UPDATED: 23 nonprofits in the Cedar Park, Leander areas to donate to on Giving Tuesday

Volunteers from Reveal Resource Center, Hill Country Community Ministries and RockPointe Church work to distribute free food April 20 and 23. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Volunteers from Reveal Resource Center, Hill Country Community Ministries and RockPointe Church work to distribute free food April 20 and 23. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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Volunteer David Gibbs picks up client Marcia Gomez from her physical therapy appointment at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in April 2019. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Nonprofit Operation Liberty Hill is based in Leander. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Imagine A Way co-founders Joel and Carolyn Price (standing) are at the front porch of their office in Old Town Leander with Alex, 4, and Camilo Gutierrez. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Giving Tuesday, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a movement to generate community support through encouraging people to do good, according to its website.

These 23 nonprofits are based in or serve the Cedar Park and Leander areas. Learn more about each organization and find donation information below. This is a noncomprehensive list.

Austin Steam Train Association works to "preserve, interpret and re-create the first-hand experience of historic steam-era railroading for the enjoyment and edification of today's families and the generations to come," according to the nonprofit. Donate here. www.austinsteamtrain.org

CASA of Travis County encourages people to volunteer as advocates in the court system for children who have been abused or neglected. Donate here. www.casatravis.org

CASA of Williamson County provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children on their journey through the foster care system. Donate here. https://casawilco.org

The Cedar Park Police Department’s Blue Santa Program provides Christmas gifts to families in need. The nonprofit Cedar Park Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association organizes the program. Donate here. www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/police-department/blue-santa-program

Deb’s Dream provides opportunities to underserved single mothers and all children that will better their lives, according to the nonprofit. Donate here. www.debsdream.org

Drive a Senior Northwest assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence. Donate here. http://driveaseniornorthwest.org

Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas serves individuals with disabilities as well as veterans and their families in its therapeutic horseback riding program, Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding. Donate here. www.horseserct.org

Heroes Night Out operates a veterans resource center in Cedar Park. Donate here. https://heroesnightout.org

Hill Country Community Ministries operates a food pantry and clothes closet and serves parts of Travis and Williamson counties. Donate here. www.hccm.org

Imagine A Way funds early-childhood therapy for children with autism. Donate here. www.imagineaway.org

The Leander Police Department Blue Santa program provides Christmas gifts to children. The program also aims to give families blankets and a space heater. The program is a partnership with the Hill Country Christmas Bureau and Leander Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Donate here. www.leandertx.gov/police/page/blue-santa-program

Lift Brigade supports children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diagnoses with distraction tools, advocacy and support, according to the nonprofit. Donate here. www.liftbrigade.org

The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation funds innovative teaching projects and professional development opportunities in Leander ISD. Donate here. https://leeftx.org

Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center operates a therapeutic riding program for people with special needs. Donate here. http://openmyworld.org

Operation Liberty Hill serves Leander, Liberty Hill, Bertram and Briggs to provide food, clothing and essential household items free of charge to those in need. It also operates a food pantry and thrift store. Donate here. https://operationlh.org

Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties serves Leander, Cedar Park and Liberty Hill. The organization offers Meals on Wheels, community services and Head Start programs to members of the community, and volunteers are needed for various programs year-round. Donate here. https://www.owbc-tx.org

Reset Mentoring provides services to at-risk youth in and out of the juvenile justice system. Donate here. https://resetmentoring.org/index.html

Reveal Resource Center is a nonprofit dedicated to feeding families. It operates a food pantry and clothes closet. Donate here. www.revealresourcecenter.com

Samaritan Health Ministries’ clinic gives uninsured families access to health care. Donate here. www.theshm.org

The Dog Alliance provides service dog placements for adults with challenges; Bow Wow Reading Dogs for at-risk readers; and therapy dog teams for hospitals, nursing homes and those dealing with post-traumatic stress. Donate here. www.thedogalliance.org

Texas Humane Heroes rescues animals from overcrowded shelters to eliminate pet homelessness. Donate here. https://humaneheroes.org

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center provides assistance to abused children; nonoffending family members; and the professionals dedicated to the intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment options related to child abuse cases. Donate here. www.wilcocac.org

VFW Post 10427 is a veterans service organization in Leander. Donate here. www.vfw10427.org
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers Leander ISD and the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.


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