How to Help
July 3, Donation Drive Thru
Ways You Can Help Those Impacted by COVID-19
Even though our building is closed, the church is NOT closed, because we are the church. God is still at work in the world and God is working through us to care for one another. As Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman said, "In this crisis, we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in new ways."
"In this crisis, we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in new ways."
We have been, and will continue to be in touch with community partners, social service agencies, FWISD, and the city to learn how we can best serve those in need. Keep reading to learn how you can serve from home and in our community at this time.
Volunteer Interest Form
Social distancing protocols are in place, but we are working on opportunities within those guidelines for you to help where you can. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will contact you when/if we can put you to work.
Ways You Can Serve
Presbyterian Night Shelter Sandwich Prep
University Christian Church is extending its commitment to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and we will continue to provide 300+ sack lunches every week through June and July. However, there is a slight change in how we will do this moving forward:
- Beginning the week of June 1st, we are asking you to only make sandwiches at home. The rest of items (chips, fruit, cookies, granola bar, peanut butter crackers, napkin and mayo/mustard) will be added when lunches are assembled at the church. This will reduce the weekly cost for volunteers purchasing supplies.
- If you are making sandwiches at home you need to purchase two loaves of bread, deli meat and cheese, pick up a sanitation kit at the church, make your sandwiches at home following the sanitation instructions and deliver the sandwiches to the church on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. You will receive an email reminder the Monday of the week you sign up to make sandwiches.
- A small group (5 people) will assemble the sack lunches at the church on Thursdays from 4-6p.m.
- We still need individuals to help receive sandwich donations on Thursday afternoons from 4:15-5:30pm, stuff sandwiches into the prepared sack lunches on Fridays from 9-9:45am, and drivers to deliver sandwiches to the Presbyterian Night Shelter on Friday mornings.
- Anyone serving at the church will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
Create Art for Those Experiencing Homelessness
From Carol Stewart
Many parents tell me that they like to bring their children to volunteer at Room in the Inn (RITI) so they will understand the value and importance of helping others. Over the years, your children have drawn pictures, made placemats, and written notes of encouragement. If you have children who would like to do this, you may scan and email the art/notes to Leisl Manone, DRC Director of Communications, at ; or you may bring the finished products to a no-contact box on my front porch, 3636 South Hills Ave, and Leisl will pick them up. Leisl hopes to make a "gallery" at the shelter so that everyone can enjoy each picture and note.
Help our partners at Fortress Youth Development Center
From Mason Wagner
Monday and Wednesday food delivery routes are scheduled through July, and our families are counting on us. With many of our regular volunteers being called back to work, we are struggling to keep our routes staffed. If you and one partner can spare two-three hours on a Monday or Wednesday to help us pack meals and drop them off at our kids' homes, we would greatly appreciate your help.
Volunteers will need their own vehicle as well as the ability to lift objects weighing up to 45 pounds. This is a great way to get out of the house and help Fort Worth families and their children! Sign up here
Make Masks at Home
Supplies and instructions provided!
Thank you to Chandry Manzke for donating 800 face masks at our most recent Donation Drive-Through! Her family business, Victory Awning, is currently sewing masks and have donated over 2,000 masks to Safe Haven, James L. West, FWISD, and more. They have also provided pre-cut materials and instructions for us to distribute so you can make masks from home. If you would like to receive a mask making kit, or if you have questions, contact Carolyn Critz by email or at (682)-888-4638.
Kits will also be available for pick-up at the church on Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm.
Provide Meals for Emergency Shelter Staff
Emergency shelter staff are working around the clock to serve those experiencing homelessness. Sign up to provide meals for emergency shelter staff.
Give Directly to University Christian Church
We ask that you continue to make financial gifts and fulfill your pledges to the church so we can support our community partners and care for those around the world. Your generosity changes lives.
This week, we encourage you to continue praying for the students, their families, educators and the district employees who are working hard to adapt to a new way of teaching and caring. We ask that you pray for administrators who have had to make difficult choices, knowing that school is sometimes the only place many of these students receive a meal and a place where they are safe. Pray for our health professionals who are working hard to care for those in our community and around the world. Pray for families who are separated, because of disease, violence, or those whose loved ones are working hard to keep communities functioning. Pray for those who are hungry and are worried where their next meal might come from. Pray for those who don’t know where their next check will come from. And pray for our state and national leadership…that they may work swiftly to care for our communities.
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Let us know you're available to volunteer
Social distancing protocols are in place, but we are working on opportunities within those guidelines for you to help where you can. If you are interested in helping out, let us know and we will contact you when/if we can put you to work.