2020 Non-Profit of the Year
This Westie is awarded to a non-profit organization that has recognized a need within our community and who through community responsibility, innovation, growth, sound business practices and community partnerships has served our community with vision and integrity.
Finalist: Pop-Up Birthday
At Pop-Up Birthday, their mission is to bring joy and normalcy to children in foster care through the magic of birthdays! Pop-Up Birthday curates personalized boxes to recognize and celebrate each child's unique personality and day. Imagine being pulled from an abusive home, bounced around to strangers, and simply feeling like you weren’t seen. Then imagine that it’s your birthday. The one day that should be about you, fun, friends, cake and gifts. In 2014, Pop-Up Birthday was founded by Westlake resident, Laila Scott -- a mom of three and active community volunteer, with a passion for spreading birthday joy to children in foster care. With the support of donors and volunteers, Pop-Up Birthday now provides almost 100 personalized celebrations each month. Every birthday box is filled to the brim with decorations, games, cake, candles, balloons, goody bags and gifts for the child. We believe every child deserves to be celebrated!
Finalist: Wonders & Worries
Wonders & Worries provides free, professional mental health support to children and teens during a parent’s serious, physical illness. Since we first opened the doors of our Westlake office in 2001, we have supported over 10,000 kids and their parents so that they can thrive during a difficult time. Wonders & Worries’ child life specialists—pediatric healthcare professionals, clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury—work with children to help them understand their parent’s illness, communicate their feelings and questions, and learn strategies to manage their emotions. Services are always free and offered in English and Spanish at 5 Texas locations. During COVID, Wonders & Worries has offered virtual sessions to serve our immunocompromised families. Wonders & Worries also operates a national helpline: 844-WE-WONDER (1-844-939-6633) available Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, where parents can receive expert advice on how to talk to kids about adult illness from a child life specialist. Additionally, there are resources available for professionals and parents on the website (www.wondersandworries.org).
Finalist: Rotary Club of Austin Westlake
The Westlake Rotary Club has been placing “Service before Self” in the Westlake community since 1982. We are part of Rotary International, an international service organization who’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. We are a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. We strive to follow the “4 Way Test” with the things we think, say, and do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
During the last year, we have led or supported causes and projects including building PPE barriers in local schools, building and installing Little Free Libraries, disaster relief in Beirut and Louisiana, awarding the Eanes ISD Educator of the Year Awards, scholarships, youth leadership, and polio eradication.
2020 Winner: Eanes Education Foundation
2019 Winner: Foster Angels of Central Texas
2018 Winner: Mobile Loaves & Fishes
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