We’re excited to announce that, with elder approval, we are moving forward with a commitment to Family Promise. This means that between now and our first full week of housing families, in March, we need to finish organizing coordinators, volunteers and training.
As presently envisioned, there will be five main coordinators for the program: two overall coordinators who will make sure that we are prepared for each Family Promise week and will be on hand or on call as much as possible during those weeks, plus specific coordinators for ‘facilities, food and fun.’
The facility coordinator will make sure that the rooms are set up, that other groups using the rooms are aware of the program and are reassigned space or time as needed, and that appropriate supplies are on hand.
The food coordinator will make sure that meals and snacks are covered and are delivered to the right place at the right time.
The fun coordinator should probably be called the activities coordinator; this person will make sure that the families have the right amount of things to do while they are here, and that Trinity people are on hand to minister to the families (this includes coordinating the folks from Trinity who will stay overnight.)
If you are interested in being a coordinator, or would just like more information, please contact Bob or Todd as soon as possible. We would like to have the coordinators in place before the training.
There are many volunteer opportunities available; one of the strengths of this ministry is that there are many modest sized tasks – and many hands will make light work for all.
Set-up and Break-down: These volunteers will work with the facility coordinator to prepare the building on the Saturday before a Family Promise week begins and on the Sunday when it begins; setting up beds and night stands, distributing supplies, doing any last minute cleaning, etc. At the end of the week this group will help to clean up the rooms where the families stayed, put away all the excess supplies, and wash and clean the linens in preparation for the next quarter.
Providing Food: Each day we will need someone to provide a full hot dinner. In addition we will need to provide supplies for simple breakfasts, bag lunches and snacks, and make sure these are stocked through the week.
Hosting: Each day we will need at least two people (or a family) to be dinner hosts (roughly 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), evening hosts (roughly 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and overnight hosts (roughly 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). Evening hosts may be asked to coordinate some activities, like voluntary participation in church events, organized games, or movies. In addition all hosts will be encourage to interact with and pray for the Family Promise families as appropriate.
If you are interested in any of these commitments, we strongly encourage you to come to the Family Promise training. We will put all these opportunities on a web / paper sign up sheet after the training day is over.
As mentioned above we will have a training day where you can learn most of the nuts and bolts of volunteering for the program, from coordinating all the way down to the two hour serving shifts! The training will be held on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We will have input from Family Promise staff, materials from other Family Promise churches and the opportunity to think together and ask/answer questions as we move toward our first independent Family Promise week in March
Please use the form below to indicate interest in coordinating or one of the other volunteer opportunities, and to indicate whether you can attend the training.