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Kanti Fundraiser

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Comments are off

     Austin Leading Ladies held our Christmas happy hour at Opal Devine’s on December 12, marking the first year of existence. Ernestine, of Kanti Goods, is donating a portion of the money raised from the sales of her goods to Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Kanti Goods sells items from across the globe made by impoverished artisans to give them an opportunity to succeed. Please read their story below. If your organization is looking for a unique fundraising opportunity that helps even beyond your organization, please contact Ernestine.

Kanti’s Story

The idea of Kanti Goods blossomed when a mother and daughter’s wanderlust led them to Southern India. While visiting these new places, we started collecting beautiful pieces infused with beautiful stories. We were so inspired by our findings that we decided to bring back some of these treasures and share them with you.

Our name Kanti is derived from Sanskrit, the ancient language of South Asia, which started many of the world’s modern languages. Kanti, the Sanskrit word for beauty, is thus a root for worldly beauty. Here at Kanti, our aim is to offer a variety of beautiful and genuine fine worldly goods so that everyone can enjoy some of the beauty available in our world.

Kanti brings fine worldly goods to you while working to help the local good. Many of our products come from organizations that give opportunities to underprivileged women and small-scale craftsman, artisans, and entrepreneurs while encouraging local materials and fair production methods. Our products help support their causes by helping them acquire new skills, opportunities, and economic independence within their local communities.

Since 2010, we have shared our goods through our signature Home Shows, at local art markets, and through our online shop. In 2011, we decided that simply supporting communities around the world wasn’t enough. Thus, we added a non-profit chapter to our story. Today, proceeds from each Kanti Home Show and online sale will benefit a local charity or non-profit organization. We are proud to help support our local community and appreciate all the help and support we’ve received in return.

As we continue to grow and evolve along the way, we will continue to do our best to bring you the most beautiful variety of products from around the world, while working to help improve global and local communities. Kanti Goods, fine worldly goods for the local good.

“Be Beautiful, Be Kanti.”

WWW.KANTIGOODS.COM

St. Margaret Mary 8th Annual Golf Tournament Benefitting MLF!

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Comments are off


The 8th Annual Mobile Loaves & Fishes at Saint Margaret Mary Golf Tournament is almost here! Register today for you and your team to compete in this time-honored tradition!

CLICK HERE to download your registration form.

This year’s tournament will be at the Teravista golf course in Round Rock. Organizers hope to reach out to lots of golfers, sponsors, donations for the live and silent auctions and volunteers. Those unable to attend or assist in other ways are welcome to make monetary donations for the event.

Dinner tickets will be sold separately for anyone who does not play golf but would like to attend the auctions.

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Street Treats – Releasing More Opportunity at SXSWi

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Leave a comment

This year, Mobile Loaves & Fishes ROADS program is releasing greater opportunities during SXSWi with the launch of three new vendor carts, manned by homeless individuals who are earning 100% of the profits to support themselves.

The carts will sell snacks, Blue Bell ice cream, a selection of pies from Texas Pie Kitchen, and coffee.

The MLF crew will be downtown on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00pm at the South Entrance to the Capitol (11th and Congress) to celebrate and launch this exciting new initiative.

Join us–bring your entire family–and celebrate the joy that comes from helping people help themselves.

The first 100 customers will receive a free, exclusive MLF Street Treats t-shirt.

We have created a Street Treats Launch Party event on Facebook.

And you can follow the official Street Treats Twitter account for updates and to find out the vendors’ locations throughout SXSW: @StreetTreatsATX.

Check out our media coverage of this event!

KUT – Austin

Austin Culture Map

KEYE TV

Mark Horvath at SXSW – Huffington Post

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Mitscoots: Made in the U.S.A. & Employing Our Homeless Friends

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Leave a comment

It’s wasn’t enough for Mitscoots’ founders to simply volunteer or make donations to their favorite charities when they saw a need in the community.  No, the Austin-based start-up has found a way to put ‘doing good’ into the very fabric (pun intended) of their business.

After serving alongside Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ out on the streets of Austin, Tim and Agata Scott decided that there was one very simple, very specific way they could help our homeless brothers and sisters:  by making sure they had clean socks to wear.  The Scotts then developed a line of socks that are high quality, comfortable, and stylish and began selling them to locals, and then donating them for Mobile Loaves & Fishes to carry out on to the streets to distribute to our homeless friends.

“American manufacturing means jobs right here in the states and that matters to us,” Tim said.  “We have tried to address the needs of everyone that is involved in our socks from start to finish. Granted, it might be cheaper and easier to have them manufactured overseas, but we are about making the right decisions and not the easy ones.”

But Team Mitscoots didn’t stop there.  Working with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ ROADS program, they employ homeless individuals to help with the packaging of the socks, giving them an opportunity to earn a dignified living in a safe, comfortable environment.

“We are about empowerment and offering a hand-up and not just a hand-out,” he said.  “When those that need it do work for us, they know that they have contributed to something bigger and that gives them a since of pride and accomplishment that goes well beyond just a charitable gesture. We don’t just want to help the homeless, we want to make a system where they have the ability to help themselves.”

Learn more about Mitscoots at their website, and watch the video to learn more about this fantastic company:

 

 

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Beatitude Mass For the Homeless – St. Edward’s University

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Leave a comment

The St. Edward’s Masterworks Singers, University Chorale, and Madrigal Chamber Singers combine to sing the beautiful Beatitude Mass (For the Homeless) by American composer Henry Mollicone. Soprano soloist will be Cara Johnston. Baritone soloist will be Kelan Latimer. The performance also features the full St.Edward’s University Orchestra, Dr. Robert Radmer conductor. Admission is $10 for adults and proceeds will benefit Austin Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Cost: $10

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Amplify Austin — It’s Gonna ROCK!

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Leave a comment

Amplify Austin is a 24-hour online fundraising event happening in our city on March 4-5, 2013.  Our goal as a city is to raise $1million – and Mobile Loaves & Fishes gets to participate as one of the partner charities eligible to receive your donations that day!

What is even more exciting is that YOU (as an individual, or part of a business) can help us by becoming a fundraiser–and when you do, you’ll be eligible to win prizes for their efforts!

Individual fundraisers pick their own fundraising goal for their chosen nonprofit and receive donations on their fundraising page on AmplifyATX.org. (All fundraisers will be able to register by completing an online form on the Amplify Austin site).

We are thrilled to be part of the Austin Family of Non-Profit Organizations, serving our homeless brothers and sisters each day on the streets of our great city.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to give back and support the organizations and programs that are making life just a little better in Austin.

Stay tuned for more details–coming soon!

 

 

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St. Margaret Mary Boy Scout Collects 100+ Coats!

Posted on December 11, 2012 by Leave a comment

Stuart K. from St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Community collected more than 100 coats for a project this month, and joined the MLF truck team on a run to hand them out.

According to Volunteer Coordinator Scott Walsh,

“Just wanted to share a MLF Moment.  Stuart K., the Boy Scout in the picture raised 100+ coats in a his school and his Moms and Dads business. He wanted to be there when we handed them out so we and his family handed out the coats at Diamond Back 20 minutes before the front hit. Gods timing is spot on.”

 

Homeless Memorial Sunrise Service – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Leave a comment


For two decades House the Homeless and the citizens of Austin have gathered on Auditorium Shores (South 1st & Riverside, on the Lake) at the Homeless Memorial to acknowledge the men, women, and children who have lived and died on our streets.

On this Sunday, November 18, we will again gather at sunrise, 6:59am, to pray, cry, and sing goodbye to our beloved friends.

Don’t miss this citywide gathering when former City Council Member and environmental activist Brigid Shea will be our Keynote speaker. The Pastor Doug Keenan will pray with us, and the lovely Sara Hickman will wash us in song.

Breakfast tacos, coffee, and orange juice to be served after the service.

Location: The Homeless Memorial and Tree of Remembrance are located on Auditorium Shores on Town Lake at South 1st and Riverside Streets, just 75 yards east of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and west of the Fanny Davis Gazebo.

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Plates & Palettes Formula 1 Reception – To Benefit MLF!

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Leave a comment

ART on 5th welcomes Formula 1 Race Fans!

Join us for a wonderful evening of art, drinks and food for a great cause.

Thursday, November 15th, 8pm to midnight. 

During this exciting festival time, we will be giving back to the local the community with donations to Mobile Loaves and Fishes and we hope you will too. 

ART

Exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O’Keeffe available for viewing and acquisition. Best of Texas showcase with new works from Paul StankiewiczJenny MeyerCynthia ChartierCindi Wright, and many more.

FOOD

Food compliments of the best restaurants in Austin, including El Naranjo, Tarka, Buenos Aires Café, Quality Seafoods and more!

DRINK

Drinks courtesy of Bone Spirits, Bending Branch Winery, and more.

 

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