Everyone in Austin knows we have famous people in our midst. Whether it be Matthew McConaughey supporting the Longhorns at Darrell K. Royal stadium or Willie Nelson at his annual 4th of July Picnic, you can’t live in Austin long without learning who to look for when you are walking around town.

But it’s not just Austin’s list of famous residents that make this city a great place to live. It’s all of us normal people as well.

Austinites love to help one another, as can be seen by the nearly 700 charities and volunteer organizations active in Austin today. Our community hosts countless events throughout the year, from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to Meals on Wheels and the numerous golf tournament fundraisers held every year; it’s clear that Austin is a city of giving. In fact, more than $10 million has been raised through the Amplify Austin program so far this year alone!

So while it occasionally makes headlines during South by Southwest that we Austinites are not fond of all the new people who suddenly want to move to our city after visiting (who can blame us for getting frustrated with the increased traffic that week), you can rest assured that Austin is a very welcoming city and one that cares about the people who call it home.