Operation Outreach

  • American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF)

Operation Outreach is a Serve Austin impact service initiative that addresses urgent community needs related to women military veteran support. This program is designed to to facilitate veteran reintegration by helping 100 new female veteran volunteers serve other female veterans in a proactive manner to ease the transition from military to civil society, and provide for better veteran access to benefits, resources and services.

If you would like to be a part of Operation Outreach, please contact Volunteer Services Manager Raymond Miller at (512) 929-1225 to register for the Military Veteran Support Orientation.

About Cities of Service

Founded in New York on September 10, 2009 by 17 mayors from cities around the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors who have committed to work together to engage citizens in a multi-year effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. The coalition has rapidly grown since its inception and now includes more than 100 mayors, representing more than 49 million Americans across the nation.

American cities face serious challenges, and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them - including the time and energy of public-spirited residents - to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments.

Cities of Service supports mayors to leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective.

All Cities of Service efforts are characterized by a concept call “impact Volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress.

In June 2010, the City of Austin was one of ten cities to receive a Cities of Service Leadership Grant. Funded jointly by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation, the two-year grants enable cities to hire Chief Service Officers responsible for developing and implementing high impact service plans.

Texas Veterans Commission

This program and other American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces programs in Central Texas are supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. Funding for these grants comes from a portion of Veterans scratch-off lottery ticket sales. For help or information about state and federal veterans’ benefits, call the Texas Veterans Commission Veterans HOTLINE: 1-800-252-VETS (8387) or visit http://texas-veterans.com