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Last year, little painted rocks began to show up all over the city of Bastrop. Some were big, some were small, but all of them were painted and placed for one purpose, to make people smile.

The Austin Humane Society is Austin’s oldest and longest-running animal shelter, and it is committed to preserving and improving the life of every pet that comes through its doors. The YMCA of Austin’s Communications Impact Team toured the facility to meet some of the lucky dogs and cats there and to learn more about its tremendous benefit to the Austin community.  

As you prepare your gift lists for the holidays, consider supporting your local community through charities and by buying from small, local businesses. Choices like this put your dollars right back into the place you live and help keep local economies thriving.

Texas is big in land and heart. We can't wait to see how (and what!) you give this season! 

Give Texas-Made Gifts

ACT I: The Jubilee

In an odd autumn season that has fluctuated between scorching heat and dreary month-long downpours, you could easily say it has been a challenge for families to plan great activities together.

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on blessings and give back to our community. And getting our children involved can help strengthen family bonds, reinforce family values and provide lessons in caring. With that in mind, here are some ways the whole family can lend a helping hand.

Dearest YMCA community,

I woke up today with so much hope because of the kindness we share in our Ys every day. Then I glanced at the news, only to see the headline of yet another mass shooting. My heart sank.


The YMCA of Austin is happy to welcome our newest member of the team, Dezmond Nation. Dezmond is a junior at the University of Texas, and he's interning with our Communication and Member Experience departments. 

The temperature is finally dropping and pumpkin spice everything has made its way to coffee shops and grocery store shelves just about everywhere. So you know what that means: fall is officially here! We’ve rounded up 18 awesome family-friendly Halloween and autumn-themed outings and events for you to attend this season, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Last year, to celebrate our 20th anniversary, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a brand new event - the LIVESTRONG Honor 5K and 10K in downtown Austin. More than 1200 runners and walkers joined us for this inaugural event and helped raise over $68,000 to fund programs and services for cancer patients and their families.