Mission and Outreach

Gary’s Mission and Outreach supports a variety of local, regional, and international organizations, enabling individuals to live their faith through prayer, hands-on work, financial support, donations of needed items, companionship, presence, and/or systemic change. In addition to these missions, many of which arose from the interests and passions of our congregation, we support other causes of the United Methodist Church that allow us to combine our offerings with those of other United Methodists, nationally and globally, to enact change around the world.

Current COVID-19 Responses

ESSE Adult Day Services: ESSE’s only fundraiser this year will be through Giving DuPage Days, an online fundraising event. To contribute, go to givingdupageday.org through May 14 and enter ESSE under “Find an Organization.”  

Northern Illinois Food Bank: During the month of May, the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference, Inc. will match dollar-for-dollar your donation to three food banks—including the Northern Illinois Food Bank—for a total match of $50,000. To participate, visit solvehungertoday.org, complete your information, and then in the “Comments” or “Additional Details” box, enter “UMFNIC.” For more details, visit UMFNIC.org/foodhelp.

People’s Resource Center: The food pantry remains open with a pick-up service of pre-packed food bags. Monetary donations are currently most helpful and can be made at peoplesrc.org.

PADS: All Interim (Overnight) Housing shelter sites and the Client Service Center are currently closed. PADS is identifying alternative ways to serve homeless clients. You can help by donating from this list of essential items. 

CROP Walk: On May 3, over 60 Gary members walked to raise funds to stop hunger locally and globally. Contributions can be made through the end of May at crophungerwalk.org/glenellynil/garyumc2020.


International & Domestic Mission


Christopher and Michelle Hays, Mission to Columbia Provides transformational theological education to Latin American pastors and theologians.

Feed My Starving Children Provides low-cost, nutritional meals to hungry children throughout the world.

Fundaniños Guatemala Mission and Teaching Fund Provides support of Fundaniños Orphanage near Guatemala City.

Habitat for Humanity Builds houses in partnership with low income families.

Heifer Project International Offers families a way to become self sufficient through the gift of farm animals.

Red Bird Mission School, Kentucky The only K-12 Christian school in this area of Appalachia provides high quality education regardless of students’ ability to pay.

South Sudan Voices of Hope Efforts to provide humanitarian support for this war-torn region. 

Local Missions

Bridge Communities A transitional housing program focused on the achievement of self-sufficiency.

Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center Affordable, professional, pastoral counseling and educational services to the community.

Christmas Sharing A community-wide program of outreach to families and individuals in need.

CROP Walk Raises funds to support hunger needs locally and internationally.

ESSE (Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly) Provides on-site daycare and meals to seniors.

JUST of DuPage  A ministry to the incarcerated men and women at DuPage County Jail.

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Vets Transitional living facility for U.S. veterans.

NIL Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) A ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Outreach Community Ministries Provides mental heath and social services for children, families, and seniors.

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Area churches provide hot meals and overnight shelter for the homeless. Sign up to help in July!

PRC (People’s Resource Center) Serves thousands of DuPage County families each month, with a food pantry, clothing bank, and educational programs.


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