Exactly how can a small staff impact over 10,800 people in crisis, 800 job seekers and 11,400 children in need each year? Well, simply put, they don’t. Most services at Christian Community Service Center are effectively performed by volunteers. In fact, over 2,500 volunteers contributed to our mission in 2016! 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 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 on-going 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 Resource Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can answer your questions, explore your interests and review current CCSC opportunities. Most volunteers find that it helps to schedule a 30-45 minute tour/orientation. We can arrange a time that is convenient for you!
On Going Volunteer Opportunities . . .
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, clothing, 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.
- Clothing Room – Receive and sort donations; assist clients with selections.
- Administration – Assist in database management, record-keeping and statistical analysis.
Click Emergency Services-Central for more information.
Emergency Services-Southwest serves clients in crisis who live in zip codes 77031, 77036, 77072 and 77074 by providing a five day supply of food for people experiencing hunger or food insecurity, and rent and utility assistance for those in crisis.
- Receptionist/Greeter – Welcome clients upon arrival; client file assistance.
- 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 are excited about helping the underemployed find work, and who excel in an office environment.
- 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.
- ESL tutor: Assist ESL students with specialized, one-on-one 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.
SUNSHINE RESALE SHOP
We operate a wonderful resale shop in the Bellaire Triangle Shopping Center. Proceeds from the store provide much-needed funding for all CCSC programs, as well as, providing a service to community residents who live on a fixed or limited income. This area of service is excellent for volunteers who are team-oriented, like the retail and/or fundraising atmosphere, and have an appreciation for antiques and collectibles.
- Receiving- Receive and organize donated items.
- Greeter- welcome customers to the store and direct them to areas they are looking for.
- Pricing – Prepare and price goods to be sold.
- Test/Repair – Test small electronics and battery operated appliances and price. Perform simple repairs.
- Display & Sales – Exhibit sales items; assist customers with purchases.
Click Sunshine Resale Shop 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 2017 before the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
- Screener – Visit local schools as a member of our volunteer team to screen students’ vision. Training provided.
- Field Trip Assistant – Accompany students to The University Eye Institute; help students select frames for their lenses.
- Mobile Unit Fieldtrip Assistant – Escort students between their classrooms and the Mobile Unit, help students select frames.
Click Vision Care for more information.
A container 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.
The “hub” of CCSC operations. Volunteers who enjoy assisting callers, database entry and administrative projects are a great fit here.
- Office Assistant – Assist with answering incoming calls, database input, record-keeping and various special/seasonal projects.
Emergency Services Sorting Project – This crisis center helps individuals and families in need of food, clothing 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 and display clothing! Weekday or Saturday times may be arranged. Note that the Emergency Services facility is near Greenway Plaza. For more information email the Resource Development Coordinator at email@example.com.
Sunshine Resale Shop Sorting Project – Our wonderful resale shop, located in the Bellaire Triangle, is a popular service venue! We have all types of treasures–clothing, furniture and more! Proceeds from sales help fund CCSC programs, as well as providing low cost items to community members who are in need. Volunteers (1-5 persons) are wanted to help sort donations and tag items. For more information email the Resource Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 can be done at your convenience at any location.
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 can be large or small. Baby blankets are welcomed as well. For more information, please contact the Resource Development Coordinator at email@example.com
“Out of the Box” Alternative Volunteer Opportunities:
- Transporting CCSC’s recycling materials to recycle center
- Trim bushes on CCSC grounds
- Make items to sell at Sunshine Resale Shop with re-purposed items
Back To School
Back To School Client Registration (Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance) This unique program offers school supplies and uniforms to 6,500 students in need. Because of this service, children are better prepared to start the academic year! Help parents sign up their children to receive assistance. 20-25 volunteers are needed each day; call or email the Youth Services Manager to reserve your volunteer spot at 713-961-3993 x215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 through Thursday, May 4, 2017, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Location: Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Back to School Event (Volunteers may just show up; volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult; groups please call ahead).
CCSC needs volunteers for two phases:
I. Sort & Set-Up: (Prepare school supply bags for clients)
Saturday, July 29, 2017
7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd @ Ave. B (just inside Loop 610)
II. Distribution: (Assist clients as they gather their appropriate school supplies,
vouchers, and clothing)
PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT TAKES PLACE OVER TWO DAYS
Friday, August 4, 2017
7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, August 5, 2017
7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd @ Ave. B (just inside Loop 610).
Parking Advisory: Please park in the Crosspoint Church parking lot in the back of the church – off Avenue B. Clients will park in the Faith Lutheran Parking lot for ease of access to their cars once they pick-up their supplies.
Jingle Bell Express Client Registration (volunteers are asked to sign-up in advance) – This heart-warming Christmas program furnishes new toys, books, and holiday food to 2,500 children and their families. Without our assistance, many families would be without holiday celebrations. Help parents sign up their children to receive assistance. 20-25 volunteers are needed each day; call or email the Youth Services Manager to reserve your volunteer spot at 713-961-3993 x215 or email@example.com.
Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 through Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Jingle Bell Express Event (Volunteers may just show up; volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult; groups please call ahead.)
Volunteers are wanted for two phases, both located at Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd. at Newcastle
I. Sort & Set-Up: (Prepare toys and food for distribution)
Monday, December 4, 2017 through Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
II. Distribution: (Assist clients as they gather toys, books & food)
Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Matching Volunteer Hours
Your volunteer hours could be matched with real dollars! Many companies are matching their employees community volunteer hours with financial donations. Please check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching volunteer hours program.