Interfaith Action Central Texas


iACT brings people of all faiths together to connect with one another through dialogue and service to the needy in the Greater Austin area. Central Presbyterian provides board members and three delegates for iACT's ecumenical ministry as well as financial support and volunteers to help staff several programs.

English as a Second Language for Refugees
IACT holds English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for legally documented adult refugees at different times and locations convenient to clients 6 days a week. (Classes are held at Central Presbyterian, 4 days a week.)

Hands On Housing
Volunteers help renovate the homes of the elderly, the physically disabled, and low-income residents. These work days usually take place one spring and one fall weekend.

Community Mentoring Network
Volunteers, providing mentoring and support, are paired with first-time youth offenders in the juvenile justice system. Training is provided to volunteers, and a six-month commitment is requested.

Crop Walk
iACT is the local sponsor, and Central Presbyterian participates with walkers supported by pledges from members of the congregation. Crop Walk feeds hungry people around the block and around the world. The donations are given to Church World Service for worldwide hunger relief, and a portion is retained in Austin for a selected agency.

Downtown Cluster
A geographical breakdown of iACT, the Downtown Cluster representatives meet monthly to find solutions to problems in the Central Austin area. In addition to Central Presbyterian Church members, Cluster representatives include those from St. Mary's Cathedral, First Baptist, St. David's Episcopal, Central Christian, First Methodist, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Travis County agencies.