Posts tagged ‘volunteer’

April 6, 2014

Are You Good With Food?


Do you like to cook, or like to prepare food?

If you have the time, you can volunteer as a food helper

We thank GOD for all of our food helpers, past, present and future.


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January 19, 2014

A Volunteer Has a Wow Moment!


This message comes from a volunteer at All Saints’ Episcopal Church who was part of the team preparing for our Christmas Party on Dec 20, 2013. 

Jill wrote:

“As you know, we have been reading Anne Lamott’s wonderful book, Help Thanks Wow, Three Essential Prayers.  I know we all have experienced these times and prayers in our lives.  But I just had to share a true WOW moment I recently had at HEB.  

I was in HEB standing in line to check out.  The lady in front of me had her cart filled with 12 – 1 gallon jugs of apple cider.  I couldn’t stand it – I had to ask her what she was going to do with all that apple cider.  She said that it only comes out this time of year so she buys 12 gallons so she can drink one per month – that way it lasts her a long time.  

I said “what if you drink more than one gallon in a month?”  She said she would just be skimpy the next month – kinda like rationing. We both laughed.  She said so many people in the store had said “Well, you’re having a party!”  She told me she doesn’t have parties much anymore.  

As we talked, I just mentioned that we were having a party a week from Friday for 65+ kids.  She was amazed and asked me questions all about the kids  There was true amazement on her face when I told her they were all homeless.  But where do they stay, she asked.  I told her, on the streets.  

Well, she started checking out. When she had paid and had moved her cart, she came back and said, “God bless you and since I bought all of this for myself, may I give you a donation for the kids.”

I said that it wasn’t necessary but she insisted and discretely palmed off a wadded up bill into my hand.  I didn’t look at it and just put it wadded up in the top of my purse.

When I got to my car, still with a grateful smile on my face, I looked at the bill and it was a 50 dollar bill!  

I said, “WOW, THANKS.  God, you are so good!”  I still have a that grin on my face. What grateful joy!”



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November 14, 2013

Street Youth Reunited with Guitar


“A talented volunteer from Street Youth Ministry repaired this street-dependent young person’s guitar. I think he’s happy to have it back, don’t you?”


You can watch our videos about the Street Youth Ministry on our Youtube channel.


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April 28, 2009

LifeWorks Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Cole


I was recently interviewed by Lifeworks volunteer coordinator and features on their website. I hope they will forgive me for quoting most of the article below:

When Terry began volunteering for LifeWorks, he didn’t realize that it would turn into his life’s greatest passion. In August 2003, Terry was asked by a friend to serve a meal for homeless youth. He recalls that “My volunteer service at LifeWorks began on an unlikely note – I wanted to quit after my first hour. However, that hour turned into hundreds and changed my life!”

LifeWorks wasn’t exactly like the service opportunities Terry had been previously afforded. In fact, he had just returned from a mission trip to Mexico before volunteering for LifeWorks. “My first experience at LifeWorks just didn’t have the personal element that the mission trip to Mexico had,” says Terry.

However, after giving it a second chance Terry began to realize that he could connect with the youth of the Street Outreach Program, even if only for a minute. “I found that if I slowed down the serving, I could have almost 90 seconds with each young man or woman to say hi, to ask something about them, and to find out their names.” Every time Terry served a meal to the youth, he was able to continue his conversations and learn more about each person.

After several years of serving meals to youth in the Street Outreach program, Terry was asked by the director of LifeWorks to engage the youth during the meals. To prepare him for longer converations, Terry was given training to follow the LifeWorks model for drawing out the youths’ strengths and encouraging them.

Today, Terry has expanded his committment to Austin’s youth by taking his ministry to the streets. “I want to encourage you to get involved with LifeWorks. Your donations of money, goods and volunteer hours go very far at LifeWorks. The work has great impact and great outcomes because of the sound basis of the LifeWorks programs in social work and training.”

Source: Lifeworksaustin Blog, Mar 10, 2009
April 7, 2009

Thank You Volunteers!


 

“Joe” gives his enthusiastic thumbs-up for a snack bag prepared lovingly by a Street Youth volunteer!

It has been a month now that I launched the Friday volunteer effort. Every Friday I head to the street one more time. But this time, I am armed with sandwiches and snack bags from volunteers!

Normally I work in an environment where kids come to me, either at the Lifeworks Drop-in Center or at the ministry trailer of Cream and Sugar. These are great because the youth have made the choice to come there. However, by going on outreach on the street, I can meet new people and people unable or unwilling to go to these two places. While I often meet resistance from some who give me a hard time about being a Christian (and sometimes under an influence), I also meet people who are receptive and interested in learning more.

If you want to volunteer, please click on the “Volunteer” or “Give” links at the upper right of this blog.

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