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A Big Thank You from WAP!

Our first ever WAP Garage Sale Fundraiser was a great success! We want to thank everyone who came to our office parking lot on Saturday. We felt this garage sale would be a great opportunity for people to give back to their community, and you guys did not disappoint. We made $300, which will go towards helping families in need, providing counseling services, or aiding a prevention specialist get the training they need. 

Everything that was not purchased was donated to the local Salvation Army here in South Austin. Hopefully, those items will find a good home.

Again, we want to thank everyone that made the effort to roll out of bed early on Saturday morning, especially staffers/organizers Daina Huntington, Dago Garcia, Samantha Thompson, and Debi Ellison, and to everyone who donated items to the WAP garage sale. 

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WAP joins the Austin Independent Business Alliance!

WAP is pleased to announce that we have joined hundreds of other like-minded and socially conscious, Austin-owned businesses by joining the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA). The mission of AIBA is “to promote and support locally owned businesses through advocacy, consumer educations and services to our members.” They have created 8 IBIZ Districts® in Austin to spotlight areas filled with locally owned businesses. With an uncertain economy, local buying is more important than ever before. For every $100 spent with a national chain, only about $13 goes to the local economy, compared to $45 when buying from a locally owned business. Join us in letting our voices be heard about the importance of buying locally. Visit IBuyAustin.com and find local vendors that meet your needs. And while you are there, check out the listing for Alliance Work Partners!

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WAP Hosting Its First Garage Sale Fundraiser

Workers Assistance Program, Inc. is coordinating its first ever Garage Sale Fundraiser!

Consider donating items or joining us at our Southpark offices (4115 Freidrich Lane, Suite 100) on Saturday, May 18th between the hours of 8:30am and 1:30pm. We will have clothes, home furnishings, and various other items on sale for low, low prices!

All funds will be used towards enhancing the services WAP provides. Funds raised can go towards improving the ability of Youth Advocacy to provide emergency basic needs assistance to low-income families or subsidizing a PAL® student training. They can help provide a scholarship to a substance abuse or HIV prevention professional to attend important workshops or enrich other initiatives that help us create better workplaces, schools & communities.

For more information, call 512-343-9595 or email Daina at dhuntington@palusa.org

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WAP and Scott & White Blood Drive

In June, WAP will be partnering with Scott and White, one of our EAP clients, for a blood drive at our Southpark office. Blood donations are usually lower in the summer, so we’re working together with Scott and White to help keep supplies stocked during the summer.

S&W is also holding a blood drive at the University of Texas campus (2101 Speedway Plaza) this Monday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Employee Spotlight: Sarah Hernandez

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Employee Spotlight: Maria De La Cruz

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WAP Silver Foxes get closer than ever to winning a softball game!

Last night, our company’s softball team (the Silver Foxes) played its fourth game in the city’s recreational league. I think we may have finally hit our stride because we came closer than ever before to winning and scored two runs less during that game than all our other games combined. Way to go, Silver Foxes!

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Employee Spotlight: Jose Olazagasti

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Workers Assistance Program Amplify Austin Giving Page

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A Closer Look at PAL® Peer Assistance & Leadership

PAL® Peer Assistance & Leadership has been reaching our schools and children since the 1980s.

PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership is an award-winning, Nationally Recognized Evidence-based Prevention Program owned and operated by WAP.  The mission of the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program is to empower  young people to use their potential to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities through a foundation of peer-helping and service learning.

The PAL® curriculum has been used as a tool to prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and youth violence. Through its dozens of statewide youth and teacher trainings, middle school and high school conferences, PAL® students learn to adapt the power of peer pressure to influence others positively and, ultimately, they make a difference in the lives of others.  PAL® recognizes an innate capacity for social understanding, personal well-being, and community participation within every student. Not only does PAL® address a variety of key youth issues, being a PAL® is also fun and transformational!

Donating to WAP would help sponsor a child or adult who would benefit from attending a PAL® training or conference.  A donation could also help a child or teacher lighten the burden of accessing training materials, like handbooks and manuals.  Please, visit Amplify Austin between March 4th at 7:00pm and 5th at 7:00pm and donate to Workers Assistance Program.

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