Community Service at GC2016


General Conference 2016 Community Service Opportunities



Bring your work clothes to General Conference and spend a couple of hours one morning or afternoon doing community service work around the Portland area.

During the second week of General Conference, May 16 to 19, there will be several opportunities to participate in community service projects throughout the Portland area. This opportunity is a way for us to be the church in action and to make an impact on the community while The United Methodist Church is gathered in Portland.

Projects range from sorting food at the Oregon Food Bank to outdoor gardening, yard work, painting, and spreading wood chips. Tools needed at each site will be supplied. Transportation to and from the work sites will also be provided.

Two sites are currently available for community service:

house of breadBethlehem House of Bread

Bethlehem House of Bread is a ministry of Tigard United Methodist Church, It provides a food pantry, free store and community garden in cooperation with community partners.

Work Shifts (20 people per shift):

  • Monday, May 16, 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  •  Tuesday, May 17, 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Wednesday, May 18, 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (session cancelled) 

What to expect:

Outdoor project – landscape work including weeding, pruning, planting and spreading bark chips
Outdoor project – painting building trim and decking.
Indoor project – cleaning, painting, sorting and organizing for food pantry and free store.

foodbankOregon Food Bank – Portland Warehouse

Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger.

Work Shifts (25 people per shift):

  • Tuesday May 17, 8:45 – 12:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday May 17 5:15 – 9:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday 5/18 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Session Cancelled)

What to expect:

Repack and label bulk dry food in a lively, active environment! You’ll be repacking foods like rice, pasta, apples or potatoes into family-sized packages. Ages 6 and up. Adults must accompany volunteers under 18.

Register online now

Pre-registration is required so sites can be prepared for volunteers. You’ll get an email closer to the date with instructions on where to meet for transportation.

For further information, contact Rev. Karen Nelson at .

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