Over 20 nonprofits in Leander, Cedar Park to donate to this Giving Tuesday

Leander-based nonprofit Imagine A Way funds early childhood therapy for children with autism. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Leander-based nonprofit Imagine A Way funds early childhood therapy for children with autism. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Leander-based nonprofit Imagine A Way funds early childhood therapy for children with autism. (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 24 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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

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

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

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

  11. The Leander Police Department Blue Santa Program provides Christmas gifts to children. 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

  12. 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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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. www.owbc-tx.org

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

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

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

  20. 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

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

  22. 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

  23. VFW Post 10427 is a veterans service organization in Leander. Donate here. www.vfw10427.org

  24. Yellow House Foundation hosts meetings seven days a week for 14 recovery groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Alateen, Al-Anon, Nicotine Anonymous and other groups. Attendees primarily come from Williamson, Bell and Burnet counties. Donate here. www.yhfoundation.org

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.