Community Engagement

We are called to serve

St. David’s Episcopal Church engages with our downtown neighbors and the great Austin community as we live out our baptismal covenant. We seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Our active community engagement ministry offers many opportunities for advocacy and direct service if you're looking for ways to help.

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Outreach Grants and Partners

Apply for Grants

The Grant’s Committee for Community Outreach (GCCO) of St. David’s Episcopal Church is now accepting applications for our 2023 grants of $10,000 each. The Vestry determines how many grants will be awarded each year.

Click the buttons below to download the 2023 proposal form and instructions. 
Proposals are due electronically to  by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2023.

Grants Proposal Form

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Past Grant Awards

St. David’s Episcopal Church has a long history of helping people in need in the Austin community. The Grant Committee for Community Outreach (GCCO) administers the church grant proposal process and makes funding recommendations to the church. In addition to awarding grants, the church provides direct service volunteers to area non-profit organizations and charities. Past grant recipients include;


Since 1959, The Next-To-New Shop has been a part of the Austin landscape as the only not-for-profit consignment/resale shop giving back to the community more than three million dollars in grants to local charities. An equal portion is given for the restoration and upkeep of the Historic Church. The Shop is operated by a small staff with a large number of volunteers. The Shop consigns and sells household items, clothing, accessories, china, crystal, dishes, and more. The Next-To-New Shop is located at 5435 Burnet Rd. and gladly accepts donations. On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers at Next-to-New, and the Grant Recipients, we thank you for your continued support.  

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St. David’s Anti-Racism Task Force seeks to bring efforts to reckon with racism together in a coordinated, parish-wide way in the areas of organization practice, formation, policy, and history.

Our faith invites us to work for justice, to confront the systems of racism, to look inward and find the sin of racism in ourselves and confess, repent, and amend our lives.
Statements from Church Leaders

Beloved Community

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The national Episcopal Church has an initiative called Becoming the Beloved Community. The program is designed to increase Episcopal parish, diocesan, and agency engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society.

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  • Pictured above is the 2019 St. David's Border Team, which was formed to carefully plan, implement, and evaluate a series of intentional trips to the US/Mexico border by St. David’s parishioners with food prepared by our hospitality ministry along with personal care toiletries and children’s educational materials donated by the parish. This endeavor was organized by Halley Ortiz and Anthony Chapple.

The topic of immigration has ramifications at our city, state, national, and global level. In response to this, members of St. David’s have already found ways to serve as Christ has called us. St. David’s provides opportunities and resources to help you get involved. Contact Director of Community Outreach The Rev. Kristin Braun if you have any questions.

St. David’s Immigration-related Projects

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Voting Rights

It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.

 -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

St. David’s Anti-Racism Task Force encourages everyone to get ready to vote by checking:

1. You are registered
2. Registration matches your current address
3. What identification you need to bring to the polls
4. How to register for vote-by-mail, if eligible.

All this at 

Let’s make this the parish who votes!

Ongoing Service Opportunities