cost sterilization services to Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties Monday – Wednesday, and offer free, first-come first-served surgeries in targeted Austin neighborhoods Thursday – Saturday. Emancipet sterilizes over 18,500 pets annually, and provides preventive veterinary wellness services to over 18,000. Donate here.

The Wright House Wellness Center

The Wright House Wellness Center offers care and compassion to Central Texans living with or at risk of HIV and other chronic illnesses and provides resources for support, education and empowerment. It offers Disease Management and Disease Prevention programs to people living in Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays or Williamson Counties. Services are provided at either no- or low-cost and eligibility is determined by service. Its primary aim is to empower people so that they may live active and fulfilled lives. Donate here.

You can also visit I Live Here, I Give Here and pick the charity of your choosing. They make it super easy to donate and spread the word!

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