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. 

Pilgrimage

March 15-22, 2023

In a time of division and polarization, the American Peacemaking Pilgrimage explores how the seeds of our country's division were sown at the noble yet contradictory beginning of our American story. You will be immersed into a deeper understanding of our country's history and connected to leaders and visionaries building God's Beloved Community in some of the most difficult places while also learning to be a peacemaker in your own context.
Join us for an info meeting via Zoom Sunday, November 13 at 5pm

Safe Haven Volunteers Needed

Be a warm and friendly face welcoming a refugee or asylum seeker as they begin their resettlement journey!
Home to the nation's fourth largest immigration processing center, dozens of refugees and asylum seekers arrive at World Relief and AID NW's Welcome RV every month needing a temporary place to stay, a warm meal, and transportation to the airport. Volunteers are needed to join teams who tangibly welcome a couple of these folks one Thursday/Friday or Friday/Saturday per month.

Care Community Volunteers Needed

Provide tangible, emotional, and spiritual support to a foster or adoptive family!
Over 10,000 children go through the Washington State child welfare system every year, many of whom need a higher level of care than your average child. Families who courageously signup to parent these children easily burn out without others providing them ongoing wrap around care and support. Volunteers are needed to provide this much-needed support to UPPC families and others caring for these children.

community christmas

Every year, UPPC partners with Families Unlimited Network and local schools to provide gifts and food to economically struggling families in our community.  This year,  UPPC is collecting donations to provide families a set of gift cards along with a bag/box of non-perishable food and a frozen turkey or ham that from the food bank at Families Unlimited Network.  Learn how you  can help  below.

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.

Flourishing Groups

Discern how you are being called to join God's work in the world and pursue human flourishing for us  and others.  
New groups to start Winter 2023.  Stay tuned!

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.