Mission Partners

MLK DAY 2019 and 2020

Thanks to everyone who participated in MLK day on Jan. 21 2019.  We had well over 100 people of all ages making dog biscuits for the shelters, military bracelets, Linus blankets, Placemats for food shelters, party gift bags for children who are clients of the Food Pantry, Gifts for women at Mary Lou’s Place, coloring a banner for use in the community as well as a scout troop who made lunch bags for distribution to needy people.  In the community we had groups at Bernie’s Book Bank, The Boulevard, Feed My Starving Children and Gidwitz Place, a senior living facility.  A big thanks to Rev. Dr. Norval Brown from Deerfield Christ UMC for getting us in the mood during a short interfaith service along with our own Rev. Sherrie Lowly on the piano and Tim Lowly on the guitar.  We are looking forward to 2020 with great anticipation for another great day of service.  Put January 20, 2020 on your calendar now!

Oakton Community College Skokie

OCC offers opportunities every semester including summer to work with the Volunteers in Teaching Arts (VITA).  They serve more than 1000 students annually in their quest to improve their reading , writing and speaking skills.  If you would like to volunteer with VITA, call 847-635-1426 or check out their website at http://www.oakton.edu/onted/volunteer:programs/

Meals at The Boulevard (formerly Interfaith House)

NUMC continues its efforts to help the ill and injured homeless adults to restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency by serving at The Boulevard.  Join us as we plan, shop, cook and serve a meal.  We carpool from NUMC at 8:30 am and serve until 12:30.  You must be over the age of 18 to cook and over the age of 14 to serve. Please contact Linda Nixon at 847-217-9353 if you are interested in participating.

Northfield Township Food Pantry Collection

Each month NUMC collects food to give to the Northfield Township Food Pantry to distribute to needy families.  This pantry was established close to 50 years ago and serves many hundreds of families per month.  Please help us help our local families. Here are some things that the pantry likes to have on hand, beverages, spaghetti, ravioli, chili, cereal, pasta sauce, paper products, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, and baking supplies.   Many people are hungry in our community and often we don’t even know, it may be the neighbor next door.   All non perishable food is accepted and delivered direct to the pantry.  Watch for BOGO (Buy One Get One) sales at the grocery store and generic or store brands that may be on sale.  Please, no perishable items.

The Boulevard

65-Bed residence for homeless, ill or injured adults that are restored back to health and back to contributing members of society. Cook and serve meals quarterly for the residence and/or prepare housing kits of essentials as residents move to temporary apartments.

Bernie’s Book Bank 

Bernie’s facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.  Run a book drive on an annual basis, donating 8 bins of books and volunteer during our MLK day event, sorting and packing books for needy children.

Feed My Starving Children

Locations in Schaumburg and Libertyville.  Provide food for malnourished children in about 70 countries around the world.  Typically working in two hour shifts packing food this is a family friendly activity for ages 5 and up.

UMCOR

United Methodist Committee On Relief… not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States responding  to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.  UMCOR makes Flood buckets, Birthing Kits, and donations to disaster locations all over the world.

The Night Ministry

providing food, shelter and support services for the homeless in the city.  We prepare lunches for their night rounds.  We have also sponsored toiletry and clothing drives.

Hilda’s Place

in Evanston.  We cook and serve for about 25 homeless residents every 5th Saturday.  We have hosted special collections for socks and warm jackets.

Kingswood Suppers

We cook and serve once or twice for approximately 100 homeless individuals during the summer months.

Youth Services or ChildServ Holiday Gift Program

In November our members purchase Christmas gifts for needy local children.

Linus Foundation

dedicated to supporting fun, innovative programs that educate and empower children, encouraging them to reach their full potential.  We prepare Linus blankets as part of our Martin Luther King service day.

Missions Holiday Fair

During the month of December, you can choose one of our Mission Partners to make a donation to in honor of a friend or family member as a gift.

Work Days

On occasion we will schedule a full work day with groups like Habitat for Humanity.

Sophia’s Circle

Coordinates monthly mission projects for women.  Making Easter baskets for Northfield Township food pantry is one of our many projects.

Mission Trips

We work to host an annual Youth Mission and every other year adult mission trip.

The Can Project

Recycling aluminum cans for money donated to SHORE, whose mission it is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities