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Covenant is located in a big city with diverse needs. We work with several groups, serving people of all ages, economic backgrounds, cultures and interests. These diverse opportunities take advantage of all sorts of spiritual gifts, abilities, backgrounds, personality types and experience levels. You can find one-time or ongoing opportunities.


Serving opportunities at Covenant Presbyterian Church


Opportunities to Welcome the Stranger

Scripture points us to the call to Welcome the Stranger. Matthew 25: 31-40. “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” This month we have lots of ways and opportunities for our congregation to learn how Covenant is participating in the call and how you can get involved!

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Helping our Neighbors (HON) is a ministry serving our local homeless population in West Austin. HON is looking for mentors to meet with homeless neighbors once per month for friendship and companionship. They are also looking for helpers to join their efforts to distribute food and supplies to homeless neighbors each weekend. If you are interested in serving in this way, contact Jo Ibsen.
Learn more about HON and read our story about Jo.
Texas Reach Out serves as transitional housing for those who have recently been released from extended stay in the prison system. Through their faith based housing programs, their residents are mentored in how to reintegrate in society in a meaningful way. TROM is looking for help in leading weekly Bible Studies for residents as well as mentors for residents. For more information and how to get involved, please contact Allison Laymon.
The mission of Street Youth Ministry (SYMin) is to serve homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 28. SYMin offers food, friendship, social services, counseling, clothing and mentorship. They are faithfully caring for the homeless youth in the heart of Austin. Covenant is proud that the Founder and Director of SYMin, Terry Cole, is a member of Covenant and he continues to inspire our congregation as he pursues his call. For more information and ways to volunteer, please contact Jean Brender.
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. Learn more about Movin' and Groovin'. Email Jim Troiano with questions.


A merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, The SAFE Alliance is a Central Texas nonprofit working to stop abuse for everyone. SAFE supports children, adults, and families who have experienced abuse by providing safety, stability, and healing. To more effectively put an end to child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking, SAFE provides shelter, counseling, legal assistance, sexual assault forensic exams, a charter school, and more. In addition to direct services, SAFE works to prevent violence before it occurs through parenting assistance and education, programs that promote healthy teen relationships, and working with communities disproportionately affected by abuse. Violence and abuse are a cycle, often transferred across generations. SAFE works to break that cycle. For more information and ways to volunteer, please contact Whitney Bell.
Drive-A-Senior-ATX (DAS-ATX) serves a vulnerable population that has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, DAS-ATX focused mostly on driving seniors to appointments, errands and activities. Now, this ministry has shifted to include additional volunteer opportunities. For more information and how to get involved, please contact Stephanie Lane.
Covenant has been in partnership with Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services (PCHAS) since 1999. Unlike other social service agencies, PCHAS combines data-driven program design and expertly trained staff with a philosophy of care that keeps everyone—from social workers to executive leaders—focused on the goals and strengths of each child and their family. We have loved being able to support their ministry in all kinds of ways and are excited to spotlight some of their current work.  For more information and how to get involved, please contact Reagan Stone.
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), a nonprofit organization and is comprised of nearly 200 Greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers bringing hope into crisis. ADRN’s network enables and empowers church members to organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly in the event of disaster, great or small. Business partners, local agencies and community support play a vital role in ADRN’s mission. It is through the generosity of their in-kind donations, monetary gifts and volunteer assistance, that ADRN can fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis. For more information and how to get involved in ADRN, please contact Whitney Bell.
International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization seeking to end slavery around the world. They partner with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are poor. Covenant is in partnership with their field office in Cambodia and seeks to pray and offer support for the team there working tirelessly to advocate for those enslaved. For more info and how you can get involved with IJM, please contact Whitney Bell.



Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY), a ministry working in East Austin’s St. John neighborhood, is a community collaboration that aims to strengthen families, support kids and improve schools. AVEY trains and encourages neighbors to be leaders, connects them with services already available and helps to build a safe neighborhood. Click here to sign up to serve with AVEY. For more information and how to get involved, contact Lynn Bell.
Manos de Cristo aims to empower low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and without regard to age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos provides important services -- including food and clothing, oral care and education -- to more than 20,000 people annually. Clients include the working poor, immigrants and the homeless. Learn more about Manos de Cristo. For more information and how to volunteer, Contact Lou Ann with questions.

The mission of East Austin Young Life is that every student in east Austin would hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. Volunteer leaders and staff build relationships with students to communicate hope and give vision for the future in this life and the next. To volunteer, contact Area Director Chris Fisher.


Refugee Ministry-The Covenant Refugee Ministry has served many families as they have arrived in the United States over the past 6 years. The needs of this team are vast. From apartment set up and airport welcomes, to long term care and continuing to offer refugee families support in all kinds of practical ways. There are many ways to serve as a part of this team. For how to get involved in the refugee ministry, email Emily Dove.
Ladies Let's Talk (LLT) is an additional support for those new to english who would like a place to practice with a native english speaker. This program works in partnership with ESL to build english skills for those learning. LLT also fosters friendships between learners and speakers and bridges gaps between cultures. For more info and how to get involved with LLT, please reach out to Maria Raper.
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