Service Opportunities

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Big Brothers Big Sisters 

Description of Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters “Lunch Buddy” program: Each volunteer is matched an elementary-age child at a local school. Volunteers spend just 30 minutes per week eating lunch with their “Little Brother” or “Little Sister”, all while mentoring through the simple act of friendship. Participants can enjoy playing card games, reading books and visiting during lunch. Each volunteer can choose their own “Lunch Buddy day” that fits best with their schedule. 
Number of Volunteers needed: There are 138 children on the waiting list
Location: local elementary schools 
Dates:
during the school year 
Contact: Jamie Bearden - 325-674-3113 - jbearden@bbbstx.org 
Updated: 9/8/14

Center for International Students 

Description of Service: Conversation Partners Program. Non-native and native English speakers are paired together to learn about each other's culture and to help non-native speakers practice conversational English.
Number of Volunteers needed:
No specific number 
Location: Set by the Conversation Partners pairs. 
Dates: A commitment of one semester, with the possibility of extending into a full school year. 
Contact: Leanne Moore – 325-674-2821 - lmm10b@acu.edu 
Updated: 9/8/14

Communities in Schools 

Description of Service: Reading and lunch buddies 
Number of Volunteers needed: 10-20 
Location: Ortiz Elementary/ Communities In Schools 
Dates: anytime between M-F(9-2:30pm) 
Contact: Sheila Ashford - 325-671-4945 ext.5351 - sheila.ashford@abileneisd.org 
Updated: 9/8/14

Friends for Life 

Description: We work with the elderly and people with disabilities, focusing on those that don't have family or friends to care for them. Some live in nursing homes and some live independently. For nursing home clients, we have friendly visitation, reading to the blind, entertainment, play games, help write letters, special holiday recognition, adopt a grandparent and Gifts for Grannies and Grandpas at Christmas. For those living independently, we have minor household repairs, transportation to the grocery store or doctor appointments, run errands, reassurance calls, change lightbulbs and mow lawns. 
Dates: Dates and times are flexible and able to work around students' schedules. 
Location
: 301 Oak St., Abilene TX 79602 
Contact: Cecilia Barahona - 325-672-2635 - cecilia@
Updated: 9/8/14 

Girl Scouts 

Description of Service: Be The Role Model She’ll Always Remember. Girl Scouts offers several flexible ways to volunteer. You choose how: a 1 day event, 6 week series, or year-round troop! 
Number of Volunteers needed:
Volunteer positions are ongoing and varied. Contact the Girl Scout Office for current opportunities. 
Location: Abilene 
Dates: Variable 
Contact: Michelle Lawson - 325-670-0432 - mlawson@gs-top.org 
Updated: 9/8/14 

Keep Abilene Beautiful 

Description of Service: Litter Clean-ups 
Number of Volunteers needed: Small to large groups 
Location:
Around Abilene 
Dates: Whatever works for the group 
Contact:
Nicole Eaves – 325-734-3301 – nicole.eaves@abilenetx.com 
Updated: 9/8/14

Kingdom Kids (Beltway Park Baptist Church) 

Description of Service: Assist with Sunday morning activities for Kingdom Kids (physically and emotionally challenged children). 
Number of Volunteers need:
5-6 
Location: Beltway Park Baptist Church, KP 101 
Contact:
Sharla Sanders – beltwaykids@beltway.org 
Updated: 9/8/14 

Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc. 

Description of Service: Deliver meals to the elderly and homebound in Abilene, volunteer in our kitchen or pantry. 
Number of Volunteers needed:
Unlimited 
Location:
Meals on Wheels office, 717 N. 10th Street 
Dates: Monday through Friday 
Contact: Jessica Stewart - 325-672-5050 - volunteer@mealsonwheelsplus.com 
Updated: 9/8/14 

REACH @ Abilene North Apartments 

Description of Service: Building relationships with at-risk kids and their families through a unique and developing apartment ministry. 
Number of Volunteers needed:
over 10 - no limit! 
Location:
2411 North Willis Street, Abilene, Texas, 79603 
Dates: Mondays from 4:30-6 pm 
Contact:
Caroline Thompson - 281-782-2956 - crt12a@acu.edu 
Updated: 9/8/14

Special Olympics

Description of Service: Two upcoming events. 

  1. September 26-27 – We will be hosting a Bocce Ball tournament at Centennial Park. Volunteers needed to keep score, hand out medals, escort athletes, and cheer! 
  2. November 6-8 – We are hosting a bowling tournament at the Abilene Bowling Lanes. Volunteers are needed to sit with the athletes at the lanes, make sure each athlete bowls on his/her turn, and handle issues of stuck balls and lane malfunctions. 

Number of Volunteers needed: 

  1. 20 per day
  2. 30-35 per day 

Location: 

  1. Centennial Park 
  2. Abilene Bowling Lanes 

Dates:

  1. September 26-27 
  2. November 6-8

Contact: Luann Chastain - 325-677-3200 - lchastain@sotx.org 
Updated: 9/10/14

Spring Break Service Opportunities