COVID-19 Update: Volunteering
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CCSC. We are keeping our volunteer groups as small as possible for the safety of both our volunteers and our clients. Therefore, we do not have any on-site volunteer positions available at this time. Off-site volunteer projects that would greatly help CCSC are food and hygiene drives. CCSC is relying heavily on community food and hygiene donations to meet the three-fold increase in people being served at our food pantries.
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CCSC-Christian-Community-Service-Center-19466767453/ to find out about upcoming community food and hygiene drives.
Although every can, bag and box helps, a list of current items that are most needed can be found here.
Exactly how can a small staff impact 10,358 people in crisis, 749 job seekers and 10,796 children in need? Well, simply put, they don’t. Most services at Christian Community Service Center are effectively performed by volunteers. In fact, 2,051 unduplicated volunteers contributed to our mission in 2019! Students, retirees, stay-at-home parents, working professionals – there is a place at CCSC for everyone.
“Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.” – 1 Peter 4:10
There are a variety of volunteer service opportunities at CCSC. Some positions are team-oriented while others are more independent. Many volunteer opportunities involve direct client services while others focus on fundraising or administration. Some jobs require an ongoing involvement, and others can be seasonal or occasional. View the list of volunteer opportunities below.
THE FIRST STEP
All potential volunteers need to contact our Volunteer & Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Volunteer & Communications Manager will make an appointment to meet with you to answer your questions, explore your interests and review current CCSC volunteer opportunities.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Emergency Services-Central is a service center for individuals and families in crisis. This placement is a great fit for volunteers who are team-oriented, like to stay busy, and want to serve community members in need of basic resources (food, and rent or utility assistance, etc.).
- Receptionist – Greet and screen clients; answer crisis line calls; maintain client records.
- Interviewer – Interview clients to assess their needs and determine how CCSC can assist.
- Food Pantry – Sort and stock food items; fill orders for clients in need.
- Administration – Assist in database management, record-keeping and statistical analysis.
Click Emergency Services-Central for more information.
Like Emergency Services-Central, Emergency Services-Southwest, located at 6856 Bellaire, serves clients in crisis by providing a five-day supply of food for people and/or rent and utility assistance.
- Receptionist/Greeter – Welcome clients; provide client assistance; maintain computer files.
- Interviewer – Interview clients in crisis to assess their needs.
- Food Packager – Sort and stock food items, fill orders for clients in need.
Click Emergency Services- Southwest for more information.
A resource center that supports clients in search of employment. This volunteer opportunity is wonderful for more independent volunteers who excel in an office environment and are excited about helping the underemployed find work.
- Office Assistant – With JobNet manager, oversee daily operations at our center; provide client orientation, answer phone lines and help schedule appointments.
- Coach – Assist individual clients in their job search; provide one-to-one encouragement and guidance.
- Instructor- Facilitate pre-designed workshops and computer classes.
- Computer Lab Assistant- Assist clients as they work independently in the computer lab.
Click JobNet for more information.
MARTHA’S WAY / VOCATIONAL TRAINING
Martha’s Way is a vocational training program designed to increase the earning potential of low-income women and men. Volunteers help students practice for real-world experiences.
- English as a Second Language tutor: Assist ESL students with specialized, one-on-one English tutoring and testing.
- Interviewer: Role play as a homeowner hiring our graduates to help students learn the interview process.
Click Martha’s Way for more information.
LOUISE J. MORAN VISION CARE PROGRAM
CCSC partners with local schools to offer vision screening for students. Those in need are provided professional exams and glasses. Volunteers who enjoy direct involvement with children and are available on weekday mornings are often drawn to this area of service. There will be an informational meeting for all volunteers in August 2020 before the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
- Screener – Visit local schools as a member of our volunteer team to screen students’ vision. Training is provided.
- Field Trip Assistant – Accompany students to The University Eye Institute; help students select frames for their lenses.
- Mobile Unit Field Trip Assistant – Escort students between their classrooms and the Mobile Unit, help students select frames.
Click Vision Care for more information.
A garden that harvests fresh produce for Emergency Services-Central and
Emergency Services-Southwest clients. Those with “green thumbs” who are available on weekday mornings tend to be an excellent fit for this opportunity.
- Gardener – Plant, water and/or harvest fresh vegetables and fruit.
Click Community Garden for more information.
Assist with various special/seasonal projects.
Emergency Services Sorting Projects – This crisis center helps individuals and families in need of food and financial assistance. Our program relies heavily on donated items. In peak seasons, individuals, families and/or small groups (1-12 persons) are needed to organize canned goods. Weekday or Saturday times may be arranged. Note that the Emergency Services facility is near Greenway Plaza. For more information email the Volunteer & Communications Manager at email@example.com.
Emergency Services Hygiene Kits (OFF-SITE OPTION!) – Emergency Services clients often need hygiene items. Individuals and groups are encouraged to collect and compile basic hygiene kits in Ziploc bags. Emergency Services prefers to include the following in all hygiene kits: 1 full-size shampoo, 1 full-size toothpaste, 1 or more individually wrapped toothbrushes, and 1 or more deodorants (gender neutral preferred). “Bonus items” such as a wash cloth, hand sanitizer or shaving cream are also welcome. (Bar soap is included in all food packages and is a much-needed item given separately from the hygiene kits.) Bring completed kits to our facility and they will be distributed to needy community members. This project may be done at your convenience and delivered to either location.
Emergency Services No-Sew Blankets (OFF-SITE OPTION!) – Be creative with “no-sew” blankets. Help needy individuals and families keep warm by making these fun blankets. This is a great project for groups or individuals. Blankets may be large or small. Baby blankets are welcomed as well. For more information, please contact the Volunteer & Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Out of the Box” Alternative Volunteer Opportunities:
- Transport CCSC’s recycling materials to a recycle center
- Trim bushes on CCSC grounds
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) has made the difficult decision to cancel our community event for the Back To School program. This includes both the Client Registration phase that usually occurs in early May as well as the Distribution phase that was slated for early August.
In a typical year, Back To School draws hundreds of families and hundreds of volunteers. It would not be possible to maintain healthy social distancing. We hope you understand that we have made this decision for the health and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff.
However, CCSC remains committed to our Back To School program and serving 6,500 students in need. We will partner with local school campuses to deliver supplies and uniform vouchers for the 2020-2021 school year. A list of school partners is available HERE.
While you cannot volunteer at an event this year, you can sponsor a student! Thanks to the generosity of community donors, the Back To School program continues to fulfill a need and equip students for success. It only costs $50.00 to provide a child with an academic supply packet and a clothing/shoe voucher. Donations in any amount are appreciated.
For more information regarding Back To School, contact the Youth Services Manager at 713-961-3993 ext. 215 or email@example.com.
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCSC remains committed to our Jingle Bell Express program. We are making adjustments to the December 2020 event that will continue to benefit families in need but also use logistics that minimize social gathering of volunteers and client families.
Clients: please note that our open registration event (usually held in October) has been cancelled.
Donors and volunteers: please check back in mid- to late-September for additional information on donation and volunteer opportunities.
Matching Volunteer Hours
Your volunteer hours could be matched with real dollars! Many companies are matching their employee’s community volunteer hours with financial donations. Please check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching volunteer hours program.