Opportunities to Serve

Where Does Your Light Shine?

Service Opportunities in 2015

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 Lisa Gwock, 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.

Christmas Dinner for Family Reconciliation Center

In December, we host a Christmas Dinner for 15-20 families connected with Family Reconciliation Center, an organization that supports families of incarcerated individuals. Our emphasis is to connect with a family for the evening as we enjoy special prayer, music, a time of remembrance, gifts, family photos and crafts. Service opportunities include:

  • Serve on the Planning Team for the Christmas Dinner
  • Shop for a family’s gift basket
  • Serve as Table Host for a Family
  • Organize Craft Activities

Find out more about Family Reconciliation Center at reconciliationinc.com.

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

in•time (Teen Intern & Mentoring Experience)

The in•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

Worship Service @ The Next Door

The Next Door provides a continuum of evidence based services for women and their families impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration with Christ-centered compassionate care. West End UMC offers a worship service on the 5th Sundays from 2-3:00 p.m. (four times a year). Service opportunities:

  • Plan and lead worship service
  • Lead music

Find out more about The Next Door at thenextdoor.org

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 underserved children and families, and connect churches to communities in need. Summer service opportunities:

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

Find out more about Project Transformation at projecttransformation.org/tennessee

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 provides homeless men and women a warm place to sleep, a hot shower, laundry service, dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to take with them the next day.

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

Find out more about Room In The Inn at roomintheinn.org

Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven’s mission is “to empower Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.” 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

Find out more about Safe Haven at safehaven.org

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

Henderson Settlement

Henderson Settlement is a mission institution of the United Methodist Red Bird Mission Conference located in Frakes, KY. They seek to share the love of Christ in Appalachia while providing food, clothing, housing, education and jobs. In October 2015, West End will take a group to serve at Henderson Settlement. This will be an intergenerational trip, open to all ages.

Find out more about Henderson Settlement at hendersonsettlement.org

ODIM Guatemala

ODIM Guatemala (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya) is focused on providing compassionate, high quality health and education services to the communities of San Juan and San Pablo on Lake Atitlán. 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.

Find out more about ODIM at odimguatemala.org

Promise for Haiti

Promise for Haiti serves as the stateside partner of Comite Bienfaisance de Pignon which exists to practically demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with, and investing in, local Haitian leaders to provide the best healthcare and education in Haiti. In January 2016, WEUMC will be sending a medical mission team.

Find out more about Promise for Haiti at promiseforhaiti.org



Community Outreach Ministries – Partner Organizations

Bethlehem Center

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 the North Nashville community. Service opportunities:

  • meals on wheels
  • tutors
  • building maintenance
  • gardening

Find out more about Bethlehem Centers at bethlehemcenters.org

Christian Home Ministries of Nashville, Inc.

Christian Home Ministries (CHM) is dedicated to the provision of helping ex-prisoners discover and pursue God’s purpose for their lives. CHM serves ex-prisoners release to the greater Nashville area by providing housing, meals and support. Service opportunities:

  • Mentors
  • board members

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. Started in 1984, CCF is a full service, year round, drop-in day shelter serving homeless men, women, and children. Service opportunities:

  • registration desk workers
  • board members

Find out more about Community Care Fellowship at ccfnashville.org

Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership

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

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

Find out more about Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership at edgehillpartnership.org

Faith Family Medical Center

Faith Family Medical Center provides quality, affordable healthcare for the working uninsured residents of greater Nashville area. Service opportunities:

  • Nurses
  • medical assistants
  • medical specialists
  • administrative assistance

Find out more about Faith Family Medical Center at faithmedical.org

Hope Clinic for Women

Hope Clinic for Women is a faith-based, safe and confidential place for anyone dealing with unplanned pregnancies, prevention, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or abortion), and postpartum depression. They provide medical care, professional counseling, education, mentorship and material support regardless of age, race, or religion. Service opportunities:

  • phone counselors
  • Spanish translators – client & materials
  • event volunteers
  • clothing room volunteers

Find out more about Hope Clinic for Women at hopeclinicforwomen.org

Interfaith Dental Clinic

The Interfaith Dental Clinic seeks to restore, protect and improve the oral health of uninsured, low-income working people, their children, and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services, and oral health education. 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

Find out more about Interfaith Dental Clinic at interfaithdentalclinic.org

Luke 14:12

Luke 14:12 is a non-profit soup kitchen providing free hot, nutritious meals to the hungry, homeless, and working poor of the Nashville area. They are 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

Find out more about Luke 14:12 at luke14:12.org

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 Magdalene/Thistle Farms at thistlefarms.org

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

Find out more about Miriam’s Promise at miriamspromise.org

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

Find out more about The Nashville Food Project at thenashvillefoodproject.org

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

Neighborhood Resource Center

The Neighborhoods Resource Center is a local nonprofit organization committed to working with neighborhoods to facilitate community-driven change. Their services include 1) Neighborhood & Community Organizing, 2) Training & Leadership Development, and 3) Information Services. Service opportunities:

  • board members
  • fundraising
  • Nashville neighborhoods celebration planning/implementation
  • administrative

Find out more about Neighborhood Resource Center at tnrc.net

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

Find out more about Open Table Nashville at opentablenashville.org

Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee

The Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee exists to restore lives to wholeness – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They seek to provide excellent professionally licensed psychotherapy to any individual, couple or family in our community, offer help and healing from a heart of compassion and personal faith that accepts and respects the beliefs of every individual, and to raise and provide financial support to help those who cannot otherwise afford care. Service opportunities:

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

Find out more about Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee at pcctinc.org

Penuel Ridge Solidarity Program

Penuel Ridge is a contemplative, interfaith retreat center in Middle Tennessee that has made a commitment to be in solidarity with the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised. Their Solidarity Program offers day retreats and work dignity retreats for the homeless and formerly homeless to connect with the open, safe, and sacred space at Penuel Ridge. Service opportunities:

  • greeting & hospitality
  • cooking
  • administration
  • gardening
  • building maintenance

Find out more about Penuel Ridge Solidarity Program at penuelridge.org

Preston Taylor Ministries

Preston Taylor Ministries empowers Preston Taylor children and youth to discover and live their God-inspired dreams, develop a love for learning, and build joy-filled friendships that glorify Christ Jesus. Service opportunities:

  • prepare snacks
  • Bible Study leaders
  • mentors
  • tutors

Find out more about Preston Taylor Ministries at prestontaylorministries.org

Rooftop

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

Find out more about Rooftop at rooftopnashvilles.org

Siloam Family Health Center

Siloam Family Health Center 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

Find out more about Siloam Family Health Center at siloamhealth.org

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) welcomes immigrants by providing free or affordable immigration legal services, advocating for immigrant rights, and educating communities of faith and the public. Service opportunities:

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

Find out more about Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors at tnjfon.org