Last summer I found myself with some extra time on my hands – so I looked up volunteer opportunities in the Tri-Cities.
I found that opportunity at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission in Pasco. (Here’s a list of their ‘urgent needs’ for donations in case you are unable to volunteer your time but still want to help!)
TCUGM is our only homeless shelter – and as such, they need all the help we can give them!
The shelter has a range of opportunities for just about anyone – from serving lunch and chatting with people to brighten up their day, to data entry, to working in the warehouse!
I worked in the women’s shelter – where they have a “store” set up to give away clothing and shoes to women and children, along with household items and toys for the kids. On Wednesday mornings, I’d go for a couple of hours and sort out donated clothes and hang them up and organize the store.
On Wednesday mornings, I’d go for a couple of hours and sort out donated clothes and hang them up and organize the store. I met some really amazing ladies who were also volunteering there, and it was always a fun morning!
Women and children would come through the next day for the “giveaway”: each got to take a bag of free stuff. The volunteer coordinators were very serious about making the store look and feel like a real store – so that the people who needed it felt like … people!
The volunteer coordinators were very serious about making the store look and feel like a real store – so that the people who needed it felt like … people! So we’d carefully sort out any defected clothing, and make sure all the racks of clothing looked organized and neat.
I just received an email with updated volunteer opportunities – and since I had such a good experience helping out there – I wanted to share those with you all. Here you go!
Volunteer opportunities (To sign up email Caitlyn Carroll at CaitlynCarroll@tcugm.org)
We want to welcome our new warehouse manager, Mike with open arms! He has great ideas and he is need of help for getting a new system implemented before this holiday season. We need people NEXT SATURDAY (September 9th) from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please if you have this Saturday open, do let me know and I will place you on the schedule to help!
You would be coming alongside to help serve the homeless and the people in the community a meal. Just a friendly smile and a simple “How are you?” can change these people’s day. It seems like a simple duty, but it is really important! So we need people to come help serve on these days: If you would like to be placed on a call list for if we need someone short notice, do let me know.
Wednesday Organizing Clothes (Ladies Only):
You would be working over in the Women’s shelter and organizing all of the donations that we receive. We have a community giveaway where families in need can come downstairs and receive clothing, household items, and other resources to help them. All of your donations that you bring to the shelter help go toward this.
- Every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 am
Thursday Community Giveaway Women’s Shelter (Ladies Only):
Like said in the opportunity before, we have a community giveaway every Thursday and we have 50-100 families come and receive help. We need people to help keep getting new items out so the ladies that come down and get things for their families, can have something. We want to make sure that the last family that comes through gets just as much stuff and the things that they need just like the first person that comes down.
- Every Thursday from 8:30-11:30 am
Thursday Community Giveaway Men’s Shelter:
Along with giving clothing away, we also give out food boxes to families in need. We just need some help getting the food boxes out to these people’s cars. Some are elderly and cannot carry these heavy boxes, or some are mother’s who are carrying children. So we just ask that you be able to carry about a 10-pound box. If you have a hand truck you are not using, we need them to help take food boxes to the cars. So if you have one just sitting around your house, please think about donating it.
- Every Thursday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm (10 Volunteers needed) Small Groups Welcomed.
We love to help bring people together through learning about Jesus Christ. We do Chapel with both the men and the women and are looking for people to help lead those groups!
- Men: 12:30 pm-1:00 pm and 7:30 pm-8:00 pm
- Women: 8:00 am-8:30 am and 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Children’s Chapel (Ladies Only):
The children’s chaplain must be someone who deeply loves children, and most of all loves Jesus. They must be Christian and have an active church life. They must have experience working with children (school teachers, Sunday school teachers, day care workers, etc), and a solid knowledge of Bible basics. They must be friendly, patient, kind, dependable, flexible, and understanding. The children staying here are going through some sort of trauma, and that can cause them to act out in ways that may be difficult to handle. We desire that the children’s chaplain will have the patience and love to show them how much God cares for them.
- Every Night from 5:50 pm-7:00 pm
House Mom (Ladies Only):
We are in need of ladies that are willing to come spend a morning or evening once a week and help be a mom to these ladies that are staying here. Just loving on them and supporting staff with minor duties involved.
- Every Sunday 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every Monday 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every Tuesday 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every Wednesday: 9:00-2:00pm & 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every Thursday 9:00-2:00pm & 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm
- Every other Saturday 3:00pm-9:00pm
Along with preparing for our holiday season, we are in need of one rock star volunteer to help us input data entry. This opportunity does ask for a time commitment (a couple months long).
- This can be done anytime during office hours (8:00am-4:00 pm) only for a couple hours a day.
Our admin offices are normally forgotten about by the community because most people know about our Men and Women’s facility.
- We just would love if someone could come in maybe every other week during office house (8:00am-4:00 pm) and do some light cleaning (cleaning windows, vacuuming, etc. )
Warehouse Organizing (Small Groups):
This is where all donations from the community get placed. There is clothes, food, etc. We need some groups that would like to come and help out. So if you have a small group that would like to take a couple hours to come down and help us sort through the craziness that is the warehouse that would be amazing!
- Monday–Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Open Basement:
Once a month on a Saturday we go downstairs to the Women’s shelter and do whatever they need that month, whether it be simply cleaning, organizing donations, hanging clothes, etc. All of the times for this will be from 2:00pm-4:00 pm and they never change. We can only have up to 20 volunteers for each Saturday.
The dates for these will be:
- Sep: 9th
- Oct: 7th
- Nov: 4th
- Dec: 23rd
If you are unable to serve, there are also other ways that you can help the TCUGM. Prayers for the people staying here and just the shelters overall would be greatly appreciated!
Donations are also huge. So clothing you do not wear, or shoes that don’t fit, household items that are just sitting waiting to go to goodwill. We would totally accept all of it and give it away to people in need!
Just drop it off over at the Men’s Shelter (112 North 2nd Ave, Pasco WA) where it says donor parking.
On our website, we have an urgent needs list http://tcugm.org/needs so if you ever want to just know what we need or could use it is all on there!
Thank you all so much for being interested in the Mission. We really appreciate you all and everything you do for us.
Caitlyn’s email: CaitlynCarroll@tcugm.org