Urgent Needs

Entries are categorized in alphabetical order.




ACU Center for International Education

What: The Center for International Education is looking for one male and one female volunteer to serve as conversation partners with ACU scholars who are looking to improve their English language skills. Volunteers will be required to spend one hour a week practicing conversation, but the day, time, and location are up to the students to decide.
Date: Spring 2014 Semester.
Time: One hour per week; flexible timing.
Location: Suggested place is the Brown Library Learning Commons.
Contact: Leanne Moore; lmm10b@acu.edu; 325-674-2821
Date Added: 02/2014



Alameda Neighborhood Association

What: Alameda Neighborhood Association is a group of neighbors in a low income, at-risk neighborhood working together to try to make their neighborhood safer and cleaner. We need 5-25 volunteers to help us go out into 28 alley blocks to pick up trash and help clean up the neighborhood. If equipment is available, we will also be mowing and edging some areas. Teams will go out and walk the alleys picking up trash. Teams will also be going out and picking up bulk items that have been left in the alleys or from senior citizens who have made previous arrangements to have bulk items picked up. FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROVIDED.
Date: April 26, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Meeting place will be at Alameda Community Center, 650 Corsicana St. Abilene, TX 79605
Contact: Denise Davidson; 325-370-3642; hofabilene@hotmail.com
Date Added: 01/14



Beltway Park Baptist Church Kingdom Kids

What: We need volunteers on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to help with our special needs children. You must have a heart for children and special needs.
Date: Ongoing
Time: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Location: Beltway Park Baptist Church
Contact: Sharla Sanders; sharlasanders@beltway.org; 325-692-6540
Date Added: 02/2014



Center for International Education 

What: Conversation Partners is a unique and exciting new opportunity to experience the world here at ACU. Interested international students are paired up one-on-one with native English speakers (females with females, males with males) for English practice, conversation, and cultural learning. Partners meet for one hour each week at a time and place determined by the partners. This opportunity allows international students to improve their English and expand their understanding of American culture. At the same time, American students benefit by developing greater cultural awareness and understanding as well as gaining incredible friendships! 
Date/Time: Any 
Location: Any 
Contact: Center for International Education; 325-674-2237
Date Added: 9/12 



The Christmas Store

What: We need 10-12 volunteers to assist in the set-up of the Christmas Store. Inventory, price and sort donated gifts and toys. Help sort Christmas wrapping items, etc
Date and Time: November 9 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Location: 701 Walnut (N. 7th & Walnut), Abilene, Texas 79605
Contact: Becky Almanza; beckyhighland3@gmail.com; 972-965-5778
Date Added: 11/13



Friends for Life

What: We need volunteers to help elderly or disabled persons. Nursing Homes: visitation, play games, read to the blind, work puzzles, arts and crafts, special holiday recognition, entertainment (musical programs), and Gifts for Grannies and Grandpas at Christmas. Independent Living: mow yards, minor household repairs, change light bulbs, grocery shop, take a senior to the doctor or to run errands. 
Date: October 9 through the end of school
Time: Days, early evening, or weekends.
301 Oak Street, Abilene, Texas 79602
Contact: Cecilia Barahona; cecilia@friendsforlife.org; 325-672-2635
Date Added: 10/13



REACH @ Abilene North Apartments

What: We work with at-risk kids in a low income apartment complex. We strive to build relationships with the kids by playing outdoor games and leading Bible studies. Our 3 goals are: 

  1. Build relationships with kids 
  2. Share the Gospel with as many as possible 
  3. Have each consistent volunteer seek out kids to disciple.

Date: For the spring semester, we will begin on January 27th. Our last Monday will be April 28th.
Time: Mondays from 4 - 5:30. p.m.
Location: 2441 N Willis St, Abilene, TX
Contact: Caroline Thompson; crt12a@acu.edu; 281-782-2956
Date Added: 12/13



Meals on Wheels Plus

What: We have a table set up at the Mall of Abilene and are asking for volunteers to sit at the table and collect donations from shoppers. Our main requirement is that volunteers engage with shoppers and not sit at the table reading, on phone or listening to music on headphones.
Date: 11/29/2013-12/24/2013
Time: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. in two-hour shifts.
Location: Mall of Abilene, between Zales and Shoe Dept.
Contact: Jessica Stewart; volunteer@mealsonwheelsplus.com; 325-672-5050
Date Added: 12/13



Ogra Negra Chapter of American Business Women's Association

What: We need volunteers to serve customers in main concession stand, pop popcorn, help prepare food in the kitchen ad help move cartons of soft drinks from coolers to concession stands. In a pinch, we might be able to provide some transportation. Proceeds from this fundraiser help to provide funds for scholarships. We had several students last year that were really great help. A few of them were able to stay late on Sunday and make a little extra money for themselves by helping venders take down their booths and load their trailers.
Date: Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10
Time: We have shifts going all day on each of the days. Each shift is three or four hours. 
Location: Abilene Civic Center, North 6th & Pine Streets
Contact: Debbie Hunt; debhunt1@suddenlink.net; 325-701-4356 or 325-669-1372
Date Added: 10/13



West Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center 

What: We need six volunteers to help with symposium event: set up, registration, prepare lunch boxes, hand out lunches, clean up. This symposium event is titled " Bridging the Gap Between Faith Communities and People with Disabilities". The Disability Resource Center is working on a Disability Inclusive Faith Based Communities Project to help organizations to become more inclusive with people with disabilities and their families.
Date and Time: November 14th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Region 14 Service Center - Nolan Room 1850 Texas 351 Abilene,
TX 79601
Contact: Kathleen Hewes; khewes@wctcog.org; 325-796-8440
Date Added: 11/13



Windcrest Health Care Center

What: We need volunteers to help put up 11 Christmas Trees in our facility along with wrap pictures with wrapping paper and put Garland down the hallway.
Date and Time: November 22 through December 6 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (flexible)
Location: 6050 Hospital Drive, Abilene, Tx 79606
Contact: Melissa Long; activities@windcresthc.com; (325) 692-1533 ext:5324
Date Added: 11/13



Wisteria Place Retirement Living

What: We need 5-10 volunteers to help sort and organize Christmas decorations, help prepare Christmas decorations, and help clean Christmas decorations. 
Date: November 21-26
Time: Anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Location: 3202 South Willis St. Abilene, TX
Contact: Mary Gauldin; MGauldin@Ensigngroup.net; 325-437-6223
Date Added: 11/13


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Please Note: Due to the volume and breadth of opportunities we post, Ministry & Service cannot screen off-campus host sites, their work environment, or the content of the activities offered. Therefore, before volunteering off-campus, it is essential for each student to (1) evaluate whether his or her goals can be achieved through the experience; (2) assess his or her mental, physical, and academic readiness for the opportunity; (3) research the safety of the environment and activity; and (4) assume all risks involved with the opportunity.