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Community Resources: Where to Find Them

This is the fourth post in a 4-part series around a variety of community resources available. Check back for more information on education, life and online resources, or check out our full list of Community Resources.


 

Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, yet it is also one of the most caring. You get the general sense that everyone has each others’ back. It is a big city with a small town mentality. There is a lot of community support, but locating the right resources that can help you may be difficult. We compiled a list of some community resources in previous blog posts, but below are a few supplementary resources to help you locate further the services and support. We realize everyone’s needs are unique and these support systems have a broader scope with which to assist residents.

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Aunt Bertha

Find food, health, housing, job training programs and more, anywhere. Aunt Bertha is a website that organized community resources into an easy to use search engine. You simply enter your zip code and from there can search categorically for resources near you.

“Aunt Bertha is a Public Benefit Corporation based in Austin, TX. Our mission is to make human services information accessible to people and programs. That means people in need find help in seconds. That also means programs have a better understanding of the people they serve, and their community’s needs.”

United Way

United Way has a call center for residents seeking help for their troubles; it connects people with compassionate specialists who can recommend appropriate resources. Austin has a vast number of nonprofits and resources available to its residents, and it can be difficult to know which one will be the most beneficial and helpful to a certain situation. The burden of this search is alleviated by the call specialists who have a network of resources to draw from. Here is more information about their 2-1-1 NavigationCenter: http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/get-help/navigation-center/

“As the backbone of a citywide network of community agencies, we work to create positive, long-term change—right here in Austin, where we work, live and raise our families. We apply in-depth research and strategic thinking to social issues, creating improvements in three main areas: early childhood education, dropout prevention and financial stabilityWe target our work to key parts of the population we hope to impact: infants and toddlers, youth and families. These programs are research-based and results-oriented – we track data over time to measure results, make adjustments when needed and achieve the highest return-on-investment as possible. To create these solutions, we rely on a comprehensive network of businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals to help. We invest the power of capital and collaboration into shaping a community where all individuals can be successful.”

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

TWC has extensive resources available for job seekers, unemployment, planning your career, employers, and more. Their mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. 

“The major functions of TWC include developing the workforce, providing support services including child care for targeted populations participating in workforce training, and administering the unemployment benefits and tax programs. TWC also provides information and analysis on shifts in occupations and industries within the state and seeks to reduce discrimination in employment and housing through education and enforcement of state and federal laws.”

Workforce Solutions Capital Area 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area has resources for job seekers, childcare, youth and employer services. “Through the fostering of partnerships and collaborations, researching and sharing of labor market and economic information, identifying workforce needs of employers and residents, and consulting and advising on public policy, WFS Capital Area helps to connect and align the efforts of the regional workforce system. Together we are enabling people and businesses to be competitive in a global market.”