We act to seek a more just world

Since our founding in 1857, Plymouth has been committed to making the world a better place. From our early stance against slavery to our recent efforts to expand affordable housing, Plymouth members strive to improve our community, to deepen our spiritual lives and to express our love for one another and all of creation. This ministry of service in pursuit of justice is central to our life as a church.

Serve

Through such projects as Families Moving Forward, Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering at the nearby Whittier school, Plymouth members go into into the community to address pressing issues. In addition, the Strobel Drop-in Center at Plymouth Church and the Lydia Apartments Connections group build relationships with our neighbors in need.

100 Hands

Everyone is welcome to join 100 Hands, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, in Jones Commons. Come to serve our needy and hungry neighbors—and, sometimes, even their pets! Video by Plymouth member Chris Bohnhoff of Repast Studios. Watch the video here.

ALIGN MPLS

Align Minneapolis is an interfaith collaboration of 17 Minneapolis churches, synagogues, and mosques and people with lived experiences working together to address homelessness and poverty.

Align MPLS

Families Moving Forward

Volunteers in a variety of roles are needed to provide hospitality for families who are currently homeless when Plymouth next hosts May 12–19, 2019. The program connects families experiencing homelessness with congregations who provide housing for a week, while the organization works to help families find permanent housing. Interested in volunteering or have questions? Please contact Hannah Campbell Gustafson.

Groveland Food Shelf

Help distribute more than 25,000 pounds of food each month to people who need it through the food shelf located in Plymouth’s lower level. Contact E.J. Kelley. Learn more by viewing the Groveland at work video and on Groveland’s website.

Habitat for Humanity

Work to build someone a new home or refurbish an old one during the two to three weeks each year that Plymouth serves. Volunteers work with experienced Plymouth leaders and Habitat supervisors, or provide food for the work crews. Contact: Bonnie Herr 612/345-4872, or John Davenport 952/237-4076. Watch our May 2018 YouTube video!

Lydia Apartment Connections

Help plan and carry out activities for residents of Lydia Apartments, which provides supportive housing. Contact: Renee Macomber 952/933-2146.

Meals on Wheels

Deliver hot meals to homebound people in the neighborhood, once or twice per month, Thursdays from 11:00 am–12:30 pm. Volunteers provide their own transportation and pick up meals from a central Meals on Wheels kitchen. Contact: Fran Neir 612/722-1662.

Simpson Partners

Offer hospitality for the homeless, on a first-name basis, and help organize a clothing drive for the men and women staying at the shelter. Contact: Boni Miller.

Strobel Drop-In Center

Provide fellowship for neighbors with disabilities, mental illness or struggles with independent living. Volunteer on Wednesdays from 1–3 pm or Thursdays 6–8 pm. Contact Larry Johnson, Drop-In Coordinator 612/977-1282.

Third Sunday Meal

We serve meals to neighbors in need each month;  welcome our guests, serve them and help them access other aid, such as from our bicycle-repair team and health advisors. Shifts run from 4:30–6:30 pm, with 25 volunteer servers needed each time. Contact Jean Tracy, jdtracy1@comcast.net, 952/303-4008.

Whittier School Volunteers

Help kids improve reading and math or share an artistic talent with students at the arts-integrated elementary school in the Whittier neighborhood. The group is especially focusing on a reading tutoring program to help close the achievement gap. Contact: Bryce Hamilton 612/920-6268, or Bill Davini 612/718-4293.

Advocate

The Racial Justice Task Force, Caring for Creation, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team and the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group are avenues for Plymouth members to advocate on issues that matter in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Align MPLS Volunteer Request

Have a little free time and a phone?  Want to be part of work around housing (in)stability? Align Minneapolis is looking for volunteers to make follow-up survey calls to recipients of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). The program supports individuals and families when they are faced with financial crises. Align contacts ERA recipients twice after they have […]

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Serve

    Through such projects as Families Moving Forward, Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at the nearby Whittier school, Plymouth members go into into the community to address pressing issues. In addition, the Strobel Drop-in Center at Plymouth Church and the Lydia Apartments Connections group build relationships with our neighbors in need.

  • Advocate

    The Racial Justice Task Force, Caring for Creation, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team and the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group are avenues for Plymouth members to advocate on issues that matter in our community.

  • Give

    Plymouth is sustained through the generous giving of its members. Ten percent of the gifts given to our church go into the wider community to support local and international organizations that promote economic, environmental and social justice; alleviate poverty; and, advance progressive faith in our community and around the world. Questions about giving online? We have answers.