First United Methodist Church of Austin has established relationships with local outreach organizations.
Central Texas Food Bank (www.centraltexasfoodbank.org; 512-282-2111)
Central Texas Food Bank works with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring 31 million meals to our community each year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help.
Caritas (www.caritasofaustin.org; 512-479-4610)
For over 50 years, Caritas of Austin has been a turning point in people’s lives. Each year we serve thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home. Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, Caritas of Austin turns crisis into stability and empowers people toward the life they want.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes (mlf.org; 512-328-7299)
We provide food & clothing and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. 365 days a year, volunteers hit the streets of Austin to serve the homeless. Volunteers serve food, clothing, hygiene items, and other life-sustaining necessities where needed most.
Foundation for the Homeless (www.foundationforthehomeless.org; 512-453-6570)
FFH mobilizes faith-based & community resources to restore hope & aspiration through transformative opportunities that prevent or end homelessness & nurture a more caring, sustaining community. Two of FFH’s programs are Family Promise/IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) and the Tuesday/Thursday Feed My People breakfasts. General donations provide direct service assistance for clients in need of various items (e.g. money for medications, emergency clothing necessities, utility/rental debts, etc.).
Justice for Our Neighbors (www.jfonaustin.org, 512-270-9883)
JFON is a network of more than 15 locally funded and managed sites that operate approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year. JFON sites take on a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum cases for those seeking protection from persecution or even death, survivors of human trafficking who apply for protection, detention cases, and many more. The Justice For Our Neighbors network also leads immigrant communities to better understand their rights and equip faith communities to respond quickly to emerging threats, such as workplace raids or emerging ministry opportunities created by changes in immigration policy or practice.
iACT (Interfaith Action Council of Texas, www.aaimaustin.org; 512-386-9145)
iACT, a member of the Austin Refugee Roundtable, serves refugees from 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somali, Sudan and Syria. iACT provides English-as-second-language classes and cultural instruction to help refugees as they integrate into the Central Texas community.
Hospice Austin (www.HospiceAustin.org; 512-342-4700)
Private, non-profit agency whose purpose is the care of terminally ill people and their families.
Provides transportation for older adults to enhance their ability to continue to live independently. Volunteer opportunities are strictly at your convenience rather than a specific day and time. Contact Libby Sykora at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-478-5684 x203
Church Member Recommended
FUMC members volunteer as individuals and invite you to join them. If you’d like to add your opportunity here, please contact Pastor Cathy Stone at email@example.com or (512) 478-5684 (Ext. 215).
Meals on Wheels
Contact: Terri Purdy