The Aunt Bertha Blog

Creating An Account On Aunt Bertha

Creating an account on Aunt Bertha allows individuals and families to find out which programs they qualify for, how much they qualify for, bookmark programs, and get monthly and weekly updates on jobs and new programs in their zip code.

Topics: Social Work austin Erine Gray need-based programs software Mozart Guerrier

Make Your Mark Week Oct. 16-22

Aunt Bertha recently heard of a powerful event for youth this week: Make Your Mark Week. As a strong believer in the role community service plays in helping young people enhance their education and contribute to society, I invite you to join us and celebrate Make Your Mark Week, October 16 -22.

During the week, young people will focus on issues that matter most to them by doing small acts or service projects that add up to make a big difference.

This year, Make Your Mark Week acts of service and projects will focus on animalsenvironmenthomelessnesshunger and literacy.

With a goal of reaching 200,000 young people, I encourage you and your family to get involved and make your own mark in your local community by visiting Make Your Mark Week to pledge an action and join the movement.

Make Your Mark Week, made possible by generationOn, the youth activation division of Points of Light Institute and founding partner, Hasbro, strives to 
inspire and mobilize youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service.

Aunt Bertha, Where Have You Been?

Aunt Bertha has been busy. We haven't been on twitter or Facebook as often as we would like, but we have been working. Specifically, Erine Gray, our founder has been building relationships in our launch city, AustinTX, over the last 2 months, Lyn has been inputting hundreds of programs with organizations like Be The Change Austin and our crowd-source team, and Vicken is still testing our website for optimal performance. My focus has been on supporting the development of our organizational philosophy and infrastructure development. Here is a short list of organizations*and conferences we have shared Aunt Bertha’s message with:




P.S: We want to thank all these orgnaizations for their feedback and support, and look forward to future collaboration. I also want to say this: all these meetings were fun, but what we are most proud of is the development of our database. As of this writing we have numerous programs in Austin and across Texas. Take a look!

*As of 10/14/2011

Topics: new york times Texas Tribune UT-Austin School of Social Work Texas Workforce Solutions Caritas of Austin Nextfest 2011 Texas MHMR

Cancer and Domestic Violence in Relationships

What would you do if you were facing a life-threatening disease and being hurt by someone you love all at the same time?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two important issues in our community but not often considered to exist at the same time. Recently, I got the opportunity to sit down with Stephen Collazo, LCSW, a medical social worker at MD Anderson and discuss this topic in depth.

This interview is for people who may be in a tough situation while in cancer treatment, human service professionals who want to know the signals to watch out for, and family members who suspect someone they love may be in a dangerous relationship.

Listen Here: Cancer and Domestic Violence by aunt bertha

MD Anderson is the #1 Cancer Center in America and is at the cutting edge of working with individuals and families that face these problems. They created a short video that explores this topic further. Watch a video sponsored by MD Anderson about Safety in Relationships.

The Domestic Violence Hotline is: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
NOTE: Computer Use Can Be Monitored. If you fear that your computer might be monitored immediately leave and click on the SAFETY LINK throughout this post to go to a safe website.
If you have any other resources for this topic please share in the comments section or send me an e-mail Aunt Bertha has numerous safe places in Texas for people in this situation.
For other locations please contact the Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
Topics: helping abuse breast cancer cancer domestic violence caregiver

Health Care Reform Explained

David Neff, author of The Future of Non-Profits, recently shared an intriguing video with our team. Health Care Reform explained. This is a clever video that makes long-winded explanations easy to understand. Right up our alley!

Aunt Bertha is not taking a policy position on healthcare reform, but we do see the value in sharing a video that makes understanding complicated legislation easier.

Health care reform explained in "Health Reform Hits Main Street."

Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser's Board of Trustees.

PS: Did you see Aunt Bertha and Erine Gray mentioned in the New York Times last week?
Topics: aunt bertha new york times healthcare public policy healthcare reform social service