We serve through/with UMCOR (world wide), and the Volunteer Center of McHenry County (in our local community):
The Volunteer Center of McHenry County is the leading community service resource in McHenry County, fostering relationships with non-profits and volunteers to strengthen and support helping organizations in the county. Member Organizations include: Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, civic groups, churches, hospitals, schools, and libraries. Volunteers manage a variety of tasks for organizations from fundraising and marketing, and child care and companionship, to caring for land and unwanted animals. They are mentors, tutors, teachers, advocates, artists, physicians, grandparents, and more. Individuals and groups that wish to help their community can get connected to an organization through their website. EACH ONE * REACH ONE * JUST DO IT
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Serves all parts of the world providing disaster response to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. For more information visit the UMCOR website, or speak with Pastor Lee.
Here are some ministry areas where you may want to offer your assistance or volunteer:
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
McHenry County PADS assists men, women and families in McHenry County that have become or are at risk of becoming homeless. Focusing on intervention and prevention is a goal of PADS. For more information visit here.
Cary United Methodist Church/Emergency Shelter
This Emergency Shelter, hosted by Cary U.M.C. partners with PADS. Our Youth will be serving dinner to the homeless on March 7, 2015. For more information visit the PADS page on the Cary UMC website or speak with either Lisa Greenwood or Chad Aupperle.
Algonquin/Lake In The Hills Interfaith Food Pantry The first Sunday of the month is designated as “Get Your Can To Church”, when our church family is encouraged and reminded about bringing in food donations (or giving financial donations) for this important community resource. For more information about the food pantry visit here or Bonnie Dodge or Janet Graf.
Little White Church has a mission for Missions CUMC’s Little White Church has a mission to collect loose money and change to support what Missions ministries do best, support those in need.
Each year CUMC supports the School Tool Box Program, supplying school supplies/backpacks for Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville. For more information speak with Kim Aupperle or Daisy Santoso.
CARDUNAL CROP WALK (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Once again we’ll be hosting the CARDUNAL walk on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Watch for details about this year’s walk or speak with Kim Aupperle, Dave Clark, Marty Himebaugh or Judy Baker.
This ministry brings a bountiful amount of warmth to the homeless served by the McHenry County PADS Homeless Shelter, all-winter-long by collecting donations of winter gear (warming pads for hands & feet, new hats, scarves, gloves & mittens, and gently-used clean blankets, and coats). This ministry also accepts donations of hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, bath towels, women’s products, combs, brushes, razors & shaving lotion, toothpaste & toothbrushes, soap; while monetary donations are used to purchase additional needs such as laundry detergent, paper towel, etc. For more information speak with Kim Aupperle. Think about supporting this ministry buy shopping smart and buying winter gear on clearance (Feb-April) to be able to bless more for our next brutal Chicago-area winter season.
Holiday Gift Program – Home of the Sparrow
Home of the Sparrow serves the community as a transitional shelter program, providing housing and supportive services for homeless women and children. CUMC collects presents during November to help a H-O-S family have a wonderful Christmas by filling their wish list. For more information speak with Bonnie Dodge or Janet Graf.
TLS Veterans Food Pantry Collection During the month of April we collect canned goods for this organization which provides various services for veterans and their families. For more information visit their website or speak with Tobey or Tom Sroga.