FUEL UP MINISTRY
Our Fuel Up Ministry provides food for weekend meals to students at Chatham Middle School who are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Currently, we provide 40 bags each week with plans to increase to 50 bags in January 2016. We pack at 1:00 pm on Thursday most weeks unless the school schedule changes for a holiday, etc. In addition to bag packing, other tasks include ordering the food, food pickup, bag delivery to Chatham Middle and disposal of food packaging.
SNACK (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids!)
FUMC works with this CORA Ministry as a distribution site. The Ministry provides weekly meals for eligible children whose families are food insufficient. FUMC Volunteers work together packing the fruits and vegetables and distributing them with the food boxes on the designated distribution date. We are able to serve 150 children at our site.
Habitat for Humanity
Chatham County Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with poor people to eliminate poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people from diverse social and economic backgrounds to provide decent, affordable housing. Simply put, Chatham Habitat builds houses, using donations and volunteer labor and sells these houses, at no interest, to families who could not afford to buy a house in the traditional manner. Habitat provides "a hand up, not a hand out."
Apostle Build: “No Experience Necessary” First United Methodist is a partner with the Apostles’ Build Program with Chatham Habitat contributing labor and financial contributions.
WE CARE FAIR
This Health and Resource Fair provides an opportunity for church members and the community to learn about the many agencies and organizations that serve Chatham County. The Fair also provides health screenings and school supplies for those who attend. On average, 25 agencies and organizations participate serving over 200-300 participants each year.
West Chatham Food Pantry
The mission of the West Chatham Food Pantry is to provide food for the food insufficient in western Chatham County. The Pantry is open three days a week. The Pantry also provides backpacks of food for the FUEL UP program at Siler City Elementary and Virginia Cross Elementary. First United Methodist Church supports the pantry by monetary donations, manning food drives and monthly collections of food items.
Other Service Opportunities
We support the West Chatham Food Pantry and Salvation Army Food Pantry with food and monetary donations throughout the year. We have provided needed clothing and hygiene items to Jordan-Matthews High School. Each December, we support the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive and Salvation Army Angel Tree.