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.
upcoming - outreach trip to guatemala!
Carolyn Moreau and Hollie and Spencer Gordon will be going to Guatemala from March 11th to 19th, to lead a field trip for fifth graders from an Christian elementary school run by HELPS International. The school is located in the remote indigenous village of Santa Avelina. For the field trip, the children will travel 9 hours to Quetzaltenango (Xela) to visit the university, trade school, museums, etc., to inspire them to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty.
Please consider signing up to donate supplies that the students will use during the field trip on this Guatemala Student Supplies spreadsheet. The outreach committee will also accept monetary support for the trip and supplies. Please contact Carolyn Moreau, Hollie Gordon, or the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-454-2523), for more information.
Next Meeting: Sunday, March 25, 9:30-10:30 am, Wright-Giles House
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 (email@example.com 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 – march
St. George’s Court is an apartment community which contains 60 apartment homes and serves Senior and Disabled residents of the Austin area. The property is owned and operated by St. George’s Senior Housing, Inc., a nonprofit organization affiliated with St. George’s Episcopal Church, the majority of whose board consists of church members. St. George’s Court was constructed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Each year, the community of St. George’s hosts an angel wreath project which benefits the residents of St. George’s Court.
some current and past outreach projects:
- 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.