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.

PLEASE READ:

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!

NO PHOTOS:  only of volunteers..RE:UMOM WATKINS POLICY

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 plus RAMON especially Ramon in a cup to leave for families.

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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  • Omayra

    It was very nice to meet all of you. It's great to work alongside like-minded people. I look forward to working with you again. In about 2 weeks. with more crafts in tow.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I attended this event today, although I arrived late as I didn't decide on doing this event until after it had started. It was an interesting and thought-provoking experience to learn about what these adults and children are experiencing.

    February 8, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who reached into their own pockets to buy treats, we were able to provide a night of fun ending with a Valentine Treat for all the lovely children living there. A special thanks to Jerry for delivering 2 bikes and Omayra for the Valentine mailboxes! We made it happen again and were able to bring joy and smiles to the children's faces!

    February 8, 2013

  • Wendy N.

    Had a great time with the kids and other volunteers. I got beat 10 times in connect four, but I am going to brush up on my skills and even the score. :)

    1 · February 8, 2013

  • brandye l.

    I have been ill you all I am sorry I will see you at the next one many blessings

    February 8, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    I would appreciate it if everyone could bring a bag of valentine candy. I am going to bring bags they can color and we will fill them up with alittle something. Remind me that I have playdoh in the closet we may be able to put in there.

    February 8, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    I welcome people on the waitlist to come. Bring a bag of treats to give out for Valentines Day if you can. Thanks for all you do!

    February 6, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I have leftover paper for snowflakes, valentines cards & the one eyed valentine if anyone wants to help make cards. Sparkle pens would be great if anyone has some.

    February 4, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Sounds great! I don't have sparkle pens but it will still be fun!

      February 5, 2013

    • Omayra

      I am bringing a Valentine's Day mailbox craft, so it will be great that they get to make Valentine's to put in them as well :)

      1 · February 5, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    LES ROBINSON isn't attending so we have extra spots.

    February 3, 2013

  • Kellianne

    I bought a bunch of flash cards at the dollar store today to bring for them.

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Thanks! I wonder if you could leave some with them specifically for the children that need the help? Think about it and thank you so much! and I know that knowing your math facts can and will change your life.

      1 · February 3, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    LETS ALL TRY TO BRING A VALENTINE TREAT and we can let the children choose which teat thy want! Juice packs are nice too also Ramon and washed fruit to leave plus any donations as usual! I am also wondering if anyone has math fact flash cards to leave there for the children to practice with! One little girl is struggling with basic addition and substraction.

    February 2, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    The craft activity sound great!

    January 29, 2013

  • Omayra

    I just ordered a valentine's day craft to bring to this meet up

    January 23, 2013

  • Sonja M.

    Is the 12 year old volunteer rule set in stone ? I have a 9-year old who would love to play with the little ones and of course would be supervised by me.

    January 18, 2013

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