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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.


HOMELESS AND HOUSING     |     VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
FAMILIES AND EDUCATION     |     WELCOMING THE STRANGER

Serving opportunities at Covenant Presbyterian Church


NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

Christmas Giving Tree
 

The Christmas Giving Tree is an opportunity to give back this Advent season by donating gift cards and supplies to mission partners in need. We’ll have Christmas trees on campus with labeled ornaments explaining how to support our donation recipients. Learn more about how you can get involved below!
 

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HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING

 
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.
EMAIL JO
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.
EMAIL ALLISON
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 Whitney Bell.
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Movin’ and Groovin’ is a ministry of Covenant supplying gently used furniture to Austin’s newly housed homeless population as well as newly arrived refugees and others in need. A team of volunteers collects donations of gently-used large furniture and delivers them to newly housed folks who are starting fresh. This ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on Saturdays doing pick ups and deliveries. Movin’ and Groovin’ is currently accepting donations of: 
  • Sofas and Love seats (No sleeper sofas)
  • Kitchen Tables and chairs 
  • Chest of Drawers and Small Dressers
  • Table lamps and floor lamps
  • End tables and coffee tables
  • Nightstands
Learn more about the story of Movin' and Groovin' here! For more information on how to donate as well as how to volunteer, email Dave Arnold at the link below.
EMAIL DAVE
 

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

 
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.
EMAIL WHITNEY
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.
EMAIL STEPHANIE
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.
CONTACT REAGAN
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is a nonprofit organization 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.
CONTACT WHITNEY
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.
CONTACT WHITNEY
 

FAMILIES 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. Click here to sign up to serve with AVEY. For more information and how to get involved, contact Lynn Bell.
CONTACT LYNN
AVEY has weekly food distributions and needs volunteers on the following dates:
October 4, October 18, October 21 (vaccines only). 

VOLUNTEER
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.
CONTACT LOU ANN

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.
CONTACT CHRIS
 

WELCOMING THE STRANGER

 
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.
CONTACT EMILY
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.
CONTACT MARIA
Sunday Worship Times

Worship In Person
Traditional services at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.
Contemporary Service at 11:00 a.m.

Worship Online
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at covenant.org/worshiponline 

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. -  6 p.m.
Friday,  9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

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