2nd Annual Give Back & Get Loud Presented by vcfo

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM) (CDT)


A Program of our Leadership Service Committee in partnership with Austin Gives

Join us for the 2nd Annual Give Back & Get Loud Presented by vcfo - a reimagination of our nonprofit fair and Sounds & Stories events - where you’ll be able to mix and mingle happy hour-style with over thirty nonprofits! At this special event in The Long Center's Kodosky Donor Lounge, you’ll discover ways you can get involved and contribute to move our community forward - all while taking in some true artistic performances in Austin style.  

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Give Back & Get Loud is free for community members and participating nonprofits!

What to Expect

  • Opportunity to connect with Nonprofits at their designated cocktail tables - setup to encourage casual conversations as you learn more about each other and how you can get involved

  • Featuring a Performance with Sounds & Stories from local musician, Jon Dee Graham

  • Support Local Artisans with Pop-up Shops - Lena's Jewelry Box, ENX Creative, and "Goodness Gear" from the neighbors at Mobile Loaves & Fishes

  • Complimentary light appetizers and beverages available for purchase

  • Opportunity to select a nonprofit in attendance to receive a donation from one of our Give Back Champions*

Why should you Give Back & Get Loud?

The work of nonprofits touches every aspect of our community, from human services and education to arts, culture, and civics. Your involvement and perspectives help shape the direction, capacity, and approach of how a nonprofit grows and serves our community...and at the end of the day, help our neighbors. Put simply, nonprofits need your help. 

Mentoring a student? (check) Joining a board or committee? (check) Being a friend to a senior? (check) Come to Give Back & Get Loud to take the next step in your community involvement!

About Jon Dee Graham

Jon Dee Graham is a musician, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, TX. Graham was named the Austin Musician of the Year during the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in 2006. He has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times: as a solo artist in 2000, again in 2008 as a member of The Skunks, and again in 2009 as a member of the True Believers.

The True Believers, which included Alejandro Escovedo and his brother, Javier Escovedo, are widely considered by critics to be seminal figures in the fusion of literary songwriting and punk rock, a sound often referred to as cowpunk, a subset of alternative country.

Jon Dee Graham went on to play with John Doe, Exene Cervenka, James McMurtry, Eliza Gilkyson, Kelly Willis, John Hiatt, Michelle Shocked, Patty Griffin, Calvin Russell, and Lone Justice. His music has been featured in soundtracks such as Ladder 49 and Veronica Mars. 

About the Local Artisans

Lena's Jewelry Box

Lena is a Native Texan who was born and raised in the outskirts of Dallas. She is of Punjabi descent and draws inspiration from both her cultures when putting together pieces.

Lena’s introduction to earrings started when she began converting earrings to clip on earrings herself before she had her ears pierced in her early 20's. Eventually she started to put together the earrings herself instead of just converting existing earrings. Due to her own experiences with metal allergies, Lena makes sure to use quality items when putting together her pieces to ensure comfort for her customers. All items in this shop are handcrafted using quality items by Lena in Austin, TX.

ENX Creative

ENX Creative is an intimate design & illustration studio based in Austin, TX. Founded by Elizabeth Núñez-Xoconoxtle, the Latinx brand offers art, home and paper goods.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community Market

Located in Community First! Village, the Community Market is a central hub where visitors and neighbors alike can find connection, convenience and keepsakes. Here you’ll find an eclectic array of unique art and handcrafted gifts made by formerly homeless artists who live in the Village, as well as branded shirts, hats, bags, mugs and more – what we call “Goodness Gear.”

Working out of the Community Works Entrepreneur Hub, neighbors living in the Village earn a dignified income using their God-given talents to produce original fine art, ceramic pottery, jewelry, and other wares. Every purchase helps support Community First! Village neighbors along with their continued efforts to lift more men and women up off the streets into a permanent home and supportive community.

Are you interested in Giving Back Loudly?

We're looking for community-minded companies to be showcased during the Give Back Get Loud event as Give Back Champions. Give Back Champions will have the honor of gifting a donation to one of the present nonprofits through a drawing facilitated by Bobby Jenkins. 

If you believe your business would be a good fit, please reach out to us to learn more about supporting the nonprofit community of Austin in this special way. 

Participating Nonprofits

3 Day Startup, INC

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

Austin Clubhouse

Austin Diaper Bank

Austin Monitor

Austin Partners in Education

Beat 4 Beat


Central Texas Food Bank


Dance Waterloo

Drive a Senior-Austin, TX

Foundation Communities


Jamsz Konnections

Keep Austin Fed


MAS Cultura

Meals on Wheels Central Texas

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Partnerships for Children

Pop-Up Birthday

Sammy's House

The Dog Alliance

The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation

The Long Center for Performing Arts

The Trail Foundation

TreeFolks Young Professionals

United Way for Greater Austin


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Thank You to Our Event Partners

In-Person Event Expectations for Attendees:

✅ Masks are strongly recommended for high-risk attendees when not actively eating or drinking

✅ Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

Stay home when appropriate

✅ The Austin Young Chamber reserves the right to update these protocols should City, County, and/or State guidelines change.

* Attendee must not be employed by the nonprofit organization selected to receive the donation.

The Long Center
The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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Mel Martin
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM) (CDT)
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