Meet The Lender 2008

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: -- On MY Calendar, -- Volunteering, -- What MOLLY's Up To | Tags: , , , , , |


 

By Molly Greaves

 

I appreciate the City of Austin for so many reasons, and in particular, for things like this. What I’m talking about is this Meet The Lender conference they hold, free to the public, to help educate our city so we can make the most informed decisions.  So, not only am I going to attend the event, I’m also called and arranged it so I can volunteer.

FREE!
Meet the Lender 2008 – Business Loan Fair
The City of Austin Small Business Development Program is hosting the 5th annual Meet the Lender Business Loan Fair. This is an opportunity to meet, network, and learn from area lenders about the loan process for your small business. Whether starting out or looking to expand your existing business, Meet the Lender is a great opportunity for you! Business Start-up Orientations will be offered at 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Registration is not required, but it is encouraged.
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00  PM
Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
Fee: Free! Parking is $7
For Information: 512.974.7800    
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Doing YOUR Part To “Go Green…” And Then Some…

Posted on July 6, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Energy/Being GREEN, -- Volunteering, . More Resources For YOU! | Tags: , , , , , |


 

Do you remember The Movie, Uncle Buck? Remember the part when someone tells him his car is on-fire?

Do you still see people with their cars “on fire?”

Call this number to Report Smoking Vehicles. The car needs to be put to rest for our environment’s sake. Wouldn’t you agree?

800-453-SMOG (7664)

It’s one small step to reducing our carbon footprint.

http://www.smokingvehicle.org

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Wish-List For The Blind and Dyslexic—It’s EASY To HELP!

Posted on July 6, 2008. Filed under: -- How YOU Can Help!!, -- Volunteering | Tags: , , , |


By Molly Greaves

As part of my volunteer packet for the RFB&D, there was a “wish list” included for the Austin office. I thought I’d post it since some of you may have this stuff in your attic or garage.

1. Novel size and textbook size book stands/rests.

2. Reference books–for their reference library.

3. Art to be hung in their office for 2 months.  Artists can choose to sell the art, or take it home at the end of the time. 

4. Food-opening events need food, and snacks for volunteers.

5.  Table Captains for their Celebration Event–which is a free fundraising event.

Contact me or them directly to help today! greaves.molly@gmail.com  OR 512-323-9390 

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Volunteering By Reading Text Books For Blind, Dyslexic and Disabled Folks

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, -- Volunteering, -- What MOLLY's Up To | Tags: , , , |


By Molly Malone

I love volunteering. I just got back from 3 hours of reading at the RFB&D where I enjoy spending some of my energy reading textbooks for blind students (today I learned how to direct readers and ran the recording technology).  Disabled folks can use our service too, including folks that cant turn the pages because of arthritis for example. Some students have been recently blinded and some were born blind. Either way, it’s very rewarding because of the impact on others. I’m going to join the Ambassador committee soon, so I thought I’d start by sharing some interesting facts with you about the program.

Where I volunteer, we serve Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Pretty fun territory for a gal from Vermont to think about. Wonder what listeners think of my accent?

* In Texas alone, we have over 16,000 borrowers that have benefit from our services.  Nationally, Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic provides over 185,000 people with print disabilities the books they need to learn and succeed. 

* Currently over 700 Texas schools and districts are members of our service.

* Borrowers range from kindergarten-graduate students and continuing education. We have even helped a blind woman graduate successfully from acupuncture school!

*  We have a studio that has 7 recording booths. Everyone gets to direct!

* Johns Hopkins University evaluated the effectiveness of RFB & D’s (reading for blind and dyslexic) recorded textbooks, and found a 38% increase in content acquisition reading scores.

* Their goal (and mine too, which is why I volunteer here) is for all people to have access to the printed world. 

http://www.rfbd.org

And if you’re in Texas, they’re just right up the street off of Lamar and 45th!

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