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.
EXPLORE WAYS TO SERVE
Find the Covenant Christmas Giving Tree, decorated with colorful ornaments, on the patio between church services or during the week, in the lobby of the Fellowship and Education Building. Stop by the tree, pick out an ornament and be a love letter to families and individuals in need this Christmas! We're seeking members and friends to purchase household items for families exiting homelessness, clothing for warmth and protection, and more! Instructions for giving are found on each ornament. Gift recipients are Street Youth Ministry, MACares, Texas Reach Out Ministries, New Covenant Fellowship, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Movin' and Groovin’, and Wooldrige Elementary. Contact Maria Raper.
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.
Learn more about Austin Voices for Education and Youth.
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.
Learn more about Disaster Relief Team. Email Steve Bissell or call 512-658-8178 with questions.
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.
Learn more about Drive a Senior. Email Kit Chenault with questions.
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.
Learn more about International Justice Mission. Email Thais Kilday with questions.
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.
Learn more about Manos de Cristo. Email Cheryl Banks or call (512) 231-0493 with questions.
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.
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.
Learn more about Refugee Services of Texas. Email Jennifer Wood with questions.
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
Learn more about Street Youth Ministry. Email Jean Brender with questions.
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.
Learn more about Texas Reach Out Ministries. Email Allison Laymon with questions.
Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. Covenant has built one micro-home and plans to build two more in phase 2. Community First! has all kinds of volunteer opportunities for all ages.
Learn more about Community First! Village. Email Harold Skaggs with questions.