First United Methodist Church actively supports a variety of Local and International Missions with our Prayers, Presence, Service, and Gifts. The below describe these mission projects and give contact persons for each project.
The mission activities below are those supported within Hendersonville and Henderson County.
Habitat for Humanity
Restore / Cindy Young / 828-696-9524
Construction / Melissa Ailiff / firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve others through the construction of homes and the operation of the Restore facilities.
Housing Assistance Corporation
Marcesa Harper / 828-629-4744 ext. 103 / email@example.com
A private, non-profit organization committed to providing safe and affordable housing for persons of limited income living in Henderson County and surrounding areas.
Laresa Griffin / 828-693-3840 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are utilized in almost every aspect of the agency’s programs and are a vital part of Safelight’s team and delivery of services by volunteering at the front desk, sorting donations, assisting with direct services and the family violence class, and in many other ways.
The Free Clinics
Jolie Singletary / 828-697-8422 / email@example.com
Works to close the healthcare gap in Henderson County by providing free healthcare and services to low-income, uninsured residents.
Karla Reese / 828-696-4240 / karla.reese@pardeehospitalorg
Volunteers help with transport, at checkout, chaplaincy, gift cart, reading cart, newspaper distribution, and many other opportunities.
Relay for Life
Judy Nutwell / 828-388-1096 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers help raise funds as a team to support the American Cancer Society. Members represent First United Methodist Church before, during and after the Relay.
Homes for Youth
Kathleen Lambert / email@example.com
Mission is to provide stable, safe, and appropriate housing with positive role models to homeless youth in Henderson County, enabling each young person to reach his or her full potential. Volunteers needed for fundraising and grant writing, social media, meal preparation.
Joseph’s Outreach Ministry
Chuck White / 828-692-2970 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This day center for poor and homeless individuals was established to be a place of resources and hope. Volunteers attend a one-time training and help serve meals, staff the welcome desk, serve on the JOM board, help with communications and out¬reach, and assist in other direct services.
Only Hope WNC
Marti Eudeman / email@example.com
Only Hope serves the homeless youth of WNC by providing a home and services where education, personal growth, and opportunity are supported. Whether bringing a group in to sort through our pantry, helping with paperwork, or serving on the Only Hope board, you can help make a difference
Hendersonville Rescue Mission
Yam Burke / 828-697-1354
A non-profit committed to providing overnight shelter, food, and clothing to homeless in our community. Volunteers assist with chapel services, meal serving.
Wayne Matthews / 919-264-0708 / wayne firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers serve a weekly meal on Sunday afternoons at Joseph Outreach ministry on 7th Avenue. Food is typically donated by local vendors.
Backpack Mission Program
Bob Winters / 828-698-4949 / email@example.com
The FUMC Backpack Mission Program obtains and packs bags of food to provide supplemental nutrition over the weekend for children at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School in Hendersonville who are on the free or reduced lunch program. The bags are packed weekly by FUMC volunteers and delivered to the school every Friday.
Bounty of Bethlehem
Randy Hair / 828-693-5115
Volunteers prepare and serve a community meal on Christmas Day.
Feed the Kids
Ann Pyles / 828-693-7149 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This group works as a team with other churches and groups in the community to prepare, transport, then serve meals to underfed children on rotating Friday afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club.
Feed Thy Neighbor
Mary Reeves / 828-749-9809 / email@example.com
On the fourth Monday of every month volunteers prepare, transport, and serve a lunch for 60-80
homeless and hungry members of the community at the Church of the Nazarene.
Harvest Festival Dinner
Royal Corbin / 828-698-9849 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our church hosts a dinner for the entire community annually in October. Volunteers help to prepare, serve, participate and clean up for the annual Harvest Festival Dinner.
Janet Hendricks / 828-692-8645 / email@example.com
Volunteers coordinate and/or participate in the yearly September walk to raise money to provide food for the needy of Henderson County.
Lynn Staggs / 828-692-8300 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Distributes food and works with those in need.
Pisgah Legal Services
Beth Herrman / 828-210-3787 / email@example.com
We are a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in WNC: disadvantaged children, seniors, at risk families & domestic violence victims.
Blue Ridge Literacy
Cindy Jefferson / 696-3811 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers tutor adults in English. Training materials are provided. Proficiency in a foreign language is not necessary
Council on Aging
Wendy Lou Billings / 828-692-4203 / email@example.com
Helps seniors remain independent at home through programs such as Meals-on-Wheels.
Four Seasons Hospice
Sheri Cagle / 828-692-6178 ext. 329 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigrun Mapes / 828-697-2900 / TLMSMM99@morrisbb.net
Volunteers serve at Elizabeth House delivering meals and providing support to patients and their families. They also provide supportive presence or socialization with patients in assisted living facilities.
Interfaith Assistance Ministries (IAM)
Conrad Wrobel / email@example.com / 828-697-7029 ext 334
Christy Lowe / firstname.lastname@example.org
IAM supplies food, clothing, wood for heating fuel, financial assistance, and many other local services to qualifying persons in need.
Anna Hicks / 828-290-4130 / email@example.com
Volunteers assist in cooking, packaging, and distributing meals purchased by the congregation and public. Proceeds from this program help fund local and international missions supported by FUMC.
Bill Bricker / 828-280-1163 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer opportunities include working at the Thrift Store, the after school and summer youth programs, the pantry, and with the Angel Tree and bell ringing holiday programs.
Big Brothers / Big Sisters
Steve Kirkland / 828-693-8153 / email@example.com
A United Way organization that matches children (ages 6-14) from single-parent families with caring, adult
Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts
Cub Scouts / Sandra Macklem / 828-277-7831 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy Scouts / Larry Harmon / email@example.com
Girl Scouts / Renee Casey / 828-698-2478 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our church offers weekly scout meetings for members and the greater community.
Boys and Girls Club
Ismael Martinez / (828) 693-9444 / email@example.com
Volunteer opportunities exist to tutor, mentor, provide homework assistance, coach/referee, or assist with one of many activities at the center.
Children and Family Resource Center
DawnPiscopo/ 828-698-0674 ext. 100 / firstname.lastname@example.org
An organization that works to improve children’s lives through parent education, quality child care resources, and leadership on children’s issues. Opportunities to volunteer range from clerical to board membership, from special events planning to child care volunteer, and from Once Upon a Time story reader to resource library assistant.
Children’s Gifting Party
Sandy Hastie / 828-696-0703 / email@example.com
Donna Hastie / 828-696-0703 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an annual outreach event in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. Students come to the church in order to “shop” without money, for their primary caregivers. Volunteers collect donations, bake cookies, make goody bags, help with crafts, coordinate with the Boys and Girls club, set-up, decorate, cleanup, and serve as escorts.
Helping Hand Development Center
Susan Deans / 828- 692-7068
Enrolls children from 2 to 5 years of age. Volunteers are needed to assist with music, art, story time, and other activities.
The Giving Tree
Linda & Mike Williamson / 828-388-5483 / email@example.com
Volunteers receive needs of families from local schools, set up a tree with the giving tags, collect, and transport gifts back to schools. This program is part of the Blessings in Boxes program sponsored by The Storehouse.
Trunk or Treat
Andrea Larsen / 828-699-0800 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers collect candy and organize communication about this yearly event which takes place in conjunction with downtown’s Halloween celebration.
The International Mission projects we support are listed below.
Dick Weaver / 828-545-9203 / WhitewaterRPh@gmail.com
Volunteers are currently remodeling a guest house for the Corozal Methodist Church in Corozal, Belize.
Jim Kane / 828-243-8005 / email@example.com
Overlooking the ocean, this retreat center provides a place for under-supported Haitian orphanages to get out of their four walls, hear the gospel, and see hope beyond their world.
Carol Schobert / 219-873-5206 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers explore mission opportunities in Cuba. They also travel to Cuba annually to build relationships and participate in “on the ground” missions.
Carolyn Walberg / 828-290-8311 / email@example.com
This group sews for several different projects, including little dresses for Africa, layettes for UMCOR (which includes knit sweaters) and tote bags for school children in Haiti and elsewhere. Basic sewing skills are all that’s required.
Sally Jones / 828-808-2012 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Collects, packs, and distributes Christian media materials to developing countries
Tim Mendelsohn / 216-870-2745 / email@example.com
Volunteers are passionate about providing clean water and sanitation for communities in need of this life-giving resource. Our church supports a project in the village of San Jose Nicaragua through El Porvenir. Volunteers visit the site(s) of El Porvenir each January as part of their commitment to this ministry.
Leone Alexander / 828-697-1732 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This ministry of Rukang Chikomb reaches remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with medical care and support.
Carol Watson / 828-685-1089 / email@example.com
An international mission to orphaned and homeless children and youth in parts of Africa, Asia and Central America .