by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
This weekend Theatre Action Project participated in an MLK Day project at the 3M Innovation Center in West Austin. 3M’s impressive and inviting environment quickly reminded us that innovation happens with the merging of ideas, education, and heart. It was the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King who brought us together in service this day and it gave us the opportunity to remember that together we can do good work and make a difference.
Through Hands on Central Texas, we chose to support Communities in Schools – Central Texas, Inc., the 2012 beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon & Relay taking place January 30th in Austin. Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and is the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.
It was inspiring to see so many great organizations from as far away as Dallas and Ft. Worth in Austin, all inspired to serve.
Special kudos to TAP’s AmeriCorps VISTAS Katie Grills, Amanda Davis, and Cassie Swayze who like Dr. King, remind us that real service is not a once a year opportunity, but a daily commitment to our community.