Opportunities to Serve

August Blue Barrel collection

This month, we're collecting supplies for Missouri Readin' & Writin' Packs. Each kit should be placed in a 2-2.5 gallon Ziplock bag: six new pencils with erasers, 70-page spiral or tape bound notebook, one pencil holder, four folders with pockets, a 12-inch ruler, one pair of child-sized metal scissors, one large eraser, one box of only 24 crayons, one box of only 10 markers, two medium point ink pens. Place the bags in the blue barrels in the Welcome Center.

Also, we are collecting school supplies for Nicaragua -- they can use anything useful for children going to school.

Donate a sleeper

Behind the Scenes is in need of sleepers (0-3 months) for layettes -- sets of clothing for newborns -- to send to Nicaragua. You can bring donations to room 601.

Columbia Square summer lunch program

We are excited to continue the Columbia Square lunch program this summer, and your help is needed.

  • Dates: July 9-Aug. 3 (Monday-Friday) 
  • Time: Arrive by 11:45 a.m., lunch is served at noon
  • Place: Columbia Square, 1715 West Worley

Last summer we served 667 lunches to children at Columbia Square. This summer, you are invited to join Lynn Barnett at Columbia Square to serve as many days as your schedule will allow. We also need desserts each day. Sign-up sheets are in the Welcome Center. Please pray that we are able to share Jesus and a healthy lunch with many precious children. Call Lynn at 573-424-9578 with any questions. 

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.

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.