How you can help

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’

Acts 20:35

Generally when we think of giving, we think about money. This is true of course, but there are essentially three ways we can support ministries that we believe in, simply known as “The Three T’s”


If you would like to support the ministry financially, you can do so by:

  • Clicking the Donate Now! button at the top of the page. You can donate via Credit Card, Paypal or ACH check.
  • Mail a check to:
Backstretch Chapel at Emerald Downs
PO Box 617
Auburn, WA 98071  

Our Track Chaplain has an ongoing wish-list you can donate material items to as well. If you would like to make a donations, you can reach out via email to our Chaplain Gilbert Aguilar to make arrangements.

The current wish-list from our Chaplain is:

  • Waste baskets
  • Gravel for the chapel parking lot
  • Hand-pump paint sprayer
  • Stain for Deck
  • Opening and step on rear side of deck
  • New lightning for Chapel face and cross
  • Solar lights for the Chapel sign and on the fence
  • Open an closed signs for trailer Rec room

Funding of the 501C (3) Backstretch Chapel is dependent on the faithful and generous gifts of those who see value in its programs and services.  June 1, marks the beginning of organization’s annual fundraising campaign.  This year’s target of $20,000 ensures a Chaplain, on site, at least twenty hours per week and sustains the organization’s life enriching programs.  Would you considering contributing your best gift to the ministry today?  It is your opportunity to applaud and support not only the work of Chaplain Gilbert, Father Gallagher and the Backstretch Chapel but also those who put their heart and efforts into taking care of the horses at Emerald Downs.  


You can give of your talents, whatever they may be. Perhaps you love to cook and would like to provide a meal for one of our Thursday services. Love children? So do we! Gifted musician or singer? We would love you to come visit a service and help us worship! Maybe you are a carpenter and love to build… The Chaplain may just have some projects you can help with… We all have many talents and God loves it when we use them to serve him so if you feel led to give of your skills, let’s talk!


The final way we serve is we give of our time. Throughout the year we have various events and gatherings and can always use some additional hands… many hands make light work. Contact Chaplain Gilbert if you would like to see where you can volunteer.