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DISCOVERY CHURCH & THE COMMUNITY

Discovery Church seeks to create opportunities for people to discover the goodness of God with community involvement. We aim to see the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge communities flourish through local partnerships and being the hands and feet of Christ to the outcast and marginalized. 

 

We currently have different outlets for anyone to serve both individually and corporately with the church. Discovery Church gathers quarterly for a church-wide service project while our Missional Communities gather several times throughout the year to serve our community. See a list of our community partners below. 

PHINNEY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

The strength and vibrancy of the Phinney and Greenwood neighborhoods are no accident – they're the product of intentional community building that this network of neighbors, organizations and businesses has nurtured for decades. 

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) has created a unique community organization that is home to events, classes, public meetings, a senior center, preschools and childcare, a tool lending library, a summer farmers market, a hot meal program,  an art gallery and a whole lot more.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new connections in the neighborhood. Chop vegetables, put up posters, answer phones, deliver breakfasts, bake cookies, give rides to seniors– all while getting to know aspects of your neighborhood you may not have known existed. There is a huge variety of one-time, ongoing and flexible volunteer opportunities available.

HOT MEAL PROGRAM

The Hot Meal Program has remained open during the COVID pandemic when many other meal programs have had to shut down.  At the beginning of the pandemic, they were serving to-go meals, hot soup, and hot coffee outdoors (in the rain & hail!) to very grateful neighbors.  The Hot Meal Program (HMP) has always provided a hygiene station so diners can wash their hands, grab a mask, some hand sanitizer, and use the restroom. They were able to move back indoors during Phase 2 and offer indoor dining, a dry place to sit and rest, and a chance to charge mobile phones. 

The HMP is so much more than community dining. They provide a safe environment to feel cared for, feel deserving, and feel like a part of the neighborhood. They are now offering a large variety of hygiene products, warm socks, gently used clothing, and shoes. Additionally, this Fall, the HMP partnered with Seattle Pacific Nursing School to offer basic healthcare for all diners. Through this engaging partnership, they are able to provide weekly blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, foot care, and fall prevention clinics.

The response to these services from HMP diners has been overwhelmingly positive as they feel more supported than ever before. Their goal is to continue offering these services and expand into mental health care with the help of generous donations and community partnerships.  The PNA Hot Meal Program is building bridges to services our diners need, allowing them to feel empowered to bring themselves out of their difficult situations. 

GREENWOOD SENIOR CENTER

The Greenwood Senior Center has served Greenwood and neighboring communities since 1974. In 2006, the Center became a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. They provide a variety of programs for adults in the areas of fitness, the arts, technology, memory loss, social opportunities, and social services, including a daily hot lunch program.

Help our seniors “Stay Home & Stay Safe,” by delivering meals and/or groceries, picking up prescriptions, helping with yard work, walking the dog, and checking in. Aside from getting to help Gramma, the beauty of this volunteer gig is the flexibility – you get to select which opportunities work for you.

Volunteers are thoroughly vetted so you can help our members one-on-one, and in usual times in the member’s home. In light of physical distancing mandates, and reducing the risks to both our members and volunteers, volunteers must be healthy to serve, and are limited to the following:

  • Grocery shop, pick up groceries ordered online or pick up prescriptions.

  • Deliver prepared meals.

  • Order groceries online for a member.

  • Yardwork or other outside projects.

  • Laundry (must be taken to volunteer’s home).

  • Household chores with minimal indoor time (ex: relighting a pilot light or changing a smoke detector battery).

  • Social phone calls.

  • Visiting outside in the fresh air (at least 6 feet apart).

  • **Coming Soon (when restrictions ease): in-home tasks and chores**

Additionally, our intake process has been modified during this time of physical distancing. All in-person volunteer trainings are postponed until further notice.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

The Boys and Girls Club of North Seattle never takes a single approach to help kids succeed. It takes caring mentors, such as trained Club staff. It takes a safe place, like their Clubs that are consistently there for the kids they serve. It takes innovative, quality programs designed to empower youth to excel in school and lead healthy, productive lives. The Boys and Girls Club does whatever it takes to ensure all kids have a great future.

Whether it’s a Day of Caring or a team retreat, the Boys and Girls Club invites individuals to engage with their work through group volunteer opportunities that support their clubs and kids. Support their staff, mentor a youth, coach a team, help with a teen night, tutor a youth, or give the Club some much-needed TLC.