On Tuesday, April 30, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) will continue the tradition of hosting the Hope Awards, one of the most uplifting nights of the year in Austin. This year’s event will take place at The Bullock Texas State History Museum and will celebrate iACT’s many years of service to Central Texas. The evening will feature an intimate conversation about friendship and giving back with two inspiring givers, Earl Maxwell and Bobby Jenkins, moderated by Rev. Joseph Parker.
“This year’s focus on friendship and giving is timely–learning how to be better neighbors in the spirit of generosity is the best antidote to the spirit of fear, ” said Rev. Stephen Kinney, co-chair of the event. “The Hope Awards teach that whatever we have been given is supposed to be given away again, not kept.”
The Hope Awards is iACT’s major fundraiser for their community service programs. These programs include Hands on Housing, which repairs the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities, the iACT for Refugees program, which provides basic English instruction and other supportive services to newly-arrived refugees from around the world, the Red Bench dialogue program, which encourages important and meaningful conversations among individuals from diverse backgrounds and the Passport Program, which gives participants the opportunity to travel to the houses of worship and various community celebrations of many different faith traditions.
iACT’s work centers around inclusion, peace and respect among all faith communities. Their programs strive to be an example of what it looks like to live in harmony and inclusion with one another.
“iACT brings people together to celebrate the goodness we share with the world, ” Executive Director at iACT Simone Talma Flowers said. “We need to come together in good times.”
At this year’s Hope Awards, iACT will recognize individuals and organizations from Austin who have proven their commitment to strengthening the community through their words and actions.
More information at interfaithtexas.org.