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
Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) is our spotlight ministry for July. AVEY works to build community in East Austin’s St. John neighborhood. The ministry trains and encourages neighbors to be leaders, connects them with many services already available in this area and helps them build a safe neighborhood. Austin Voices for Education and Youth creates community collaboration to strengthen families, support kids and improve schools. The organization believes our public schools can serve as powerful hubs for bringing neighborhoods, families and students together to achieve positive change. Covenant has had a long relationship with this organization and its founders, Covenant members Alan and Julie Weeks.
Throughout the month, we will show different ways AVEY connects neighbors with helpful resources and works with them to improve their neighborhood.
Discover ways you can participate with AVEY this month
Covenant has many older adults who are very isolated during this time. If you would like to get a list of these folks to call and check in on, please contact Beth Daniel.
Texas Reach Out Ministry (TROM) provides housing and support for folks who have recently been released from prison and are trying to get back on their feet. One way Covenant supports them is by leading Bible studies for their residents. TROM is looking for volunteers to help lead these Bible studies via Zoom. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, contact Allison Laymon.
During this crisis, there is a great need for masks for medical staff and the general public. If you are someone who likes to sew but needs a sewing machine to borrow in order to help make masks, we have an opportunity for you. You can check out a sewing machine (much like a library book) and we'll share a tutorial video. To get started so you can help with this growing need, contact Barbara Burnett.
One thing we need is material, 100% cotton. If you've got material to share, let us know!
AVEY offers multiple drive-through food pantries for families in need. Volunteers put pre-packed bags of food in the back seat of cars going through the food pantry. AVEY is following strict precautions. To learn more or volunteer, contact Socorro Carrasco.
Drive-A-Senior-West Austin has a free emergency food pantry for seniors, operating in Tarrytown. The organization needs healthy volunteers for 2-hour shifts; 2-3 people work in one large space that is sanitized three times a day. Food donations come in and are sanitized, packaged and picked up by volunteers to be delivered to seniors. Delivery drivers and people donating food do not get out of their cars. This is a minimal person-to-person contact system. To learn more and volunteer, email link below.
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.