Harrowing Of Hell
June 19, 2021

Letter from the Vicar: Volunteer Opportunities in Seattle

Community Lunch Program on Capitol Hill

I am pleased to announce a new opportunity for Epiphanites who wish to serve their community through outreach. A few weeks ago, I visited and served at the Community Lunch Program in Capitol Hill. For over 30 years, Community Lunch has provided hot and nutritious meals to anyone who is hungry or experiencing food scarcity. Working with local businesses, the City and local faith communities, Jeff Wolcott, Executive Director, his staff, and lots of volunteers provide not only lunch, but snacks and extra ‘shopping’ for donated items including both perishable and nonperishable food, toiletries, backpacks, clothes etc. Community Lunch also provides a space for community building, necessary shots, medical and dental mobile clinics and help with paperwork.

Community Lunch’s volunteer shifts are:

  • 9:30 to 11:30 AM– Make snack bags, PBJ sandwiches, prepare take-out bags, sort donations, etc.
  • 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM– Fill take-out bags with hot entrée and snacks and 
    take to serve line. The team can do one or both shifts.


Sound Foundations NW at SODO Hope Factory

Join an Epiphany team to help construct Tiny Homes for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Working with Sound Foundations, our teams will help build tiny transitional homes in a SODO warehouse assembly-line style. “Our goal is to build 1-2 tiny homes EVERY DAY,” said SFNW’s Barb Oliver, Director of Operations. On Saturdays, July 31 and August 14, Epiphany Teams will work at the Hope Factory, the name given to the warehouse in SODO where the tiny homes are made. If you would be interested in working with a team of others on the assembly line, please contact rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org


Other Ways to Help:

  1. Through the months of July and August we will be collecting trial/travel size wet ones, shampoo, conditioner, soap/ liquid soap, lip balms, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, lotion (yes ,the ones you get from hotels are perfect!), socks, granola bars quart-sized ziplocs for toiletry kits for clients at our partner organization; Operation Nightwatch and our new volunteer site; Community Lunch. We will have collection bins at church to deposit your items.
  2. We will need volunteers to organize materials (throughout the campaign) and make toiletry kits. Join us on July 25 after the 11:00 service to assemble the kits. To let us know you will be there, contact rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org
  3. Sign up to join a serving team our partner organization, Operation Nightwatch. To sign up contact rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org. Operation Nightwatch’s (next meal on July 17) volunteer shifts are:
    • 7:30 -8:45 PM – meal preparation; cleaning of dishes, pans as necessary.
    • 8:45—10:30 PM Serving meal and clean up
  4. Backpack Brigade at Cherry Street YWCA. Help us meet our goal of 150 backpacks this year! To help by August 8: Please bring to office:
    • A fully provisioned backpack—look for list on our website
    • Selected supplies (please email a list of what you wish to donate to Ann McCurdy @ ann@frostymoose.com) OR make your
    • Donation to help us buy backpacks and supplies (NEW!!! Check out epiphanyseattle.org/give/ to donate online!)
    • All Donations need to be received by August 8 so we may purchase supplies
    • On August 14, 15, and 16 we need help assembling with backpacks!
      • Assembly Line Setup: A couple hours on a Saturday afternoon.
      • Assembly Line Help: Keeping the supplies stocked while the assembly line is moving
      • Delivery Help on Monday. To volunteer contact ann@frostymoose.com