Our Local Missions Committee provides opportunities for church members and others to support local community service organizations that provide for the needy. By providing education to our congregation, gathering resources and promoting volunteerism, we share Christ’s love our community in a tangible way. Local Missions works with the West Ohio Conference and with the United Methodist Community Ministries, but is not limited to their programs and projects.
Church of the Master is a member of the Westerville Habitat Partnership, which is a group of local churches who work together with Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County. We are committed to developing our communities through improving housing situations for many of our area families. With this goal in mind, we seek opportunities to:
- Work onsite as skilled or unskilled construction volunteers building or repairing housing projects
- Help raise funds and awareness for agencies engaged in building our communities
- Work within our communities as liaisons to between groups developing housing and those in need of homes
Part of our commitment to our community and congregation is to render assistance in times of disaster. We believe that hardships which affect one family affect us all. With this is mind, Church of the Master is developing action plans to deal with disasters and emergencies including, but not limited to:
- Weather related situations such as blizzards, severe wind storms, and flooding
- Domestic emergency’s which displace families
- Financial emergencies
We anticipate needing volunteers to:
- Coordinate calls and act as liaisons within the community and congregation to help those needing assistance
- Donate money to alleviate financial emergencies
- Store supplies and deliver supplies as needed
- Provide onsite assistance such as clearing fallen debris, shoveling snow, flood damage clean-up
Under the direction of the Westerville City School District’s Office of Pupil Services, this program provides students with educational services that address their English language and academic needs.
Volunteers work with ESL teachers to help students with reading practice, writing, and vocabulary-building exercises. Volunteers typically work one hour a week. A one hour orientation by an ESL teacher is required prior to program participation. Tutors may join the program at any time.
New Life, at 25 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, serves families and individuals in Columbus’ Short North Area.
Church of the Master volunteers are primarily involved in New Life’s Clothing Room, which serves an average of 2,500 individuals a month and is staffed by over 100 volunteers from partner churches and the surrounding neighborhood and is open Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Other New Life ministries welcome volunteers too.
- Transport donated items to New Life
- Help sort donated clothing
- Assist clients
Off site support includes:
- Donating new or gently used clothing items as needs are specified
- Money donations
Primarily a food pantry, NNEMAP is located at 3rd Avenue and High Street, serving 15,000 persons annually in the Short North area of Columbus. NNEMAP is an ecumenical program supported by 40 local churches.
- Interview clients
- Help clients make food selections
- Stock shelves
- Fill client orders
- Make weekly pickups of donated items.
Off site support includes:
- Money, food, and products donations
- Serving on the governing board
- Collecting or donating items for the annual Grooming Kit drive
Web site: http://www.nnemappantry.org/
The YWCA Family Center, 900 Harvey Court, Columbus, provides short-term, emergency shelter and critical services to stabilize homeless families in central Ohio. Other YWCA Family Center services include meals onsite, life improvement skills training, job information, and house-hunting assistance.
Church of the Master volunteers provide a bi-monthly evening meal for approximately 150-200 Family Center guests. Volunteers are needed to provide parts of the meal, cook portions of the meal, and help transport the food to the Center. Volunteers also serve the meal at the Family Center.
WARM, located at 175-A East Broadway, Westerville, provides assistance to individuals residing within the Westerville school district who are living at 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines. In addition to providing food and limited financial assistance to families in need, WARM offers a number of programs designed to assist individuals on the road to economic recovery. Our services provide individuals with the necessary tools to promote family stability, improved self-esteem, and self-sufficiency.
Supported by local member churches, individuals, and service clubs, WARM provides a variety of services.
- Food pantry
- Employment help
- Spiritual support and prayer
- Counseling referral
Church of the Master supplies:
- Non-perishable food
- Household products
- Monetary donations
- Volunteers who assist in food distribution
Web site: http://www.warmwesterville.org/
The United Methodist Free Store, located in the Church for All People on Parsons Avenue near Downtown Columbus, provides clothing and household items to families in need in a hospitable atmosphere that affirms the self-worth of each individual. More than 38,000 families have become members of the Free Store since it opened their doors in January 1999.
Church of the Master supports The Free Store by regularly dropping off donations from church members, by donating supplies or requested items, by volunteering during their annual school supply campaign, and by hosting drives for desperately-needed items.
Ways You Can Participate
- Volunteer as sorters, counter staff and hospitality hosts. Contact us to volunteer.
- Community Service opportunities available for Work Experience Program, court, schools, or agencies.
- Charitable Contributions are needed for operations and for special events. All monetary donations are used to fund special events (outreach) such as Back to School and Christmas Shop.
- Donate clothing and household goods. Items can be dropped off in the rear of the store during Free Store hours.
Web site: http://www.4allpeople.org/freestore.html
For more information, please contact the Church office at 614-882-2153 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org