Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Auburn UMC 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 Food Pantry and MERCY assistance ministry are two ways that Auburn UMC directly impacts the community.

Auburn UMC Food Pantry

https://www.facebook.com/AUMC-Food-Pantry-247282638667239/

The mission of the Auburn UMC 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 ministry is located in the Auburn UMC Annex building at 302 E Magnolia Avenue. An important outgrowth of the Auburn UMC Food Pantry is the Homebound ministry in which volunteers take boxes of food to homebound senior citizens one week each month. The Food Pantry and Homebound ministry are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Food Pantry is using a drive-thru model and following strict safety guidelines. Lee County residents seeking food assistance are invited to visit every Friday, 8-11am, at 302 E Magnolia Ave Auburn, AL 36830. Just bring a photo ID and a proof of your residence in Lee County (for example, a piece of mail with your address on it). For questions concerning the Auburn UMC Food Pantry, call the church office at (334)826-8800 and leave a message or email us at aumcfoodpantry@gmail.com.

 

MERCY
The mission of the MERCY Ministry (Methodist Emergency Relief for the Community) is to witness God’s love to others by giving financial assistance for rent or utility bills 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the MERCY ministry is partnering with other local organizations to continue providing this assistance. If you are looking for help with rent or utility bills, please call 334-329-5050 to find out how you can request assistance.

 

Lunches of Love for Loachapoka Elementary School
Lunches of Love partners with Loachapoka Elementary School to provide food bags on major holidays when the children will be out of school, Snacks of Love on one day holidays, and 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. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lunches of Love is exploring how to stay connected with the Loachapoka Elementary students and continue providing food even when school buildings are closed. Contact Sally Granberry at sallyg@aumc.net to learn more.

Auburn UMC financially supports the community organizations below. For more information on these organizations please contact them directly.

 

Alabama Arise
http://arisecitizens.org

Arise is a statewide citizens’ organization composed of faith and community groups that promotes state policies that improve the lives of low-income people.

 

Alabama Rural Ministries
http://www.arm-al.org/

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!

 

Christian Women’s Job Corps
http://cwjclc.com

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.

 

Clothe-A-Child
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.

 

Community Market
http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/community-market/

The Community Market, a program of the Food Bank of East Alabama, provides a friendly grocery-store environment for Lee County families in need.

 

Auburn City Schools Dental Clinic
http://www.auburnschools.org/domain/1333

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.

 

Domestic Violence Intervention Center
http://dviceastal.org/

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.

 

Mercy Medical Clinic
http://www.mercymedicalclinic.org

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.

 

Pack and Troop 29 Scouts
http://www.pack29auburn.com

Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

 

Storybook Farms
http://www.hopeonhorseback.org

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.

 

Women’s Hope Medical Clinic
http://womenshope.org

Unexpected pregnancy comes with a rush of thoughts and feelings.  Call us to empower yourself with knowledge & make your best decision.

When you meet with one of our experienced and understanding pregnancy decision consultants, you’ll get answers to your questions & so much more.

Our confidential, cost-free services include:

  • Adoption Agency Referrals
  • Adoption Information
  • Medical Referrals
  • Parenting Education in which participants can earn maternity & infant supplies
  • Pregnancy Options Information
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • STD/STI Testing and Treatment
  • Support for Men & Women
  • Ultrasound (Onsite)*
  • * Ultrasound scans are used to confirm the presence of a viable, uterine pregnancy. We do not use ultrasound to determine gender or diagnose abnormalities.  Eligibility criteria apply.