UMOM Watkins Overflow Shelter - Kid Connection

Hi Everyone!

WELCOME TO KID CONNECTION! This is our regular Friday evening at the UMOM Watkins Overflow Shelter.

We will spend quality time with the children at the Watkins overflow homeless shelter. Activities include arts & crafts, games and as much one to one interaction with the children as possible. Plan on being there from 6 pm to 8 pm. We will be interacting with kids from 6 months to early teens. This gives the parents a break from their kids and it shows the children that others care about them.

Please keep in mind that UMOM is a faith-based organization. Minimum age for this will be 12 with parent or guardian accompanying you. You need to be comfortable that your kids will be comfortable interacting with peers or younger kids that are homeless.


If by 4:00P.M. on the day of the event if there are not 8 or more volunteers signed up, the meet up is cancelled!

2) Do not bring anything of value into the shelter for there isn't a place to keep.

3) Entrances are to first knock on the double doors; next try the doorbell and lastly go to the west side and enter. Tell a worker that you are there to volunteer with The Phoenix Philanthropists!

4) Advice: always stay with children where you and the child can be seen. Do not take children to the bathroom but get their parents instead.

5) WE ALWAYS NEED DONATIONS for the shelter and our program for this is run on doantions only. NEED play doh, games,  basketballs, footballs, arts and crafts projects, toddler toys, race car sets and play tents.

FOR THE SHELTER All clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, shoes, toiletries. Washed fruit,Ramon Noodles and fruit juice packs are nice to bring also.

Signing up or coming to the shelter  as a volunteer for the Phoenix Philanthroists acknowledges that you release UMOM Shelters and The Phoenix Philanthropists from any and all liabilities concerning your participation in this activity including your children and guests. Random backgroud checks are conducted.

Please follow the map details from the link under Location at the top of the event info.

Thanks for all you do!


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  • Cristina

    I just want to thank you all ....

    March 22, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Thank you Cristina for being part of bringing joy and smiles to these lovely, amazing children.

      March 23, 2013

  • Terri

    Hi Lorraine,...this is my first time. Is there anything specific you'd like me to bring for donation? (Anything more of a priority?)

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      It is late but if you have any donations bring them as clothes etc. We always need toddler toys and basketballs. Please bring the Phoenix Philanthropist form filled out. I will give you a tour when I arrive.

      March 22, 2013

  • Sue

    Yes -I'll be there. See you tomorrow

    March 21, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      I am bringing a lot of donations...I wonder if they just keep throwing them into the storage and if they need to be moved?? I haven't been able to find any 99cent beach balls...but I have about 120 plastic eggs fillled and 60 baskets from the GSA Club of Apache Junction High School and they will be bringing plastic eggs also. So we will have an eggs hunt. Yay!

      March 22, 2013

  • lydia c.

    I'll be there tomorrow

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • lydia c.

    I'll be there tomorrow

    March 21, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi Lorraine
    I will be there tomorrow but coming solo. Hopefully we can find a couple more volunteers. See you then!

    March 21, 2013

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