Our broad-based services offer many rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have a special skill or passion–or even a calling–we can place you for as many hours a week as you can serve. Consider these opportunities (or bring your own suggestions–we're always open to good ideas). Remember, we empower our residents to help themselves by gaining new skills and new perspectives. Sometimes just eye contact and a conversation is enough to make a resident's day! Your presence alone at Magnificat House is an enormous gift! And there are many ways to help:
Fundraising and Business Office help is always appreciated! Or offering as-needed help on Special Projects or Special Events.
The Mustard Seed (Our Thrift/Consignment Shop): Volunteers are always needed to assist our residents in learning new skills. You can help with organizing clothing and goods donated to The Mustard Seed–and arranging them attractively in the ever-changing landscape. Pricing skills are always good to have and good to teach. Perhaps you have marketing skills and would like to help us get the word out! Or maybe you'd enjoy initiating a donations drive on your own, through your neighborhood organization or club or church. Sales at the shop underwrite our services.
Maintenance: From touch-up painting to full scale construction projects, our maintenance department stays busy around the organization. There are always spots open for someone to lend a hand or offer technical expertise / assistance.
Loaves & Fishes (Our Soup Kitchen): Volunteers are often needed at Loaves & Fishes at 2009 Congress (77002). With at least 200 mouths to feed (usually more), six days a week, every volunteer has plenty to do and plenty to feel good about. Some bring or donate food, cook at home or on site, serve and stay for clean-up. Residents are grateful to work alongside volunteers and sometimes relationships develop. Perhaps your church would like to provide a group of volunteers to cover a Sunday or weekday once or more.
Our ICCD Accredited Clubhouses: We host this international organization serving the mentally ill from two campuses-St. Joseph House in Midtown Houston and the Dona Marie Clubhouse in Southeast Houston. Many Magnificat residents are also Clubhouse members, and other members come for full-day programs. Both facilities offer serene, spacious grounds and gardens. Volunteers work alongside members in useful tasks designed to build skills (and confidence). Volunteer horticulturists are always needed, as are those interested in teaching basic or advanced communication skills (a good place for volunteers to share any expertise, such as computer skills, languages, GED preparation, cooking, art-it's your call). Special events coordination is always needed and appreciated!
Food Service: The food pantry services our organizations residents for the most part and the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen as well. Picking up, stocking and delivering supplies to the outer houses is a full time job. Inventory and stock rotation are jobs that a whole family might feel comfortable with as an introduction to our organization. The Houston Food Bank plays a major part in our effort to feed the less fortunate and we can't say "Thanks" enough for their participation.
Adopt a House: Consider making one of our houses your house. A place where you-or your organization-will make a special commitment to take care of special needs of the residents, or the structure, or both. Some houses have as few as six residents, others as many as eighteen. Perhaps you'd like to sponsor a house party (always anticipated by residents). Or plant an herb garden. Or supervise residents in maintenance tasks. Or just show up to visit residents with magazines and cookies. Or drive a resident to the doctor. Or redecorate the living room. Consider yourself a House Parent–one who sees a need and takes the initiative to address it.
Horticulture: Keeping the grass cut and trimmed can be tough in years when we get good seasonal rainfall. We have lawn acreage around our Clubhouses and vegetable gardens that produce fresh fare. Our clubhouses can usually take care of themselves in this area though the houses will not turn down a helping hand.