AUMC cares greatly about our community of Auburn/Opelika. We know that some of our neighbors are hurting and in need. Our desire is to be a light of hope for them and to not only help their physical needs, but nourish their spiritual needs as well by pointing them to God’s love. The AUMC Food Pantry and MERCY assistance ministry are two ways that AUMC directly impacts the community.
The mission of the AUMC Food Pantry is to provide emergency assistance to hungry families who reside in Lee County. Our hope is that by providing aid to these families they will be able to allocate their spending dollars toward other needs. The AUMC Food Pantry is an all- volunteer organization that serves approximately 75 families each week, providing them with dry goods, dairy products, meats and toiletries. The ministry is located in the AUMC Annex at 302 E Magnolia Avenue. The boxes for recipients are prepared on Thursday mornings from 8-10 am and the distributions are made on Friday mornings from 9-11 am. Volunteers of all ages can serve by helping prepare boxes, push or load carts for visitors or assist at the tables from which our visitors can select items.
An important outgrowth of the AUMC Food Pantry is the Homebound ministry in which volunteers take boxes of food to Homebound senior citizens one week each month. Other outgrowth ministries of the AUMC Food Pantry include the Clothes Closet and the Prayer Ministry. For questions concerning the AUMC Food Pantry, call the church office at (334)828-8800 and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the MERCY Ministry (Methodist Emergency Relief for the Community) is to witness God’s love to others by giving financial assistance to persons in Lee County who are experiencing a crisis in their lives and are temporarily unable to provide for themselves and/or their families. In addition to monetary aide to help with rent and utility expenses, the MERCY committee members, other volunteers, and the director prayerfully strive to provide information, referrals, encouragement and a listening heart. Appointments are necessary for assistance. To hear the requirements for eligibility for an appointment, call 334-329-5050.
AUMC financially supports the community organizations below. For more information on these organizations please contact them directly.
We exist to eliminate substandard housing in rural Alabama through home repair and children’s ministry. By restoring hope and building dreams, we are making sweet homes for Alabama and extending an arm of Christ’s love. Our main office is in Opelika, and our ministry operates year-round. Here, we host home repair workdays on Saturdays throughout the year as we partner with local volunteers and other ministries. We host youth groups and college ministries who serve with us during spring breaks, fall breaks, winter breaks, and even over weekends. However, during the summer, we host youth mission camps in both east and west Alabama. During the summer, youth groups come and serve with us for a week at a time through either children’s ministry or home repair ministry. To learn more about how you can help us make sweet homes for Alabama, check out our website and like us on Facebook!
Beyond Bikes is a community trailhead for cyclists and runners. It is not a club or exclusive group, all are welcome. The trailhead is a place to meet, choose a route, and ride/run. It offers air for your tires, water for your bottles, and a wrench if you need it. It has been provided by Auburn United Methodist Church with donations in memory of Rev. Nick Holler, a beloved staff member, friend and avid runner. Nick ran numerous short races, many half marathons, and 29 marathons (after age 40). He also enjoyed biking, but after several century rides he realized he did not have time for biking and running. AUMC welcomes everyone, even in Spandex. Join our Facebook page here.
It has been said that when you educate a woman, you educate the family and benefit an entire community. The Christian Women’s Job Corps® of Lee County equips women with the life and employment skills necessary for them to obtain self-sufficiency and hope. It provides a place where self-image can be restored and a place where women can develop life skills. They set personal, educational and career goals and discover a realistic plan for accomplishing them.
CWJC offers self-esteem, self-sufficiency and hope to women in need. The program is a mini-school. Classes are offered free of charge from 8:15am-12:15pm for 10 weeks. The 10th week is an internship experience. We offer two sessions per year: one spring session and one fall session. Life skills, job skills, computer classes, communication, Bible study, health and nutrition, family relationships, budgeting, money management, and much more are all included in this unique opportunity.
A project supported by the Lee County Department of Human Resouces. Provides school clothes, shoes, and coats for children of Lee County who cannot afford to buy these items. This project was started in 1981 by a group of volunteers that realized there were many school age children without warm clothes to wear to school in the winter months or their clothing was torn and did not fit properly.
If parents are in need of school related resources for their school aged children enrolled at ACS, please contact the school counselor at their child’s school or visit the ACS website for further information.
The overall mission of DVIC is to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children in the five county area we serve by providing direct services to domestic violence victims which in term will make them less likely to return to the abuser.
Loachapoka Children’s Outreach Lunches of Love
AUMC is the adopt a school partner for the Loachapoka Elementary afterschool program that serve 120 children. 90 percent of the children are in the breakfast and lunch programs. AUMC provides Lunches of Love on major holidays when the children will be out of school, Snacks of Love on one day holidays, school supplies at the beginning of school and in January. We collect gently read books for the children to choose two to take home to “own” for themselves. Volunteers are needed to help collect and pack reusable grocery bags, donate reusable bags and deliver food five times a year and snack bags twice a year, collect, sort and deliver books to the school. Our agency is an equal opportunity provider. Contact Isis Fulgham 332-8377 or Sally Granberry 826-8800.
Mercy Medical is a faith-based nonprofit clinic which provides primary medical care to residents of Lee County and the surrounding areas who do not have medical insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or VA Benefits. The clinic is staffed by volunteer medical professionals, college students pursuing medical careers, and others volunteers from the community. Other services provided by Mercy include: assistance with the application process for the Drug Assistance Program provided by Pharmaceutical companies; information about other resources available; and compassionate prayer and spiritual guidance if the patient desires. For an appointment or more information, please call (334) 501-1081 or view the “Patients” section on the above website.
Storybook Farm’s mission is to walk alongside children with uncertain futures and provide them with unyielding joy and hope. It is a place for healing, sharing, learning and growing; where children can experience the exhilaration of riding; where families can come together to support one another; where volunteers can find a profound sense of purpose; and where a community can find its collective spirit. They are all essential to the life that has become Storybook.