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.

Tutoring program volunteers needed
Tuesdays, 6:30­–7:30 p.m., Aldersgate UMC
Gary Church is partnering with Aldersgate United Methodist Church to help continue their tutoring program. The program has been providing reading and math support to multilingual learner students from Lincoln Elementary School for almost 15 years.

DuPage PADS
One of Gary’s Missions focus for September will be collections for DuPage PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). As PADS has moved away from using revolving sites for sheltering the homeless to using more permanent facilities, their needs have changed. So, in September we will be asking for donations of the below listed items to help support our homeless neighbors. You can drop off donations in the bins near the Sanctuary.

Food: Single-serving meals such as noodles, soups (no tomato please), pork & beans and cereal. Single-serving snacks such as granola bars, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, trail mix, meat sticks, cookies and crackers.

Clothing:  New summer clothing, underwear and shoes/sandals for men, women, boys and girls. Onesies for babies.

Diapers: Size 5/6 pullups, newborn diapers and size 5 diapers.

Toiletries: Full-size body wash, shampoo, conditioner, tearless body wash/shampoo for children and deodorant.

Disinfecting/cleaning supplies: Full-size antibacterial cleaning sprays, plant-based cleaning products, 13-gallon garbage bags, dish soap, microfiber cleaning cloths and wet cleaning pads.

Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper bowls, paper cups, clamshell disposable hinged 8x8 3-compartment paper containers (microwaveable) and napkins.

Gift cards for basic needs: $10, $20 and $30 Walmart, Aldi, Ross, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Target, Buy Buy Baby and gas cards.

People's Resource Center
The People's Resource Center is in need of the following items. Please drop off donations in the bins near the Sanctuary.

Diapers, sizes 4, 5 and 6
Personal hygiene items
Cleaning supplies

Recycle Styrofoam
Sunday, 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.

Blood Drive
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2–6 p.m.

Winter Clothing Collection Drive
Month of October, bin near Sanctuary
Gary Church, along with the Downtown Wheaton Association, Wheaton Community Relations Commission and the People's Resource Center, are partnering for a winter clothing collection drive this October. Please donate gently used and new winter clothing for all ages in the bin near the Sanctuary. The bin will also be available outside at our Trunk-or-Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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 are also supporting 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.