Match 2 Ministry

M2M is an Outreach subcommittee that works closely with MDPC’s local mission partners to provide our congregation with the opportunity to serve and to be involved. Check out the individual ministries – what they do, who they help, and what sort of volunteers they need. Times, opportunities, and contacts are all listed. Find your perfect “match”!

Contact Jan Roe: or 713-490-9552


Newspring nurtures Spring Branch business to help create jobs and income, stabilizing families that are otherwise subject to transiency. The Visual Arts program encourages Spring Branch ISD students to grow in their skills and turn their passion for art into a career.

Please PRAY for the staff, their ministry, and the people they serve.

Visual Arts School Coordinator – Coordinate and schedule professional artists to visit art classes at one of seven schools. Involves working with teachers and the artist mentors. Age requirement: 25+. Commitment can be one-time, one semester, or ongoing; school year weekdays during school or after-school hours. No experience necessary, just an interest in the arts!

Art Studio Volunteer – Provide administrative support to the studio staff: register students, provide supplies, and deal with any issues that arise. Age requirement: 22+. Commitment can be one-time, one semester, or ongoing during school year. Mid-morning or 3:00-6:00 PM. Must work well with middle or high school students.

Student Art Auction Volunteer – A variety of opportunities to help with the annual art auction held in May (logistics, support, IT, clerical, etc.) Age requirement: high school age and up. Help is needed March through early May; times and days flexible. Contact Beth Black: or 713-932-6585

Event Planning – Committee opportunities to assist with all aspects and follow-up of special event planning. Age requirement: 22+. Commitment can be one-time, one semester, or ongoing. All enthusiastic volunteers are appreciated! Gala planning experience is a plus. Contact Joe Warren: or 713-805-9579

Business Plan Competition Adviser – Work with a student team from HCC Spring Branch campus to advise them in preparing a business plan. Commitment is four hours per month, January-April; days and times are flexible. Considerable business experience, knowledge of entrepreneurial issues, and good communication skills.
8945 Long Point, Suite 100 | Houston, TX 77055

For more information, contact:
Robert Westheimer
 or 713-626-0354 

Mission of Yahweh

A faith-based shelter that provides outreach services to the surrounding low-income communities. The privately supported mission is a safe-haven for homeless and abused women and their children, offering chapel services three days per week, and providing spiritual counseling for anyone in need. Residents who are committed to changing their lives can stay for up to two years. The Mission is committed to teaching core moral and societal values and ethics as they help the women rehabilitate and achieve success.

Please PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the women and children served.

Bring Prepared Lunches for Residents - Monday-Sunday at Noon. Age requirement: 16+ in the kitchen, 11+ to serve in the dining room.

Hold a Movie Night – Provide a (pre-approved) Christian movie and a snack to enjoy with the moms. Age requirement: teens (with adult supervision) and older. Schedule details (time, movie, snacks) in advance.

Teach Beginning Computer - Does not require special training. Teach the women to use a mouse, send and receive emails, perform internet searches, attach a file to an email, fill out an online job applications, etc. Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 PM.

Deliver a Healthy, Pre-cooked Meal for 75-80 People - Any day of the week; arrive at 4:00 PM to drop off the meal. Must be scheduled through the Volunteer Office (contact information at the bottom of this page).

Special Mission Community Programs - Help with programs that provide school supplies, food, and toys; special holiday events such as Back-to-School and Christmas gifts for the Carverdale neighborhood.

Hold a Collection Drive for items such as bottled water, diapers, toiletries, food, etc. | 713-240-7617
10247 Algiers Road | Houston, TX 77041
For more information, contact:
Betty Godso 
or 713-466-7485, ext 107


Gracewood exists to strengthen families that are at risk for homelessness, keep the family intact, and encourage their independence by promoting spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing. They provide individual and family counseling by licensed counselors, aftercare, non-residential services, and referral to valuable community resources. A case worker lives with the families in a group residence to provide ongoing encouragement, mentoring, and life skills modeling.

Please PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.

Gracewood Ambassador – A one-time on campus opportunity to educate a group (10-15) on the Gracewood mission, engaging the community in the cause of rescuing homeless single moms and their children. Age requirement: 18+.
Second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month, or to be scheduled individually with the volunteer. Noon to 1:00 PM; light lunch included.
Contact Jenny Rice: or 713-988-9757 ext. 15

Provide a Dinner – Prepare and deliver meals for 25-30 people; ages are parents and their children. Parent accompanying child involvement. Commitment is once a week/month/quarter; Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Patti’s Place Volunteer – Manning the Gracewood boutique, and organizing and sorting clothing, food, and household items. Age requirement is determined on a case-by-case basis; commitment is flexible. Patti’s Place is located on the Gracewood Spring Branch campus.

Coordinate a Supplies Drive – Plan with Gracewood and oversee a drive to collect new personal hygiene and toiletry supplies; ages is children to adults. Families are encouraged to participate together. Commitment: the need is ongoing and drives are planned according to the group managing the drive.
1617 Elmview, Houston, 77080 | 713-988-9757
For more information, contact:
Debbie Mackellar
 or 713-988-9757 

Memorial Assistance Ministries

MAM assists families facing financial crisis to meet their basic needs, in the hopes of avoiding homelessness. The ministry offers programs that enable long-term financial self-sufficiency, assure children an improved school experience, and facilitate client access to other support networks.

Please PRAY for the staff, their ministry, and the people they serve.

Resale Store Volunteer – Assist customers, create displays, organize and make simple repairs to merchandise, sort and price donations. Meet other volunteers and work as a team. Shifts available Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM-5:00 PM; one-time, one semester, or weekly). Age requirement 16+ or younger if accompanied by an adult.

English as a Second Language Class Instructor, Assistant, or Tutor – Classes are taught in English; training, materials, and support from the MAM staff are provided. Five levels of classes at four locations. Monday-Thursday classes are 2-3 hours long. Very appreciative students are eager learners; they make this an enriching and rewarding experience of sharing cultures. Age requirement: 18+. Commitment is one semester (12 weeks). No teaching experience or foreign language necessary. Must have ability to follow lesson plans.

Emergency Assistance Receptionist - Work with clients to check them in, check paperwork, and access database to determine eligibility. Age requirement: 18+. One-time or ongoing; Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, morning or afternoon shifts. Spanish competency (do not need to be fluent). A fast-paced team environment.

Interview Clients in the Emergency Assistance Office - Process emergency financial rent and utility assistance. Work with clients on a one-on-one basis to assess their needs and determine if they qualify for financial assistance. Verify needs, documents, and client situations. Computer and customer service skills are required; bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.
1625 Blalock Road | Houston, TX 77080 

For more information, contact:
Angel Elza or 713-574-7540

Bo's Place

A place where children are heard and hearts are healed Bo’s Place exists to enhance the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one. This free-of-charge bereavement center offers grief support services for children, families, and adults in their grief journey.  At Bo’s place grieving children and adults can share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with others. It becomes a safe and supportive environment where people have a natural capacity to heal. Both children and adult support groups meet during the evenings and on Sunday afternoons.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.

Lead daytime or evening grief support groups as a Trained Facilitator for children ages 3-18 and their families. Groups meet twice monthly or every week. Mondays 5:45 to 9:15 PM, or Sundays 12:30 to 4:00 PM. Volunteer facilitators must attend a Volunteer Information Session, followed by one of our 30+ hour trainings that are held two times a year. Facilitators must be at least 22 years of age and commit to one year of service.

Provide dinner for our families. Meet and welcome families as they arrive for support group meetings. Set up the buffet style potluck dinner, prepare drinks, and oversee the meal. Following dinner, prepare leftover food for families to take home, and leave the kitchen in good order. Must be 15 years old and attend the volunteer information session on the first night.
10050 Buffalo Speedway | Houston, Texas 77054 | 713-942-8339

For more information, contact Carla Bagalay: or 713-942-8339

Family Point Resources

Building relationships and overcoming issues of poverty FamilyPoint Resources focuses on building relationships and overcoming issues of poverty and fatherlessness in a small West Houston community. Their programs for kids and families serve the community of low-income apartments and condos that surround Nottingham Park, reaching over 600 young students. The ministry has after school tutoring, homework help, various art classes (drawing, painting, dance, theater…), sports, etc. FPM is full of fun and educational activities all summer long and has become a place where students enjoy hanging out. When Kendall Public Library moved two years ago, FPM began building a library on site from donated books. They also plan to add a computer lab.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.

Work with a group of 3-5 fourth or fifth grade students building relationships and helping with schoolwork. During the school year on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 to 5:30 PM, October through May. Help as a youth sports coach or assistant coach 1-3 days per week. Required to have knowledge of the sport.

In the Library, interact with people as you help check out books, shelve, imput data entry, and process books. Flexible hours from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Saturday.
Help with the school district’s summer reading program to keep the students involved in reading throughout the summer.
725 Bateswood | Houston, Texas 77079 | 832-209-1424

For more information, contact Jason Roberts: or 832-209-1424 

International Seafarers

A safe and welcoming “home away from home” for visiting seafarers to the Houston Port. In 1968, a Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Roman Catholic clergy formed a coalition of congregations to start a Houston Seamans’ Center. Today, there are two locations that minister spiritually to thousands of crew members, and also offer recreational opportunities, a café, and special events that provide the foreign guests a “land break” from the ships. The Centers have become a a safe and welcoming “home away from home” for visiting seafarers. The two Chaplains visit many ships a year and can definitely use your help:

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.

Serve as a day duty person and answer the phones or help out in the Center (a weekly commitment). This frees up the chaplains for ship visits.

Bring snacks and soft drinks or hold a cookout by the pool. Have a holiday celebration with a meal.

Be a “friend” to a seafarer far from home. Play cards and board games, shoot a round of pool, play basketball, fellowship, etc.

Make and deliver Christmas shoeboxes. Each year approximately 11,000 are handed out (details at The seafarers greatly appreciate these gifts, often the only Christmas gift they receive.

Make ship visits. Extensive training provided. Must be scheduled and coordinated; no drop-ins.

Donate National Geographic and news, sports, and entertainment magazines, Texas information, and paperback books. Seafarers visiting the Center are invited to select any magazines and books free of charge. | on the upper level of Wharf 23
9250 High Level Road | Houston 77029 | 713.672.0511

For more information, contact Jim Keith:, or 832-496-5176 

Interfaith CarePartners

Compassionate help for the challenges associated with aging
Interfaith CarePartners recruits and supports volunteers to serve the elderly so they may remain in their homes safely. Alzheimer’s Care Teams provide the respite care necessary to allow family caregivers to continue their service at home, as long as it is in the best interest of their loved one. In addition, the presence and support of these volunteers can overcome the social isolation of a caregiver and the destructive effects caregiving duties can have on their physical and mental health. Individuals with dementia or other cognitive impairment and their caregivers are served either in a person’s home or at a congregation’s campus.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.

The Gathering volunteers help MDPC members and friends who face the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with companionship, games, activities, and lunch. The Gathering meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 10:00-11:30 AM. No special skills required – just enjoy having fun and assisting seniors that have memory loss.

Second Family Care Team volunteers serve people with physical impairments due to disease, trauma, or advanced age. Kids’ Pals Care Teams assist families with an impaired child at a monthly activity program that affords parents valuable respite care and support. AIDS Care Teams give social, emotional, and practical support to individuals with HIV/AIDS. This also provides respite to caregivers.

The operational side of Interfaith CarePartners would welcome your help at a special  event, or assisting in the office with administrative tasks. | 713-682-5995
701 N. Post Oak Rd, Suite 330 | Houston, 77024

For more information, contact Cathy Moore:, or 713-682-5995  

Kids' Meals

Working to end childhood hunger by delivering nutritious meals
Kids’ Meals (KM) mission is to end childhood hunger by delivering nutritious, free-of-cost meals to the doors of preschool children living in poverty.  They serve 1,680 daily and an additional 200 in the summer and on holidays. KM does much more than just deliver sack lunches. When they have large donations of food, they package food bags for delivery. During the summer and holidays, they feed all the children within a home, not just the preschoolers. They go door-to-door to check on the families and to let new families know about KM. They also make sure something special happens for every family during the Christmas holidays.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people served.
Make sandwiches here at MPDC on the second Wednesday of each month; 5:00-6:00 PM, in Fellowship Hall. Bring two loaves of sandwich bread.

Make sandwiches or assemble sack lunches at Kids’ Meals (on W. Crosstimbers).

Go with the van driver to make home deliveries to the precious kids they serve.

Hold a food donation drive. Donation drives are welcome throughout the the year, especially during the summer and holiday months. A list of needed food items may be found on their website. Click on Donation Drive Information Sheet. | 713-504-4548
205 W. Crosstimbers | Houston, TX  77018

For more information, contact Bonnie Hill:, 713-695-5437 

Houston Food Bank

The largest source of food for hunger relief organizations in Southeast Texas
Now operating from a new, 308,000 square-foot facility, Houston Food Bank (HFB) is the nation’s largest Feeding America food bank, and the largest source of food for hunger relief organizations in Southeast Texas. HFB is made up of a network of nearly 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, and providing more than 53 million nutritious meals annually. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications to job training.

  • PRAY for the staff and the people served.
  • Ride with a Houston Food Bank staff driver to deliver Senior Food Boxes. These three-pound boxes help feed a senior for about a week. Seniors also need help loading their boxes into their cars at the Food Bank, or assistance with check-in when they arrive. Must be at least 17 years old or accompanied by an adult.
  • At the Portwall packaging and distribution center, help with packing boxes, re-packing bulk item donations, bagging rice, or pulling grocery orders that local organizations pick up. Must be at least 8 years old. Monday-Saturday, 8:00 AM-Noon or 1:00-5:00 PM 
  • Work as a team at the Keegan Kitchen to prepare and package the daily goal of 2,000 cooked meals. Under the oversight of a trained chef and his culinary team, you’ll help with basic food prep (de-canning fruit, chopping fresh vegetables, etc.) and pack the meals. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
  • Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM | 713-547-8669
535 Portwall | Houston, Texas 77029

For more information, contact Stacy Laster:, 713-547-8669 

Bering Omega and Omega House

Compassionate care and hospice for those living with HIV/AIDS
In a revolutionary response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bering Omega Community Services has been a leader in providing compassionate care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Annually, they serve more than 3,000 individuals through their care center/day treatment, dental clinic, and housing assistance. Their hospice residence, Omega House, is a loving environment for terminally ill AIDS patients with nowhere to go and no one to take care of them in their final days. Together these programs provide hope in an atmosphere of respect and dignity to those in the community struggling with HIV/AIDS.

Pray for the individuals and families they serve, the staff, and the countless volunteers that create miracles every day.

Greet and check-in patients and answer phones at their state-of-the-art dental clinic. Weekdays, a 4-hour shift between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Play Bingo, lead an arts and crafts project, go on field trips, or perform light kitchen work at the Day Center.

Monday-Friday with average shift length of 4 hours between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Resident support care assisting the staff with Omega House residents, preparing meals, or visiting with patients. Thursdays or Fridays between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

1429 Hawthorne | Houston, TX 77006
713-869-4281 |

For more information, contact Sara Brown: or 713-341-3761

Generation One

Promoting spiritual growth and physical rebuilding in the Third Ward community
Located in Houston’s Third Ward, Generation One’s mission is to promote the spiritual growth and physical rebuilding of the community.  They have added a year-round academy serving 30 pre-k through 4th grade students, and have plans to grow. A new T-shirt printing business employs young men and requires they take personal finance classes, parenting classes, and attend Bible Study.  The program is engaging and encouraging youth in the Third Ward to see their full potential as they trust and lean on Christ.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry and the people served. The only skill required for these two positions is a love for children:

Tutor the elementary students of Generation One Academy one day a week, Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:30 PM. After school you help a young student in math, reading, writing, and science. Your encouragement and attention can open doors to a new world of hope and possibilities that God can then use to transform their life.

Mentor a young person for one year giving 4 hours of your time a month. The goals are to help the mentee develop and grow a relationship with Christ as you build a relationship with each other. You will encourage and assist in academic success, teach and practice goal-setting, and be a positive role model.

No skills or experience required:

Schedule a one-day (usually) Saturday volunteer project to scrape and repaint houses, mow overgrown and abandoned lots, and community beautification and clean-up through restoration or demolition projects.  The time involved is scheduled around the group needs.

1910 Napoleon | Houston, TX 77003
713-627-1827 |

For more information, contact Kenzie Malkemes: 713-654-8008

Mission Market

Honor someone you love with a gift that helps others. Meet true needs and share your joy this Christmas as you give wheelchairs, water, food, medicine, help, and hope!

Mission Market is one more way that MDPC blesses those around the corner and around the world. When you purchase Mission Market Christmas cards for your friends and family, the money you spend benefits the MDPC partner ministry or ministries of your choice. You choose the amount you want to spend, along with the ministry you want to bless. Each card you purchase includes an envelope, an insert describing the specific ministry, and a note to the card recipient letting them know that this gift was made in their name.

Cards will be on sale on the dates listed below. To speed up the purchase process, please bring a completed form with you. If you want to purchase cards during the week, please visit the Front Office. Stop by the table in the Sanctuary Lobby on Sundays mornings in December to purchase your gifts. Volunteer to help at the Mission Market table on Sunday mornings.

Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
Between Services

Mission Market

For more information, contact Jan Roe: or 713-490-9552

Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Transforming the lives of former inmates. The transformational education and mentoring ministry of Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) begins by working with participants while they are still incarcerated, and continues after their release. Inmates accepted into the program are led by PEP staff, business executives, and professionals, who teach the curriculum lecturing from their own areas of expertise. PEP’s business plan competition, mentoring to the inmates, help with reuniting families, and comprehensive post-release programs are successfully transforming lives. By God’s power and grace, more than 650 PEP graduates are back in the free world as contributing members, with a recidivism rate of less than 5% (the national average is 50%).

PRAY for PEP, the participants, and their families.

Business professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs: advise program graduates inside the prison as they work on writing, editing, and presentating their business plan. Volunteers also serve as mentors.

Help PEP participants research, write, and edit a ten-page business plan that they can begin upon their release from prison. A PEP staff member emails you information and you work from home. Your contact information remains confidential.

Offering guidance and support, executive mentors work with released PEP graduates in the re-entry program, together setting goals they would like to achieve.Employers can immediately impact the lives of PEP graduates (in Texas) when released from prison by hiring these dedicated reformed felons. There is an enormous need for jobs. Give someone a second chance, and you can be part of the solution!
4141 Director’s Row, Suite B | Houston, TX 77092 | 832-767-0928

Contact Kristie Wisniewski: or 832-767-0928

East Spring Branch Food Pantry

Serving families in urgent need East Spring Branch Food Pantry (ESBFP) provides food free of cost to families in urgent need. The pantry serves families residing in zip codes 77024, 77043, 77055, and 77080. Located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at Wirt and Westview, this small food pantry is 100% volunteer run and they never turn anyone away without some food. In 2011, they were able to help 5,746 families throughout the year, and 600 families for Thanksgiving alone.

ESBFP would like to be open an additional weekday to be able to serve more zip codes – all that is holding them back is the need for more space and more volunteers! PRAY for the pantry workers, their ministry, and the families they serve.

Greet the people who come for food, and help them sign in and carry items to their car. Learn the computer program used for the client interview process. Bag bread, produce, beans and rice, or detergent, and help restock shelves:

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Saturday, 10:00 AM-Noon

Located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church
7901 Westview | Houston, TX 77055 | 281-799-6752

Contact Mary White:, 281-799-6752, or 713-468-1725

Children's Activity Center

Sharing the love of Christ with inner-city children Children’s Activity Center (CAC) is a faith-based organization dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children and families in Houston’s inner city. Taking colorful 14-foot storage vehicles to kids’ doorsteps, CAC presents the Gospel in skits, dramas, puppetry, and video. Weekly visits to the homes of attending children share the life-changing message of Jesus with the entire family, and also allow the CAC staff to identify current physical and spiritual needs. The Center on Edgemoor is their flagship ministry. Every Saturday, they bus children and families from surrounding neighborhoods to the Center, where they are met with songs, games, fun, prizes, and engaging, relevant messages from God’s Word.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the children and families they serve. Bless 200 inner city kids by preparing and serving lunch at the Center on Thanksgiving Day. 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Provide and serve breakfast for children riding the bus to church on Saturday mornings. Foil-wrapped breakfast tacos or kolaches with bottled water are examples of easy-to-handle foods to serve.

September-May, 8:30-11:30 AM

Teach God’s Word, do arts and crafts, play games, and feed the kids attending Vacation Bible School in three-day sessions. Tues-Fri, July 1-Aug 5 (you pick the days)
Help out at Gospel Lakes Camp in Waverly, Texas:

  • Assist at summer day camps and on overnight camping opportunities during the year.
  • Provide school supplies and Christmas gifts during the year, along with other on-site assistance and prayer.
5801 Edgemoor | Houston, TX 77081 | 281-660-0257

Contact Vickie Franco: or 713-702-7106

Rebuilding Together Houston

Bringing volunteers and communities together to assist homeowners in need Rebuilding Together Houston brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes of qualified elderly and disabled homeowners.  In 2011, Home Depot contracted with RTH to repair homes and make disability modifications as needed for veterans. Volunteer teams, led by a crew chief, do minor repairs and modifications. Licensed contractors replace roofs and make interior repairs, enabling homeowners to stay in their homes and live in safety.

PRAY for the staff, the ministry, and the people they serve.

RTH’s work days in 2012 are Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain date is November 3). A crew leader and 10-20 volunteers will repair the exterior of a home. RTH supplies all the materials and a review of needed repairs.

  • Replacing siding, windows, screens, or doors
  • Scraping, prep, and painting
  • Building wheelchair ramps
  • Rebuilding a porch
  • Landscaping (optional)
  • Supply water, snacks, or lunch for the crew and homeowner
104 North Greenwood, Houston, Texas | 713-228-2854

For more information, contact Jan Roe: or 713-490-9552

Mentoring and Tutoring

Supporting public school teachers, students, and families MDPC is blessed to have a presence in two elementary schools and one middle school here in Houston. Housman Elementary and Spring Woods Middle are both in Spring Branch ISD, and Piney Point Elementary is in Houston ISD. Friendships have grown at these schools as we have consistently shown up to bless, encourage, and serve the students, the teachers, and their extended families. With ongoing district cuts continuing throughout the state, teachers are forced to carry a larger burden. Those cutbacks may be felt in the classrooms and in students’ performance. This is where your help can be so essential. Whether you are tutoring a child in math or english, mentoring a sixth grader, or assisting in a classroom, you can make a difference in the lives of these children!

To learn more about how you can be involved, contact information is provided below.

IMPACT at Spring Woods Middle
Mentor 6th graders | October-May
Mary Card: or 713-827-9006

Panther Pals at Piney Point Elementary*
Tutor 3rd graders in Math and Reading | October-April
Judy Redwine:

HUG at Housman Elementary
Tutor 2nd graders in Math and Reading | October-April
Laura Bushong: or 713-932-6444

For more information, contact Jan Roe: or 713-490-9552

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