Welcome to GiveBackTree.com, a website dedicated to making it easy for you to give back to your church and your community. Whether handing out meals at our local homeless shelter, or opening our doors to families looking for a welcoming place to stay, Westminster Presbyterian and its congregation have a proud history of fostering volunteerism and helping those in need. GiveBackTree.com is a simple tool that allows you to pledge your time and treasure, and by doing so we can continue our important work of spreading God’s love, the most powerful force in the world, throughout our community. Thank you and God bless.
One Saturday night a month, September - May, Senior Highs and Confirmands will take care of children 3-10 years old at the church while parents enjoy a night out. Special sessions will be held during the month of December for parents to go Christmas shopping. Each event will require 7-10 Youth volunteers and 2-3 Adult volunteers. We are asking that each Youth participate in at least 4 of these sessions and that each Youth have a parent participate with them in at least 2 sessions.
It takes many volunteers to make VBS a success. Your willingness to help is greatly appreciated! Training will be provided for all volunteers
Volunteer areas include:
To volunteer pick up a volunteer form in the church office or contact Susan Denton (SDenton@westpres.org) or Erin Marth (firstname.lastname@example.org) both at 515-274-1524.
Volunteering to deliver the Food Pantry Collection is key to keeping this vital ministry alive! All of our food, hygiene and monetary donations go to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Across Polk County, DMARC annually provides the equivalent of about 1.6 million meals for 34,000 food pantry participants through 13 neighborhood-based pantry sites. Supporting DMARC is one of the many ways Westminster is committed to fighting hunger and poverty in our community.
Food Pantry collections happen every 3rd Sunday of the month, regardless of holidays. Donations will be ready for pickup on a rolling cart. There should be a small piece of paper attached to or sitting on top of the donations with an item count. Give this to the person at the pantry facility who receives the donations. If delivering on a SUNDAY or AFTER REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS, take donations to the front desk at: Central Iowa Shelter & Services 1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. If delivering DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS, take donations to: DMARC Food Pantry 1435 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. Please request a receipt for the donations. Return the receipt to the church office the next time you are at the church.
Please contact Lisa Anderson at (515) 274-1534 with any questions.
Family Promise, with offices and Day Center on the lower level of Westminster, provides services to homeless families, helping them with housing, employment, counseling and other needs. Each night, the families are hosted overnight by churches affiliated with Family Promise. Westminster will be providing shelter, meals and hospitality starting at 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 23 and ending at 7:00 AM on Sunday, April 30.
Volunteers are needed to provide evening meals and hospitality from 5:00 PM through the next morning at 7:00 AM. People providing food will need to deliver it to Simmerman Lounge by 5:30 PM.
There are five shifts to fill nightly:
5:00-6:30 PM - Supper Host (2): volunteers serve (and eat) supper with the guests and help them to store leftovers, clean kitchen and meal area.
5:30 PM - Main Dish (1): Prepare & deliver main dish to Simmerman Lounge Kitchen.
5:30 PM - Side Dish (2): Prepare & deliver side dish to Simmerman Lounge Kitchen.
6:30-8:30 PM - Evening Host (hospitality*, 2): volunteers provide hospitality for families (talking, playing games, watching movie,etc.).
8:30 PM - 7:00 AM - Overnight Host (hospitality*, 2): volunteers spend the night to provide hospitality until families go to their rooms. We must have someone present until the day center opens at 7:00 AM and for anything that may occur during the night.
In addition, volunteers are needed to help set-up (2) from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 23 and tear-down (1) from 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM on Sunday, April 30.
Family Promise can host up to three families or a total of 14 people. The number of people will not be known until the end of the previous week. Volunteers will be updated as information is available along with an email reminder two days prior to their scheduled volunteer time.
*All volunteers who provide hospitality must have a background check (food only volunteers do not need a background check). Please contact Jim Vandeburg at the church office (274-1534) or Roxanne Neary for the form to complete and return to Jim.
Westminster needs volunteers to prepare and serve a meal at the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter on the 22nd of each month. Each month we need 6 volunteers to participate.
There are 3 jobs:
Coordinator (1): be part of the entire process, beginning with putting the main entrée in the oven (food comes frozen) at 3:00 pm, helping to load the food into cars, transporting food to the shelter, helping to prepare the remaining food at the shelter, and serving the meal.
Drivers (2): meet at the church at 5:00 to load cars with food, transport the food to the shelter, help to prepare the remaining food at the shelter, and to serve the food at the shelter.
Servers (3): meet at the shelter at 5:30 to help to prepare the remaining food at the shelter, and to serve the food at the shelter.