Archives For Inspiration

Richard McBlane Photography

Richard McBlane Photography

1. Back on My Feet  is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.

2. I’ve been running since 1976 and can relate to the healing power of lacing up a pair of sneakers when times get tough. Running saw me through some incredibly difficult times as a teenager, as a struggling college student, as a young adult trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with my life. Running allowed me to overcome a painful divorce, manage the challenges of being a single mom, and successfully stare down the barrel of late-stage breast cancer. Running continues to be one of my greatest sources of inspiration and I think the idea of BOMF is absolutely worth spreading.

3. Back on my Feet has proven that this unique homeless outreach (creating self-sufficiency through running) works: 46% of their participants have moved on to a job, housing or both.

Help get someone back on their feet and back on the road.  Join me in Amplifying Back on my Feet  during Amplify Austin.

Live here. Give here. Inspire here.

 

 

 

rfcau_SGK_logo1. As a former board member and current advisor, I know that they continue to provide a lifeline for those of us dealing with breast cancer in the Austin area.

2. The Komen family played an essential role in giving me access to resources when I was diagnosed in 2008.

The day after my double mastectomy in 2008.

The day after my double mastectomy in 2008.

3.Our Austin chapter NEVER WAVERED in their support of Planned Parenthood, a longtime grantee. They are not afraid to advocate for women’s health, even when it means disagreeing with the national office.

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Rockin’ the chemo look in ’08

4. It’s an opportunity to recognize the hundreds and thousands of Austinites who run for us every year at Race for the Cure.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Please join me in donating to our beloved local Komen chapter during the 24 hour Amplify Austin campaign.

livestrong1. I remember how comforting it was to jump on their website in the dead of night and read stories of people dealing with their cancer diagnosis – just like me.

2. I know that donations go towards free services and supports to cancer survivors and their families – so important when every dollar counts.

3. I admire the organization and all the staff that have worked tirelessly to keep the mission first and foremost upfront. It’s been a tough year full of intense public scrutiny. They’ve kept themselves focused on the people that they serve.

4. I donated to LIVESTRONG a few months ago when my dear friend Liz was newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

I donate now in her memory.

Please join Amplify Austin’s 24 hour campaign to raise funds for the very best of Austin non-profits, like LIVESTRONG.

Me & Liz  Wood 2011

For Liz…

My mentor & CPPP Board Member, Jim Hine

My mentor & CPPP Board Member, Jim Hine

1. The  Center for Public Policy Priorities focuses solely on evaluating public policy as it affects low- and moderate-income Texans.

2. They neither support nor oppose any political party or candidate for office.

3. They provide timely, accessible, credible research.

And at last year’s CPPP Legacy Luncheon, I took their pledge to heart (and wallet):

Every one of us deserves a fighting chance to realize our full potential, pursue our biggest dreams, and live a better life—regardless of income or zip code. When too many of us live in poverty, have no health care, and live with hunger, things have to change.”

Please consider donating to this organization today and join me in #Amplifying Austin!

 
 

Small

actions

create

big

change.

Penguin in a party hat standing out from the crowd.

Because

there’s you,

and

then

there’s

everybody

else.

 

With much gratitude

and

love

The "Test of our progress" quote from FDR etched in stone.

Photographed at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (July 2012)

For all of us that have the privilege of working with these programs, a bit of FDR for inspiration.