Caring for the Poor

Projects for Life Groups

Serve at Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright Ministries serves the homeless community of downtown Austin on Saturday mornings at The North Door at the corner of East 5th and Brushy Street. Volunteer opportunities include serving food and talking with/praying for members of the homeless community.

Contact Nikki at nikkibradley.twministries@gmail.com for more information.

Scrapbooking for STARRY

Children in the foster care system are required to have a scrapbook/life book. If your group is crafty, sign up to come help make their scrapbooks! Everything is supplied for you.

Contact carolyn.cook@starry.org for more information.

Volunteer with Kairos

Kairos is a ministry that ministers to men and women in prison, as well as their loved ones on the outside. They need volunteers from all walks of life to meet various needs including prison outreaches, retreats for the loved ones of prisoners, and volunteers to bake cookies and create colorful placemats for prison mealtimes.

Find out more at http://kairostexas.org/how-to-help.html

Host a Market of Hope Party

Host an in-your-home shopping party for Market of Hope, where you and your guests can support missions organizations all over the world through shopping.

Contact abby@marketofhope.global for more information.

Grocery Giveaway & BBQ Party at Blood N' Fire

Blood N’ Fire is a ministry in inner-city San Antonio that hosts grocery giveaways and monthly community BBQ parties for the poor neighborhood of South Flores. Your group can help with bringing/organizing groceries, preparing and serving dinner, and talking with/praying for residents.

Contact info@bloodnfiresanantonio.org for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a ministry that provides affordable housing to families in need in Williamson County. Volunteers are needed for “Build Days,” full days of construction, and for various administrative tasks during office hours.

Contact LindaS@WilliamsonHabitat.org to schedule a group Build Day or for more information.

Wrap Gifts at Blue Santa

Operation Blue Santa is a project of the City of Round Rock that helps provide Christmas gifts to children in need here in Round Rock. Volunteers are needed to donate toys and to select and wrap gifts at their warehouse beginning in late November through early December. Call early–volunteer slots fill up fast!

Contact operationbluesanta@roundrocktexas.gov for more information.

Reaching Your Community

Projects for Life Groups

Neighborhood BBQ

Need a way to reach out this summer? Host a neighborhood barbecue! Prayer walk your neighborhood as you pass out invitations one evening, and invite entire families to come have an evening of free dinner and family fun.

Fall Clean-Up

In October or November, find a house (or a few) on your street that could use some help with getting their fallen leaves raked up. Knock on their door, introduce yourself and your group, and offer to help them rake their leaves, no strings attached. When you’re done, invite them to join your group some time.

Host a Christmas Party

As Christmas approaches, choose an evening to have a Christmas party and invite the neighborhood! Ask the church office to make you invitations and pass them around to neighbors in the weeks leading up to the party. Have a classic Christmas movie playing, set up a Christmas cookie decorating station for the kids, and maybe have an ornament gift exchange. And don’t forget–Christmas parties are all about the food!

Baking Blessings

Let our police and fire departments know how much we appreciate them! Have a baking/cooking night, and deliver the goodies to the nearest police station or fire station. Make sure to let them know who you are, and offer to pray for them for any prayer requests. Bonus points if you invite them to your group!

Host a Splash Day

This summer, host a neighborhood splash day! Set out some kiddie pools and the sprinkler, borrow the church snow cone machine, have a watermelon eating contest, and maybe even rent a water slide or a dunking booth. If it’s near 4th of July, have sparklers for the kids (with supervision).

Adopt-a-Block

Once a quarter, choose a street in your neighborhood and knock on doors, asking your neighbors what you can do to help. Do they need yard work done? Help with groceries? A refrigerator or a new mattress? Prayer? Make sure your neighbors know you’re there, that you care, and that you want to help. Discuss ways your Life Group can meet those needs. And don’t forget to invite them to join your group!

Host an Egg Hunt

As Easter approaches, reserve out the gazebo at your neighborhood park and have an easter egg hunt for the neighborhood kids! Provide the eggs full of candy, serve hot dogs or punch and cookies, and ask the church office for invitations to invite parents to come to New Hope for Easter Sunday!