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

hccm
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)

Image description
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)
Image description
Nonprofit Operation Liberty Hill is based in Leander. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Image description
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 February 2020.


MOST RECENT

city hall
Leander requests facilities plan for growing city staff, building needs

City hall, the police department building, the parks and recreation building and the public works facility are either at capacity or undersized for staff volumes, according to the city.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 in Williamson County

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Residential appraisal valuations have been sent to Travis County property owners. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis Central Appraisal Districts says hot housing market is reflected in 2021 appraisals

Property owners have until May 17 to file a protest of their home's appraisal.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, child abuse advocates feared they would see a drop in reported cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
As pandemic restrictions ease, reports of child abuse increase

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, child abuse advocates feared they would see a drop in reported cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect.

The Central Texas housing market has seen a record-breaking year despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Leander-Cedar Park housing market sees record-low inventory, spiked prices

The Central Texas housing market has seen a record-breaking year despite the coronavirus pandemic. Most notably is the lack of inventory, which has in turn inflated prices as homes sell faster than ever.

See Leander-Cedar Park tutoring options. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
18 Leander-Cedar Park tutors to help prevent the 'summer slide'

After an unusual year and with summer approaching, these tutoring businesses can help students stay on top of their learning.

Photo of a gloved hand holding a vaccine vial with the words "vaccine news" superimposed
Austin-area health officials prep for vaccines to open to kids 12 and up

Austin-Travis County interim Health Authority Mark Escott said he expects the FDA to authorize Pfizer's vaccine for kids 12 and up within a week.

wtp tower
BCRUA completes pipeline repairs after break in December

The BCRUA water treatment plant has been offline since Dec. 19.

leander city hall
Leander Mayor-elect Christine Sederquist is 'determined to get to work'

Christine Sederquist will be the second female mayor of Leander and also the youngest mayor.

Leander Public Library
Two Leander City Council races move to June 5 runoff election

The June 5 runoff election will determine Places 2 and 4 council members.