Fenton United Methodist Church  •  800 Gravois Road, Fenton, Missouri 63026    |   636.343.5010

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"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people."
Galatians 6:10

We encourage you to review the many exciting service opportunities available at Fenton United Methodist Church.

The purpose of this page is to give you a snapshot of each project so you can decide which ministry best meets your interests and skills.

Most of the ministries and organizations that we serve are in ongoing need of volunteers to provide a variety of services.  It is our hope that you will catch a vision of how you can serve one or more of these ministries in ongoing ways, individually, as a family, or by teaming up with others.

Join us as we experience God's plan to be His light in this world!


Shirley O Quilters
Shirley O Quilters

Tuesdays @ 9 a.m.
Education Building, 3rd Floor


UMCOR  Charity Navigator Four Star Charilty

To donate by phone, please call 1-888-252-6174.
A cooperative response to world hunger, poverty and injustice.

UMCOR collects seven types of kits for global distribution as well as cleaning buckets for U.S. distribution after major storms. Learn more about these kits below. More information about each kit and instructions for assembling them are available online: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.

SCHOOL KIT: $11 value
In some countries, having a simple yellow pencil can mean a world of hope for a young child thirsting for education. School kits provide the basic means to get them on the right track for learning.

HEALTH KIT: $12 value
Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster.

SEWING KIT: $28 value
Sewing kits foster independence and is often the start of a small business for women looking to supplement their family’s income.

LAYETTE KIT: $45 value
Layette kits provide the basic necessities for young mothers who do not have the means to support their newborn’s needs.

BEDDING KIT: $50 value
Bedding kit supplies offer warmth and comfort during the winter months for those displaced by conflict.

CLEANING BUCKET: $65 value per bucket
These cleaning supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a major disaster
Birthing Kit $8 value. The supplies in the Birthing Kit provide an important source of comfort for displaced persons.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

United Methodist Committee on Relief
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1520
New York, NY 10115
Toll-free 1-800-554-8583
Email umcor@umcor.org



*All year

Epworth--Box Tops for Education and small personal care items

Feed My People--Food, clothing, small household items

Kingdom House--Gently used clothes

Heifer International--Aluminum tabs



Monthly Ministry Opportunities

January
Souper Bowl of Caring-Feed My People (FMP)

February
Health Kits-United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)-Festival of Sharing

March
Flood Buckets-UMCOR-Festival of Sharing
Seed packets-fruit, vegetable, flower- FMP

April
College Care Packages

May
Annual Conference Missions
Rummage Sale

June
Vacation Bible School-mission projects
Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Youth
Extra garden produce- FMP

July
Green Bag of Food-Kingdom House (KH)
School Supplies-Epworth, FMP
Extra garden produce-FMP


kingdom house

Our Senior Companion Program provides individuals who are 55 years of age or older and meet set program guidelines, with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their community. Senior Companions receive a non-taxable hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement, which enables them to volunteer at no out-of-pocket expense. Companions receive 20 hours of training prior to their first assignment and additional training monthly. Medical or technical skills are not required.



Through home and community visits, Senior Companions help isolated and frail elderly adults maintain the highest possible level of independent living. Without this service, many individuals would not be able to continue living at home and would need more expensive, less personal care. Companions also provide short periods of relief to family caregivers, enabling them to take a break or run errands. 


Our After School Program operates Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Serving low-income children attending elementary and middle schools on the South Side of St. Louis City with families linked to Kingdom House’s Family Support Services.



Provides an academically-focused environment conducive to homework help and supplemental educational curriculum/activities..

Kingdom Academy Class of 2015 The newest Youth Program is Kingdom Academy.  Kingdom Academy has two goals in mind: to prepare high school students of St. Louis for post-secondary education and to provide services that provide valuable job readiness experiences for those students. 

Our Sports & Recreation program provides male role models in a community where over 75% of single parents are the mothers. The program increases physical activity and provides discipline for kids, while in a safe setting.


Our Summer Day Camp, or Camp Kaleidoscope, operates for eight weeks during the summer, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided daily.

Our Early Childhood Center primarily benefits low-income families who need childcare because they are employed, in school, or in training. Over 90% of the families enrolled are headed by a single mother. Most of our families pay the fee for service through their childcare subsidies. We have a sliding scale fee structure for families of different income levels. We are a Head Start and Early Head Start Program provider through Grace Hill and the YWCA

The Kingdom House Family Center (formerly Child Advocacy Program Soulard, or CAPS) addresses the problem of child abuse and neglect in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This program prevents child abuse and neglect on a neighborhood level, by identifying and alleviating the individual and family problems that lead or contribute to child abuse and neglect. Its primary focus is the provision of free, short-term respite child care, with assessment of needs and referral to resources within and beyond Kingdom House. The Family Center forms partnerships with other neighborhood organizations and networks within the City and County.

The Family Support Department is the first responder to new members. New members come in through an intake process where their needs are assessed by trained staff. The member is then assigned to a social worker who will work collaboratively with them through what Family Support calls the T.E.A.M. (Together Empowering the Advancement of Members) model. Members are treated with respect and dignity as they work alongside their assigned social worker.

August
Extra garden produce- FMP
Green Bag of Food-KH

September
Labor of Love for Others- FMP, KH, Epworth
Manna March Walk to End Hunger-FMP
Fall Festival-last Saturday

October
Rummage Sale
Trunk or Treat

November
Undergarments/socks/scarf/mitten tree-KH
Bridge Bread-week before Thanksgiving

December
Adopt-a-Family-FMP
White Christmas Gifts-Epworth
    (white tissue paper)
Christmas Cards-Epworth
Giving Tree-FMP
Coats and blankets-KH
College Care Packages
Christmas Creations


circle of concern
Circle Of Concern feeds the hungry and provides assistance to low-income families living in west St. Louis County.

Circle clients are working adults, children, seniors, disabled people, veterans, un- and underemployed, homeless individuals and families, and others who struggle with poverty and hunger. Our goal is to provide resources that empower individuals to become self-sufficient.

Clients can have a household income (including wages, social security, government assistance and other resources) up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Our clients must live in west St. Louis County, in the geographic footprint of the three school districts serving this area – Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park.

Volunteers remain integral to all work accomplished at Circle. More than 350 active volunteers provide direct client service, stock the pantry and warehouse, support our technology, share their accounting expertise and contribute to all activities of this busy organization.

Each month, Circle feeds approximately 2,000 people. More than a third of those are children.

PO Box 444 
112 St. Louis Avenue 
Valley Park, MO 63088, USA

Phone: +1 636-861-2623
Fax: +1 636-861-2296


epworth
Epworth Children and Family Service and Their History
For 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect.

Epworth's innovative, holistic and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. More than 7,500 youth and families turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care, prevention services and a 24-hour help line. Epworth's strength-based therapeutic philosophy builds on the individual strengths of youth and families, thus increasing the capacity of each to thrive in society.

Epworth was founded as a mission agency of the United Methodist Church to care for Civil War orphans, and it continues to work in partnership with both the community at large and the church to meet the needs of contemporary youth. Today, Epworth is an independent agency serving all children and families, regardless of religious affiliation.
Epworth's Mission: To help youth and families find strengths, break through obstacles, and build brighter futures.

Epworth's Vision: Strong Youth, Strong Families, Strong Community
Epworth's Values: Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Empowerment, Safety
Epworth Children and Family Services

110 N Elm Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119
314-961-5718
http://www.epworth.org/about


heifer
http://www.heifer.org
Phone: 855.9HUNGER  (855.948.6437) Email: info@heifer.org

The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Heifer helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

The core of our model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become full participants in improving their communities and allows them to help others as you have helped them.

You have the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, we can change the world, one family, one community, at a time.

  • You choose the project and help to fund the gifts of livestock, training for the community and veterinary care needed to make the project successful.
  • Your contribution allows Heifer to work with the community to develop farms, businesses and education required for those in need to rise from chronic poverty.

All gifts to Heifer International are tax deductible. A portion of donations are used to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty through education.


alive
ALIVE - Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments
We provide counseling, emergency sanctuary, and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse.

Our crisis line ensures that victims have immediate access to well-informed advocates who explore options and offer appropriate referrals. Assessment and safety planning provide callers with the necessary tools to establish physical safety for themselves and their children. Victims feel less isolated, less responsible for the violence, and more empowered when they have spoken to advocates who are available for support.

ALIVE was incorporated in 1985 and over the years has expanded into a full-service domestic violence prevention agency. Our Nights of Safety program remains true to our founders' original concept of providing temporary emergency sanctuary when all domestic violence shelter beds are full. ALIVE's additional services include:

  • a 24-hour crisis line
  • emergency transportation
  • individual and group adult counseling
  • a children's treatment program
  • court advocacy
  • community education and outreach

ALIVE's paid staff has grown from one half-time person to ten full-time and three part-time employees. The operational volunteer corps that started with eight women now numbers 50 strong.
ALIVE (St. Louis Office)
Email: alivestl@alivestl.org 
St. Louis 24-hour Crisis Line: 314.993.2777
P.O. Box 11201 
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office: 314.993.7080 Fax: 314.567.5629


feed my people
Feed My People
Feed My People is the principal partner in the ownership of 48 units of affordable, clean apartments directly across from our South County Office, with a commitment to provide housing for low income working people. In 2004, Feed My People, working in conjunction with Rebuilding Together-St. Louis, started rehabbing homes of the elderly and handicapped in South St. Louis County and more recently has been rehabbing in conjunction with the Lemay Housing Partnership.

Our thrift stores, which started as a client program, are open to the public. They are stocked completely with generous donations we receive from people like you. Affordably priced clothing and shoes, household items, small electronics, and books help our   community save money while providing a source of revenue for our programs.

For those clients who qualify, we provide discount cards or vouchers for items in our thrift stores, helping with appropriate clothing for a new job or an interview, warm clothing in the winter, or everyday essentials.

Donors Make It All Possible
Feed My People is a fully recognized 501(c)(3) tax-deductible, non-profit charity.  Our programs are supported by donations from individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and community groups including the Governing Board and Foundation Board.

Our primary goal is to provide food, but the need and opportunity to do more for our clients expanded our services to those in need living in 16 zip codes in southwest St. Louis County and northwest Jefferson County. Feed My People is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the St. Louis area helping over 80,000 people each year. Today, Feed My People has over 25 programs, designed to help clients lift themselves out of poverty.

volunteers
Volunteers are one of Feed My People's most valuable resources. The approximately 325 FMP volunteers are the thoughtful citizens who make this community a better place to live, one activity at a time.  Committed volunteers provide food, clothing, counseling, and other services to our neighbors in need.

If you would like to join our volunteer family, but don't know where to begin, we can help match your skills, passions, and schedule with a rewarding position at one of our locations.

To volunteer or learn more, call:
Lemay - Ted West at 314-631-4900
High Ridge - Mary Hettenhausen at 636-677-9885

South County
171 Kingston Drive
St. Louis, MO 63125-2932
P: (314) 631-4900, F: (314) 631-7930
http://www.feed-my-people.org
Email: fmphelp@earthlink.net
High Ridge
3295 Ottomeyer Road
High Ridge, MO 63049-3144
P: (636) 677-9885; F: (636) 677-8691

ALIVE routinely needs the following items for its Nights of Safety program:

  • Juice boxes
  • Canned meals with pop-tops: spaghetti, ravioli, soup, noodles, stews
  • Individual snacks: crackers, pudding, granola bars, individual fruit servings
  • Jars of peanut butter
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene products
  • Gas cards
  • Cab vouchers
  • Bus tickets and passes

There is also a regular need for the following office and program supplies:

  • Copy paper
  • Postage stamps
  • Printing and copying services
  • Children's books, coloring books and washable crayons
  • Adult and children's socks

Store- 2604 Cherokee St.
St. Louis 63118
Bakery- 5622 S. Grand


bridge bread
HOPE IN THE BAKING!
A social enterprise bakery that provides supportive employment for people without safe and stable housing.
Founded in 2011 by Fred Domke, Bridge Bread is a bakery with heart. We employ hardworking individuals who have struggled to find safe and stable housing, providing them with marketable skills and reliable employment. We believe that earning a proper wage is fundamental to one's self-worth, dignity, and self-sufficiency.

Bridge Bread is built on 3 key factors:
1) 75¢ out of every dollar generated from the sales of Bridge Bread goes to workers' in salaries, taxes, lunches, bus passes and other benefits. 
2) Because bread is a consumable, customers keep coming back week after week to buy more bread. 
3) Bread Baking is a valuable trade skill that provides a sustainable source of income for homeless and out-of-work individuals.

  • Products
  • Bread
  • Sourdough
  • Light Brioche
  • Wheat
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Famous Cinnamon Rolls
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Cranberry Orange
  • Cherry Pie
  • Chocolate

Phone+1 314-296-3077
Email: fdomke@gmail.com
Website: BridgeBread.org
To order: http://bridgebread.org/Order



HEY KIDS… Christmas Creations is Coming!
at Fenton United Methodist Church,
800 Gravois Rd., Fenton, MO 63026
(1/2 mile west of Hwy. 141 on Old Gravois Rd.)

For kids ages 4-12, cost $6
(3 year olds may come with a helper)

Christmas Creations is an annual event for children to make gifts and Christmas ornaments
to give to their families and friends at Christmas.
 
They love the surprise of giving something they made with their own hands. It also helps children focus on giving, not getting.