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by Linda Olson

Often when families come to Mission Outpost for services, they are nervous and feeling embarrassed about having to ask for help. They aren’t sure what to expect and come mainly to receive food and be on their way. But by the time they leave, they are feeling at ease and so grateful, not only for the food and clothing they’ve received, but also for the way they were treated and with the spiritual care they’ve received.

Our volunteers try hard to make sure that everyone who steps through our doors feel welcome and cared for and it shows by the feedback that we receive day after day from our guests. Recently, a guest brought a friend in need to our food shelf. He said that he has always felt welcome, has never felt embarrassed about being here, and everyone is always so nice to him, so he knew that this was the place to have his friend come when she was in need.

While our guests say that we are a blessing to them, our volunteers often feel they are the ones who are being blessed. Every day, Mission Outpost opens, our Missions staff spends time with our volunteers. We not only share logistical information but to share where we have seen God in the past week and ask what prayer concerns our volunteers have.

Recently, we were reminded of the family created in this volunteer space. Recently two volunteers who were scheduled to work in Mission Outpost both received bad news from their respective families. These volunteers not only showed up for their shift, but they shared their news during our time of prayer concerns. These individuals felt safe sharing and being vulnerable in the mist of their pain. It reminds us that God has not only called us to serve but to be in relationship with each other.

You can be blessing to those in need and be a part of our volunteer community!

Winter is an excellent time to volunteer in Mission Outpost for the first time – or to start volunteering a little more. Many of our volunteers fly south for the winter which increases our need for volunteers during this time of year. You can join us for a night or an on-going experience.

Help us get ready for guests:

  • Help sort our incoming food donations Monday – Thursday, 9:00-11:30 am
  • Clothing sorting can be done anytime Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Volunteer during any of our Food Shelf hours of operation:

  • Monday, 9:00 am – noon – Sort and stock food, set-up
  • Monday, 12:30 – 3:30pm Serve families & clean-up
  • Monday, 3:30-4:30pm to re-stock food
  • Monday 4:30 – 7:30 pm – Serve families & clean-up *GREATEST NEED
  • Tuesday, 9:00 am – noon – Sort and stock food
  • Wednesday, 9:00 am – noon – Sort and stock food
  • Wednesday, 4:30 – 7:30 pm – Serve families & clean-up *GREATEST NEED
  • Thursday, 9:00 am – noon – Sort and stock food, set-up
  • Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Serve families & clean-up
  • Thursday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm – Prep space and Serve Families for Food Distribution

Please contact Jan or Linda or visit our volunteer page for more information.

Linda Olson is the Mission Outreach Leader at Prince of Peace. 

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