Below is a list of outreach opportunities that people within the San Jose Cursillo movement participate in, but the San Jose Cursillo movement does not endorse or recommend any specific outreach opportunity. If there's an Outreach opportunity you would like more information about or if you believe our community should consider, please Contact Us.
Mission: Provide shelter and resources for homeless families and individuals that lead to self-sufficiency.
Opportunities: Organize, prepare, serve meals at one of several residences; perform light-weight facilities maintenance; provide computer lab assistance, computer maintenance, or “usage” seminar; deliver seminars on life skills; assist in Produce Market (set up, tear down) or Donation Warehouse (sort, organize); Individual or groups; frequency varies; looking for a person to lead/organize 1 meal per month.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Mission: Kairos – Share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. The Kairos Ministy is broken down into 3 programs:
Kairos Inside – is where a team of Christian men enter the prison and provide a 3 days weekend similar to Cursillo for incarcerated men and women.
Kairos Outside – offers a comfortable, non-judging retreat for women to support each other as they journey through the incarceration of a friend or relative.
Kairos Torch – is a weekend that creates a safe place for the youth offenders to realize their God-given potential through the mentoring of a mature, Christian volunteer.
Opportunities: The local Kairos prison ministry is now bringing the love of Christ into Both CMF Vacaville and Salinas Valley State Prisons (SVSP) for men Inmates. The Kairos weekends at CMF Vacaville are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and Veteran’s Day each year. In Soladad the SVSP Kairos Prison Ministry holds weekends in both mid Feburay and mid September each year.
BASICS Tijuana Ministry
Mission: Build community with and homes for the people of parish of St. Eugenio in Tijuana.
Opportunities: help construct 5-6 homes, prepare and lead mothers program, prepare and lead children’s program; Individual or groups; willingness to learn; construction skills welcome, not required; develop and implement creative ideas for kids and mothers program; Spanish-speaking helpful, not required
Pax Christi San Jose
Mission: Create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.
Opportunities: Local and parish organizing, education, and action that promotes non-violence and non-violent solutions to local, state, and federal issues; Local chapter of national organization; individual or groups; meets 1/month, more often depending on projects;
Hospice of the Valley
Mission: Provide compassionate end-of-life care and grief support.
Opportunities: Varies; direct contact with families and patients or work within the organization; special skills may be required: training required for those with direct contact; attending ongoing training and support sessions required; 1year commitment, 3-5 hours/week;
Mission: Educate and mobilize the Santa Clara County religious community to support economic and social justice through social policy.
Opportunity: organize and educate religious community members on issues; work to improve the quality of life for low wage workers and their families; individuals or groups; meets 1/month (more often depending on projects);
PACT (People Acting in Community Together)
Mission: Address local issues (public safety, immigration, health care, schools) by organizing parishes and communities.
Opportunity: work with professional community-support members; create and drive solutions and policy changes to local issues (creating homework centers address public safety and gang prevention issues, work for equal rights for our undocumented and low-income community). research issues, educate community and local leaders. Meets once/month (more often depending on projects);
Mission: Provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.
Opportunity: Phone volunteer- work one shift per week ( 2-4 hours) in the office answering calls from women or teens who are or may be facing an unplanned pregnancy; Requires 6 training sessions and monthly staff training meetings; Board Member- Sets policy, guards fiscal health of organization and keeps Birthright true to its charter. Meets quarterly and participates individually in interfacing with the community through marketing, fundraising or networking; Auxiliary Staff- Helps with Birthright work without direct client contact (newsletter, Internet – manage Facebook ads, speak or work information tables at community events or in classrooms, church liaison/contact- keep your church informed as to how they can help Birthright; prayer chain; help with special events); Spanish speaking plus, but not required.
Grateful Garment Project
Mission: Ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who crosses the threshold of a SART facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletry, snack items and miscellaneous items they may require to reduce any future impact on their being.
Opportunity: Board member – set and execute policy, build awareness, fund-raise, steer the organization; Volunteers – sort and package clothing, snacks, toiletry items, help with communication, marketing, outreach; Host a clothing/garment or fund-raising drives; Maintenance– paint, spruce up waiting rooms and facilities