First United Methodist Church is involved in many local outreach programs. We hope that you will review some of the opportunities below and feel inspired to make a positive impact here in our community! If you would like to learn more or help with any of these volunteer opportunities please email Ann Holder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northville Civic Concern – Food Bag Ministry
The families served by Northville Civic Concern need us and there are two ways we can help! Thanks for your generosity! Please know our neighbors are counting on us, and your generosity means so much!
On the first Sunday of each month, we hold a special food bag collection. Special paper grocery bags with directions are prepared for you to take with you on the fourth Sunday of the month or at your convenience. Please fill it with the items needed and bring it back on the first Sunday of the month. Collections bins are located at the main office entrance on Collection Sunday only, in the hallway next to Fellowship Hall, as well as in the back of the Sanctuary near the Chapel/Lounge.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, that would be very helpful as the volunteer super shoppers at Civic Concern will make the most of it! Please make the check to FUMC, and put “Civic Concern” in the memo portion.
The Baldwin Center in Pontiac Feed. Clothe. Educate. Empower. The Baldwin Center is a safe haven in a Pontiac neighborhood. It is a place where bellies are filled, where children can play and learn without fear, and where people can recover their dignity and find respect. Currently, the Baldwin Center offers more than 25 support programs that meet basic needs, offer assistance in a crisis, provide education and enrichment opportunities for adults and children, and serve as a safety net.Together, volunteers, neighbors, and staff have built a lively, mission-focused community. For more information on the Baldwin Center itself, please visit their website. For more information on our ministry with the Baldwin Center, contact Penny Vanover at email@example.com.
America Red Cross Blood DrivesWe support our community and the American Red Cross by sponsoring four blood drives per year. Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. What a wonderful way to help a neighbor in need! Our blood drives are on Sunday mornings. Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome. The blood drive is open to the community.
Cass Social Services and Hospitality Week – 2021 Hospitality Week is March 6-13, 2021 Normally we host the Cass Community Interfaith Rotating Shelter for one week every winter at our church, providing meals and shelter for 54 homeless people. Because of the Covid Virus in 2021, the shelter guests are living at the Cass Warming Center building located at 1534 Webb Street at the corner of Woodrow Wilson in Detroit. Each guest has a twin bed where they can stay 24 hours a day. For social distancing, guests eat their meals on their beds. Men and Women are in separate rooms. Showers and laundry are at a nearby Cass building.Because our church has a heart for helping others, we have decided to participate in this ministry while we continue to battle the Covid Virus. We plan to work safely with masks and face shields, social distancing, greatly reduced in person volunteer hours, and minimized entry into our church building. We will not enter the shelter at the Cass Warming Center. We must pray for those who are suffering homelessness and we need to pray for ourselves so that we can find our path to help those in need.
Northville FUMC is one of the partner churches that supports Joy Southfield. Dave Law and Trish Hopkins are on the staff. Jim Bosscher is on the board of directors.
Back to School Project
The NOAH Project began its Bag Lunch program in 1979, serving lunch on Mondays and Thursdays to anyone who comes through its doors. In January 2014, responding to the coldest, snowiest winter in Detroit history, we opened our doors even further and created the NOAH Community Center and now serve lunch four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 10:30am-2:00pm. The Bag Lunch Program remains our primary way to meet, engage, and build relationships with our participants. It is the gateway to joining the NOAH family and is the first step on the road to self-sufficiency. Your support of the Bag Lunch Program helps us to begin to build trust with people who find trust so difficult.For more information, visit the Noah Project website. Click for informational video on youtube.
HIV/Aids Easter Baskets
Reaching out and bringing joy to those who are dealing with the HIV/AIDS virus during the Lenten season is what the Easter Basket Ministry is all about.
Scott Center Lunches
Twice per year, our church purchases, prepares and serves lunch for approximately 200 people at the Scott Center in Detroit. Upcoming dates to be announced soon! There will be sign up opportunities at church to help.
Christmas Outreach Projects