Community Service Coordinators
Flag Football with Marbridge House
|St. Stephen's hosted the flag football team from Marbridge House, an Austin group home for mentally challenged adults on August 13th. The Marbridge players ranged in age from early 20's to 58, and they arrived with their coach and Marbridge House staff, full of enthusiasm and ready to play. Click here to read more.|
|Watch the Take 10 CPR Video by film instructor David Fabelo|
On Friday, April 26, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School student leaders hosted and facilitated TAKE10 CPR training
for students in conjunction with Take Heart Austin and cardiologist Dr. Robert Wozniak. Led by senior Annie Nordhauser, students developed the idea and planned the event with a goal of training at least 95 percent of St. Stephen's students in compression only CPR.
Twenty-five St. Stephen’s students volunteered to become student trainers for the school, and time was set aside for the student body to be trained during the different lunch periods last Friday.
“We are very impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and initiative demonstrated by these students,” said Louis Gonzales, TAKE10 program manager. "The students, particularly Annie, have really spearheaded this effort with Dr. Wozniak’s guidance. Take Heart Austin has supported the students with our TAKE10 CPR program, preparing their trainers and loaning equipment, but they have done most of the work.” Read more about the CPR training at St. Stephen's.
Spartans Donate Time and Effort at El Buen Samaritano
St. Stephen’s students volunteered in April at El Buen Samaritano. Around 1000 people participated in Your Health Your Family Day--health screenings, appointments at the El Buen clinic, doctor talks, healthy cooking demos, garden tours. Outdoor activities included Zumba classes and rock wall climbing. St. Stephen’s students were stationed at the various activity spots and were helpful with setting up, taking down and keeping everything moving smoothly.
"It is really great to have had such a showing of students and I hope we can do lots more next year! We are really aiming to have more service learning opportunities so they can understand more about why places like El Buen exist. For example, the health fair started at 9 and we had one woman who came at 4 am to be sure she could get a health screening. Volunteering is a lot more meaningful when you meet the people and hear their stories." – Lisie Sillers, El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
Boarders at El Buen Samaritano
Service Learning at St. Stephen’s
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, community service is an essential aspect of our education. Our service program encourages students to think beyond their own needs, to develop a passion for service, and to inspire one another. We pursue service as a way of life and recognize the world’s challenges as opportunities for commitment to change, improvement, and growth. As a school community, service is our way of applying what we teach and learn in the classroom to make a positive difference in our world.
Upcoming Service Activities
SETTLEMENT HOME OF AUSTIN ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Settlement Home of Austin is a nonprofit residential treatment facility for young girls ages 7-18 years. The girls are most often removed from their homes due to severe neglect or abuse.
The Settlement Home is debt free in part because of a group of elderly women and men's efforts to host an Annual Garage Sale at the Palmer Events Center. Many of these organizers are in their 60's, 70's and 80's. A large number are WWII vets and their wives. These elderly bodies are in great need of strong, enthusiastic young adults. There are many tasks large and small in which you can earn community service hours.
Volunteers are needed for TOPS Soccer which is a soccer program for kids with special needs. Registration is open and everyone who volunteers must be registered, so if you're interested, check out:
Practices will be on Sundays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Forest Trail Elementary in Westlake.
Ongoing Service Activities
Middle School Community Service
|Grades 6-8: Students participate in four hours of a community-service project. Students and their advisors decide each year on a beneficial project that serves the Austin community.|
Upper School Community Service
|At St. Stephen's Episcopal School, community service is an essential aspect of our education. Our service program encourages students to think beyond their own needs, to develop a passion for service, and to inspire one another. We pursue service as a way of life and recognize the world’s challenges as opportunities for commitment to change, improvement, and growth. As a school community, service is our way of applying what we teach and learn in the classroom to make a positive difference in our world.|
Requirements for Community Service
Grades 9-12: Students need to complete a minimum of twelve community service hours. In order for service hours to be recognized by St. Stephen's, volunteer work must meet the following standards:
- If you have a question about what does and does not count, or would like to appeal for an exception, please contact Rhonda Williford or Mike Wallens for clarification before you do the work. If you complete a project without checking with Ms. Williford or The Rev. Fitzgerald, and the community service committee deems it inappropriate for receiving credit, you will not receive credit for the project.
- Whenever you volunteer, you need to fill out an accountability form on-line in order to begin to receive credit for your hours. Please log on to Omnia and use the appropriate link to "Record hours." Before your hours will be recognized, St. Stephen's must receive an e-mail verification from the supervisor of your project. Please plan to provide your supervisor with the necessary link to the "verification e-mail" address. Cards with this address will be available in the pink folder in the crossroads. Please make sure you record your hours whether or not a faculty member was the supervisor! The faculty member will "verify" your hours, but you must still "record" them.
- Lastly, hours must be turned in and verified in the term in which they were earned. Hours turned in past the posted deadlines will not be counted.
|"VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT PAID – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." - Anonymous|
|ABC/CEDEN|Students meet every Saturday morning during the school year at 10am in front of the Student Center (or you can meet at Any Baby Can at 10:30am) to go to Any Baby Can to help adults and children learn English (Spanish fluency is helpful but not a requirement). Please contact Sr. Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
|EL BUEN SAMARITANO NEEDS YOUR HELP!|
It’s RALLY time again!
El Buen Samaritano needs to rally volunteers together to help maintain their programs. There are several specific areas in which they need help:
Volunteers are needed to teach adult classes and work in the Child Learning Center (CLC) for a few hours at a time.
- Adult classes run in the mornings and the early evenings. The CLC runs all day from 8:30 -8:30 PM. No experience necessary!
Some jobs require Spanish skills but many do not! A couple of hours donated a week builds character, spirit and a sense of community!
Please inquire with:
- Mary Castilla for adult education at 439-0746 or
- Melissa Rojas for the CLC at or 439-0746
- Cynthia High, Community Relations at email@example.com
Organic Garden Volunteers
- Garden volunteers will work outdoors to cultivate and maintain our organic garden as needed, including planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc. This is a great opportunity for groups of 3-10 people, and is available as a one-time volunteer opportunity.
- Volunteers should be comfortable working outdoors and with moderate to heavy lifting (bags of soil, landscaping tools).
- Knowledge of gardening and/or previous experience is preferred, but not required.
- Hours: Garden volunteers are welcome during our weekly office hours which are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Specific dates and times should be scheduled in advance with the Community Relations Coordinator, Cynthia High, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Pantry Volunteers
- Food pantry volunteers will assist our Program Assessment Specialist with organizational tasks such as stocking shelves, bagging groceries, weighing food items and receiving outside donations as needed. During “open hours,” volunteers will have one-on-one contact with clients as they arrive to receive their food. >We welcome small groups (up to 3 people) and individuals as volunteers in the food pantry.
- Bilingual skills are preferred, but not required.
- Volunteers should be comfortable with moderate lifting.
- Hours: Our greatest need for volunteers in the food pantry is during “open hours” when the pantry is open to the public. These hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. However, volunteers are welcome Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to assist our Program Assessment Specialist with organizational tasks.
FLOW is a nonprofit dedicated to “liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good” and focusing it on creating sustainable, peace, prosperity and happiness for all. We produce educational publications, conferences and community building to spread our message. Our offices are in a residence very near St. Stephen’s at 1510 Falcon Ledge, Austin, TX 78746. Volunteers are able to assist FLOW’s team by providing administrative work such as filing, organizing, data entry, and research. Please contact [ mailto:email@example.com ]Barbara Jenkins by email or 512.327.8860 to schedule hours.
|GIRLS GIVING GRANTS|
I have information about the "Girls Giving Grants" program at my desk in Carrel Area "A" off the crossroads in the Becker Library building. Please contact me (Mrs. Gibbs) at:
to set up a time to come by and pick up the materials.
|HABITAT FOR HUMANITY|
Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21 except in the offices.
Construction (16 or older)
A full day commitment is requested.
ReStore (16 or older)
No commitment is required, any amount of time you have available is helpful.
Administrative (12 or older)
No commitment is required, any amount of time you have available is helpful.
If you are interested in any of the above Habitat for Humanity opportunities, please call:
|KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL|
Host a Creek Cleanup!
Are you tired of seeing your favorite creek littered with trash? In one day, would you like to make a huge impact on your local environment? If so, a Creek Cleanup might be just what you’re looking for!
Hosting a Creek Cleanup is Easy!
Get everything you need for your group's service project from Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection and Development Review. All you need to get started is an enthusiastic leader who will help organize and promote the creek cleanup event. GREAT FOR DORMS, ADVISORIES, AND TEAMS!
What KAB Offers: • Guidance in the planning of your cleanup • Trash collection arranged by KAB • Fun giveaways to thank volunteers for their participation • Recognition of your accomplishments on the KAB website • A Cleanup Kit that includes:
- trash bags
- pickup tools
- poison ivy block
- and a first aid kit
By picking up litter in and along creeks you make a difference in the community by: • Improving water quality • Preventing storm drains from becoming blocked • Protecting animals from ingesting or getting tangled in litter • Beautifying Austin
Download KAB's forms to get your cleanup underway!
For more information, please call:
|LEARNING ALLY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES|
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) needs volunteers who can help with all aspects of the production process. Volunteers provide the voices needed to record textbooks, operate the recording equipment, check completed tapes for accuracy, and duplicate tapes and mail them to students. Learning Ally provides training needed for these jobs, all of which are done in their studio. The studio is open during the day Monday through Saturday for 2-hour sessions and Monday through Thursday evenings for 1.5-hour sessions.
A non-profit residential care facility, Marbridge provides a safe, loving community where adults with cognitive challenges can achieve their full potential through Abilities Centered Training with the opportunity for lifetime care. With over 200 residents with varied needs and interests, Marbridge is a great place for volunteers to help and interact with some wonderful individuals. They are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:
- Cooking / Shopping Buddies
- Town Trip Chaperones
- Walking Buddies
- Evening Activity Coordinators
- Equine Assistance
- Green House Assistance
- Campus Clean-up
- Van / Shuttle Wash
- Group Craft Activities
- Group Game Activities
For more information, contact Katherine Skanse at:
|MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES|
There are several levels of need at the Mobile Loaves and Fishes ministry. Some require training and some don't...
Several volunteers are needed once every four to six weeks to wash the trucks inside and out and keep our fleet of trucks clean and shining. Schedule is flexible!
Sack Lunch Team
Volunteers prepare 50 sack lunches for the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) as well as 150 sack lunch sandwiches for the next day’s truck run. A volunteer is needed to deliver the sack lunches to ARCH before noon on Wednesday. There is one training session required and the time commitment is a couple of hours at 6:30pm on one Tuesday per month.
Several individuals are needed to pick up Great Harvest Bread and Starbucks treats at various times during the week. Breads must be sorted and stored. 15 minutes of training is required and the time committment is 20-30 minutes a week.
INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE MLF OPPORTUNITIES? Contact Ruth at St. John Neumann:
The Settlement Home of Austin, Texas is a residential treatment facility for girls ages 7-18 that have been severely abused and neglected by their families. Settlement Club is an organization that raises money year round for the function of this nationally recognized recovery program. The Settlement Home provides housing, education, clothing, medical care, entertainment and social rehabilitation for its young residents. If you would like to earn community service hours by helping sort items for the annual garage sale which raises $500,000.00 for the home each year please contact Dianne Arnett Becker at:
Ms. Arnett Becker would also be happy to meet some students on a Saturday to help them fill in some of their needed hours. Please contact her if you would like to help out.
|TEENS GIVING IT BACK|
TGIB - Teens Giving It Back, is a group made to encourage high school students to spend weekends volunteering in their community. TGIB provides information about opportunities on a weekly basis. Events are available for anyone to come help out when they want to. Everyone is strongly encourage to come!
There is a Facebook page for TGIB, so if you'd like to, please join the group!
Please contact sophomore Kelly Sooch for more information at:
|TEXAS ONCOLOGY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS|
Texas Oncology Cancer Center is seeking volunteers to help make the cancer center experience more comfortable for its patients. As a volunteer, you will distribute snacks and drinks to our chemotherapy patients as well as movies and books to keep them occupied during their treatments, help keep the center tidy, and provide support and encouragement to the cancer survivors.
It's the small things that make the biggest difference and they are counting on you to help achieve just that!
To apply, and/or obtain more information, please call Lauren Brandt, Social Worker, at:
|THOUGHTFUL HOUSE EQUESTRIANS|
This is a nonprofit institution that uses therapeutic riding techniques to help children with a wide range of developmental disorders.
If you would like more information, Penni is our contact at the Thoughtful House Center for Children:
Thoughtful House Center for Children
3001 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78746
Volunteer to plant trees at a work day or assist in a public tree planting today!
Treefolks is a non-profit organization that plants trees in urban environments to positively effect the region while depleting carbon dioxide from its surroundings and creating shade over roadways. Last year alone they helped to plant 13,000 trees in Central Texas and the New Orleans area. Their organization hopes to provide native Texas with new wildlife that benefits not only the environment but also the people living in it.
TreeFolks volunteers can attend the large planting events on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM until noon
for a listing of those opportunities. You can also come to our office to work in the tree nursery or help with office work such as data entry. Please contact us at
For more information please visit:
International travel and language learning in an immersion environment.
|WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL|
Students meet every Saturday morning during the school year at 9:30am in front of the Student Center to go to Webb Middle School to tutor Korean children. If you need more information you can contact senior Sae Yong Jang.
|YELLOW BIKE PROJECT|
The Yellow Bike Project provides free yellow bikes around town and has a "Bikes for Kids" program to provide bikes to low income kids. They also do Bike rodeos and offer bike repair and safety classes for kids. For more information or to see how to volunteer you can check out:
FAQ's About Entering Hours
|Q. ||Can I just submit a letter from the organization where I volunteered instead of having them e-mail you?|
|A. ||Yes, but it must be on official stationery from that organization.|
|Q. ||If I volunteered over a period of time for the same organization do I have to enter in seperate dates?|
|A. ||No, just enter in the last date of service and make sure you enter the information in the term in which you worked.|
|Q. ||If my hours aren't verified right away should I assume they won't be accepted?|
|A. ||No, there is a delay in entering hours and their verification. If the work you did follows all the specified guidelines your work will eventually be verified. If you are nervous about whether or not hours will be accepted, you should check with Fr. Mike or Ms. Williford BEFORE you even do the project.|