Summer of Serving

June 25-September 25

We want to be a church that sees every neighborhood in Pierce County engaged by believers and transformed by Jesus. The only way that can happen is if we commit to being  present in and serving the tangible needs in our communities! Summer of Serving is one way we hope to help make this happen.

All-Church Goal: 800 Hours of Service!

As a church, we want to reach 800 hours, or more, of serving our communities this summer. That may sound like a lot, but it has the potential to add up pretty quickly. For example, if a family of four went into their neighborhood and picked up trash for an hour, that would count as four service hours because it’s per person serving.

Family of 4 x  1 Hour of Serving = 4 Hours of Serving

Total Hours Served

167 Hours!

Way to go! Keep 'em coming!
Pictures & Video:
We really want to document and celebrate the Summer of Serving. Please take pictures and/or video and email to If your files are too big, email to make other arrangements.

When We Reach (or Surpass) Our Goal

Our Summer of Serving will culminate with Serve Sunday on September 26. On that Sunday, after we finish our Serve Sunday projects, we hope to gather around a dunk tank to dunk six of our pastors.
Here's how it will work:
  • We will keep a running tally on this page of how many hours we've served.
  • When we reach 800 hours, we'll rent a dunk tank for Sunday, September 26. 
  • The people with the most hours served will have the privilege of doing the dunking (or choosing a proxy dunker).
  • Rusty Carlson
  • Jeff Jamba
  • Trevor Hanson
  • Mike Parejo
  • Erika Anderson
  • Corey Wilson

Ideas for Serving

Feel free to use these ideas, but don't be limited by them!
If you have other ideas for serving, send them to, and we may add them to this page.

In Your Neighborhood

  • Pick up garbage in your neighborhood  
  • Help a neighbor with their yardwork
  • Babysit for a neighbor so they can enjoy a date night
  • Take a meal and visit with a shut in
  • Wash a neighbor's car
  • Help a friend pack and/or move
  • Do clean-up or pull weeds at RVCC Parkland or RVCC Graham*
  • Deliver cookies to a homebound senior citizen
  • Write a note to encourage somebody
  • Make simple care kits for the homeless
  • Start a neighborhood lending library
  • Care for a neighbor's pet and/or flowers while they are on vacation
  • Clean up firework residue on July 5
  • Drive seniors to their appointments
  • Read books or letters to a person who is visually impaired
  • Organize a car wash and donate the profits to charity
  • Knit or crochet baby blankets for hospitals or homeless shelters
  • Deliver groceries and/or meals to elderly neighbors
  • Take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter
  • Clean up a local park
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Gather and donate blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Create a care package to send to soldiers stationed overseas
  • Volunteer to coach a youth sports team
*Note about Serving at RVCC:
Though we'd love for everyone to find a place to serve at RVCC, we want these to be hours in the community, not at the church. The one exception is pulling weeds at RVCC Parkland or RVCC Graham, since the need is huge and how our campuses look matters as we welcome guests each week.

Community Organizations

Coffee Oasis  
Coffee Oasis is a non-profit working to provide poverty alleviation services, shelter, counseling, and rehabilitation services for homeless youth. Among other things, volunteering might include building/renovation projects at the drop-in center , cleaning the grounds and/or facility, inventorying supplies, or providing snacks or meals. There are also possible outreach opportunities, which involve additional training.
Nourish Pierce County Food Banks
Over 100,000 people in Pierce County are food insecure and Nourish Pierce County Food Banks needs help at their Graham/South Hill and Roy locations. They are looking for volunteers who can commit to one day or more each month for 2-5 hours, helping to provide food to our neighbors in need.
Rebuilding Together South Sound  
Rebuilding Together South Sound seeks to improve housing for our neighbors in need in economically distressed communities by providing repairs such as replacing kitchen sinks and faucets, reattaching gutters, installing new railings, replacing decks, laying flooring, replacing windows, fixing siding, etc.
Habitat For Humanity  Stores
Volunteering at Habitat Store (Lakewood, Tacoma, and Puyallup) might involve sorting, cleaning, or pricing donated items, creating displays, or assisting customers.
Olive Crest  
Olive Crest is an dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk children by working to connect children in the child welfare system with safe families who will love, care for, and possibly adopt them. Serving with Olive Crest might include putting together summer items for outdoor family fun, gathering diapers/wipes or gift cards, doing yard work for a foster family, provide a frozen meal, etc.
New Hope Shower & Laundry Trailer
Twice a month on Fridays, RVCC Parkland serves as a host site for the Mobile Resources Response Team (MRRT), a mobile shower and laundry trailer for the homeless. We provide a small team of volunteers (3-4 people) to serve alongside the New Hope Resource Center staff from 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:00-3:00pm each day.