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Anne Norman has called Austin home since 2010, when she began pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Two years later, she has added a second degree—Rhetoric and Writing—and is content to be a life-long Austinite. Anne tries to incorporate her two biggest hobbies, writing and yoga, into her daily routine. Her latest obsession is Bikram yoga; the ability of her fellow yogis to look graceful while producing their body weight in sweat, so far, escapes her. Anne also enjoys a good book. She gravitates towards reading non fiction which has resulted in a small arsenal of random, but, at times, useful information. Anne spent a semester studying abroad in Singapore, and it ignited a passion to see more of the world. Next stop, Argentina.

Austin Clubhouse Participates In Amplify Austin

(Photo Credit: I Live Here, I Give here)

(Photo Credit: I Live Here, I Give here)

A 24-hour giving spree is upon us, Austinites and our goal is to raise over 1 million dollars for the nonprofits of Austin before 7 pm tonight. Amplify Austin began last night at 7 pm and is a city-wide giving event,  organized by I Live Here, I Give Here   and sponsored by a number of local businesses.

Amplify Austin is partnering with many local nonprofits, of which donors can chose to contribute to specifically. Among them, is Austin Clubhouse, an organization aimed at helping mentally ill adults reintegrate into the community. The Clubhouse is also a member in the fight to improve and expand services for the mentally ill in Texas, witch ranks 50th in the nation in per capita mental health expenditures.

Staff generalist, Sean Kamperman, distinguishes Austin Clubhouse from other organizations that serve the mentally ill as a place “where people can go for help moving on with their lives” rather than a crisis-only center. Austin Clubhouse is a safe place that provides adults suffering from “persistent mental illness…the support they need to maintain recovery,” explains Kamperman.

(Photo Credit: Austin Clubhouse)

(Photo Credit: Austin Clubhouse)

If you chose to give to Austin Clubhouse today, your money will go directly into supporting the organization’s mission and programs. Because Austin Clubhouse receives no government funding, they are extremely dependent on the community to aide in expanding their reach. A $25 donation pays for 10 Clubhouse member lunches and a $80 donation keeps the doors open for a day. A $100 dollar donation pays for a member social. A generous donation of $250 dollars keeps doors open to aid members get back to work, school, and life for an entire week.

Join other socially-engaged members of the community on this day of giving and contribute. Whether it be Austin Clubhouse or another worthy nonprofit, find a mission you believe in and make a difference. Visit Amplify Austin’s website to make an online donation.


WHEN: MondayMarch 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. through Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: During the 24-hour period above, please visit Amplify Austin, and select Austin Clubhouse.


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