Shiloh News

Partnering Youth Groups Volunteer at Thrift Shop

Nicol and Kyle Dunn help to lead the youth program at Shiloh and wanted to share one of their recent adventures!

On Wednesday, January 24, the Shiloh youth group was invited to volunteer at Crowded Closet with the East Union Mennonite youth group. My husband and I, as youth pastors, are always looking for ways to team with other youth groups in our community. We both have a long-standing relationship with Warren and Emily Yoder, part of the leadership team for the East Union Mennonite Church youth group. When we heard their youth group would be volunteering at a local thrift store, we thought this would be a great group outing. There is no better way to build relationships than to work together for a common goal.

Crowded Closet is a thrift store in Iowa City that supports mission work around the world. All of their proceeds help to build, restore, and support ones in need through the Mennonite Central Committee. We were tasked with all sorts of fun projects around the store. We dusted, vacuumed, organized, racked clothing, and painted. Some of the group members even counted and assembled puzzles to make sure they were ready to sell.

It was a privilege to contribute to the vision of this store with our hands and our faith. To learn more about Crowded Closet or their mission, visit We look forward to our next opportunity to build new relationships and support our community.

Jeremy Richardson

Jeremy Richardson

Jeremy serves as the Media Pastor at Shiloh in Kalona, Iowa. Jeremy has worked in the industry as a video editor, graphic designer, and web developer, all the while fostering his inner geek. He loves movies, music, and anything creative, and is driven to see the spirit of the living Word of God expressed in the creative realm.