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Royal Family KIDS

Royal Family KIDS is an international nonprofit organization started in 1985 to provide a week of overnight Camp during the summer as well as a monthly Club and Mentoring program during the school year for local children who have experienced abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  Since hosting our first Royal Family KIDS Camp in June of 2012 we have served 58 children ages 6 to 12. With the attention of one camp counselor for every two children, the campers enjoy a wonderful week of fun and worship.  There is swimming, fishing, games, a Tea Party, crafts, music, and wood working.  Since many never had a birthday party, one day is designated as “Everyone’s Birthday!” with a party, presents and a birthday cake for each child.  All children leave Camp with a picture album of themselves enjoying their Camp activities with other children and staff.  They also receive their own Bible and an MP3 player loaded with Camp songs. Our Club and Mentoring Program, begun in 2014, allows us to build a year-round relationship with our campers and take the sadness out of the last day of Camp. We meet with the children for several hours once a month during the school year for structured activities and mentoring in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

How you can help:

  • The camp needs a staff of sixty qualified volunteers plus we need qualified volunteers for the club and mentoring program.  All will go through a training program.  To find out more about serving in one of these ministries, please contact Laura Tradowsky at ltrad@earthlink.net or 440.477.7479 for camp or Sandy Hanson through the church at 440-585-9462 for club.
  • The cost to offer these opportunities is $54,000 a year. You can help by sponsoring a child for a week at $600 or a day at $125. There will also be opportunities to help out with fundraising projects.  A tax-deductible donation of any amount will be gratefully received.  Checks may be made out to RFK #271.

 

Project Hope for the Homeless

Project Hope for the Homeless

Did you ever consider that through a tragic event, loss of job or illness, you could be in the position to lose your home?  This is a reality for many in our area.  Project Hope is a homeless shelter located in Painesville that answers to this crying need.  They provide temporary housing and many other support services to help people get back on their feet.  The shelter is currently finishing a large expansion that will more than double their capacity and increase the services that they are able to offer.  Visit the Project Hope website to learn more.

How you can help:

  • For many years our church has provided the dinner meal on the third Sunday of each month.  We need volunteers to cook and deliver these meals.  A sign-up sheet is located on the Mission Table.
  • Tax-deductible donations can be made to WHUMC with Project Hope on the memo line.

Families Moving Forward

Imagine you become homeless as a parent trying to take care of your children. The homeless shelter is only available at night. Where do you go during the daytime?  In their Families Moving Forward Program the Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County opened a shelter for families with children to provide a home from 1 to 7 p.m. each day.

How you can help:

  • Please contact Bob Studer if you want to volunteer time.
  • Tax-deductible donations can be made to WHUMC with FMF on the memo line.

Elder Care Program

Elder Care Ministry is an exciting outreach ministry of WHUMC. We currently have the opportunity to bring Christ to six assisted living facilities in Lake, Cuyahoga, and Geauga counties. One hundred and fifty residents are ministered to twice a month. A regular collateral blessing to this ministry is the opportunity to also share the faith with staff and family members at the care facilities. Christ is offered and shared through scripture, song, prayer, and fellowship. Bible studies are additionally offered in two facilities.

How you can help:

We are currently looking for some new people who feel called to this area of ministry.  For participation in this ministry contact Rev. Dr. Mary Blank.


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

little bell ringersHow you can help:

Volunteers from WHUMC sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the Giant Eagle in Willoughby Commons on a Saturday during the Advent season.  This will support the year round mission of this humanitarian organization to help the poor in Lake County.


Mitten Tree

How you can help:

As the weather gets cold so do little hands and heads. During the Advent season, our members hang mittens, hats and other cold weather clothing plus new socks and underwear on the Mitten Tree to be distributed to the needy.


Willoughby Food Pantry

A food pantry for the hungry operates out of Willoughby United Methodist Church and the McKinley Center.

How you can help:

The first Sunday of each month non-perishable products and household supplies are donated by members of the church to this cause. Financial support for this mission is also appreciated.  Donations can be placed in the shopping cart or in the bin near the Fellowship Hall.