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Giving Back – Feels So Good!

Central Texas Food Bank

What a great past few days! In my goal to stay retired for at least a year, I know giving back will play a vital role in reaching it. To this end, I was able to give back at two different non-profits and wanted to highlight them here, just in case others feel enlightened to do so as well.

The first organization I was able to volunteer at is known as the Central Texas Food Bank. This organization helps package meals for those in need. Today, I, along with over 25 other volunteers worked as a team, to put together 8,800+ lbs of food. This equates to more than 5,500 meals to help feed hungry Texans. In my opinion, this is a great cause and a great way to spend the afternoon.

A little bit more about the Central Texas Food Bank. Their mission statement is “putting good food within reach” and they’ve been around helping feed those in need for over 38 years now. Last year they generated over 39 million meals and hope to break that record this year. I’m very fortunate that I’m able to help them in their endeavor and want to give a shout out to this organization, as well as all Food Banks. Obviously, everyone needs to eat and these folks are making that happen on a daily basis – so COOL! If you’d like to volunteer at the Central Texas Food Bank – check them out here: https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/

Secondly, I was also able to volunteer at The Trail Foundation in Austin. As you’ll see from the picture, I volunteered to help with trash pickup around the Butler Trail which is the trail that surrounds Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. In total, 6 other volunteers helped as well and we came away with probably 20 trash bags with only about 1/15th of the trail/lake cleaned up. Way more work to do, and I look forward to helping as The Trail Foundation continues their volunteering events over the next couple of weeks!

A bit more about The Trail Foundation. Their mission is to help the City of Austin with the Butler Trail – both in maintenance, upkeep and new enhancement projects. Austin has over 4.4 million visits on the trail a year, so this place is well loved and is constantly in need of fixing and upgrades. As an avid runner, I have used the trail thousands of times and am happy to help The Trail Foundation keep the Butler Trail and Lady Bird Lake area in their best conditions. If you’d like to volunteer at The Trail Foundation, check them out here: https://thetrailfoundation.org/

Remember – these are just two of about 10,000 non-profit organizations across the world. Hopefully you’ll find a non-profit or two and go volunteer some of your time. It will not only help others, but it’ll make you feel good too!

Bye for now.

The Trail Foundation, Austin, TX

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