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500 Hours of Sharing – Fall 2018

500 Hours of Sharing, our fall service campaign, kicks off in October with opportunities for service in Oak Hill, Austin, and beyond.

Activities vary from cleaning Williamson Creek to sorting donations to the Central Texas Food Bank to planting trees with TreeFolks.  Service opportunities are available for all ages, all abilities, all interests.

Search the opportunities. Find one that interests you. Register online or at at the Connection Station in the courtyard on campus.

Fall 2018 500 Hours of Sharing
Join us in 500 hours of service to the Oak Hill community, greater Austin area, and beyond.

Check out the list of opportunities below.

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Fall Service Opportunities

October 3 — Central Texas Food Bank Warehouse   9 a.m. – noon
Sort and inspect food donated to the Central Texas Food Bank to ready it for distribution to hungry neighbors.
Team leader:  Vicki Matustik at vicki@oakhillumc.org

October 3-6 — Repair Lives, Homes in Hurricane Damages portions of LaGrange/Columbus
Neighbors just east of Austin were heavy-hit by high winds and relentless rain from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Many are still awaiting help for damage they sustained to their homes. Join us for all four days or come as you can to repair homes and restore spirits.
Team leader:  Wally Vog at wallyvog@gmail.com

October 6 — Montopolis Friendship Community Center  9 a.m. – noon
Sort donations and help arrange them in the Center’s Thrift Shop to support this vital community resource in the Montopolis community of East Austin.  Family-friendly event for families with children 8 and older.
Team leader: Ashley Fryer at ashleyewhite@gmail.com

October 13 — Habitat for Humanity    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be part of the effort to change lives for a Habitat family. Bring your skills or come ready to learn some. Work for all ability levels. Lunch provided. Stay half or all day.
Team leader:  Ernest Rebuck at ecrebuck@gmail.com

October 13 — Williamson Creek Cleanup  9 – 11 a.m.
Each quarter we clean a portion of Williamson Creek between the baseball fields and where the creek crosses under Hwy. 290 W. Fun for all to discover what “treasures” the creek holds. Family-friendly event for families with children age 8 and older.
Team leader: Jan Roberts at jim@oakhillumc.org

October 20 — Hands on Housing  8 a.m. start
Partnering with Interfaith Action of Central Texas, we will make home repairs culminating with a fresh coat of paint to help an elderly or handicapped neighbor remain in their home. Come for half the day or until we are finished. Got carpentry skills? Often the repair work takes place prior to paint day.
Team leader: Wally Vog at wallyvog@gmail.com

October 26 — Austin Resource Center for the Homeless  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Offer hope and acceptance to folks who call ARCH their temporary home by serving food with a smile. Absolutely no skills needed except an open heart, and, of course, a willing smile.
Team leader: Bob Kline at rkline30@gmail.com

November 3 — Montopolis Friendship Community Center  9 a.m. – noon
Sort donations and help arrange them in the Center’s Thrift Shop to support this vital community resource in the Montopolis community of East Austin. Family friendly event for families with children 8 and older.
Team leader: Ashley Fryer at ashleyewhite@gmail.com

November 10 — Habitat for Humanity   8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be part of the effort to change lives for a Habitat family. Bring your skills or come ready to learn some. Work for all ability levels. Lunch provided. Stay half or all day.
Team leader:  Ernest Rebuck at ecrebuck@gmail.com

November 17 — Tree Folks planting event  8 a.m. – noon
Spend the morning in the great outdoors, making new friends and making the earth a little greener by planting with Tree Folks. Family-friendly event for families with children age 8 and older.
Team leader:  Robin May-Davis at robin.maydavis@gmail.com

November 23 — Austin Resource Center for the Homeless  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Offer hope and acceptance to folks who call ARCH their temporary home by serving food with a smile. Absolutely no skills needed except an open heart, and, of course, a willing smile.
Team leader: Bob Kline at rkline30@gmail.com

December 2 — Blood donation   8 a.m. to noon (by appointment)
Save a life with a 30-minute donation of blood through central Texas’ We Are Blood. Mobile donation bus will be at Oak Hill UMC that Sunday morning.
Team leader:  Anita Barton at anitabchef@yahoo.com

December 2 — Agape Market  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Think outside the box–literally, and give a gift of caring at the annual Agape Market. Opportunities to make gifts to local service organizations in honor of that someone special. Local fair trade vendors will also be on hand offering unique items made by individuals from around the planet as the artists work to support themselves and their families. No need to sign up to attend, only if you are interested in assisting with the event.
Team leaders:  Marilyn Cannon at  Marilyn.cannon18@gmail.com and Vicki Matustik at vicki@oakhillumc.org

December 8 — Breakfast With Santa  8:30 to 11 a.m.
Share a little Christmas cheer with Oak Hill area neighbors awaiting arrival of Brown Santa to the Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill. Event includes breakfast for all, crafts, storytelling in English and Spanish, and more fun than you can imagine. Sign-ups are available for volunteer workers only, not to attend the event.
Team leaders: To be determined

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