Local Missions

Below you will find the names of several organizations (in alphabetical order) that MUMC supports through service. All of these organizations accept monetary donations but sometimes, they need help with things that don’t cost money. Please consider giving some of your time to one of these outstanding organizations.

Church Office

Our church could not run without our volunteers! We are currently looking for volunteers to answer phones, make photocopies, greet newcomers, and offer a warm smile to all they encounter on weekdays in the office. This may be your special niche! Call Joan DeBoe at (573) 443-3111 or email her at joan@moumc.org.

Central Missouri Food Bank

Phone Number:(573) 474-1020
Website for more information: http://www.centralmofoodbank.org/

Organization’s Mission: Through empowerment, education, and partnership, the Central Missouri Food Bank brings together community resources to feed people in need.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are numerous volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank facility, as well as the Pantry facility. Please give them a call to find out more!

CROP Hunger Walk

Contacts: Walt McManus (573) 489-5038 (local) or Joyce Holley (888) 297-2767 (Church World Service)
Website for more information: http://columbiacropwalk.missouri.org or http://www.cropwalk.org

About the Organization: CROP, the community hunger appeal of Church World Service, works to provide sustainable agriculture in the U.S. and around the world. CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in more than 80 countries.

Volunteer Opportunity: Walking participants secure pledges for this project. Volunteers are always needed the day of the Walk. Details will be published in the Messenger and Sunday worship bulletin nearer the planned Walk, which is held the first Sunday in October.

Festival of Sharing

Phone Number: call Trudy at the Missouri United Methodist Conference Center 573-441-1770, or email her at tmcmanus@moumethodist.org
Website for more information: http://www.umocm.com/festival.htm

About the Organization: The Festival of Sharing is a multi-denominational mission outreach program that is held yearly on the third Saturday in October (closest date to World Food Day) at the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia. Currently, twenty-eight (28) church denominations and faith communities participate in this statewide gathering.

Volunteer Opportunity: Attend the Festival and help out where needed. Closer to the date, the Messenger will advertise different MUMC groups that are volunteering. You could go with a group, with your family, or just by yourself. All help is welcome!

Granny’s House

Phone Number: (573) 442-LOVE (5683)
Website for more information: http://www.grannyshouse.org/

Organization Mission: To allow each child who crosses our threshold to experience the Love of Christ through our various Christ-centered activities and programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Monthly cleaning crews, springtime outdoor gardening projects, etc.

Habitat For Humanity

Phone Number of Organization: Bill View at (573) 499-1202
Website for more information: http://www.habitat.org/

Organization’s Mission: Provide a decent house to a family who cannot otherwise afford it. There is no down payment and no interest on a 20 year loan. Volunteers and homeowners work together in the building process. This is a “hand up” not a “hand out”.  Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty (substandard) housing and homelessness worldwide and to make affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Volunteer Opportunities: Sign up for one of our church’s building days. See the missions calendar at the top of this page for dates. Also, the local affiliate raises funds by operating a ReStore, open to the public, at 1906 Monroe Street. Call (573) 815-9836 to volunteer in the ReStore.

Jail Ministry

Phone Number: Susan Williams 449-2705
E-mail Susan Williams: SusanWilliams@mchsi.com

About this Ministry:  The Jail Ministry is under the auspices of the Columbia Interfaith Council and is coordinated by Rev. Mickey Havener.  The Columbia Interfaith Council budgets $1,000 a year to purchase Bibles to be given to the inmates.  In addition to the one women's service each Sunday there are three services for the men.  About eighteen other churches provide leadership for this ministry at the Boone County Jail.

Volunteer Opportunities: Missouri United Methodist Church has the responsibility for conducting a worship service for women at the Boone County Jail at 2:30 pm on the fourth Sunday during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.  Susan Williams is the coordinator of the mission to women in jail. If you would like to volunteer contact her at 449-2705, or e-mail: SusanWilliams@mchsi.com 

A minimum of two volunteers are needed to lead the service, which usually consists of a sharing time, hymn singing, prayer and a sermon or a Bible discussion.  The service concludes at 4:00 pm due to other schedules in the Jail.  Usually Rev. Otto Steinhaus or other clergy are present to present the sermon or Bible discussion.  No more than five volunteers are permitted to be involved in the service.  They must show their driver's license for admission to the jail with either Susan Williams or Otto Steinhaus.

Loaves & Fishes

Organization's Phone Number: (573) 442-7755

Organization’s Mission: To provide a hot meal seven days a week to homeless and low income people.

Volunteer Opportunities: Each meal is prepared and served by volunteers.  MUMC is responsible for the second Saturday of each month. To volunteer, contact Ruth O'Neill at (573)268-8095.

Meals On Wheels

Organization’s Phone Number: (573) 886-7554
Website for more information: http://mealsonwheelscolumbia.org

Organization’s Mission: To assist individuals with problems related to nutrition and health by providing delivery of a hot nutritious meal to persons of any age, people with limited ability or incentive to shop or cook, and persons recovering from recent hospitalizations or illness regardless of their ability to pay.

Volunteer Opportunities: Meals on Wheels can always use volunteers. Please call them today to help out! Also, if you are in need of their assistance, please call and enroll in their program.

PET (Personal Energy Transportation) – Columbia

Organization’s Phone Number: (573) 886-7877
Website for more information: http://www.giftofmobility.org/

Organization’s Mission: The Personal Energy Transportation (PET) Project's mission is to provide appropriate mobility for all of God's children in need.  We seek to provide mobility first for those in greatest need and with the least resources in poor or underdeveloped countries.  The PET Project is a part of the ministry of Jesus Christ, whose disciples said, “In the name of Jesus Christ, arise and walk.”  Acts 3:6

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer to do jobs in the shop and warehouse. Please call them to volunteer today!

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)

Organization’s Phone Number: (573) 875-8687

About the Organization: MUMC started the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), which has since been incorporated, in 1992. It is the only community-based AIDS service organization in the 25 county region that makes up central Missouri. Their mission continues to be twofold: to provide prevention education to the community designed to help stop the spread of HIV disease and to provide non-medical, compassionate care to persons living with HIV and AIDS, their families, and friends.

Volunteer Opportunities: RAIN can always use help fundraising and with awareness activities. They have planned a BBQ contest at the Boone County Fair, Salute to Life Walk held annually in May, and a Wine and Art Auction held annually in November. Please call them today to help out with one of their fundraisers!

Rainbow House

Organization’s Phone Number: (573) 474-6600
Website for more information: http://www.rainbowhousecolumbia.org/

Organization’s Mission: To keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect.

Volunteer Opportunities: Rainbow house has many projects for volunteers. Please call them today to help out!

The Shelter

Organization’s Phone Number: 573-875-0503

Organization’s Mission: To provide safety, education and empowerment to victims of abuse.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer groups are needed to do painting projects, provide landscaping (weeding) services, and other maintenance projects. Call them to help out today!

Voluntary Action Center

Organization’s Phone Number: (573)449-6959
Website for more information: http://www.vacmo.org/

Organization’s Mission: To serve as the agency of first and last resort, providing information and referral to the social services community and providing emergency assistance to families when local programs are unable to meet critical needs. VAC also works to provide community wide volunteer coordination engaging more people in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems. VAC acts as a catalyst in identifying and addressing emerging community needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Each year at Christmas MUMC’s Missions Committee sponsors Adopt-A-Family, which is coordinated by the Voluntary Action Center. MUMC also provides the use of Whittler Hall and kitchen for VAC’s annual “Christmas in July” party. Voluntary Action Center provides a chicken dinner and small gifts to those less privileged in Columbia, usually feeding more than two hundred persons. Call the VAC for even more volunteering opportunities!

The Wardrobe

Organization’s Phone Number: (573) 442-3260

Organization’s Mission: The Wardrobe provides the sale of good, used clothing at minimal cost to those who can afford to pay. The money from these sales is used to provide school clothing for those in need. The Wardrobe fills the needs of individuals referred by community agencies, schools, and churches at no cost.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers, through United Methodist Women, work the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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