For nearly 50 years Associated Ministries has united people in service to vulnerable populations, in both big and small ways. This summer we have a few new and fun ways people can help support us in our work to serve those in need.
We are offering, through a partnership with Puget Sound Car Wash Association, the opportunity to purchase basic car wash tickets that are good at many local car washes (when attendant is on duty) including Elephant Car Wash, Classy Chassis and Shur-Kleen and others in the Puget Sound area. And there is no expiration date!
Tickets are being sold for $8 each or three for $20, with all proceeds benefitting AM’s programs and services. You can find more information here.
Through the generosity of local merchants, we are able to offer some wonderful items for auction through eBay’s Charity Giving program. Two items are currently up for bid: dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and a “Night in Seattle” package that includes multiple restaurant certificates and tickets to a Seattle Storm game. You can check them out online at www.ebay.com; item numbers 332679688598 and 332679674552.
Dining with a Difference
Come join us at our first restaurant “takeover” event on Monday, July 9th at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown Tacoma. Diners who show the flyer will have 15% of their total bill for dinner donated to Associated Ministries. This is an easy way to help support AM while simply enjoying a nice meal. Remember to invite your friends and family to come too! A door prize for four reserved tickets to the Tacoma Rainiers will be offered. Reservations are not required but suggested for large groups. Stay tuned for additional Dining with a Difference opportunities to be announced later this summer.
Other ways to help
The donation of time is always a welcome gift. Volunteers are needed to help with Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful. You can find more information online at www.paintbeautiful.org. For sponsorship or volunteer information, please contact Wendy Morris at email@example.com.
We are so grateful for your partnership with Associated Ministries this past year. During 2017 we experienced momentum on many fronts:
- Our Community Quarterly Meetings convened ever-larger crowds throughout the year; in total 187 people from 44 faith communities came together at four gatherings to be educated about homelessness and discuss potential projects and solutions.
- In November we hosted the largest group yet at our annual “Lead the Way Home” breakfast, and attendees responded with record generosity.
- During October we encouraged Pierce County faith communities to take part in the first “Standing United with Compassion” observance, which kicked off at a moving and memorable “interfaith Shabbat” service hosted by Temple Beth El.
- In September we staged an innovative new community event called “Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness” in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.
- In March we were overwhelmed by the response to our first-ever Interfaith Women’s Conference as some 400 women gathered for a day of learning, inspiration and fellowship.
These are a few tangible examples of the growing commitment we sense throughout Pierce County to come together to address our communities’ most critical needs.
When it comes to one of those needs – homelessness – we all know we’re facing a crisis. But behind the scenes many of us are working hard to make fundamental shifts in our homeless response system. We must not grow weary in doing good, not when we are making progress towards our preferred future, one in which homelessness is a rare, brief, and one-time experience for those caught up in its terrible consequences.
Truth be told, there have been many challenges to navigate during 2017, including some discouraging – and even terrifying – situations playing out across our nation and world. And yet at AM we remain optimistic as we see people in our community coming together with new-found solidarity and resolve to make a difference. In trying times it is essential to know that we are here for each another.
No matter what happens in the year ahead, Associated Ministries will continue to press forward as we have for 48 years, bringing together people of faith and good will to create a more humane, compassionate and just community. To do that, WE NEED YOU; and more than ever our community needs you. Thank you for showing up and for reaching out!
Michael Yoder, Executive Director
We are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers and appreciate all the hard work they have been doing the last few months to help paint the homes of low-income homeowners!
However, in order to make sure all the homes scheduled for this summer get completed, we need help! There has been an unexpected issue with getting enough paint, and we are seeking donations to help purchase what we need to paint the last few homes for the low-income homeowners.
Any amount will help and you can donate at https://associatedministries.org/donate-2017/. Just select that your donation is for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.
On behalf of the homeowners participating in the program, thank you in advance for your generosity!