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Veritas Shines 


Shines Mission Statement

As Christians, we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to do. Veritas SHINES’ goal is to provide opportunities for Veritas students, parents, faculty, and administration to impact our community for the glory of God as we train our children to become selfless, servant leaders who are prepared, assured, and poised.

Summer 2022 Volunteer Calendar

Veritas Shines has three resources for families and students to engage the Austin community this summer.  The first is through Veritas planned and led service opportunities.  Check-out this year’s projects HERE.  The second is a list of organizations looking for in-person volunteers as listed below.  Finally, at the bottom of the page are the virtual volunteering suggestions.  We hope you and your family make time this summer to serve.

In-Person Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 2022


Hays County Food Bank

If you live in the Driftwood/Buda/Kyle area, Hays County Food Bank has volunteer opportunities all over Hays County.  Here is the link to get more information or to get started:

Hays County Food Bank

Meals on Wheels Central Texas and More

Meals on Wheels Central Texas and More urgently needs new volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound Central Texas seniors!  Donating just an hour of your time once a week will make a world of difference in the lives of those we serve.  And, you can choose a meal pick-up site that is convenient to where you work or live.  See more details using the link below.

Signup Link

Foster Village

Foster Village is accepting volunteers through their website linked below on the following teams:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Resource Center
  • On-Call
  • Childcare
  • Hospitality

They also offer internships and need people with specific skills (marketing, accounting, fundraising, etc. who can commit to at least four hours per week, but hours and location are flexible) in a leadership role.

Specifics about each of these areas can be found on their website.

All volunteers must submit an application on their website.

Foster Village Austin

Austin Blessings Co-op

The Austin Blessings Co-op is a collaboration of people, churches, and organizations on a mission to meet our city’s practical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  Formerly called Harvest and Woven Blessings at Travis Heights Community Outreach, Austin Blessings Co-op has volunteer opportunities several mornings a week.  Check-out all of their sign-ups on the link below.

Austin Blessings Co-op


Our Veritas Academy community is full of generous, giving people who love others well and want to be a blessing.  Here are some ideas ways to volunteer virtually.  

May your heart and home be filled with peace!

Abby Ellyson/Robin Krawzsenek
Veritas Shines Lead

Here are some scriptures to pray with your children: Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 91, Psalm 23, Matthew 6:9-13, Isaiah 41:10.  ADRN Hope Prayer Center has some good prayer resources as well.

ADRN Hope Prayer Center


Operation Gratitude provides care packages for our military around the world.  They created this list of ways to participate in #VirtualVolunteerism.  The activities include:

1. Handmade With Love Items. There’s something about receiving a handmade item that warms the heart, especially when you’re deployed. If you’re in a group that knits, crochets or sews, we are calling on you to get out your needles and hooks and redouble your efforts during these challenging times.  For teams that love to craft, consider hand-making greeting cards. Every Handmade With Love item is an expression of deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our recipients.

2. Make Paracord Bracelets. We include handcrafted paracord bracelets (link to instructions) in every one of our Care Packages because they’re both functional and meaningful. Members of your group can purchase the cord in bundles of 5 by visiting Operation Gratitude’s eBay site.

3. Write Letters. We hear time and again that handwritten letters are the most cherished items in our Care Packages. Sign up to participate and receive more details here.

All items created for Operation Gratitude can be shipped to:

Operation Gratitude
Atn: Item Donations
9409 Owensmouth Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Operation Gratitude Website


Project Linus is an organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need through local chapters.  Blankets can be crocheted, knit, quilted, or no-sew fleece. Their webpage has instructions and patterns.  The blankets can be dropped-off at any JoAnn’s location during normal business hours.

Project Linus

Robin Krawzsenek
Veritas SHINES Chair


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