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.
Shaped to Serve, Covenant’s annual church-wide day of service, is Saturday, Nov. 10. On this day, Covenant members and friends fan out into the community in teams to perform service projects for our mission partners and neighbors. 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.
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.
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.
Email Paul Mowry or call (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.
Email Kathi Thomas, Central Presbyterian, or call (512) 845-0155
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.
Email Sally Rowe.
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 Toiano
Northeast Austin Young Life’s goal is for every student in urban northeast Austin to have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. Young Life is active at Reagan, Lanier, LASA, and LBJ high schools, and Burnet Middle School in Northeast Austin. More than 250 students attend weekly clubs and Campaigner Bible Study Meetings. This group needs volunteers to attend club meetings and provide food, serve on school committees, mentor a college student leader, give monthly support or sponsor a student for Young Life camp.
Email Chris Fisher
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered services to children and families in need. In Austin, PCHAS works with children in foster care. Our Foster Care Program provides foster family placements in Travis and surrounding counties for children who need immediate placement outside their home. We approve train, and support foster families as they open their homes to foster children.
PCHAS needs volunteers to provide child care during foster parent training, organize in-kind donations for foster children and help out around their central office.
Contact Allison Harris or Jennifer Quintero-Pitts
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
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.
Email Whitney Musitan or call (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
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
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.
Email Barbara Rogers or call (512) 452-6265