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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, 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 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.


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!


1) Do not park in their parking lot for they lock the gate, instead park on the street but not directly in front of the shelter for they pick-up and drop off there. It is a warehouse in an industrial park so google it so you know what to look for.

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 (no stuffed animals for they spread lice.)

FOR THE SHELTER All clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, shoes, toiletries. Washed fruit 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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  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Wonderful volunteers make this happen again and again: thank you for all you do!

    January 5, 2013

  • Lori S.

    Very rewarding experience.

    January 5, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi Lorraine - have to back out for tonight due to feeling sick. We'll see you next Friday for sure.

    January 4, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      I do hope you feel better soon...thank you for letting me know and have a Happy New year! YOu will be missed so get well soon!

      January 4, 2013

  • Melanie

    Hi. There are currently only 3 spots left, but I have 5 people. I really want my kids to experience volunteering. Is there anyway we can go on a waiting list incase someone cancels so that all 5 of us can participate?

    January 3, 2013


      Hey Melanie, You can take my spot. :)

      January 4, 2013

    • Melanie

      Awww...thank you! Did you have two spots reserved? I can't tell from what's listed above.

      January 4, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Please do not park in their parking lot for they lock it and if you see my blue/gray Hyundai Accent in front of UMOM /knock on the double doors and someone will let you in. We don't park exactly in front of the shelter for they have vans and cars that must pull up there. Also , please do not bring anthing of value in the shelter. Call if you have questions...480-[masked] until 5:30 p.m.

    January 3, 2013

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