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.

Advocacy

Creation Care Ministry

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The people of this organization seek to be instruments of God's renewal of creation - the restoring of humanity and all living things to God's intended harmony. They give thanks for the complex richness of creation and affirm the divinely-created interconnectedness of earth, air, water, and all living things. They acknowledge that the Creator has made humankind in such a way that our well-being is tied to that of the whole created order. Thus, they embrace the inseparable link between love of neighbor and the protection of all creation. As United Methodists, they affirm the mission of their denomination "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" and undertake this work as a crucial piece of that mission. Volunteers can participate in:

  • Tree planting
  • Spring Recycle Day
  • Recycling at Annual Conference
  • Advocacy efforts with Metro Council, state legislature, TVA, and the federal government
  • Contributing monetary donations

For more information, please contact crysz1122@gmail.com.

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope

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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. NOAH board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:15pm, at Clark Memorial Church. For more information, please contact Phyllis and Ray Sells (thesells836@gmail.com).

Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors

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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

Children

Junior Internship Program

The Junior Internship program (formerly TIME) is a stipend based youth development organization whose mission is to provide leadership and service learning opportunities to Nashville area high school youth from North Nashville. This program was co-developed by members of the West End UMC Open Study Sunday School Class. We'd love to add new mentors interested in walking alongside students in their first job.

Miriam's Promise

Nashville Tools for Schools

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Nashville Tools for Schools, in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and members of our community, exists to help provide the best possible learning environment for our young people and to demonstrate the community's dedication to our educational system. This is accomplished through building furniture and classroom fixtures, so that teachers may furnish and organize their classrooms.

If you have an interest in becoming part of a volunteer team, contact Bill Farris (bfarris102@gmail.com).

Preston Taylor Ministries

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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

Project Transformation TN

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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)

Rejoice Ballet

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Motivated by Christ's love, Rejoice School of Ballet empowers youth to realize their potential by training, nurturing, and celebrating dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Dancers are provided with an exceptional dance education, as well as strategically planned development activities and mentorship. Service opportunities include:

  • Volunteering as a teaching assistant
  • Volunteering as a speaker
  • Sewing
  • Office work
  • Cleaning
  • Serving as a performance chaperone
  • Donating healthy snacks

Food

Luke 14:12

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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

Lunch at the Campus for Human Development

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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. 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

The Little Pantry that Could

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The Little Pantry that Could aims to do more than provide food and outreach services. They strive to treat each person who enters their doors with dignity and respect, and to let them know they are cared for. Service opportunities include:

  • Unloading trucks and organizing shelves
  • Working one-on-one with guests
  • Donating (i.e. canned vegetables and fruits, can openers, sleeping bags, warm socks, tents)

The Nashville Food Project

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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

General Services

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

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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

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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

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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

Open Table Nashville

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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

Thistle Farms/Magdalene House

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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

Global/Regional

AMOS

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AMOS is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who suffer from the unjust conditions of poverty. Even now, in the midst of Nicaragua’s national sociopolitical crisis, AMOS serves over 74,000 people who lack access to basic health services by training health promoters to provide quality health care in both rural and urban communities. You can help by:

  •  Volunteering or joining a mission team
  •  Donating (i.e. baby layettes; water, sanitation, and hygiene kits; school supplies kits)

If you are interested in volunteering or sending donations, please contact communications@amoshealth.org.

College of Education General of Kere (CEG KERE)

This school's mission is to provide quality education to youth. Its daily lunch program provides hope to as many as 30 girls who, otherwise, might have to rely on abusive men to receive their sustenance.

Henderson Settlement

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A United Methodist Mission institution of the Red Bird Missionary Conference, Located in Frakes, Kentucky, their mission is "creating opportunities for better lives through Christ-centered service". Volunteers can help by giving their time and energy to:

  • Home repair and other building projects
  • The thrift store
  • Administrative tasks
  • Youth programs
  • Donations (i.e. food pantry, personal hygiene items, school supplies, infant pantry, clothing, linens, furniture)

ODIM (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya)

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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.

Promise for Haiti

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Promise for Haiti exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with, and investing in, local Haitian leaders to provide the best healthcare and education in Haiti. Volunteers may:

  • Accompany a medical/surgical/education/construction team to Pignon
  • Provide specialized training in accounting, business administration, farming, automotive, and electrical repair
  • Donate medical, educational, and construction equipment

Raise the Roof Academy

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The academy's mission is to educate the whole student by building relationships and education centers that cultivate a culture of learning, and to offer God's love through empowering opportunities in Uganda. You can help by:

  • Participating in the Child Sponsorship Program ($35/month go toward education, school materials, meals, and health and hygiene care)
  • Going on a mission trip (projects include the medical clinic, construction, Vacation Bible School, training sessions, and child sponsorship)
  • Gifting a gallon-size bag with hygiene materials

United Methodist Committee on Relief - UMCOR

UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response in the United States and internationally. Their efforts are targeted in places where natural disasters, war, or conflict have done so much damage that communities are unable to recover on their own. Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Give through their website or prepare a hygeine kit or flood bucket.

Health

A Step Ahead Middle TN

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A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee (ASAFMT) helps women prevent unplanned pregnancies by providing free, long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC). Service Opportunities:

  • Tabling at health and community fairs
  • Offering administrative assistance
  • Participating in community outreach
  • Offering event support
  • Presenting educational sessions
  • Donations for goodie bags (i.e. nail polish, stickers, hair ties)

Faith Family Medical Center

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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

Insight Counseling Center

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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

Interfaith Dental Clinic

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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

Nashville Cares

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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

Siloam Health

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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

Prison

Family Reconciliation Center

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Family Reconciliation Center is a nonprofit hospitality house in Nashville that provides free overnight rooms to anyone visiting an incarcerated loved one. Their mission is to "reconcile husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community". Volunteer opportunities include:

Prison Ministries at West End UMC

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 Return

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The mission of Project Return is to provide services and connect people with resources needed to return successfully to work and community after incarceration. Ways to serve include:

  • Serving as a mock interviewer
  • Visiting as a guest speaker
  • Assisting the In-Reach Specialist in responding to those writing letters from prison
  • Donating gently-used professional wear, as well as like-new furniture

Shelter

Habitat for Humanity

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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 with Fundraisers

Nashville Launch Pad

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Launch Pad's mission is to create a network of temporary safer sleeping shelters for homeless youth 18-24 years of age. Emergency shelters are LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed. You can serve by:

  • Staffing the evening and morning shelters
  • Washing sheets/blankets/towels
  • Preparing meals
  • Organizing events
  • Assisting in outreach
  • Donating necessities (i.e. underwear, bottled water)

Rooftop Nashville

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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

Room in the Inn

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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

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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