Pumpkin Patch

Five Reasons to Volunteer for our Annual Pumpkin Patch

God calls us to help the poor, sick, and marginalized.  Jesus, in the gospels, shows us countless times when his compassion and love helped those in need.  Working at the Pumpkin Patch is one way to show our love for the less fortunate, and you can feel good knowing that all of our proceeds go to local projects for hungry and homeless people.  The people coming to the shelters and food pantries are among the least fortunate and need our help.

  1. IT ACCOMPLISHES GOD’S WORK:  Working at the Patch for a three hour shift is participating in the work God asks us to do.  Not everyone has the time or inclination to work at the food pantry or homeless shelter.  Spending time helping at the Patch is a valuable contribution.  We are raising money for five organizations that serve the homeless and hungry.  Money is desperately needed by these projects to continue the good work.
  2. IT BUILDS CHURCH COMMUNITY:  Working at the Patch is spending time with other Parishioners, thus building our community.  It can be an opportunity to spend time with Parishioners you may have never met.  Working at the Patch is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people you worship with every Sunday.
  3. IT STRENGTHENS OUR COMMUNITY:  Every year hundreds of people come by the Patch to check out our Pumpkins, and most buy a pumpkin.  The Patch is an opportunity for us to meet our local neighbors, and for us to be part of our larger community.  We are not there to share our faith, but to show them our love and goodness.  One of the goals of the Patch is to help those in the community know us and respect us.
  4. IT REJUVENATES YOUR SPIRIT:  Most of our Colorado fall days are gorgeous, beautiful sunny days, and the Patch is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors.  The work is light and spending the time in the Patch can rejuvenate your spirit.
  5. IT’S FUN!  Working in the Patch is fun!  We are building community, spending time outdoors, meeting our neighbors, and helping others!

The Pumpkin Patch Helps Area Charities

Good Shepherd Church operates the Pumpkin Patch to raise money for projects for the homeless and hungry.  Some of the programs we support through this activity:

Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry – Located at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, in Greenwood Village, this charity provides families in need, seniors, and disabled adults with non-perishable items, dairy, produce, grain products, and some meat in a compassionate, dignified, and safe environment.  Good Shepherd regularly holds food drives for the pantry. 

St. Clare’s Supper Ministry – Located at St. Peter and St. Mary Episcopal Church in downtown Denver, this charity provides a nutritious meal to 100-150 homeless and marginal guests every Tuesday.  The meal is prepared by volunteers from a number of Denver area churches, including Good Shepherd.  Additional services are available including a clothing closet and counseling.

Family Tree House of Hope – This is the only shelter for homeless families (women and children) in Arapahoe County and south metro Denver.  It provides a broad range of services to women and children to help them regain independence and self-sufficiency.  Good Shepherd collects diapers and provides annual children’s gifts through its Angel Tree.

St. Francis Center – The Saint Francis Center is a non-profit center that has been a place of refuge during the day for the homeless for over 26 years and is open to both women and men.  It provides a safe and welcoming environment and essentials such as showers, clothing, mail delivery, personal belongings storage, counseling, and referral services.  This center serves 650-800 guests daily.  Good Shepherd members volunteer at the center and donate clothing and other needed items. 

HAAT Force – South Metro -- HAAT Force provides motel vouchers to the homeless on the coldest nights and on very wet nights.  The homeless population in the South Metro area is growing as urban neighborhoods change.