Here at Agudas, we are dedicated to the principal of Tikkun Olam, or “Healing the World.” We offer many different opportunities to volunteer in the Austin Community. Please check out some of our current volunteer opportunities below.
CAA Members Feed The Homeless Each Week: Shortly after Agudas Achim moved to the Dell campus in 2000, a unique volunteer activity developed. It likely began through a conversation Neil Blumofe had with Larry Bethune, then pastor of University Baptist Church, an inclusive, liberal congregation located near UT at 22nd and San Antonio Street.
The conversation between the two religious leaders concerned the church’s mission to “minister to the needy of the inner city.” One of UBC’s ongoing programs, God’s Family Dinner, involved prepping and serving a creative hot dinner each week to Austin’s homeless in the church’s social hall.
For more than 13 years, Agudas Achim has provided the cooks who prepare a delicious hot evening meal every Thursday for more than 200 of Austin’s needy. Stanley Saikin is the CAA volunteer with the longest service—over 13 years. Other volunteers include Cindy and Art Klempner, Sandy and Marshall Sack, and Susan Rothman, a former CAA member who joined the crew after moving back to Austin.
Pixie and Mark Cohn volunteered at God’s Dinner regularly for nearly a decade, as did Sylvia Spertus and the late Buddy Freed. Lea Isgur, the CAA Social Action Committee chair, fills in as needed. Chef Mac McKaskle plans the meals and supports the CAA crew.
Members of Austin congregations serve the gourmet hot meal that evening. Other churches prepare meals for the poor and homeless once or twice yearly, mainly for Thanksgiving and Christmas. University Baptist Church reaches them 50 times a year!
Help others while enjoying the comraderie of other Agudas Achim members.
Volunteers who can regularly commit 2-3 hours to prepare dinner on Thursday afternoons are needed, as are additional volunteers to help serve the early evening meal.
For more information, contact Sandy or Marshall Sack at (512) 371-1999.