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.

 

CROP Hunger Walk 2021 - Let's walk to stop hunger
Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m.
Walk 2 miles starting/ending at Gary Church or walk where you are comfortable.

Portions of our CROP funds support Wheaton and Glen Ellyn food pantries who provide for families and children in local school districts. CROP also supports global food needs. Masks and social distancing will be required per Gary Health Team guidelines (we will update you a week before the walk). No restrooms will be available on the walk (Gary will be locked); please plan accordingly. This is an opportunity for the Gary family to come together. Let's wear our Gary Love/Hope/Home t-shirts, and we will have a few CROP signs to carry while walking.

Register to Walk as part of the Gary UMC team using this link:
https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/gary-umc
(Scroll to the bottom of the link and click "Join The Team")

Donate - Support the Gary Team or a specific team member.

Donate to Gary Team (top right corner of Gary CROP web-page) or to a specific walker, scroll to bottom of the webpage to the list of walkers. Send this link to family and friends anywhere in the U.S. who want to help support our local and global food supplies.
 
Checks are welcome. Make them out to CWS CROP and send to:
Gary Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187
Any amount is appreciated - small amounts add up. Donations are welcome through end of May.

Contact Judy Selby through the church office with questions.

Support Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
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. 

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 can make a difference by supporting impactful educational programs through UMCOR and Kenya Children’s Fund. Our hopes and prayers are for Gary Church to raise $4,200 to fund scholarships for five female students: two Kenyan girls in primary grades at the Kinyago Dandora School in Nairobi, two Cambodian teenagers via UMCOR Project 3020791, and one college student at Africa University, a Methodist school located in Zimbabwe. 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 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.

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.