The Outreach Committee wants to let you know about two great ways to get involved right now.
1. You can partner with The Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office, to help Afghan people resettle in the Seattle area. There are many ways to help. You could donate household items, gift cards, room and apartment furnishings, or money. If you have skills in resume writing, job searching, or preparing people for interviews, you may want to volunteer some time. The Refugee Resettlement Office also needs volunteers to help with English development, which can be done online, from the comfort of your home, for a small amount of time once a week. This might include conversational practice, tutoring, or basic ABCs, depending on their English level. Contact Aimee Drake so we can coordinate our Good Shepherd efforts. You can also watch this webinar about how we're coordinating our efforts in the Diocese of Olympia.
2. The second outreach opportunity we have is to partner with Sound Alliance, an organization that is starting up a mental health campaign this fall. If you are interested in bringing attention to the lack of resources for mental health training and workforce development, and want to help come up with solutions, contact Aimee Drake to get involved in Sound Alliance’s Mental Health Research Team.
A little more about Sound Alliance, from their website:
Sound Alliance is an alliance of faith, labor, health education and community organizations dedicated to building a base of everyday civic leaders to effectively stand for change they want to see in their communities.
We organize people power to create a better Puget Sound region for all.
You’ll find us working for change from the bottom up: door-to-door and in living rooms, in congregations, union halls, classrooms, and community centers, in front of City Councils and at the State Capitol.
We work to hold both public and private power holders accountable for their public responsibilities. We don’t expect others to do for us - we initiate actions of our own to address community and economic problems.
Sound Alliance is a multi-issue organization. The issues we work on change from year to year, arising directly from the concerns of the people in our member organizations, lifted up through shared stories.
We cross economic, faith and neighborhood lines to find common ground and act on our values.
For over ten years, Sound Alliance's civic leaders have worked to protect immigrant rights, increase job opportunities and family wages, promote child welfare and advocate for the houseless, among other issues.