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Impact Austin
May 25, 2010

I had lived in Austin for 10 years when I became a part of Impact Austin but I did not know anything about the needs of our community. I was totally consumed with work and raising two children - I slept and ate here but did not truly "live" here. It has been a remarkable journey to help create and then learn from such an amazing organization. The members are so eager to learn about the non-profits who submit proposals for grants. And they do such an amazing job of recommending finalists for the full membership to vote on. But the icing on the cake is the joy of funding wonderful programs that span the full spectrum of needs in our community. I have such a deep respect now for those who dedicate so much of their time and spirit to help meet the needs of our community. My experience with Impact Austin has not only brought me closer to my immediate neighbors and their needs but has broadened my life experience through connections I have made through Impact Austin. I have traveled with Nobel Peace Laureates in support of women's rights around the world, visited the Achuar Indians in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador to recognize their right to protect their land, and joined a delegation to India to raise awareness of the exile of the Tibetan people. My experience keeps growing in so many unexpected and wonderful ways.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Volunteer & I have been a member of Impact Austin since its inception in 2003.