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Plymouth members are drawn into passionate engagement with social concerns. With support of the Board of Outreach, you might connect with Plymouth’s wider community in two ways: through acts of compassion that address the immediate needs of those vulnerable in our society, and through advocacy for social change that furthers justice as a realization of the Realm of God.

Working Groups
To find out more about any of the following committees or program areas, including the possibility of joining one of them, contact Jeffrey Sartain, Executive Minister (612/871-7400, jeffs@plymouth.org).

Express your interest in a Working Group

Service
Projects
Neighborhood
Relationships
Education
& Advocacy

Groveland
Food Shelf

Lydia Apartment
Connections

Gay-Straight
Alliance

Third
Sunday
Meal

Drop-In Center

Caring for
Creation

Meals on
Wheels

Stevens Square Connections
(Stevens Square-
Loring Heights and
Whittier)

 

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness

Simpson
Partners

Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team

Plymouth
School
Volunteers


Habitat for
Humanity

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Caring for CreationTransforming people and the land that sustains them. This working group focuses on caring for the environment as integral to spiritual life and social justice.Contact: Jim Lenfestey, jimfest@aol.com. More on Caring for Creation.

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Drop-In CenterFellowship for neighbors with disabilities, mental illness or struggles with independent living. The Drop-In Center relies on volunteers to spend time with participants at the church on Wednesdays 1-3 or Thursdays 6-8 p.m., to go together on field trips and to nurture relationships. For calendar, click here. Contact Larry Johnson, Drop-In coordinator, larryj@plymouth.org, 612/977-1282.

Families Moving Forward—Families Moving Forward connects families who are currently homeless with congregations who provide housing one week at a time while the organization works with the families to find permanent housing. Contact: Shannon Kearns: 612/977-1288, shannonk@plymouth.org. Volunteer job descriptions and link to sign up.

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GLBT-Straight AlliancePromote inclusiveness at Plymouth and in our neighborhood. A working group that promotes acceptance toward all people of all sexual orientations. Shannon Kearns:  612/977-1288, shannonk@plymouth.org. GSA page

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Groveland Emergency Food ShelfHelp distribute more than 25,000 pounds of food to people who need it each month. Groveland Emergency Food Shelf, located in Plymouth’s basement, is part of a five-church effort to feed food-insecure youth and adults. To volunteer at the Food Shelf, contact Dave Enghusen, groveland@visi.com, 612/871-0277. Food Shelf Website

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Habitat for Humanity—Help build someone a new home or refurbish an old one. We have two or three weeks each year when volunteers can spend one or more days working together with professional Habitat supervisors and experienced Plymouth leaders. We also need help to provide snacks and lunch for our volunteers. Contact: Bonnie Herr, 612/345-4872, bherr3@msn.com, or John Davenport 612/926-8290, jdav0743@gmail.com.

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Lydia Apartments Connections
Help neighbors help themselves. This working group helps plan and carry out activities and volunteer opportunities for residents and Plymouth members in order to benefit Lydia and the broader community. Contact: Renee Macomber, 952/933-2146, rgmacomber@msn.com.

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Meals on WheelsA hot meal for the homebound every Thursday. Deliver hot meals once or more each month on Thursdays to homebound people in the Loring-Nicollet area, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers provide their own transportation and pick up meals from a central Meals on Wheels kitchen. Contact: Fran Neir, 612/722-1662, feneir@msn.com.

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Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team —Advocate for change through the legislative process. This is a great way for the congregation to use their gift of citizenship to advocate for change via the legislative process. Contact: Sarah Lehman (lehman05@hotmail.com) or Kate Loe (kate.loe@gmail.com).

Heading Home Hennepin,
a plan to end homelessness in Hennepin County by 2016.

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Plymouth School Volunteers—
Help kids improve reading and math or share artistic talent.Contact: Bryce Hamilton, 612/920-6268, bryceham@aol.com.
Whittier International School is a unique arts-integrated elementary school in the Whittier neighborhood; many Plymouth volunteers assist children to speak and read English, with math lessons or music during the day. For more information visit the school web site.

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Simpson PartnersHospitality for the homeless, on a first-name basis. Interested in volunteering? Contact: Ruth Colby, rcolby3540@comcast.net.

Stevens Square ConnectionsPartner with neighbors to build a better neighborhood. Plymouth partners with neighborhood associations on various activities to celebrate and enhance our life together in this place. Contact: Katie Dillon, 513/289-8522, dailey.katie@gmail.com. To learn more about these groups visit their websites:  Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO), Whittier Alliance, Whittier Neighbors.

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Third Sunday MealHelp serve more than 200 meals to neighbors in need each month. Volunteers are needed from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The on-going need is for 25 volunteer servers per month.Contact Kim Lutes, kikrlu@aol.com, 612/803-1369.

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Downtown Congregations To End HomelessnessTransforming our actions from managing to ending homelessness. Join this interfaith effort.

DCEH Annual Report [PDF]

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Drop In

Drop-In

Habitat for Humanity

New Minnesotans

Third Sunday Meal

Food Shelf

Food Shelf

Advocacy

Advocacy

Outreach Sunday

Outreach Sunday

Plymouth in Gay Pride Parade 2008

Plymouth in the Gay Pride Parade

HOLIDAY BAGS

Lydia Connections

A Night on the Street

A Night on the Street

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Green Festival

Caring for Creation Green Festival

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