Serve Locally

Loving Our Neighbors 

Following Jesus means being sent as servants into his world. Jesus most often directed his followers through stories, rather than direct commands, but this is one command he called the greatest of them all—"Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39) We have this extraordinary mandate—sent by Jesus to love our neighbors—in our neighborhoods, in our city, and in our workplaces. That's what UPC's Outreach Ministry is all about.

Serve Locally!

Ongoing Opportunities

Serve When & Where You Can

We have a list of ongoing service opportunities to serve our neighbors in the Seattle Area. Sign up for one that matches your interest and schedule!

Support the University District Food Bank! 

Bring non-perishable food and cash donations to the food barrel outside UPC entrances on June 3rd, July 1st, and August 5th!


Urban Partners

UPC's urban ministry partners serve the poor and disenfranchised of Seattle in numerous ways—resettling refugees, building homes, educating troubled youth, reconnecting broken families, recovery from addiction, providing safe shelter for the homeless, to name just a few of the emphases of our partners. There are countless ways to serve!

Puget Sound Christian Clinic 

Through its program of mobile clinics, Puget Sound Christian Clinic provides low-cost medical, dental, mental, and spiritual care to low-income uninsured people in our community. Contact Dick and Kris.

Bridge Disability Ministries

Bridge Disability Ministries’ mission is to alleviate isolation for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Contact Lan.

Divine Alternatives for Dads 

DADS provides a one-on-one case advocacy program for fathers in need of family services. This includes assistance with reunification with their children, referrals to drug and alcohol treatment programs, employment counseling, assistance with child support adjustments, and with developing plans to pay off arrearages, assistance with housing, legal assistance, parenting classes, and family stability programs. Contact Sarah.

Habitat for Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is a Christian organization that builds homes in partnership with families, giving them a hand up, not a hand-out. This practice honors their God-given dignity and encourages families to work hard towards a shared goal of creating a safe and secure home in which their children can grow and thrive. Contact Ryan.

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound  

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound provides counseling, education, consultation, mediation, and other services for individuals, families, congregations, and organizations, including therapy and other services for the poor. Contact Peter.

King County Youth Chaplaincy

Their mission of King County Youth Chaplaincy is to reduce youth violence and lower the recidivism rate through an emphasis on prevention, chaplaincy services, and aftercare. Contact Peter. 

Seattle Urban Academy

Seattle Urban Academy provides safe, alternative high school education (grades 9–12) in a Christian setting for youth at risk. Contact Steve.

Language Institute

The Language Institute at UPC has provided English instruction to refugees, immigrants, and other internationals in the greater Seattle area for thirty years offering both integrated skills classes 
(reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and conversational English opportunities. Contact Valerie. 

Street Youth Ministries

SYM is a nonprofit, faith-based organization serving homeless youth and youth in crisis, ages 13–26 by meeting the immediate basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter along with drop-in services, advocacy, mentoring, and activities. Contact Judy.

U-District Food Bank

The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact Dave.

New Horizons Ministries

Their mission of New Horizons Ministries is to be in relationship with homeless youth, serving and loving in the way of Jesus, equipping youth to leave street life. Contact Peg

Union Gospel Mission

The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact Ryan.

New Light Christian Church

New Light is a multi-ethnic inner-city ministry centered around the strong teaching of God’s Word in order to glorify him through the ministry of healing the family, spreading the gospel in our community, breaking down multicultural barriers, and drawing all members closer to God through worship, studying his word, and prayer. Contact Dick and Kris.

Urban Impact

Urban Impact's mission is to strengthen families and raise servant leaders in the Rainier Valley by building a foundation of good health, quality education, economic opportunity, and Christ-centered faith. Contact Peter.

Operation Nightwatch

Operation Nightwatch is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless through spiritual care, shelter placement, low-cost housing, and education. Contact Judy.

World Relief Seattle

World Relief Seattle has worked since 1979 to empower the local church to serve refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area. Originally founded to care for those fleeing war in Southeast Asia, they have since grown to resettle refugees from almost 50 countries. They provide services to refugees through programs in resettlement, employment, citizenship, English language training, immigration detention ministry, and church mobilization. Contact Valerie.