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In Austin

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

Serving opportunities at Covenant Presbyterian Church

APRIL SPOTLIGHT:

Helping Our Neighbors
 

Since 2016, the homeless neighbors living in northwest Austin have been served by Helping Our Neighbors (HON). HON provides quarterly events offering services such as showers, haircuts. clothing and dinners. Volunteers regularly provide food, sleeping bags and backpacks, transportation to medical appointments, facilite the Coordinated Assessments required by the city, help obtain identification cards and birth certificates -and ultimately facilitate housing. Approximately 30 homeless neighbors receive some type of assistance from HON each quarter in this effort.
 
HON was started by Jo Ibsen-Wolford, and is now a ministry of St. Theresa’s, St. Matthew’s with a growing group of other volunteers.. Learn more about Jo here.

 

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MORE LOCAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you would like to be more hands-on, our mission partners also have the following opportunities: 
  

Austin Voices for Youth and Education

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. Learn more about AVEY.

AVEY has weekly food distributions and needs volunteers.
 

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Manos de Cristo 

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. Covenant has been a key sponsor of numerous Manos events since its inception; our members volunteer at many Manos activities. Learn more about Manos de Cristo.

Manos is serving more folks than ever! The Manos Food Pantry is in need of:
• Cereal
• 1lb bags of rice and dried beans
• Macaroni and cheese 


Please drop off donations on the porch of Covenant liaison to Manos, LouAnn Newman. (Her address is 4401 Deepwoods Drive.) Contact Lou Ann with questions.

Pray for Healthcare Workers

Austin's frontline workers are working hard during this pandemic and need our prayers. Covenant is accepting prayer requests for and from frontline workers. Ask for prayers here: 
REQUEST PRAYERS
Covenant has a prayer team to pray for these requests. Covenant member Leslie Bagby is leading this team. To join the prayer team, email Leslie.
CONTACT LESLIE

Movin’ and Groovin’ 

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.

Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank

By donating to the food bank, we provide for many of our mission partners, and we also serve one of our area’s greatest needs. Find out more about the Central Texas Food Bank and learn what the organization needs.

Helping Our Neighbors

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 supplied 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.

Drive-A-Senior

Drive-A-Senior (DAS) has many virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities. DAS serves a vulnerable population that has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, DAS focused mostly on driving seniors to appointments, errands and activities. Now, this ministry has shifted to include the following volunteer opportunities:
 
SENIOR SIDEKICKS: A volunteer is partnered with a senior to help the senior navigate their grocery needs. (This may include helping to place an online order, going to the store on their behalf, or picking up their curbside order.)
HELP WITH VACCINE NAVIGATION: Many seniors desperately want to get the Covid-19 vaccine but are unable to navigate the technology necessary to secure an appointment. Drive-A-Senior needs volunteers to be paired with a senior in order to help them register for a vaccine. This is all done virtually. Once an appointment is made, DAS provides clients with rides to their appointments. 
DRIVERS: DAS lost 40 percent of its volunteer drivers after the COVID shutdown. Many DAS volunteers were over the age of 65. Volunteers are needed to help provide rides to medical appointments. 
 
Drive-A-Senior has easy and comprehensive online volunteer training that takes 10 minutes. 
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