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OUTREACH

In Holy Baptism, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves." Good Shepherd recognizes that we live in a broken and hurting world. Therefore we seek to feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, clothe the naked, tend the sick, and visit the imprisoned. Good Shepherd promises to give of time, talent, and treasure to serve the Austin community and beyond.

Contact: The Rev. Laurence Wainwright-Maks

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ONLINE  OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:

HILLSIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
The Hill 
Hillside, our parish’s school located at the Hill, enrolls over 70 students ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The school’s mission is to increase access to high-quality early-childhood education in a part of the city where access is limited. Hillside prepares students for Kindergarten so that they are ready for success in school and beyond. Hillside provides scholarships to a growing number of its students, and it participates in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized childcare program. Volunteer opportunities at Hillside are coming soon. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Mary Ann Frishman.

GOD OF HOPE PRISON MINISTRY
Offsite
“...I was in prison and you came to me.” — Mt. 25: 36.
Every Tuesday volunteers meet with offenders, separate from the general population, in a faith-based unit where they have committed to live for 6 months in a community of love and Christian discipleship devoted to studying the Bible and actively participating in classes, discipleship groups and life coaching. This program allows its members to grow closer to God as a way to change for the better. The opportunity to work with these gentlemen is Spirit-filled and powerful. For more information, please contact Hale Umstattd.

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Windsor Campus
During Advent Good Shepherd parishioners provide gifts for children and families in Austin who would otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas morning. Parishioners – either by themselves or together with others – adopt families from the giving tree and receive information on the particular needs of the family. This ministry organizes the tree and receives and organizes the gifts. For information, please contact Kelley Mucci.

MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES
Monthly truck runs
Offsite
Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) serves those living on the streets in Austin through food preparation and delivery, literally meeting them where they are. Good Shepherd provides volunteers for truck runs to serve our brothers and sisters on the streets. Good Shepherd’s volunteer teams meet at the Mobile Loaves commissary (at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Bee Caves) to prepare meals and load them into a food truck. Volunteers then drive the food truck to different sites in Austin to serve the meals. This ministry offers an opportunity for parents to serve with their older elementary and teenage children. For more information, please contact Becky Svahn, or Scott Ferguson.

CF!V AND MOVE-INS
Offsite
Community First! Village (CF!V) is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. Good Shepherd loves partnering with CF!V to furnish and make ready homes for first-time residents. Volunteers are needed to help set up furniture for the homes, bring meals for their gatherings, movie nights, and so many more opportunities. These are great outreach opportunities for individuals and families. For more information, please contact the Rev. Laurence Wainwright-Maks.

THE HILL SCHOOL MINISTRY
Both Campuses
This ministry serves students at elementary schools in the neighborhood of the Hill. Throughout the school year, we serve as reading buddies, mentors and helpers at school events. We provide donations of supplies, food, clothing, teacher appreciation items, and more.  Such support is critical to answering the holistic needs critical to classroom success. Working with parishioners across Good Shepherd, we have been able to provide within one year: 200 plus items of clothing and shoes; 100 plus books; teacher appreciation gifts; and more than 500 backpacks with school supplies. We need our entire Good Shepherd family to continue our mission — as reading buddies, mentors, participants at school events, and in making, prepping, and delivering donations. Work with us to reach beyond — let’s double what we achieved this past year and live into Good Shepherd’s mission.  Together, let’s live into God’s dream. For more information, please contact Susie Piaget, or Donna White. 

TRINITY STREETS
Offsite
Trinity Streets is a ministry in downtown Austin that regularly serves meals to those on the streets and provides a chance for those on the streets to worship. This ministry feeds 40 people each week. Once every six weeks on Sunday afternoon, volunteers from Good Shepherd prepare and serve meals at Trinity Center downtown. This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for individuals and families. 8-10 volunteers are needed each month and slots fill-up quickly!
For more information, please contact Lucy Adcock.

RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Both Campuses
Both campuses gather in Advent to measure and pack 45,000 meals for people in developing nations – a much-loved tradition. Volunteers help to set up the packing equipment and supplies the day before the pack and help to clean up afterward. For more information, please contact Jessica Riels.

MAGDALENE HOUSE
Offsite
Magdalene House is a sanctuary for victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. Our parishioners offer support through donations of household items and other necessities. For more information, please contact Susan Harris.

DRIVE A SENIOR
Offsite
 
A community-based volunteer service that is supported by 17 congregations in West Austin – including Good Shepherd, one of the original congregations – has been providing services to seniors since 1985. The program responds to the needs of the increasing number of seniors who are living alone and can no longer drive. Drive a Senior’s mission is transportation, but it also seeks relationships with others. In addition to drivers, volunteers are needed for light household repairs and maintenance (including lawn care). For more information, please contact Louis Wade. 

NAMI Walk
Offsite
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Central Texas holds an annual 5K walk to raise support and awareness. The walk will be on September 24. Members of Good Shepherd love to participate in this event as it is for both a good cause and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship between our two campuses. For more information, please contact Nissa Wood.

OPPORTUNITY GARDENS
The Hill
The Gardens on the Hill create an opportunity to put down roots, both physically and figuratively, in the neighborhood through the planting of herb, fruit, and vegetable plants. We always welcome volunteers to help with the gardens. For more information, please contact Ron Tamaru.