Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

for any volunteer opportunities – creek cleanups, food drives, board openings, etc.

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Opening Celebration

From Ingrid Weigand with the BCNA Parks Department:
We had a wonderful Trail Opening Celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt last Saturday. Attendees included Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Watershed Protection as well as the Austin Parks Foundation and Bouldin and Zilker neighbors.
You can view photos using link below.
The trails will only stay open if they are used consistently, so please go explore! While you are out there, feel free to pull out ragweed at the edge of the paths.
Thanks to everyone who helped get the trails ready and those who attended.
Ours is truly a great neighborhood.

More photos here!

26th Annual Creek Cleaning

26th Annual Creek Cleaning  was held March 4, 2017
in conjunction with the Austin Park Foundation’s
15th annual “It’s My Park Day” celebration.

 

Neighbors,
We had one of our most successful creek cleanings in years this last Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who participated! Also, a big thank you to Fair Bean Coffee whose donation got us started in the morning, as well as breakfast bars from Austin Parks Foundation/ Wheatsville Coop and finished with El Mercado’s tacos and Lucy’s fried chicken – our reward after the work was done.
About 80 people, neighbors and community volunteers, met at 8:30 am just as the rain was letting up. Together, we pulled over 200 bags of trash plus a few mattresses, card board boxes, etc., out of the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Ricky Guerrero Park and Nicholas Dawson Park. We finished about 30 minutes before the rain started up again for good.
This is the cleanest our parks have been in a while and we would like to keep it that way. A suggestion – when you go for a walk in any of our green spaces, take a small bag and collect just a few pieces of trash along the way. It does not sound like much, but it really, really helps.
Note:  We are planning a Trail Completion Celebration in a few weeks.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee

 

 

If you can write, you can help! Blog for the BCNA website!

Our tenacious website is looking for writers to help distribute information related to the area and keep our readers informed. This can be announcements on events, restaurants/commercial, volunteer opportunities or whatever.

We provide training (it’s like writing an email) and can work with you how to add media, link to content, and create some cool content. Email Gary Hyatt or for more info on how to get involved…

Here’s how to help after the Memorial Day Weekend flooding

How to donate, volunteer to help Central Texas flood victims

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Central Texas was slammed by massive flooding this weekend that killed at least seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes. Many of our neighbors have been displaced.

KVUE along with our sister TV stations in Texas are partnering to help Hays County rebuild. Go here to donate to s special GoFundMe account and use the hashtag #HelpHays across social media to spread the word.

Here are other ways you can help the flood victims:

In the Austin area:

  • The Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting monetary donations. The fund’s name is the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Go to the organization’s website to donate.
  • The United Way for Greater Austin is hosting a cleaning drive to gather cleaning supplies, which are sold out in Hays County stores. You can donate mops, brooms and bleach at 2000 East MLK Blvd. between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Call 211 for more information on what to donate or if you need assistance. Monetary donations are also being accepted online here.
  • A community Facebook page has surfaced where affected residents can seek help restoring their homes. Check out the Austin Flood 2015 Relief page to post or help out.
  • Austin Pets Alive is in need of donations, foster care and help with laundry. For more information visit their Facebook page and website.
  • The Saxon Pub in South Austin is collecting donations from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Go here for a full list.
  • Kung Fu Saloon is donating 100 percent of its drink sales at all locations to the American Red Cross on Thursday.They will also be collecting supplies for statewide flood victims and animal shelters.
  • Maudie’s Tex Mex on South Lamar Boulevard and River Oaks Elementary School are also collecting items for the flood victims, according to 365 Things Austin.
  • St. Bernard Sports is holding a donation drive at its store at 401 West Third Street to benefit the Hays County Food Bank. Anyone who brings donations on the food bank’s list will get 10 percent off their purchase through Sunday.
  • The Round Rock Express is giving away free game tickets to those who donate needed items to flood victims. Donations can be dropped off at Dell Diamond and will be used in relief efforts in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson Counties.

​Hays County:

  • Serve San Marcos is asking for volunteers to help with cleanup. Go here for more information.
  • The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers. Go here to find out how you can become one.
  • The Hays County Food Bank will be open to the public from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for emergency distribution at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos. Individuals will receive a box of non-perishable items. The Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket will also be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 14092 Ranch Road. For a list of most-needed donations, go here.
  • Cabela’s, Barton Middle School, Wallace Middle School, Chapa Middle School, Katherine Anne Porter School and others are accepting food donations for the Hays County Food Bank.
  • The United Way of Hays County is accepting monetary donations. Donate through their webpage here or text “FLOODS” to 41444 to make a donation. The organization is also accepting volunteers Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can check in at the Half Price Books parking lot in San Marcos at 900 Bugg Lane.
  • San Marcos and Wimberley have volunteer centers set up at San Marcos Plaza Park at 206 C.M. Allen Parkway and Cypress Creek Church at 211 Stillwater. The city is asking volunteers to check in there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For other ways to help those in need, check out Hays County CISD’s “Helping Our Neighbors” page here.

BCNA General Association meeting and Officer Elections Tuesday Dec 9 – by Ingrid Weigand

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual officers election at the next General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 9.

We are a volunteer organization and depend on those neighbors who are willing to donate time and energy to make sure our interests are represented at City boards and commissions, at the Austin Neighborhood Council and in front of the Austin City Council. Our officers and committees deal with zoning issues, traffic problems and neighborhood parks; manage our funds, maintain the web site and publish newsletters.

As always, we will take nominations from the floor at the meeting. You have to be a registered member of BCNA as of November 30, in order to be a candidate or vote.

Below is a slate of candidates that have announced their intention to run for office. The  current officers who have agreed to run again, have all done so with the provisio “unless someone else would like to be a candiate”, so please feel free to join in.  We are also looking for volunters to serve on Committees for Parks, Traffic and Zoning issues.

The President is the primary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Executive Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA.
Candidate: Kevin Lewis, current President

The Vice President – Neighborhood Issues shall assist and support committees related to zoning, development, parks and traffic. S/he will preside at BCNA meetings when necessary due to the absence of the president.
Candidate: Cory Walton, current Vice President, External Affairs

The Vice President – External Affairs shall assist and support activities related to community ambassadors, neighborhood-wide social events, creek clean ups, neighborhood outreach, resource persons and serves as the Austin Neighborhood Council Representative.
Candidate: Stuart Hampton, current Brown Zone representatve

Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.
Candidate: Catie Mohin, current Vice President Neighborhood Issues

Treasurer – shall assist and support activities related to finance, including account record keeping, fund deposit and withdrawals, and other related business management with respect to fundraising. The Treasurer shall co-sign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Executive Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions on BCNA accounts.
Candidate: Ronnie Dittmar, current Treasurer

The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Executive Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to records and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing.
Candidate: Sue Bornstein, current Orange Zone Representative

Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent

The Green Zone:
N/S borders:  Oltorf to Mary
E/W borders: Railroad tracks to South First
Candidate: Vicki Knipp, current Green Zone Representative

The Lavender Zone:
N/S borders:  Oltorf to Johanna
E/W borders:  South First to S. Congress
– Need candidate

The Blue Zone
N/S borders: Mary to Monroe
E/W borders: Railroad tracks to South First
– Need candidate

The Yellow Zone
N/S borders:  Johanna to South of the Deaf School
E/W borders:  South First to S. Congress
– Need candidate

The Pink Zone
N/S borders:  Monroe to Gibson between Railroad tracks to South First
E/W borders:  Gibson to Christopher between S. 5th & South First
– Need candidate

The Orange Zone
N/S borders:  Gibson to Christopher between RR tracks & S.5th
E/W borders:  Christopher to BSR between RR track and Bouldin
– Need candidate

The Brown Zone
N/S borders:  Copeland to BSR
E/W borders:  S. 2nd to South First
– Need candidate