Wouldn’t it be fun to ride the bus with Vera?

You may recall that we began a community volunteer program over the past year called MetroAmbassadors. After an orientation, we match up volunteers with various community events to represent Capital Metro. In exchange for hours worked, volunteers receive free transit passes. Our volunteers are awesome! Look at this smiling MetroAmbassador face:

MetroAmbassador Vera Rodriguez was a great representative for Capital Metro at ACC's Dia de La Familia event on April 16. She helped provide information on recent service changes, get community input, plan trips for new riders, and answer questions about riding transit.

MetroAmbassadors like Vera add a whole new dimension to Capital Metro’s efforts to be involved in the community. We recently expanded the MetroAmbassador program: MetroAmbassadors are available to ride with you on a Capital Metro bus or train, while explaining routes, how to read the schedule and maps, how to pay, etc.

If you’re interested in riding the bus or train for the first time, someone as nice and as knowledgeable as Vera could be your teacher.

If you want to make use of this free service, email us or give us a call at 512-369-7717.

If you’re interested in becoming a MetroAmbassador, here’s some info.

Meals on Wheels and Capital Metro

MoW client Senaida Mokarzel with her lunch.
MoW client Senaida Mokarzel with her lunch.

Meals on Wheels (MoW) is Capital Metro’s neighbor over here on East 5th St. Capital Metro employees have been delivering Meals on Wheels since 1996. Recently, I rode along with Jennifer Govea and Terri Wilson, as they delivered for Meals on Wheels. They volunteer on their lunch break to help out with the program.

MoW, is a non-profit program that gives homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities a hot lunch. The Austin chapter, Meals on Wheels and More also runs other programs, more info here.

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Plaza Saltillo’s lookin’ spiffy

After a long, hot day planting native trees, shrubs and grasses, Plaza Saltillo looks great!

Capital Metro–with the help of many volunteers, the landscape design dynamo of Ilse Frank, principal of Studio Balcones Landscape + Urbanism, the grant and materials support of Keep Austin Beautiful, the assistance of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin/Saltillo Sister Cities Association, and the in-kind donations of several local businesses–has been revitalizing Plaza Saltillo over the past several months.

The most recent volunteer day was this past Saturday, June 19th.  Twenty hard working, dedicated volunteers planted about 300 plants in sweltering heat at Plaza Saltillo.   Many thanks to Thistle Cafe for providing lunch and Texas Coffee Traders who supplied coffee.  This work day completed all of the large planting beds and added shade trees, ornamental shade trees, grasses, and native plants. It looks fantastic! Check out the photo gallery on the Friends of Plaza Saltillo Facebook page.

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