2023 Goals:

To raise $250,000 and expand our reach in programming to youth and families in our communities. This expanded programming will give youth hands-on opportunities to try new things and/or build upon existing creative skills. These goals will require us to hire more staff and mentors and create an ongoing holistic alternative to mental health care and hospitalization. We will be able to continue to provide a safe place for after-school activities and programming that build creativity, confidence and resilience. Due to environmental stressors, supporting youth who suffer from suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors and substance misuse is greater than ever.

Fundraising Events:

Our fundraising events and opportunities allow us to build better relationships within our community as well as increase exposure of what Austin17House does. We have two major fundraising events during the year including our June Golf and Dinner Gala, as well as our fall comedy show. Our Golf Gala focuses on raising funds for infrastructure to support programming including community giving, a silent auction and corporate sponsorships. Our Annual Comedy Show, hosted at the Austin17House, brings local awareness and provides members with a tour of the facility and personal meet and greets with our staff, youth and families. The funds raised during this event go to sponsoring our youth and families monthly and annually, to participate at our community center.

Giving Opportunities:

Over 45% of the youth and families that we serve are currently on government assistance. Through community support and fundraising efforts, we have been able to provide a safe place for youth and families to enjoy life, try new things, provide meals and educational workshops surrounding suicide prevention, mental health and addiction treatment and prevention for free! Giving options include individual giving, local business and corporate sponsorships via our website.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Our staff and mentorship model at the Austin17House is the backbone and success of our programming. We provide mental health and social-determinant trainings for our team, to help them better understand and support the middle and high school-aged youth and their families who come to our center. From just listening and being a friend, to teaching simple skills in the kitchen, creative arts, wellness, life skills, etc., it all meets the criteria of our volunteers. This year, we plan to expand our program offerings and build on our current programs in creative arts, wellness, recreation, life skills and youth addiction support services.

Board Officers / Board Members

Laura Messina
Vice President
Royal T Car Wash

Michelle Siudut

Amanda Bailey

Rick Jewell

Derrek Perreault
Busby Construction

Categories: Charitable Giving Guide