What a fun baby shower we hosted today at Refugee Services of Texas! Thanks so much to all our generous members and friends who bought over 70 gifts for four families, from baby shampoo to car seats and everything in between. Thanks also to our shower team who shopped, baked, wrapped gifts, and organized to make everything so lovely. The families will forever be grateful for the love and friendship offered through these gifts. Special thanks to InKind Inc at the Westover Church of Christ who donated five beautiful and bountiful, huge baby baskets filled with all kinds of baby items including handmade clothing. This made our day truly a community event, and we and the families are forever thankful for you, our loving community partners.
Thanks so much to Tracy Grinstead-Everly and Elva Mendoza for leading our lively discussion last night on gun sense, the gun violence epidemic, legislative policies, and more. We always have such a good time, despite the serious topic. Thanks to Patti Tauber for organizing our evening and all our terrific programming this year! Below are ways to get involved, if you missed their presentation.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH GUN SENSE!
Join the Austin Moms Demand Action team
We need volunteers to make targeted calls to Texas lawmakers, meet with lawmakers, plan events, do community outreach, provide Be SMART presentations, design flyers, staff information tables, write letters to editors, get involved in elections work, plan our Lobby Day, and more. Even if you have only an hour a month, we can use you!
Email me with your name, email address, and cell number, and I’ll sign you up! We have a local facebook page where we keep everyone updated with information and calls to action, so feel free to send your Facebook profile name too. Email here.
Come celebrate with us
RSVP to our next meeting here, which is a party celebrating the 5-year anniversary of our founding.
Become a Moms Demand Action supporter
Not ready to get involved with the Austin group but want to be counted among our supporters? Or want to do both? Text “JOIN” to 644-33.
Join the Gus Sense Action Network
Place welcome calls to new members or call voters in other states to activate them to call their lawmakers. Click here to join.
Make a donation
To Everytown for Gun Safety by clicking here.
And because we didn’t get to talk in depth about CCR and the SHARE Act, here are resources for anyone interested in learning more. Thanks again!
Stop Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Concealed Carry Reciprocity is a chaotic and dangerous policy that would gut every state’s gun laws …
At our September 12th luncheon, Lauren Rizzo, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Refugee Services of Texas, spoke on the topic of services and programs that her non-profit organization provides in Austin.
For those of you interested in volunteering with Refugee Services of Texas (RST), below are options.
Sign up for RST Newsletter and Action Emails. Go to the website at https://www.rstx.org/take-action.
Go to the Refugee Services of Texas website at https://www.rstx.org/.
For Volunteer Training:
RST provides a volunteer training every 4th Friday of the month at 12:00pm. The next training is Friday, October 27th.
For Welcome Team Training:
RST provides a team training every 4th Friday of the month at 10:00am. The next training is Friday, October 27th.
Watch future emails for information about an NCJW Welcome Team and how you can get involved!
Close to 20 NCJW volunteers went through refugee tutor training today at Burnet Middle School. Thanks to Betsy M. for leading our training and to our fearless leader, Lisa S., for all her hard work designing the program and organizing us, with passion and commitment! Still room for more tutors- no experience needed!! More information below.
TUTORING OPPORTUNITY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!
If you’re looking for a flexible, hands-on opportunity, NCJW needs you!
We are excited to announce a new program offering English language tutoring to Arab-immigrant students at Burnet Middle School. This effort evolved from our work with Refugee Services of Texas and the refugee family NCJW helped this spring. Volunteers worked with the children to help them learn English and acclimate to their new environment.
The schools were so appreciative that they asked us if we could tutor more students. So, as is our way, NCJW has stepped up. We tutored six students this spring and would love to help even more this school year. To do this, we need more volunteer tutors! You do not need special skills – if you can read, you can help! Most of us are not teachers, yet we have found ways to engage our students and find holes in their vocabulary that need filling. Most students know how to read, they just don’t understand what they are reading! Tutoring will begin once students are identified in early September, and we will continue to add students throughout the year as they are identified and if we have enough volunteers.
- Volunteers can tutor as much or as little as they like
- Easy online scheduling
- Varying times and days for tutoring
- You will be directly helping students in need
If you are interested or have questions, contact NCJW.
Mazel tov, Bettie F., from your community and NCJW sisters for 27 years of service, dedication and steadfast leadership.
The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture presents
Embracing Feminism: The Case for Civic Engagement
“Speaking to young women, mothers and daughters, and progressive men and women of this country. Wendy gave an amazing talk- wowzers!”
“What a great evening, and we were so proud to co-sponsor this event. Very inspiring to have so many mothers and daughters as part of our NCJW family tonight, and great seeing many young women who are destined for public service. Wendy Davis inspired us all!”
“Private reception with Wendy! She told us her NCJW Woman Who Dared Award is now an official part of her bio!”
“What a treat! Excited to sit up front with our ncjw contingent and hear Wendy’s inspiring words!”
Thirty powerful, passionate NCJW activists from Austin visited the State Capital to speak out for women, children, and families as we have been doing for over 100 years. (Well, we haven’t been doing it that long, but NCJW has!!) Here are some photos from Group B.
Close to 50 NCJW members and friends met up with many thousands of like minded Texans today for the Women’s March on Austin! Thanks to everyone who came out, whether with us or on your own. Our voices were heard!
NCJW Austin is so proud of its members and supporters for the community effort in setting up an apartment for a refugee family. The family arrived just last week! Thank you to everyone who participated!
NCJW Austin was so proud to be a part of ADL No Place For Hate today. Austin.adl.org/noplaceforhate/ Fighting hatred and encouraging diversity- thank you ADL!!