Serve With SAPC
St. Andrew’s has discerned an undeniable call to love God and love others by serving the world and our community with more than 40 different Mission partners. Whether it’s responding to the needs of orphans and widows in Africa, supporting our friends on the border, or helping our local community, the need to help the poor is always in our hearts.
SAPC has a legacy of serving our local community. We helped launch Interfaith Community Services, Youth on Their Own, and Faith that Works. Also, a few times a year, instead of attending a Worship Service, we participate in Service Worship (learn more here).
How is God calling you? Please take a look at the Missions Directory for a listing of different ways to love others or contact RuthAnn Smithrud, our Local Outreach Director, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
The Adopt a Family program is a Christmas tradition at St.Andrew’s for the past 36 years.It is designed to reach impoverished families referred to us by various St.Andrew’s contacts throughout the community.Each year, the program matches families with those who are willing to provide financial support and/or donate items requested by the referred families and ministries.
Contact: Kristin Enger, email@example.com
We fill gallon bags for distribution to those who are homeless and in need of water, snacks and toiletries. We also fill quart bags with toiletries for distribution at the Southside Presbyterian feeding program. We always need small toiletries and volunteer help when packing. Thank you! Please contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for volunteers to come to our clubs whether it is to be a peer buddy, a Capernaum leader, or an adult volunteer to keep an eye on everyone and make sure no one gets lost or left out. Please contact Danielle at email@example.com.
How You Can Help – It’s hard to persevere with people that are difficult. We need people who are willing to engage and give. For those who feel called to serve the poor, the need is great and few willing to pour themselves out. Learn more at community-renewal.com/engage.
Volunteers are welcome to help with this outreach ministry.Great for those who would enjoy preparing and serving a meal as well as getting to know our Cross Street community. Volunteers are especially needed to prepare and serve meals on Monday and Friday mornings. Please contact Karin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagles Wings is a volunteer-driven organization and needs your assistance with a wide range of tasks and projects.Please call or email us to find out how you can help.
The need for our Clothing Ministry is greater than our capacity due to our shortage of volunteers and financial support.Anything you can do to further our ministry is greatly appreciated!
FostAdopt Connections is in need of volunteers who want to work directly with youths living in group homes, volunteers for special events and financial support to cover program costs.
Please contact Emily Weeks at Emily@FostAdopt.org if you are interested in volunteering with FostAdopt Connections.
Volunteer opportunities for the Fresh Start Expo 2023 are now open. Learn more at freshstartinternational.org/get-involved.
Current positions include:
- Set up
- Break Down/Clean Up
- Guest Registration
- Guest Guide (English and Spanish)
- Haircut/Shampoo/Scheduling Assistant
- Childcare Assistant
- Volunteer Hospitality Crew-Floater
- Other Provider Assistance Leads for Volunteers
Volunteers are welcome to join the Good News Community Church Adopt-a-Block team. Every other Saturday morning, the team goes out to meet people in the Miracle Manor Neighborhood, where the church is located. They feed and pray for those who are homeless and bring the Gospel to them.
The church also has a clothing bank and accepts donations.
Contact: Pastor Jeff Markland 520-358-5818
Gospel Rescue Mission is always in need of volunteers. Learn more below or contact them at (520) 740-1501 ext. 7031 if you have any questions.
We are always looking for more workers. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age (16 with a parental consent form) and be able to work a 6-hour shift on Tuesday mornings. Please contact Fred at email@example.com.
ICS has many volunteer opportunities with flexible schedules to meet many interests. Training and support are provided. If you have a passion to make a difference, there is a place for you at ICS! Learn more about current needs at https://www.icstucson.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/.
One of the greatest ongoing needs they have in helping marriages is to have volunteers who can word process (type) quotes they use on their web site from the marriage books they provide.They can also use volunteers who can write articles to help those who are married (or are about to be married).These things can be done from someone’s own home at a time that fits in with their schedule.
Contact: Steve and Cindy Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEERS are always needed and appreciated.
Clothing and toy donations need to be sorted and vetted for cleanliness
We need ‘muscle’ to help load beds into the family vehicle, assemble donated cribs, retrieve needed baby items from our outside storage pod
We host various events throughout the year and need volunteers to help with the running of those events:
- Parents Night Out (PNO) – We send the parents on a date night and supervise the children: pass out snacks / dinner to the children; host games and activities for a specific age group; set-up and tear-down.
- Christmas Event – We have tables of age specific toys for the children 0-17, snacks, giveaways, and a family photo with Santa.
- Our annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser – always a lot of fun.
Learn more at morethanabed.org
The Piecemakers have continued their mission of comfort and support with the local chapter of Project Linus which gives quilts and blankets to children who are sick, traumatized, or otherwise in need. In the first quarter of 2022, we have donated 95 quilts.
Some of our other past accomplishments include pillowcases for the graduating seniors and mission trips, quilts for the Moonlight Dinner auction, Quilts of Valor for service members of the congregation, and quilts for Peppi’s House. For Service Worship we have made shopping bags for the Amphi Clothing Bank, fabric bookmarks, and tag blankets for newborns being baptized in our church. We would love your involvement! Please contact Cherie Swanson at email@example.com.
A group of St. Andrew’s members gather together on the 3rd Thursday of the month to prepare a meal for the Primavera Men’s Shelter. We’ve had a group that supported the delivery and serving the meal for many years. It has been a blessing to fellowship during the meal prep and service. Please contact Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Andrew’s has faithfully been providing sack lunches to care for those who are homeless. These lunches are delivered to the Gospel Rescue Mission at both the Center of Opportunity and the Women’s and Children’s Center. St. Andrew’s has several sandwich squads who make lunches once a month. We would love to have you on one of our teams! Please contact Craig at email@example.com.
Service Worship is a specified time on Sunday mornings when we put our faith into action to love the Lord and others through a variety of projects that benefit our community. Learn more at https://www.sapctucson.org/service-worship/.
TIHAN has opportunities for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to join our team. If you are interested in volunteering with TIHAN, take a moment to look at our current volunteer opportunities at tihan.org/volunteer. If there is a role that you are interested in, please email TIHAN at VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org or call us at 299-6647 ext 206.
Tucson Refugee Ministry inspires the Church to be an agent of hope and compassion for refugees, equips volunteers through training and resources, and mobilizes Christians to welcome and serve the nations here in Tucson. For information on how to volunteer, please contact Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission Team finds the following to be important values in determining how to allocate mission funds and become involved in mission projects.
We desire to support missions that:
- Are effective in achieving the ministry’s goals…accountable, efficient, and above reproach.
- Offer the opportunity for “hands on” participation by St. Andrew’s members. In addition, we must:
- consider every member as being sent,
- encourage intergenerational efforts,
- partner with other churches, and
- foster relationships with those served.
- Address the needs of the poor in Pima County and in the two-thirds of the world by:
- providing the appropriate response to the need, not just the easiest response,
- doing more to address the root cause of need rather than the symptoms,
- involving the needy in the process whenever possible.
- Favor ministry where the Gospel in word and deed are intertwined.
- Offer short term support to new or struggling Presbyterian churches.
- Share the Gospel with unreached people.
- Foster the development of new pastors and missionaries from within our congregation.
- Use innovative methods to communicate the Gospel and serve the needy.
How do we support these ministries?
The main source of Missions’ Funds is from the church’s annual budget via tithes and offerings. Session has traditionally budgeted between 8-10% of general fund pledges, non-pledges, and loose offerings to the Mission Committee. The Mission Team then decides how to allocate that money among many local and global projects that St. Andrew’s supports.
The substantial estate of Mary Kay Tompkins was left to St. Andrew’s with the requirement that it be available to help needy people in Pima County. Because of her generosity, we can afford more significant gifts to deserving local individuals and organization
During the year the congregation has the opportunity to participate in special mission offerings such as the Youth 30 Hour Famine, Change for Children, and a special project for a Christmas offering. The Missions Team does not allocate money from the budget to these programs.
Designated Mission Support
Occasionally, St. Andrew’s members designate funds to a particular mission. That money is sent directly to the program of choice.