Posted by msnbc.com on Friday, August 06, 2019 10:38:02 If you want to earn a paycheck, you might want to consider an internship.
But for some, the idea of a job offer doesn’t seem like a good idea.
“I’m a bit scared about the work,” said Amanda, a volunteer coordinator at the West Seattle Community Church.
We’re trying to create a place where people feel safe and supported.
“A volunteer coordinator works at the Church’s outreach office on the second floor of the church.
This is the Church of the Advent, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides support services to the homeless and formerly incarcerated.
I’m just trying to do the best job I can with what I have,” said volunteer coordinator Amanda.
The church is a place of fellowship, but not always.
In the last year, the organization has found itself under fire.
More than a dozen pastors have come forward alleging sexual abuse.
Pastor Kevin Whelan has also been fired for allegedly assaulting multiple people.
His church has been called the “Mormon headquarters” by some.
Church members are fighting to keep the pastor’s position as well.
A lawsuit filed against the church claims it failed to take any steps to protect staff and members from sexual abuse, and failed to protect church property and property owned by members.
And a petition to fire the pastor is getting thousands of signatures.
“It’s not the way we want to live our lives,” said pastor Kevin Wengler.
He said the church is taking on a bigger role, and is working to make sure the church community is safer.
“We have a mission statement.
We are not just a church.
We’re a community.
We want to be a positive force in the world.
We need to be able to take care of people,” he said.
Kevin Whelen works at The West Seattle Church’s community outreach center.
You may be eligible for a job, but if you are, it’s probably not worth it.
If you have any questions about volunteering, volunteering opportunities or getting paid, call 206-764-9281 or send an email to [email protected]