Service to the World
We believe we are called to go out and to show the Good News in our work of helping those in need. Below are ways we serve our Portland community and the world. For more information, contact Co-Pastor Beth Neel at 503-287-1289, ext. 113.
Grace Memorial Meals
An evening meal is provided to low-income residents from nearby neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to shop for food, cook, set tables, serve, clean up, and wash dishes. Cooking is done on Friday afternoon.
Habitat for Humanity
Houses are built at locations throughout the city. Volunteers are needed to assist with all phases of house construction and no experience is required.
Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP)
A program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, NEFP provides emergency food and clothing to needy families and individuals. Volunteers are needed to deliver food to NEFP, organize donated food, sort clothing, and greet and assist guests.
Genesis Community Fellowship Food Bank
Genesis is a satellite site of the Northeast Emergency Food Network. Volunteers are needed to work with Genesis members preparing emergency food boxes for needy families and individuals.
Mainspring Portland (formerly FISH Emergency Services)
Mainspring Portland provides emergency food and other services to low-income community members. Volunteers are needed to deliver food to Mainspring.
Operation Nightwatch ministers to the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of a diverse group of people experiencing homelessness and social isolation. Operation Nightwatch operates hospitality centers around Portland. Volunteers are needed for a once-a-month shift from 6:15 to 11:15 p.m. at at other times to help administer the centers and interact with guests.
The Hansen Shelter is an "all day/all night" shelter located at the intersection of NE 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street. It is the largest shelter for homeless adults in Multnomah County and is managed by Transition Projects. Westminster volunteers to arrange, prepare, deliver, and serve supper to 200 homeless adults at the shelter on the last Friday evening of the month.
Soup, Socks, and Sneakers (Winter, start of the year)
Soup is collected for the NEFP and Mainspring Portland, and new socks and sneakers are collected for Operation Nightwatch. Volunteers are needed to promote the project and collect, sort, and deliver items to the agencies.
Bread for the World (Spring)
Bread for the World is a Christian organization that advocates for an end to hunger in the United States and around the world. Westminster sponsors an annual Offering of Letters, which enables people to write their senators and representatives in Congress in support of legislation aimed at eradicating hunger.
CROP Hunger Walk (Spring)
CROP Hunger Walks, organized by Church World Service, help end hunger by raising funds to support local food-assistance programs and the international anti-hunger work of CWS. The annual walk in Portland is 3 miles long and takes place each April. Volunteers are needed to get pledges and participate in the walk. Click here to see the 2017 web page for the Westminster team where you can donate or sign up to participate.
Christmas in July (Summer)
Non-perishable food and hygiene items are collected for NEFP at the time of year when such donations typically decrease. Volunteers are needed to help promote the project and assist with delivering goods to NEFP.
Thanksgiving Food Drive (Early to Mid-November)
Food, personal care items, and monetary donations are collected for distribution to the NEFP and Mainspring Portland. Volunteers are needed to deliver goods to the agencies.
Angel Tree (Between Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Christmas gifts are provided to Albina Head Start children and their families. Volunteers are needed to buy presents, prepare gift tags, and sort and deliver presents to Albina Head Start.
Village Support Network (Varies)
Westminster fields a team to participate in the nonprofit New City Initiative's program of assisting families transition out of homelessness. Our team works with the family for six months assisting them in getting established in their new home and making connections with the wider community.