Volunteer with PREPARES

"What can we do? ... we can offer what little we have. We certainly have a few hours of time, some talent, some expertise." - Pope Francis (July 2015)

Would you like to help PREPARES serve families in Washington State? There are many ways to get involved. Explore how you or your group can serve families with your time, talent, and treasure. When you support PREPARES, you are participating in a ministry that makes a difference in your community!

PREPARES walks the journey with pregnant and parenting families with children up to age five. PREPARES is present in over 50 Catholic Churches across Washington State. Check out our parish locator below to find a PREPARES ministry near you. If you do not see a ministry in your area, or would like to start one at your parish, please contact the PREPARES staff in your area.

Join Us!

Most volunteer positions have a training that will equip you for serving families in your community. Comprehensive training is necessary to give our volunteers the confidence to meet the unique needs of individuals we come in contact with every day. We coordinate with parishes to provide trainings for volunteers. Please contact us using the link or phone numbers below to learn more. Take a moment to discover all the many ways you can get involved. Volunteers serve in many areas.  Please below to discover the many ways volunteers serve with PREPARES. PREPARES is a parish based ministry, please also consider if you are available to help as your parish’s PREPARES Coordinator.



FAMILY COMPANIONS

Family Companions are volunteers who want to share an unconditional friendship with a parent in their parish community. A Companion Team is a group of 3‐5 volunteers who provide practical, emotional, and ministry of presence to a family.

PARENT GROUPS

Moms, dads, and/or couples in a parish can start a parent group that meets and invites other parents in the community to come for an evening of fellowship, discussion, and support.


PREPARES BAGS

PREPARES Bags are filled with essentials and developmentally appropriate childhood items by volunteers. These bags would then be distributed in the community by PREPARES volunteers.



TRAVELING CRIB

The parish community places a crib in their vestibule for a designated period of time, allowing parishioners to fill the crib with baby and/or child related items such as diapers, clothing, blankets, and formula that can then be distributed to families.

PRAYER TEAMS

Commit to support PREPARES families through prayer individually or in a group setting.



BABY SHOWER

Hold an event that brings volunteers together to donate items for families or you invite pregnant moms and their families to attend a Baby Shower which celebrate life and provides them with a few needed supplies such as layette baskets.


PARENT/CHILD
GROUPS

Volunteer to facilitate a parent/child group. Groups are offered on a regular basis and focus on fun activities with children and parenting support.

PREPARES PROMISE
FUND

Lead or support fundraising activities. Funds raised can support efforts at their parish or go directly to the Promise Fund which assists families throughout your diocese.

PREPARES COORDINATOR
/ COMMITTEE MEMBER

Start or join your PREPARES Committee and help recruit, invite, orchestrate and create PREPARES opportunities at their parish that supports life and offers hope to families in your community.


CLOTHING CLOSET

Parishes provide a clothing closet that families can access at the parish.



PREPARES PROMISE FUND

Lead or support fundraising activities. Funds raised can support efforts at their parish or go directly to the Promise Fund which assists families throughout your diocese.

PREPARES EN ESPAÑOL

If you are fluent in Spanish, Implement one of the ways listed here in Spanish at your parish.


... AND MORE!

PREPARES will grow based on the many talents of the individuals and groups that support families.

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