volunteering http://kut.org en SXSW Relies on Volunteers. Is That Legal? http://kut.org/post/sxsw-relies-volunteers-legal <p>It takes a lot of manpower to put on a festival, especially as one as big as <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest</a>.</p><p>"One thing that I don't think a lot of people realize is that there's like 200 people that have full time jobs at South by Southwest," says SXSW cofounder and managing director Roland Swenson. "During the event there are hundreds of more temporary workers that we hire."</p><p>When it comes to volunteers, Swenson knows there's a lot – even if he's not quite sure of the number.</p><p>"You know I think there's going to be over 3,000," he says. "I don't have a precise count, but that's for 15 days of South by Southwest."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138314109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9910 at http://kut.org SXSW Relies on Volunteers. Is That Legal? How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-austins-flood-victims-update <p><strong>Update (Monday)</strong>: The city has released new information regarding the <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">Halloween floods that claimed five lives</a>. Here’s some numbers conveying the extent of the damage:</p><ul><li>659: Number of homes damaged</li><li>259: Number of homes that received major damage&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>15: &nbsp;Number of homes destroyed</li><li>1,300: Tons of debris removed from the affected area</li></ul><p>Residents of southeast and southwest Austin are still in need of help. Fortunately, there’s several ways you can lend a hand.</p><p><strong>Volunteer: </strong></p><p>The Austin Disaster Relief Network is looking for volunteers to help with demolition and cleanup of affected areas. Volunteers are asked to wear jeans, gloves, masks, and hard sole shoes, and bring shovels, utility knives, and hammers if possible.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:38:42 +0000 KUT Staff 9080 at http://kut.org How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) Hundreds of Volunteers Take a Starring Role at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/hundreds-volunteers-take-starring-role-austin-film-festival <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>Actors, writers and directors will be making their way to Central Texas over the next week for the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a>.</p><p>The 20<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>annual festival will screen more than 180 films and feature more than 80 panels with industry pros.</p><p>About a dozen staffers work year-round to make it all happen. But the Austin Film Festival also relies on <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/get-involved/volunteer/" target="_blank">hundreds of volunteers</a>. A contingent of those volunteers have been doing this for years – and donate countless hours to the fest.</p><p>Sara Ricke has been volunteering with the Austin Film Festival for the past seven years. And it’s safe to say, she loves it.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116841514" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9002 at http://kut.org Hundreds of Volunteers Take a Starring Role at the Austin Film Festival America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile http://kut.org/post/americas-oldest-veteran-lives-austin-what-happened-him-yesterday-will-make-you-smile <p>A diverse group of volunteers braved the heat Thursday to upgrade the residence of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">107-year-old World War II veteran</a> Richard Overton &ndash; the country&rsquo;s oldest living World War II veteran.</p><p>The East Austin house has been&nbsp;Overton&#39;s&nbsp;home since he built it in 1945, when he returned from war. And though he&rsquo;s done some upgrades over the years, it was beginning to have some serious issues: broken windows, a failing refrigerator and more.</p><p>But then a team of several dozen volunteers came to fix it all.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:28:11 +0000 Mark Gwin 8855 at http://kut.org America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile Meet the Texas Conservation Corps http://kut.org/post/meet-texas-conservation-corps <p>A youth organization that worked as a secondary emergency-response team during <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/top-stories-2012-central-texas-wildfires-one-year-later">the Central Texas wildfires</a> has a new name.</p><p>Environmental Corps, a service program for <a href="http://www.americanyouthworks.org/">American YouthWorks</a>, is now the <a href="http://www.americanyouthworks.org/green-jobs-programs/texasconservationcorps">Texas Conservation Corps</a>.&nbsp;American YouthWorks CEO Pac Smith announced the rebranding today, as nearly two dozen new members were sworn in at the Capitol.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:56:14 +0000 Ann Choi 7035 at http://kut.org Meet the Texas Conservation Corps Children Volunteer in the Community Through the Little Helping Hands Organization http://kut.org/post/children-volunteer-community-through-little-helping-hands-organization-0 <p>Outside Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.centerforchildprotection.org/">Center for Child Protection</a>, a group of kids and their families planted flowers and mulched flower beds. While most young children spend their Saturdays playing with friends or watching cartoons, six year old Grace Nugent was out volunteering.</p><p>&ldquo;One of my favorite parts was to help and serve the community,&rdquo; Nugent said.</p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 22:19:38 +0000 Torrie Hardcastle 882 at http://kut.org Children Volunteer in the Community Through the Little Helping Hands Organization "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Needs Help in Georgetown http://kut.org/post/extreme-makeover-home-edition-needs-help-georgetown <p>Want to help someone in need <strong>and </strong>be on national television? The ABC show <em>Extreme Makeover Home Edition</em> is shooting an episode in Georgetown and looking for volunteers. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:00:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 368 at http://kut.org "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Needs Help in Georgetown