Austin FC, Upper Ninety compile bilingual resource guide for Austin families

Austin FC and Upper Ninety on March 30 released a guide of resources for local families. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC and Upper Ninety on March 30 released a guide of resources for local families. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin FC and Upper Ninety on March 30 released a guide of resources for local families. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

As part of a nationwide collection of Major League Soccer teams contributing to charitable efforts to help communities affected by coronavirus, Austin FC and Upper Ninety on March 30 released a guide of resources for local families.

The list, which can be found on Austin FC and Upper Ninety social media pages, contains descriptions, links and contact information for people and organizations that help provide housing solutions, meal distribution, transportation and more.

“[Upper Ninety staff] are scouring the internet ... making sure that [the public] is aware of all of the amazing work being done by other leaders and nonprofits in the community,” said Kaitlin Swarts, vice president of Community Engagement for Austin FC.

Upper Ninety is a community support program that is part of 4ATX Foundation, Austin FC’s philanthropic arm.

The staff at Upper Ninety features several social workers who were working to spread the community resources out to the families it works with, Swarts said, before the program decided to spread the list out on its social media platforms.

The running online document created by the Upper Ninety team is 44 pages long, though the document is frequently updated with new information, Swarts said.

Resources included in the guide provide everything from child care resources, educational materials, health care tips and resources, utility services, curbside meal pickup information and more. Everything in the guide can be found in both English and Spanish.

This resource guide, along with a series of community support programs Austin FC said will launch in the next week or two, are part of MLS Unites—a collaborative effort among MLS franchises to support communities across the U.S. and Canada.

Swarts said Austin FC will soon launch two other programs to support members of the Greater Austin community.

As part of its partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, Austin FC will partner with local food and delivery services to feed St. David’s workers when they complete their shifts. Austin FC is also supporting Central Texas Food Bank’s mobile food drive.

Both of those programs will launch in the coming weeks, Swarts said.

Read the full list of resources compiled by Upper Ninety here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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