Go-Ops | Feburary 2018

Be The Light anti human trafficking ministry will be hosting our quarterly education event on Thursday, February 8th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Room 202 of the Egret Bay auditorium building. We will show the documentary, In Plain Site, and discuss strategies used to lure children into sex trafficking, as well as how adults and students can recognize the signs. At the end of the movie, anyone interested in volunteering with Be The Light can stay for a brief orientation into the various opportunities to serve and sign up to get involved.

Be The Light will be hosting our first street party for at risk youth this coming spring. We need organizers, a DJ for the sound system, planners, set up teams, food/beverages and helpers of all kinds!

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

Looking for volunteers who can take 30 minutes ONE day a week to connect w/ a child by mentoring one on one. This can be @ elementary (K.E. Little) where you play games w/ child struggling in school. Also, Bayside Intermediate mentors can help assist w/ academics or relational needs. Partnering w/ Communities In Schools to help children thrive.

Need help w/ completing website.
Need help w/ finalization for nonprofit form

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

CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRYThe Clear Lake Campus is hosting a food drive to benefit the Clear Lake Food Pantry in February. I am in need of volunteers to help with the collection process on Sun. Feb. 18 and Sun. Feb. 25. I need people to help before both the 9:30 and 11:00 services. You would be there to direct attenders with donations to the drop off location, and to help carry the donations in if needed.

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.
Clear Lake Baptist Church 15700 Space Center Blvd. Houston, TX 77062

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

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. Because the Food Bank is a warehouse environment, volunteers should 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. Because the Food Bank is a warehouse environment, volunteers should 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 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 Newport
Email:  jonathan.newport@houstonfirst.com
 Phone Number: (832) 840-7245

Galveston Urban Ministries is in need of small groups to serve along side us in the Galveston area. Saturday Kids Club takes place on the last Saturday of every month starting next Saturday January 27th.

Items to Bring: Bible lesson material, Speaker for songs (if possible), Snack and juice

Small groups will play recreational games, sing songs and tell bible stories, as well as provide snacks. For more information, or to sign your group up for a serve day, contact

Getting Ahead Program Childcare Volunteer

What: In order for adults to really engage in our “Getting Ahead class” we provide childcare. We need individuals to help love on our kiddos while the parents are in class!

When: Thursdays 5:30-9:00pm

Where: 3818 Ball Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact Person: Candis Jones
Email: candis@galvestonurbanministries.org
Phone Number: (409) 497-2460

Houston Welcomes Refugees exists to mobilize our city to welcome refugees with compassion, hope and honor as they resettle and start a new life in Houston. The best way for Clear Creek to assist HWR is by participating in kit collections. There will be a kit collection day on February 24th at the Houston Welcomes Refugees facility in The Heights. If your small group would like to put together one or more kits the information and instructions for the kit can be found at https://www.houstonwelcomesrefugees.com/welcome-kit-list. If you don’t want to deliver the kits yourself you can contact Kate Somers and arrange to meet and drop off the kits any time before February 24th.

Houston Welcomes Refugees exists to mobilize our city to welcome refugees with compassion, hope and honor as they resettle and start a new life in Houston. One of the ways that Clear Creek can assist HWR is by helping them on their kit collection days. February 24th from 10 am to 12 pm is the next kit collection time. Small groups, families or individuals can meet at the storage facility (The Grove) at 946 W 17th Street 77008 to receive kits from people, verify the contents, complete unfinished kits, and sort and organize the kits for storage. Please contact Kate Somers if you or your small group plan to serve on the collection day so that she can let the organization know to expect you.

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

Lighthouse Christian Ministries is in need of volunteers for our upcoming Food Fair held on Tuesday, February 13th from 8:30am to 11:30am. This food fair serves over 250 families in need. If you have a heart to serve this is a great opportunity for you, your small group and/or family. This food fair is held at the Spillway on Bayshore Drive in Bacliff.

Contact Person : Marissa Reiter
Email: marissa@lighthousecm.org
Phone Number: (281) 339-3033 EXT 301

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 partners with Running Alliance which puts on multiple 5Ks throughout the year. Funds from the race benefit The Bridge so assistance in volunteering for the race helping with registration, passing out water/snacks on race day is helpful. You can also sign up to run in the event and proceeds go towards them. Leading up to the race there is also a need for volunteers to go help distribute race packets. Contact Jessica to find out Needs and dates of each race!

Contact Person: Jessica Pineda
Email: jpineda@tbotw.org
Phone Number: (713) 472-0753

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 Santa Maria Hostel, 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 birthday parties on:
February 17th 6:30
February 18th 2pm
February 25th 2pm

TBJP will be having a book sale Saturday, February 10th at Dunn’s Brother Coffee in Friendswood from 10am-4pm. All proceeds go to TBJP, books for all ages and readers!

TBJP thrift was recently launched in an effort to raise money for birthday supplies. Donations and shoppers are needed! If interested check them out at TBJP Thrift on Facebook!

Please contact Christi for ANY questions and further details on needs.
Contact Person: Christi Keeler 
Email: christikeeler@gmail.com
Phone Number: (832) 425-0218

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. Or, groups might consider organizing a fundraiser of some sort. Please advise me if either of these options is chosen.
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