Our 14th Annual Alternative Giving Fair went Virtual!

In view of the ongoing pandemic, we were unable to host our annual Fair in our church this year.  However, we all knew that critical non-profit and church ministries are in need of our help now more than ever.  So, on Saturday, December 12, the Fair happened—but in a different format!  This year, attendees of the Fair were able to "tune in" from the comfort of their home via a live online Zoom session.  

Representatives from each participating organization were able to share a short video and/or talk about the organization’s ministry.  A list of the participating organizations (with information) is below.  If you were unable to attend our fair, a recording of the event was made and is available below.  As in past years, you can make a direct contribution in honor or memory of a loved one, and, in some cases, purchase a gift.  There is still time!

Our Youth have crafted cards to announce your gifts.  They have been beautifully designed with love.  You can select to receive Gift in Honor and/or Gift in Memory cards and they will be mailed to you. If you would like to see what the cards look like, click here. To request cards, click here.


participating organizations

(Listed in Order of Appearance on Zoom Call)

To request a card designed by WUMC Youth for your recipient, click here.

  • Early Childhood Music School



    ECMS is an outreach program of Williamsburg United Methodist Church.  During this year of social distancing, we are currently reaching over 100 students virtually as well as providing online classes to many of WJCC at-risk preschoolers.  Donations this year will go towards the school's general budget to help continue high quality education that we have provided for the past 30 plus years.

    To make a gift to Early Childhood Music School:  

    Make a check out to WUMC and write in the memo line “AGF ECMS”.  Mail the check to:


    500 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • Kids Morning Out



    Kids Morning Out is a weekday ministry of Williamsburg United Methodist Church for children 1-5 years old, encouraging their development with a focus on social and emotional skills, teaching Bible stories, and providing a support system for caregivers.  Donations will go towards scholarships, classroom materials, and COVID-19 related expenses.

    To make a gift to Kids Morning Out:  

    Make a check out to WUMC and write in the memo line “AGF KMO”.  Mail the check to:


    500 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • WUMC Quilt Ministry


    Members of the Quilt Ministry spread love and cheer to people in need of tender loving care.  They include wounded veterans, young women at Latisha’s house seeking a better future, homeless people seeking emergency shelter at the Pineapple Inn, families in need of warm bedding from FISH, and juvenile offenders at Merrimac Center being released into the community.  Your fabric and monetary donations have helped this ministry craft over 125 quilts for these and other deserving people in the community.

    To make a gift to WUMC Quilt Ministry:  

    Make a check out to WUMC and write in the memo line “AGF Quilt Ministry”.  Mail the check to:



    500 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • Respite Care of WUMC


    Respite offers a safe afternoon social engagement program with stimulating activities for dependent seniors thereby allowing their care partners to enjoy time off to replenish.  Care partners also benefit from support groups, educational programs, and helpful community resources.  Donations support operations of this critical community outreach program that began in 2001.

    To make a gift to Respite Care of WUMC:  

    Make a check out to WUMC and write in the memo line “AGF Respite Care”.  Mail the check to:


    500 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

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    United Methodist Women



    You can help further the mission work of UMW by purchasing quality Rada Knives, which have been a longstanding feature of past Alternative Giving Fairs.  Consider paring knives, tomato knives, a meat chopper, vegetable peelers, steak knives, ice cream scoop, cheese knife, pizza cutter, spatulas, flexible cutting board, boxed knife gift sets, carving set, non-scratch utensils, and so much more.

    To purchase RADA Knives or inquire about a specific item:  

    Contact the Church Office at (757) 229-1771.

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    Youth Ministry


    The church’s Youth Ministry is a place to develop the faith of young people through challenging, educational, spiritually-enriching, and fun activities.  To thank you for your support, one of our Youth has crafted a card for you to send to the recipient or the family of a recipient to announce your gift.

    To make a gift to WUMC Youth Ministry:  

    Make a check out to WUMC and write in the memo line “AGF WUMC Youth Ministry”.  Mail the check to:


    500 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • williamsburg Faith in Action



    Williamsburg Faith in Action helps senior adults age safely in their homes by providing transportation and other volunteer support services.

    To make a gift to Faith in Action:  

    Visit Williamsburg Faith in Action's website

    or contact them at (757) 258-5890.

  • FISH


    FISH is an all-volunteer organization that helps needy residents of the greater Williamsburg area.  FISH depends entirely on a caring community for food, clothing, volunteers, and financial donations to support its neighbors in need.  Questions?  Contact them at fishwilliamsburg@gmail.com.

    To make a gift to FISH:

    Donate at FISH's website using PayPal.  

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    FISH, Inc.

    312 Waller Mill Rd #800

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • Friends of Barnabas


    Friends of Barnabas provides high quality sustainable health care to impoverished Honduran children and moves communities toward self-sufficiency through health education.  Learn how Friends of Barnabas is helping children and families in Honduras by visiting their website.

    To make a gift to Friends of Barnabas:  

    Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z34UTQV5BQ4FW&source=url

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Friends of Barnabas

    P.O. Box 4804

    Midlothian, VA 23112

  • Heart Havens


    Heart Havens empowers adults with a developmental disability to live and thrive in their community.   It operates group homes in Richmond, Stuarts Draft, Lynchburg, and Virginia Beach which support nearly 30 individuals.  Heart Havens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uses a person-centered approach to empower people to discover what they love and pursue their hopes and dreams.  We support people to live their best life, being a part of the community in the ways they truly want and making decisions for themselves every day

    Find out more on their website and on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/heart.havens. Questions? Contact Jennifer Boyden at Jennifer.boyden@hearthavens.org.

    To make a gift to Heart Havens:  

    Go to https://heart-havens.networkforgood.com/.

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Heart Havens, Inc.

    7501 Boulders View Dr Suite 205

    Richmond, VA 23225

  • Heifer International


    Heifer promotes self-reliance by providing livestock and training to poor families worldwide. Recipients obtain food and income from the sale of the animals’ milk, eggs, and honey. The first offspring is shared with another family, which multiplies the impact.  We are so grateful for your continued and loyal support of Heifer!  Thank you.

    Questions?  Contact the Church Office at (757) 229-1771. We can arrange a church drop-off of Heifer specific materials such as animal/project information cards and/or “in honor of” greeting cards for both adults and children.

    To make a gift to Heifer International:  

    Go to https://www.heifer.org/give/one-time.html or contact them at (855) 948-6437. You may also search through the gift catalog at https://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html to learn more and “buy” a full or partial share of a specific animal or Heifer project.  

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Heifer International

    1 World Ave

    Little Rock, AR 72202

  • Jeremiah Project


    The Jeremiah Project provides short-term mission opportunities for middle school-aged youth.   This project makes homes warmer, safer, drier, and more accessible for God’s people.   More than just offering mission trips for middle and high school students, JP continues to expand its reach and impact for the kingdom through its JOURNEY weekend, and its LEAD Four:Twelve one-year student leadership experience.   Additionally, JP is establishing a new student conference called, LAUNCH, that will debut right here in Williamsburg next fall.

    To make a gift to Jeremiah Project:  

    Go to www.jeremiahproject.org/give.

  • Lackey Clinic


    This nonprofit clinic provides skilled, compassionate care to the medically disadvantaged in Williamsburg, James City County, Yorktown, Newport News, and Poquoson.  The clinic meets medical and dental needs of those who would otherwise go without.

    To make a gift to Lackey Clinic:  

    Go to https://lackeyclinic.org/en/giving/.

  • Literacy for Life


    Literacy for Life improves lives by teaching adults literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health, and meaningful participation in society.


    To make a gift to Literacy for Life:  

    Go to https://bit.ly/donateliteracy.

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Literacy for Life

    P.O. Box 8795

    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

  • Peninsula Pastoral Counseling center



    This center guides people toward wholeness and health through professional counseling and consultation in a faith context for all who can benefit regardless of religious beliefs.

    To make a gift to Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center:  

    Mail your donation to:

    Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center

    707 Gum Rock Ct

    Newport News, VA 23606

  • Seraj Library Project


    Seraj has now developed 10 libraries for children in rural Palestine, and promotes interfaith peacemaking efforts in these small villages. Proceeds from sales of Olive Oil will support this ministry.

    To make a gift to Seraj Library Project or to purchase olive oil: 

    Contact the Church Office at (757) 229-1771.

  • Society of St. Andrew


    This society works nationwide bringing people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities that can offer nourishment to hungry neighbors.

    To make a gift to Society of St. Andrew:  

    Visit our website.

  • United Methodist Family Services



    UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families across Virginia.  They serve children in foster care and children struggling with mental health and behavioral challenges through their foster and adoptive programs, specialized education schools, and residential treatment programs.  UMFS empowers children and families to overcome challenging circumstances, achieve their goals, and build brighter futures. Questions?  Contact Jill Gaynor at jgaynor@umfs.org or (804) 254-9463.

    To make a gift to UMFS:  

    Go to https://www.umfs.org/donate/.  

    Donations may also be mailed to:


    Attn: Development Office

    3900 West Broad St

    Richmond, VA 23230

  • Wesley Foundation


    Wesley Foundation is the campus ministry at William and Mary sponsored by the United Methodist Church.  Your T-shirt purchase will help support its activities including housing students with no place safe to go when campus closes, as well as the Campus Food Pantry serving students, faculty, and staff. 

    To make a gift to Wesley Foundation: 

    Go to http://wmwesley.org/donate/.

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Wesley Foundation

    526 Jamestown Rd

    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    To purchase a T-Shirt: 

    Email Max Blalock at mwblalock@wm.edu or make a donation at http://wmwesley.org/donate/ and include in the note that it’s for a t-shirt.  The cost is $20.

  • Williamsburg House of Mercy


    This center provides compassionate services to all people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of faith.   It provides a safe and welcoming environment for area homeless to find respite, receive services and work toward ending their homelessness.  Clients struggling to maintain housing and regain stability receive emergency assistance and support.

    To make a gift to House of Mercy:  

    Visit our website or contact us at (757) 229-3700.

    Donations may also be mailed to:

    Williamsburg House of Mercy

    10 Harrison Ave

    Williamsburg, VA 23185