GAVA partners with a variety of local Austin agencies to engage more than 2,000 active community residents since 2012. Below, you will find information about our coalition partners and how their work contributes to the overall GAVA mission.
Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to building public-private partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County. Our mission is to connect people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. Our community organizer works with GAVA teams to bring infrastructure improvements to their parks by helping them form official Park Adoption teams, apply for funding opportunities, plan work days and beautification events, and host community celebrations. Our city-wide events include It’s My Park Day, National Trails Day.
United Way for Greater Austin is a local nonprofit & community service organization providing resources and volunteer opportunities with local Austin charities since 1924. United Way gives everyone in Austin the chance to be a philanthropist through various Austin social services, and gives us the opportunity to work together to help families overcome barriers to economic opportunities. United Way works with GAVA to strengthen health resources for early childhood care centers, as well as the network of friends, family, and neighbors home-based providers.
The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food. SFC helps GAVA teams establish community farm stands, gardens, and other sources of fresh, local produce.
Foundation Communities (FC) creates housing where families succeed. We provide people with an affordable, attractive place to call home, as well as opportunities right at their doorstep to transform their lives. Our organizer has been working to build resident-led teams in our Sierra Ridge / Sierra Vista apartments in 78745 to improve access to health and safety for the entire community. Our teens have even gotten involved, creating soccer teams for kids of all ages in the local school park.
The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is housed at the University of Texas School of Public Health (Health Science Center of Houston). The Center is one of the preeminent research facilities for child and adolescent health, including a focus on obesity prevention, diet & nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol. Research from the Center includesv the flagship School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) survey, which documents the rates of obesity and related behaviors in Texas school children. UT Health works with GAVA to evaluate our place-based health initiative, and to provide an evidence-base to guide efforts and investments in child health.