CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER (CCSC)
What Is It?: A nonprofit organization that serves “the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic, or cultural differences. ”
Help Needed: Volunteers help CCSC provide food, clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts to its low-income clients.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 11-15 year olds may volunteer for some activities with an adult. Volunteers must be in high school to volunteer independently.
EMERGENCY SERVICES -CENTRAL VOLUNTEER
This outreach program aids low-income clients who are in crisis situations by offering assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing, medical care, and rental /utility payments. Volunteers may be asked to assist clients in the clothing room, sort donated items, file, translate in interviews, put together food packs, or do similar tasks. Bilingual volunteers are always needed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking clients.
Located at 3434 Branard, Houston.
EMERGENCY SERVICES – SOUTHWEST VOLUNTEER
This Basic Needs pantry serves clients by providing a five day supply of food for people experiencing hunger or food insecurity, and rent and utility assistance for those in crisis. Volunteers may be asked to assist by sorting donated items, filing, assembling food packs, or similar tasks.
Located at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston.
BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT VOLUNTEER
At this event, CCSC distributes school supply bags and hygiene kits to more than 6,000 needy students. Used clothing and other items are also available. Volunteers sort and set up the supplies over several days in August, then distribute them on a Friday and Saturday.
Volunteers must be 15 years old to help without an adult; 11-13 year olds may help with set-up, accompanied by an adult, but may not volunteer on distribution days.
JINGLE BELL EXPRESS VOLUNTEER
This Christmas program furnishes new toys, books, and holiday food to 2,500 needy children and their families.
Individual volunteers do not need to sign up in advance. Volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult; groups please call ahead.
CCSC seeks volunteers for two phases, both located at Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd. Sorting and setting up (preparing toys and food for distribution), and distribution (assisting clients as they gather toys, books, & food).
Volunteers must be 14 years old to help without an adult; 11-13 year olds may help with setup, accompanied by an adult, but may not volunteer on distribution days.
COLLECT NEEDED ITEMS
The Central and Southwest locations always welcome and need donations for the food pantry. Most desired items include canned (meaty) soup, peanut butter, canned fruit, dry cereal, dry beans, rice, bread, and hygiene items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, individually wrapped toothbrushes).
The Central location particularly needs men’s clothing, children’s clothing, blankets, and women’s clothing in sizes 16 and larger.
ASSEMBLE EMERGENCY SERVICES HYGIENE KITS
Emergency Services clients often need hygiene items. Individuals and groups are encouraged to collect and compile basic hygiene kits, consisting of the following items in Ziploc bags or similar containers: 1 full-size shampoo, 1 full-size toothpaste, 1 or more toothbrushes, and 1 or more deodorants. “Bonus items” such as a wash cloth, hand sanitizer, or shaving cream are also welcome. (Bar soap is included in all food packages and is a much-needed item given separately from the hygiene kits.)
ASSEMBLE CHILDREN’S FUN PACKS
Clients often bring their kids when coming to receive services, especially during the summer months. Kid Fun Packs are a great way to keep children entertained while their parents are receiving services. Fun Packs can include small, simple activities such as coloring pages and crayons; a small water; and a small, pre-packaged snack. All items are then placed in decorated brown paper lunch bags. (Please note food items included should not spoil at high temperatures. Crackers, goldfish, or pretzels are good options.) For more information, please contact the Resource Development Coordinator.
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