19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, …. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:19-21
ChildServ is a United Methodist Agency in Chicago which traces its roots to the religious and social settlement movements. Since 1894, their mission has been “to help at-risk children and their families to build, achieve and sustain better lives.” We participate in the annual Backpack drive to ensure that the children have school supplies and the Christmas gift program which provides each child with age appropriate gifts and clothing.
FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville feeds about 550 families each month. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Monetary donations are used to buy food at a deep discount from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Diapers and hygiene items that are not available from the Food Bank are donated by the community as are fresh vegetables from the Congregational Garden. FUMCWD has a collection bin in the hallway outside the church office. Checks can be made out to First UMC with Food Pantry in the memo line.
CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service. 75% of CROP Walk proceeds benefit global causes through Church World Service; 25% of funds raised benefit local organizations. Local agencies that benefit include Northern Illinois Food Bank, FISH Food Pantry, Meals with Wheels, Project Hope, Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry, UPBC Summer Lunch Program in Wauconda, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Association People in Need (PIN) Program. Click here to see our team leader’s personal page.
Founded in 1975, the Community Crisis Center services offers a 24 hour crisis hotline and information and referral; emergency temporary shelter for 40 women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence or financial crisis; individual and group counseling; medical, legal and welfare advocacy; financial assistance to abate homelessness; emergency food pantry; a batterers’ intervention program; a transitional living program; a distinct children’s program; and community education. The Community Crisis Center service area includes northern Kane County from St. Charles to the northern edge of the county and far northwest suburban Cook County; there are no service area limits for domestic violence victims.
First UMC saves various labels to support Red Bird Christian School through the Labels for Education program. These include Box tops for Education, Coke Points, Tyson Points, Kellogg Points and more.