Serve Locally

Serve Locally

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 Experience Missions is all about.

Experience Missions

Every Sunday 11:45am–12:45pm, Geneva

Come experience missions through service projects meeting the needs of those in our neighborhood, hearing from representatives from organizations in our community, and by signing up to serve with local organizations!  Open to everyone, every week!

This Week:

Hope Kit Making!

Join us this Sunday and come make Hope Kits for the Homeless! On an average night in Seattle around 12,000 people are homeless (either in temporary shelter or literally living on the streets), most people who face homelessness have experienced unstable employment, unsupportive communities, chronic illnesses like STDs, Mental Health issues, and diabetes, some also face addiction. These are kits filled with things like granola bars, socks, hygiene products, deodorant, chapstick, a hand written note from you, and more hope-giving items! We know hope kits do not solve the societal issue of homelessness, but they do allow us to show God's love to our neighbors right where they're at. 


Union Gospel Mission's Search and Rescue

See below for Dates & Details

In King County, 12,112 of our neighbors are homeless. With Search and Rescue, teams go out, day and night, 365 days a year, to search out and find those who are homeless, hungry, and hurting. Come volunteer to give wool blankets, food, water, and other supplies to our homeless neighbors and offer them the opportunity to come inside for a night of safe shelter at UGM.

Sign up to Serve


October 6

October 20

November 3

November 17

December 1

December 15

Weekly Opportunities

Serve When & Where You Can

We have a list of weekly 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 the first Sunday of each month.


Urban Partners

UPC's ministry partners are present and engaged all throughout Seattle. They care for and meet the needs of individuals and families who may struggle with food insecurity, who lack access to education, who are dealing with addiction, and who may be facing homelessness. There are countless ways to serve!

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.

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 at UPC

The Language Institute 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. 

Prison Ministry

Several UPC members are involved in outreach to inmates in local prisons, primarily through Kairos Ministries, a worldwide prison outreach. Our local groups lead 3-day weekend “retreats” inside prisons in northwest Washington, as well as monthly follow-up meetings, with a primary aim of encouraging inmates in their Christian walk.  Locally, we also sponsor weekend retreats for women who have a male loved one in prison.  Contact Bob Davies

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 Rowena.

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. There is a food drive for UDFB at UPC between services every first Sunday of the month.  Contact Dave for additional info about UDFB. 

Union Gospel Mission: Search and Rescue & Hope Place 

UGM's mission is to serve, rescue, and transform the lives of those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. They do this by providing access to many resources including temporary shelter at the Mission, access to housing at Hope Place, meeting immediate basic needs through Search and Rescue, as well as many others! Contact Rita.

Sigh up for UGM's Search and Rescue nights with the dates above!

Reading with Kids at Hope Place 

The kids that attend the after-school program at Hope Place need you! These are the children of the Hope Place (Women and Children’s shelter) residents, and they are in grades 1 - 5. Studies have shown that 75% of the children who read below their grade level at the end of 3rd grade never catch up. Many never finish school. We have the opportunity to help change the future for a few kids.  The commitment is for one afternoon a week for just six weeks. Please contact Naara Toole, Director of FORT at Hope Place. She will be able to sign you up for the best day for your schedule.  You also need to register as a volunteer at ugm.org. Hope Place is at 3802 S. Othello Street, near a light rail station.

Operation Nightwatch

Operation Nightwatch is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless through spiritual care, shelter placement, low-cost housing, and education. UPC is serving dinner at Operation Nightwatch on October 19.  Sign up here.  On November 4 we are having a sock drive!  Bring men's white tube socks into Geneva after the 10 am service!