Serving Opportunities

OUTREACH


Agape Development

Agape Development is transforming their neighborhood in the 3rd Ward by preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders. The purpose of Agape Development's Volunteer Program is to build relationships that foster and encourage positive behaviors and choices through mentoring and sharing of knowledge by volunteers. Through their relationship with Agape Development, we hope volunteers come to better understand the complex needs of the poor and to be able to appropriately respond to these needs with empowerment of the residents as the basic tenet. For more information, contact Robyn LaRocca, .

2016-17 Agape Missions Outreach Booklet


Christian Community Service Center (CCSC)

Community Garden: If you’re looking for a meaningful place to use your "green thumb," think of us! Since 2000, CCSC has maintained a very successful fruit and vegetable garden. In 2015, 4,300 pounds of organic produce was harvested and given to clients in need. What a wonderful way to address hunger in our community!

The CCSC Garden is currently located on the Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (6856 Bellaire Blvd.), and more volunteers are needed for on-going involvement. Generally, volunteers commit to helping 1-3 mornings per week on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. We can train almost anyone to garden, but especially need experienced leaders to jump in. We would love to put you to great use in the CCSC Garden! If you are interested in learning more about this service opportunity, contact Kate Gallup: 713-961-3993, x 211 or .

"Back to School" Client Registration: Help 900+ under served families register their children for CCSC’s Back to School program. By registering in May, each child will receive grade-appropriate school supplies and a voucher for a new uniform/shoes to begin the school year well-prepared. 25 volunteers needed each day in various capacities. Monday – Thursday, May 1 – 4, 2017, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (shifts available if needed). Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd.

Please reply with your contact information and the day(s) you can volunteer to Cathy Brown, Youth Services Manager, 713-961-3993 x215,  .


Faith in Action Weekend

Mar 25 – 26 (Sat – Sun)

Faith in Action weekend offers us a chance to step out as a parish in service to our community. You can serve at SJD or serve in our community. Leads into Helping Houston Week. More information is available here or email .


Food Fair at ECHOS

Volunteer at SJD's Saturday food fair for the working poor at ECHOS (Epiphany Episcopal Church's ministry - Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services), 9600 S. Gessner, Bldg E, Houston, 77071. We meet on the 1st Saturday of every month from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. Volunteers with Spanish speaking skills are greatly needed, but Spanish skills are not a requirement to serve in this worthy cause. For more details, contact David Eckman, .

On the first Saturday of each month, ECHOS has replaced the food pantry service we have participated in with a food fair at Epiphany Episcopal Church (the home location of ECHOS). This will be a major change, requiring more volunteers. The food fair can serve 200 families or more where our SJD team has served just under 60 on our best day.

Bibles are also needed. Inexpensive outreach New Testament versions in Spanish, French, Arabic, and English can be purchased at The Bookstore and donated to ECHOS. Help us get The Word into the hands of all who want one and feed both body and spirit.


4th Mondays at The Beacon

Now recruiting volunteers to serve at The Beacon. The Beacon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization attending to the immediate needs of the homeless and underserved in Houston and Harris County. Founded by Christ Church Cathedral, in 2007, The Beacon has extended its weekly service and needs Monday volunteers. Transportation is available from SJD departing at 10:30 am and returning by 2:15 pm. The serving hours at The Beacon are 10:45 am - 2:00 pm and free parking is available in the Cathedral Garage. Our goal is to have 10 volunteers at The Beacon on each of the following days:

To volunteer please contact Robyn LaRocca, .

March 27


Lord of the Streets Outreach

St. John the Divine has been feeding the homeless at Lord of the Streets Episcopal ministry to the homeless since the 1990’s. Parishioners are invited to cook breakfast for them. To sign up or learn more, contact Louise Symmes.

Cook days:

May 28, 2017


Small Steps Nurturing Center

Small Steps Nurturing Center has several volunteer opportunities available for SJD members. Interested members should contact Brittany Buchtien at or 713-236-0330. Volunteer opportunities include:

Buddy Program
Being a Buddy means having a special one-on-one friendship with a Small Steps student. An adult Buddy spends 30 minutes each week with his/her Small Steps Buddy, engaged in child-directed play, including games, puzzles, conversation, and other fun activities. Many Buddy relationships last for three years of the student’s tenure, although we only ask for a 10-month commitment. A two-hour training in SET for Life, Small Steps’ social and emotional program, and a background check are required to be a Buddy. Buddies can visit Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Dates and times are coordinated with the campus Volunteer Coordinator.

Parent Education Events
Volunteers are needed for childcare during parent education events. Small Steps parents gather throughout the year to learn, create fellowship, and build community. While they are meeting, staff and volunteers supervise free play and lead activities for the children. When weather permits, the volunteers and children play on the playground. Parents have the security of knowing their children are having a good time in a safe place, and volunteers enjoy playing with the children. Training is not required, but a background check is necessary. This is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer. 2016-2017 dates (all are 5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.):


Guild Shop

The Guild Shop needs clothing pricers and cashiers. Volunteers can assist in the shop or help gather donations. Please contact Cynthia Burt at 713-528-5095 for more information.

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Children's Ministry Volunteers Needed

SJD Children's Ministry is looking for volunteers! Contact  for information about opportunities to serve as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd teachers, Sunday school small group leaders, Vacation Bible School volunteers, and Wonderfully Made volunteers!


Reception Desk Volunteers Needed

The receptionist needs smiling faces to greet people and to answer phones during events, staff meetings on Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00 am, and on sick days. Contact Beverly Herbert, 713.622.3600, .


Wonderfully Made

Wonderfully Made is once again under the direction for Brooke Nyberg, a certified special educator, who is so excited to be back.  We are also looking for a few new volunteers to join us in the classroom on a monthly or more frequent basis for 1-2 hours at a time.  If you enjoy playing with children in a 1 on 1 setting, making music together and supporting Christian education we want you to be a part of what we are doing! Please contact Brooke at


Ushers Guild

SJD is looking for those willing to usher. No experience is required! For more information, contact Bill Rucker, .


Nursery Workers

St. John's is looking for caring nursery workers! Must be at least 18 years of age, able to work Sunday mornings and one-two evenings a week and must enjoy working with children. Contact Lucy Aguilar at , 713.354.2240 for more information.


Sunday Morning SJD Bookstore Volunteer

The SJD Bookstore is looking for a volunteer cashier/assistant for 2-3 Sunday mornings each month. Sunday hours are 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. You would be able to attend the Sunday service at 7:45 am or 11:00 am. Contact Susan Treat at 713-354-2250.


The Gathering: Respite Program for Persons with Dementia

Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, music, serving lunch, guiding participants from one activity to another. The Gathering meets in Sumners Hall on the third Monday of every month. Please contact . for more information.


Transportation for Seniors

SJD has parishioners who require help driving outside their own neighborhood. If it is a trip to a doctor's appointment, they may ask you to wait for them. Please consider giving time to this very real need. Contact Susan Davis,  or 713.354.2264.