The community at Pres House believes that service to God and our community is part of our faithful response to God’s love for us and our neighbors. Students at Pres House serve each other and Pres House through leadership; serve the local community at food pantries and other local agencies; and take Break with a Purpose trips to learn and serve communities around the country. Join us in making a difference!
Starting with our Welcome Back-Pack event in the fall we aim to serve and care for our neighbors in Madison and the surrounding community.
Welcome Backpack – Friday, September 1st, 1-2pm
Assemble kits for under resourced people, meet new folks, eat ice cream! What better way to start the Fall then by serving with others.
Grace Episcopal Food Pantry
Volunteer to help run the food pantry at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday mornings during the semester.
Saturdays, 9am – Noon: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9
Contact: Jenni Geurink
Bake, Pray, Love (Mondays, 8:30am; Thursdays 5-7pm, 1x/month)
Once a month we gather to bake a large supply of breakfast treats so that we can go out weekly to share them with our neighbors who currently have no homes.
Contact: Emily Johnson
Audio Visual Volunteers
Pres House is in need of Audio Visual (AV) volunteers for Worship on Sundays and some Thursday rehearsals. There are two ways to help: 1) Run slides on powerpoint – this job is easy and a quick learn and vitally important to worship. 2) Mix Sound for Worship -you will run sound for the worship band and anyone who speaks. This has a bigger learning curve, however, we have a user friendly sound board and system! You need an ear for music and a love of technology. Training will be provided. Contact Natalie for more info!
Sign up here to help “set” or “clear” the table on one or more Sundays; it’s easy and makes our family time much more enjoyable for all!
Pres House is a host site for the UW-Madison chapter of Campus Kitchen. Student volunteers reclaim unused food from dining halls and make it into new meals for students on campus who are food-insecure.Have another idea for a local service project you want to lead or get involved in? Let us know!
A Just Brew
Pres House is host to a student run coffee ministry called A Just Brew. A Just Brew serves high quality coffee for free in Lower Hall and takes donations. All money raised over the cost of the coffee is donated to International Justice Mission, a worldwide organization fighting human slavery. A Just Brew raised more than $16,000 since opening in spring semester 2015. Come enjoy a cup of coffee between 8:30am-2pm Monday-Friday or volunteer to help.
Break With a Purpose
Many years students at Pres House go on a service/learning trip called a Break With a Purpose. We have traveled to:
- Gulfport, Mississippi to do Hurricane Katrina relief with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Chicago to do urban service with DOOR ministry
- Kentucky to rebuild homes with Appalachia Service Project
- Arkansas to live and learn at Heifer Ranch
- Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation in South Dakota to build and learn with Re-Member
- Washington D.C. on a student designed trip that engaged us in a variety of service and learning experiences. Check out the video.
- Joplin, MO to do tornado relief. See a news story about the Pres House team.
- Alabama (Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery) to learn about race relations and serve with Christian Service Mission. Check out the video. Listen to reflections from some of the team members who went on the trip here.
- Staten Island New York to do relief and re-building work from Hurricane Sandy. Check out the video.
- Chicago to partner with the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary and learn about issues of gun violence, poverty, racism and more.
Each trip changes us and opens our eyes to God at work in the world in new ways. This year we are exploring the possibility of going to Houston in January 2018 (during the inter-semester break) to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Stay tuned!