Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL 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.

Kids Above All Backpack and School Supply Drive
During BLAST Camp and through Sunday, July 3, Gary Church will collect school supplies for Kids Above All. Click the link above for a list of needed items.

Support 2022 Bishop’s Appeal for Ukraine
The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop's Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance. While immediate needs are great, the people of Ukraine will also need assistance in the long term. You can give here.

If you’d like to purchase a T-shirt in support of the Bishop's Appeal for Ukraine, click here.

Northern Illinois Conference Mission Challenge
Through June 5, Gary Church will collect items like laundry detergent, dish soap and toothpaste to give to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center during the NIC Annual Conference in June. For a full list of needed items, go to https://www.umcnic.org/2022MissionChallenge.

Give blood this summer
Wednesday, July 20, 2–6 p.m., Commons
Gary Church will once again host a blood drive through Versiti, one of the Midwest’s major blood centers. For each unit of blood given, up to three lives can be saved. Register here.

Recycle Styrofoam
Sundays, July 10 & Oct. 9, 8:45­–10:30 a.m., South Driveway
Bring your Styrofoam to church, and we will recycle it for you. Please separate clean food containers from other Styrofoam. No packing peanuts. If you miss the date, feel free to drop off Styrofoam at Dart Container Corporation, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora.

CROP Hunger Walk 2022
CROP Walk raises funds for and awareness of the ever-present food security issues in DuPage County and around the world. Portions of our CROP Walk funds support Wheaton and Glen Ellyn food pantries who provide for families and children in local school districts. Donate using the link above. You can also write a check to CWS CROP and give to the Church Office. Contact Judy Selby through the Church Office with any CROP Walk questions.

Educate a Girl / Change the World: Gary Church Makes a Difference
Prior to the pandemic, 132 million girls did not attend school worldwide. Less than half of girls who start primary school do not enter secondary. Their fate is child marriage, a life of household duties, or worse yet, human trafficking. This is a human crisis for girls across the globe and COVID-19 has only worsened the problem. Yet, when girls attend school, everyone wins. Multifaceted gains occur in family health, women’s wages, and community welfare.

The good news is that Gary Church is making a difference by supporting impactful educational programs through UMCOR and Kenya Children’s Fund. Gary Church is funding scholarships for Kenyan girls in primary grades at the Kinyago Dandora School in Nairobi, Cambodian teenagers via UMCOR Project 3020791, and a college student at Africa University, a Methodist school located in Zimbabwe. This year, we would also like to support a low-income college student from Chicago. You can contribute online or by sending a check to the Church Office with "Educate a Girl" in the memo.

Christopher and Michelle Hays, Mission to Colombia 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.

Help for Haiti
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the earthquake disaster in Haiti. For more information on how you can help, visit umcmission.org.

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.

Educate a Girl / Change the World: Gary Church Makes a Difference
Prior to the pandemic, 132 million girls did not attend school worldwide. Less than half of girls who start primary school do not enter secondary. Their fate is child marriage, a life of household duties, or worse yet, human trafficking. This is a human crisis for girls across the globe and COVID-19 has only worsened the problem. Yet, when girls attend school, everyone wins. Multifaceted gains occur in family health, women’s wages, and community welfare.

The good news is that Gary Church is making a difference by supporting impactful educational programs through UMCOR and Kenya Children’s Fund. Gary Church is funding scholarships for Kenyan girls in primary grades at the Kinyago Dandora School in Nairobi, Cambodian teenagers via UMCOR Project 3020791, and a college student at Africa University, a Methodist school located in Zimbabwe. This year, we'd like to add a scholarship for a college student in Chicago. You can contribute online or by sending a check to the Church Office with "Educate a Girl" in the memo.

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 
This non-profit agency, located in Wheaton at 433 S. Carlton Ave., Wheaton, provides housing, supportive services, and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency. An easy way to help them is to shop their Amazon wishlist. Items you purchase will be delivered to MSHV. 

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 health 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.

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

Radical Time Out Ministers to former prisoners and their families with a weekly meal and Bible study.

United Voices for Children A coalition of congregations, agencies, groups, and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth, and families in need.