Angel Tree

Every child has a story. For 2.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives us an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

Contact Don Roets at droets@hotmail.com for more information.

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) serves as the first point of entry into the homeless service system for many of Austin’s adults experiencing homelessness for the first time, as well as those who have been living on the streets for years. The ARCH is designed to assess client needs, provide information on how and where to access services, and meet the basic emergency needs of homeless adults, as well as provide a place for homeless people to rest and get out of the elements during the day. Nearly 10,000 homeless men and women utilized the ARCH in 2010-2011 including an average of approximately 600 individuals each day. Oak Hill UMC serves ARCH through blanket and towel drives throughout the year and by serving evening meals.

For more information, email Keith Momii at keith.momii@gmail.com.

Blood Center of Central Texas

Give blood 4 times a year at the Blood Mobile on the Oak Hill UMC campus. The “Blood Bus” will be on campus February 8, May 17, August 23 and November 15, 2015. Walk-ins are welcome, but making an appointment will help us know how many people to expect.

Contact Anita Barton at anitabchef@yahoo.com for more information and to set an appointment.

The Burke Center for Youth

The mission of the agency is to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect of children in Texas, by providing residential care services to infants, children and adolescents in a facility and in licensed therapeutic and basic foster homes in central and south Texas. The Agency does treatment in the areas of familial, educational, physical, social, recreational and behavioral growth of clients.

Please contact Chuck Moore at myemailchuck@gmail.com for more information.

Community Garden

Come garden with others who love the great outdoors. These are above ground garden boxes that can be “adopted”, that you maintain and benefit from. Gather with neighbors, exercise, educate children, grow fresh produce and beautiful flowers.

Please contact our coordinator David Sheets at hdsheets@yahoo.com.

FreeStore Austin

We believe that in God’s world there is enough for all people, and extend that abundance by freely giving clothing and household goods to all who come through the FreeStore doors. Through this tangible grace, we affirm the self-worth of every person by creating opportunities for all people to live in community with one another. FreeStore donation hours are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or items/food can be dropped off at OHUMC in a marked bin inside the Missions Building.

Contact Karen and Don Roets for more information at don@dandkmarketing.com or go to the FreeStore website.

GO Day

Approximately once a quarter Community Ministries sponsors GO Days, an opportunity for members of the congregation to participate in a day of “the church has left the building.” Most activities require little or no preparation: most are easy step into ministry type events. For more information about GO Days contact Vicki Matustik at matustik@austin.utexas.edu.

Habitat for Humanity

habitat-e1452783391506Every two years, congregations from the Methodist ministry throughout Austin join together with Austin Habitat to make the dream of homeownership a reality for some of our communities’ most deserving families. By raising money, Methodist congregations provide the materials needed to build a home. By providing volunteer labor, they provide the sweat, love and examples of the values needed to change the world. Come build with us!

For more information about Oak Hill UMC and Habitat for Humanity, email Ernie Rebuck at ecrebuck@gmail.com.

Human Trafficking

You might think slavery is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it is not. There are still close to 30 million people living in slavery worldwide, some right here in our own communities. We know that cases of trafficking involving sweatshops, domestic servitude and brothels have been found inside the Austin city limits. As Christians we also know that God has called us “to seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17), rather than look the other way. Contact Cathy Herzog or Corinne Weisgerber if you want to learn more about the issue or become involved in the fight to stop trafficking.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

missionsFamily Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a shelter program based on a national model that provides transitional shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Host churches, synagogues and support congregations work in collaboration to provide year round shelter, meals, and support to families as they work toward achieving goals of permanent housing and self-sufficiency. We serve IHN by providing shelter for homeless families for several weeks throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, and serve as evening and overnight hosts.

For more information contact David Matustik at dmatustik@yahoo.com; or Don Kerr at don.kerr@att.net.

Mission Possible Kids

If you’re in Grades 1-5, if you want to make a difference in the world, if you want to show the grown-up agents how it’s done, YOU can become a Special Agent with MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS. In the last few years, MPK agents have helped over ONE MILLION people worldwide – WOW! Should you accept this challenge, you’ll: Learn how YOU can change the world; Complete one mission at every meeting and periodically be sent on TOP SECRET off-site missions; Work toward Special Agent promotions; and Track the number of lives you touch on each and every mission.

Contact Agent Handler Becca Hemenway at lemonwow@gmail.com.

Montopolis Friendship Center

Montopolis Friendship Community Center is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation formed as a United Methodist Women’s response to help meet some of the needs in the Montopolis community of Austin, Texas.

Contact Cindy Brandt at cindyb42@austin.rr.com or Lydia Polomski at lydia26@austin.rr.com.