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Re-imagining Volunteering at St. Paul's
October 16, 2015
Since being elected as your Wardens, we have been thinking about ways to expand the volunteer base at St. Paul’s in a way that helps to ease the burden on so many who already give so much of their time and talent to our Parish.
Luckily, there are many individuals who have asked us, the clergy, and fellow parishioners how they can become more actively involved in the life of our Parish.
In a world where so many people are already overextended, however, many individuals do not want to simply join a commission or committee where the volunteer commitment may seem open-ended and never ending. So we’ve decided to upend the way we think about volunteering at St. Paul’s.
During the next few weeks, the weekly e-blast and bulletin will highlight a ministry and give a short explanation of how the ministry contributes to our life at St. Paul’s. We’ll also place them on the Parish website. The volunteer opportunities will be varied – from weeding the front gardens no more than three times a year to volunteering at one of our eight special receptions that we hold each year. But each task shares a common thread: a concrete, discrete volunteer opportunity. No open-ended commitments.
Of course, these tasks aren’t simply for individuals who are newer to the Parish who are seeking ways to contribute their valuable time and talent, but also for long-time parishioners who simply want to take on a new challenge.
This list will be updated regularly so that you will be kept up to date on the most urgent needs. Your time is limited and everyone’s talents are unique. Together, we can work together to continue making St. Paul’s a vibrant and vital part of our community.
Laurel Pyke Malson and Remington A. Gregg
The Commission on Mission is St. Paul’s arm for mission and outreach. It utilizes funds provided from the operating budget, grant money, gifts from individual donors and the proceeds from fundraising events to support ministries both in the immediate DC area and abroad. It is one of the principal avenues through which the parish engages in “Christ-like living” and offers parishioners and other volunteers the chance for hands-on service to those most in need.
The Georgetown Ministry Center guides service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through aggressive street outreach, provision of a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect, and advocacy for the homeless. Its winter shelter serves ten homeless people from November through March and provides an opportunity for shelter residents to establish warm, supportive relationships with staff and volunteers and among themselves. St. Paul’s supports the Georgetown Ministry Center financially, and by hosting the Winter Shelter.
The St. Paul’s Youth Corps and many other people from the parish volunteer to help with the shelter. St. Paul’s will be hosting the shelter from January 3-10, 2016.
Approximately 25 to 30 volunteers are needed for just one week to:
Prepare the dining hall for our guests (receiving the cots and their gear).
Prepare and serve meals (7 breakfasts and 7 dinners).
Interact with our guests (share a meal and visit with them).
Deliver the cots and gear to the next host.
For more information, contact Ann Korky at akkorky [at] gmail.com and Rhoda Geasland at rhoda.geasland [at] gmail.com.