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We serve God and partner with His people to extend His kingdom cross-culturally on campus, in our city, and around the world. There’s no need to wait until you’ve graduated to help fulfill the Great Commission.
Fall & Spring
Big Fish Club is a weekly gathering of elementary age kids from East Austin. Big Fish Club is similar to a Backyard Bible Club! Volunteers start every night meeting together reviewing the lesson, nightly responsibilities, and praying for their clubs. Volunteers then go into the East Austin communities to enjoy a meal and clubs together. An average club consists of dinner, an interactive Bible lesson, songs, and games.
Cornerstone After-School Program is for elementary-aged kids currently in our Big Fish Club program! It includes: snacks, tutoring, educational activities, games, bible lessons, and mentoring. We need regular volunteers to help during the program, either part or all of the time. Also, if anyone is interested in coming bi-weekly to lead an educational activity such as science experiments, arts & crafts, etc.
Monthly grocery assistance to the elderly and home bound, where volunteers are provided with a box of supplemental groceries to deliver to the homes of the elderly and shut-in population that we have taken into the program. Volunteers deliver to homes, developing relationships with the individuals and spending time talking with them, praying for them, and determining any additional needs they may have.
Trinity Center grew from the concern of parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church for people experiencing homelessness and living in shelters or on the streets by the church. Trinity Center was founded by volunteers and is based on a model of action through volunteerism. Volunteers assist Trinity Center in fufilling our mission of serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Austin by working in a variety of different areas. Volunteers, as part of the Trinity Center team, are vital in reaching our goal of ending homelessness.
The Feed My People Program is the founding program for FFH, open to anyone experiencing homelessness and poverty. This long-standing program is a partnership of 15 religious congregations in the Austin Community. Together we provide a filling, hot breakfast along with other limited services which can include, basic medical screening, eyeglasses, and assistance with obtaining identification documentation for individuals and families. This Program is provided at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca Street on Tuesday and Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day) from 5:30-8:00 am
Posada Esperanza is the family shelter of Casa Marianella. We are a full-service transitional housing program for immigrant mothers and their children, escaping domestic or cultural violence. Volunteers at Posada aren’t just an extra pair of hands—they’re the reason we’re able to support our residents so thoroughly. We’re always looking for volunteers to serve as tutors, homework helpers, appointment advocates, and up-for-anything-on-the-fly-helpers. If you’re interested in being part of our arsenal of volunteers and are energized by an environment where needs can change day-to-day (or minute-to-minute!), reach out us to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casa Marianella provides shelter, food and full supportive services to homeless immigrants. Two clusters of shelters in renovated houses in residential neighborhoods in East Austin serve women and children escaping violence and adult immigrants. Our shelters are home-like facilities designed to meet emergency or transitional needs so vulnerable and injured people can resolve their immediate crisis, get stabilized and once again become independent, which then opens up space for new residents. In 29 years, our population has evolved from survivors of the Salvadoran war to asylum seeking refugees and other immigrants from over 40 countries. Casa Marianella is the only homeless shelter in Austin dedicated solely to immigrants. 65% of our shelter residents, including children, are asylum seekers, many coming to us from immigration detention.
"Angel House" is the Soup Kitchen Ministry of the Austin Baptist Chapel. We serve breakfast at 9:30am Monday-Friday, Saturdays 9:00am and Sundays at 8:45am followed with worship service and sermon., A prayer of thanksgiving always begins the mealtime at 11 AM daily. Lunch is from 11am-12:30pm sharp
Gateway Church - Feed The Community | Website
Our food pantry is available for anyone who is in need of assistance with supplying food. Additional services may include help with filling out forms, locating available resources, filling grocery bags from list of items chosen by client, or simply listening and offering prayer. Please feel free to come and volunteer at any time during our hours of operation: Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ food truck volunteers hit the streets 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to provide food, clothing, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items to our homeless neighbors. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers and over 5 million meals served, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas.
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.
Ronald McDonald House | Website
The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are a comforting “home-away-from-home” that keeps families close to their hospitalized children. The Happy Wheels Carts stroll the hospital hallways bringing complimentary items to families waiting by their child’s bedside and the Healing Hearts program supports families that have tragically lost a child.
The Bridge of Angels | Website
A piece of cardboard for a bed in an alley. Only thread-bare clothes on their backs for warmth. The uncertainty of a life in shambles. The anguish of having no work. The remorse of wasted years. That’s what life is like for more than 5,000 men and women in Austin, TX.
In the midst of this suffering and despair, The Bridge of Angels is dedicated to feeding the hungry, healing the hurting, serving the homeless, loving the unloved.
Communities In Schools | Website
Research shows that kids who stay in school are more likely to achieve in life, so CIS surrounds students with a community of support proven to decrease dropout rates and increase high school graduations for Central Texas’ most challenged schools. We do that through programs that support individual students, targeted populations and schools at large, creating a measurable impact on student success. In just the last three years, the percentage of students in our programs who are on track to graduate has increased by almost 20 percent, and we’re not done. With your help, we can empower every Central Texas student to achieve in life, making our community safer and more prosperous for all.
Meals on Wheels | Website
Aside from providing hot, nutritious lunchtime meals to homebound older adults and persons with disabilities, Meals on Wheels Central Texas also offers many other programs designed to keep people healthy and living in their own homes.
Mission Possible - Church Under The Bridge | Website
Church Under the Bridge (CUB) is a combined effort of the body of Christ throughout the Austin area. At CUB, those who attend will have the opportunity to be a part of worship, which includes live music, prayer, fellowship and a down-to-earth Gospel message. Twice monthly, host churches provide a meal to those who attend CUB. This meal provides a great opportunity to connect and share a meal with an individual who calls CUB their church home. Sundays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Under I-35 Between 7th & 8th Street
Caritas | Website
Caritas of Austin believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to our community. We build wellbeing by making sure that people have a safe home, access to healthy groceries, jobs that provide a reliable living wage, and educational opportunities to learn life skills. All of us need a sturdy foundation and layers of support in our lives to thrive; that’s what creates a strong community. Our innovative, personalized and proven approach to building wellbeing and ending homelessness creates a more vibrant Austin for everyone.
Healing with Horses Ranch | Website
Healing with Horses Ranch provides horse therapy to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges to promote healing and independence. In horse therapy the horse truly acts as a partner in healing, whether physically, emotionally, or mentally. Forming a bond with a horse can improve confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and patience in individuals dealing with emotional stress.
ABSA Dodge for a Cause | November, 10, 11am – 2pm
Dodge for a Cause is a charity dodgeball tournament in which all the proceeds go to a charity of our choice. Teams will consist of 7 people. $10 per team member, and teams will need to pay a $20 deposit included in the team fee to secure their spot.
Texas THON | March 3, 2019 | Website
Texas THON is a student-run philanthropy that raises awareness and funds for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas–a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital serving a 46-county area and beyond. Texas THON unites the Austin community to help provide children with necessary medical treatment and serve all families, regardless of their ability to pay. We seek to help promote not only health but confidence in the lives of our Miracle Kids and their families. Our year-round fundraising efforts culminate in a 12-hour spring event where our Miracle Makers stand FOR THE KIDS.
San Antonio Urban Plunge - Spring Break | March 10-16, 2018 | Website | Deadline: Feb 24, 2018 | Cost: $150
SAUP Spring Break is where college students from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas explore seeking justice and reconciliation in the center of San Antonio as you step out in faith to understand more of who Jesus is and what his gospel means for our cities.
Longhorn Run Volunteering | April 13, 2019 | Website
The Longhorn Run would not be possible without the efforts of over 200 volunteers who arrive early, stay late, and wear their best UT spirit dedicating their time to making it a successful and enjoyable experience for all. From packet pick-up to the post-race celebration, the Longhorn Run offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to give back by sharing your time and talents, as well as experience this campus tradition from a unique perspective.
San Antonio Urban Program - Summer | June 13-July 29, 2018 | Website | Deadline: April 13, 2018
SAUP Summer is InterVarsity’s six-week intensive immersion experience in which college students from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas join together as an intimate community on mission building the Kingdom of God in San Antonio.
Huang River Global Program - East Asia | 6 Weeks | Website | Deadline: TBD
The Huang River Program brings you to a large country in East Asia. After an orientation in the capital city, your team will travel to a central city to participate in a cultural-lingual exchange program in partnership with a local university. You'll be matched with a local student, whom you'll live with in a dorm on-campus. We're focused on planting and nourishing seeds, sometimes in slow-growing soil. You should come with a patient and long-term perspective, yet be prepared to share the reason of your hope if there's opportunity.
Global Urban Trek - Manila | July 17 - August 5, 2018 | Website | Deadline: TBD
The Global Urban Trek is a 7-week trip designed to immerse college students in urban slums around the world, partner with local ministries, and help them discern if Jesus is calling them to this context in the future.
Camp Counselor - Camp Fusion | Week in June | Website | Deadline: TBD | Cost: $100
Camp Fusion aims to connect students from Texas Baptist Intercultural Church at this crucial time in their faith journey. During this culturally relevant camping experience they will worship, fellowship, grow intellectually through teaching, physically through recreation, and spiritually through God’s word.
Camp Counselor - Ignite Texas | Week in August | Website | Deadline: January 19, 2018
Ignite Texas is a four-day retreat that connects incoming UT and ACC freshmen and transfer students to Christian community at The University of Texas and throughout Austin. With band and speaker sessions, small group time, and fun camp traditions, the retreat provides students with friends and community before arriving to campus, and gives them the tools they need to seek spiritual growth during their time at UT. Ignite strives to serve freshmen in the transition to college with support and encouragement in this challenging stage of their lives.