On March 20–21, the second annual Amplify Austin event will draw attention to nonprofit groups throughout Central Texas.

I Live Here, I Give Here—a nonprofit aimed at making local charities more accessible—is reprising the fundraising effort from 2013. From 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday, the group will promote Amplify Austin and more than 400 participating Central Texas nonprofit organizations. Donors will also incentivize residents' donations.

In 2013 Amplify Austin's debut fundraiser raised $2.8 million. This year's goal is $4 million, organizers said.

Laurie Garza, development director at United Way of Williamson County, said this is the organization's first year of participating in Amplify Austin.

"It's an opportunity for us to continue to get our name out in the community, to let folks in Williamson County know that donations to United Way of Williamson County help here," she said.

Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center raised about $1,500 with Amplify Austin in 2013, Director Donna Roland said.

"We were brand new and had never really done that kind of fundraising at all," Roland said. "It's kind of hard for us to compete with the real big guys, the big nonprofits in the town."

Amplify Austin also offers promotions for groups with the most donors during its 24-hour run, she said.

"It's an opportunity for the whole community to realize how many nonprofits there are in the area and what a wide gamut of services are offered," she said.

Participating organizations that serve Cedar Park and Leander include:

Austin Dog Alliance

The nonprofit organization provides dog-assisted social skills development programs for children with autism spectrum disorders, and handler-dog teams to local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, schools and libraries.

1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park



Austin LifeCare Northwest

Formerly Hope Connections, the group provides faith-based resources and education for mothers who face unplanned pregnancies.

2701 US 183, Ste. C, Leander



Central Texas SPCA

The no-kill shelter provides care for homeless animals.

909 S. Bagdad Road, Leander



Concordia University Texas

Founded in 1926, the private institution is overseen by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. About 2,500 students at the Austin campus near RR 620 study 22 majors at four colleges.

11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin 78726



Drive A Senior–Northwest Austin

Serving Northwest Austin, Cedar Park and Leander, the organization assists older adults in maintaining their quality of life and independence.

10633 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin 78750



Girl Scouts of Central Texas

The group serves several local troops that promote character and skills for girls.

12012 Park 35 Circle, Austin 78753



Life Bridge Job Corps

New to Cedar Park, the job-readiness organization offers classes covering adult education and job skills, including computer literacy, money management and GED test preparation.

Twin Lakes Fellowship, 1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park



Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet County

The organization provide resources and opportunities for local residents to promote growth in education, self-sufficiency and quality of life.

604 High Tech Drive, Georgetown 78626



Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center

The group serves individuals with disabilities by using horses for therapy.

1020 CR 270, Leander



Samaritan Health Ministries

Through the group's work, uninsured people can receive low-cost health care services.

700 W. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park



Texas Humane Heroes

Formerly the Humane Society of Williamson County, the organization merged in 2013 with the CenTex Humane Society in Killeen. Its mission is to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet homelessness and to improve the lives of pets and people throughout Central Texas.

10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander



Treasure of the Hills Senior Center

With physical facilities along with and educational and health programs, the group seeks to fulfill the needs of senior citizens, including 300 senior center residents.

408 Ridgewood Drive, Cedar Park



United Way of Williamson County

The organization focuses on education, income, health and basic needs.

1111 N. I-35, Ste. 220, Round Rock