BRIDGE MINISTRY OF BURTON, TEXAS

Our mission is to build a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community.

Time and Talent

 

We are in this together, and we depend on your time and talent. Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas shares God’s love through action and giving, and our town is strengthened when we all work together and bring unity to the community.

 

There are several ways to volunteer. Start small and help out for just one event, or dive right in and become an important part of one (or more) of our ministry teams.

 

Join The Corner Shoppe team and schedule volunteers to work Monday-Wednesday (sorting, pricing and merchandising) and Thursday-Saturday (while we are open). Everybody has so much fun, and the store helps support our programs and ministries, so it’s a great way to become part of something big. This is a volunteer position and can be done from home. Contact store manager Linda Knipstein at 979-277-4468 or volunteer coordinator Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or burtonbridgeoffice@gmail.com.

 

Do you have a photographer’s eye? Are you a whiz at social media? We’re looking for a volunteer to join the Social Media Team to post eye-catching photographs at Facebook.com/BurtonCornerShoppe so that savvy shoppers can see what’s new in our boutique-style thrift store. Help make our Facebook page grow and let your creativity shine bright. If interested, contact Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or burtonbridgeoffice@gmail.com.

 

We’re looking for a behind-the-scenes coordinator for our Senior Meals Ministry. Get in touch with our partner churches to assign shifts to serve each Friday, mail out the menus to our homebound clients, write “thank you” notes to volunteers, and keep a generous supply of colorful stickers on hand to make it all fun. If you can help, contact Madeline Johnson at 979-249-6211 or madeline@industryinet.com.

 

If you love retail as much as we do, then come volunteer on Thursdays or Fridays at The Corner Shoppe. Greet customers, wrap packages and ring up purchases at the cash register. If you can help, contact Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or burtonbridgeoffice@gmail.com.

 

There are several employers in the region who are hiring. We’re looking for someone to plan a Job Fair this year, with the goal of reaching high schoolers as well as jobless adults. We have contacts at Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, and a list of hiring agents. If you’d like to bring economic opportunity to Burton, contact Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or burtonbridgeoffice@gmail.com.

 

More Volunteer Opportunities

 

Rake leaves, edge and mow the grass

Check in or register food pantry clients

Lunch-and-Learn: Plan career training seminars

Pick up furniture donations

Paint accessibility ramps

Build shelves

Manna mobile food pantry: Put away tables and break down boxes

Work a shift at our Client Choice Food Pantry

Recycle cardboard in Brenham

Organize events for seniors (55+)

Sew memory care blankets

Call Bingo on Fridays

Assist with minor home repairs

Senior Meals: Deliver to the homebound on Fridays

Sell furniture at the Lumber Yard the 1st Saturday of each month

Lead our Youth Ministry program

Source used trailers for seniors living in unsafe housing conditions

Chair our Community Ministry and help plan opportunities for fellowship

Find a donor willing to gift our adult neighbors with bicycles for enhanced mobility and transportation

Senior Meals: Bake and freeze casseroles for homebound seniors and the disabled, or cook hot meals on Fridays

Volunteer as a leader during our one-week Bible-based summer day camp for children

 

Won’t you consider joining the more than 300 volunteers who dedicated 5,147 service hours to our community over the past year? Call 979-337-3370 or email burtonbridgeministry@gmail.com

 

BBM Summer Day Camp — June 20-24, 2022

 

Along with other adults, help lead our one week, Christ-centered children’s camp and administer the curriculum while also ensuring the safety of our attendees. Volunteers will need to undergo a background check on the national sex offender registry, take our insurer's online Child Safety course, and read Burton Bridge Ministry's protocols for protecting both the children and our hosting venues.

 

BBM Summer Day Camp volunteer needs:

 

Oversee program.

Serve as liaison with the Lutherhill Ministries team.

Recruit volunteers, run background checks, and process paperwork.

Encourage camper enrollment.

Process camper applications, accept payments, have waivers signed.

Document allergies and "in case of emergency" documentation.

Plan the bus routes to and from camp and communicate changes to bus driver.

Request and collect recyclables for craft projects.

 

 

Youth Ministry Leader

 

We’re looking for an adult volunteer to lead this important ministry. Duties would include building programs that aren’t already in existence at school or with our partner churches, finding new ways to engage junior and high school students, and identifying adult or youth volunteers who share your servant’s heart. All leaders and volunteers must pass a background check and take our insurer’s Child Safety training course.

 

Our 2020-2025 strategic plan calls for the establishment of mentoring and tutoring programs for youth and, when our own dedicated space becomes available, an early childhood program for younger children.

 

If you are interested in building Christian-based programs for Burton’s children and youth, while also bringing unity to the community, please email your letter of interest and qualifications to burtonbridgeministry@gmail.com.

 

Drive-Through Fundraiser

 

We are asking our partner churches to organize a drive-through meal to help raise funds for our capital campaign. To complement your meal ticket sales, we're coordinating a couple of upcoming raffles with amazing prizes. Please contact Madeline Johnson at 979-249-6211 or madeline@industryinet.com.

 

Community Chair

 

This person plans events like the annual Thanksgiving Meal (which is free to everybody in the community), our Burton Fellowship Parlor (part of the Burton Christmas Market), and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We also have capital campaign projects that need a super organizer to oversee: Asking volunteers to sell tickets to Bush's Chicken as a fundraiser, inviting area restaurants to donate a gift certificate and then ask volunteers to sell those raffle tickets as a fundraiser, and asking partner churches to cook and serve a ticketed meal that benefits our building fund.

 

Helping Hands

 

As funding becomes available, perform minor home repairs for senior citizens or the disabled, and build accessibility ramps.

 

Job Training

 

Schedule every-other-month sessions of Lunch-and-Learn, where a guest speaker (or speakers) discusses pathways to employment. Plan and implement an annual job fair designed to assist graduating seniors as well as adult job-seekers in our community.

 

Senior Meals

 

On Fridays, prepare and box up meals for senior citizens and homebound neighbors at St. John’s United Church of Christ (kitchen), 516 North Colorado, Burton. Other volunteers will bake trays of desserts (enough to feed 70 people) and drop them off early in the morning. We also have a need for folks to bake and freeze casseroles for our homebound neighbors.

 

Senior Meals Home Delivery

 

We need a few volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound neighbors in Burton each Friday. Call 979-337-3370 for qualification and registration.

 

Client Choice Pantry

 

Truck unloading days occur twice a month, usually on Friday mornings, when groups gather to open the garage doors, unload the Brazos Valley Food Bank truck, and stock the pantry. This is a fun ministry and Civil Rights Training is not required for this activity.

 

We also need volunteers while the Client Choice Pantry is open. Volunteers should take and pass Civil Rights Training annually, attend our in-house Site Training presentation, consider becoming an Application Enrollment Specialist, and serve our clients with customer service and a smile.

 

Thrift Store (Mondays-Wednesdays)

 

Sort and add price tags to donated clothing, shoes and household goods. Empty the donation box on Sunday evenings or as needed.

 

Thrift Store (Thursdays-Saturdays)

 

Greet customers, check out customers at the cash register, and wrap packages.