Marin County - Bay Area
Revolving Emergency Shelter Team (REST)
REST is a 6-month program managed by St. Vincent De Paul in San Rafael ( www.vinnies.org) to provide shelter each night of the week from November through April. Westminster coordinates Sunday nights and provides space for 40 men to have a nourishing meal and a place to sleep in safety and warmth. Planning, preparing and serving the meal rotates across 6 groups: WPC, Congregation Kol Shofar, St. Stephen's Episcopal, Mt. Tam Methodist, and a plucky group of teens from Branson. Volunteers prepare a homemade meal, accompanied by occasional entertainment, and always a movie and popcorn or the men who want to stay awake and watch. Our goal is not only to feed, but to sit and listen and talk with our guests during the meal. The men have appreciated the warm welcome on the many cold and rainy nights each year. For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Judi Sachs at .
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Come spend a day with a hammer or a paint brush at the 10-house project in Novato to help create workforce housing in Marin County with Habitat for Humanity (www.habitatgsf.org). Please contact Liz Arnold at if interested in serving on our team; must be 16. No special skills required. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical non-profit that sells houses at cost (after using donated material and labor as much as possible) and offers no-down-payment and no-interest loans. Families qualify on income, credit record and need; each must put in 500 hours of sweat equity.
Do you like to cook, then this is for you! On the last Sunday of each month, WPC provides ingredients for a tasty burrito meal for the Voyager Carmel residence, a 36-room facility in San Rafael for adults struggling with mental illness, with 10 rooms reserved for shelter services and 26 room for long-term supportive housing. For the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, WPC provides a full on celebration feast served by volunteers including families, often accompanied by singing and shared stories. If you can help by preparing a dish or helping to transport and serve our monthly burrito meal, please contact Carol Coffman at . If you are interested in preparing a dish, serving and/or sharing the holiday meals, please contact, Liz Arnold at or the church office.
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Since the 1930's Women of Westminster have joined with The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Community Congregational Church and Saint Hilary's Catholic Church to support and staff the Tiburon Thrift Shop. Located in downtown Tiburon, behind Ark Row on Main Street, the shop is a great place for the community to donate and purchase quality items at affordable prices. All profits are shared by the member organizations. WPC's volunteer shifts are every Monday and every fifth Saturday from 10am -1pm and 1pm-4pm. Please contact Chris Holly at to participate. Newcomers welcome!
Mill Street Center
Can you provide part of a meal three times a year? The Mills Street Center is a 55-bed facility in San Rafael under the auspices of Homeward Bound of Marin and is the Marin County’s only night-to-night emergency shelter for homeless individuals. It serves both men and women in separate dormitory-style rooms. WPC is part of a network of volunteers from three dozen churches and community groups which provides a home-cooked dinner nightly. To volunteer, please contact, Carol Feminia.
WPC Wellness Clinic
Blood pressure checks and other general health wellness checks are provided by medical volunteers at our weekly hot lunch every Thursday. Do you have personal care products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soaps and razors, or reading glasses for our hot lunch clients? Please bring supplies to the church office.
Marin Food Bank
Please help us fill the Marin Food Bank barrel located outside the library with nonperishable food items. Those with children will find that shopping for the hungry is a good way to model generosity. Visit: www.sfmfoodbank.org for more information about volunteering at the food bank.
Marin County's Canal Alliance helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive through a variety of volunteer programs which provide assistance in bilingual skills,technology skills, work readiness skills, money management skills, college prep (youth), to name a few. For volunteer opportunities go to: http://canalalliance.org/.
Marin Interfaith Council (MIC)
MIC is a respectful collaborative that celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community. MIC cultivates a community diverse in belief, opinion, and culture. For over thirty years, MIC has enabled congregations, nonprofits and individuals to make Marin a more vibrant and equitable community. To learn more, please visit www.marinifc.org.
A transitional housing project in Terra Linda sponsored by Homeward Bound of Marin, this community of 14 small rental homes is a new model for modern, green affordable housing for families to seeking to leave homelessness behind in Marin County. WPC members volunteer with time to make the units ready for occupancy. For more information visit, https://hbofm.org