Super late notice, but Austin ECHO is still in need of 3 Team Leads and a few general volunteers for the Voices of Youth count next week. This is an exciting opportunity for Austin to lead the way in hosting the country's FIRST youth specific count developed by Chapin Hall (University of Chicago). Please see general details and registration info below:
"We are currently recruiting Team Leaders for the Voices of Youth Count! As a community, we understand that we need to further understand young people who don’t have a stable place to call home. On Tuesday, June 7th, Voices of Youth Count will conduct a one-day count of how many young people are without a safe, stable place to sleep in Travis County. We need your help! Travis County will be conducting a count of youth ages 13-25 years old who are unstably housed, couch surfing, doubled up, living on the streets and staying in community shelters. The street count will be led by youth with lived experiences and a Team Leader. That’s where you come in!
As a Youth Count Team Leader, you will be escorting youth out into the field, helping them with transportation to predetermined count sites, overseeing materials and data collection, helping manage time and ensuring their safety.
You will also be asked to participate in a Youth Count training on Monday, June 6th between 11AM-1PM (Lunch provided)
if you or someone you know would like to participate and be a Team Lead on June 7th, please register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9VR73C7"
Please consider being a part of this amazing opportunity!
Casey Cork, Founder
Here at Humanize Me, we are feeling grateful to have been part of such a beautiful project on homelessness by UT Austin's The Daily Texan. We were one of four features on homeless advocacy. All of the articles were well done and we are so thrilled to know there are students on UT's campus that are working to make a difference and shed light on this complex issue.
Check out the link below to hear from Founder, Casey Cork about how Humanize Me got started.
A Very Belated, But Much Deserved Thank You!
A very special thank you to everyone that came out to HumanizeMe.Org's Second Annual Awareness Event! The Cheer Up Charlie's staff was more than accommodating and this year's volunteer's were absolutely amazing! We had a successful turnout of 100+ supporters and our speaker Roland W. knocked it out of the park with his powerful presence and honest testimony.
The 2015 interviews and photos were done by Lex Keaton and we couldn't be more grateful for her talent and dedication to HumanizeMe.Org's mission.
Check out the wonderful photos taken by Austin's own Calvin Stark of this very special evening!
Casey Cork, Founder
WOW! Who knew we'd be back for another year? New interviews. New guest speaker. New venue. We have twice as many volunteers for this event as we did last year AND we had a successful GoFundMe. There is so much excitement in the air!
As part of Austin's contribution to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, please come out and support Humanize Me's Second Annual Awareness Event. Hosted at Cheer Up Charlie's in Austin's Red River Cultural District, attendees can:
*Check out the website and read this year's interviews (and snag a drink ticket).
*Hear verbal testimony from our guest speaker, Roland, who experienced many years of homelessness in Austin, TX until recently housed.
*Register as a volunteer for the 2016 Point In Time Count.
*Chat with event volunteers on ways to volunteer with or donate to homeless service providers in Austin, TX.
*All while being entertained by local musicians, Sons of Santos and Zula Montez.
Let's make this year just as fun as the last!
Thursday, Nov. 19th 5:30-8:30pm
Cheer Up Charlie's
Hope to see you there!
This year, did you decide to "do your part"? Volunteer more? Get closer to your community?
The Point In Time Count is a great way to kick off the new year and be a part of something important. Every year across the nation, at the same date and time, folks go out and count the unsheltered members of their homeless community. All the figures get compiled for national and local data to be used in our efforts to end homelessness.
To learn more, check out this Austin Chronicle piece on the PIT Count and follow the links to sign up for training and your shift!
This is an amazing chance to see what homelessness looks like in Austin, TX and connect with people that share your city!
The Launch Party was a great success! 150 people came to show their support and got to hear from guest speakers and original Humanize Me members, Jeff Schuerman, Louis Meeks, and Norris Mays! Thanks to Spider House Ballroom for having us and everyone involved for your hard work!
I would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to everyone involved in the development of Humanize Me!
First and foremost, thank you Steven. Thank you Louis, Angel, Chris, Norris, Michael, and Theresa. Thank you Jason and thank you Jeff. It takes courage to stand out and make yourself known in an environment that can so easily strip you of your autonomy and turn it into a sum of statistics. It takes courage to open up and share your personal stories with countless people whom you will never meet. Cheers! To courage! To individuality! Cheers to you!
Thank you to all those friends and colleagues that supported these efforts. I know I've asked a lot of you. I couldn't be more grateful for your donated skills and ability to rise to the occasion. In supporting me, you're supporting our neighbors on the streets and in shelters. For that, I cannot thank you enough.