Go-Ops | August 2017

A PEACEFUL PLACE 

Resale Shop Volunteers: We need small groups to help sort donations and gardening/maintaining the outside areas of our resale shop. We are also looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3. We welcome small group members to serve together, however, we usually only need 2 volunteers per shift. Training is required, so this service opportunity is not suited to one-time serves

Client Cleaning Gift Baskets: We like to give our clients some cleaning products to get started. We place these items in a small laundry basket to present to them. Items to include: All-purpose cleaner, sponges, gloves, dish soap, hand soap, toilet cleaner and brush, paper towel roll, small package of toilet paper, tissue boxes. You may drop off the basket(s) at our Resale Shop.

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews; building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: Individuals or small group members who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team for client move-ins.

Moving Team: (Individuals or small group members) Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus, but not required.

Ministry Adoption: Due to the nature of our ministry, we understand that not all members of a small group may be available to serve on short notice on one given day. However, if your group is interested in “adopting” A Peaceful Place ministry, we hope that over time all members would get the chance to serve with us as their schedules allows.

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place the Go Catalyst’s info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email: krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 828-5632


ANCHOR POINT PREGNANCY CENTER AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

We currently need help collecting silent auction items for our gala. We
would love to have small groups put together a Theme basket valuing between
$100-150 for the event. You could pick movie night, banana split
celebration, etc. We would just need to know that you want to do this and
we would like to have the basket and list of what is included by 8/20
time frame. You guys can also help us collect items from various
restaurants, etc — I can get you the silent auction item sheet if you would
like.

Volunteering at the gala (both before, during and after) to help with
setup and opportunities that are available at the event. Set up is
currently schedule for Wednesday (9/6) with the event taking place on
Thursday (9/7). We need help during the event with games, check-in/out,
greeters, etc.

Small groups could go in together and buy a table for the gala and have
a fun group night out. It will give your small group an opportunity to
learn about a great ministry and ways that they can be more involved. –
www.anchorpoint.us under events.

We need admin help for the gala!  For the Auction we have sorting, typing and wrapping auction items along with taking pictures and entering the info into the system.
If you are available, we would love your help!

Contact Person: Debbie Simmons
Email: debbie@anchorpoint.us
Phone Number: (281) 236-8792


BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 

The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Restore needs your donations! The Restore accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, anything you want to donate! They will pick up donations as well. If you remodel your home, the Restore can take cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. To call for pick-up, call 281.332.1118 or visit www.bahfh.org/restore. You and your small group can also volunteer in the store to help customers and stock shelves.

Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is building homes in LaPorte and Texas City (and soon to be Galveston)! If you would like to help a homeowner build their home (they spend 300 hours helping other volunteers), please join us in building communities and showing God’s love with our hands and feet. No experience or special skill is required, and we will provide any tools needed.

Contact Person: Erin Boyd
Email: erinboyd73@yahoo.com
Phone Number: (281) 615-5134


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

Sorting Donations:
The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm).

NEW EVENING OPPORTUNITIES STARTING IN AUGUST: Sorting opportunities are now available on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

In addition to sorting donated food items, The Galveston County Food Bank is looking for Program Outreach Volunteers and Mobile Food Distributors. Please be on the lookout: there are several special events in the coming months that will need volunteers!

Senior homebound box creation and homebound delivery program:
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation. Current geographic homebound delivery need: La Marque and Texas City.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132


GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER- EGRET BAY COORDINATOR

Looking for an easy way to literally help save lives? Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is looking for an Egret Bay Campus coordinator (or a small group!) The Blood Center representative provides you with everything you need to coordinate a successful blood drive at the Egret Bay campus 4 times per year. They contact previous blood donors, and you answer questions that potential donors submit, with help from your Blood Center rep. On the day of the drive, put out directional signs, and be available for the donor coach personnel from 7:30am to 2pm. That’s it! For more information or questions, contact:

Contact Person: Carol Bertsche
Email: cmbertsc@comcast.net
Phone Number: (832) 651-3153


MERCY TREE

Due to the fact that the Mercy Tree opportunities fill up quickly, the third Saturday of each month has been reserved for CCCC small groups desiring to serve for the first time at the Mercy Tree. Currently, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, and Dec 16 are still available. If your small group would like to serve on one of these dates, please contact the Go Advocate at least one month in advance of the date in order to assign the date to your small group.

Contact Person: Richard Guidetti
Email: rguidetti@att.net
Phone Number: (832) 465-8834


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM

Come and serve the 4B area by volunteering or donating birthday party items to make a memorable and special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month at the Bridge Over Troubled Water, Boys and Girls Harbor and the Kidz Harbor! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products! We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could help in any way.

TBJP is seeking volunteers for birthday parties on August 19th at 2pm and August 27th at 2pm.

TBJP is seeking art supplies for their August parties, contact for a list.

TBJP is looking for a baker to donate a hot wheel themed cake for a birthday in a box in August.

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.

Contact Person: Christi Keeler
Email: Christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0218


THE BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

The mission of The Bridge is to offer support, provide safety and prevent domestic and sexual violence. With a full service live in shelter for 100 women and children there is ongoing need in a variety of ways for the shelter located in Pasadena.

If your small group is interested in connecting one on one with families, opportunities to serve include:
-Providing meals for either lunch or dinner for 100 residents either prepared on site or brought in
-Game or craft nights between 6:30-8:00pm during the week

Shelter assistance is also needed for the following projects which can be completed for a one day project or become ongoing service projects:
-Assist in cleaning and organizing the shelter or food pantry
-Administrative assistance filing and shredding paperwork
-Washing and/or painting facility windows and walls
-Power washing the building
-Landscaping

DONATIONS: The Bridge can also be supported through giving of donations both for use at the facility and for women transitioning out of the shelter into their own apartments.

Donations needed on an on going basis for the shelter include items such as, fresh fruit, creamer, kitchen spices, laundry soap, bathroom essentials, and other household items. Please contact us for a more detailed list.

Donations needed as women transition into apartments include items such as, Living room furniture, beds and bedding, kitchen dishes and silverware, pots and pans, home decor, microwaves, rugs, lines and other essential items. Please contact us for a more detailed list.

Assistance is also needed to pick up furniture donations and/or to deliver when families move into their apartments, if you have able bodies, trucks or trailers to assist!

Contact Person: Cristina Womack
Email: womackcristina@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 785-0098

Go-Ops | July 2017

BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Building homes: Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is building homes in LaPorte and Texas City (and soon to be Galveston)! If you would like to help a homeowner build their home (they spend 300 hours helping other volunteers), please join us in building communities and showing God’s love with our hands and feet. No experience or special skill is required, and we will provide any tools needed.

Restore: The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Restore needs your donations! The Restore accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, anything you want to donate! They will pick up donations as well. If you remodel your home, the Restore can take cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. To call for pick-up, call 281.332.1118 or visit www.bahfh.org/restore. You and your small group can also volunteer in the store to help customers and stock shelves.

Contact Person: Erin Boyd
Email: erinboyd73@yahoo.com
Phone Number: (281) 615-5134


BAY AREA TURNING POINT (Women’s shelter)

SERVE A MEAL – Any day of the week at 5pm @ the BATP Shelter located in Webster. **Kids must be 14 years old to participate**
This is a great opportunity to serve within the shelter in an extremely impactful way. Plan to feed about 35 adults and 35 children on any given day (we can get the exact headcounts for you). You pick the day that works best for your group! 4-8 people is a good group size as the facility is small.

SORT DONATIONS – We need small groups to help take in/sort donations and put out new merchandise in the resale shop. The shop is located at the corner of NASA Rd & Egret Bay. TUESDAY – SATURDAY: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. You can choose a time that best fits your schedule.

Contact Person: Gina Holstien
Email: theholstiens@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 841-4037


CENTER FOR PREGNANCY

The Center for Pregnancy is looking for small groups that would be interested in throwing a baby shower for one of the clients that is expecting. We will help you coordinate all the details and preparation, we use this as an opportunity to love and support the clients and remind them that every child is a good gift from God. If you or your small group is interested in getting involved, please contact us and let us know!

Contact Person: Jenna Kraft
Email: jennaruth17@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 573-8929


CLEAR LAKE CAMPUS

The Clear Lake Campus is having a Back to School Drive for Clear Lake Intermediate School on August 6 and 13th. We need 3-6 people to collect the bags before each service. Please contact Maddie Robertson at madelinemrobertson@gmail.com if you or your small group would like to help. Please include which date and which service you can serve.


CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRY

This summer is a great time to get involved with the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is open every Monday and Thursday morning from 8-11. Come on out and help serve a hot meal or pass out groceries to those in need!

Contact Person: Kari Wilson
Email: kariwilson0331@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 906-8558


EGRET BAY | BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE

Sunday, August 6th      Sunday, August 13th

Come serve at the upcoming Egret Bay Back to School Drive. Volunteers will receive donations and help sort supplies. Multiple shifts available. Register to serve here.


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

Sorting Donations:
The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

In addition to sorting donated food items, The Galveston County Food Bank is looking for Program Outreach Volunteers and Mobile Food Distributors. Please be on the lookout: there are several special events in the coming months that will need volunteers!

Senior homebound box creation and homebound delivery program:
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation. Current geographic homebound delivery need: La Marque and Texas City.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: 281) 658-6132


GALVESTON STREET MINISTRY

Every Saturday morning starting at 8 am, the Galveston Street Ministry offers time of praise & worship, a brief message, and a call to accept Jesus along with a hot breakfast and medical care to needy people at the corner of 20th and Winnie on the Strand in Galveston. Everyone comes expecting food, prayer and an encouraging message from the Lord. There are many serving opportunities available so everyone can find some way to minister to the 100-200 people served every Saturdaymorning. Serving can include walking with individuals in the food lines, passing out drinks to those waiting in line for food or medical services, or visiting and praying with the people who show up. There are opportunities for individuals or small groups to support the attendees by collecting and distributing clothes, bibles, or food.

Contact Person: Jonathan Newport
Email: jonathan.newport@houstonfirst.com
Phone Number: (832) 840-7245


GOOD NEIGHBORS

During Summer Serve Days, Good Neighbors will provide Summer Kid Pax to the community at Rancho Del Rey. In addition to our ministry team’s regular Grocery Delivery, we are looking for Small Groups to adopt a Saturday serve day (1st/3rd Saturdays from 10:30 to noon) to provide non-perishable breakfast, lunch and snacks for the kids in our community. Many of our kids normally receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year. During the summer months their families may experience even more food insecurity than during the school year. We want to help eliminate that insecurity by supporting their children’s nutritional needs during the summer. Please consider supporting one of our Saturdays by providing the following items: Instant Oatmeal, Boxed Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, canned Tuna, Loaf Bread, Granola Bars, Canned Soup, Spaghetti O’s or Raviolis, Cookies, Hand fruit (oranges, bananas, apples) for approximately 30 kids to last two weeks.

Contact Person: Renee Lafont
Email: reneelafont@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 549-9584


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES 

Kidz Dayz is a four week summer day camp being held in Bacliff at Bayshore Friends Church. We are in need of volunteers to serve CCCC’s week on July 19-23rd. If you are interested in serving please contact Shannon Farrar, 317-645-3858, sefarrar76@ymail.com.

Mobile food distributions are a great family serve opportunity especially in the summer montns! LCM’s next food truck is Tuesday, July 11th at the Spillway Park in San Leon. Please arrive by 8:30, the event typically finishes between 10:30 and 11am.

Contact Person: Erika Steele
Email: erika@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (832) 385-9232


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM

Come and serve the 4B area by volunteering or donating birthday party items to make a memorable and special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month at the Bridge Over Troubled Water, Boys and Girls Harbor and the Kidz Harbor! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products! We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could help in any way.

TBJP will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday, July 8th from 1-6pm in Santa Fe and is seeking volunteers.

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.
Contact Person: Christi Keeler 
Email: Christikeeler@gmail.com

Contact Person: Christi Keeler
Email: Christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0210


THE BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

The mission of The Bridge is to offer support, provide safety and prevent domestic and sexual violence. With a full service live in shelter for 100 women and children there is ongoing need in a variety of ways for the shelter located in Pasadena.

On Saturday July 22nd from 9-12 we are looking for volunteers who have trucks, manpower or helping hands to pick up furniture from donors in our surrounding communities and then actually deliver to several families who have been living without furniture and basic essentials since transitioning out of the shelter.

The Bridge currently has needs for women transitioning out of the shelter into their own apartments that includes new or used Living room furniture, Beds and bedding, Kitchen dishes and silverware, Pots and pans, Home decor, Microwaves, Lamps, Rugs, Small kitchen tables, and Linens & towels.

If you have items to donate, or want to plan a Go-op for your small group we would love to have you on Saturday July 22nd, please contact us!

If your small group is interested in connecting one on one with families, opportunities to serve include:
-Providing meals for either lunch or dinner for 100 residents either prepared on site or brought in
-Game or craft nights between 6:30-8:00pm during the week

Shelter assistance is also needed for the following projects which can be completed for a one day project or become ongoing service projects:
-Assist in cleaning and organizing the shelter or food pantry
-Administrative assistance filing and shredding paperwork
-Washing and/or painting facility windows and walls
-Power washing the building
-Landscaping

Contact Person: Cristina Womack
Email: womackcristina@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 785-0098


WEST CAMPUS | COMMUNITY IMPACT DAY

Friday, August 4th & Saturday, August 5th

West Campus will serve Brookside Intermediate families by providing a School Supply “Store” and assisting families with computer registration for Back to School. Come serve the community in a tangible way! Register to serve here.

Go-Ops | June 2017

A PEACEFUL PLACE 

Resale Shop Volunteers: We need small groups to help sort donations and gardening/maintaining the outside areas of our resale shop. We are also looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3. We welcome small group members to serve together, however, we usually only need 2 volunteers per shift. Training is required, so this service opportunity is not suited to one-time serves

Client Cleaning Gift Baskets: We like to give our clients some cleaning products to get started. We place these items in a small laundry basket to present to them. Items to include: All-purpose cleaner, sponges, gloves, dish soap, hand soap, toilet cleaner and brush, paper towel roll, small package of toilet paper, tissue boxes. You may drop off the basket(s) at our Resale Shop.

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews; building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: Individuals or small group members who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team for client move-ins.

Moving Team: (Individuals or small group members) Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus, but not required.

Ministry Adoption: Due to the nature of our ministry, we understand that not all members of a small group may be available to serve on short notice on one given day. However, if your group is interested in “adopting” A Peaceful Place ministry, we hope that over time all members would get the chance to serve with us as their schedules allows.

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place the Go Catalyst’s info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email: krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 828-5632


ANCHOR POINT

Anchor Point is in immediate need of organizational help for all of the donations we received from the baby drive- can be small group or individual

We also need help filling the following positions:
Client advocates
Spiritual advocates
Handyman
Thursday evening ultrasound assistant (does not need to have a medical background)
Male mentors
Community liaison
Boutique beautifier (maybe someone with retail experience)
Camp buddies for our Pathway to Hope Kid’s camp (June 17th-21st)
Event Coordinators for the Celebrating Hope gala Sept. 7th

Contact Person: Sarah Lungaro
Email: sarah@anchorpoint.us
Number: (832) 882-5889


BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

BUILDING HOMES- Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is building homes in LaPorte and Texas City (and soon to be Galveston)! If you would like to help a homeowner build their home (they spend 300 hours helping other volunteers), please join us in building communities and showing God’s love with our hands and feet. No experience or special skill is required, and we will provide any tools needed.

RESTORE- The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Restore needs your donations! The Restore accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, anything you want to donate! They will pick up donations as well. If you remodel your home, the Restore can take cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. To call for pick-up, call 281.332.1118 or visit http://www.bahfh.org/restore. You and your small group can also volunteer in the store to help customers and stock shelves. This is a great way to get out of the summer heat!

Contact Person: Erin Boyd
Email: erinboyd73@yahoo.com
Phone Number: (281) 615-5134


BAY AREA TURNING POINT

FOOD DRIVE – Sat. June 24th from 9am – 9pm (sign up for a 2.5-hour shift) KID FRIENDLY
BATP will be collecting food donations from local Kroger storefronts all day, Sat. June 24th. Sign up to serve as a group or individual. Kids are welcome! Volunteers will be passing out flyers and collecting food to load up the food trucks. This annual event will help to provide the emergency women’s shelter with non perishable food for the entire year!! They are in need of approximately 75 volunteers this year.

SERVE A MEAL- Any day of the week at 5pm @ the BATP Shelter located in Webster. **Kids must be 14 years old to participate**
This is a great opportunity to serve within the shelter in an extremely impactful way. Plan to feed about 35 adults and 35 children any given day (we can get the exact headcounts for you). You pick the day that works best for your group! 4-8 people is a good group size as the facility is small.

Contact Person: Gina Holstien
Email: theholstiens@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 841-4037


CARING COUNTS

Caring Counts partners w/ elementary schools for high risk children and mentoring opportunities to meet w/ fatherless children. We also wrap our arms around those that are raising high risk children such as teachers, single mom’s & grandparents.
Our needs:
1)gift cards to half price book store, amazon, or Walmart
2)men willing to mentor 1 on 1. 4 hours/month
3)visa gift cards
4)any financial contributions for summer go-ops such as fishing trips
5)apple computer

Contact Person: Chanda Mckinney
Email: chanda@mentoringcounts.com
Phone Number (832) 414-1881


CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRY

This summer is a great time to get involved with the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is open every Monday and Thursday morning from 8-11. Come on out and help serve a hot meal or pass out groceries to those in need!

Contact Person: Kari Wilson
Email: kariwilson0331@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 906-8558


GALVESTON STREET MINISTRY

Every Saturday morning starting at 8 am, the Galveston Street Ministry offers time of praise & worship, a brief message, and a call to accept Jesus along with a hot breakfast and medical care to needy people at the corner of 20th and Winnie on the Strand in Galveston. Everyone comes expecting food, prayer and an encouraging message from the Lord. There are many serving opportunities available so everyone can find some way to minister to the 100-200 people served every Saturday morning. Serving can include walking with individuals in the food lines, passing out drinks to those waiting in line for food or medical services, or visiting and praying with the people who show up. There are opportunities for individuals or small groups to support the attendees by collecting and distributing clothes, bibles, or food.

Contact Person: Jon & Alexandra Newport
Email: a.lily.newport@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 553-5460


GOOD NEIGHBORS

Beginning the first Saturday in June, Good Neighbors will provide Summer Kid Pax to the community at Rancho Del Rey. In addition to our minstry team’s regular Grocery Delivery, we are looking for Small Groups to adopt a Saturday serve day (1st/3rd Saturdays from 10:30 to noon) to provide non-perishable breakfast, lunch and snacks for the kids in our community. Many of our kids normally receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year. During the summer months their families may experience even more food insecurity than during the school year. We want to help eliminate that insecurity by supporting their children’s nutritional needs during the summer. Please consider supporting one of our Saturdays by bringing the following items: Instant Oatmeal, Boxed Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, canned Tuna, Loaf Bread, Granola Bars, Canned Soup, Spaghetti O’s or Raviolis, Cookies, Hand fruit (oranges, bananas, apples) for approximately 30 kids to last two weeks.

Contact Person: Renee Lafont
Email: reneelafont@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 549-9584


HOUSTON WELCOMES REFUGEES

Houston Welcomes Refugees is taking the summer off from their regular monthly collection days to reorganize and inventory their current supplies in their new facility. Collection days will resume in August. You are still welcome to collect kits and get them to Kate Somers, she will store and deliver them in the fall.

GIFT CARDS- Also HWR is always in need of store gift cards in increments of $50 or less to Fiesta, HEB and Walmart.

HWR has T-shirts now!! We all know how much Creekers love t-shirts!! Shipping is free and you can order one at https://www.houstonwelcomesrefugees.com/new-products/

The money from the shirt sales goes to help offset the cost of The Grove Project that is the renovation of the storage space at The Grove.

Contact Person: Kate Somers
Email: refugee@somersbunch.com
Phone Number: (281) 748-5622


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

Mobile Food Distributions – GREAT family or group activity – 2nd Tuesday of the month (06/13, 07/11, 08/8) at the Spillway Park in San Leon, TX. Arrive at 8:30 for prayer and instruction, typically lasts until about 10:30-11am.

Contact Person: Tammy Eckart
Email: tammy@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033

KIDZ DAYZ- a summer day camp for children in our community, volunteers needed July 5-7, July 17-21, and July 24-28 from 8:30-12:30 at Bayshore Friends Church.

Contact Person: Shar Owens
Email: shar@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033


THE BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

The mission of The Bridge is to offer support, provide safety and prevent domestic and sexual violence. With a full service live in shelter for 100 women and children there is ongoing need in a variety of ways for the shelter located in Pasadena.

MEALS or GAME NIGHT- If your small group is interested in connecting one on one with families, opportunities to serve with your entire group (men and women) include either providing meals for either lunch or dinner for 100 residents, either prepared on site or brought in, OR game or craft nights between 6:30-8:00pm during the week.

SHELTER ASSISTANCE-  is needed which can be completed as a one day project or become ongoing service projects. This includes assistance in cleaning, organizing, administrative assistance, washing and/or painting and landscaping.

DONATIONS-  The Bridge can also be supported through giving of donations both for use at the facility and for women transitioning out of the shelter into their own apartments.

Donations needed on an on going basis for the shelter include:
Fresh fruit , Coffee creamer, Kitchen Spices: Tony Chacheres & kitchen Bouquet, Bleach, Trash bags, Shower curtains, Twin size sheets, Pillow cases, Laundry soap, Latex gloves, Female sanitary napkins, Sponges, Mop heads, Women’s slippers, Blow up mattresses,
Toddler cups with straw and locking lid

Donations needed as women transition into apartments include:
Living room furniture, Beds and bedding, Kitchen dishes and silverware, Pots and pans, Home decor, Microwaves, Lamps, Rugs, Small kitchen tables, Linens & towels

FURNITURE DONATIONS/DELIVERY- Assistance is also needed to pick up furniture donations and/or to deliver when families move into their apartments.

Contact Person: Cristina Womack
Email: womackcristina@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 785-0098


THE GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

NEW FOR JUNE!
June 5 – 30: The Food of the Bar Food and Fund Drive Challenge is going on. Assistance is needed for various projects dealing with this event.

June 12: The Food Bank is looking for 2-3 volunteers to assist with nutritional training and activities with 40-50 (students 5th- 6th grader tour, modified sort, nutritional class, and activities)

June 14: The Food Bank is looking for 2-3 volunteers to assist with nutritional training and activities with 40-50 (students k-4th grader tour, nutritional class, and activities)

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

SENIOR HOMEBOUND BOX CREATION AND HOMEBOUND DELIVERY PROGRAM:
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.

SORTING DONATIONS: The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132

Go-Ops | May 2017

A PEACEFUL PLACE

Resale Shop Volunteers: We need small groups to help sort donations and gardening/maintaining the outside areas of our resale shop. We are also looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3. We welcome small group members to serve together, however, we usually only need 2 volunteers per shift. Training is required, so this service opportunity is not suited to one-time serves

Client Cleaning Gift Baskets: We like to give our clients some cleaning products to get started. We place these items in a small laundry basket to present to them. Items to include: All-purpose cleaner, sponges, gloves, dish soap, hand soap, toilet cleaner and brush, paper towel roll, small package of toilet paper, tissue boxes. You may drop off the basket(s) at our Resale Shop.

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews; building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: Individuals or small group members who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team for client move-ins.

Moving Team: (Individuals or small group members) Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus, but not required.

Ministry Adoption: Due to the nature of our ministry, we understand that not all members of a small group may be available to serve on short notice on one given day. However, if your group is interested in “adopting” A Peaceful Place ministry, we hope that over time all members would get the chance to serve with us as their schedules allows.

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place the Go Catalyst’s info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email: krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 828-5632


ANCHOR POINT PREGNANCY CENTER

Anchor Point needs items for Mommy Bags. They give these to every mother who comes into the center. Here are examples of what these contain: Bath & body works lotion, hand sanitizer, or body spray, pretty or cute journals, cute pens or scrapbooking markers, Mani/pedi set, Chocolate & other luxury snacks. We can also use small gift bags and tissue paper to put these items in. Just keep in mind that our girls are young but usually not homeless so please no hairbrushes, q-tips, shampoo, tampons, etc.

Anchor Point is also in need of godly men to help mentor dads through their All-Star Dads program.

Contact Person: Sarah Lungaro
Email: sarah@anchorpoint.us
Phone Number: (832) 632-1221


BE THE LIGHT-Anti-Human Sex Trafficking 

Adopt a Dorm:  Harris County Youth Detention Center in Seabrook needs Small Groups to adopt a dorm of either boys or girls to build relationships by engaging in fun activities.  This will be held on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of each month starting at 3:30 p.m.  This can be an outdoor event for games/football or in the gym for basketball or arts & crafts.  According to your event it could also take place in the main building or the dorm suites. There are currently 24 girls and the event can be for all of them or for a smaller event with 8 girls from one of the dorms. There are approximately 60-80 boys at the center that NEED men to walk alongside them.  Type of event and number or participates can be discussed with the facility coordinator.  They are open to most any event that would be good for these troubled kids.

Tutors are also needed for the Harris County Youth Detention Center in Seabrook.

https://www.facebook.com/bethelightcccc

Contact Person: Karissa Jones
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (281) 736-0586


CARING COUNTS

Restaurants gift cards: Often in relational opportunities, to meet with single mom’s, we would like to pick up the tab at lunch, so gift cards to local restaurants (Jason’s Deli, Chic-fil-A, etc) are appreciated.

Books: We provide books for our reading mentor program, so gift cards to Amazon or Half price book stores would help greatly!

Board Games: When the children work hard they are rewarded with game time. This provides a work ethic & choices =consequences. Games needed are; Candyland, connect four, or gift cards for purchasing at Walmart or Amazon.

Web Design: Our last need is web design to get Caring Counts established.

Contact Person: Chanda McKinney
Email: chanda@mentoringcounts.com


CASA of Galveston County

We are having our CASA for CASA’s Playhouse Drawing on May 13th at the ReStore (1101 Nasa Pkwy Webster, TX). We are seeking Volunteers who may be interested in providing entertainment (band and/or singing). Volunteers would need to be there by 10:45 and the drawing is at 12:00 pm. Please let me know if there is any interest.

Contact Person: Pamela Berry-Richardson
Email: Pamela@casagalveston.org


CENTER FOR PREGNANCY

The Center for Pregnancy is looking for individuals or small groups that would be interested in participating in one of our favorite events of the year- Celebrate Moms! Around Mother’s Day, we plan an event to celebrate, pamper and love the moms in our program. We provide food, crafts, activities, pedicures, spa treatments, gift bags and much more. The event will be held on May 20th, please contact us if you are interested in participating!

Contact Person: Jenna Kraft
Email: jennaruth17@gmail.com
Phone Number:  (832) 573-8929


EGRET BAY BABY DRIVE | MAY 14

We need 4-6 people that are willing to help unload bins of collected baby items from the Baby Shower on May 14. We will leave the church after the last service starts around 12:15. The items will be delivered to the High Point storage units on 646 and 517. If you are interested in helping please contact Vikki

Contact Person: Vikki Blanco
Email: vikkco@hotmail.com
Phone Number: call or
 text to (409) 739-7690 


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

SPECIAL EVENT: Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-Off (benefiting Yaga’s Children’s Fund which includes Galveston County Food Bank) will take place May 12 – 13 at Pier 21 in Galveston. Volunteers are needed to sample and judge food to help determine the winners.

KIDZ PACZ: Galveston County Food Bank ensures that children receive healthy meals year-round. For many children, the only meals they eat each day are provided at school. During the school year, Backpack Buddies provides these children with packs full of nutritious food that they can take home to make sure they do not go hungry on the weekend. When school lets out for the summer, the Food Bank makes sure that children are still able to receive nutritious, kid-friendly food through its Kidz Pacz program. If your small group is interested in helping provide nourishment to children facing food insecurity this summer, there are weekday opportunities to build Kidz Pacz at the Food Bank. Groups of 10 or 20 are optimal. The bags are filled with kid-friendly food that are distributed on Fridays throughout the summer.

SENIOR HOMEBOUND BOX CREATION AND HOMEBOUND DELIVERY PROGRAM: The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.

SORTING DONATIONS: The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132


GOOD NEIGHBORS

Good Neighbors is in need of small groups to serve along side us in the community at Rancho del Rey. Come be the hands and feet of Christ with us. First and third Saturdays from 10:30 to noon, we deliver groceries, clothing, household goods, breakfast, the Gospel and friendship to under resourced families right here in our back yard. We share coffee, juice, pastries, children’s ministry and prayer time with our neighbors who may be struggling outside the margin. For more information, or to sign your group up for a serve day, contact Renée Lafont.

Contact Person: Renee Lafont
Email: reneelafont@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 549-9584


MERCY TREE

The Mercy Tree has the following dates (Saturdays) reserved for CCCC groups that would like to volunteer for the first time: Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 19,and Sep 16. These dates can only be signed up for with Richard Guidetti, who has them reserved.
Also, groups may want to provide needed items which can be found at the Mercy Tree .org website under the Donate tab, Other Donations. Or, groups might consider organizing a fundraiser of some sort.

Contact Person: Richard Guidetti
Email: rguidetti@att.net
Phone Number: (832) 465-8834


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

Community garden: Lighthouse Christian Ministries is looking for individuals or small groups to help work in our new Community Garden. LCM partnered with KE Little Elementary to develop a community garden to help provide fresh produce for our food ministries. We usually have two workdays a month & one is Saturday, May 27th at 8am. We can always use more helpful hands. For more information, please contact Tammy.

Resale Shop:  “Lighthouse Christian Ministries is looking for individuals who want to volunteer regularly in our resale shop. This is a 2-4 hour commitment, once a week. If you have a servant’s heart & enjoy working with the public – we would love to meet with you. If you are interested, please contact Tammy for more information.”

Contact Person: Tammy Eckart
Email: tammy@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM

Come and serve the 4B area by donating birthday party items to make a memorable and special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month at the Bridge Over Troubled Water, Boys and Girls Harbor and the Kidz Harbor! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products!

We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could donate ANY of these items monthly: Solid colored party paper products, utensils, candles, balloons, helium, birthday cards, wrapping paper, party favors, and craft supplies! Please contact Christi for a more detailed list!

Birthday in a Box: is a complete birthday package (all items listed above) for party of 8 children

Children’s gifts: We spend $30 towards the child’s gift!

May needs:
Saturday April 6th- Garage Sale: TBJP is accepting donations for their fundraiser garage sale. There is also opportunity to help work it.

As always, help with birthday parties at the shelters

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.

Contact Person: Christi Keeler
Email: christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0218


YOUTH FOR CHRIST JUVENILE JUSTICE MINISTRY 

Mentors: There is an on-going need for mentors to walk alongside teens who have been released from juvenile detention in our local communities. The goal is to develop a steady and trustworthy relationship that can present new perspectives, advocacy, and gospel truths to at-risk teens. The commitment is a minimum of 1 year, with weekly contact. Background check and training required and provided.

Art Assistants: Youth for Christ is in need of Art assistants to help with the Texas City Detention Center Art Program. The individual must apply for volunteer status at the Detention Center and complete a background check. Time requirement is 1-4 Saturdays / month for 2 hours, not including travel time.

Gardening Opportunity: Volunteers needed to come to the Texas City Detention Center to plant a garden with the teens. Perfect for a couple or small group (no more than 5 adults) with a heart for gardening. Applicants would have to complete the background check. We are thinking about a 2-3 hour window on a weekend.

Contact Person: Kelly Norcross
Email: kellynorcross@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 221-3513

Go-Ops | April 2017

 

A PEACEFUL PLACE

Resale Shop Volunteers: We need small groups to help sort donations and gardening/maintaining the outside areas of our resale shop. We are also looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3. We welcome small group members to serve together, however, we usually only need 2 volunteers per shift. Training is required, so this service opportunity is not suited to one-time serves

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews; building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: Individuals or small group members who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team for client move-ins.

Moving Team: (Individuals or small group members) Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus, but not required.

Ministry Adoption: Due to the nature of our ministry, we understand that not all members of a small group may be available to serve on short notice on one given day. However, if your group is interested in “adopting” A Peaceful Place ministry, we hope that over time all members would get the chance to serve with us as their schedules allows.

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place your info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email: krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 828-5632

ANCHOR POINT

Committed needs (minimum 4 hours a week):
Client Advocate – the first person to connect with clients who come into Anchor Point in a time of crisis

Spiritual Client Advocate – available when a client has requested Spiritual conversations
Mentors for the All Star Dads program – Godly men who can invest into meaningful relationships to help mentor the men in crisis situations

Regular and occasional needs:
Handyman to help with maintenance in League City and Seabrook locations
People to decorate and organize the baby boutique (small time commitment)
Cleaning both locations on weekends
Purchasing supplies for and assembling mommy gifts and baby bathtubs/layettes.

Contact Person: Sarah Lungaro
Email: Sarah@anchorpoint.us
Phone: 832-632-1221


BE THE LIGHT-Anti-Human Sex Trafficking

Adopt a Dorm:
• Youth for Christ at Seabrook Youth Detention center needs Small Groups to adopt a dorm of either boys or girls and just have fun with them. This will be held on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of each month starting at 3:30 p.m. This can be an outdoor event for games/football or in the gym for basketball/or arts & crafts. According to your event it could also take place in the main building or the dorm suites. There are currently 24 girls and the event can be for all of them or for a smaller event with 8 girls from one of the dorms. There are approximately 60-80 boys at the center that NEED men to walk alongside them. Type of event and number or participates can be discussed with the facility coordinator. They are open to most any event that would be good for these troubled kids.

Tutors are needed for the Harris County Youth Detention Center in Seabrook.
https://www.facebook.com/bethelightcccc
Contact Person: Karissa Jones
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (281) 736-0586


CARING COUNTS

Socks & Shoes Donations
Children from KE LITTLE Elementary in Bacliff in need of socks & shoes. The majority of these children live in trailers & are on government assistance. Most of them have no one @ home to go to after school, so they’re going to the park. Unfortunately, there’s many crack houses in the area too. If nothing else, please pray for their protection.

Mentors for high risk Children
Looking to recruit mentors for high risk children @ KE Little Elementary in Bacliff. You may choose grade from kindergarten-4th grade to read to. 1 hr. 1 time per week.

Contact Person: Chanda Mckinney
Email: chanda@mentoringcounts.com
Phone Number: (832) 414-1881


CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRY 

For the month of April, all work projects for the Clear Lake Food Pantry will take place on our Community Impact Day on April 29. If you attend the Clear Lake campus, you will be able to sign-up to serve on that day from 9-12. Sign-ups will be announced in the next few weeks. We are looking to do some power washing and general clean-up and organization on that day.

ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
The Food Pantry is open to clients every Monday and Thursday morning from 8-11am. Volunteers are always welcome on those days to help serve a hot meal or distribute groceries and clothing to those in need. All you need to do is show up and be ready to help!
Another way to serve the food pantry would be for a group to make a meal that can be heated up on Monday or Thursday and shared with the clients. You would not necessarily have to be there to serve the meal, but would need to make arrangements to have it delivered to the church.
Contact Person:Kari Wilson
Email: kariwilson0331@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 906-8558


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

SPECIAL EVENT
Out Run Hunger will take place April 29, 2017 at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Volunteers are needed the week prior for participant bag assembly and pre-race packet pick-up; times and location to be determined. Race day shifts include; packet pick-up, check-in and registration, water stations, finish line, volunteer booth, gear check, and course marshals.

KIDZ PACZ
Galveston County Food Bank ensures that children receive healthy meals year round. For many children, the only meals they eat each day are provided at school. During the school year, Backpack Buddies provides these children with packs full of nutritious food that they can take home to make sure they do not go hungry on the weekend. When school lets out for the summer, the Food Bank makes sure that children are still able to receive nutritious, kid-friendly food through its Kidz Pacz program. If your small group is interested in helping provide nourishment to children facing food insecurity this summer, there are weekday opportunities to build Kidz Pacz at the Food Bank. Groups of 10 or 20 are optimal. The bags are filled with kid-friendly food that are distributed on Fridays throughout the summer.

SENIOR HOMEBOUND BOX CREATION AND HOMEBOUND DELIVERY PROGRAM
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.

SORTING DONATIONS
The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132


GALVESTON URBAN MINISTRIES 
Volunteer videographers / photographers: needed to come teach / work with the youth on a project that they are working on during this spring. This will help them with their summer camp costs.

Renovations: Do you love construction and demolition? G.U.M. is currently renovating a few properties in the North Broadway neighborhood and we’re looking for people to lead or be part of a construction team. Projects will range from drywall and painting to building walls!

Contact Person: Josh Dorrell
Email: Volunteer@galvestonurbanministries.org
Phone Number: (409) 497-2460


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

Annual Gala
Need some volunteers for LCM’s annual gala on April 29th at Hometown Heroes park. We need set-up help beginning at noon for 3 hours and then some people to help during the event, from 5-11 (or a shift during that time). Ages 16+ please

Contact Person: Tammy Eckart
Email: tammy@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033

Community Garden
Come work in LCM’s Community Garden at KE Little Elementary! Community workdays are open to individuals, families or small groups. Workdays are scheduled to begin at 8am and usually last 2-3 hours, Spring dates are February 11, 25, March 4, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, May 27. If you would like to arrange a private opportunity for your company or group to volunteer, that is also a possibility.

Contact Person: Dolores Westerlund
Email: doloreswe@comcast.net
Phone Number: (281) 326-1056


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM

Come and serve the 4B area by donating birthday party items to make a memorable and special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month at the Bridge Over Troubled Water, Boys and Girls Harbor and the Kidz Harbor! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products! We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could donate ANY of these items monthly: Party paper products: solid color cups, napkins, plates, utensils, table clothes

Party supplies and Crafts: candles, balloons, helium, Birthday cards, wrapping paper, party favors, glue sticks, stickers, beads etc!

Birthday in a Box: is a complete birthday package (all items listed above) for party of 8 children
Children’s gifts: We spend $30 towards the child’s gift!

April needs:
Saturday April 8th- Looking for volunteers to serve at Bunny Hop at Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson. Items also needed for hop include: card stock, grab bags, popcorn and soda.

We can also usehelp with birthday parties at the shelters.

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.

Contact Person: Christi Keeler
Email: christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0218


 

Go-Ops | March 2017

A PEACEFUL PLACE

Resale Shop Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3.

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews and building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: People who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team.

Moving Team: Pick-up donations, or deliver furniture to clients. Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus.

Small Groups can help by:
-delivering furniture, etc. to a client
-packing/picking up large donations (trucks/trailers are helpful)
-sorting donations at our resale shop
-adopting a client family during the holidays. Gifts, food, etc.
-gardening-maintaining our outside areas

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place your info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email: krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 828-5632


BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Build a House
Come out and walk to build a house! The annual Women Build 5k walk/run is April 1, 2017. All of the money raised goes directly to the building of a home. You can walk as a team, a small group, a family or on your own. This is a fun event at Walter Hall Park. We will have vendors, food trucks and more. The cost is $35.00 per walker.

You can register at http://www.bahfh.org/our-initiatives/women-build

Restore
The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Restore needs your donations! The Restore accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, anything you want to donate! They will pick up donations as well. If you remodel your home, the Restore can take cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. To call for pick-up, call 281.332.1118 or visit http://www.bahfh.org/restore. You and your small group can also volunteer in the store to help customers and stock shelves.

Contact Person: Erin boyd
Email: erinboyd73@yahoo.com
Phone Number: (281) 615-5134


BE THE LIGHT

Movie Night and Volunteer Orientation:
Be The Light is hosting our quarterly education event on Thursday, March 23 from 7 – 8:30pm in Room 202 of the Egret Bay auditorium building. We will show the documentary, Chosen, and discuss strategies used to lure children into sex trafficking, as well as how adults and students can prevent our CCCC kids from becoming victims. This movie and discussion will be appropriate for ages 12 and up. At the end, anyone interested in volunteering with Be The Light can stay for a brief orientation into all of the various opportunities and sign up to get involved. Please RSVP for this event at http://bit.ly/2lhzReD.

Contact Person: Charlene Bohanon
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (828) 216-4443

Adopt a Dorm:
Youth for Christ at Seabrook Youth Detention center needs Small Groups to adopt a dorm of either boys or girls and just have fun with them. This will be held on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of each month starting at 3:30 p.m. This can be an outdoor event for games/football or in the gym for basketball/or arts & crafts. Depending on your activity, it could also take place in the main building or the dorm suites. There are currently 24 girls and the event can be for all of them or for a smaller event with 8 girls from one of the dorms. There are approximately 60-80 boys at the center that NEED men to walk alongside them. Type of event and number or participates can be discussed with the facility coordinator. They are open to most any event that would be good for these troubled kids.

Contact Person: Tanya McAllister
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (832) 771-4549


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

SORTING DONATIONS
The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

In addition to sorting donated food items, The Galveston County Food Bank is looking for Program Outreach Volunteers and Mobile Food Distributors. Please be on the lookout: there are several special events in the coming months that will need volunteers!

 SENIOR HOMEBOUND BOX CREATION AND HOMEBOUND DELIVERY PROGRAM
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132


GALVESTON STREET MINISTRY

Every Saturday morning starting at 8 am, the Galveston Street Ministry offers time of praise & worship, a brief message, and a call to accept Jesus along with a hot breakfast and medical care to needy people at the corner of 20th and Winnie on the Strand in Galveston. Everyone comes expecting food, prayer and an encouraging message from the Lord. There are many serving opportunities available so everyone can find some way to minister to the 100-200 people served each Saturday morning. Serving can include walking with individuals in the food lines, passing out drinks to those waiting in line for food or medical services, or visiting and praying with the people who show up. There are opportunities for individuals or small groups to support the attendees by collecting and distributing clothes, bibles, or food.

Contact Person: Jon & Alex Newport
Email: jonathan.newport@houstonfirst.com
Phone Number: (832) 840-7245


GALVESTON URBAN MINISTRIES

Volunteer videographers / photographers needed to come teach / work with the youth on a project that they are working on during this spring. This will help them with their summer camp costs.

Do you love construction and demolition? G.U.M. is currently renovating a few properties in the North Broadway neighborhood and we’re looking for people to lead or be part of a construction team. Projects will range from drywall and painting to building walls!

Contact Person: Josh Dorrell
Email: Volunteer@galvestonurbanministries.org
Phone Number: (409) 497-2460


HOUSTON WELCOMES REFUGEES

Kit Collection
The March kit collection date is March 25th from 10am to 12 pm at 946 W 17th Street near The Heights area of Houston. If you are unable to deliver your own kit please contact the Go Advocate to drop kits off locally by March 24th. The kits in most need currently are Child Kits, Cleaning Kits, and Kitchen 1 kits. Kit lists can be found at http://www.houstonwelcomesrefugees.com/welcome-kit-list

Moving Day
If your small group is interested in assisting a refugee family on move in day or volunteer to help process kits on a collection day please contact the Go Advocate for dates and information.

Contact Person: Kate Somers
Email: refugee@somersbunch.com
Phone Number: (281) 748-5622


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

LCM has a community garden at KE Little Elementary. We have work days twice a month and groups and families are always welcome! Future garden workdays are March 25, April 8, and April 22.

Contact Person: Dolores Westerlund
Email: doloreswe@comcast.net
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033

LCM’s Annual Fundraiser is Saturday, April 29th. We are in need of several adult volunteers to help with set-up/tear-down and running several aspects during the event.

Contact Person: Erika Steele
Email: erika@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM 

Come and serve the 4B area by donating birthday party items to make a memorable and special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month at the Bridge Over Troubled Water, Boys and Girls Harbor and the Kidz Harbor! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products! We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could donate ANY of these items monthly:

Party paper products: solid color cups, napkins, plates, utensils, table clothes
Party supplies and Crafts: candles, balloons, helium, Birthday cards, wrapping paper, party favors, glue sticks, stickers, beads etc!
Birthday in a Box: is a complete birthday package (all items listed above) for party of 8 children
Children’s gifts: We spend $30 towards the child’s gift!

March and April needs:
Friday March 24th- Looking for Volunteers to serve 6pm-8/830pm

Saturday April 8th- Looking for volunteers to serve at Bunny Hop. Items also needed for hop include: card stock, grab bags, popcorn and soda.

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.

Contact Person: Christi Keeler
Email: christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0218


 

Go-Ops | February 2017

A PEACEFUL PLACE

Resale Shop Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to work in our downtown League City resale shop, located adjacent to League Park at 202 N. Park Avenue. Our shop is open Wed-Sat 11:00am – 3:00pm, with two shifts 11-1 and 1-3.

Client Care teams: Individuals interested in conducting interviews and building and continuing relationships with clients.

Decorating Team: People who like to decorate are welcome to join our decorating team.

Moving Team: Pick-up donations, or deliver furniture to clients. Must be able to lift heavy furniture, sometimes up/down three flights. Having a truck and/or trailer is a bonus.

Small Groups can help by:
-delivering furniture, etc. to a client
-packing/picking up large donations (trucks/trailers are helpful)
-sorting donations at our resale shop
-adopting a client family during the holidays. Gifts, food, etc.
-gardening-maintaining our outside areas

These opportunities are on an as-needed basis. We will place your info on our email list and send out requests for help when needed.

Contact Person: Kelly Krueger
Email krueger729@gmail.com
Phone Number (713) 828-5632


 BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Building homes:
Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is building homes in LaPorte and Texas City! We are also coming to Galveston soon- interested in going to the island? If you would like to help a homeowner build their home (they spend 300 hours helping other volunteers), please join us in building communities and showing God’s love with our hands and feet. No experience or special skill is required, and we will provide any tools needed.

Restore donations:
The Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Restore needs your donations! The Restore accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, anything you want to donate! They will pick up donations as well. If you remodel your home, the Restore can take cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, etc. If you know a builder or contractor, can you mention the Restore to them? It is a great way to get rid of old material. To call for pick-up, call 281.332.1118 or visit http://www.bahfh.org/restore. You and your small group can also volunteer in the store to help customers and stock shelves.

Contact Person: Erin boyd
Email: erinboyd73@yahoo.com
Phone Number: (281) 615-5134


BE THE LIGHT: ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Seeds of Summer (SOS): Be The Light has teamed up with Youth For Christ at our local Seabrook Youth Detention Center. We will be engaging in a new program, “Seeds of Summer” (SOS), which will allow the 24 girls at the detention center to see how God values them, provide awareness on Human Sex Trafficking, and instill in them that God has a good plan for them. These girls have either been trafficked or at risk for trafficking. We need SOS Host/Prayer Groups to volunteer on a monthly basis. This would consist of providing store bought treats (cupcakes, cookies, candy) and juice for the monthly meetings. In addition, we will give the Host Small Group the girls’ prayer requests and ask that they pray for them over the next month and write a response to the girls. The responses will be delivered the following month. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Contact Person: Tanya McAllister
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (832) 771-4549
Follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bethelightcccc/


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

SORTING DONATIONS:
The Galveston County Food Bank continually receives food product donations that need to be sorted before sending to the social service agencies that subsequently distribute food to those in need in Galveston County. Consequently, there are small group and individual volunteer opportunities in the dry sort room on Saturday mornings (9 AM to 12 noon) and weekdays (8am to 4pm). Volunteers between the ages of 12 to 17 can help if accompanied by a supervisor or guardian. Groups of 10 to 12 are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases.

In addition to sorting donated food items, The Galveston County Food Bank is looking for Program Outreach Volunteers and Mobile Food Distributors. Please be on the lookout: there are several special events in the coming months that will need volunteers!

SENIOR HOMEBOUND BOX CREATION AND HOMEBOUND DELIVERY PROGRAM:
The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their Senior Homebound Box Creation program. Each month, 300 senior shut-in boxes are created in the warehouse by volunteer groups. The effort takes about two hours. Groups of 10 to 15 volunteers are optimal. The Food Bank is a warehouse environment, we ask that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry, and not wear fanny packs or camera cases. Additionally, individuals are needed to deliver food boxes to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities once a month. Individuals must have a valid ID, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.

There are also several individual volunteer opportunities, including administration-related functions. Specific projects will vary based on the Galveston County Food Bank’s organizational need at the time of inquiry.

Contact Person: Starr Argyrakis
Email: starr.argyrakis@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 658-6132


GALVESTON URBAN MINISTRIES

Volunteer videographers / photographers needed to come teach / work with the youth on a project that they are working on during this spring. This will help them with their summer camp costs.

Stump grinding:
We are in need of stump grinding services to grind down multiple tree stumps left over from the hurricane on various ministry properties.

Contact Person: Josh Dorrell
Email: volunteer@galvestonurbanministries.org
Phone Number: (409) 497-2460


GOOD NEIGHBORS

Good Neighbors is in need of a small group to serve along side us in the community at Rancho del Rey the first Saturday in February from 10:30 to noon. Come be the hands and feet of Christ with us as we deliver groceries, clothing, household goods, breakfast, the Gospel and friendship to under resourced families right here in our back yard. We share coffee, juice, pastries, children’s ministry and prayer time with our neighbors who may be struggling outside the margin. For more information, or to sign your group up for a serve day, contact Renee Lafont.

Contact Person: Renee Lafont
Email:  reneelafont@gmail.com
Phone Number : (281) 549-9584


LOVING HEARTS

Valentine’s Party | Sun, Feb 19th 3-6:30 pm
Spring Fling | Sun, Mar 19th 3-6:30 pm

Loving Hearts ministry plans regular events for special needs adults. Two small groups are needed at each event to help with set-up, food, crafts, clean-up and loving on these special friends. If interested, please contact Teresa Waite for more details at teresa3waite@hotmail.com.

Contact Person: Teresa Waite
EmaiL: teresa3waite@hotmail.com


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM:

Come and serve the 4B area by donating birthday party items to make a memorable special day for children currently living in homeless shelters. The Program serves 100 children a month in several different locations! We use the same neutral theme for all our girl/boy parties per month and use solid color paper products! We would be ecstatic if you or your small group could donate ANY of these items monthly:

Party paper products: solid color cups, napkins, plates, utensils, table clothes

Party supplies and Crafts: candles, balloons, helium, Birthday cards, wrapping paper, party favors, glue sticks, stickers, beads etc!

Birthday in a Box: is a complete birthday package (all items listed above) for party of 8 children

Children’s gifts: We spend $30 towards the child’s gift!

February ItemsE: Looking for food donations for our Space Themed Birthdays this month! We need 120 of each food item for a successful party! For example 120 space ice creams, 120 juices etc… by February 14th!

Please contact Shelia for ANY questions and further details on needs.

Contact Person: Sheila Thornton-Wright
Email: Tbjpmedia@outlook.com
Phone Number: (832) 904-4578


THE BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

The mission of The Bridge is to offer support, provide safety and prevent domestic and sexual violence. With a full service live in shelter for women and children there is ongoing need for meal service and opportunities for engagement with the families. If your small group is interested in providing a meal or hosting a family game night this is a wonderful opportunity to connect one on one with families and interact while showing the love of Jesus. Providing meals on Mondays for either lunch or dinner for 100 residents is one way to show support. This can be brought in or cooked onsite.
Game or craft nights are also held Monday- Thursday between 6:30-8:00pm if your group is interested in serving alongside the families and interacting directly.

Collecting housewares:

The Bridge also is in need of collecting furniture and housewares for women who are starting their lives over and transitioning from the shelter into apartments. They start with an air mattress and very minimal personal belongings. Needed Items can be used or new and include in order of greatest need include queen sized beds, small kitchen tables, couch, pillows, dresser, lamps, end tables, kitchen dishes, pots/pans, small appliances, utensils, linens, towels, etc.
Home decor items like curtains and decorative pictures are certainly welcome as well. We can coordinate pick up of items.

Contact Person: Cristina Womack
Contact Person’s Email: womackcristina@gmail.com
Phone Number: (281) 785-0098