The following list of service opportunities are a few ways which will enable your group to tangibly share the love of Jesus with others. As you decide which service project your group will participate in, prayerfully consider how often your group can commit to serving and how many will commit long term.
New Hope Resource Center - Serve food to the homeless in the area at 414 Spring St. Contact is “Brenda” at email@example.com. Make sandwiches to handout (could do ham and cheese, Egg salad, tuna, or meatloaf but no PB&J) along with a box of prepackaged chips, mixed veggies that are individually packaged, fruit (preferably bananas or oranges), and labeled cookies (or another dessert) either prepackaged or on a tray. They regularly serve 50 people. Also need paperware (bowls, utensils, etc.). You must premake food. This was previously done by DG Coach, Chad Dutcher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puyallup Food Bank - Rachael Baltazar, Volunteer Coordinator contact at email@example.com, 253-970-7156.
Bridges of Love (old Love Inc) at bridgesoflovenw.org
Step by Step - helps at-risk pregnant moms, stepbystepfamily.org/volunteer
Edgewood Foodbank - with consistent service there is an opportunity for intentional relationships with people who use their services, https://nourishpc.org/volunteer
Volunteer to help Tacoma City Code Compliance - Kristin is the liaison, 253-591-5053. They typically do house repairs or yard work. Landscapers at Resurrection Church: Ron Richards or Josh Knapp. They may be willing to assist with supplies. Tacoma Tool Library willing to loan many tools for Tacoma project.
Stanley Elementary School - Natasha Wyatt is a counselor who can help coordinate care for elementary students in need, 253-571-7754.
Visit elderly at Northwest Retirement Center - ask for Erleen, the events coordinator.
Tacoma Rescue Mission - sorting donations and/or Search & Rescue volunteer
Southeast Tacoma Foodbank
CareNet - help at-risk mothers with alternative pregnancy options, 253-383-2988.
Gig Harbor area
Care Net - help at-risk mothers with alternative pregnancy options. Contact: 253-858-5585 or Nancy Kuhuski at NKuhuski@carenetps.org. Open M-Th. No client contact. There are cleaning opportunities, baby boutiques gift prep (earn “CareNet” cash). Might divvy up wipes and diapers, driving to pick up supplies from stores/gather donations, canvassing to coffee shops, and putting up flyers/cards throughout the community - especially in businesses that people are familiar even out to peninsula (after a CareNet 101). 6-8 people max in their space.
FISH food bank - http://www.ghpfish.com
Visit the elderly at Cottesmore of Life Care (nursing home).
Auburn and Federal Way
Multi-service center - contact is Diane Lyons. One-time service is usually in the food bank (open M-W-F 9a-2p). Other small projects may be available like landscaping, clean up, and painting. Other opportunities may be to ask about taking meals to the “William J Wood” veterans house where they have homeless veterans (both their families and individuals) on Pacific Hwy; may be able to bring a meal and have a meal with them if planned in advance.
Feeding persons who are Homeless in Auburn area - some places they tend to congregate are near Les Grove Park, near the river off 8th st NE, at the Auburn Library, and the Game Farm Park (living under the overpass). DG Coach Alex Kiforshin has served the Auburn homeless population in the past, (253) 226-2539.
Serve student/families at Lakota Middle School, connect with families to provide their family needs - contact is the guidance counselor, Ms. Daniel.
BAG - Bridging the Gap Weekend Children Feeding Program - contact is Valerie Danforth. http://www.bridgingagapfw.org/get-involved/volunteer
Federal Way Coalition Against Human Trafficking - http://fwcat.org
Other ideas may include:
- Gift bags for homeless as car handouts to people on street/intersections
- Writing cards for NICU mothers and families to give at Tacoma General Hospital.
- Visit nursing home in your area to spend time and love individuals there (great for families)
- Find a literal neighbor that could use help with yard work or home repair and offer to help
- Connect and collaborate with local community clean up (showing up with many people will raise questions allowing you to respond with the Good News)
- Receive permission to plant flowers at an organization we may disagree with (ie. Planned Parenthood) with or without signage or handouts that expresses love and grace and invites persons to ask questions.