Some folks prefer to be "hands on helpers" rather than just write checks. One opportunity is to join with other church members to work at Share House Meals for about four hours on the first Monday each month. Volunteers fix and serve meals, doing whatever is necessary based on the available contributions. There's a free lunch and opportunity to converse with like-minded individuals while you're there. Volunteer Wanda York says, "We, who work there, really enjoy being there." Right now, they're looking for people who are willing to come occasionally as a substitute.
To help in this way or for more information, please contact coordinator Frances at ShareHouseProject@uucvan.org
WHO - 2017
For several years, UUCV volunteers have participated in the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) program. This involves staffing overnight housing (warmth, a shower, safety, bedrolls on the gym floor, snacks and breakfast) for homeless women and families, hosted at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in the Orchards area. In January and February of 2017 47 UUCV volunteers worked over 300 hours at the St. Pauls and St. Andrews overflow homeless shelters.
Dates for 2018 WHO service will be announced when the schedule is known.