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Amplify Austin Raising Thousands for Area Non-profits
Amplify Austin kicked off its 24 hours of online giving Monday.
The non-profit I Live Here, I Give Here started the event to engage the community to increase philanthropy.
From 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday will accept donations for more than 300 non-profits across Central Texas.
The goal is to raise $1 million. As of 8:30 p.m. $329,389 has been raised.
“The non-profits that have the most donors each hour will have $1,000 base booster,” said I Live Here, I Give Here founder Patsy Woods Martin.
The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is participating.
Chief Development Officer Joanna Linden says they serve over 300 agencies who help those in need. Last month the food bank gave out 2.4 million pounds of food, which was the largest in history.
“We serve about 48,000 people a week and those are unduplicated people. So it's not the same people coming back. It is truly an emergency food service situation,” said Linden.
The recent federal cuts, Linden says, are hurting other organizations like Meals on Wheels. Right now they are gearing up for an increase in demand.
“With these cuts we are going to see more people in our hunger lines,” Linden said.
The food bank is also expecting cuts in the food it receives.
Linden says the community day of giving could not have come at a better time for them as well as hundreds of other philanthropies.
If you would like to donate go to AmplifyATX.org