Open Door Food Pantry
Every Wednesday, from 2-4pm, our doors are open to providing assistance to those in the community. We offer food from our pantry, bus passes, and a list of local resources that provide help in the form of utility assistance, clothing, housing and more. We do not offer cash, utility assistance, gas or food vouchers.
Contact: Amy Milton, Communications and Office Manager
SHED (Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled)
Spring through fall, Rich Wymore puts together a team of volunteers to work with SHED, cleaning up yards and doing other maintenance tasks for elderly/ disabled U-City residents. We collaborate with other churches and groups in the area on this fun and impactful project.
Festival of Sharing
The Festival of Sharing is an ecumenical effort in which churches across the state of Missouri share money and “kits” that have been assembled throughout the year in an effort to end the root causes of hunger. UUMC participates in the Festival of Sharing by collecting items for a kit which is selected each year.
For more information, contact Mickey Croyle.
U City Microcredit Club: Making a Difference One Small Loan at a Time
The U-City Microcredit Club is led by UUMC members Tom Mitchell and Rich Wymore, utilizing the Kiva system. The club is open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or views. Since September 2009, the Microcredit Club has loaned to entrepreneurs in over 60 countries.
Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Rich Wymore or Tom Mitchell. Read more on the team's website!
Health Protection & Education Services
HPES provides free health screenings one Saturday morning a month at the U-City Library in the Delmar Loop, as well as education and treatment referrals. Additional free services include mammograms, sickle cell testing and free STD, HIV and AIDS testing. Health Protection Education Services (HPES) was born out of the vision of dedicated UUMC members who wanted to respond to the inequalities in our healthcare system. HPES consists of volunteer medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, medical technicians and health educations and medical students. Non-medical volunteers greet, keep records and help as needed. HPES is an independent 501c3 organization, that grew out of a similar ministry originally founded by University United Methodist Church. Members of UUMC continue to form an important part of the body of HPES's volunteers.
Contact: Diane Berry, Director
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project
A Ministry of Hospitality and Social Justice
University UMC is collaborating with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA) to educate our congregation and the community on issues of immigrants and the related social justice issues, and to connect to and provide hospitality and support to local immigrant communities, with an emphasis on facilitating legal assistance through MICA and its legal staff.
The Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, located at 9300 Olive Blvd, is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. The MICA Project utilizes legal services, organizing, advocacy, and education to promote the voice and human dignity of immigrant communities. They have three full-time immigrant law lawyers on staff and are a 501c3 organization.
Read more at our MICA page!
LGBT Pride Festival
UUMC participates in the Pride Festival every year, sponsored by Pride St. Louis, Inc., to celebrate and support the LGBT community.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.
University UMC is proud to partner with UMCOR by encouraging donations in response to natural disasters.
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