What does it take to be a volunteer - a good volunteer? I've been thinking about that lately, and I wonder, would I be able to "make it" as a volunteer at UGM? Good question.
In fact, that's the question we ask everyone who wants to serve as a volunteer at UGM. Are you qualified to serve the people who come to UGM in search of help? You see, it takes a lot of heart - primarily - to not only give of your time and talent, but to "put yourself out there" doing tasks behind the scenes as well as serving in more visible roles. To us, and to the people who receive care and compassion in our shelters, it is the volunteers who give of themselves who truly make a difference.
As you consider what you might do in a volunteer capacity this near year - whether stuffing envelopes, participating in the planning of an event at one of our shelters, or raising funds to support the clients of UGM - you will be making a difference. When you step forward to join us, you will help men, women and children break free from the cycle of homelessness through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
MEET UGM'S VOLUNTEERS
Scott, Restoration House Cook
Scott had driven by UGM for years on his way to work, until one day the Lord placed a sense of service on his heart and he came in to meet with our volunteer coordinator. A few weeks later, he started as a once-a-week cook at our Restoration House men's transition home and has eagerly served since August 2014.
"Food brings the residents together," Scott says. "I eat and talk with the guys, then clean the kitchen and leave for home at 7:30." One resident thanked Scott, saying it meant so much to him that someone from the outside cared. "I had no idea that a few hours each week could impact someone so much," Scott tells us.
If you're thinking of lending your time and talents, Scott advises, "Pray and ask God for guidance. When you get an answer - which may take minutes, days or even years - that's all you may need on your resume to volunteer at UGM."
Kathleen, Writing Instructor
After 34 years as a public school teacher, Kathleen felt called to share her gifts with the women at Simonka Place. "These women have an incredible amount of resilience and strength," Kathleen observes. "They are trying to change their lives and through the difficulties, they find the ability to laugh again. They begin to see their worth as they allow God to fill those empty holes. They are worth what we invest in them. I am blessed and they are a blessing."
Kathleen now sees homeless people in a difference light. "I appreciate them when I see them on the streets. I have no basis for judging. My reliance on God has strengthened." Her advice to anybody considering volunteering at UGM: "Be sure you are called by God to be there. Ask God to give you His love to everyone who comes across your path and He will."