Amplify Austin & Support the Autism Community!
We are thrilled to join Amplify Austin, a 24-hour online 'giving festival' from 6pm Thursday, March 20 to 6pm Friday, March 21 designed to raise vital funds for the many dedicated Austin-based charities serving the community. Last year, the initiative raised over 2 million for local nonprofits and this time around, the goal is set at 4 million! All donations are tax deductible and will be accepted through the event's secure website.
As many of you know, our second annual Golden Hat Walk for Autism is coming up on Saturday, May 17. What does this have to do with Amplify Austin? The dollars raised during Amplify Austin will count toward our walk goal of $100K!
When we decided to join this meaningful project focused on generosity and action, we wanted to make sure the endeavor would be as purposeful and engaging as possible. So, here's two ways to participate that go beyond the donate button:
1. To rally support for our mission and to broaden our reach, we developed an interactive and impossible to ignore social media awareness campaign and we would like you to join us, whether you live in Austin or not.
All you need to do is share the image below* that speaks to you on social media with the hashtag #AmplifyATX throughout the month of March (You can also make the artwork your profile picture to generate more exposure). Then, when the 24-hour giving period begins at 6pm CST on 3/20, tell your friends on social media why they should give to our mission to change the way people with autism are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential and how to do it (just provide this link). *Full sized social media images can be found here.
Note: For an understanding of why we use the term 'autistic' read this great post from one of our favorite blogs 'A Diary of a Mom'
2. On Friday, March 21, two of our rock star volunteers, Elizabeth Hebert and Avery White, will be using their talent as experienced licensed massage therapists to creatively generate giving by offering chair massages from 12 – 4pm at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club on Burnet Rd. Not only are they incredibly good at what they do, but their connection to autism is personal. Avery was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2012 and with their unique journey came a passion for supporting the autism community and the causes they care about.
Knowing how busy life gets, the chair massages will be done in 15 minute increments; so no excuses – just take a few minutes to treat yourself to support the autism community. All you need to do to is sign-up* and after your massage, donate a minimum of $25 to the Golden Hat Foundation (a computer will be setup to accept donations online through the Amplify Austin website).
- In 1998 Avery attended Blue Cliff College for Massage where he accredited 600 hours and increased his passion for massage, healthy living, and truly found his dream career.Avery moved to Austin in 2008 and brought with him over 15 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. He has honed his skills working in hotels, salons, spas, his own studio, and even works on actors during their down time on set.
- In 2004 Elizabeth attended Blue Cliff College for Massage Therapy where she accredited 780 hours. Elizabeth came to Austin in 2008 where she was able to focus on her career on massage full time. It was an interesting transition for her and it landed her a great opportunity to work at a Rehab Center where she was given the freedom to strengthen her skills of NMT, Sports & Deep Tissue.