The single best way to step outside of ourselves, and heal, is to do for others.
Service Opportunities in Austin, TX
“ Will take on a new meaning. To watch people, recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss.” BB p. 89
Communities for Recovery
At Communities for Recovery, they say give to keep. Whether in early recovery, later recovery, or simply want to support others in their recovery journeys, there is a place for you at Communities for Recovery. Cforr is a safe place, an oasis of support and acceptance for anyone struggling with substance use or mental health. Cforr is dedicated to building a strong and healthy recovery community in Austin, Texas and beyond. They support long-term recovery for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions by partnering within the Austin community to provide peer-supported recovery programs and services.
At Cforr they support individuals in their recovery. Pioneering Austin’s leading peer recovery program and offering support groups, meetings, educational workshops, health and wellness classes, a career closet, a computer lab, and connections to other community resources such as housing and employment makes cforr the leaders in the Austin community when it comes to community resources.
Communities for Recovery creates a strong recovery community through connecting community members with meaningful service work and with each other.
Communities for Recovery was founded by a team of volunteers, and volunteers remain as the cornerstone of the organization today. They have so many ways to give back and find purpose and belonging as a volunteer with cforr.
Opportunities range from one day, like helping us with a community outreach or fundraising event, to long term, like becoming a Peer Recovery Coach. Whatever your passion is, we can help you find a way to apply it in volunteering.
You can connect with a volunteer coordinator at the following link, https://cforr.org/become-volunteer/.
“When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice.” BB p.317
Trinity Center Austin
Trinity operates 6 days a week, Sunday through Friday
Trinity Center grew from the concern of parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church for people experiencing homelessness and living in shelters or on the streets by the church. Trinity Center was founded by volunteers and is based on a model of action through volunteerism. Since its inception in 1999 Trinity Center has evolved from a Sunday-only ministry in borrowed space to a separately-incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in April 2000, that offers a variety of programs and activities for the homeless population throughout the week.
Trinity Center is a leader among faith-based organizations serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty. We honor and serve Christ in our neighbors and volunteers by practicing hospitality and companionship with one another.
Trinity Center is a faith-based organization conducting programs that serve the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the poor and homeless in Austin.
Trinity Center achieves its mission through:
- Volunteer opportunities that foster compassion, understanding and acceptance of God’s people who are homeless and poor
- Neighborly hospitality in a caring environment
- Collaboration with similarly-focused agencies, faith-based organizations, service providers and partner congregations
- The responsible use of space provided by St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Volunteer Opportunities available through Communities for Recovery – Women if Grace have historically stood as Recovery Coaches supporting women who are interested in Recovery and do not know where to begin.
Sunday – 2:45 – 4:30p – On Sunday afternoon Trinity acts as the church for people experiencing homelessness with a service that is offered alternately by different churches and is followed with a meal. Many of the neighbors do not feel welcome in the regular Sunday services in town. By setting up the center as a communal place to worship, with a service, music, meals and a collaboration with other spiritual services’ providers we “walk the walk” of loving our neighbors as ourselves. There are usually 60-70 people who come to Sunday services.
Monday – While operating Trinity Center it was obvious to us that there are fewer services offered to homeless women, who are traditionally more vulnerable and at risk in the population. Since 2005, Trinity Center has operated a Monday program for homeless women, creating a safe and welcoming environment away from the streets and offering a free clothing. As in all other days of operation, breakfast and case-management services are offered as well. We receive mail for neighbors and offer mail check 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
Tuesday – Second women’s day of the week. On Tuesdays women are offered private showers and financial assistance to secure vital documents, such as IDs, birth certificates, food handler’s permits and prescription medication co-pays.
Wednesday – Friday Neighbor to Neighbor is a program that runs three days a week, Wed- Fri, and offers breakfast each day and a community center setting for all who come. We also offer individual case management aimed at assisting people in accessing services and additional services such as phone and computer use. We receive mail for neighbors and offer mail check 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
“You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.” BB p. 89
The dedicated team of volunteers play a key role in The Salvation Army’s goal to provide support and the very best social services, to give aid wherever and whenever needed.
Only requirement is an interest in giving back to the community, and be willing and able to work as part of a great team of other volunteers and staff members. Time and commitment are essential to the success of the organization. You must be 18 years or older to volunteer.
The Salvation Army lists all their volunteer opportunities on their Austin chapter website, which can be found, http://salvationarmyaustin.org/volunteers/.
For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Donna Clendennen: Donna.Clendennen@uss.salvationarmy.org.