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Community Development

Southwest Key Programs / Community Development

For more than 30 years, Southwest Key has focused on creating an environment for children to succeed. Far too many young boys and girls face difficult circumstances in their communities, such as poverty, neglect, violence or abuse. We believe we have a responsibility to help shape their life’s path and surround them with support so they can envision a brighter future for themselves.

Our Community Development efforts bring together a pipeline of services. We focus on programming in three distinct areas – health and wellness, education and performance arts programs — services that feed the mind, body and soul of the children and families we work with. Southwest Key creates nurturing opportunities for growth and learning for the communities we serve. We offer college scholarships for deserving students, free performance productions for families in East Austin. And through our partnership with Central Texas Food Bank, we distribute groceries to East Austin residents the 2nd Friday of every month.

In addition to meeting children’s needs, we also provide services for parents’ and the community. We host financial literacy workshops, help Spanish-speaking adults get their GEDs, and offer free preventative care workshops and health screenings. By supporting the communities we’re part of, we’re cultivating an environment for youth and their families to succeed and thrive. And with the help of our many partners, these programs and services are provided at no cost.

We believe in focusing on children because they are the drivers of change. And collectively, their achievements will resonate across neighborhoods and have a compounding effect on society. We are committed to sharing love and compassion and instilling optimism and courage in each child we serve. Our success as an organization will be measured by the quantifiable and qualitative changes we’re able to see in each child and ultimately the world around us.

Southwest Key food bank

If you are interested in working together to provide a support network that transforms neighborhoods and provides opportunities for success, please contact us at community@swkey.org for more information.