As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
Austin’s Well Aware non-profit is a local organization dedicated to providing sustainable, life-saving water to people around the world. Founder and executive director, Sarah Evans, and her team have served over 100,000 people since 2010, with wide-reaching projects (boasting 100 percent success rates) and awareness strategies like their Shower Strike, an annual crowd-funding campaign that provides clean water to 15,000 people every year alone. Evans says Austin’s philanthropic community is extremely supportive, but hopes to see more recognition of local organizations’ increasingly global reach in the future—and “a greater awareness of the incredible work that’s being done in other parts of the world from right here in Austin.” Next month, Evans and her team will be traveling to Kenya to oversee new drills, review completed projects and scout new work.