Volunteers make this place happen!
Volunteers make a huge difference within the ministries of the Union Gospel Mission. In 2015, they served 109, 173 hours in positions as diverse as receptionist and auto mechanic. They served thousands of meals, mended clothes, provided medical and legal care, baked birthday cakes, led worship, and added to our services in countless other ways. Most significantly, they demonstrated hearts of love and compassion for people who often feel unloved, unnoticed, unworthy. So, if you’re interested in reaching out to the homeless, bring your heart and your talents and come prepared to receive as well as to give.
We have several ways for you to get involved.
Get a taste for the ministry by doing a one-time service project or serving a meal.
Meal Servers – A special connection happens when you smile and hand someone a warm plate of food. Here’s what Marchauna, who has been bringing her family for years, has to say about the experience:
“What you get is a lot more than what you give. The intrinsic reward of knowing that smiling at someone makes a difference in their day – that’s huge. There’s not a lot we can do, but we can do this, and it’s a lot of fun.”
Sound intriguing? Click here to start the process.
Drives and Service Projects – Maybe your group is more of the dig-in and get-your-hands-dirty type. In that case, check out this list of possible service projects and drives. If you see something that looks interesting, call Laurie at 509.535.8510 (ext. 109).
Ready to dive in a little deeper? Become a high-impact volunteer. The goal is to match your gifts and talents to our needs, allowing you to do meaningful, purposeful work that makes a difference. High-impact volunteers average four hours or more per week in a variety of ministry positions. To start the process, attend one of the volunteer orientation classes offered on a regular basis. The class gives an overview of our ministry and the volunteer possibilities. Please pre-register by calling 535-8510; then press 4. Check our calendar for the next class or get a head start by filling out our online volunteer application form (Spokane) or Kootenai volunteer application form (Coeur d’Alene).
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We welcome students and other individuals to fulfill their community service requirements through Union Gospel Mission. A few restrictions apply.
- Men and women needing to fulfill court-ordered community service hours may do so at either UGM Thrift Store. Call in advance to schedule your time (Valley – 509-927-5905 or Downtown – 509-326-3316).
- Men (over 18) may also volunteer in the food services department at the UGM Men’s Shelter (Call Russell or Derek at 509-535-8510).
Ministry Volunteer Hours in 2015
Total high-impact volunteer hours: 72,336
Total short-term volunteer hours: 12,587
Community Service Hours*: 2,317
UGM Camp Volunteers : 21,939
Total: 109,173 hours
$ 2,572,116 value according to www.independentsector.org. Equivalent of 52 full-time staff
* Court-ordered community service performed at UGM Thrift stores, the Crisis Shelter, UGM Motors & UGM Food Services
“The value of a volunteer can’t really be measured. They give of their time; they utilize their gifts, and they have the heart of a servant.”
— Greg Barclay, Director of Volunteers