Community Partners

At University Presbyterian Church we recognize that while there is one call to care for God's creation, there are many ways to serve. We currently partner with over 43 different organizations by supporting missions through financial, volunteer and leadership resources. All members are encouraged to participate in God's mission in the world through the expertise of our partners. For more information on how you can help with a particular partner talk to one of the pastors or any member of the Outreach committee. For information about financial support click here.
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El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

What: El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank is the regional food bank for El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties. EPFH collects, inspects and distributes food needed by many local food pantries.

Volunteer: Processing donated food for redistribution.

Contact: Click here for more information.


Jardin de Milagros
Jardin de Milagros

What: Jardin de Milagros is an ministry that supplies healthy, garden fresh vegetables to those who don’t have enough to eat.

Volunteer: Harvesting and planting vegetables in the fields.

Contact: To volunteer with others from the church click this link or call 915-584-5822. To volunteer directly call Jerry 915-867-3371 or Susie 915-497-8755 Hobson.


Kelly Memorial Food Pantry

What: Kelly Memorial Food Pantry is a community providing food to families in El Paso who are struggling to make ends meet.

Volunteer: Processing, packaging and distributing food baskets.

Contact: To volunteer directly call 915-261-7499 or click this link.


La Semilla Food Center
La Semilla Food Center

What: La Semilla Food Center advocates, educates and organizes for healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food systems in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

Volunteer: Help organize community events and fundraising.

Contact: Call 575-882-2393 or click this link to find out more information about volunteering.


Northeast Community Food Pantry

What: Northeast Community Food Pantry is a community feeding program that serves the hungry of Northeast El Paso.

Volunteer: Processing, packaging and distributing food baskets.

Contact: For more information, please call Grace Presbyterian Church at 915-755-8206 or click this link.


The Opportunity Center for the Homeless
Opportunity Center

What: The Opportunity Center for the Homeless serves the homeless of El Paso through two homeless shelters and seven residential centers.

Volunteer: There are opportunities for feeding, advocacy, community building, mentoring and many other ways to serve through various programs.

Contact: To volunteer with others from the church click this link or call 915-584-5822. To volunteer directly call Bessie Evans at 915-755-4170.


Sierra Blanca Food Pantry

What: Sierra Blanca Food Pantry serves the community of Hudspeth County with needed food to the hungry.

Volunteer: Processing, packaging and distributing food.

Contact: Tom Neely at

St. Vincent de Paul Society

What: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in El Paso and Juarez run a number of feeding and education programs on both sides of the border.

Volunteer: Food pantry work, fundraising, advocacy and other opportunities.

Contact: For information about volunteering please contact your local food pantry or thrift store found on their website:


Border Interfaith

What: Border Interfaith builds opportunities and encourages voters to engage in discourse and advocacy for their communities and their communitys' needs.

Volunteer: Help organizing communities, event organization, advocacy and networking.

Contact: Rev. Dr. John Nelsen is UPC's member leader - or 915-584-5822.


Presbyterian Border Region Outreach

What: Presbyterian Border Region Outreach (PBRO) encourages collaboration, advocacy, engagement and ministry across the US/Mexico border through 6 main sites in 3 states and a multitude of partner congregations, businesses, and communities.

Volunteer: From caregiving, mentoring, construction work, coffee making, advocacy, and fundraising, the 6 sites in 3 states do a variety of ministry in need of a variety of volunteers. Contact your local site for more specific information. Pasos de Fe is the local Juarez/El Paso site and is in need of leadership, construction help, fundraising and relationship forming.

Contact: or 915-584-5822


Ciudad Nueva

What: Ciudad Nueva is a community run after school and summer program for children and youth in the Rio Grande district of El Paso.

Volunteer: In need of mentors, tutors, coaches, or creative arts teachers.

Contact: Go to or call 915-521-2951


Siguiendo Los Pasos de Jesus

What: Siguiendo de Los Pasos de Jesus (SPJ) is based in a community in the south-west side of Juarez that organizes its own community to build safe housing, promote community businesses and advocate for needed infrastructure.

Volunteer: Construction, translators, playing with children, relationship building, donation processing, fundraising.

Contact: or 915-449-5883. UPC also organizes a group event for our members to volunteer in Juarez once a year.


Armed Forces YMCA

What: The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military & their families to make military life easier.

Volunteer: Donation and food processing, food distribution, and special events.



Border Youth Athletic Association

What: The El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association's mission is to create educational & developmental opportunities through athletics, advancing youth baseball and softball to its highest potential.

Volunteer: See contact information.



CASA of El Paso

What: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of El Paso trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who need representation in the family court system, striving to provide them a safe and permanent home.

Volunteer: Training available to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

Contact: Visit CASA's website for more information.


Center Against Sexual and Family Violence

What: The Center Against Sexual and Family Violence provides confidential assistance, educational programs and, most importantly, hope to families. The scope of family violence is limitless: from the casualties of physical and mental abuse, to the after-effects of violence spanning generations.

Volunteer: Opportunities vary widely: interacting with victims of abuse, families, legal help, mental help and event help.

Contact: Contact Luis Salas, Volunteer Coordinator, at (915) 593-1000 x465 or


El Paso Baptist Clinic

What: The mission of the El Paso Baptist Clinic (EPBC) is to promote a healthy community by making medical care accessible to the uninsured and underserved individuals in our community.

Volunteer: El Paso Baptist Clinic is always in need of volunteers to help make meals and help with the intake of patients.

Contact: See


El Paso Diabetes Association

What: The mission statement of El Paso Diabetes Association is To improve the quality of life of individuals with and at risk of developing diabetes and their families within the El Paso Region, through educational programming, awareness and advocacy, for the prevention, management and early detection of diabetes.

Volunteer: Volunteers needed to help put on classes and raise funds.

Contact: Contact El Paso Diabetes Association directly at or (915) 532-6280


Project Vida

What: Project Vida provides a multitude of programs and services that serve and walk with the community in the development of its own vision of its future.

Volunteer: Opportunities vary as wide as the programs and services that are provided by Project Vida--from mentoring children and families to volunteering with their health clinic to new projects like their micro-loan program.

Contact: See


Pasos de Fe

What: Pasos de Fe (Steps of Faith) is a non-profit organization based in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico that develops relationships between congregations in the PCUSA and the Mexican Presbyterian Church through community development in low income areas of Ciudad Juarez.

Volunteer: Various community organizing and event volunteering.

Contact: Rev. Tim Gray is the board member - (915) 308-3781 or

Project Arriba

What: The mission of Project ARRIBA is to provide high-skilled training to El Pasoans who need the occupational skills necessary to access jobs in demand occupations that pay a family-sustaining living wage, with benefits and a career path.


Contact: 915.843.4055 or


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