Community Outreach & Social Justice (COSJ)

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We are an interest group for members interested in being involved in noprofit organizations in our area. Besides opportunities that are listed below, this year we hope to sponsor additional activities such as building a wheelchair with Mobility Worldwide Brazos Valley, participating in the Coat/Blanket Give Away with Twin City Mission, and the Toy Drive with Anderson Food Pantry.

Opportunities include but not limited to:

  • Family Promise (FP) – Family Promise is a non-profit organization in Bryan, TX with the mission of helping homeless children and their families. Families stay for 4 to 12 weeks in this transitional living situation as they work towards finding a permanent residence. Parents undergo financial planning & parenting workshops and receive social services assistance to help them plan for a stable future for their children. Last year we adopted a two-family room in a donated school and refurbished it with colorful wall paint, decorations and furniture. This year we are looking for volunteers to prepare warm dinners, purchase foods for breakfast and bag lunches, and act as evening and overnight hosts on a weekly rotating basis. Our first week of this Fall will be Sunday, September 16th – Saturday, September 22nd. Under the guidance of the Brazos Valley Food Bank, volunteers will also be needed to help give “Healthy Eating” classes for the families. We hope to continue supporting FP through the donation of needed personal products and assisting with counseling, tutoring and companionship. For more information about Family Promise, please go to: http://www.familypromisebcs.org.
    Contact: Pam Johnson, prljohnson@yahoo.com, 832-641-9782.
  • Kyle Field Day – is an annual TAMU event in which local Aggies & BCS community members participate in fun service projects. Last year, the TAMU WC COSJ represented the cause of fighting hunger for the Anderson Food Pantry. Over 200 brown paper bags were personally decorated. These bags were given to the food pantry clients full of non-perishable goods. In 2017, we successfully completed more than 300 personally decorated birthday cards for Family Promise present and past family members. This year we will need to come up with an even more successful and exciting project.
    Contact: Emily Withers, emaclay@yahoo.com; Pam Johnson, prljohnson@yahoo.com, 832-641-9782.
  • Meals on Wheels – The TAMU Women’s Club Meal on Wheels team is making a difference to seniors who are less fortunate in BCS community. The MOW team delivers nutritious meals, provide friendly visits and completes a safety check to local citizens in our community. The nutritious meals are prepared by the local Meals On Wheels office and the TAMU Women’s Club MOW team deliveries the lunchtime meals once a week. We hope you will consider joining our team as a regular MOW delivery person or as a substitute, as needed. Small children are welcomed in our teams to brighten up the lives to those less fortunate!
    Contact: Denise Parker, denise.parker77@aggienetwork.com, 301-606-4931.
  • Anderson Food Pantry/ Brazos Valley Food Bank – exists to serve those in need of food assistance in Brazos Valley. As they help in renovating their feed store into a new community pantry, members of the TAMU Women’s Club take a stand for what they’re trying to do, which is to fight hunger and to ultimately shorten the food line. Join our team as we strive to alleviate hunger in the Brazos Valley and sort donations, create family boxes, prepare and distribute summer lunches to children, conduct food drives. Children, as young as elementary school, may join. Learn more about the Anderson food pantry by visiting and liking their Facebook page and find them on Instagram.
    FB: facebook.com/AndersonFoodPantry
    Instagram: @andersonfoodpantry
    Contact: Emily Withers, emaclay@yahoo.com.

Communications:

We are on Meetup now! Join us and stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Don’t hesitate to contact Ping Hu if you have questions about our Meetup group or need help to setup the App.
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Meeting dates, times, and locations vary.

Co-Chairs:

Pam Johnson – Overall Coordination, Family Promise and Kyle Field Day Email
Denise Parker – Meals on Wheels Email
Emily Withers – Anderson Food Pantry/Brazos Valley Food Bank and Kyle Field Day Email
Ping Hu – Communication and Meetup Coordination Email

Photo Album of Past Projects:

COSJ and UUCBV Paint Family Promise’s Adopted Room