The Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ)Alliance

The Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ)Alliance


Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ) Alliance is a coalition of local individuals and organizations who work together to create a healthier and more vibrant Rundberg area for school children and their families.   READ Alliance supports the Rundberg neighborhood through local family events, student-led beautification projects, and sharing ongoing events in the Rundberg area. Some of the ongoing collaborative projects for the Alliance included:


In collaboration with students from the R.E.A.D. Alliance, local artists painted the cistern at Barrington Elementary School in the rain garden. The images incorporated drawings from students who live in the Rundberg Education Achievement District.


Every year, R.E.A.D. Alliance hosts a Spring Festival to celebrate the many incredible cultures present in the neighborhood.


Every October R.E.A.D. hosts a Fall Festival and Trick-Or-Treat Safe Zone on Rundberg Lane. Families and kids can enjoy activities and games while walking Rundberg Lane. Local business owners open their doors for trick-or-treating. Neighborhood Police greet families and ensure everyone has a fun and safe night on Rundberg Lane.

The Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ) was created in 2014 at the initiative of Austin Police District Representative Ray Kianes as a way to sustain the tremendous reduction in criminal activity at I35 and Rundberg Lane as part of the Restore Rundberg neighborhood revitalization initiative, when he realized that, with the opening of IDEA Rundberg in 2015, the whole area located along Rundberg Lane between North Lamar Boulevard and Cameron Road, from Barrington and Guerrero-Thompson Elementary Schools to Dobie Middle School and Dobie Pre-K.

Interested in Getting Involved? Below is some contact information
Communications: cecile_fandos@yahoo.frIf you’re not on the READ listserv but would like to be please email:

Interested in staying connected? Follow the at Facebook by clicking HERE.

Meet Gayle Reaume, founder of Moolah U


Gayle Reaume, founder of Moolah U, an organization created to inspire young people to establish habits that build a life of financial stability and independence. Through the entrepreneurial experience, they come to know themselves as responsible people who can accomplish whatever they choose.

Gayle Reaume founded Moolah U after noticing that children are often not equipped to manage their money powerfully–now or when they are on their own. She wanted to teach her own child how to be financially responsible, and searched futilely for resources to do so.

In response to this need, Gayle used her experience as a business coach, public speaker, and author, to design experiential programs and resources to provide this vital and missing piece of education to our community.

Her clever programs offer a fun, hands-on experience with money, showing kids that financial responsibility is a learned habit that they can develop at a young age.  These innovative programs are delivered in Moolah U’s signature style that engages participants in a real dialogue about the value of money and their relationship to it.

As a founding member of the United Way Capital Area Leadership Council for Financial Stability, Gayle is supporting the movement for financial empowerment for the next generation.

Moolah U assists people in creating more powerful financial perspectives for themselves, dramatically changing the lives of hundreds of kids who are now becoming financially responsible.   This relieves a common area of tension in the home.

Gayle’s commitment is to create a future of financial stability for everyone.

Category : Blog


By: Pearl Esema

What is hackathon? <div> hackathon is the only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon, 100% organized and 100% operated by students of color, in the United States. Hackathon  is held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.  <div> hackathon’s mission is to assist Millennials Of Color in recognizing that they can be more than consumers of technology—they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of tomorrow’s technology.

Last year (2015), was our inaugural year. 50 Millennials Of Color (high-school and undergrads) spent the first weekend of SXSW, paired with Mentors, developing mobile apps that solved problems in the Education, Health, and Social Justice sectors.

This year, our <div> hackathon is answering the technology pipeline problem. Our  <div> hackathon will serve as an information and social capital conduit—a pipeline—connecting talent-seeking companies to 65 phenomenal Millennials Of Color.

When and where is <div> hackathon? This year, <div> hackathon will be held March 12 and 13, 2016 on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. Huston-Tillotson University is a federally designated HBCU (a Historically Black College and University). Huston-Tillotson University is home to a diverse student campus. Our student body is 72% African-American, 17% Latino, 6% White, and 4% International.

Who runs <div> hackathon? <div> hackathon is 100% organized and 100% operated by the students of Huston-Tillotson University.

What should you expect to see at <div> hackathon?

  • Over 234 participants (65 Students, 40 Mentors, 100 Spectators, 13 Huston-Tillotson Student Organizers, 5 Guest Judges, 10 Huston-Tillotson Faculty and Staff Members, and 1 Huston-Tillotson President);
  • 65 Students from diverse backgrounds, creating mobile apps that disrupt the Business, Health, Education, and Entertainment sectors;
  • Supportive, engaging, and curriculum-based environment ;
  • Tech talks, which share with students new product knowledge; career survival skills; and the power of personal branding; and
  • Opportunities to network, table, and discuss!

We work hard to create an amazing <div> hackathon experience! Here’s what last year’s participants had to say about our <div> hackathon:

“<div> hackathon was a life changing experience that helped open my mind to becoming innovative and more than just a consumer of technology.” – Judith Job, Huston-Tillotson University Kinesiology student

“At <div> hackathon, I made lasting connections. I was also inspired to continue to create apps.” – Arsenio Brown, Huston-Tillotson University Sociology student

“<div> hackathon opened my eyes to something special about my East Austin community. Spending a weekend seeing different people of color work together to solve different issues was not only empowering but proves that we can go further if we do it together.” – Juan Zuniga, Austin Community College Business Management student

“Thank you so much for putting together the <div> hackathon! It’s great that you guys promoted diversity and women’s equality! I had so much fun, met some amazing people and learned so many tools that I will definitely be using…Please let me know if you guys ever do this again, I’d definitely be interested.” – Maryam Khawar, Austin Peace Academy student

If you would like to support us, or have any further questions or concerns about our <div> hackathon Supporter Tiers below, please contact Autumn Caviness, 512-505-3163, and refer to for more information.  Thank you!


Hindu Charities For America 2016 Updates


By:  Harish Kotecha (Founder) & Hindu Charities For America Board Members

Contact:  512.994.4638,

The 2016 year was a very successful & dynamic year for Hindu Charities For America. We not only grew in number with our Board members but also had some very noticeable achievements with our fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Our three major events are the Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt (over 1,400 children were supported), the Annual School Supplies event and the HC4A (Aadhaar) Gala ($43k was donated for scholarships). These fundraising events sum up to support our efforts to award Vocational Training Scholarships for economically disadvantaged students and the Annual donation of School Supplies to Homeless Children with Jewish Community.  The financial statement of our fundraising numbers will be officially announced early next year.

In order to get a head start in our planning process for the events in year 2017, we would like to announce the dates for 2017 events. Please add to your calendar. If you are running an organization, we kindly request you to spare the HC4A event dates to avoid two major events happening on the same date – We really appreciate your cooperation in this!!

Dates for 2017:

Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt – 4:00 pm, May 28, 2017 (Dell Jewish Community Center)
Annual School Supplies Event – 12:30 pmAugust 13, 2017 (Dell Jewish Community Center)
HC4A Gala – 6:00 pmNov 4, 2017 – Crowne Plaza Austin

We truly appreciate the wholehearted support that was extended by the community & volunteers and look forward to the same in 2017.

Please feel free to contact us if you like to be part of charity administration or participate in event organization or simply volunteer!

Child writing

Summer Bash and Scholarship Fundraiser


Thank-you to everyone to came out to our Summer Bash and Scholarship Fundraiser, Angel Austin with Life Music House Concerts for amazing us with your beautiful voice, Net Visual Tours for the photos, Balkan Cafe & Grill for hosting us, and District 4 City Council Member, Greg Casar for your support. Harish Kotecha shared information on his efforts that have resulted in $123k in school supplies and scholarships to date with this year: $20k in school supplies and $33k in scholarship. Scholarships have been allocated to Capital Idea, Manor Independent School District, Austin Community College, and Austin Independent School District.

Here are ways people can still help:
  • To Donate, click here
  • Donate goods/services for live auction planned for Nov 5th Aadhaar Gala at 7pm at Crown Plaza
  • Sponsor the event, sponsor ship levels: $250, $500 and $1,000+ – details by writing at or calling 512.994.4638

To see more photos from event, visit: HERE .

NAI scholarships

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4th Annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2016 and Wine and Cheese Affair with Hindu Charities For America


4th Annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2016 is coming soon and there are some sponsorship opportunities.

Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt (BMBB) is designed to help spread the gift of wisdom. The net proceeds from BMBB will be used to purchase School Supplies for Austin area homeless students. You will be helping us in education for deserving but financially deprived little kids of our area.

Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) is asking for support on this event with sponsorship:

General Sponsorship: $200

  • Mingle and Mix with over 400 South Asian, Jewish and other communities
  • You will be helping to provide school supplies to Homeless children in Austin area to start the 2016-2017 School Year
  • Your sponsorship will be listed in the program listing
  • Email marketing for event where Sponsors will be listed with website link – Minimum of two email blasts, each to about 3,500 South Asians and other communities in Austin area
  • Facebook listing of sponsorship – at least few thousand shares!
  • Two free Reserved tickets to the event (total value $60) if attending, RSVP by May 15th
  • Opportunity to be on TV Asia, who plans to cover the event!

Details of 4th Annual BMBB: 
General Admission:           

Adults over 18yrs $30

Children between 6yrs and 18yrs $10

Table of 10 Sponsorship:                $500
Venue:                                           Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin TX 78731
Date and Time:                              Sunday June 5th, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Dress Code:                                    Ethnic festive dress encouraged

Visit for more information  or call for more information to  (512) 994-4638
The organization will also host another event with the purpose of the Wine and Cheese Affair Friday May 20th 6 pm to 8 pm is to introduce Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) to community volunteers who potentially may be interested in getting involved, specifically as HC4A Foundation member.  HC4A’s mission is to Bridge Income Disparity Through Education. Toward this goal, HC4A, founded in 2010, has been working with Jewish community to raise funds for annual donation of school supplies for homeless children in Austin metro area. Last year over $18k was raised and this year, the plan is $20k+  .  HC4A also donates vocational training scholarships to those students who fall below federally defined poverty measure. This year, we plan to donate over $43k through Austin Community College, Capital Idea and Manor ISD. At present the organization who has 5 Foundation members and looking to expand to 11.
Specifically, the Foundation Members play the following role:
  • Foundation board members each contributes towards charity $2500 or more a year.
  • Members help expand the charity via their influence and contacts
  • They solicit community leaders to make monetary contribution towards the cause
  • Members are expected to spend a minimum of 10 Hours per year towards charitable cause
  • Chairman presents the State of Affairs quarterly to the Foundation Board and is assisted by the Executive Board President
 Please contact Harish Kotecha at (512) 773.7815 to attend the Wine & Cheese Affair so that you can learn more about the efforts. The general location is near Mansfield Dam on 620.
Hindu Charity for America

Austin Partners in Education

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Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education (APIE) delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs in reading and math designed to improve student academic performance. APIE’s 1,800 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom Coaching program, students benefit from small group (3:1 or below) instruction from volunteers drawn from more than 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses and community organizations.

 In the 2014-15 school year, APIE served 3,300 students through the following programs:

  • Elementary Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students developing reading skills in either English or Spanish.
  • Middle School Math Classroom Coaching: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students to build a strong foundation in middle school math, putting them on track to succeed in high school algebra.
  • College Readiness (9th-12th grade) and Case Management: Advocates offer information, advising and tutoring to students “in the bubble” between being qualified to graduate and being college ready.
  • Mentoring (all grades): Volunteers work one-on-one with students during the school day to help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence.
Quick Bites of APIE: Benefits of Being a Volunteer
  • Increases self-confidence – volunteering can create a significant boost to your self-esteem and overall life satisfaction.
  • Brings fulfillment – volunteer work can be energizing, inspiring, and give you an escape from the everyday work flow.
  • Helps develop new skills – it’s an opportunity to enhance your current skill set and carry those skills to advance your career.
  • A healthier body – research shows those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression compared to those who do not volunteer.
  • Increases happiness – researchers studied the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness and found the more you volunteer the happier you are.

Find out how to get involved, here.

Austin Partners In Education


Capital IDEA, a Career Expressway Partner with Austin Community College


Austin is the No. 1 city is America for overall tech job creation!  These careers have the opportunity for good wages and a career path that rewards hard work. An Associate Degree can get a profesional started in their career path and as more experience is gained,  salaries will keep growing.

Capital IDEA is a Career Expressway Partner with Austin Community College (ACC). Together they are helping hard working, low-income adults succeed in Tech Careers. ACC provides the self-paced training and stackable credentials while Capital IDEA offers financial assistance for tuition, books and childcare.

Consider This. If you’re a current ACC student, or thinking about going back to school, consider this: Career Expressway Tech Careers include a year-long paid internship at $11/hour or more! Tech careers are taking off in the Austin area for individuals that need a great job and employers who need great people.

Enter the Career Expressway. Get started by attending an Orientation find out more about qualifications and the application process. Orientation is mandatory to apply: Upcoming Orientations

Career Fact sheets (pdfs):



For more information, visit here  .

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4th Annual School Supplies Packing Event at Dell Jewish Community Center


After a successful fundraising event in May, the Hindu (Hindu Charities for America) and Jewish (Jewish Federation of Greater Austin) communities of Austin have purchased enough school supplies for over 1,000 homeless and other economically disadvantaged children in Manor, Austin, and Del Valle.  Now the group is seeking volunteers to help pack the school supplies for students to start the 2015-2016 school year right while getting to know their neighbors on August 16th at Dell Jewish Community Center (7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731). The volunteer event will include music, dancing, snacks and an opportunity to make cards for the children.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1.2 million children are homeless on any given night in the United States. Analysis of recently released federal data shows that the number of homeless children and youth identified in public schools has increased for the second year in a row, and by 41% over the past two school years.

Hindu Charities for America is a non-profit, charitable organization making education possible for economically disadvantaged students.  Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) was conceived for the purpose of providing Indian communities across the United States an opportunity to give back to the communities who have embraced us and given us the chance to prosper.  HC4A has been recognized for assisting in the improvement of the quality of life back home in India, too. The group has contributed their time and money to build schools, temples, hospitals and more. HC4A has launched various initiatives to help Indian communities in USA get involved in giving back to their local societies.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin is Shalom Austin’s philanthropic and community development branch that connects people, organizations and resources to strengthen Jewish life at home and around the world. The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign, the Jewish community’s primary annual philanthropic appeal, strengthens Jewish life and supports critical humanitarian needs in Austin, Israel and around the world.  The campaign funds social service, outreach, educational and community building programs.

If planning to volunteer to be a group leader, please arrive at noon time or call (512) 994-4638 for more information.  The packing tends to go quickly so volunteers are asked to arrive at 1 PM.

Click here for preview of 2014 Event!

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Hindu Charities     Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

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