GO Ops | December 2018

Ways to serve our community through GO Local Partners, CCCC Orphan Care and School Partnerships.


ANCHOR POINT FAMILY MINISTRIES

Opportunity 1:  Operation Christmas Blessing Open House. This is the one time every year we bring our partners together with our Anchor Point families. If you, your work group, small group or church family would like to ‘adopt a family’ and provide a gift of encouragement we would love to send you more details.

Save the date: This very special open house will be from 11am-6pm on Thursday, December 13th, 2018.

Opportunity 2:  Shop and Save Lives!  AmazonSmile – You shop. Amazon gives. Christmas Shopping Season is just around the corner!

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization.

1. Set up an account with Amazon Smile by visiting: http://www.smile.amazon.com
2. Choose Anchor Point, League City, TX as the charity you wish to support.
3. Make all your purchases through Smile.Amazon.com
(same website as Amazon.com, only Anchor Point receives credit once chosen)
Don’t forget to link your Kroger card to Anchor Point’s Organization #GU652 @
https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/

Contact Person: Kelly King
Email: kelly@anchorpoint.us
Phone Number:  (832) 274-2304


BE THE LIGHT

Opportunity 1:  January is National Human Trafficking month. Be the Light Has partnered with The Collective Group for a community event at the College of The Mainland on Thursday, January 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Local officials are expected from Galveston, League City, Webster, Seabrook and surrounding areas. This event will bring the focus on the numerous local organizations in our area that are contributing their time and efforts in fighting trafficking in our own backyards. As we join together the collective group can have a bigger impact in our area. Come hear from the organizations that are the hands and feet serving in our area. The event will be informative and help us serve together for a common cause. For more information go to www.houstontrafficking.org

Opportunity 2:  The Seeds of Summer program has openings to help teach biblical life Skill classes at the juvenile detention center. These kids are at a higher risk of being trafficked due to their current circumstances. We provide ways to help them change their life by changing their thinking. Classes are held in Texas City at the Jerry Esmond Juvenile Detention Center. Classes are held the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturday’s of each month from 9-11 am. Training provided. Rotating schedule available, you can serve once a month or as you are available. Must have background check and fingerprinting to serve. For more information go to www.houstontrafficking.org

Contact Person: Tanya McAllister
Email: bethelighthou@outlook.com
Phone Number: (832) 771-4549


BENCHMARK FAMILY SERVICES

Opportunity 1:  Benchmark Family Christmas Party! Help support local orphan care by providing the foster families of Benchmark family services with an awesome Christmas party experience. We will need small groups to help set up and clean up, and to help serve food and supervise craft and playtime. Small groups may be asked to donate desserts for the event. Your children are welcome to come and eat and play along with the foster kids!

Opportunity 2:  Is there a small group available to bless the staff of Benchmark Family services (about 12-15 people) with a lunch at their office as they go about the never-ending work of finding and stabilizing safe homes for local orphans through foster care? It would be around noon on a weekday of your choosing.

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


THE CENTER FOR PREGNANCY

The Center for Pregnancy is looking for individuals, families or small groups that would be interested in adopting a family for Christmas. Every year, our goal is to have every family in our program be adopted and then invite them to a Christmas party where we get to share the Gospel and show them the love of Christ! If you are interested in learning more, please let us know!

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


CLEAR CREEK ORPHAN CARE

Clear Creek Orphan Care will be hosting several events, classes and conferences in 2019 and we are recruiting Orphan Care event volunteers. If you would like to be on the list of people we reach out to help with events, please let us know. You don’t have to commit to all events, but can opt in as planning starts for each event. Ways to serve include helping with food, set-up/clean-up and greeting. Let me know what questions you have!

Contact Person: Tiffany Granderson
Email: tgranderson@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (281) 338-5433


CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRY

Opportunity 1:  If your small group is looking for a Saturday Go-op, please consider serving at the Food Pantry! There are always small odd jobs that can be done on any given weekend– from cleaning to organization to small construction projects!

Opportunity 2:  Individuals or small groups are always welcome to serve on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8-11am when the pantry is open to clients. You are welcome to just show up and ask to be put to work. The Clear Lake Food Pantry is housed at Clear Lake Baptist Church. 15700 Space Center Blvd. Houston 77062

Contact Person:  Kari Wilson 
Email: 
Phone Number: (713) 906-8558


GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

Opportunity 1:  Galveston County Food Bank is in need of individuals who can deliver food boxes for their Homebound Program. This is a once a month commitment to pick up the food box(es) from the food bank and deliver them to home(s) of those on your route. You can choose where you deliver and how many people are on your route. It’s a great way to bring needed food and some friendship to those in our area!

Contact Person: Amanda McCarty
Email: amanda@galvestoncountyfoodbank.org
Phone Number: (409) 945-4232

Opportunity 2:  Galveston County Food Bank is in need of individuals or small groups who are able to help sort food at their Texas City location (624 4th Ave. N., Texas City, TX 77590). Food donations must be checked for expiration dates and any damage. All usable food is then sorted by category to be sent to local partner agencies. Sorting hours are W-F 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm. Special hours (nights/Sat.) can be scheduled in advance. This is a fun time for small groups!

Contact Person: Monica Clark
Email:
Phone Number: (409) 945-4232


GOOD NEIGHBORS

Good Neighbors is in need of small groups to serve alongside 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. Email or call for more information, or to sign your group up for a serve day.

Contact Person: Leanne Sweeney 
Email: sweeney.leanne@yahoo.com 
Phone Number: (281) 948-2119


LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

Opportunity 1:  It is Christmas time! Come out and be a part of the Greatest Christmas Shoppe at Lighthouse Christian Ministries. Each year our Christmas Shoppe benefits low-income families in our area that are in need of some Christmas assistance. We will be needing volunteers to sort and mark down presents December 12th and 13th, as well as volunteers to help our clients shop December 18th, 19th, & 20th. This is an awesome opportunity for a small group as well as individuals!

Opportunity 2:  Are you skilled at gift wrapping? Do you find gift wrapping as a stress reliever? Well then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Come out to Baybrook Mall December 14th or 18th to help gift wrap presents. All donations from gift wrapping go directly to support our ministry and mission in our community. There are several shift available throughout each day. This is a great time of fellowship and showing off some of your Christmas spirit!  You can sign up HERE

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


ORPHAN CARE SUPPORT

What: Foster Parent Night Out
When: Saturday, December 15, 2:45-7:00pm AND Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:45-7:00pm
Where: Kiddie Academy West in League City

You can choose one or both dates as we serve the foster families within Clear Creek Community Church.  We host foster children (and their siblings) from birth to 12 years old once a month at a local daycare. Finding childcare for foster families can prove to be difficult, so this allows foster parents to have some (much-needed) time to themselves. Especially at this time of year, Foster Parent Night Out will allow foster parents time to do some Christmas shopping and present wrapping in December or just a bit of relaxing in January!

Kiddie Academy provides staff for each room, but we supply the volunteers! This is a great way for these kids to have another positive influence in their lives. Most days it is hard to tell who is having more fun – the kids or the volunteers! We have kids from ALL campuses attend this event monthly! Great Go-Op for small groups and/or individuals looking to show love to the orphans in our community. You are welcome to bring fun crafts for the kids to do if you’d like!

Background check is required by the church. If interested, contact Cari and she will get you signed up.

Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but everyone can do something. Could this be YOUR “something?”

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


THE MERCY TREE

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. At this time Dec 12, and Jan 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29 are open.

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.

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: 
Phone Number: (832) 465-8834


4B DISASTER RESPONSE NETWORK

Opportunity 1: We’re looking for a volunteer with some WordPress or general website design experience to work on a registration and calendar feature on our website.  If you are interested in helping out the Harvey recovery efforts but were still looking for a way to use your computing talents then this is for you!

Opportunity 2:  Does your small group have any construction experience?  There are still homes that need help recovering from Hurricane Harvey.  Contact Shari about the skill level of your group and she can match you with a homeowner that needs help.

Contact Person: Shari McCormack
Email: smccormack@clearcreek.org
Phone Number: (281) 316-9411

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