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UMOM Watkins Overflow Shelter - Kid Connection

Hi Everyone!

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, reading, writing, games, and fun, literacy-based activities. Feel free to bring an arts and crafts project that can work for up to 30 kids. We can always use more Play Doh, preferably the larger size cans of Play Doh. Foam letter stickers and sticker books are always good to contribute. At this time we have plenty of games, toys, crayons and other items other than what was just mentioned. 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 kids 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.

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

Also and most importantly, please check back on the event posting on the date of the event to see the number of volunteers signed up.  If at 4pm, there are 8 or more volunteers signed up, then the event is a "go" for that day.  If there are less than 8 volunteers signed up, then the event is understood to be cancelled.

Last and most importantly - please don't take photos of either parents or kids.  We have been asked to refrain from taking photos of the families to maintain their privacy.  Photos of our volunteers are allowed, but not of the kids.

Thanks for all you do!

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  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    The children there are amazing and the volunteers are the most wonderfullest! The children need toys to play with so they can use their developing minds!

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    No sense of direction when i got there. I felt pretty much lost.

    October 6, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE SHELTER HAD BEDBUGS BUT WASHED EVERYTHING AND BELIEVE THEY ARE GONE! PLEASE ATTEND AT YOUR OWN DESECRATION AND LEAVE BELONGINGS IN YOUR CAR.

    1 · October 3, 2012

  • Erin L.

    Ok thank you! Yes sorry last time we had a very complex problem and we forgot to put unattend on the sign up. Are we still allowed to play with them outside? I haven't been in awhile, but before we could play games with them not just activities at the table. Thanks!

    October 2, 2012

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Yes, we can take them outside and play with them. That would be great! Watch for any notices I may post on Friday please in case I need to cancel the meet-up. There might be an issue at the shelter this week. I am calling there tomorrow to find out.

      October 2, 2012

    • Erin L.

      ok please let me know as soon as you hear back. Thank you

      October 3, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    They are welcome to come but may have no place to sit if that is what they choose. We have a limited number of chairs and they are needed so that the children can sit at the tables to do the activities with the one or two adults sitting there with them. Please make them aware of this. Also if you sign up and take a spot please attend. You can cancel your spot up to 4 on the day of the event. We need basketballs and footballs and also any donations of clothes etc.

    October 2, 2012

  • Erin L.

    If there are any openings can you please let me know? I have 3 others who would really like to attend. Thanks!

    October 1, 2012

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