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Outreach

"As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world."

John 17:18

At UPPC, we envision a renewed and flourishing community at home and abroad where the love of Jesus is known, experienced, and spread to others intentionally, spontaneously, and tangibly.  We live out this vision
by engaging holistically to address the broken relationships, injustices, and hinderances
that prevent all from fully experiencing God's shalom. 

Summer Lunch Distribution

Without access to the free or reduced lunches offered during the school year, many children in our community go hungry. UPPC is partnering with Families Unlimited Network (FUN) and other churches in the area to distribute free prepackaged meals within several University Place communities.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to serve together.

refugee resettlement

Help newly arrived refugees resettle in the area!

UPPC's Good Neighbor Team will be helping one refugee family move into a nearby apartment this spring. Help furnish the apartment by donating gently used furniture items and/or purchasing items from our gift registries. 

Travel Opportunities

American South
June 25 - July 3, 2024

American  South Pilgrimage

June 25 - July 3, 2024
Be immersed into a deeper understanding of our country's history and be inspired by leaders and visionaries building God's Beloved Community.
Mexico
February 13-17, 2025

Intergenerational Mexico Trip

February 2025
Work alongside El Niño residents and engage in mutually enriching cross-cultural experience.
Kenya
August 2025

Intergenerational Kenya Trip

August 2025
Experience life in Meru, Kenya as you visit with  students and families connected to UPPC's Cherish Ministry. 
China
October 10-21, 2024
Postponed to October 2025

China Pilgrimage

Come experience the church in China and be inspired by fellow believers living as "salt and light" (Mt 5:13-14) in another part of the world. 

CHERISH Meru

Since 2003, UPPC has been partnering with grassroots Kenyan organized initiatives to educate, equip, and empower children in and near Meru, Kenya through child sponsorships, caregiver visits, and community support. 

Cherish Sponsorships

Cherish Watoto Ministry 

Each Cherish Sponsorship helps to educate, equip and empower a child in Kenya whose family cannot afford to pay for their K-12 education.  Sponsorship not only helps ensure a student stays in school, it gives them a mentor and advocate who helps prepare them for adulthood.
Sponsor a student for as little as $29.50/month.

We have students waiting for sponsors!

 Watoto, meaning "children" in Swahili, supports community projects that allow students to succeed in school and their families to break the cycle of poverty. Current projects include providing lunches in schools in Meru and Laikipia counties who have large numbers of students from families struggling to feed their children.  
A donation of $30 to "Watoto" can feed 10 students for one month.

Flourishing

Put your faith into practice as you explore with others how God is calling you to be a peacemaker in Jesus' name.

Stay tuned for the next offering of Flourishing - expected Winter 2025!

Ongoing Service Opportunities

Safe Haven Refugee Ministry

Since 2015 UPPC has worked to support refugees in our area. Growing from housing assistance and teams to help a family learn how to live in a new country, our ministry continues to expand. We now provide English classes, supplies for those in detention centers, and weekend housing and transportation to those en route to their final destination. See how you can help at uppc.org/safehaven. 

Families Unlimited Network (FUN)

Located on UPPC’s premises, FUN volunteers honor and strengthen families through teaching, supporting essential needs and building relationships out of love for God and neighbor. Donate food, serve in the Food Bank, or volunteer in the Spot After-School Tutoring Program. More information at familiesunlimitednetwork.org.

Cherish Meru, Kenya

Since 2003, UPPC has been partnering with Hope International Ministry Trust to educate, equip, and empower children in Meru, Kenya through child sponsorships, caregiver visits, and auxiliary support.  Learn how you can sponsor a child or provide other financial support at cherishmeru.org.

Olive Crest South Sound

Become a foster parent or join a Care Community that supports one. More information at uppc.org/fostercare

REACH Ministries

Provide hope to HIV-positive children and their families by serving at a REACH camp or retreat, mentoring those affected by HIV, interning with REACH or preparing encouraging gift baskets or gift cards. More information at reachministries.org.

Coffee Oasis Pierce County

Provide love and support to homeless youth by becoming a youth center volunteer, mentor, or street outreach volunteer at the Coffee Oasis Tacoma Shelter.  Volunteer Training is offered the first Saturday of each month.More information at thecoffeeoasis.com/volunteer.

Family Renewal Shelter

 Family Renewal Shelter offers a safe place primarily for women and children whose well-being is in real danger due to domestic violence. Your donation helps FRS  rescue and give  hope to those at risk. Volunteer training is offered to for those  interested in working with clients at the shelter or helping with maintenance,  yardwork or making pick-ups, etc. Find details at domesticviolencehelp.org/volunteer.

UP & North Tacoma Young Life

UPPC and Young Life have been partnering for decades with the goal of helping adolescents become followers of Jesus and helping them grow in their faith. You can get involved in a variety of ways, including donating directly, becoming a Young Life leader, joining a prayer team or providing meals, to name a few. To find out more at upnt.younglife.org.

Habitat for Humanity

The Tacoma/Pierce County branch of Habitat for Humanity selects families to receive newly-built or renovated homes. They offer a “hand up” rather than a “handout”.  Since 1985 HH has built or rehabilitated over 300 homes in Pierce County. UPPC partners with HH by helping build two homes in the area  each year. See how you can
 put your faith into action at
www.tpc-habitat.org.

Outreach Ministry Teams

Kenya Team

UPPC's Kenya Team runs the day-to-day operations of UPPC's Cherish Sponsorship and Watoto ministries in partnership Hope International Ministry Trust and others in Meru, Kenya. This includes  communicating with sponsors, sharing ministry updates, and forwarding sponsorship letters from Kenya.

Learn about UPPC's Cherish Ministry at cherishmeru.org.
Join the team, by emailing [email protected].

South Sudan Team

UPPC's South Sudan Team serves as an extended family to South Sudanese refugees in the area who need help with things like childcare and transportation to doctor appointments. The Team also partners with Community Transformation Centre who provides discipleship, sewing skills, and economic-empowerment to South Sudanese in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.  

 Join the team by emailing [email protected].

Safe Haven Welcome Team

Home to the nation's fourth largest immigration processing center, immigrants leave Tacoma's ICE processing center every week looking for repite, a warm meal and transportation before heading to their next destination.  UPPC's Safe Haven Welcome Team share the responsibility welcoming these individuals and helping them get to the next stop in their journey.  

Join the team by emailing [email protected].

My story serving at UPPC

Dan Small, Families Unlimited Foodbank volunteer

For 6 years, I have volunteered at the Families Unlimited Foodbank. Giving my time to help others is very important to me. I pick up food from local grocery stores and food warehouses that helps feed nearly 2,000 people each month. The hours I give each week helping others is rewarding and helps strengthen my faith in Jesus with every box of food I unload.