Good Shepherd can be a busy place. Almost everyday of the week you can find us helping those in need. Whether you’re visiting someone who needs a friend, crocheting a prayer shawl, making a quilt for LWR or working in our Community Garden.

But, our ministry goes far beyond the wall of our church; our members are active in our community, our state, our nation and our world.

We encourage you to browse this page to see if something catches your interest. Then join us in our mission as we walk together on this Journey of Faith.

Volunteering at Pear Blossom Place is a Family Affair

The Family Support Center is looking for compassionate and energetic volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, our 24hr family shelter in Olympia. We have a wide variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Our needs are expected to grow as the colder months approach, so join our amazing team now!

For more information, contact Katherine at http://www.fscss.org/

Success Happens at ASTP

Do you know a middle school student who struggles in school and would benefit from a little extra help with homework? Is God calling you to be part of a church ministry that helps kids in our community?

If you answered yes to either question, you may be interested in the After School Tutoring Program (ASTP). We always have several openings for students and we also need more tutors and activity helpers. The first day of tutoring is Monday, September 29. For more information on enrolling a student or serving in this local mission work,  call Jennifer Meyer, ASTP Director at 357-3554 ext. 108 or email Jennifer at jennifer@gsolympia.org.

Help Families Keep Clean and Healthy

The YWCA Other Bank is 28 years old this year.  For all those years they have been giving out hygiene and cleaning products to those in need. The items we provide cannot be purchased with food stamps, yet they are essential for maintaining a clean appearance, health and personal dignity.

The Bank relies totally on donations of products.  Our church members are one of their most consistent givers.  Lately there isn’t much in the box in Crary Hall while the demand is up at The Other Bank.

Products most in need:

  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper (repackaged in packages of 2 or 4 depending on family size)
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (for adults and kids)
  • Laundry Detergent (large sizes are repackaged)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Diapers (disposable – these are also repackaged)
  • Pads & Tampons (these are repackaged)
  • Hotel toiletries
  • Plastic bags, reusable grocery bags, brown paper bags

An exciting new program is beginning at The Other Bank.  Women who have no job skills or few job skills can learn skills while working at The Other Bank.  They will learn good work habits, computer skills, organizing, shelving products, and distribution of products, etc.

After their training they can then be outfitted with professional clothes for interviews and work at the YWCA Kathleen’s Closet. Currently, the Y’s Kathleen’s Closet is not taking donations. However, if you have business or casual clothes to donate, the places below will be happy to take your items:

The Baby Bank at 3132 Boulevard Rd. SE – open Wednesdays from 10-11:30. Tell them Good Shepherd referred you. (357-6617)

Olympia Food Co-op Free Store, 921 Rogers St. NW – open daily 9-5. (754-7666)

Union Gospel Mission, 413 Franklin St. NE – open weekday afternoons by appt. (754-7666).

In January we’ll be building our traditional toilet paper pyramid – be watching!!