Serve in the Community

Make a difference and have an impact!  Check out the many opportunities to serve those in our local and surrounding community.

Thanksgiving Service Opportunities

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery "Thank You" Note
Disaster Relief Missions
Bethany Disaster Response Team
Local

Bethany is part of the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) which is comprised of church, ministry and business leaders within the Christian community of Greater Austin.
Contact Jimmy Wilson

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
U.S. & International

UMCOR is consistently among the first teams on the ground providing aide when disasters occur around the world. 100% of designated relief donations go directly to the specific relief effort. Administrative costs are covered through UMCOR Sunday, an annual special offering taken in United Methodist Churches around the world.

Helping Children
Backpack Food Ministry

We are in partnership with Purple Sage Elementary to provide 60 bags weekly with items for the children to eat on weekend.
Contact: Kathy Robbins

Bethany Foster/Adopt Support Group

Foster parents provide loving homes for children who have come into the state’s care due to abuse and neglect. Foster parents are licensed by Child Protective Services (CPS). BFASG also aids groups that support foster parents.
Contact: Michele Bredahl

Care Wear for Infants

Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items directly to hospitals.
Contact:  Vickie Koelling, 512-331-7264

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Travis Co.

CASA volunteers are advocates for children in foster care. They are a voice for abused and neglected children through the power of volunteer advocacy and change in the child protection system.
Contact:  , 512-459-2272. Website: http://www.casatravis.org/

Easter Baskets (seasonal)

Share the gift of Easter with children in foster care and transitional housing.
Contact: Christy Bryant

Mentoring Elementary School Children

Mentoring elementary school children during the school year who have a parent in prison. Mentor and have lunch one day a week with an elementary school child.
Contact: Mike Metschan, daytime: 512996-8543, evening: 512-258-0370.

Quest Academy

Providing high quality education to children with learning disabilities or special needs through a postitive learning environment.
Contact: 512-589-1719

Helping Seniors
Drive a Senior - Northwest

Offers services to help older adults in maintaining and improving their quality of life. Volunteers provide personal transportation to medical appointments, personal business and shopping, among other services.
Contact:  Carla Young, Executive Director  or  Sue Kaiser, Office Manager, , 512-250-5021

Hands on Housing - Austin

Hands on Housing is one program of iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas-formerly AIM). Hands-on-Housing utilizes volunteers and skilled professionals to repair and revitalize the homes of senior citizens and disabled homeowners who are living in deep poverty.
Contact: Ron Kneupper, 512-825-1150 or Pat Bodin, 512-837-2389

Helping Hungry & Homeless
Hunger & Food:
Backpack Food Ministry

We are in partnership with Purple Sage Elementary to provide 60 bags weekly with items for the children to eat on weekend.
Contact: Jessica Petersen

Fresh Food for All

Distribution of healthy fresh produce to those who may not have access otherwise. This ministry is in conjunction with HCCM. Bethany host distribution on 1st Fridays each month.
Contact:  Nancy Hilliard, 512-470-3750 or Cliff Wells, 512-258-6017 x239

Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM)

Bethany is committed to donating 200 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 193 rolls of toilet paper, 82 cans of meat, and 102 cans of fruit each week. Collection bins are located on campus.
Contact: Cliff Wells, 512-258-6017 x239

Souper Bowl of Caring

Each year on Superbowl weekend, our youth collect funds to fight hunger in our community. 100% of the donations go directly to local hunger-relief. Adult volunteers help coordinate the students and count the funds that are sent to Hill Country Community Ministries.
Contact: Kris Cutler, Youth Directory

Homeless:
Bags of Grace

All of us want to help when we know there is a need, but many people are reluctant to hand money to someone with a sign on a street corner. A Bag of Grace provides basic but valuable items to those on the street, who are truly in need, without the risk of being abused. We know it won't solve homelessness but it is a tangible way we can make a small difference.
Contact:  Rita Auerbach, 512-577-7001 or 512-250-3455

Church Under the Bridge (Mission Possible Austin)

Church Under the Bridge (CUB) is a combined effort of churches from all over the Austin area serving the homeless. Volunteers at CUB tangibly demonstrate the love of God to the people living on our streets through the provision of hot meals, clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. CUB now meets every Sunday morning at 7th Street and IH-35 across from the police station. The service starts at 10:00 AM.
Contact:  Rita Auerbach, 512-250-3455 or 512-577-7001

Feed My People

Bethany sponsors one breakfast a month on 2nd Tuesdays to feed the homeless (300-400 people) at First United Methodist Church downtown. This program is sponsored by the Foundation for the Homeless, and different churches host each meal by financing it and providing volunteers.
Contact:  Debbie Childers, 512-496-7620

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a network of up to 13 churches which provide homeless families a warm, clean place to sleep, hot meals, a place to bathe, wash their clothes, do homework, and feel safe.
Contact:  Bill Robbins, 512-547-0921

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

A local ministry which helps feed the homeless and those who cannot afford to feed their families. We prepare and deliver meals using MLF food trucks on our assigned dates.

See Dates Here

Special Donation Need:  Bar Soap & Toothbrushes

Contact:  Gayle Kneupper,  512-785-5331

Movin' & Groovin'

A ministry that helps families moving out of homelessness as they “graduate” out of the IHN program. We collect furniture and smaller household items to provide for clients to help them maintain their independence. We also support Veterans groups, Caritas, Epiphany and other homeless/indigent programs.
Contact:  Ginny Conklin, 512-799-4848

Providing Transportation
Drive a Senior - Northwest

Offers services to help older adults in maintaining and improving their quality of life. Volunteers provide personal transportation to medical appointments, personal business and shopping, among other services.
Contact:  Carla Young, Executive Director  or  Sue Kaiser, Office Manager, , 512-250-5021

Serving those with Special Needs
Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG)

Brookwood in Georgetown, Texas is a four day vocational program for adults with disabilities who are unable to work by themselves in the community.
Contact:  Karen Lee,  Hm: 512-868-8507,  Cell:  512-921-0233

Special Needs Ministries at Bethany

At Bethany, our doors and hearts are open for special needs children, youth, and adults to participate in any of our Sunday School classes, worship services, or other activities.  Whatever your age or disability, we want to assist you in finding your place within the Bethany family. We offer both spiritual and social opportunities to grow and to serve.
Contact:  Erin Temple, 512-258-6017, x281

Needle Craft Ministries
Care Wear for Infants

Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items directly to hospitals.
Contact:  Vickie Koelling, 512-331-7264

Easter Butterflies

We hand-crochet 2000 butterfly pins to everyone who attends worship on Easter Sunday!
Contact:  Coleen Jacobsen, 512-454-1816

Faith in Action Crafters

Craft projects, mostly crocheting, for clients of Faith in Action Caregivers, but we put our Faith in action through our crochet and needlework. Contact Carla for patterns and information about current projects. Anyone is welcome to help! We meet on an occasional Sunday (about quarterly) to see past projects, discuss new patterns for current and upcoming projects, etc. and fellowship.
Contact:  Carla Young, 512-506-9150

Prayer Shawls

We knit or crochet shawls which are given out upon request to those who need a Spiritual up lift. We make the shawls that go in the "Grief Baskets" and to Annual Conference. If you don't know how to knit or crochet we will teach you!  Join us Tuesdays 7:00 -8:30 PM or Thursdays 1:00-2:30 PM in the Prayer Room (D-307)
Contact:  Sylvia Morrison, 512-250-2450

Sweet Charity Quilters

Join us in quilting for charity! Come when you can and stay as long as you like.
Contact:  Noelann Brown

Health Ministries
Blood Drive

We coordinate 5 blood drives yearly at Bethany UMC. We hope you can participate and help us beat this goal. Someone’s Life is In Your Hands!
Contact:  Jim Bos, 801-842-3466

Do you know anyone in our Bethany UMC congregation who recently received a blood transfusion?  They maybe eligible for financial assistance through the Blood Assurance program.
Contact Pastor Wynn Stenftenagel for more details!

Drive a Senior - Northwest

Offers services to help older adults in maintaining and improving their quality of life. Volunteers provide personal transportation to medical appointments, personal business and shopping, among other services.
Contact:  Carla Young, Executive Director  or  Sue Kaiser, Office Manager, , 512-250-5021

House of Friends

A community outreach adult ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church. The program provides a therapeutic social day out for individuals with early to mid-stage dementia who are cared for at home and gives a welcome respite or “time away” to the family caregiver.
Contact:  Director, Susie Petersen, 512-258-6017 x254; Volunteer Coordinator,  Nancy Kier,  512-250-5501

Samaritan Health Ministries

Samaritan Health Ministries is a faith-based, non-denominational, not-for-profit organization that provides high quality, affordable health and wellness services that support healthy living among uninsured families in Williamson and Travis counties.
Contact:  Rich Wilcox, 512-431-1585

Build & Repair Homes
Habitat for Humanity - Austin

Faith Build each year with nine other churches through Austin Habitat for Humanity. Money usually has to be raised and a team of volunteers from each church helps the owners build a house. We also supply at least one lunch per build. Volunteer opportunities for fundraising, hands-on helpers (skilled and non-skilled) at the site, food preparers for lunch, be at our table in the Connection Corner to sign-up volunteers for the various assignments prior to our build dates.  Learn more about Habitat for Humanity.
Contact:  Ginny Conklin, 512-799-4848

Hands on Housing - Austin

Hands on Housing is one program of iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas-formerly AIM). Hands-on-Housing utilizes volunteers and skilled professionals to repair and revitalize the homes of senior citizens and disabled homeowners who are living in deep poverty. Volunteers range from un-skilled to professionals and of all ages (upper elementary-aged with parent to 85+). All skill levels are needed and valued.
Contact:   , 512-825-1150 or Pat Bodin, 512-837-2389

Prison Ministries
Epiphany - for Youth Offenders at Giddings State School

Similar to KAIROS, this is a weekend experience for incarcerated juveniles held at Giddings State School in March and October. You can witness the power of this transformative event!
Contact:  Pat Doughty or Art Cruser

KAIROS Prison Ministry at Ferguson Unit

KAIROS-Ferguson is part of Kairos Prison Ministry, International which sponsors a 4-day weekend experience with a short course in Christianity to incarcerated individuals, as well as a separate experience for the families of inmates. Click the link above to find out how you can be part of this.
Contact:  Paul Draper, 201-394-8810 

KAIROS Prison Ministry for Incarcerated Women

If you are female and interested in being on an inside team, consider joining a weekend at one of these units in the Austin area:

Christmas, Easter, Seasonal
Hill Country Christmas Bureau (HCCB)

HCCB is a non-profit that helps make Christmas merrier for those in need who are living in our own back yard. Through donations, we gather new clothes, shoes, heaters, blankets, funds for bills and medical needs as well as toys for the children, families and elderly who live in our area.
Contact:  Rita Auerbach, 512-577-7001 or 512-250-3455

Easter Baskets (seasonal)

Share the gift of Easter with children in foster care and transitional housing.
Contact: Christy Bryant

Easter Butterflies

We hand-crochet 2000 butterfly pins to everyone who attends worship on Easter Sunday!
Contact:  Coleen Jacobsen, 512-454-1816

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Beyond Our Walls:
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Beyond Our Walls:
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