A Friend of First Church is a non-profit organization who holds a special relationship with First Church. It is an organization which offers ministry or services that closely mirror the church’s mission. In addition, it is an organization whose mission is in keeping with United Methodist polity, practice, and doctrine. The Friends of First Church apply for this special relationship. First Church is proud to connect interested persons to these ministries.
Current Friends of First Church
The Care Communities
The Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide emotional and domestic support to those affected by serious illness, including cancer and HIV. Visit their website.
drops of grace
drops of grace exists to hear and act on God’s call to partner with communities around the world to provide safe water, sanitation, health, education and shelter. Visit their website.
Footprints Children’s Grief Ministry
Update: The Footprints Children’s Grief Ministry is a finalist for the Ethics in Business & Community Award. Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 17.
The Footprints Ministry’s mission is to serve children dealing with grief in a Christian based environment that is safe and accepting of all emotions and to help the child identify and begin to understand and deal with the emotions regarding the loss. Children’s Grief Ministry is a community-wide program serving children between the ages of 6 and 18 and their families who are experiencing grief and loss, providing a safe caring environment in which children can learn to identify and cope with their emotions. Most importantly children can learn that “You are not alone.” They see that others are experiencing the same kind of grief and same emotions.
Visit their website.
Round Rock Area Serving Center
A Texas non-profit corporation, also known as the Serving Center, Round Rock Area Serving Center (RRASC) carries out a community-wide mission of churches, other organizations and individuals serving human needs in the City of Round Rock and surrounding areas. Services provided include a food pantry, Round Rock Coats for Kids, clothing & furniture vouchers, Computers for Kids, community gardens, The Volunteer Center, adult computer classes in English & Spanish, a charity thrift store, and financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, transportation, and temporary lodging.
Visit the RRASC website.
Senior Access is a non-profit organization that provides transportation and support services to seniors in Pflugerville, Round Rock and North Austin. Volunteers provide transportation services to seniors 60 and older who live in this area to help seniors stay independent in their homes as long as possible. Along with transportation service, seniors are provided access to friendly visitors and friendly callers. The loan closet provides wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and other mobile devices to those who are in need.
Visit the Senior Access website.
Williamson County Crisis Services – Hope Alliance
Hope Alliance provides services to those whose lives have been affected by family and sexual violence. There is a growing need for emergency shelter and Hope Alliance find alternative refuge for more than 40 families every month. Core services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, accompaniment services, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, education and prevention.
Visit the Hope Alliance website.
The Backpack Coalition
The Backpack Coalition seeks to nurture and meet the nutritional needs of children in the Greater Austin Area. Through local elementary schools, children are provided with food every weekend during the school year to supplement what they receive at home. The coalition is a like-minded group of businesses, civic organizations and faith-community groups who have banded together with the common goal of easing food insecurity among area school children.
Each group pairs with a specific school and provides for the financial support to supply the food as well as providing volunteers to deliver and distribute that food.
Visit the Backpack Coalition website.
Apply to be a Friend of First Church
Organizations are welcome to apply for status as a “Friend of First Church” in two ways. Download and return the completed Friends of First Church Policy and Application to the First Church Office Manager, Attn: Outreach Leadership team. The application can also be filled out online here.
Email Dr. Will Cotton for more information.