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Jim and Ken

Volunteers

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UGM Church Partners: Raising Kids to Serve

Churches and youth groups all across the Inland Northwest (and beyond!) are using summer break as an opportunity to teach young people to see and...

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Connect and Be Changed

Guest post by Lynn Yount, former UGM writer.

 

Melissa Ashline has a lot of irons in the fire. She’s a nanny and a businesswoman and a mother of...

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Kathy

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An Unexpected Friendship: A UGM Volunteer Feature

Many of us might think we have nothing in common with a drug addict, or that we have little or nothing to offer someone who has lived a life...

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An Offering of Oil: When God Asks Imperfect People to Serve Imperfect People

Written by Lauren McCrea, Volunteer Mentor, UGM Center for Women & Children 

I just thought I was going in to buy a new pair of running shoes, but...

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Behind the Scenes: Meet UGM’s Longest Serving Board Member

As UGM turns 70 this year, we’re bringing out “both new things and old things,” as Jesus said in Matthew 13:52. Looking back on our history, we are...

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High-Impact Kids: Not Too Young to Make a Difference

Reaching children is key to breaking the cycle of homelessness. But even the best-intentioned adults don’t always succeed in connecting with kids...

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Mentoring Through Recovery and Relapse

“I know that no matter what I throw at them, they are going to support me and love me and speak truth into my life.” - Laura, UGM Crisis Shelter

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Meet Pat: Super Volunteer

In 2020 alone, volunteers saved UGM nearly $2.2M. It is no exaggeration to say that we could not realistically function without our fleet of...

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Inside the UGM Crisis Shelter: A Volunteer's Perspective

We asked high-impact volunteer Margene Nobles to discuss her work with the ladies at UGM's Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. She delighted us...

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"You Broke Down Our Biases": Nursing Students Share Experience at UGM Men's Shelter

Nursing Students Ruth and Madison came to UGM to give. They set up a medical station and provided free care and advice to guests at the Men's...

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Bikes and Budget Advice: A UGM Volunteer Feature

Most residents know him as “The Bike Guy”.

In the summer of 2018, UGM Volunteer John Battista started a bicycle club. With just 8 bikes and basic...

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Meet UGM Ambassador Kristi Kinsinger

Getting involved at the Union Gospel Mission is easy - the hardest part is figuring out which of dozens of opportunities is the best fit for your...

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Serving with Humility: the Volunteer Case Manager Team

During my first couple of weeks as the Staff Writer at Union Gospel Mission, I was tasked with helping interview seven volunteer case managers who...

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Generosity at UGM Thrift Stores

Laurie Johnson, “L.J.,” as she’s called at the UGM Thrift Store, is as dedicated a volunteer as they come. Over the years, she has volunteered with a...

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Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

 

“It’s not like I’m doing anything special, because I love it so much.”

Ask Jenny Gasperino why she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission, and...

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anne

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No Gray Areas: Inside the Payroll Office

Anne Graves’ working world is black and white. Well, not in the sense that she doesn’t enjoy color – her wardrobe suggests quite the opposite. But...

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Greg Barclay has been director of volunteers at UGM since 2005.

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One Man, Two Careers in Service

Greg Barclay has been UGM's Director of Volunteers for more than 13 years and has overseen exponential growth, both in our volunteer workforce and in...

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Loving Women in Crisis: Karen Herford

Karen Herford brings high energy and broad experience to her new role as volunteer coordinator at the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked...

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Volunteer Profile: Gary Leonard

By James "Rocky" Curtiss

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Strangely enough, Gary Leonard’s commitment to volunteering at UGM started with a pillow.

UGM had put out a newsletter...

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Volunteers: Rivers of Living Water

In many ways, volunteers make UGM’s world go ‘round. They help with everything from case management to medical care to chapel. In 2015, approximately...

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Sharing Jesus with Children

 

Volunteer Michaelyn Hodges has a heart for sharing Jesus with the children coming to UGM. She recently answered some of our questions and...

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31 Years and Counting: Helping At-risk Youth

After 31 years of volunteering for UGM at Juvenile Detention, Jerry McGlade still has a heart for helping at-risk youth. He also has a passion for...

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Volunteer Ronnie

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5 Reasons to Volunteer at UGM

“When people on fire for Christ choose to invest their lives and their resources in broken families, change happens.” –Ron Hauenstein, Crisis...

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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 2

Editor's Note: A few days ago, volunteer David Wang shared a few of the lessons he’s learned spending time with homeless men in the day room at the...

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