Our members minister to the community in many ways. While some of our members offer their service in the work they do every day others volunteer to work with various organizations and local agencies which serve populations in need.We list below some of the key opportunities for service that we support. These are the ways that we share in the ministry of meeting human needs. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please call the Church Office at 360-943-1210 so we can direct you to the contact for the particular ministry opportunity.
This organization helps homeless people with a Rapid Rehousing approach and also identifies other social service needs. It is very effective and has housed 200 people in the last two years. They provide substantial volunteer training for several SideWalk support roles.
Thurston County Food Bank
On the first Sunday of the month, when we celebrate communion, we remember the hungry in our community by collecting non-perishable food for the Thurston County Food Bank. Both adults and youth from TUCO volunteer to work in the Food Bank on a regular basis.
Every second Tuesday of the month, we prepare and serve a hearty dinner meal for homeless and less privileged folk who visit the Community Kitchen at the Salvation Army located on 5th and Plum Streets in downtown Olympia. We serve over 100 meals every month.
We support the ministry of Interfaith Works by providing them administrative office space within our building. Interfaith Works promotes interfaith understanding, and serves the community through charitable, social and educational endeavors. We provide a liaison to the Interfaith Works Board from TUCO membership.
Winter Warming Center
Our church is participating with other downtown churches and the Interfaith Works Shelter in providing “Warming Centers.” The Warming Centers will provide a warm place for homeless folks to be from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The Interfaith Works Shelter will staff the warming centers, but church volunteers are encouraged.
MPJ Resource Binder
The Mission, Peace and Justice Ministry maintains a white binder in the Library with an inventory of all volunteer opportunities. It also contains details about the organizations we work with or provide donations to. We encourage members and friends to use this resource to connect with the community.
Recovery Group Meetings
We provide meeting space for 11 different recovery groups each week, which together provide vital community and support to over 100 people.