GO Ops | December 2019

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

 

WAYS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH OUR PARTNERS


ANCHOR POINT

The Anchor Point Family Network of Services offers families HOPE!   Walking alongside moms, dads & kiddos from hard places and in all phases of life, you or your small group can get plugged-in and help Anchor Point families thrive.  We have many different opportunities to serve with us at any of our four locations:

  • Help us stock our Baby Blessing Boutique by collecting new or very gently used baby items through toddler (Infant – 3years.), large sized diapers, size 5 and up, pull-ups and wipes. Small groups can host a baby shower drive.
  • Your small group can collect items to bless a family in need during this year’s Operation Christmas Blessing.  Put toys for younger children, clothes, and things for moms and dads (we have a list of suggested items) in the biggest Christmas bag you can find which will be gifted to an Anchor Point family.  We would need the bag delivered to Anchor Point League City by December 12th.
  • Our Center, School and Medical Clinic could always use the help of a small group that is willing to come in and deep clean once a month (or more) and pray over each room they clean.
  • Excellent Minds Academy needs small groups willing to sanitize toys and desks at our trauma informed private school or host a Thanksgiving Day or Christmas party for our special needs students.
  • Our Center always needs spiritual mentors or client advocates (a 2-4 hour weekly or bi-weekly commitment;  we will train, no experience needed.)
  • Anchor Point’s Media Team is always in need of an email editor, writer, graphic designer, videographer or social media commentator.

Contact Person: Karen Radford
Email: karen@anchorpoint.us


BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

OPPORTUNITY 1: Your local Webster Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a place to put your talents to work.  From customer service to furniture repair, Habitat ReStores offer a multitude of volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills.  By giving your time, you help your Habitat ReStore do more to support building projects and critical home repairs that benefit families in your community and around the world.
Volunteers provide support to our Habitat ReStore in a wide variety of ways. ReStores strive to keep operating costs as low as possible to maximize the amount of money that goes directly to benefit your community, and volunteers are one of the ways to achieve this. Volunteers also help ensure every ReStore is a great experience for donors and shoppers.
Here are a few ways to help:
* Creating decorative displays for SEASONAL celebrations
* DIY projects
* Customer service
* Stocking store shelves
* Unloading trucks
* Furniture repair and refurbishing
* Helping with donation pickups
* Pricing inventory
* Organizing the ReStore and the warehouse
* Cashier
* Sales floor associate

In addition to helping Habitat ReStore provide decent places to live for families in your community, you also can expect a great time while volunteering at Habitat ReStore! You’ll get to interact with ReStore staff as well as your fellow volunteers, which may include future Habitat homeowners that often serve as volunteers in ReStores as part of the sweat equity investment for their home.  We love to provide affordable home improvement and we hope to see you there!

Contact Person: Kat Garcia
Email: kgarcia@bahfh.org

OPPORTUNITY 2:  Bay Area Habitat for Humanity-Houston is trying to get FOUR families into their new homes by Christmas, and we need your help! Please click the donate button below to make a contribution or reach out to Tom Wiuff, Development Director, at twiuff@bahfh.org to get more information about our New Home Partnership opportunities! Your consideration and generosity is GREATLY appreciated and means the WORLD to our Family Partners!

Contact Person:  Tom Wiuff
Email:twiuff@bahfh.org


BAY AREA TURNING POINT


OPPORTUNITY 1: The Christmas Store
Christmas Store is a special event which benefits Bay Area Turning Point’s clients. At the store, participants will have an opportunity to “shop” for holiday gifts at no cost. Volunteers are needed to assist with accepting deliveries, decorations, fellowship, gift wrapping, light snacks for the shoppers, store set-up and store closing.

Please CLICK HERE for available volunteer shifts.

Location: Webster Civic Center
311 Pennsylvania, Webster, TX 77598
**Volunteer Age 14+

If you would like to donate items for the Christmas Store, please contact Sybil via email, volunteer@bayareaturningpoint.com.

OPPORTUNITY 2: Host a Group Toy Drive for a Specific Age Group
Every year BATP gets tons of barbies and balls but hardly anything that would bring excitement to a preteen or teenage boy or girl. This year, we are trying to turn the tables on that trend. Please consider hosting a toy drive as a group or in your neighborhood for a specific age group. If gathering Barbies and balls is your jam, that’s needed too!! Please touch base with me and I can get you a list for the age group your group is most interested in serving. They also have a list of items that they cannot accept which is very helpful as you begin to gather items.

Contact Person: Gina Holstien
Email: theholstiens@gmail.com


BE THE LIGHT

OPPORTUNITY 1: Be the Light Anti Human Trafficking needs art supplies for our 3 monthly Life Skill classes at the Juvenile Detention Center as well as our once a month classes for youth on probation. We need the following:
Artist Loft 16.9 oz Ready Mixed pouring paint- any color
Basic’s Liquitex Acrylic color paints-tubes in primary colors (extra white and gold needed)
Canvas- all sizes needed 5×7/8×10 and 11×14
Sharpies
Glue
Glitter glue
Colored Card Stock paper
Drawing paper
Hand held fans
How to draw books
Paint brushes of any shape/kind
Bag of balloons- medium size (balloon art!)
Hand sanitizers
Any art product welcome!

Contact Person: Tanya McAllister
Email: bethelightHOU@outlook.com


BENCHMARK

OPPORTUNITY 1:  You won’t want to miss the Benchmark Family Christmas Party on Dec 15, 5-7pm. Volunteers should arrive by 4:30 to help set up and should plan to stay after to clean up. We will need help greeting, serving food, doing a craft, and playing with kids to provide a wonderful evening for our foster families.

OPPORTUNITY 2: Donate 20 boxes of movie theater candy to contribute and help us assemble family movie night gift baskets for 44 foster families at Benchmark Foster Services. We are providing the buckets and popcorn.

Contact Person: Anthea Roeback
Email: roebackfamily@gmail.com


CENTER FOR PREGNANCY


The Center for Pregnancy is looking for individuals and small groups that would be interested in putting together gift baskets for our clients and their families! We will have a list of helpful items and customize each basket for the individual’s needs! If you are interested in contributing, please let us know!

Contact Person: Jenna Kraft
Email: jennaruth17@gmail.com


GALVESTON URBAN MINISTRIES

OPPORTUNITY 1: On the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11:30am to 1pm at the G.U.M Church (3818 Ball St. Galveston, Texas 77550) G.U.M hosts a Lunch and Learn. This is a great opportunity for you and your team to hear in depth about who G.U.M is and the work we do every day to “develop holistic relationships to transform the community”.

If you’re interested in learning more about the heartbeat of G.U.M please CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P.

Contact Person: Ash Hill
Email: thehills1715@gmail.com

OPPORTUNITY 2: The “Getting Ahead” Program Childcare Volunteer
In order for the adults in G.U.M’s “Getting Ahead” class to really engage in the class, G.U.M provides childcare.  G.U.M need individuals to help love on their kiddos while the parents are in class!

Contact Person: Mason Smith
Email: volunteer@galvestonurbanministries.org


HOUSTON WELCOMES REFUGEES

Houston Welcomes Refugees (HWR) strives to ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers. As followers of Jesus, we believe it is our job to love those who come to our city out of the overflow of love we receive from Christ. Our model is holistic and intended to empower rather than enable the families we serve. The best way we can serve HWR from CCCC is to donate Welcome Kits. These kits contain various household items that a new arriving family will need to set up a home. We are looking for groups interested in putting together kits from time-to-time. 

Contact Person:  Scott Mayo
Email: smayohwr@gmail.com


THE BIRTHDAY JOY PROGRAM

OPPORTUNITY 1: TBJP provides “Birthday Fixin’s Bags” to children in crisis (CPS, foster care, financial hardship) who would not otherwise be able to celebrate their birthday. Each bag contains themed party decorations (banner, plates, cups, napkins), balloons, candles, wrapped gift, and cake mix, frosting, icing pen. They are currently in need of cake mix, frosting, gel/icing pens! Donations that your family or small group would like to collect can be picked up on Monday’s by texting the address to (281) 703-1843.

OPPORTUNITY 2: TBJP hosts birthday parties at Kidz Harbor Children’s Shelter in Liverpool each month. Volunteers will help with set up and decorations, overseeing party games and food, and clean up. This is a fun experience for small groups, families, or individuals that brings joy to children in our community!

Contact Person:  Stephanie McCoy
Email: stephmccoy2@gmail.com


THE MERCY TREE

The Mercy Tree provides God’s word and a meal to the homeless people in the Clear Lake area. Individuals, families, or small groups can volunteer to provide a meal at one of the 5 local churches that provide space for The Mercy Tree. 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 sign up for the open date.  At this time, the December dates are filled and next year (2020) weekend dates are quickly being filled. Nearly all 2020 Sundays are taken and the following 2020 Saturdays are still open 4/18, 4/25, 6/20, 6/27, 7/18, and 7/25. We still need people for various weekdays, especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Please cook or purchase a meal, and provide cold drinks for 20 individuals. Use disposable food containers and provide 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.

Contact Person: Richard Guidetti
Email:
 rguidetti@att.net


TODAYS HARBOR FOR CHILDREN

OPPORTUNITY 1: Today’s Harbor is holding a Christmas party that is a great opportunity for your small group, family or individuals to serve. The Christmas Party will be on December 20th. Groups can help with decorating, games and activities that are planned for the day and hang out with the kids. Contact TH to volunteer and for more details!

Contact Person: Sobella Castro
Email: scastro@todaysharborforchildren.org

OPPORTUNITY 2: Looking for volunteers: Today’s Harbor for Children in LaPorte is looking for small groups to come and clean the cottages that serve as residences for the children who currently are residing with them. This is an opportunity to serve the kids, house parents, and staff of TH by simply helping with some general house-cleaning duties (sweep, mop, bathroom cleaning, etc). Contact TH to schedule!

Contact Person: Janna Cole
Email: jcole@todaysharborforchildren.org


YOUTH FOR CHRIST

OPPORTUNITY 1: We have an ongoing opportunity to bring on individuals and groups to engage youth in fellowship and encouragement during visitation hours at two local detention facilities. As some kids who are inside these facilities never have family come to visit them, having YFC volunteers meet them there, play board games with them, and love on them can make all of the difference in their lives. Times and days of visitation differ between facilities.

OPPORTUNITY 2: Youth For Christ has ongoing opportunities for individuals to become mentors to youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system and transitioning home from juvenile detention facilities. Mentors are asked to call their mentee once per week and visit with them at least twice per month. The consistency and love of a Christian mentor often times leads to our kids making better decisions and achieving goals they set for their lives.

Contact Person: Jonathan Frost
Email: jfrost@yfc.net

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