Back to School Time: Just Show up and Help!


Since 1986, Houston’s Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) has offered its Back to School program to meet the basic needs of school-aged children. Students who participate in this program lack basic school supplies and clothing/uniforms needed to start the academic year on equal footing with their more advantaged peers. Back To School not only physically prepares children with academic tools, but increases overall self-esteem and mental readiness for learning.


Last year 6,204 students (Pre-kindergarten through Eighth Grade) were assisted at Back To School. The need for this service is extraordinary, and CCSC’s 2012 goal is to equip 6,500 underprivileged children! Each child will receive a complete package of grade-appropriate supplies and a voucher for a new school uniform and/or shoes.


Hundreds of volunteers will soon come together to make this program a huge success. Could you be one of them?

What can you do?


  • Just show up at the Distribution Event
  • Volunteers are wanted for two phases:
  • Sort & Set-up (Prepare packets for distribution) Saturday, July 28, 2012, 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • Distribution (Assist clients as they gather supplies) Saturday, August 4, 2012: (Two Shifts) 7:30 am-12:30 pm and noon-5 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd. (parking limited)
  • OR….Donate:

Just $45.00 will provide a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade student with grade appropriate school supplies and a new school uniform before the first day of school. Donate on-line: or mail a check to CCSC, PO Box 27924, Houston , TX 77227 payable to CCSC with “Back To School” written in the notes section.


Three Cheers for United Methodists!

Over 40 churches have signed on as “member churches” to support the work of CCSC in central Houston, including: West University UMC, Bellaire UMC, Westminister UMC, St. Luke’s UMC (the founder of CCSC) and Gethsemane UMC (host for one of CCSC’s Food Pantry locations and backpack registration centers). If your church wants to be a mission partner, contact Executive Director Michelle Shonbeck at 713-961-3993.


For more information regarding the Back To School initiatives, contact the Youth Services Manager at 713.961.3993 ext. 215 or