Friday, November 1, 2013

Flood Assistance

If any of you are wondering how you can help flood victims from last weeks rains, here is some information to pass along...
Donations are being accepted now at: 
Mendez Middle School
Family Resource Center
5106 Village Square Drive
Austin, 78744

· Clothing
    Please LABEL outside of bags if possible as “Adult Male,” “Adult Female,” “Girl Size 5”, “Boy Size 10”
· Hygiene items
· Canned goods
· Baby Formula, Diapers, Wipes
· Hand Sanitizer
· Water Jugs or Bottles

Additionally, if you want to discuss this with your kiddos, there is a Sesame Street video on floods:

Food, Water, Shelter, School Supplies, Transportation and Counseling
Families who need support with food, water or shelter may find resources at the Dove Springs Recreation Center at 5801 Ainez Drive or by calling (512) 447-5875. You may also call the Family Resource Center at Mendez Middle School at 512-841-1016 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Water, bread and baby formula are available at the resource center, as well as school supplies and school transportation information for AISD students who have been displaced from their home.

City-wide Transportation
Families in need of transportation assistance can call the Red Cross at 512-974-0999. Capital Metro is also providing transportation assistance between the Onion Creek area and Dove Springs Recreation Center shelter.

To make an online donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief, please visit You can also donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Additionally, the Family Resource Center at Mendez Middle School is seeking donations of shoes. Please call 512-841-1016 to see how you can assist.
While families of school children in Southeast Austin communities such as Dove Springs are being helped by agencies and school staff members, the district's parent support specialists have noted families remain in need of donations for:

  • Gift cards to stores such as Target and Walmart
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Canned food
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Bath towels and
  • Blankets.
Donations of these items may be delivered to the district's Family Resource Center at Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Portable #3. For more information, please contact the AISD center at 512-841-1016.

The Austin Disaster Relief Network and the Red Cross are still seeking volunteers to help provide relief to families affected by last week's flooding. To learn how you can help Austin Disaster Relief Network, please call 512-331-2600 or visit To volunteer with the Red Cross, please call 512-928-4271 or visit
1. Warehouse Volunteers

The community need volunteers to manage and sort donated items at Oak Meadow Church, 6905 S. IH 35, in South Austin. To sign up for a shift, please
click here.

2. CISM & Chaplain Trained Volunteers
CISM & Chaplain volunteers are needed to debrief provide ministry to the numerous traumatized survivors. To sign up for a shift, please
click here.
3. Clean Up Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help clean up affected homes. The initial meeting site will be at the Crossroads Christian House of Prayer, 5201 William Cannon. To sign up for a shift,
click here.

4. Shepherds to Sponsor Families
More than 100 families will likely need sponsorships to aid in their recovery. A training is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Westoak Woods Baptist Church, 2900 W. Slaughter Lane.To sign up,
click here.
5. Donated Goods

Gift cards to Walmart and HEB as well as furniture, household items, water, clothing, toiletries, baby items and toys are greatly needed. These can be dropped off at the warehouse located at Oak Meadows Baptist Church, 6905 S. IH 35.

The Family Resource Center at Consuelo Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Drive, is also accepting similar donations. Clothing donations should be sorted and dropped off in bags labeled with the type of clothing, for example: "Adult male," "Adult female," Girls size 5," etc. The center is open weekdays and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m, to 5 p.m. Call 512-841-1016.
Learn More.

6. Call Center Volunteers
ADRN needs several volunteers to answer the phones (for survivors,) at its Call Center over the next several days. To volunteer, please
click here.
7. Hospitality Team

ADRN is in need of volunteers to prepare meals for volunteers working at our Call Center. To sign up for a shift, please
click here.

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