In addition to all of the church organized service opportunities, there are many ways that you can get involved locally. Here is a list of organizations in our area that some of our church members serve with.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Bethesda Health Clinic (FUMC)
LOCATION: 409 W. Ferguson, Tyler, TX 75702
MAILING ADDRESS: NA
OBJECTIVE: Bethesda Health Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry with a bold mission: to provide healthcare to hardworking low income adults who are uninsured or underinsured. We envision our clinic as embodying Christ in action–bringing healing and hope to the people we serve.
Before Bethesda, those in need had to go to a local hospital’s emergency room for medical care. Our state-of-the-art facility eases the burden on local ERs while serving a neglected segment of our population in a professional and dignified environment.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Various volunteer opportunities are available, including Admissions Screener, Front Desk, Interpreter, Data Entry, Receptionist, Pharmacy Tech, etc. Please check the Volunteer Portal web page for further information and to complete a volunteer application forms, or call: Donna Wemp, 903.596.8353, Extension 109.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.bethesdaclinic.org
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Breckenridge Village
LOCATION: 15062 CR 1145, Tyler, TX 75704
MAILING ADDRESS: 15062 CR 1145, Tyler, TX 75704
OBJECTIVE: Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: There are many ways to support BVT, including donating your time, goods, services and financial gifts. Our residents come from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and several have limited income and are unable to pay for the full cost of care. Your generosity will help us to continue to provide them with the best care possible when they would otherwise have nowhere else to turn. To discuss gift or support options, please contact Linda Taylor, Director of Development at 903-596-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.breckenridgevillage.com/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Buckner Shoes for Orphan Shoes
LOCATION: 700 North Pearl Street, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75201
MAILING ADDRESS: 700 North Pearl Street, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75201
OBJECTIVE: Buckner Shoes for the Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and socks to children in 82 countries.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: You can help pave the way to a better future for children around the world by hosting a shoe drive. Shoe drives can take place at any time of the year, in any location. No matter where you live or what you do, you can help make a difference in the life of a child by hosting a shoe drive at your school, church, office or club. Details available at http://www.buckner.org/shoes/host or by calling 1-800-442-4800.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.buckner.org/shoes.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Busy Bees Quilting Group
LOCATION: 402 West Hubbard Street, Lindale, TX 75771
MAILING ADDRESS: NA
OBJECTIVE: Purpose is to do hand quilting for people in the community. Fees collected are used to provide a scholarship each year to a graduating Lindale HS senior, help the Lindale Library, and Meals on Wheels.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: This group meets every Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church – Lindale from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Contact Susan Dennison at 903-920-9002 for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: NA
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Calvary Commission
LOCATION: 15983 County Rd 4140, Lindale, TX 75771
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 100, Lindale, TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: We are an international missions sending organization dedicated to the equipping and building of the church around the world. We offer training and the opportunity for service abroad. With bases located in Romania, Mexico, Belize, and Peru. We have many places for you to plug in and labor for our King. We operate an extensive prison ministry, an aftercare program, a missionary training school, and outreach opportunities in Mexico, Belize, Peru, England, India, and Romania.
Our goal is to minister to a prison world with thousands of hopeless men and women who had messed up, been locked up, and who had given up. God put into our hearts a Message of Hope. We began to receive parolees into a loving Christian community. As we saw the vision in the hearts of these zealous new Christians, we saw a vision of a unique mission’s organization that would take hope and help to a hurting and trouble world.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Contact Calvary Commission by phone at 903-882-5501 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.calvarycommission.org
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County
LOCATION: 2210 Frankston Highway, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: 2210 Frankston Highway, Tyler, TX 75701
OBJECTIVE: Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County exists to minimize the trauma children must face when they have been victimized by abuse. Child victims of abuse need the careful attention of professionals trained to address their special needs. In the past, each victim seeking help faced multiple contacts with different community professionals, creating a maze of confusion. Instead of being forced to go from agency to agency, families come to one place where there is a love for children, passion for justice and vision for restored childhood.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: The CAC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, some with very flexible schedules. Because the CAC relies on the volunteer program, they ask that anyone considering giving their time understand that it is a serious commitment. Because of the range of professionals working together at the CAC, we offer a wide assortment of volunteer opportunities. Contact Courtney Burton, 903.533.1880, firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.cacsmithcounty.org
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: East Texas Crisis Center
LOCATION: 2401 East Noonday Road, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 7060, Tyler, TX 75711
OBJECTIVE: The East Texas Crisis Center is dedicated to providing safety, shelter, and education for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and other violent crime. Commitment to restoring dignity and purpose in the lives of victims and promoting public compassion and awareness in order to reduce violence in our community.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: (1) Peer Counselors are special friends to women living in the shelter. They maintain contact, by phone and in person, while the client is a resident.
(2) Children’s Services volunteers provide constructive supervision at the shelter. (3) Mentors help with homework, play games and provide a caring ear. (4) Afternoon programs, evening support groups and weekend activities will fit almost anyone’s schedule. (5) Hotline Counselors provide crisis intervention and peer counseling to callers on a 24-hour hotline. (6) Flamingos resale store is an excellent way to advocate for women and children in need. (7) On-Call Advocates provide support and crisis intervention counseling to victims and their families at local hospitals. (8) Special Services volunteers lend their unique talents to our clients in many ways, including cosmetology, auto maintenance, carpentry, consulting, teaching a craft or performing artistically for residents. (9) Office Assistants provide much needed assistance to office personnel. (10) Special Events volunteers assist with special events and fund-raising events. (11) Violence Intervention Network volunteers are needed for data entry, letter-writing, and filing. (12) Transportation volunteers assist with the needs of shelter residents. For more information on how to be a volunteer for the East Texas Crisis Center, please call Ms. Angela Gray 903-509-2526 or email email@example.com.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.etcc.org.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: East Texas Foodbank
LOCATION: 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, TX 75701
OBJECTIVE: The mission of the East Texas Food Bank is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. Our vision is a hunger-free East Texas.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: You can get involved at the East Texas Foodbank by donating food, donating money, or donating your time. Volunteers perform a variety of activities including answering the phone, picking up and transporting food, assisting with special events, sorting food and working in the warehouse. Contact the East Texas Foodbank by phone at 903-597-3663 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.easttexasfoodbank.org.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Get Happy Singers
LOCATION: Hideaway Lake
MAILING ADDRESS: N/A
OBJECTIVE: Provide people a chance to sing again and raise money for needy organizations.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Sing. Contact Cal or Peggy Shipman at 903-881-0126 for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: N/A
MISSSION/MINISTRY NAME: Living Alternative Fatherheart Home
LOCATION: 17141 Hwy 110 N, Lindale, TX
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 131466, Tyler, TX 75713
OBJECTIVE: Offer hope and new life to women, children and families. Beginning as an outreach to those experiencing unplanned pregnancy, we’ve grown into an organization made of six distinct area of ministry which facilitates forming loving families and rebuilding broken families through compassion, care, can counsel.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Pregnancy Resource Center – contact Doreen @ 903-592-4495. Building Blocks – contact Aimee Krol @ email@example.com.
MINISTRY BROCHURE: https://issuu.com/livingalternatives/docs/livingalternativesbrochure.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Dr. David Powell Community Food Pantry
LOCATION: 402 West Hubbard Street, Lindale, TX 75771
MAILING ADDRESS: 402 West Hubbard Street, Lindale, TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: This ministry is reaching out to more than 350 families, all of whom live within the geographical bounds of the Lindale Independent School District.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Donations (monetary as well as food items) and volunteers help are the backbone of the Pantry operations. Volunteers can stock shelves in the warehouse, fill orders for clients, and pick up donated food from area vendors. Contact the food pantry by phone at 903-881-8409 or Roger Dennison at 903-920-9003 for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.fumclindale.org/david-powell-food-pantry.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Gideon’s International
LOCATION: 1408 Glenrose Street, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: 1408 Glenrose Street, Tyler, TX 75701
OBJECTIVE: People are often led to faith in Christ by the profound truths discovered in His Word. By reading and studying the Bible, these individuals grow in their walk and, eventually, share their testimony with others. For this reason, we focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. We print in over 95 languages and take copies of God’s Word to the world by either personally handing them to individuals or by placing them in select public locations. We believe distributing copies of God’s Word plants powerful seeds God can use according to His own timing (I Corinthians 3:6), allows many to read the truth for themselves (John 8:32), provides a lasting witness (Hebrews 4:12), and makes it easier for those we reach to boldly spread the Good News (II Timothy 2:2). Members of The Gideon’s International personally witness and distribute God’s Word to police, fire, and medical personnel; prisoners; military personnel; students in the fifth grade and above; and to those with whom they interact on a daily basis. Scriptures are also placed by Gideons and Auxiliary in key locations, including hotels, motels, hospitals, convalescent homes, medical offices, domestic violence shelters, prisons, and jails.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: For more information call 903-597-6098.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: https://www2.gideons.org/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Hope Haven of East Texas
LOCATION: 713 W Southwest Loop 323, Suite H 142, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: 713 W Southwest Loop 323, Suite H 142, Tyler, TX 75701
OBJECTIVE: Hope Haven of East Texas is a Christian based non-profit organization devoted to providing residential care service to girls who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. It is the mission of Hope Haven of East Texas, through partnership with churches and the community, to provide a safe and loving home environment, minister the love of Christ and equip neglected, abused and broken adolescent girls for a successful future.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: At Hope Haven of East Texas, we are constantly looking for volunteers and people who feel the desire to help these girls. Two of our biggest needs are prayer and financial support. Contact Hope Haven by phone at 903-730-5053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://hhofet.org/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: KAIROS Prison Ministry International, Inc.
LOCATION: Lindale, Hideaway, Texas
MAILING ADDRESS: 100 DeBary Plantation Blvd., DeBary, FL 32713 (407-629-4948)
OBJECTIVE: Kairos Prison Ministry mission statement: To share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world.
Kairos Program: It is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. The minisry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant. It involves a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer.
Kairos Vision: A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Ministering to men in prison through visitation inside the prison on Kairos weekend; outside volunteer support, such as baking cookies or preparing meals; prayer support. For more information, call Dennis Groat (903) 316-1971 or (903) 882-1951.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.kairosprisonministry.org
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Lindale Christmas Helpers
MAILING ADDRESS: N/A
OBJECTIVE: Lindale’s Christmas Helpers collect clothing, toys and food to give to needy families, handing out 200+ boxes of food, bikes and bags of toys. All the gifts come from local businesses and people in the community. Bags are distributed to volunteers, who fill each one with specific donated items. Each bag contains information about the intended recipient’s gender, age and size and contains a list of recommended items and any special requests from the recipient. After filling the bags, they should be returned to the original point of pick up.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Bags may be picked up the church office or Lindale Chamber of Commerce or Lindale News and Times. The bag should be filled according to the information provided, and returned to the point of pick up. Contact the church office for other volunteer opportunities or information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Lindale-Christmas-Helpers-1119678324794305/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Meals on Wheels
LOCATION: 104 S. Commerce Street, Lindale, TX 75771
MAILING ADDRESS: 104 S. Commerce Street, Lindale, TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: Meals on Wheels Ministry delivers nutritious meals, safety checks and other services that enable seniors and disabled citizens to remain in their own homes. Meals on Wheels Ministry, Inc. serves a daily meal to about 3,000 frail, home-bound senior citizens and disabled persons for every weekday in East Texas. These meals are prepared fresh at the central kitchen in Tyler. The meals are then delivered by compassionate volunteers to eligible persons who cannot provide meals for themselves. Often this is the only meal they will have that day. Goals are to supply homebound seniors and disabled citizens nutritious meals, to abate the loneliness and isolation of elderly and disabled persons by providing daily contact with members of their communities, and to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all elderly and disabled persons in East Texas.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Our volunteers are a diverse group of individuals. They are business owners, retirees, students, professionals and stay-at-home moms. The one thing that they all have in common is a dedication to serving the ill, disabled and senior residents of East Texas. All it takes is an hour to change the life of a senior or disabled person in need! The process is simple: just choose a day that fits your schedule, and come in as often as you can. Some of our volunteers are here every day, whereas others come once a week or even once a month. Most routes include between 10-12 stops and are designed to take about an hour. Just stop by Meals on Wheels, pick up your meals, and you are on your way to a truly life-changing experience! We also need help from time to time with basic office duties such as filing, data entry, paperwork, and other tasks that make a huge difference and offer eager volunteers an opportunity that does not require driving. If you would like to find out more, just contact Debbie Zea at (903) 525-0928 or email@example.com.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.mowmet.org/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Mercy Ships
LOCATION: 15862 Van Hwy, Lindale, TX 75771
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 1930, Lindale, TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: Mercy Ships follows the 2,000 year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Provide urgently-needed surgeries for those who have no other hope. Our state-of-the-art hospital ship travels to the world’s poorest countries. We save and transform lives in places with limited access to medical care; our surgeons and medical staff volunteer their time; and we’ve helped over 2.5 million people in 587 ports.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Opportunities for volunteering locally include a variety of jobs/tasks to be performed at the Mercy Ships world HQ on Van Highway. These jobs/tasks include landscaping, janitorial, warehouseman, office work and supporting the Oasis coffee shop. Please contact Kelly Grizzard at 903-939-7677 for additional information on supporting locally. See the ministry website below for current opportunities for serving aboard one of the hospital ships.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: https://www.mercyships.org/volunteer/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Salvation Army
LOCATION: 601 Golden Road, Tyler, TX 75701
MAILING ADDRESS: 601 Golden Road, Tyler, TX 75701
OBJECTIVE: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Support to Christmas programs such as building bicycles, ringing the bells, and the Angel Tree project. Please call the Salvation Army at 903-595-5641 for additional information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: www.salvationarmytexas.org/tyler
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
MAILING ADDRESS: N/A
OBJECTIVE: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Pack a shoe box for a child. Packing lists are provided each fall and national collection drives are usually in mid-November. Jenny Garrison distributes the information each year.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: We Care Thrift Shop
LOCATION: 402 West Hubbard Street, Lindale, TX 75771, behind the First United Methodist Church and the David Powell Food Pantry.
MAILING ADDRESS: 402 West Hubbard Street, Lindale, TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: The thrift shop sells reasonably priced merchandise including clothing and small household items, with proceeds going to the Dr. David Powell Community Food Pantry.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES: Volunteers clean and sort clothing and merchandise, which is donated daily, and also wait on customers. Donations are accepted throughout the year. We Care is open Wednesdays 7:00am to 3:00pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm. Contact We Care by phone at 903-882-8408 for more information.
MINISTRY WEBSITE: http://www.fumclindale.org/community-outreach.
MISSION/MINISTRY NAME: Christian Woman’s Job Corps of Lindale
LOCATION: 402 W Hubbard Street, Lindale TX 75771 (FUMC)
MAILING ADDRESS: 402 W Hubbard Street, Lindale TX 75771
OBJECTIVE: CWJC exists to assist women in gaining skills for life and employment through job training and education while providing missions opportunities in the East Texas area.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteer opportunities include Life teachers, computer teachers, front desk, kitchen volunteers, and “HeartFriend”, who is assigned to support and pray for them throughout the 12-week program, and even after the class has concluded. Contact Becky Foote at 903-316-6696 or at https://www.facebook.com/cwjclindale/ for more information.