-- Community Service --
Texas Ramp Project
The Atheist Community of Austin has joined with the Texas Ramp Project (TRP) to build ramps for folks having the need for easy access to and from their residences, but who cannot afford to have ramps installed commercially. The first project for ACA was completed in May 2016 when a handful of ACA volunteers, working under the guidance of John and Frank – the experts from TRP – who trained and guided us in constructing an angled ramp for a family in south Austin.
The Texas Ramp Project is a volunteer-staffed, 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organization. As of June 2016 TRP has constructed over 11,000 ramps all around the state. In the Austin area we expect to build one ramp each month – usually on the 4th Saturday. You can volunteer at the ACA Meetup or Facebook pages.
About every eight weeks, the ACA has a blood drive at The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas on 4300 North Lamar Boulevard. Each drive is on a Saturday at 10am. See our calendar for a complete list of scheduled donation times.
If you are interesting in participating make sure you are eligible to donate. Feel free to drop by for moral support even if you aren't eligible.
Keep Austin Beautiful
The ACA is proud to participate in the Keep Austin Beautiful Adopt-A-Street program. The program allows organizations to contribute to the community by keeping litter down on Austin streets in exchange for a KAB sign, bearing the organization's name. We currently have two locations. In North Austin, our sign proclaims a bit of Burnet road (between West Anderson Lane and Ohlen Road) for the Atheist Community of Austin. The South Austin location is South Lamar between Barton Skyway and Panther Trail.
We generally meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 11am for a group outing to pick up trash and help the greater community. See our calendar for specific dates and times. We alternate between the North and South locations. On pick-up days, volunteers should meet at the meeting location with hats, gloves, safety vests (if you got one at a previous clean up), and bags. The effort lasts about an hour and the group often goes out for a meal afterwards.
Former board Member Joe Zamecki originally set up our participation in early 2007. He is again our current organizer.