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 Mission Opportunities
Common Ground Garden: Food raised at this garden located at Winfield Community UMC is given to the People's Resource Center. Contact the Church Office to help with weeding, watering, etc.
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.
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.
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.
PRC (People’s Resource Center) Serves thousands of DuPage County families each month, with a food pantry, clothing bank, and educational programs.