Advent Serving Opportunities 2022
The Season of Advent is about two things: looking back (to Jesus’ birth) and looking forward (to Jesus’ return when he makes all things new). The first-century Jews who eagerly awaited the coming of the Messiah and those of us who await the return of King Jesus both share a deep longing for God to set things right. And as we look around and see others hurting, we want to do something tangible to help set things right, however small our efforts might be. That’s why we want to share ways to serve during Advent with your family, LifeGroup, or friends. Questions about any of these opportunities? Contact Chandra Hallam, Local Outreach Coordinator.
Coffee Oasis Youth Coat Drive
Collect gently used or new coats and sweatshirts from your family and friends that would bless homeless or vulnerable youth ages 13-24. (Please, no holes or stains.) Deliver to Coffee Oasis Saturday, December 3, between noon-3:00 pm. Deliver to 1424 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98402. All ages may participate.
Coffee Oasis Family Christmas Project
Volunteer to bring a commercially cooked meal to Tacoma Loft Youth shelter, write Christmas cards, wrap youth gifts, help with photography, and more. Contact Aleya McGinnis via email or 253.328.6127 by Wednesday, December 7, to schedule a date. Volunteers must be 18 and up.
Coffee Oasis Tacoma Stockings
LifeGroups or a group of friends and family can sign up to provide five stockings for male youth in Coffee Oasis programs or experiencing homelessness. Prepare by Wednesday, December 7. All ages.
Tacoma Rescue Mission gift shopping event or Holiday meals
Prepare a shopping experience for families experiencing homelessness Tuesday-Friday, December 13-16, or serve a warm meal at one of the shelter campuses any time in December. Sign up for a volunteer account and, once approved, you can log in and select open volunteer shifts. Volunteers 8 years and up for meals. Some opportunities are for 18 and up.
Cookies and Notes for Tacoma Rescue Mission
Bake cookies or write notes with your family to bless our neighbors at the Rescue Mission. Sign up here for Wednesday, December 14, or later date. All ages.
Compassion Kit Build
Sunday, December 18, noon-1:30 pm in Chapel Hill’s Gathering Place next to HeBrews Coffee Shop. Assemble hygiene kits from Generosity tree donations and write notes of encouragement to our unsheltered neighbors. You may bring NEW acrylic/warm socks, lip balm/ChapStick, deodorant, handwarmers and blank notecards. Kits will be hand-delivered by caring staff and volunteers from the Tacoma Rescue Mission Search and Rescue Ministry. Stay after the 10:30 am modern service or come back at noon if you attend early service. All ages welcome.
Women’s Winter Coat and Shoe Drive for WCCW
Help women who are being released from the local women’s prison reenter their communities by collecting gently used warm women’s coats (especially plus sizes) and gently used women’s sneakers or flats. Collect throughout December or later. Delivery date must be scheduled with staff. Email Local Outreach Coordinator Chandra Hallam via email for more details.
FISH Food Bank
Bless our neighbors struggling to put food on the table this season by signing up for a volunteer shift at the Food Bank any time in December, Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays,or by helping with their Saturday food drives at Safeway. You can also bring food donations to the Chapel Hill table near Door E or volunteer to deliver the donations each week for a month. Sign up here. All ages.
Sandwiches & Snacks for Tacoma Rescue Mission Search & Rescue Ministry
Offer simple blessings of food to isolated neighbors on the streets who need hope. Street Ministries member empowerment group collects items every Friday in December outside Chapel Hill Door H at 3:00 pm. Sign up here to make sandwiches or snack kits. Please do not leave items outside the church building. All ages.