Serve

Plymouth upholds a long tradition of putting its faith into action through service. We emphasize building relationships with our neighbors with compassion and service. People-to-people and hands-on projects help address issues in our communities. As we collaborate with our neighbors in need and fellow members, we are transformed spiritually. There are many opportunities to serve throughout the community.

Offering skills in church leadership—as a Deacon, Leadership Council officer or board member—is another way to serve. Nominate yourself or others to a leadership position with this nomination form.

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, larry (at) plymouth.org, 612/977-1282.

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, hannahcg (at) plymouth.org.

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, edmundjkelley (at) gmail.com. Learn more by viewing the Groveland at work video and on Groveland’s website.

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.

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: Jim Christenson, christensonjim (at) msn.com. Watch our May 2018 YouTube video!

Help plan and carry out activities for residents of Lydia Apartments, which provides supportive housing. Contact: Renée Macomber, renee.let.1961 (at) gmail.com, 952/933-2146.

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, feneir (at) msn.com, 612/722-1662.

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, clarkboni (at) comcast.net.

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 (at) comcast.net, 952/303-4008.

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, bryceham (at) aol.com, 612/920-6268, or Bill Davini, bdavini (at) yahoo.com, 612/718-4293.