At Zilker Belts one of our core values is community engagement. There are several organizations in Austin that we’ve been passionately supporting for years. While there are many worthy causes to get behind, we’re proud to focus our support on three great local non-profit organizations: Austin Sunshine Camps, Save Muny, and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Find more information on each below.
Austin Sunshine Camps
In 1928, The Young Men’s Business League of Austin recognized the serious community threat of youth tuberculosis and established the Austin Sunshine Camps in Zilker Park, as it was said that exposure to sunshine could promote healing from the disease. The park provided a space in which local economically disadvantaged children could gain weight, grow strong, and spend time outdoors. Today, Austin Sunshine Camps is still serving youth living near or below the poverty line. Our programs enrich the community by encouraging and facilitating the power to succeed through education and healthy living. Austin Sunshine Camps renders the space and comfort kids need to look beyond their current situation and dream big.
“Muny” is a beloved urban green space and civil rights landmark worthy of protection. Save Muny is dedicated to saving Lions Municipal Golf Course from development and preserving its urban green space, civil rights history, and golf legacy for the enjoyment of future generations of Austinites.
HAAM - Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
HAAM provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Many Austin musicians are self-employed and have no access to health insurance or basic health care. They often work multiple jobs and struggle to pay for food, clothing and shelter, with nothing left for health care.
That’s where HAAM comes in. By resolving challenges such as long-neglected teeth to hearing loss, heart problems and depression, HAAM and its partners improve and save musicians’ lives and enhance Austin’s economy and quality of life. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, and they aim to keep it that way.