14 Apr

Campaign update for “Give 5% to Mother Earth”

We are two weeks away from “Give 5% to Mother Earth” and we are so excited about this year!  The official campaign banner (below) identifies participating businesses!

14 Apr

Barton Springs Pool Earth Day Cleaning THIS THURSDAY!

Join the Friends of Barton Springs Pool THIS THURSDAY, April 17th, in tidying up the pool for spring!   Please join us between 10 am and 6 pm and help us give the pool a good scrubbin’! Bring some friends! Food and ‘freshments will be supplied.

If you plan on attending, please email service@friendsofbartonspringspool.org to RSVP!

You can also sign up for the cleaning on VolunteerSpot, by following these easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/dYeiVP

2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Pool cleanings usually take place in three or four two-hour shifts-usually 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, and 4-6. We need three to ten volunteers for each shift along with experienced volunteers to serve as shift leaders.

At the seasonal monthly pool cleanings, FBSP volunteers scrub rocks, vacuum the pool bottom, clean algae off steps and railings, skim algae off the pool surface, plant flowers and help maintain the pool grounds, paint benches and trim, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

We look look forward to seeing you there!

12 Apr

PRESS RELEASE: Fifth Annual “Give 5% to Mother Earth” Campaign Unites Local Business Community, Announces Balcones Resources as Title Sponsor

AUSTIN, TX – March 11, 2014 – Texas Land Conservancy, along with six other environmental non-profits, is encouraging the Central Texas community to eat, shop, play, and more to support the Fifth Annual “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign – taking place at over 200 local business locations all over Austin on Earth Day, April 22, 2014!

Give 5% to Mother Earth” is a collaboration between Texas Land Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, TreeFolks, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Austin Parks Foundation, Urban Roots, and Clean Water Fund. Local businesses have committed to donate five percent of gross sales on Earth Day to these non-profits that dedicate their time and energy into making Central Texas a better place.

This year, the ‘Give 5’ campaign has simply grown to a new level,” said George Cofer, Executive Director of Hill Country Conservancy. “With the number of new businesses and sponsors involved, as well as additional non-profit beneficiaries, the campaign has become a significant source of funding for our environmental community, as well as a model for similar programs around the nation. Now we need Austin to help make the outcome this year bigger and better than ever!”

Balcones Resources is the Title Sponsor of the campaign this year. Balcones Resources is a comprehensive environmental services company. We specialize in recovering resources through traditional recycling, document destruction and alternative energy. Balcones is not associated with a landfill, which makes us experts in diverting recyclable materials away from your trash bin and into our recycling program. Since 1994, Balcones has created customized recycling programs for hundreds of businesses in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Little Rock metropolitan areas. Each customer has its own set of challenges and goals. We’re here to help you maximize the effectiveness of your recycling, including helping you with office recycling for LEED® certification.

In its fifth year, the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign has become a substantial source of annual fundraising for each beneficiary. Since inception, the campaign has doubled in size each year. In its entirety, the campaign has raised over $100,000 for environmental non-profits that work year round to better the local environment in multiple ways. By participating in this campaign, local business owners and the community are making a significant positive impact on the future of Austin’s natural resources.

Other sponsors of the campaign include Thundercloud Subs, Reagan Outdoor, AT&T, Enterprise, Silicon Labs, SXSWEco,

For more a full list of participating businesses and “Give 5% to Mother Earth” events, visit AustinGive5.com.

19 Mar


Support Barton Springs Pool!

Join us as we Amplify Austin by donating to Friends of Barton Springs Pool through the Amplify Austin campaign on March 20-21, 2014.  Your donation supports our work to protect, restore, improve and maintain Barton Springs Pool – Austin’s Crown Jewel and natural treasure. Beginning this Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 PM, Friends of Barton Springs Pool joins 500 local non-profits trying to collectively raise 4 million dollars during a 24-hour period of online giving.

Visit the Friends of Barton Springs Pool’s Amplify Austin page.

Our volunteers are happy to help clean the springs, and are even happier to have your Amplify Austin donation. Your donation will support Friends of Barton Springs Pool in our work to help restore and renovate the Barton Springs Pool Bathhouse, and to help organize monthly cleaning events that bring in scores of swimmers and friends of Barton Springs to work beside the staff to clean the Pool.  Such funds are used in our monthly volunteer pool cleanings to to purchase cleaning equipment and tools, food, and refreshments. Friends of Barton Springs Pool also raises funds to purchase new trees in the pool area.

18 Feb


Special thanks to our wonderful Spring Cleaning volunteers and Pool Staff for generously contributing their time and effort to help clean Barton Springs Pool on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  With nearly 100 participants clocking in more than 200 volunteer hours, volunteers helped pull weeds, brush and clean the stair rails and sidewalls, pot plants (it’s not what it sounds like), till gardens, spread mulch, excavate rocks, shovel sediment, and move the debris to the compost area by rolling wheelbarrows outside the pool area.  All this hard work glorious Spring day helped contribute to the cleaning, well-being, and beautification of Barton Springs Pool.

Of course, we would welcome any of the Spring Cleaning volunteers to join us at one of our monthly cleanings which occur on the first Thursday of each month.  We keep details posted on our website and also in our membership newsletters.

11 Feb

FBSP February 11, 2014 Board Meeting

The next FBSP Board Meeting will be at 6:30 pm this Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road (just east of I-35).

Hope to see you there!

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