Interfaith Hospitality Network
IHN is our Offering Outreach throughout the summer of 2020 and there is one more opportunity to contribute in person (but socially distanced) on Saturday, August 22 from 12 – 2 pm. Drive by the church to drop off healthy, shelf-stable snacks for IHN kids, or an item from the IHN wishlist HERE (you can also have items shipped directly to IHN if you prefer.) We are excited to give some swag back to you – chalice face masks, Black Lives Matter bracelets, and “Vote Your Values” pins will be available!
To volunteer for a particular date and role, sign up directly at the link below.
IHN Main Line
Main Line Unitarian Church is one of a group of churches and synagogues in the Delaware Valley that provide dinners and housing for homeless families, one week at a time, five or six times each year.
While they are in the network, families receive training and social work support so that they can find affordable housing, jobs, training, and whatever else they need to return to self-sufficiency.
Thanks to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, they always have a place to stay and food to eat while they are doing this and their children continue to go to school.
While they are staying with us, families usually arrive each evening at dinner time. Church members and their families make and serve dinners, spend time in the early evening with our visitors, or stay overnight at the church to be available in case of an emergency.
There are other roles for volunteers to fill, such as meal coordinator, shopper, set-up and clean-up, and laundry. A volunteer typically contributes one two-hour shift or one overnight shift during a hosting week and it is easy to schedule these well in advance.
Periodically, they set up an information table in the church Atrium on Sunday mornings with job descriptions and sign up sheets.