Olympia United Methodist Women participate in a wide variety of on-going activities that turn faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. You are invited to participate in any of the activities listed below.
LOCAL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Holiday Jail Ministry – White cotton socks for men and women are collected and distributed along with homemade cookies to facilities in three counties during the Christmas season.
“Thinking of You” Containers – Christmas cookies, fruit and a Christmas card are assembled before the Christmas Tea and then hand delivered to members in need of special remembrance.
Local Bus Passes – Collections are taken at various UMW Fellowship Groups and sent to Safeplace, a women’s shelter in Olympia. Monies are designated to help with bus transportation for the women at risk.
Pear Blossom Place - A program under the Family Support Center. Groups provide various articles of clothing and baby slings for newborn children of homeless mothers.
Product Labels for Schools – Product labels and box tops with education rebates are collected for Madison Elementary School in Olympia.
Remembrance – Appropriate greeting cards from the UMW are sent to members upon request. Call Dianne Devoe, 360-943-5987.
Soup Kitchen – Volunteers meet each month on the second Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.at the Salvation Army to help prepare and serve an evening meal. Contact: Carol Gruen 360-352-9703.
Days for Girls – Girls in various countries often miss school because of a lack of feminine hygiene supplies. Supplies are collected and put into kits. Go to daysforgirls.org to see what items are in the kits and how they are distributed.
Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC )- Women participating in this international ecumenical prayer movement for peace and reconciliation set aside a “least coin” of her currency as a tangible token of each prayer for victims of jealousy, hatred, violence and injustice to the family, community, nation and the world. Church Women United is the custodian for FLC offerings in the United States. Monies are distributed through grants for the welfare of women and children.
UMCOR Relief-Supply Kits – United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Different types of kits for global distribution help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. Kits are assembled by various church groups during the year. For a list of items required and which kits are currently needed, go to the UMCOR website.