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.
Covenant mission partner Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) supports the St. John Mobile Food Pantry. Working with the Central Texas Food Bank, AVEY helps run four food pantries in its Family Resource Centers at Webb, Burnet and Dobie Middle Schools, and Lanier
The Mobile Food Pantry was AVEY’s response to the rising housing costs in Austin, causing many AISD families struggle to put food on their tables. Through the mobile food pantry, AVEY aims to stabilize families, reduce student mobility, increase student attendance and ultimately improve student academic performance.
Last year, AVEY distributed more than 102,000 pounds (46.3 tons) of food to 1,100 families in over 2,500 visits, including fresh produce, bread, eggs and milk. Covenant volunteers are key to the success of these food pantries.
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, connect 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.
Email Allen Weeks or call (512) 653-4935. Learn more.
Our Disaster Relief Team has helped throughout the state, most recently with hurricane relief efforts in a variety of ways -- clean up, rebuilding and counseling. We partner with the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) in our ongoing work to provide disaster relief. ADRN works with Austin churches and trains volunteers who are prepared and ready to meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those affected by a disaster.
Email Steve Bissell or call 512-658-8178. Visit adrntx.org and learn the many ways to help.
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 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 or Jean Teel, Drive a Senior, at (512) 472-6339
International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. IJM needs people to start prayer teams, which are three or more individuals who commit to gathering to pray at least once a month for IJM’s work around the world. The organization also needs support and donations. Visit ijm.org.
Email Joy Baskin or Matt Dow
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 our members volunteer 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. Covenant also needs volunteers for a Manos Programs Committee to help coordinate the many Manos activities on the Covenant campus.
Email Cheryl Banks or call (512) 231-0493. Visit manosdecristo.org
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.
Email Jim Troiano
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. Volunteers are also asked to mentor and befriend the refugees, showing them around the city and teaching them how to get around. All ages are welcome.
Contact Jennifer Wood
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
Email Terry Cole or call (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 the course of their lives and conscious decisions for Christ. Texas Reach Out seeks volunteers to mentor, lead Bible studies and sponsor clients.
Email Scott Moore or call (512) 329-0254