Outside our Walls – Locally

Art & Soul

Art & Soul heads to Central UMC in Detroit on Mondays and Thursdays to help homeless persons express themselves artistically through pottery, painting, drawing, bead work, and other creative outlets. No artistic skills required to volunteer. Just a warm heart and hand of friendship. 

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Baby Visitors

Baby Visitors – We welcome new babies with handmade baby bags filled with gifts and helpful information. Volunteers deliver the bags to families.

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Baldwin Center

Baldwin Center and Baldwin Soup Kitchen – We support the back to school program, the holiday store, and the family kitchen. Twice a year, volunteers serve lunch at the Baldwin Avenue food program. We also provide holiday food baskets, work teams, and interns for their summer camp program.

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Cass Community Social Services

Cass Community Social Services – Assisting women and children without a home, the newly poor without a job, and the addicted and afflicted without hope, volunteer tutors and work teams provide support for Mom’s Place, basketball, the Christmas store, and other areas as needed. 

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Cass Family Day

Family Missions Days at Cass Community Social Services

Family Missions Days at Cass Community Social Services – Families with children gather to make sandwiches, prepare hot lunches, ride bikes to generate energy, shred paper or beautify the green space. Even the youngest family member can do something to help!

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CROP Walk

CROP Walk – The fourth Sunday of September, the community comes together for this multi-generational event to raise money for Church World Service to combat poverty and hunger through the world. 25% of funds raised go to local charities. Participants include everyone who wants to battle poverty and hunger by walking or supporting a walker. 

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Detroit Public School Tutoring

Tutor 1st and 2nd graders in reading. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays beginning in mid-September from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carpool from the Birmingham Campus to Schulze Elementary School in Detroit.

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Focus Hope

Focus:Hope – One Saturday every other month, volunteers take boxes of staples to those in need. The primary recipients are seniors — low income, disabled, alone or without transportation — living in the Pontiac area. 

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Hands 4 Detroit

United Methodist Church district-wide neighborhood clean-up and enhancement work day. Variety of mission and volunteer opportunities. Tasks and location to be announced. Saturday, October 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Offsite at designated work areas in Detroit.

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HOLD (Hands On Local Deeds)

HOLD (Hands On Local Deeds) – As a part of our local urban ministry, HOLD provides assistance in maintaining housing to those unable to provide for themselves. The tasks performed by volunteers of the HOLD team include rough and finish carpentry, drywall, plumbing, painting and tile work.

Juvenile Lifers

Shop for clothing and life essentials for soon-to-be-released juvenile lifer inmates. Two-person teams fill a backpack for a specific lifer with clothes and shoes of specific sizes, which are presented to the juvenile lifer on the day of release. Sponsored by Church and Society Ministry in partnership with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office. Offsite.

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Kroger Shoppers

Kroger Shoppers – Anyone can contribute to our Hunger Ministry by using a Kroger Plus Card when you shop. Shop and contribute today!

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Methodist Children’s Home

Located in Redford, the Methodist Children’s home provides an environment of love and understanding that assists children in becoming healthy and productive. Our volunteers host a Christmas party for the foster children, provide gifts, and plan activities during the year. 

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Puppy Love

Share your pets with assisted living residents and get to know someone who is at a different stage of life. Sharing our pets with others is one way of thanking God for His gift. Puppy Love is for elementary through high school (with parents) and any other pet owners who may like to join us!

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Ruth Ellis Center

Teams of volunteers prepare and serve dinner for 35 LGBT youth at the Ruth Ellis Drop-in Center in Highland Park. Sponsored by Church and Society Ministry. First and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Offsite.

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StreeThreads

In partnership with The NOAH Project, StreeThreads ministers to the poor an homeless of Detroit.

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Visitation Ministry

Visitation Ministry

Visitation Ministry – Volunteers with warm hearts and good listening skills make phone calls, visit, deliver flowers or take communion to our members who are at home or in retirement communities. Training is available.

Week of Hope Mission Trip

Kids’ and Youth Summer Mission Trips

Kids’ and Youth Summer Mission Trips – Children and Youth, 4th grade and up, have the opportunity to pack their bags and learn about their faith by participating in a mission trip. Through Group Workcamp’s Week of Hope, children, youth and adults from our church join with groups from across the USA to work on a variety of projects and grow in their faith.

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