SERVE IN WILLIAMSBURG

LOCAL OUTREACH


There are many ways that one can serve in Williamsburg.  Below are some of our ministries.


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For more information, contact the church office at (757) 229-1771. 

LOCAL OUTREACH

Our congregation supports a wide variety of Local Missions.


Alternative Giving Fair

Annual church-sponsored fair where non-profit organizations encourage donations to charities as an alternative to traditional holiday consumerism.   We host the fair and supply funding and shared leadership for the local, regional and international organizations which provide items for sale in exchange for donations as well as opportunities for direct financial contributions.  The Fair also provides each participating group a forum to educate about their purpose.


Community of Faith Mission (COFM):  Winter Shelter

The winter homeless shelter moves among host churches in Greater Williamsburg.  We are a host church and provide funding as well as volunteers who register clients, cook and serve dinner and breakfast, and spend the night as chaperones. 


Erase the Need Center

Outreach center for students of economically disadvantaged families that provides school supplies, food, personal hygiene items, children’s books, clothing, and assistance to homeless students.  We provide funding, school supplies and food for children who live in homes with a low income and unstable food supply.


Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM):  Community Kitchen & Grace Haven Family Shelter

A coalition of 22 local faith groups working to address poverty and homelessness in Greater Williamsburg.  We are a charter member of the coalition and provide funding and personnel for the online Information & Referral System used by churches and service agencies to match clients with available social services.  The community Kitchen provides a weekly hearty mid-day meal to all who are hungry.  It is hosted by WUMC every Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and support it with funding, volunteers, donated supplies, and meals.  Grace Haven family shelter is a 90-day emergency housing option where assistance is provided to stabilize homeless families which we support with funding and household furniture and supply donations.


Headstart

Collection of new coats for the Williamsburg-James City County Head Start Preschool program.  Approximately 160 two-to-five year old students from low-income families enroll in this preschool and appreciate the gift of a warm winter coat.  In October a collection bin is utilized for collecting coats.  Other specialty items are purchased like large pencils for little hands and play sand.


House of Mercy:  Harbor Day Center

Support center for the homeless providing breakfast and lunch, showers, and job assistance Monday through Friday.  We supply funding and volunteers. 


Kairos Prison Ministry

Bi-annual spiritual retreats at Greensville Correctional Facility for Men are supported with funding and 3 major hands-on activities of the congregation.  We donate hundreds of homemade cookies as a special gift to the inmates participating in the retreat.  Groups and individuals make spiritual placemats for use at retreat meals.  Congregants sign up online to pray at a specific time during the 3 ½ day retreat so that prayer for the inmates and the retreat is continuous.  Funding is also provided for church members who participate in the retreats.


Salvation Army

WUMC supports the Salvation Army mainly through funding since the international organization has much greater purchasing power for each dollar donated.  


School Supplies for Local Students

School supplies are collected to share with Head Start, Highland Park, James City County Social Services, Erase the Need, and several local public schools.  Bins are utilized for collection from the congregation in August.  We provide funding to purchase supplies that are needed but are scarce, such as back-up drives for computers and ear-buds. 


Special Offerings for Lent & Advent

Local Outreach disburses half of each special congregational offering to support regional charities and agencies not included in the annual Local Outreach operating budget.  Through special one-time gifts of funds organizations such as the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Service, Child Development Resources, Warriors in Transition and many other organizations are assisted.

 

Thanksgiving Morning Ministry

Thanksgiving meals are cooked and distributed to shut-ins, the elderly, and homeless persons in the Greater Williamsburg Area who are unable to cook for themselves.  In 2015 450 meals were delivered to private homes or to shelters.  100+ volunteers complete hands-on tasks that serve both local and global causes.  Projects range from assembling toiletry kits for homeless shelters and birthing kits to send around the world, to crafts made by our children to give to others.  The ministry is funded by a special congregational offering and donations of canned food.  Extra food and money are distributed to local food programs. 


3e Restoration

Through members of the Local Outreach team the congregation is helping a homeless Williamsburg resident find their way to self-sufficiency. The Servant Leader Coordinator and All–in-Friends provide compassion, friendship and help with seeking food, employment, housing, sobriety and other necessities of independent living. The Friend-in-Need participates in the 3e Restoration Process which is spiritually-based on the Christian principle of loving and caring for others.


 

Local Outreach also supports the following organizations with funding:

  • All God’s Children Camp summer camp scholarships for children of incarcerated mothers.
  • Angels of Mercy – medical assistance for low-income & uninsured families.
  • Avalon – shelter for physically abused women & their children.
  • Campus Kitchens – food ministry operated by W & M students to help families with food insecurity.
  • Colonial Behavioral Heath – serves those with mental health illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders.
  • Faith in Action – coalition of faith community volunteers performing shopping, cleaning, minor repairs, transportation and friendship that enables disabled, ill or elderly persons to remain in their own homes.
  • FISH – emergency food, clothing & household goods for families in need.
  • Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula – food distribution to local food banks, pantries, and other assistance programs.
  • From His Hands – meals provided to the homeless and hungry sheltered temporarily in local motels.
  • Greater City – food ministry operated by church-affiliated W & M students to help families with food insecurity.
  • Grove Christian Outreach Center – food, clothing, mentoring, transportation & other services for the Grove Community in the eastern end of Greater Williamsburg.
  • Housing Partnerships – home repair for low-income individuals and families.
  • Lackey Free Medical Clinic – medical assistance for low-income & uninsured families.
  • Meals on Wheels – scholarships provided for in-need seniors for nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks allowing them to remain in their homes.
  • Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center – medical and dental assistance for low-income & uninsured families.
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging RIDES Program – transportation services for senior citizens.
  • Project Outreach – music education for disadvantaged pre-schoolers.
  • VIEW Program – job assistance program for former welfare recipients.