Posts Tagged ‘volunteer’

Reflections on Project Homeless Connect

By Janet Runbeck, RN, MN An elderly man who is nearly blind was able to get help to have cataract surgery. A 50-ish man, who lost his job and then his home, got his hypertension medicine refilled. A young woman with painful feet got a pair of shoes without holes. As one of the hundreds…

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Help Yourself and the Community

Did you know that last year in Pierce County, more than 2,600 households had their taxes filed by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program?  Since the average U.S. household spent $270 on tax preparation last year, by providing this service free of charge, we saved Pierce County residents more than $702,000. And you can…

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Are You Ready to Go on an “Amazing Quest”?

Join us this October for the Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness. Associated Ministries has designed this energizing new event to take participants on a compelling journey illustrating the challenges our neighbors experiencing homelessness face. Teams complete engaging activities related to homelessness at multiple learning stations inside the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood; each encounter is…

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How to Help our Neighbors

After a life of service to others, including children in Romania and widows needing help with their houses, *Sarah is hoping volunteers will come to paint her home.  Her husband, a minister, had a final wish before he died, and that was to have their house painted. We need volunteers to help fulfill his final…

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Paint Tacoma Builds Community!

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful is about to embark on its 34th summer of painting houses for low-income homeowners and we need you! Our goal is to paint 27 houses in Tacoma this year, helping people in need in our community through the generosity of volunteers and sponsors.  Volunteers come from all walks of life: workplace, families,…

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And the winner is…

…a secret! At least until they are announced at our Keeping Dreams Alive luncheon on Wednesday, May 9!  There is still time to sign up to attend this inspiring event and meet the nominees who helped us build a stronger community in 2017 and beyond. We welcome you to join us–and help us honor and…

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Volunteering is Rewarding For Everyone

Eleesha, a taxpayer living in Tacoma, was being swallowed by the stress and frustration of dealing with her taxes. Calling one of the bigger tax preparation service providers, Vaughan explained her situation and income level. She was told because her income was lower than the requirement to file that she did not have to file…

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Why I Was A VITA Site Coordinator

By Than Tran – VITA Site Coordinator 2017 As a finance major at the University of Washington Tacoma, I realized that in order to be successful in my career, I had to continuously enhance my knowledge and skills. In addition, hands-on experiences are very important for me to get my first job after I graduate…

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Paint Tacoma volunteers in action!

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful is a fun way to make our community more beautiful and serve neighbors in need! Each summer Associated Ministries mobilizes volunteers to paint houses for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or disabled. Since 1985 more than 2,200 houses have been painted! This summer, volunteers from 10 workplaces, 8 faith communities,…

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Ready to Serve in Times of Disaster

All of our communities will one day be affected by a disaster – whether natural, such as storms or earthquakes or a volcano erupting as Mt. St. Helens did 37 years ago today, or caused by accidental or deliberate human conduct. When that time comes, will you be ready to help? Learn more about how…

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