Our Foundation & Updates

Hey! At the last meeting our members voted on a foundation to fundraise for this semester. We are thrilled with the results. The winner was Trinity Child Development Center! Our members have volunteered with this organization before and had such a great time.

“The Mission of TCDC is to provide quality, affordable early care and education to children within our economically and ethnically diverse community. We strive to provide stability and support to the children in our care and to their families, so that together we can truly impact future generations.”

A great coincidence in choosing this foundation is that this is their 50th anniversary to be in operation helping the children of Austin, Texas.

“We envision a world where young children are given priority by the adult community around them and where families of all economic circumstances have equal access to quality early care and education for their young children.”

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To find out more, here is a link to their website! http://www.trinitycdc.org/

Our next meeting is Monday, October 20, in Welch 2.246 at 7pm. Come discover how you can help in donating to this nonprofit and learn of other ways to serve the the Austin community.

3rd General Meeting Review

Hello Lending Hearts! Here is a recap of our third general meeting:

Our mission statement: To bring students of the University of Texas together to better the community through service, fundraising, and companionship.

To reach Recognized Member Status, you must participate in 15 hours of community service per semester with at least 2 of those hours dedicated to fundraising and attend at least 1 social event.

What? When?       Deadline to Sign Up?
Urban Roots Saturday, October 11th 9am-12pm passed
Dog Adoption Meet and Greet Saturday, October 11th 1pm-4pm passed
Center for Child Protection Friday October 17th 6pm-9pm Wednesday, October 15th
Austin Challenge Nation Saturday, October 18th 10:45am-4pm ASAP
Dogtoberfest Saturday, October 18th 7-10am, 4-630pm Wednesday, October 15th
Out of the Darkness Walk Sunday, October 19th 9am-3pm Wednesday, October 15th
Spooky Science Extravaganza Friday, October 14th 4pm-8pm Tuesday, October 21st
Acton Children’s Business Fair Saturday, October 25th 9am-1pm Wednesday, October 22nd
Blunn Creek Saturday, November 1st 9am-12pm Wednesday, October 29th
Habitat for Humanity Saturday, November 15th 8am-4pm ASAP

Companionship:

What? When?       Deadline to Sign Up?
Peter Pan Mini Golf Sunday, October 26th at 12pm ASAP

ALSO, don’t forget that if you do not show up for an event that you signed up for and do not notify us at least 24 hours in advance, we will dock you half the hours that you would have been credited. So please remember to let us know if you will not be able to make an event!

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend & remember, our next meeting is October 20 in Welch 2.246 at 7pm.

2nd General Meeting Review

Hey everyone! Miss our last meeting? Here’s a recap!

Our mission statement: To bring students of the University of Texas together to better the community through service, fundraising, and companionship.

To reach Recognized Member Status, you must participate in 15 hours of community service per semester with at least 2 of those hours dedicated to fundraising and attend at least 1 social event.
Service Opportunities:

What? When?       Deadline to Sign Up?
Urban Roots Saturday, October 11th 9am-12pm Wednesday, October 8th
Dog Adoption Meet and Greet Saturday, October 11th 1pm-4pm Wednesday, October 8th
Out of the Darkness Walk Sunday, October 19th 9am-3pm Wednesday, October 15th
Acton Children’s Business Fair Saturday, October 25th 9am-1pm TBA
Habitat for Humanity Saturday, November 15th 8am-4pm ASAP

Companionship:

What? When?       Deadline to Sign Up?
Kayak/Paddleboard Wednesday, September 24th 6:30pm ASAP
Chipotle Dinner Friday, October 3rd 6pm ASAP
Peter Pan Mini Golf Sunday, October 26th at 12pm ASAP

ALSO, we will be voting on the non-profit to which we will donate the money we raised this semester at our THIRD GENERAL MEETING on Monday, October 6th in WEL2.246 at 7pm!! So please make sure you come to the next meeting so you can be a part of the voting process!

September 8 Meeting Recap

Hello Lending Hearts! We hope you enjoyed our first general meeting – we had such a great turnout!

 
Here is all the events we discussed at Monday’s meeting:
 
Remember, some of these signups are closing soon so please sign up for an event now if you are interested! 
And don’t forget our next meeting is Monday, September 22nd in WEL 2.246 at 7pm!
Hope to see everyone there!
 

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

- Maya Angelou

 

Fall Semester!

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Hello current and prospective LH members! Aren’t you excited for Fall?

Joining Lending Hearts is a great way to start the school year. This fall you’ll get involved with volunteering opportunities (offered almost every weekend!), make new friends, and help raise money for an amazing fundraiser that YOU get to choose!

Our first general meeting for Fall 2014 is Monday, September 8th in Welch 2.246 at 7:00pm. Stop by to get to know what Lending Hearts is all about. If you want more information, email Jacob, our President at lh.president@gmail.com.

You can also come visit us next week in front of the FAC where we will be tabling.

Look forward to seeing you September 8th!

 

 

Officer Positions Explained!

Hello Lending Hearts’ members!

Are you interested in applying for an officer position next year? Then keep on reading for more info!

We wanted to share a little more about what each officer position entails. Though each position is hard work, it’s very rewarding. Remember, this is not an all-encompassing list of duties, you have the opportunity to make it what you will.

Below are the officer descriptions:

President: As president of Lending Hearts, my job is to oversee everything as a whole and make sure this organization is running smoothly. This includes organizing both officer and general meetings, delegating tasks to each officer, registering Lending Hearts for orientation events as well as other tabling opportunities, and maintaining records of all important organizational paperwork. In addition, you will be in charge of contacting and meeting with non-profit organizations for partnerships, donations and etc. Although this position may seem overwhelming, you will always have guidance and help available to you from your co-president  as well as the founders of Lending Hearts. Also, don’t forget that you have seven other officers behind you who are more than willing to help see that this organization flourishes. I promise you that this position will pay off as it will not only improve your leadership and communication skills but you can see first handedly, the impact that this organization has on the UT and Austin community.

-Megan Santos 

Vice President: The position of Vice President it to keep track of LH member’s activity. The position of Vice President, like all other officer positions, does require a time commitment in order to successfully manage and lead this organization.

Vice President responsibilities include:

  • managing service/fundraising/social hours
  • GM attendance
  • membership dues
  • organizing officer elections
  • organizing an officer retreat

As vice president, you will be in close contact with the current president and will resume their role if the president is absent. This position will improve your leadership skills and give you an insight/experience on what it takes to run an up and coming organization.

 -Jacob Bobb

Secretary: As secretary, my duties may seem very overwhelming. Once you get the hang of the it, the tasks won’t be difficult at all. When you get the job, it may feel like a technological position, but you get to reach out to all of our members. You’re almost like a personal assistant to the organization.

Tasks include

  • Sending out overview and reminder emails to members, ‘
  • Creating sign-ups for the service, fundraising, and social events
  • Linking the sign-ups to the website and updating the website with the events
  • Working with the UTListserve

These are not the only duties that I perform, as being a team player allows me to help others where they may need it. There is always room for improvements and changes that may bring more growth to Lending Hearts.

-Marta Morataya

Treasurer: Be the next treasurer for Lending Hearts; just as long as you make sure you have good attention to detail and time management skills. The roles of being a treasurer can vary from managing fundraising events, such as setting up profit shares with food chains around our vicinity to setting up ushering events for our members to volunteer for. Money management is definitely a given. Weekly deposits, updates, as well as keeping logs of incoming and outgoing revenue for the account balances should be made. Granted, while it does sound like a handful, it’s all worth it.

-Brian Huang

Co-service Chairs: As a service chair of the growing organization that is Lending Hearts, one has to network within the Austin community.  Lending Hearts in turn will gain opportunities to help out the community. You must take into account, however, the busy lives that all us UT students maintain, and seek service events that are likely to be convenient for the most amount of members.  In addition to making this happen, you must also keep in contact with coordinators of events, organizing rides, and sorting out all information in a detailed fashion to members.  Every other week, you will present your ideas to fellow officers, and make it happen from then until the day of the event.

-Kristal Hodge

As Co-Service Chair you help play a big role in the organization, because you schedule and plan all the service events. It’s important to have a good sense of time management and be organized, since there are different service opportunities and details to stay on top of. It’s very rewarding, because after searching and planning the event it is always nice to see the members go out and enjoy themselves. Don’t forget for yourself too! At the end of the day with service comes companionship, so have fun and know that between you and your fellow co-service chair, you’ll do great!

-Amalie Lantz

Social Chair: As a social officer, your duty is to create enjoyable socials for the members and create officer socials as well to allow bonding between members and officers. The Social Chair should also try to be outgoing and keep an eye out for everyone to be included in activities! General meeting icebreakers and the banquet is planned by the Social Chair as well. Responsibility, punctuality, and great bonding ideas are great qualities that aide in being a great social chair. If you have fun ideas and like to interact with people then Social Chair is a great position to consider!

-Jamie Balli

Public Relations Chair: 

The PR Chair is responsible for creating:

  • Marketing materials for Lending Hearts (Tabling, fundraising and promotional fliers, images, posters, labels, signs etc.)
  • PowerPoint presentations for the general meetings

The PR Chair is also responsible for maintaining Lending Hearts’:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Website (WordPress)

The PR Chair has to be a strong communicator that can work well with others and take direction well. There is a lot of room for creativity and the opportunity to take initiative. Take advantage of this position to outreach to other organizations and nonprofits (UT/Austin Community) to spread the word about Lending Hearts. Have fun with it.

-Alejandro Landaverde