Ministries | Mission and Service Opportunities

“My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” — John 3:18

HUMC conducts several ongoing projects that show Christian love in action— locally, regionally, and internationally.

For more information on any of these projects, contact Nancy Kralik at missions@humc.com.

Appalachia Service Project: For more than 40 years, volunteers from HUMC have helped rebuild and repair homes in economically ravaged towns in Kentucky, West Virginia, or Virginia. Each summer, for one full week, teams of adults and teenagers build Christian relationships with families in the region while working to make their homes warmer, safer, and drier. Our entire church family comes together to support and prepare for this annual endeavor.

Feed My Sheep: On the second Friday of every month, volunteers from HUMC serve hot lunch to homeless and needy adults at the Church of the Redeemer in Cuyahoga Falls. We also support the program with donations of toiletries, used men’s clothing, and new socks and undergarments.

Habitat for Humanity: As an active member of the Hudson Coalition, HUMC helps build a new home for a Summit County family every year. Volunteers work onsite, and financial contributions raised through Alternative Father’s Day Gift Cards support the project.

OPEN M: Every month, volunteers from HUMC provide hot lunch to needy families at OPEN M (Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry), a comprehensive program serving one of southwest Akron’s neediest neighborhoods. We also support OPEN M with volunteer tutors, regular donations of canned goods for the food pantry, and other activities. For example, OPEN M serves Thanksgiving dinner the evening before Thanksgiving (Wednesday) at nine Akron area churches. Food preparation takes place staring the Monday of Thanksgiving week at Kent State University. Individuals and families help prepare the food on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then serve Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday evening.

You can also adopt OPEN M families for Christmas. Kids and teens help with gift wrapping in early December.

Hartville Migrant Ministry: This interdenominational Christian organization founded in 1962 helps migrant farm families, in cooperation with other agencies and organizations. HUMC contributes money, goods, services, and volunteer hours.

International Ministries: Through monetary contributions, prayer, and donations of supplies, HUMC supports missionaries working in education, health care, and peacekeeping activities in Bolivia, Sierra Leone, Israel, and Liberia.

Other Projects: HUMC also supports the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties; Lighthouse of Hope; Berea Children’s Home; Flat Rock Homes; Western Reserve Outreach Center; Heifer International; and Church World Service.

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