On Give 5 to Mother Earth Day, local businesses pitch in to help non-profits

George Cofer, left, and Colin Wallis, right, will lead a bike tour around Austin, hitting as many businesses participating in Give 5 to Mother Earth Day. Photo courtesy Austin Parks Foundation


Want to help out non-profit organizations focusing on conservation and environmental causes in Austin?

On April 21, the day before Earth Day, a group of local businesses will pledge 5 percent of their sales to a fund that benefits nine non-profit organizations working to protect and preserve the planet.

That means you can lend Mother Nature a hand while eating tacos, watching movies, sipping smoothies and more.

Money raised through Give 5 to Mother Earth Day will go to Treefolks, Hill Country Conservancy, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Waller Creek Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, Pease Park Conservancy, and Friends of Barton Springs Pool.

About 100 businesses, including Tacodeli, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Guero’s, Juiceland, Amy’s Ice Creams, Four Hands Home, are participating. For a complete list, go to https://austingive5.org/2017-give-5-day/. (Want your business to participate? You can sign up through April 21 by filling out a form on Give 5’s website at https://austingive5.org/for-businesses/#signup.)

A kickoff celebration for the event is set for 10 a.m. at Juiceland, 2828 Guadalupe.

Super motivated to help the planet and get in some nice exercise? Join George Cofer, executive director of the Hill Country Conservancy, and Colin Wallis, executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation, who will lead a bike tour around the city to hit as many of the participating businesses as possible.

Their Magical Mystical Bike Tour will begin with a quick breakfast at 7 a.m. From there, they’ll swing by the kickoff celebration at JuiceLand. For more details, go here. https://www.facebook.com/austingive5

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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