Archive for October, 2011

Coat Drive Underway at Whole Earth

Please Note: This is the information from our 2011 Coat Drive.
For information on our 2012 New Toy and Book Drive click here.

Our annual effort to collect gently worn outerwear is now underway at a Whole Earth location near you! Our annual Coat Drive attempts to gather as many reusable, clean garments and get them to agencies that can supply them to those who need them this winter. For each piece of outerwear donated, you will receive a $5.00 gift certificate that can be immediately redeemed at  all our stores.

Drop off your extra coats before December 11th, please, because that is when we will be transporting them to the great charity organizations listed below.

Note that you may donate as many coats as you can spare and you will receive that $5 gift certificate for each one—but these coupons may not be combined, but must be redeemed on separate transactions.

Please help us help those in need. Thank you.

In Austin:  Front Steps / The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

Since 1997, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH ) has worked with the homeless population in Austin, serving more than 800 people per day, 215 in their shelter each night. Besides overnight shelter, ARCH is a 24/7 social service center providing showers, basic needs, comprehensive care management/support services, and permanent supportive housing programs. They have distributed the outerwear we collect for the past three years.

In Dallas: Arlington Life Shelter

Established in 1987 the Arlington Life Shelter (ALS) has improved the lives of the Dallas metro area homeless by providing shelter for those in difficulty. Housing is certainly a priority, but in order to break the cycle of poverty for the young children who enter the shelter daily, many more resources are also made available for the entire family. These programs include educational opportunities, skill training, budget/money management classes, and connection to other community social services. Whole Earth is excited about our new partnership with ALS this year.

In Houston:  Star of Hope

For more than a century, the Star of Hope Mission has ministered to the greater Houston area, meeting the needs of nearly 1000 men, women and their children nightly. Star of Hope focuses on employment, life management, education, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse. Whole Earth has partnered with them for the past several years.

In San Antonio:  Haven for Hope

Only begun in 2006, Haven for Hope has grown to providing housing programming to over 1600 people daily in San Antonio – out of an estimated population of more than 4000 homeless individuals in the city. They are dedicated to transforming the lives of these homeless men, women, and children by addressing the root causes of homelessness through education, job training and behavioral health services. We are happy to begin partnering with them this year.


The Daytripper PBS-TV star Chet Garner visits Austin

Patagonia Advocate Weeks Benefit Audubon Texas

Whole Earth Provision Co. and Patagonia Footwear are teaming up to raise funds for the Texas initiatives of the National Audubon Society. During the two week promotion period—known as Advocate Weeks—any Patagonia shoe purchased at a Whole Earth store will earn $10 for these Audubon efforts. This donation adds no cost to the customer purchasing Patagonia shoes. The organization known as 1% For The Planet has certified that Audubon Texas and its programs are worthy of all our support.

National Audubon has long been active in Texas in many ways. The three programs that will benefit from Advocate Weeks are these:

1) Trinity River and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centers, both just minutes from downtown Dallas. Collectively, these 400-plus acres set the stage for phenomenal outdoor experiences for schoolchildren, families and individuals – more than 25,000 people each year.  Activities include nature-based science education programs, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking.

2) Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in south San Antonio. This unique habitat of 1,200 acres is a wildlife refuge and a hiking, birdwatching, and nature-viewing opportunity that serves more than 5,000 students each year.

3) Texas Gulf Coast Stewardship. Audubon maintains habitat and island sanctuaries up and down the coast of Texas.  Some of these areas became release sites for birds that were rescued and cleaned up from the oil spill in April 2010.

Please stop by the Whole Earth store nearest you between October 15th and 30th to purchase a great pair of shoes and, in so doing, provide $10 for the worthy efforts of the National Audubon Society in Texas.


The North Face Speaker Series with Cory Richards

Season Three of The North Face Speaker Series brings alpinist and photographer, Cory Richards, to Austin’s Zachery Scott Theater on Monday, October 24th. Tickets are free and are only available by reserving them online. (Click here for ticket reservations.) Cory will present a program depicting his thrilling climb of Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II.

The show begins at 7:00pm in Zach Scott’s Kleberg Theater – adjacent to the construction of their new 430 seat theater set to open in 2012. Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. An $8 fee reserves your spot in the theater and a $20 fee allows admission to the VIP Reception with Cory Richards starting at 6:00 pm.

All funds raised at the event will be donated to Westcave Preserve – a Hill Country treasure that truly deserves our support for their many programs and for maintaining the Preserve through the terrible drought we have endured this year.

Parking is available at the theater area, but not in the old north lot adjacent to the Kleberg Theater entrance. Drive past that on Riverside Dr. continuing a short way west from Lamar Blvd. to the City of Austin lot one block away. Additional parking is available on the south side of Zach Scott on Toomey Ave.

The Daytripper Comes to Our Mockingbird Store

Keen Recess Revolution Tour Hits Austin