M.Y. Little Tool Shack – Discover Green (Need tools for an environmental service project?)

M.Y. Little Tool Shack –Discover Green

In October 2008, Marie’s brother held the first Teen Green Party with a Purpose.  She was 4 and really wanted to participate.  At age 5 she got to participate in her first tree planting when her sister turned 11.  Saplings were just her size – but, the shovels & gloves were not.

Her siblings and the other eco-inspiration coaches could see she wanted to do more with equipment that was her size.  They made sure all future events could support the “saplings” – the siblings of the teen volunteers.

Thanks to REI, Discover Green will open a tool shack stocked specifically with equipment for the whole family.  Specializing in equipment for children, ages 4-9, including shovels, rakes, gloves, trash grabbers and weed wrenches.

This resource will make it easier for you to have your service projects family friendly.  To reserve tools visit www.discovergreenyel.org and fill out the tool request form and read/sign the agreement form.


Discover Green’s M.Y. Little Tool Shack is proud to offer the community access to quality tools without the expense, in an easy to check out system to facilitate community-driven beautification, improvement and maintenance projects around North Travis County and Williamson County.

Submitted by Kate Woodward-Young
Not My Monkey and Discover Green


Clothing Drive for Homeless Youth (Month of August)

For the entire month of August, Youth Opportunity to Unite will be collecting 
gently used clothing to benefit Round Rock ISD & Georgetown ISD homeless 
& in need students. We will also be accepting gently used backpacks. 
You can take your donations to The Volunteer Center and drop them in the 
(2nd floor of the RRASC 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock) 
Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm and 
Saturday between 9am and 12pm.   

Please help us provide clothing for the new school year to kids and teens 
that need our help! Thank you so much for your support!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Leyva at 
(512)733-7625 or volrock@volrock.org.

Corporate Volunteer Programs

The skinny on corporate volunteer programs
By guest contributor: Abby G.

Corporate volunteer programs are beneficial in many ways, not only to communities but to businesses and employees who volunteer. In addition to creating healthier communities and improving companies’ public image, corporate volunteer programs provide employees with opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, apply old skills to new situations, and build teamwork.

When deciding what the aim of a new corporate volunteer program should be, three areas to examine are:

Company Focus: How can the goals or activities of the volunteer program be integrated with the mission or specialties of the company?

Employee Interests: What issues or problems in the community are important to employees?

Community Needs: what problems are being experienced by the community that the volunteer program could address?

These should also be considered when selecting projects for the volunteer program.

When possible, projects should be organized in conjunction with a nonprofit or Volunteer Center, since they can assist with various aspects of volunteering, including recruitment and orientation.

Before beginning a volunteer project, it is important to work out the details, including deadlines, logistics, material and skill resources, management and recognition methods, and specific tasks to be carried out.

The most common ways to structure the management of a corporate volunteer program are to appoint an employee to manage the program, either alone or as head of an employee decision-making committee, or alternately to outsource  components of management to consultants outside the company. Different management structures may be appropriate for different programs, but during the beginning stages it is recommended that an employee committee be used.

Additional resources for building a corporate volunteer program and the value of this effort can be found here:  http://www.volunteermatch.org/corporations/resources/research.jsp