Community Involvement Committee
The Community Involvement Committee is responsible for several events and programs which are listed below.
Community Project – Adopt-A-Creek
The Community Involvement Committee voted to adopt the Beverly S. Sheffield Park as one of their community projects. This two-year commitment involves coordinating three to four clean up days per year. Partnering with Keep Austin Beautiful, the committee has hosted a clean up day as well as a planting day commemorating Earth Day.
Community Project – The Refuge
The Refuge is a non-profit organization providing a safe house for victims of human trafficking. ACEA members have provided supplies, materials, and manpower to build the first of several cottages opening in 2018. Due to the nature of the group’s work, the location is not publicized but those wishing to contribute can donate art supplies for the Art Therapy program. ACEA will conduct an art supply drive each July.
Community Project – Giving Back
In 2008 ACEA donated a Fishing Dock to Travis County Southeast Metro Park. Other projects involved a building project at the Candlelight Ranch, Austin Dog Alliance, and the Mainspring Schools Playground Renovation Project in 2018-2019.
The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to youth pursuing educational opportunities in the construction and/or engineering career fields or other careers fields that will enhance the communities in which they live. The scholarship fund provides annual grants to high school seniors in variable amounts and terms determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee and/or the ACEA Board of Directors.
See the Scholarship Program page for more information.
Christmas Gifts For Children Program
The children’s faces light up with joy as Santa delivers Christmas gifts to the Mainspring School in December. Often, these are the only gifts many of the children receive during the holiday. This program is truly an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life during the holiday season and the Mainspring School staff and children are always so grateful. Anytime you would like to stop by, they would welcome your visit!
Located in south Austin, the school is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and provides quality affordable childhood education and care since 1941. A Four-Star Designated Vendor of the Worksource-Child Care Solutions “Texas Rising Star” program, the school is accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, and recognized as an exemplary program by the Austin Child Care Council. A private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, funding for the school is received from the United Way/Capital Area, City of Austin, Travis County, Texas Department of Human Services, the USDA Child Care Food Program, corporations and foundation contributions, grants, and individual donations.
Blue Santa Support
Each year during the December Membership Luncheon, we host Operation Blue Santa representatives. ACEA matches the donations collected from attendees. Blue Santa serves more than 3,800 needy families, with 12,000 children in those families receiving gifts. Operation Blue Santa is a massive effort organized and run by the Austin Police Department in partnership with Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. ACEA is happy to be a small part of this effort.