Current Service Opportunities

Current Service Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated 7/7/20)

The following service opportunities provide ways for you to serve those in need while also maintaining appropriate physical distancing recommended by health care authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Network – Donations and Service Opportunities

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and resulting violence, a network of Twin Cities Mutual Aid sites have been established to support underserved communities in the various parts of the Twin Cities. Bring food, hygiene and household donations to Incarnation on Thursdays through July from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or drive donations from Incarnation to a Twin Cities Mutual Aid drop off site. Learn more about this colloborative work and additional ways you can help.

Holy Hammers Habitat for Humanity Home Construction

The Holy Hammers are proceeding with plans to build a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Paul, July 13 – September 4. New practices will be utilized to keep people safe given the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. All are welcome to volunteer for construction. Note that no food preparation and serving opportunities will take place this year. Details about serving as well as the link to register to volunteer, can be found here.

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Volunteers

A few service opportunities at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf are now available with special care and consideration given to COVID-19 and keeping volunteers safe. These opportunities include Drive Thru Set Up, Drive Thru Clean Up and Back Up Food Rescue Drivers. Learn details here as well as how to volunteer.

Shobi’s Table Volunteers

Shobi’s Table, a pay-as-you-can cafe’ and ministry of the St. Paul Area Synod, has reopened under a new model to make and distribute To-Go/Take-and-Heat meals available in brown bags, and is seeking regular volunteers to serve either in the kitchen or serving at the truck. Learn details here as well as how to volunteer.

Solid Ground Summer Camp Tutors

Summer Camp Tutors are needed now more than ever at Solid Ground.  The lives of children and their parents at Solid Ground have been disrupted in so many ways since March.  Caring adults and older teenagers are needed not only to focus on academic skills but also to be a calm, reassuring presence in the young lives of Solid Ground children. Tutoring will take place Monday through Thursdays, through August 6.  Select a day of the week or time period that works well for you. Changes to the programming have been made to ensure the health and safety of all.  Learn more about being a Solid Ground Camp Tutor and how to volunteer.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers

While Incarnation’s Friday route supporting Meals on Wheels of the Mounds View District has been suspended until August 1, there are substitute driving opportunities as well as opportunities to check in with clients via phone. Paper grocery bags with handles are also in great needed. Learn more here.

Connecting and Supporting Others within the Incarnation Community

  • Make Protective Face Masks. As people continue to move around more freely, face masks are an important part of the way we protect ourselves and others to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure. Some within our Incarnation community do not have access to face masks. If you are willing to make masks for others of Incarnation, please contact Julie Durbin. Both sew and no-sew assembly patterns from the CDC can be found here.
  • Be paired with another individual or household for ongoing connection and mutual encouragement. (once a week or biweekly). Ideally, we would match people or households across generations. Communication could happen by phone, email, video chat, or US mail – you decide what works best for you. This is an opportunity to be pen pals, pray for each other or simply share a word of encouragement as people of Incarnation.
  • Help others with tech support over the phone. Whether it is helping people get connected to online worship, helping them figure out how to use technology to stay connected with others in this time of isolation, or walking them through setting up online grocery shopping, having a person to help navigate the online world can make a difference right now.
  • Other. Share your ideas for serving with us and we’ll see what opportunities arise that match the needs that are being communicated with us.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, contact Amy Martell. If you would like to consult with a pastor about your needs or the needs of another person, please call the On Call Pastoral Care number at 612-276-2797.

Follow Links Below to Learn Ways to Support Incarnation’s Ministry Partners During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Solid Ground

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

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