Current Needs

"All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along." Galatians 2:10

Backpack Buddy Collection

In Partnership with Dare to Care
Deadline: Sunday, August 19

We are once again partnering with Dare to Care to support their Backpack Buddy program. Every Friday, the Backpack Buddy program serves 48 schools and provides backpacks for more than 2,500 children. Christ Church sponsors 125 children through the Backpack Buddy program; your $130 donation will feed a needy child for the year! Be on the lookout for the Helping Hands bulletin board in the Gathering Hall through August 19; you may also donate online, either through your Christ Church Online account or by texting "CCUMBackpack 130" to 301-31.


Tutoring Opportunities

Deadline: Sunday, August 19

Tutor recruitment for the 2018-19 school year has begun! Our Bless Children - External team has a great list of opportunities to serve schools and agencies in our area. Please visit the desk in the Gathering Hall on Sundays through August 19 for details and to sign up. Feel free to contact the members below who are the champions for their school/agency.

Supported schools and agencies include: 


Y-Now

The Y-NOW Mentoring Program is a 10 month mentoring program for youth ages 11-15 with a parent who is/was incarcerated. The program aims to teach the youth life skills that they will use to break the cycle of incarceration seen by many of their families. There are a number of mentoring and other volunteer opportunities for Christ Church members to be involved:

Mentors are needed for middle and high school students from across Louisville with incarcerated parents. Program has overlapping fall and spring sessions each year, each lasting 10 months. Serving as a mentor is a significant but highly rewarding experience.  Mentors go on a weekend kick-off retreat, 1 call and 1 visit with child each week, twice a month meet with the group, and provide transportation for the child to these group meetings.  

Other volunteer opportunities for Y-Now include helping with enrollment sessions, helping set up camp in advance of retreat (decorate, signs, etc.), helping with camp departure (signs, check luggage for contraband, etc.), welcome home from camp (decorate, prep snacks, cheer youth, etc..). 

For more information, contact Matthew Stone.


Special Collections for 2018

Currently, we have the following special collections scheduled for 2018. Watch for details in your Sunday bulletin as the dates approach:

  • February 25 - Have a Heart for Seniors
  • June 3 - Annual Conference missions offering
  • September 16 - Portland Promise Center
  • October 14 - Camp Loucon
  • All 5th Sundays - Kentucky United Methodist Homes

Donations

If you have some items to donate but don't know what to do with them, we would love to help by suggesting one of our partner agencies. Please see list below for items needed by our partner agencies:

Clothing

  • Mountain Mission - The United Methodist Mountain Mission has been serving the people of eastern Kentucky since 1943. We have 8 opportunity stores in Kentucky that are located in Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, West Liberty, and Burkesville. Bring your items to Christ Church and place them in the Collections Closet off of the Gathering Hall.
  • For additional ideas about where to donate items around the city of Louisville, click here.

Food

  • St. Matthews Area Ministries - St. MAM accepts non-perishable, non-expired food items. They are located at 201 Biltmore Road, Louisville KY 40207. Visit their website for a current list of items they need.

Furniture

God's Designs, Inc. - The purpose of God's Designs, Inc. is to enrich lives by making homes more pleasant places for everyday living. They collect donated household furnishings which are stored in a warehouse and then used to furnish homes and apartments for those in need at no cost to them. Call or email Jim Chancellor (384-0783) to schedule a pick up.

Household Items (including kitchen goods or decor items)

  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) - Your donations will go to prepare for refugee families arriving in Kentucky. KRM secures rental units for them and provides furnishings for their apartment or house. To help in this endeavor, KRM relies on the generosity of community supporters, companies, and groups. Call or email Melissa Siege (479-9180 x523) to arrange for pick up of items.
  • Mountain Mission - The United Methodist Mountain Mission has been serving the people of eastern Kentucky since 1943. We have 8 opportunity stores in Kentucky that are located in Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, West Liberty, and Burkesville. Bring your items to Christ Church and place them in the Collections Closet off of the Gathering Hall.