Outreach at St. George's
St. George's has a rich history of outreach activities that provide support and resources to our neighbors, our community and the world. We concurrently work together on a mix of long- and short-term projects with varying reach. In short, there's something for everyone at St. George's and everyone – including children – are welcome to participate in a way that is meaningful for their spiritual life and helps fulfill our mission in the Body of Christ.
Next Meeting: Sunday, July 29, 9:30-10:30 am, Wright-Giles House
Outreach will not meet in April, May, or June.
Meetings are typically held on the last Sunday of the month, between the two Sunday services, with coffee and donuts provided. To receive notices of meetings via e-mail, please contact Hollie Gordon, Outreach Chair, or the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-454-2523). Anyone interested in any of St. George's many outreach projects is always welcome at Outreach meetings, and you need not commit to regular attendance to be a valued member of this group.
St. George's always accepts donations to support our Outreach work. To give online, click the DONATE button to go to St. George's online giving page, scroll down to the Outreach section, and indicate the amount of your gift next to the specific project to which you would like to donate, next to or "Undesignated Outreach." At the bottom of the form, choose your giving frequency, click "Continue," and complete the giving form. Payment may be made via credit card or automatic withdrawal from your bank account.
If you would prefer to give by cash or check, you may do that as well – please make sure that your check notes in the memo line if it is for a specific project, or that cash is in an appropriately labeled envelope. Gifts may be placed in the alms basin on Sunday mornings, or mailed or hand-delivered to the church office at 4301 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78722.
outreach ministry highlight – APRIL
Friends of McCallum Students provides support for McCallum’s social service specialist, who identifies students in need and seeks assistance for those students. For example, about 70 students per month request assistance with bus passes, and others live in shelters and other temporary housing. About one-third of McCallum students are economically disadvantaged. Among the 13 schools in McCallum’s vertical team are six that are Title 1 schools. Maplewood Elementary, which serves students in the St. George’s neighborhood, is included in that team.
some current and past outreach projects:
- Mission trip to Guatemala: Three parishioners traveled to Xela, Guatemala, with HELPS International in March 2018. They led a field trip for 5th-graders and brought school supplies donated by St. George's.
- Gift cards for St. George's Court at Christmas: Children in the parish decorate hand-made felt stockings that are filled with grocery store gift cards for the residents of St. George's Court, a senior residential facility.
- Hospitality baskets for Christopher House: St. George's provides baskets of snacks and personal care items each week to families at Hospice Austin's Christopher House, a beautiful facility for people with a terminal illness.
- Food bags: We provide a convenient assortment of specific shelf-stable food for the families served by Any Baby Can, a local charity that assists needy families with medically fragile or at-risk children.
- Comfort bags for survivors of assault: We provide hand-made, drawstring bags of comfort items - lotion, tissues, hairbands, and combs among other items - to Austin-area survivors of assault who are cared for by the Austin SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) agencies.
- Women's Storybook Project: Volunteers from St. George's participate in this nonprofit, interfaith program that connects children with their incarcerated mothers through story books. Female volunteers travel to a women's prison to record mothers as they read stories to their children. The recordings and books are then mailed to the children.
- Bus passes for homeless students: Transportation to school can be a barrier to school attendance for children living in homeless shelters or other temporary housing. St. George's provides support to Friends of McCallum Students, a nonprofit serving at-risk students at McCallum High School and at elementary and middle schools that feed into McCallum.