OF THE MONTH
January - United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation
UMRC has been a leader in innovative senior care since 1906, offering Michigan’s most diverse housing options and services to older adults of all income levels. The UMRC Foundation was created in 1998 to help keep our faithful founders’ promise of Benevolent Care for qualified residents who outlive their resources. As the senior population continues to grow, your gifts to the Benevolent Care Fund help ensure that our residents always have a home where they are loved and treasured. (https://umrc.com/umrc-foundation)
February - Baldwin Center & Seat Covers
Baldwin Center's mission is to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the men, women, and children of the Pontiac community. They offer more than 25 programs that meet basic needs, give assistance in a crisis, provide education and enrichment opportunities, and serve as a safety net. Among these services are soup kitchen, clothes closet, holiday store & baskets, laundry, after school program, summer enrichment camp, hygiene items, etc. They are connecting and training partner agencies to increase client empowerment through ‘Innovative Frameworks’. (https://www.baldwincenter.org)
For the Seat Cover Project, we lovingly cover bottoms with our donations! There will be a box in the lobby to drop off your packages of new underwear. The packages will be delivered to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac.
March - Water For Life Liberia
Constructing wells to provide clean water and toilets to improve the living
standards in communities in Liberia. Clean and safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights issues that need urgent attention in post-war Liberia. Few wells still exist, but most are contaminated, broken, or overused. As a result, water-borne diseases are common. Funding for this project provides for the construction of wells/hand pumps and toilet facilities within communities. (https://advance.umcor.org/p-394-water-for-life.aspx)
April - UMCOR Disaster Relief
UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – be it famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and to be a source of help and hope for those left most vulnerable. We provide relief, response and long-term recovery grants when these events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training for partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development. (https://www.umcmission.org/umcor)
May - CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. (https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021)
June - Belleville Emergency Food Closet
The Emergency Food Closet at Belleville First United Methodist Church has been feeding the hungry since 1983. They are an emergency source of food for the jobless, injured, ill, seniors, veterans, & disabled. The Food Closet also has a partnership with Belleville High School providing food for students in need. Monetary & food donations are supplied by church members, community members & businesses, and through a partnership with Meijer. (https://www.bellevillefirstumc.org/food-closet)
July - God's Country Cooperative Parish
God’s Country Cooperative Parish (GCCP) is comprised of seven churches spread over 250 square miles in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The seven churches combine their resources, share their faith, and actively work to bring self-esteem, hope and the love of God to all throughout the Parish. GCCP hosts mission teams in the summer to do home repairs and improvements in our communities and coordinates food and clothing distribution. (https://www.gccp-umc.org)
August - Helen Roberts-Evans (Liberia Missionary)
Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. “I want to share the love of Christ with each child because I know that His love brings peace and gives strength to overcome life’s challenges.” (https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1556-roberts-evans-helen.aspx)
September - Kingdom Home
Kingdom Home’s mission is to end child sex slavery through prevention. They do this by providing a safe place to live for children at risk of entering the sex trade in Uganda. 1 in 10 children in Uganda are orphans and in some areas, up to 10% of children in Uganda have been trafficked. Kingdom Home is a place of hope where all of the children's needs are met. Kingdom Home was founded by Detroit Tiger, Matthew Boyd and his wife, Ashley. (https://kingdomhome.org)
October - Cass Community Social Services
Cass Community Social Services offers programs to people living in areas of concentrated poverty in Detroit. The agency works across Detroit providing programs for food, health, housing, and jobs. (https://casscommunity.org)
*CCSS prepares and serves 700,000 meals annually.
*300 homeless men, women and children currently stay in one of CCSS’ shelters or permanent supportive housing programs.
*CCSS operates two weekly free medical clinics and a day program for 125 adults with developmental disabilities.
*80 adults are currently employed in the agency’s Green Industries which marry jobs with sustainability.
November - Heifer International (Fill the Ark)
Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities. They work in 21 countries around the world to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income to local farmers. (https://www.heifer.org)
December - Grace Children's Hospital
Grace Children’s Hospital, founded in 1967, is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV, and other diseases. They provide in-patient and out-patient care. Contributions to this project will help expand patient education for community health and increase the number of patients the hospital is able to see. Grace Children's Hospital provides care for those who would not be able to afford it otherwise and gives hope for children to live beyond their low life-expectancy. (http://www.internationalchildcare.org/grace-childrens-hospital)
2021 HANDS ON
UMRC Letter Writing Campaign - January
300 cards, letters, & drawings for the residents of Chelsea Retirement Home!
CROP Hunger Walk - May 8
Local community walk raising funds for hunger, poverty, displacement, & disaster
Mountain T.O.P. Youth Mission Trip - July
Week long work projects in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee
God's Country Adult Mission Trip - Summer
Week long work projects in Michigan's Upper Peninsula