Late Summer Outreach: Volunteer Opportunities

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Opportunities to be involved with and support First Congregational Church’s Outreach Mission and Ministries this summer and fall include the invitations to donate specific items needed by the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), Small Potatoes and the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) that are mentioned below. Your time and skills are also needed to make sandwiches for Small Potatoes, to prepare and share dinner at Vermont Dismas House, to host programs for the Vermont IBUTWA Initiative, to help with the Vermont Sings for Peace event (September 21), the Run for JUMP (September 27) and/or the CROP Hunger Walk (October 12).

To RSVP or for more information, please contact the individual(s) listed below and/or Lucy Samara, Director of Outreach Ministries.

SMALL POTATOES: If you shop at Costco, you can help the Saturday morning Small Potatoes, a community breakfast and bag lunch program that is served at our church weekly. Please donate 1 or more of the giant cans of chunk light tuna available at Costco; we need 2 cans a week – 104 for the year! Just mark the can(s) Small Potatoes with a permanent marker and drop your donation off at the Church – thank you! Want to help make sandwiches for Small Potatoes? Please contact Becky Winward to be added to a sandwich crew.

COTS DAYSTATION LUNCH: Volunteer groups and businesses are taking turns making lunches to bring to the COTS Daystation – a day shelter that is located on an interim basis at Joseph’s House on Allen Street in Burlington. Want to be part of a First Church effort to provide a lunch? If yes, please contact Lucy Samara for details.

JOIN OUR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CREW: Mary Hyde is organizing a late summer volunteer construction crew for our local Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity chapter. Please contact Mary for details and to RSVP.

DISMAS HOUSE DINNER GUESTS: Would you consider donating and sharing dinner at Burlington’s Dismas House on Buell Street? This transitional home for parolees has a successful mission of creating a home for reconciliation and new directions for men and women leaving incarceration. The weeknight dinner program is a key aspect of the success of this home. Volunteers work on their own, or in pairs, to prepare, donate and share dinner for about 12 Dismas House residents at 6pm on the third Thursday of each month.  If you can help, or want to learn more, please contact Rob Backus.

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