Go-Ops | November 2017


Donations Needed: We are in need of new or gently used furniture (dining/kitchen, bath, bedroom (no mattresses)) donations. Donations may be delivered to our resale shop during open hours.

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.

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.

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


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


* Approximately 75 women & children * Any day of the week * Dinner is served at 5p sharp *
This is great for small groups who are looking to serve together. Children must be 14 years old or older to participate.

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


We need a couple of small groups to help host the Benchmark Christmas party for foster families. The party will be Dec 10, 4-6pm at the Egret Bay Creek Kids building. We will need a group to prepare, bring, and serve dinner and dessert. We need a group to prepare, bring and help the kids with cookie decorating and Christmas crafts as well as supervising kids while they play in the Creek Kids building. This is a great way to care for local orphans and the families in our community that have said yes to taking them into their homes!

Contact Person: Megan Lagoy
Email: megan.lagoy@gmail.com
Phone Number: (713) 417-3449


Be The Light will be supporting Project Girls annual “Christmas on the Streets” party in December. A short volunteer training is required to attend. Be The Light will be collecting the following donations by December 2nd.

*Gently used purses;
*Hygiene products to fill the purses (mints, toothbrushes, wipes, brush etc.)
*Cases of Individually wrapped chips
*Hot dogs
*Sausage on the stick
*Hot dog buns
The street party will have a legal team table onsite to help ladies on the street sign their uninsured children up for insurance. In addition there will be a medical table set up for on site HIV testing. Be The Light will have a table providing Human Sex Trafficking information. Volunteers will be available to pray with anyone seeking to leave “the life” and provide helpline, exit strategies and rehab if needed. A great time to share God’s love and form relationships.
Contact bethelight@clearcreek.org for full details.

Be The Light would like to give back to someone who is a survivor of the street who has devoted the last 14 years helping other women find their way. She desperately needs some heavy duty yard work and small house repairs. Contact BTL at 713-759-9409 or email bethelight@clearcreek.com.

Contact Person: Tanya McAllister
Email: bethelight@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (713) 759-9409


Work alongside the childcare center staff to provide a parents night out event for our CCCC foster parents. You will serve by doing crafts, playing games, serving pizza. Upcoming dates: Nov 18th  & Dec 16th 3-7pm. (Must arrive 1 hour early for training.)

Contact Person: Cari Hicks
Email: cariann207@msn.com
Phone Number: (832) 722-8069


Volunteers are always welcome on Monday and Thursday mornings between the hours of 7:30 and 11 a.m. when they open their doors to serve clients in need in the Clear Lake area. You can assist with serving a hot meal or handing out groceries to take home for the week. There are also opportunities to distribute clothing and other household items.

The Food Pantry is in need of regular volunteers to pick up food from the Kroger on El Dorado and the HEB on Clear Lake City Blvd. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday morning between the hours of 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. and then deliver the products to the Food Pantry. The Kroger pick up will require some heavy lifting, but the HEB pick-up is primarily bread and sweets. This task can be divided between multiple people who are able to serve on a regular basis (i.e someone just takes one day or even just one store). Thanks so much!

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


Volunteers needed to help with the Toy Drive on Sun, Dec 3 & Wed Dec 6. Sign up to help during one of the service times.  Sign-up: https://clearcreek.wufoo.com/forms/q1xxq0490ut106r/
Contact Person: Tiffany Granderson
Email: tgranderson@clearcreek.org


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 (9am 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


Every Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m., the Galveston Street Ministry offers a 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. For more information, contact Jon and Alex Newport.

Contact Person: Jonathan Newport
Email: jonathan.newport@houstonfirst.com
Phone Number: (713) 853-8245


Volunteers needed from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday/ Wednesday to help out with our junior high program and we need volunteers to go into the school and tutor students which can be done anytime during school hours.

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

Volunteers are need for the children’s program for homework help Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm. Also meals for the Getting Ahead Class on Thursdays.
Link: https://mealtrain.com/qvl6rl

Contact Person: Candis Jones
Phone Number: (817) 368-4822


Turkey distribution: On Saturday, November 18th, Good Neighbors will distribute Turkeys to families in Rancho del Rey and Town Village Mobile Home Parks who have signed up for Thanksgiving dinner. We need a couple of small groups to contribute produce items to go alongside turkeys for dinner. There are approximately 50 families who will receive food. If your small group would like to contribute sweet potatoes, fresh green beans, or cornbread, etc., please contact us for more info.

Ranch Del Rey Adoption: Good Neighbors adopts families at Rancho del Rey and Town Village Mobile Home Parks for our annual Christmas Angel Tree ministry. If your family, small group or ministry team would like to sponsor a families’ Christmas gifts, please contact us for more info. You will be able to deliver your gifts directly to your sponsored family by December 16th.

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


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

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, coffee creamer, kitchen spices: Tony Chacheres & kitchen bouquet, bleach, trash bags, shower curtains and more. Please contract 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.

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.

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


Individuals, families, or small groups can volunteer to provide a meal at the Mercy Tree on any “OPEN” date. Planning ahead is necessary because dates quickly fill up often months in advance. “OPEN” dates can be found on the website (www.themercytree.org) by clicking on the volunteer tab and scrolling through the calendar. When you click on the date, the time and location will appear. Email (volunteer@themercytree.org) to let the Mercy Tree know the “OPEN” date that you would like to sign up for.
Please cook or purchase a simple meal, and provide cold drinks for 20 to 25 individuals. Use disposable food containers and include paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware.
Also, groups may want to provide needed items which can be found under the “donate tab – other donations.
Thank you for considering the Mercy Tree as a Go Local Opportunity and for blessing our clients with a meal or other needs.

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


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