As we ring in and celebrate the New Year, let us think of ways to throw kindness around like confetti all year long. We want to teach our kids to think beyond themselves and their own needs. “It’s not enough to count our blessings and be thankful. Thankfulness should move us to action.” (Marla Kiley).
Research through the Making Caring Common Project through the Harvard Graduate School of Education confirms that for most kids the messages they receive from their parents convey that achievement and happiness are more important than caring for others even though parents say that developing caring children is a top priority. "Our conversations with and observations of parents also suggest that the power and frequency of parents' daily messages about achievement and happiness are drowning out their messages about concern for others." (Weissbourd and Jones, Making Caring Common Project)
To help you and your family begin a life of service to others, we've included a list of local organizations in Lubbock who would appreciate your service or donations. Most of these organizations gladly accept donations, and most of them have opportunities for you to offer help on site. Hosting parties, preparing meals, helping with activities/events/projects, wrapping gifts, or sorting items are just a few examples of ways to serve. We encourage you to choose an organization, click on the link, call them, and ask them what their needs are or how you and your family can help. If we've left out an organization, please comment at the bottom of the page.
The Baby Closet (offers free diapers, formula, clothes to families in need)
Backyard Mission (free home repairs for low-income elderly homeowners)
Buckner (foster care and adoption services, transitional programs)
Carpenters Church (an inner-city church plant offering a day shelter, supportive housing, and ministry)
CASA of the South Plains (empowers community members to serve as volunteer advocates that speak for the well-being of abused and neglected children in the foster care system)
Children's Connections (free adoption information, resources, and referrals)
Children's Home of Lubbock (residential group care for children)
Children's Hope Residential Services (therapeutic treatment for kids that have been abused or neglected, and placed with Child's Protective Services).
Community Partners of Lubbock (The Rainbow Room is an emergency crisis resource room located at Child Protective Services) 806.472.5099
Family Promise (temporary shelter to homeless families with children)
Heartland House (privately owned and operated assisted-living facility)
Heartline Women's Clinic (offers free and confidential services for pregnant women)
Highpoint Village (Where individuals with intellectual disabilities can live, learn, work, worship, and reach their full potential)
Hope Lodge (Offers free, temporary housing facilities for out-of-town cancer patients who are undergoing treatments.) 806.745.0700
Life/Run (provides services for individuals with physical disabilities)
Lubbock Dream Center (provides meals, clothing, education to low income and homeless individuals/families)
Lubbock Meals on Wheels (delivers daily meals to the homebound, elderly, or disabled in Lubbock)
Lubbock Transition Center (help at-risk youth and youth aging out of foster care expand their skills, self-confidence, and learn self-guidance)
Mission Lubbock (benevolence ministry to those who are going through a hard time, sack lunches for school kids)
Parent Life Lubbock (for expectant and parenting teens) 806.763.9794
Parkridge Pregnancy Center (helps women facing an unplanned pregnancy)
Ronald McDonald House (serves families in their child's fight against serious illness and injury)
Salvation Army (provide for the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of people in Lubbock) 806.765.9434
South Plains Food Bank (secures and distributes food to charitable organizations and persons in need)
Texas Boys Ranch (foster care and adoption agency and children's shelter)
The Bridge of Lubbock (after school program to at-risk youth in East Lubbock, clothes for men/women/children)
Veterans Resource Coordination Group-Lubbock Chapter: (Connect with South Plains veterans. Task Force Lubbock is a volunteer force made up of veterans that want to continue to serve by conducting service projects that benefit the community.)
Voice of Hope (Lubbock Rape Crisis Center-Serving those affected by sexual assault)
Women's Protective Services: (Specializes in advocacy for women, men, and children who have experienced domestic violence)
If you are interested in making a global impact from your home, consider the following organizations. These are just a handful of reputable service organizations. You are welcome to comment below with local or global organizations that we have not listed.
A21: anti-human trafficking organization, refugee crisis support
Any Soldier: write to soldiers or send care packages
Blood:Water : partners with Africa to end the HIV/AIDS and water crisis
Bread for the World: engages individuals and groups in its mission of ending hunger.
Carry the Future: dedicated to providing baby carriers to displaced refugees in Europe
Compassion International: works to release children from poverty. Operates child sponsorship programs to provide relief worldwide
Christian Relief Fund: a non-profit organization based out of Amarillo, TX with a focus on rescuing orphans and vulnerable children from poverty. Operates child sponsorship programs to provide relief worldwide.
Free the Girls: provides job opportunities to sex trafficking survivors
Global Aid Network: a Christian humanitarian organization that addresses the most basic physical needs of people: water, food, health, and compassion
Habitat for Humanity-Global Village: builds decent, affordable shelter abroad
Heart for Africa: provides sustainable homes for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa
International Justice Mission: helps to protect people from violence by partnering with local justice systems
John 4:14 Foundation: a Texas based foundation connecting families from around the world who've experienced a tragic loss to clean water projects in Uganda.
Joy Divine Children's Organization: houses young men ages 3-22 who were rescued from life threatening situations in Nairobi. Count Me In Global (Weatherford, TX) partners with Joy Divine.
Preemptive Love Coalition: life saving heart surgeries for children, emergency relief for families victimized by ISIS, education for at-risk children, peace making in conflict zones
Pro2G: a Texas non profit organization working in Abilene, TX, Kenya, and Costa Rica to serve, equip, and empower their local, existing Christian entities.
Restore International: fights for freedom and human rights, works to improve educational opportunities
Samaritan's Purse: provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world, operates Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes
Soldier's Angels: a team of Angels who write to our heroes (service members)
Sole Hope: puts closed toed shoes on African children, holds medical clinics, provides education and shoe making jobs for people in Uganda.
The Deborah Project: restoring hope, honor, and dignity to Israel's single mothers, orphans, victims of terrorism, and those who serve in the IDF.
Voice of the Martyrs: assists persecuted families worlwide
World Vision: provides emergency assistance to children and families, works to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. Operates child sponsorship programs to provide relief worldwide.
Wounded Warrior Project: provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members