Opportunities to Serve

Where Does Your Light Shine?

Service Opportunities in 2020

Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Below you will find the many opportunities available to serve through West End United Methodist Church’s Missions & Outreach.

Where is God calling you to be the loving light of Christ? Your ministry may be a place you have served for years or you may be stepping out in faith to serve in an area for the very first time. No matter what your gifts, available time, or passions, there’s a place for you to serve. If you would like help in discerning where you might be called to serve or to find out more about an organization, contact Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye, Pastor of Mission & Outreach.

May God bless you as you find that place where God is calling you to be the loving light of Christ.

 

Church-led Local Outreach Ministries

Lunch at Campus for Human Development

This downtown Nashville organization offers many services to assist the poor and the homeless, including the Room in The Inn Program. West End prepares and serves lunch twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall date is Thursday November 12, 2015. Service opportunities include:

  • Provide pasta salad (recipe provided) for 25
  • Provide fresh cut-up fruit for 25
  • Provide 3-4 dozen cookies
  • Cut-up roasted chickens at 1pm day before luncheon
  • Serve at luncheon 11-1pm

Find out more about Campus for Human Development at roomintheinn.org.

Habitat Build

Over 100 volunteers from West End are needed to participate in the United Methodist Habitat Build to build a Habitat house for a family in need of affordable housing in Davidson County. Service Opportunities include:

  • Publicity
  • Construction Volunteer
  • Food Volunteer
  • Help Easter Breakfast Fundraiser

Find out more about Habitat at habitatnashville.org

TIME (Teen Intern & Mentoring Experience)

The TIME program (formerly Service Learning Fellowship) is a stipend based youth development organization whose mission is to provide leadership and service learning opportunities to Nashville area high school youth from the Nations (an at risk neighborhood). This program was co-developed by members of the West End UMC Open Study Sunday School Class. Service opportunities:

  • Mentoring
  • Providing a site location for interns

Prison Ministries

The Prison Ministries at West End United Methodist Church support the spiritual decisions made by the incarcerated. West End has volunteers serving at both Riverbend Maximum Security Institution and the Tennessee Prison for Women. Service Opportunities to serve:

  • Pen pal – corresponding with a prisoner using the church’s address
  • Mentors for a prisoner who will be released within six months
  • Bible Study leader
  • Distribute Christmas packages
  • Visit an inmate on death row
  • Attend worship service at Riverbend

Project Transformation Tennessee

Project Transformation is a ministry of the United Methodist Tennessee Conference whose mission is the engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities. Summer service opportunities:

  • Reading with children
  • Preparing/sharing dinner with interns
  • Helping with Family Fun Night (twice in the summer)

Room In The Inn

Volunteers (usually groups for Sunday School classes) are needed to host RITI at WEUMC on Wednesday nights, November through March. This program emphasizes human development and recovery through education, self-help, and work, centered in community and long-term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home.

  • Provide food
  • Van Driver
  • Stay overnight
  • Maintaining RITI Closet

Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven’s mission is to "lead our community's efforts to house, support, empower, and advocate for families experiencing homelessness.” Since 1984, Safe Haven has served as the only shelter-to-housing program in Middle Tennessee that accommodates homeless families. Service opportunities:

  • Prepare monthly meal
  • Safe Haven Meal Coordinator

Sixty-First Avenue UMC

Sixty-First Avenue UMC seeks to follow Christ in the “Nations” neighborhood by sharing God’s love sowing seeds of home, and reaping with joy and thanksgiving. Central to their mission is invitation of “the least of these” into community and discipleship. Service opportunities:

  • After School Program Tutors – Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4pm-5:30pm.
  • Saturday Meals – hot meal for 100
  • Last Minute Toy Store: Friday, Dec. 18 - Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.

Find out more about 61st Ave Facebook page at facebook.com/61aveumc

Advocacy Ministry Team

We are in the process of creating an Advocacy team at West End. This team will seek to raise individual and congregational awareness of justice issues including hunger relief, immigration policy, HIV/AIDS, interfaith dialogue, creation care, and the death penalty through education and service opportunities.

Creation Care @ West End Team Member

West End UMC’s Creation Care Team is committed to working toward appropriate care of God's creation. The team is a group of individuals taking action within the church to actively stimulate change within the congregation and community to reduce our carbon footprint and take a more positive role in stewardship of the environment.

 

Church-led Regional/International Outreach Ministries

ODIM Guatemala

ODIM Guatemala (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya) is committed to providing compassionate, high quality health and education services to the communities of San Juan and San Pablo at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. ODIM operates two medical clinics, a dental clinic, programs to fight infant malnutrition and diabetes, health education seminars, as well as student scholarship and learning reinforcement programs. WEUMC sends a team annually.

 

Community Outreach Ministries – Partner Organizations

Bethlehem Centers

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, a United Methodist agency, is a nonprofit social services agency and family resource center that promotes self-reliance and positive life choices for children, adolescents and seniors in North Nashville by delivering and advocating quality programs and services for families who live in poverty. Service opportunities:

  • meals on wheels
  • tutors
  • building maintenance
  • gardening

Community Care Fellowship

Community Care Fellowship (CCF) is a ministry of the Nashville District of the United Methodist Church for the homeless and poor in Nashville. Its mission is to serve Christ by providing families and individuals who are at risk of chronic homelessness and poverty with hope, love, and resources so that they may experience physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation. Service opportunities:

  • registration desk workers
  • board members

Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership

Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership was born from the ministries at Edgehill UMC. The partnership works for justice and equity with neighbors in the Edgehill community of Nashville through building relationships, community action, service, and empowerment. Service opportunities:

  • Tutors
  • ACT prep
  • Chaperoning
  • Transportation
  • work in the Free Store

Faith Family Medical Center

Faith Family Medical Center provides hope and healing to our hardworking neighbors in need by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Service opportunities:

  • Nurses
  • medical assistants
  • medical specialists
  • administrative assistance

Interfaith Dental Clinic

The Interfaith Dental Clinic creates a healthier community by providing transformational oral health care for those experiencing poverty. West End has been instrumental in this mission from the clinic’s beginnings where they saw their first patients in the basement of our building in 1994. Service opportunities:

  • dental care providers
  • administrative assistance
  • facilities assistant
  • community ambassador

Luke 14:12

Luke 14:12 is a non-profit soup kitchen providing hot, nutritious meals to the hungry, homeless, and working poor of the Nashville area. It is "an ecumenical outreach program through which persons of diverse faith communities join together in a common effort to address the needs of those who are inadequately fed". Service opportunities:

  • table hosts and kitchen helpers every Tuesday, Friday and 2nd and 4th Monday

Mending Hearts, Inc.

Mending Hearts provides shelter, hope and healing to women who may be homeless due to addiction, co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders. Service Opportunities:

  • art workshops
  • mentors and sponsors
  • GED or computer classes
  • healthy cooking classes
  • gardenin

Find out more about Mending Hearts, Inc. at mendingheartsinc.org

Miriam’s Promise

Miriam’s Promise, a United Methodist ministry, seeks to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families. They stand in the gap, building bridges through crisis pregnancy counseling and child placement services. They offer assistance for domestic, international and independent adoption, as well as post-placement services. Service opportunities:

  • board service
  • event committee members
  • event volunteers
  • graphic artists
  • human resources
  • accounting
  • office help

Nashville Cares

Nashville Cares seeks to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. We work to achieve this through education, advocacy and support for those at risk for or living with HIV. Service opportunities:

  • CARE teams (support & home care)
  • assemble or deliver food bags
  • prevention education
  • events assistance
  • general office duties

Find out more about Nashville Cares at nashvillecarese.org

The Nashville Food Project

The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. Their mission is to provide increased access to healthy foods in homeless and working poor communities across Davidson County. Service opportunities:

  • meal prep
  • garden time
  • Food Truck delivery

NOAH – Nashville Organized for Action and Hope

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is a faith led coalition that is multi-racial and interdenominational comprised of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.

The best way to help is to participate

Find out more about NOAH at noahtn.org

Open Table Nashville

Open Table Nashville is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness. Open Table Nashville’s outreach work helps empower people to attain living wage jobs and find affordable, sustainable housing, all under the umbrella of living in community. Service opportunities:

  • Resource Shelters
  • Winter Warming Shelter
  • furniture pick up and delivery
  • moving friends into housing

Insight Counseling Centers of Tennessee

The Insight Counseling Centers of Tennessee exists to restore lives to wholeness – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They seek to provide excellent, professionally licensed psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families; help and healing that comes through a heart of compassion; acceptance and respect for the personal faith and beliefs of every individual with whom they work; and financial assistance for services for those who cannot otherwise afford care. Service opportunities:

  • advisory council
  • board of directors
  • receptionists
  • community liaison
  • community service volunteers
  • congregational liaison
  • special events

Preston Taylor Ministries

Preston Taylor Ministries glorifies Christ Jesus by empowering Preston Taylor children to discover and live their God-inspired dreams through Christian friendships and love for learning. Service opportunities:

  • prepare snacks
  • Bible Study leaders
  • mentors
  • tutors

Rooftop Foundation

Rooftop partners with congregations to provide emergency rental assistance to residents of Davidson County to prevent homelessness and provide hope. Congregations all over Metro Nashville receive calls on a daily basis from individuals and families asking for emergency help with their rent. Rooftop not only serves these Nashvillians in need, but also provides the churches with a program to help those who come to their doors. Service opportunities:

  • Receive Rooftop applications requests
  • enter data

Siloam Health

Siloam Health seeks to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through healthcare. They have leveraged the expertise of highly qualified staff and volunteers to care for underserved, culturally marginalized patients in all areas of Nashville and in eight surround counties. Service opportunities:

  • medical providers
  • administrative
  • prayer care intercessors
  • interpreters (Spanish, Arabic)
  • refugee support
  • waiting room hospitality

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) provides free and sliding-scale immigration legal services to newcomers, educates the public on immigration issues, and advocates for the rights of immigrants. Service opportunities:

  • monthly clinics for intake
  • translations
  • interpretation
  • hospitality
  • child-care
  • pro bono attorneys
  • grant writers
  • data entry

Thistle Farms/Magdalene

Thistle Farms/Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. Service Opportunities:

  • Thistle Farms products production, events, marketing, and sales
  • café
  • health providers
  • business information
  • educating the community

Find out more about Thistle Farms/Magdalene at thistlefarms.org