Corporate Volunteer Corner Spring 2018

As the 2017-2018 program year comes to a close, we’re feeling extremely thankful for all the community support we’ve had throughout the year. Our corporate volunteers contribute valuable time and resources to our program! We’re proud to spotlight 3 corporate volunteer groups who have partnered with us to make an impact on our Parent-Child Education Program:

Keep reading to learn more about the fun and interactive projects these corporations completed!

Special thanks to Cvent for donating materials and preparing goodie bags for our 20th birthday celebration! This group of enthusiastic volunteers provided bags and party favors to gift to the 150 families enrolled in our Parent-Child Education Program. The bags were stuffed with sunglasses, stickers, snacks, and lots of love! Mil gracias to our friends at Cvent for going the extra mile to make our 20th birthday a celebratory success!

A big AVANCE thanks to the IBM JumpStart Program! These volunteers spent an afternoon preparing poster board for our Parent-Child Education Program participants to transform into graduation caps! We can’t wait to see more than 150 children cross the stage in an AVANCE graduation cap, handmade with love by their own mothers. Mil gracias to these hardworking volunteers for making our graduation ceremony extra special!
Over Spring Break, a team of General Motors employees spent their afternoon tracing and cutting out materials to support our educational toy making program. This group of IT professionals was so efficient, they finished their project in record time! These skillfully cut shapes will become part of a Rolling Can toy, one of the 17 educational toys our parents make each program year. Mil gracias to our friends at General Motors for promoting a lifelong love of learning through educational toy making!
For more information on corporate volunteer opportunities, contact Catherine Frost.

Special Volunteer Spotlights: Erica & Liliana

As our 2017-2018 Parent-Child Education Program year comes to a close, we are feeling incredibly grateful for all the community support we’ve received along the way. Our volunteers are some of our greatest supporters, aiding teachers and staff in making AVANCE programming a great success!

We are lovingly spotlighting two extra special volunteers whose hard work and dedication brightened our days. Mil gracias to Erica and Liliana for making this program year our best yet!

Erica Foster
Volunteer Teacher’s Aide

 “I love working with the kids and being able to practice Spanish. They often end up teaching me! It’s nice to work with the same kids every week, building a connection with them. I think the mission of AVANCE is really important and I can see the value it brings to the community. The sustainability is great and relationships are formed and continue even after the program is over.” -Erica


After a serendipitous encounter with AVANCE’s ESL instructor, Erica decided to come check us out at a Café y Cuentos tour. She fell in love with our early childhood education classes and quickly became an integral part of our Wednesday toddler’s class as a teacher’s aide. Erica’s calm and peaceful nature creates balance in our active and exciting early childhood education class. She has watched our Wednesday toddlers group grow and cannot wait to see them cross the graduation stage at the end of this month. We are so appreciative of Erica’s assistance in nurturing our little learners!

Added bonus: Erica owns a coffee shop just down the street from the AVANCE classrooms! Check out Flitch for a delicious cup of coffee with a fun East Austin vibe.


Liliana Romero
Volunteer Staff Support

“I enjoy giving my time to another person, especially to these moms and kids. It brings me peace, and I sometimes learn from them because I have the same experiences as a mom. I love AVANCE, the people, and passion they have for the mission. I also enjoy helping in the classroom and with toy making.” – Liliana

While adjusting to a recent move to Austin from her home country of Colombia, Liliana found herself searching for friends and familiarity. A google search brought her to the AVANCE-Austin homepage, where she learned about our many opportunities to get involved. Liliana visited during a Café y Cuentos tour, where our Parent-Child Education Program and familiar Latino culture captured her heart. Since then, she has been volunteering at AVANCE almost every day of the week! She has helped as an assistant in our classrooms, crafted sashes for our moms to wear at graduation, served snacks at family enrichment events, and so much more! Liliana’s enthusiastic and bubbly personality makes her great with kids and a joy to be around. We are so thankful to have her help!


Interested in joining the AVANCE-Austin Family as a volunteer? Click here for more information.

The Results Are In: #AmplifyAVANCE 2018


A special message from our toddlers class, thanking YOU for making Futures So Bright during Amplify Austin 2018.

On March 1-2, our community celebrated Amplify Austin Day, our city’s 24-hour day of giving. Thanks to YOUR support, AVANCE-Austin received more than $24,000, beating our $20,000 goal! Whether you donated online, in person, or helped us spread the word, your support is making Futures So Bright for more children and families in our community. 

A huge AVANCE thanks to long-time supporters Stefanie and Stephen Griffith for their commitment to match up to $25,000 in donations given to AVANCE-Austin during Amplify Austin. We are so grateful for their continuous support and generosity during Amplify Austin and throughout the year!  Didn’t get a chance to Amplify AVANCE? It’s not too late! You can still donate to help us receive our full $25,000 match from Stefanie and Stephen Griffith. THANK YOU!

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Check out our awesome teams of AVANCE-Austin moms, whose fundraising efforts totaled over $7,500 towards our Amplify Austin campaign!