Local Impact Opportunities


“Ordinary People Making an Extraordinary Impact for Jesus”

We are excited to create opportunities for you to make an impact in our community. Our goal is that every person who calls Northshore home would be serving their neighborhood and city. You and your small group can help us transform our community by championing a cause you believe God is calling you to invest in. We believe our good deeds; develop good will, and open doors for the Good News. If you need assistance contact Pastor Garrett Birkeland.


Icon_keyOur Local Missions are centered around three focus areas: Church Planting & Development, Mercy & Justice, and Urban & Professionals. Each trip has a colored icon that represents the area of focus, with many falling under multiple areas.




mercy__thumbnail  Community SERVE Day: This is an opportunity for the local church to come together as one body and serve the schools and individuals in our local community. For more information go to the Community SERVE Day Website.

churchplant_thumbnail  Summer Block Parties
From June to September you have an opportunity to host a summer block party in your neighborhood. The purpose of the block party it to build relationships and trust while just having fun with your neighbors. Be bold and courageous as you enjoy caring for those around you. Share your Pictures and Stories.

mercy__thumbnail  Toy Shop
The Toy Shop is a great opportunity to serve families in need in our own community by providing toys for Christmas gifts along with pictures, stories, and crafts for the families in the Northshore and Lake Washington School Districts to enjoy. Volunteers serve as Personal Shoppers, Gift Wrappers, Family Fun Volunteers in the Live Nativity, Face Painting, Cupcake Walk, and many more opportunities. Toy Donations and Donations for Gift Cards. Visit Toy Shop for more information.


mercy__thumbnail  Lunch Buddies
One hour of our day each week will make an impact for a life time and maybe even eternity. Lunch buddy program is a way for adults in the community to help local elementary students succeed. Contact Cindy Klein at 425-802-3074 or cindyk@northshore.church & Nanci Wehr at 425-936-1410 or LINKS@lwsd.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Hang-Time Mentor
The number one deciding factor for retention of students in Jr. High is relationships. You could be that person to walk through life with a teen and shape their future and education. Share your talents and time with teens once or twice a week for an hour. Contact Eileen Jowell, Community Schools Project Coordinator, at 425-478-7917 or ejowell@nsd.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Boys & Girls Club (Kirkland)
You can contribute your time in a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a teen. Teen Night events are for middle and high school youth. Adults are needed to build relationships with teens and interact with them in this safe, fun, and age-appropriate environment. Also opportunities for tutoring, coaching, storytelling, and computer help. Contact Shannon Toomey 425-827-0132  stoomey@positiveplace.org. Visit their website www.positiveplace.org.

Urban_thumbnail  Young Life
Young Life’s Area Vision is that every kid would have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Young Life is an outreach ministry that goes where kids are. Young Life desires to provide a safe and non-threatening environment for kids to hear the Gospel. Young Life is all about Jesus. Contact Katie Tormey northlake.yl@gmail.com. All Lake Washington schools – Contact Ryan Hinnebusch ylryan@gmail.com. All Northshore schools – Contact Anthony Schulz aschulz2008@gmail.com.

mercy__thumbnail  Inglemoor High School Mentoring Opportunity
45 minutes out of your week can transform the life of a 10th grade student at Inglemoor High School. This new program happens on T/W/Th from 9:45 am to 10:30 am. Contact Eileen Jowell, Northshore Community Schools Coordinator ejowell@nsd.org


mercy__thumbnail  CareNet
Care Net offers help to anyone in need when faced with an unplanned pregnancy by offering practical help and resources as well as abortion recovery and STD testing.
Are you looking for a way to get involved? With just a few hours a month you can make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities for receptionists, client advocates, and parenting mentors. Donate or volunteer in the Baby Boutique where donations of new or gently used items are supplied for families in need. Care Net offers hope to women who have experienced an abortion and are looking for healing and restoration and help to women who have been given an adverse diagnosis for their unborn baby.
For more information, please contact Amy Grindle jakenwa@comcast.net or Cindy Dahl at cdahl@carenetps.org  425-398-5820. Visit the Website


mercy__thumbnail  Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank
The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank is operated by a coalition of churches and denominations serving the local community of Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, and Redmond, by providing nourishment, prayer support and ministry to those in need. The Food Bank is a faith-based, non-profit  that is unique in the quality of fresh food provided including dairy, baked goods, meat, fresh produce and vegetables. Volunteers welcome those in need to spend time in comfort and prayer where healthy food and support are available every Tuesday evening from 6:30–7:20 pm and Saturday from 9:30am–10:20am. Ways to get involved include monetary, volunteer time as individuals or in small groups, or hosting a food drive. All are welcome that have a heart for local ministry and a passion for serving those in need. Clients are welcome on an appointment or walk-in basis.
Location: 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, 98072. To donate or volunteer contact: info@woodinvillestorehouse.org,  425.483.5252. www.WoodinvilleStorehouse.org

mercy__thumbnail  Friends of Youth
Volunteer as a Meal Donor for Friends of Youth to provide breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the guests at the Redmond Youth Service Center. This is the location of the Emergency Overnight Shelter for 18–24-year-olds and the Drop-In day services. Every day of the week, wholesome, pre-cooked meals are provided for 20-25 young adults. Donors are encouraged to stay and serve the meals that they prepare. Not only is this a tremendous help to the Friends of Youth staff, but it is also a great way to meet guests and strengthen community.
To volunteer contact: Morgan Winkler morganw@friendsofyouth.org 425-869-6490 ext. 309. www.friendsofyouth.org

mercy__thumbnail  Totes-To-Go
A weekend food program in the Northshore School District. Started when it was discovered that 182 homeless children in the Northshore School District were going hungry on the weekends.
Contact Kristin@totes-to-go.org or checkout the website

mercy__thumbnail  Pantry Packs: A local non-profit with the goal of keeping hungry kids fed in the Lake Washington School District. Students (identified by school counselors) are able to take packs home on Fridays.
To donate and/or volunteer email: pantrypacks@gmail.com

mercy__thumbnail  Hopelink
For over 40 years Hopelink has provided comprehensive social services to at-risk families and individuals throughout north and east King County. The Hopelink approach—promoting self-sufficiency to create lasting personal and community change—has helped move tens of thousands of people from vulnerability and crisis to independence and stability. Hopelink is able to provide food for over 1,000 families every week only through the support of community groups who collect and donate through food drives.
For information about how you can get involved through a food drive contact: Emily DeWitt, edewitt@hope-link.org. For information on volunteering one time as a group, or signing up for a regular volunteer position as an individual, contact Janelle Kitson, jkitson@hope-link.org.


mercy__thumbnail  Threads and Treads
This is a free clothing bank for Northshore School District.  You can make a difference by sorting and organizing donated clothing, helping advertise in the community, providing translations, and assist families with finding clothing items. Each Thursday, 3:45–6:15 pm at Canyon Park Junior High.
Contact Eileen Jowell, Community Schools Project Coordinator, 425-478-7917 or ejowell@nsd.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Graceful Givers
This is a Northshore Community Church gifts-in-kind outreach which distributes clothing, furnishings, and other needed supplies in good condition to families in need in our church and community. We receive donated clothing, pregnancy and newborn accessories, linens, and toys. This provides opportunities for church families to share with others and helps provide for orphaned and abandoned children.
Contact: Jeanette Good lynn.g.good@gmail.com

mercy__thumbnail  Helping Hands Thrift Store
Helping Hands is a community based thrift store that financially supports the mission of Helping Hands Ministries International and is a collection point for donated goods that are largely sold to fund HHMI ministry activities and benefit the local community, or shipped abroad for humanitarian aid. How you can serve the “under-served”—become a volunteer. Volunteers work in the thrift store sorting and packing shipments bound for Peru and other international destinations. You can also become a regular donor. Partner with us—we would love to hear about your outreach passions and talk about ways Helping Hands International can partner with you to grow your ministry and reach more people.
Check out our website, or contact Andrew Field, andrewfield@helpinghandsmi.org.

CITIES – Organizations

mercy__thumbnail Urban_thumbnail  City of Bothell
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Susan Wolf at 425-489-3437 or Susan.wolf@ci.bothell.wa.us. For more information visit: City of Bothell Website

mercy__thumbnail Urban_thumbnail  City of Kirkland
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Patrick Tefft 425-587-3012 or ptefft@kirklandwa.gov. City of Kirkland Website

mercy__thumbnail Urban_thumbnail  City of Kenmore
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Leslie Harris at 425-398-8900 or Iharris@kenmorewa.gov.

mercy__thumbnail Urban_thumbnail  City of Woodinville
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Linda Fava at425-877-2265 Lindaf@ci.woodinville.wa.us. City of Woodinville Website

mercy__thumbnail  North Urban Human Services Alliance – United Way of King County: Contact Amy Carlson amy.nuhsa@gmail.org 206-461-5012.  NUHSA is striving to connect active community members to organizations and people in need. Check out nuhsa.org/volunteer for opportunities close to you and volunteer local! “Giving back and working together we can all build stronger local communities.”  Connect on the NUHSA Facebook page


mercy__thumbnail  Cascade Prison Ministry
The mission of Cascade House of Monroe is to provide a safe and moral transition home for formerly incarcerated felons seeking to transform their lives through the model of Jesus Christ. Cascade Prison Ministry is looking for brothers and sisters in Christ to partner with them through mentoring, teaching, helping and loving these men and women who are sincere about changing their lives through Christ. Contact John Burkholder at Johnb@cascadechurch.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Serenity Seekers
Serenity Seekers Prison Mission is to promote peace with God, self and others through Twelve Step Recovery Bible Studies, social events and community service. Serenity Seekers meets at Monroe Corrections on Mondays and Thursday, as well as two outside support groups that meet weekly in Marysville and Bellingham. Contact Peter Sinrud at psinrud@comcast.net or visit serenityseekers.org for more information.

mercy__thumbnail  King County Jail Ministry
Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 am Women inmates meet with Ministry team members for Worship, Teaching from the Bible, and Prayer. Also welcome are prayer partners to lift up this vital ministry. Contact Allison Doherty at allison.doherty@comcast.net or 425-275-1395 for more information.

mercy__thumbnail  Match2 Prison Visitation Ministry Women
Make a difference in someone’s life by visiting an inmate once a month (the fourth Sunday) in Purdy. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with an inmate who has applied to the program. There are over 100 men and women on the waiting list! Contact Carry Mattocks at Carrym@northshore.church or 425-485-8780. Visit the webpage for more info.

mercy__thumbnail  Match2 Prison Visitation Ministry Men
There are men and women in our prison systems waiting to visit with and talk to a Christian friend and mentor. The time commitment is minimal (3-4 hours once a month – 1st or 3rdTuesday,) and the value for both you and your new friend is phenomenal. Be a part of this opportunity to change people’s lives. Contact Chuck Burns at ctburns@comcast.net. Visit the webpage for more info.


mercy__thumbnail  Isaiah 58
Isaiah 58 team members prepare and serve meals for approximately 200 homeless and working poor in downtown Seattle on the second Thursday of each month, and occasionally serve meals to Tent City dwellers and emergency shelter refugees. Isaiah 58 welcomes individuals, friends, families, small groups of Sunday School classes who want to help the homeless. Contact Bob Hernacki b.hernacki@comcast.net or Steve Houchin houchins@aol.com. You can also visit the Isaiah 58 web page.

mercy__thumbnail  The Landing
The Landing is the only emergency overnight shelter for single young adults ages 18 to 24 on the east side of King County. Each night The Landing offers homeless young adults a safe place to sleep. During the week daytime support is provided during Drop-In hours. Services include meals, laundry, hot showers, counseling and case management. Volunteers can help staff serve meals, help to provide basic needs (hygiene supplies, bus passes, etc.) and assist with the day to day schedule. Volunteers have many opportunities to build constructive relationships with the guests, including helping them with activities, providing information and interacting with them to build trust, honesty and responsibility. There are opportunities for volunteers to serve during daytime hours, or in the evening or morning shifts at the shelter. Contact: Morgan Winkler, morganw@friendsofyouth.org 425-869-6490 ext. 309 www.friendsofyouth.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Vision House
Vision House is a Christian social service agency that provides transitional housing, support services and child care for homeless mothers and their children and separately to homeless men recovering from substance abuse. Volunteer opportunities include: Weekly donation sorting, assist with monthly sidewalk sales (the last Friday/Saturday of every month starting in April), organize and assist with Santa Visit/open house the weekend following Thanksgiving. Website Contact: Kristi Slattery Kristis@vision-house.org

mercy__thumbnail  Washington Information Network 211
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs. See win211.org for more information.

mercy__thumbnail  Homelessness in LWSD
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Over 184 students have been identified in the Lake Washington School District this year.   There are many ways to help these students and their families, from providing a bag of groceries, to providing services like a car repair or oil change, or perhaps a school supply drive in your neighborhood. Contact Cheryl Chikalla, Program Specialist Homeless Liaison LWSD, 425-936-1297.

mercy__thumbnail  Penny’s Place
Penny’s Place offers young women (often pregnant) living on the street, a place of safety, love, and a sense of belonging and worth. Rhonda and John are the only staff members and care for a constant stream of foster children as well as the young women they are protecting and mentoring. The needs are great and varied, but their most recent request is for a volunteer to do light cleaning on a monthly basis. A meal for eight would be an incredible blessing for Rhonda as she struggles to soothe drug addicted babies, young women in crisis, and daily chores.  Yard work, an extra hand with the babies, meals, home improvement chores all ways to contribute and to be an Aaron to John and Rhonda, to lift up their arms as they fight this battle. Contact Lorriane Burns @ 425-820-2231


Urban_thumbnail  Marketplace Connection
The Marketplace Connection meets monthly at the Harbor Club in Bellevue. You can find updated information on our website http://marketplaceconnections.org/. This is all about local outreach. It’s designed for professionals to invite their non-believing friends to an event that connects with where they live as business and professional people. We have hosted 25 non-believers over this last year and several are now connected in regular studies. Contact Jon Sween at jonsween@frontier.com.


mercy__thumbnail  Sewing B

Seamstresses of all abilities meet monthly to sew projects such as pillowcase dresses, chair packs and weighted lap pads. The dresses have been sent to Los Cedros in Nicaragua, Safe Haven in Cambodia and the Philippines. The chair packs and lap pads are donated to Lake Washington and Northshore Schools. Sewing B meets in the Student Center 9 am– 2pm on scheduled Mondays once a month. Check the church calendar for dates. Bring your sewing machine if you have one, not required to participate. Contact Ruth Wright at 425-220-8710 or ruth.wright99@gmail.com.


mercy__thumbnail  Safe Families
Safe Families for Children program is an innovative approach to prevent child abuse and neglect in families experiencing crisis situations by providing safe, temporary homes for children and support services for parents. By utilizing a network of host families, parents in need – either referred on their own or at the recommendation of a case worker – can choose to have their child stay in a safe family during times of crisis. Host families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation. As a result, the Safe Families program is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system. Explore how the Safe Families movement is working with Northshore Baptist to strengthen and support parents so that they can become Safe Families for their own children and children in the community. Website Contact: tonykar@hotmail.com, roxannekar@hotmail.com 206-498-3617 (Roxanne) 206-498-6982 (Tony)

mercy__thumbnail  Step by Step
The mission of Step by Step is to transform the lives of at risk pregnant women, so that they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home. Our services include home visits, volunteer mentoring program, transitional housing and community connections i.e. life skills classes, annual Christmas Party, summer BBQ and free garage sale. Contact Margaret Toop at jmtoop@comcast.net or Susan vonEhrenkrook susanvone@gmail.com.

mercy__thumbnail  Care Net
Care Net offers help to anyone in need when faced with an unplanned pregnancy by offering practical help and resources as well as abortion recovery and STD testing.
Are you looking for a way to get involved? With just a few hours a month you can make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities for receptionists, client advocates, and parenting mentors. Donate or volunteer in the Baby Boutique where donations of new or gently used items are supplied for families in need. Care Net offers hope to women who have experienced an abortion and are looking for healing and restoration and help to women who have been given an adverse diagnosis for their unborn baby.
For more information, please contact Amy Grindle jakenwa@comcast.net or Cindy Dahl at cdahl@carenetps.org  425-398-5820

mercy__thumbnail  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children | VGAL (Volunteer Guardian ad Litem) program.
See Website for more information. Contact Tricia, tricia.carmichael.gal@gmail.com.

mercy__thumbnail  REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade)
REST provides pathways to freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade throughout King County. We do so through direct outreach, mentorship, and restorative housing. There are a host of serving and sharing opportunities available for people with a heart to address this issue. Contact:Edward Sumner edward@iwantrest.com or visit www.iwantrest.com to learn more.

mercy__thumbnail  Discovery House
When volunteering with Discovery House your time and love helps homeless women and their children with a second chance at a productive life. Most of the Discovery House families come from domestic violence and have no money. This local, privately funded, faith based ministry provides transitional housing, resource coordination, and life skills. Help make a difference by getting involved. Opportunities are onsite or offsite, for individuals or teams. They include, grant writing, case management, maintenance work, childcare, help with events and so, so, much more. For a complete list, click here www.eastsidediscoveryhouse.com  or Contact Joy Roof at 425-890-2395 eastsidediscoveryhouse@gmail.com


mercy__thumbnail  KITH (Kirkland Interfaith Transitional Housing)
By working with KITH you can help families facing a homeless crisis in our community become stable and self-sufficient. Participate in or volunteer in the 7 Hills of Kirkland Bike Ride Monday May 26th, Memorial Day. One of the Northwest’s premier bicycling events, the 7 Hills of Kirkland bike ride is KITH’s biggest and most exciting fundraiser to assist individuals and families who are facing homelessness. Contact Dan Walker, KITH Volunteer and Congregation Liason, at danw777@gmail.com.

mercy__thumbnail  Sibling House Kirkland
If you have a heart for kids who live in the foster care system separated from their birth parents this is an opportunity for you to help siblings be together. Michael Gaskill mgaskill@siblinghouse.org.


mercy__thumbnail  Northwest Special Families
This is a parent-led community of families with children with special needs. We offer supported social opportunities for children and families in North King and South Snohomish counties. Contact Konnie Drews at 206-660-3263 or davekonnie@yahoo.com.

mercy__thumbnail  Wacky Wheelays
Wacky Wheelays is a multi-event field day on wheels. This event is for both able-bodied and disabled that come together as one big family for a free picnic; games that include trikes, bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs—anything with wheels; and a car show too! Save the Date – July 13, 2014 and join in for a day of games, relay races and a BBQ. Contact wackywheelays@northshore.church for more info.


mercy__thumbnail  Northshore Family Center
You can serve and impact local families through tutoring kids, yard work, general cleaning, program assistance, administrative assistance, and more. Contact Tamarah Piwen at 206-631-8864, tpiwen@chs-nw.org or www.chs-nw.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Northshore Senior Center-Kenmore & Woodinville
Show the love to those in their golden years. You can flip pancakes or help teach computer classes to those in need. Contact Garreth at 425-489-0707 or garrethj@seniorservices.org.

mercy__thumbnail  Senior Connections
Northshore Senior Connection ministers to encourage seniors to participate in worship, provide a sense of involvement in the Northshore community, help seniors gain an understanding of how they can continue to serve the Lord, and reaffirm a sense of purpose in their lives. To become involved in this ministry contact Anita Warren 425-216-4439 or anitaw@northshore.church.


mercy__thumbnail  Graceful Givers
Graceful Givers is a Northshore Community Church gifts-in-kind outreach which receives clothing, children’s furnishings, maternity clothing, and other needed supplies in good condition. These are distributed to families in need in our church and the surrounding community.  We also assist homeschooling parents by providing workbooks and other supplies. We welcome your donations as well as your involvement. Contact Lynn.g.good@gmail.com.