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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  • Cheryl P.

    Hi I drove to the Watkins Overflow Shelter to volunteer and could not find the shelter. That is why I was not there tonight.

    December 28, 2012

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      I am sorry to hear that! It is difficult to spot. It is west of 7th Ave. on Watkins across the street from the paint factory and is a warehouse. I have a blue -grey..Hyundai Accent Hatchback and park in front. It has 2 parking lots; one which is locked off for a play area. The other has lockers in the back. Never park in the lots for they lock them. I hope you will try to come again.

      December 29, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    I assume the shelter has liabilities and also you would be spending all your time watching your child for our toddler area is makeshift. It is very chaotic there sometimes but hopefully you can participate soon. If you want to drop of donations, we may be able to give you a quick tour. Have a good day and I hope to see you soon!

    December 28, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    no....I would get in trouble.

    December 28, 2012

  • Niana C.

    Hello! I see the minimum age is 12 years old. Could a 20 month old not attend with me? Thank you in advance!

    December 28, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE 3 EXTRA SPOTS. MEL + 2 IS NOT COMING BUT HAS NOT HAD A CHANCE TO REMOVE HER NAME. wE DO HAVE EXTRA ROOM FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS!

    December 27, 2012

    • Gee

      Please give me a call at 4804601821. Thank you.

      December 27, 2012

  • Gee

    I would l love to go! Let me check my calendar! ;)

    December 27, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Yay! It will be good to see you!

    December 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time here. Where is the best place to park?

    December 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Collette. That would be great! I can come to your house and I will give you gas money. Is it ok then if I just go with you this friday?

      December 24, 2012

    • Collette

      You are on my way there - if you want to give me a call @[masked]

      December 25, 2012

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    I know Mel isn't attending so if anyone is on the mailing list, please feel free to show up.

    December 22, 2012

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      My friend Mel plus 2 isn't coming but she may be to busy to take her name off for besides teaching she is in the police academy. Anyone on the waiting list is free to come.

      December 23, 2012

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