AUSTIN -- Businesses across Austin are coming together on Monday to help a group of non-profits. Five percent of their sales are going straight back to the community.
More than 150 businesses at more than 200 locations signed on for the 2013 Give 5% to Mother Earth campaign.
Everything from restaurants and bars such as Thundercloud Subs and Lustre Pearl to stores and businesses, including Hill Country Running and Zinger Hardware, are involved.
All participating partners are donating five percent of their sales from Monday to the following group of seven environmentally based non-profits:
- The Austin Parks Foundation
- Clean Water Fund
- Friends of Barton Springs Pool
- Hill Country Conservancy
- Texas Land Conservancy
- Tree Folks
- Urban Roots
All of the organizations are focused on going green and helping the Earth. The 2013 campaign is part of an Earth Day push for change. It's the fourth annual event. Organizers say it grows each year. Last year participating businesses donated more than $60,000. This year organizers expect to raise more than $100,000.
“People typically think that they need to make a really big contribution to make a difference to us, but it's not necessarily that way. This campaign makes it to where you can go eat a hamburger or get a cup of coffee. When everybody does that it really adds up and it makes a really significant difference,” said organizer Harper Connell of Hill Country Conservancy.
Connell says the Austin Parks Foundation uses the donations for yearly events such as trail days. The Clean Water Fund puts donations toward solving health and environmental problems. Friends of Barton Springs Pool are dedicated toward improvements and maintenance at the pool. The Hill Country and Texas Land Conservancy groups use it to keep open spaces preserved. Tree Folks spend donations on planting more trees across Central Texas. Urban Roots organizers use donations to develop youth education programs including sustainable gardening.
HEB is also celebrating Earth Day by giving away free reusable shopping bags. Just bring five or more plastic bags for recycling to any HEB store between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday. Customers are limited to one free bag.