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Longview Community Ministries depends on volunteers and the generosity of the people of Longview! On-the-job-training with an experienced volunteer is available to those wishing to help the neediest of our community.

Organizing food drives throughout the year helps to keep the Food Box shelves stocked as the demand contuines to grow.  The summer months are the leanest!  Barrels for food drives at your job, place of worship, civic organization, sporting events, etc, can be picked up or delivered to your location.

Cash donations are always needed and appreciated!

Volunteer Opportunities

Longview Community Ministries depends on volunteers! There are many opportunities, for you to choose from. LCM Volunteer Applications are available here or in the service center waiting room. You can choose based on your experience, time, availability and interests.

Children under 10 years of age may help LCM with food drives, saving gently used coats or jeans, or participating in food drives at their churches, schools, or other organizations they may be involved with.


One morning a week, 9:00AM-12:30PM. Requirements include a heart for service and ability to multi-task!

Computer Assistance and/or Clerical Help

Occasionally as needed. Learning Lab computers sometime need the touch of a gifted technician.

Caseworker (Interviewer)

One morning a week, 9:00AM-12:30PM. Interviewers must have the ability to listen to the heartbreaking stories of our clients' lives without being judgmental. Interviewers receive many guidelines and training in order to accomplish this very important task.

Food Pantry

One morning a week, 9:00AM-12:30PM. Food Box volunteers are "hands on" in moving cases of food, receiving donations, packing bags of food quickly, and working with others in a relatively small space.

Grocery Pick-up

If you have a truck and some time, please let us know. LCM often has requests to pick up donated food from different locations or move food from our off-site storage. A strong back and an available truck are always needed at LCM!

Meals on Wheels Drivers

Volunteers meet at the MOW distribution location once a month to pick up the hot meals and a list of clients for distribution. The route sheets and food are then taken to the door of each individual needing that nourishment. This is a most rewarding program for participation.

Teachers for Learning Lab

There is always a need for individual attention in the classes taught through our Learning Lab. If you are a willing instructor with a great compassion for those trying to better themselves, you can help in the LCM Learning Lab.

Coats for Kids

The second Saturday in November is distribution day for Coats for Kids. There is always a need for help in setting up the Broughton Recreation Center in preparation for this day. Coats must be sorted by size and displayed on racks in a manner that can be easily accessed by parents and children.

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November 8, 2014 @ Broughton Rec. on MLK from 8am-2pm!

Donate your coat at these participating cleaners:

Longview Area: Alpine Cleaners, Dry Clean Super Center,

McLendon Cleaners, Service Cleaners, Sno-White Laundry,

and Village Cleaners

Kilgore Area: McLendon Cleaners

Gladewater Area: Family Cleaners

White Oak Area: McLendon Cleaners

Hallsville Area: McLendon Cleaners

Coats-for-Kids-2008-004Coats for Kids is an annual event to provide warm coats for school age children. Each November, Broughton Recreational Center is transformed into a "coat store" so the experience will be fun while providing winter warmth.

Where do the coats come from?

Participating dry cleaners collect donated new and gently used coats from the public and unclaimed coats from schools. Hats, gloves and jeans have been added to ensure that kids stay warm.

Area retailers sell coats at a discount to LCM so all sizes are available on the "Coats for Kids" day.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a school age child can participate. The child must be present to receive a coat.

How can I help?

You can help with the Coats for Kids program by collecting gently used coats or jeans during the year, especially small child sizes, and donating them at designated cleaners in October. A list of participating cleaners will be published in September.

You can also help by sorting and organizing the donated clothing and for creative types with retail experience, creating the "store" for the shopping experience.


2013 Recap 

Saturday, November 10th we distributed 943 coats to children that were present.

  • 214 families
  • 1,250 items were given out which included 1 light weight coat, 1 heavy coat, a pair of jeans, a cap, and gloves

Approximately 100 more coats have been given out to children who were unable to attend on Saturday.


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