Covenant is located in a big city with diverse needs. We work with several groups throughout our city to lend a hand in numerous ways, serving people of all ages, economic backgrounds, cultures and interests. These diverse opportunities offer settings to serve, taking advantage of all sorts of spiritual gifts, abilities, backgrounds, personality types and experience levels. You can find one-time or ongoing opportunities that are monthly or weekly.
The Christmas Giving Tree is a great way for us to help the less fortunate during the holiday season. Tree ornaments describe a need, such as a gift card for a Partners in Hope family, a present for a young New Covenant Fellowship member, or pots and pans for an IHN family. The tree is displayed on the patio or in the lobby of the Fellowship and Education Building for four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Contact Paul Mowry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 422-5608.
The Christmas International House (CIH) is a Christian ministry designed to offer hospitality to international students during the Christmas holidays. These students are invited to an American home, and they learn about different areas of the country and about American culture and faith. The Christmas International House seeks volunteers for various time commitments, from housing kids to simply providing transportation, during two weeks around the Christmas holiday.
Contact Maggie Tate at email@example.com or (512) 350-7120.
CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walks are community fund-raising events that bring together people of all faiths to raise money for local hunger-fighting as well as international relief and development. The majority of the money raised through these walks stays in Austin. Walkers get donations for miles completed in this early March event.
Contact Christi Florey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 276-0265.
Shaped to Serve is a church-wide day of service held on one Saturday each fall. Members fan out into the community in teams to perform service projects for our mission partners and neighbors. This year (2014) it’s on Nov. 15. Adults, children and families get an opportunity to learn more about the organizations Covenant supports and work side by side in fellowship with other members.
Contact Kay Austin at email@example.com.
- Austin Voices for Education and Youth
- Daily Bread
- Drive a Senior—West Austin
- Interfaith Hospitality Network
- Manos de Cristo
- Movin' and Groovin'
- The Navigators
- Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services
- Refugee Welcome Ministry
- Samaritan Counseling Center
- Street Youth Ministry
- Texas Reach Out
- Wooldridge Elementary Program
- World Welcome
Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY), a ministry working in East Austin’s St. John neighborhood, aims to build community. AVEY trains and encourages neighbors to be leaders, connects them with many services already available in this area, and helps them build a safe neighborhood. AVEY has numerous volunteer opportunities and specifically calls Covenant members with social service, mental health, medical, educational and recreational skills. Volunteer commitments – from neighborhood clean-up to student mentoring and more – may be one-time or recurring.
Once a week, Covenant Presbyterian members provide the “Daily Bread” (a warm meal) for about 40 homeless teens living in the University of Texas area. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays to cook and serve the meal, which is provided from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at University Baptist Church.
Contact Annette Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 249-5520.
Drive a Senior—West Austin provides volunteer-based transportation and other support services to assist older adults in staying independent in their own homes. Drive a Senior-West Austin, formerly Faith in Action Caregivers-West Austin, is a coalition of 17 congregations that offer services at no charge to help seniors maintain their independence and quality of life. Seniors assisted through this program do not live in assisted-living facilities. Services include providing rides to appointments, shopping outings, volunteer jobs and other destinations. Covenant was a charter congregation when the program started in 1985.
Contact Jean Zappone at email@example.com or Jean Teel at Drive a Senior at 512-472-6339.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provides transitional shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Host churches, synagogues and support congregations collaborate to provide shelter, meals and support to families as they work toward achieving goals of permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Volunteer by assisting with unpacking and repacking, meal preparation and serving, acting as hosts, and organizing the lodging.
Contact Jon Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 659-3278.
Manos de Cristo provides important services to more than 20,000 people annually. Manos clients include the working poor, immigrants and the homeless. Covenant has been a key sponsor of numerous Manos events since its inception, and volunteers at many Manos activities including the food pantry, the clothes closet, ESL and computer classes, organizing and managing the annual Back-to School Closet, and more. Manos also provides dental care.
Movin’ and Groovin’ is a Covenant Presbyterian Church used furniture program ministering to Austin’s homeless. A small team of volunteers collects donations of gently-used large furniture and delivers them to families moving out of the Interfaith Hospitality Network programs and into new homes or apartments. The mission needs church members to donate their gently used furniture, donate funds for the purchase of new mattresses, or join the team that picks up and delivers on Saturdays.
Contact Paul Mowry at email@example.com or (512) 422-5608.
Covenant supports Daniel and Karen Evans, who work with Navigators, an evangelistic and discipleship training organization that emphasizes one-on-one and small group relationships. Navigators seeks volunteers to help with its Mondy morning Women’s Club or Friday night English class for international students, or with individual Bible study during the week. The group also seeks families to invite MBA students from China to join in family activities.
Contact Daniel Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services (PCHAS) serves children from birth to age 17 who have suffered from neglect, abuse and abandonment, or children whose families are experiencing some type of crisis. In Austin, PCHAS has a group home for girls in Northwest Hills, a group home for boys opening in South Austin, and a Child and Family Program that provide specialists to needy Austin kids. Volunteer opportunities include providing transportation, tutoring and mentoring, donating clothes, and more.
Contact Mary Ann Rector at email@example.com or (512) 339-0480.
Covenant partners with Refugee Services of Texas to welcome families to Austin to start new lives. Each family needs a welcome team to collect donations, set up an apartment, help them adjust to Austin and be a friend. All ages are welcome.
Contact Carole Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Samaritan Counseling Center has been saving lives, healing emotional wounds and giving hope to individual and families for more than 40 years. The Center provides counseling, integrative medicine and psychiatric services that are accessible and affordable to all. The Center is looking for community representatives for board membership, assistance with graphics and web design, help with special events and more. A number of volunteer opportunities may be possible for mental health professionals and volunteers with no previous experience.
Contact Whitney Musitan at email@example.com or (512) 451-7337, ext.212.
The Street Youth Ministry (SYM) provides support, witness and discipleship, and counseling to young men and women (typically aged 17 to 25) who are homeless and on the streets of Austin. SYM seeks volunteers for a variety of jobs, including: food preparation, working on a service project with youth and providing church education. Learn more at volunteer.StreetYouthMinistry.org
Contact Terry Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 453-2650.
Texas Reach Out Ministries provides support and transitional housing for men and women who are homeless after extended prison stays. Texas Reach Out serves only those men and women who have made serious commitments to change their lives’ course and conscious decisions for Christ. Texas Reach Out seeks volunteers to mentor, lead Bible studies and sponsor clients.
Contact Nelson Mann at email@example.com or (512) 694-0668.
Help boys and girls achieve their potential through positive adult mentoring relationships. These mentorships provide grade-school-age children with positive Christian influence and encourage the best in Austin youth.
Contact Barbara Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 452-6265.
World Welcome is a ministry that seeks to express the love of Christ to international students living in Austin. Many international students face loneliness, isolation and confusion. Through World Welcome, students attend social events, Bible studies and English classes. World Welcome seeks volunteers to lead Bible lessons, meet one-on-one with students, plan events and more.
Contact June Briney at email@example.com.