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August 2019 E-Newsletter


Change a life; become a mentor with APIE!

mentor and child creating volcano

As the school year kicks off this month, you can help prepare students for success by becoming a mentor. There are many contributing factors that may lead a child to struggle with social and study skills, but a lag in these essential skills can have far-reaching consequences. But there’s good news and an immediate way to make a positive impact for kids: become a mentor! Studies show that adult involvement improves not only reading and enjoyment but also attitudes about school, participation in extracurricular activities, outlook on the future and, in the end, a child’s chance of continuing education. Ready to make a difference? Become a mentor with Austin Partners in Education. APIE has mentoring opportunities available at any school and any grade within Austin ISD. You can join Sam as a mentor at McCallum High School or become a mentor at a school near you!

Become a mentor


Client Spotlight: Sullivan's Services

Sullivan's landscaping and lawn service

Has the summer been harsh on your yard and landscaping? Let Ryan and his team at Sullivan’s Services bring new life to your outdoor space. Sullivan’s Services offers full-service lawn care, landscaping, and plumbing services. You can trust their highly skilled team of landscape professionals and licensed plumbers to create the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamt of. 

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Creating a Safe Space in Your Backyard

picture of backyard

Nothing spoils backyard fun faster than an injury. Follow these tips, and you can be confident you’ve done your part to make your yard safe for everyone…

  • Make sure any pesticides used in your yard had more than enough time (typically two days) to dissipate before guests arrive.
  • Keep your BBQ grill at least 10 feet away from your house and any other flammable items.
  • Keep rodent poison, pesticides, BBQ light fluid and other items harmful to curious children in a locked space.
  •  If you have a playset, test and examine it twice a year. Look for splintering wood, peeling paint, loose bolts, protruding screws, and broken parts.
  • Fill any surface holes that have been created in your lawn before they cause a twisted ankle and/or bad fall.
  • Take action if more bees or wasps start appearing in your yard. It’s usually a sign that a nest is nearby.


Austin Cares Concert: Back to School Jam

August 3rd at One 2 One Bar

Vallejo and Cari Hutson live in concert

Austin Cares Concert’s Back to School Jam, featuring Black Fret nominees Cari Hutson & Good Company and long-tome Austin rockers Vallejo, will be raising awareness and funds for Superhero Kids, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians-HAAM, and the Step Onward Foundation. Don’t miss a night of great music while supporting local charities!

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Austin Restaurant Weeks

August 15-September 2

Austin Restaurant Weeks

Restaurants across the greater-Austin area are offering special lunch, dinner and cocktail options from August 15-September 2 —all in the fight against hunger! Explore the participating restaurants and start making your reservations. Remember, a portion of each meal goes back to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Paticipating Restaurants


Young Men’s Business League of Austin

young boys in canoe

The YMBL’s major philanthropic endeavor is Austin Sunshine Camps, which serves more than 800 low-income, high potential children every summer and many more through year-round leadership and mentoring programs. Join YMBL this fall and help change the lives of hundreds of kids! YMBL’s membership application opens on August 12.



Tax-Free Weekend August 9-11

woman holding shopping bags

Time to stock up on all the back to school necessities during this year’s tax-free shopping weekend! Beginning Friday, August 9 and running through midnight Sunday, August 11, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax-free from a Texas store or from an online seller doing business in Texas.

Qualifying Items