Community Impact wrote features on eight nonprofit organizations in Cedar Park, Leander and Georgetown in 2022. Reread these articles, which ran in our print editions over the last year, and learn about ongoing volunteer opportunities in your area.

GTX Film Festival: Local nonprofit excited for first back-to-back in-person events

After several years of trying to launch a film-centric conference in Georgetown, Cindy Weigand said she knew she needed to pivot, so three years after first envisioning a nonprofit-run film event in Georgetown, she spearheaded the inaugural GTX Film Festival.

On Oct. 1, Weigand and her team will hold the fourth iteration of the festival that has evolved and changed since that first effort.

“In 2019 we did the first one, and it was fun to meet all the filmmakers, and I think everybody had a good time. It was a good way to start out,” Weigand said. “We had about 200-300 people come out; we kind of lost count after a while, honestly. And then comes COVID-19.”

Cedar Park nonprofit Austin Steam Train Association commemorates railroad history with hill country rides

As the only nonprofit railroad in Texas, the Austin Steam Train Association, based in Cedar Park, invests in restoring, preserving and showcasing vintage train cars and locomotives, Executive Director Zena Vaughn said.

Established in 1992, the organization has grown to include about 30 vintage cars and two vintage locomotives, including a 1916 steam locomotive and a 1960 diesel one—both of which are undergoing restorations.

“Without this organization, nobody would ever see these cars,” Vaughn said.

San Gabriel District’s first all-girl Boy Scouts troop fosters leadership skills in Georgetown

The opening flag ceremony for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 4050 in Georgetown begins. Two scouts walk steadily forward, one presenting the American Flag while the other presents the red and white troop flag.

With a three-finger salute, the scouts and leaders recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scout’s Oath.

While this may seem like a typical BSA opening ceremony, one thing sets this troop apart from other BSA groups. Troop 4050 is the first all-female BSA troop in the San Gabriel District of the Capital Area Council.

Lone Star Circle of Care's Big Pink Bus provides mammograms on the move in Central Texas

The Big Pink Bus is a mobile facility that began providing free and low-cost mammography services in July 2021. Operated by Lone Star Circle of Care, the bus travels to several Central Texas counties, including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

Jon Calvin, Lone Star Circle of Care CEO, and Rebecca Sorensen, Big Pink Bus program director, spoke with Community Impact about how the Big Pink Bus got its start, its response in the community and the need for early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

Cedar Park Youth League sees 50 years of baseball, softball success

The Cedar Park Youth League—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming spring—offers kids a place to play baseball and softball, and learn life values.

The CPYL is a nonprofit that runs the nine-field baseball and softball complex located at 1225 Cypress Creek Road. The organization offers a place for teams to gather and play.

'Artists of dirt' at nonprofit Georgetown Trails Foundation plan, begin building system of hike, bike paths in city

In the little more than a year since the Georgetown Trails Foundation began moving dirt, the organization has built about 5 miles of natural surface trails throughout the city.

Founded by a handful of outdoor enthusiasts, the nonprofit organization formed in January 2021 and began cutting trails in August 2021.

Led by volunteers, the Leander ISD PTA Clothes Closet provides free clothing to area students

The Leander ISD PTA Clothes Closet has been providing students with free gently worn clothing and new undergarments for more than 30 years.

“We want to make it easier for parents or foster parents or whoever is the guardian of the children to clothe [them] in current clothing without the stress of the financial obligation,” Clothes Closet Lead Judy Buckler said.

Texas Bach Festival celebrates work of Baroque master, coordinates only Bach festival in Central Texas

What makes Johann Sebastian Bach so special?

This is the question Barry Williamson, founder and artistic director of the Texas Bach Festival, encounters frequently. His answer typically begins by explaining how the classical German composer of the Baroque period “set the table for 300-plus years of composers after him.”

Here are 32 organizations seeking volunteers in the Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown area

For those looking to lend a helping hand in Cedar Park, Leander and Georgetown, there are several nonprofits that offer volunteer opportunities and accept donations.

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