Opportunities to Serve

March 18 is UMCOR Sunday

The United Methodist Committee on Relief does incredible work in times of crisis. Your generous gift on this special Sunday covers many of the operating costs for UMCOR. This means that any donations that come in during disaster relief can be contributed to the disaster -- 100 percent. Please make your check payable to Community United Methodist Church or go to www.umcgiving.org for more information or to give online.

March blue barrel collection

We are collecting food boxes to be shared with Missouri families in need during the Festival of Sharing. If possible, place in a box: three cans of vegetables, three cans of tuna, three cans of chicken, three cans of fruit, three packages of macaroni and cheese, one pound of pasta, one can of pasta sauce, one jar of peanut butter. Bring your donations to the blue barrels located in the Welcome Center.

Serving as hosts for Room at the  Inn

Room at the Inn is now open through March 18. You are welcome to serve there during this four- month period. The program provides shelter for homeless people during cold weather.

You can sign up to volunteer through this link.

Volunteers needed: Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes offers meals at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church to those who are in need. Community serves on the third and fourth Saturdays of every month, 4:30-6:45 p.m. Please consider helping with this caring ministry. You can sign up in the Welcome Center or contact Kaye Miller at 881-5826.

Care packages for college students

Do you have a college student who would like to receive care packages a few times during the school year? If so, please provide their name and address to Debbie Sykuta (dsykuta@gmail.com). If your student is local, care bags will be made that you can give to your student. For out-of-town students, packages will be mailed.

Tags of Hope

Community hosts this ministry to spread hope and love to foster children in mid-Missouri through a unique clothing closet. New and gently used clothing items, shoes, books and stuffed animals are collected and given free to foster children when they come "shop" at Tags of Hope. This "store" allows children to personally select items to fit their style, size and individual needs in a loving and supportive setting

Handyman serving opportunities

Do you need help around the house? Or, do you know someone who might need a handyman?

If you have a need for electrical, plumbing, home repairs, etc., please contact Scott Stone (sstone@communityumc.net). Our hope is to connect needs with those who are looking for opportunities to serve in this way.

Bike to the Future

Community is excited to partner with the Missouri Annual Conference and Love Inc. in a new ministry in Columbia - Bike to the Future. The church will provide space to store and repair bikes to be given to people with transportation needs. For more information, click here.

Turning Point Ministry

Do you have a heart to serve the homeless? The Turning Point ministry at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church is looking for volunteers to be front desk greeters. Front desk hours are 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. The hours you serve can be flexible to accommodate your schedule. If interested, please contact Ann Moreton at 573-881-1860 or amoreton@moumethodist.org.

Container Project packing event

The Container Project works with the Rainbow Network to supply clothing, school supplies, layettes, toys and more for those in need in Nicaragua.

A team gathers and packs once a month at the Mobility Worldwide warehouse at 1908 Heriford Road.

For more information, contact John Stafford.

The global market

The Global Market, located in the Welcome Center, is a fair trade gift shop selling crafts from around the world. Purchases make a tremendous difference for the artisans, helping to improve the lives of people in developing countries. Artisans are guaranteed fair wages and safe working conditions.

Click here and Like the Global Market's Facebook page.

Store hours:

  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Special holiday hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

behind the scenes

The Container Project is a regional ministry that provides gently used clothing to people in need. In some cases, clothing is provided to families around the corner or around the state.

Behind the Scenes (located in Room 601) is Community's partner ministry for The Container Project.

Behind the Scenes accepts donations of clothing, shoes, linens and other items, then packages and distributes items either to local wardrobes and shelters or to The Container Project, which then distributes to other locations.

Contact Sue Turner (suet3516@gmail.com) for more information.