As some of the most active leaders in the community, our UMBLN members are making a difference in a variety of ways. Below are just some of the outward facing programs and initiatives that UMBLN members support as part of Harbor District’s mission strategy. Our goal is to reflect the love of Christ to those in need and to be the church outside the walls of the church.
Congregations For Children (C4C) is a state-wide initiative of The United Methodist Church focused on reflecting the love of Christ in the community by helping children in public schools who are living in poverty. For more info click on www.nccc4c.org or contact Pat Litzinger at firstname.lastname@example.org
C4C’s areas of focus include:
1. Helping to improve K-3 Literacy rates (volunteer tutors, collecting/donating books, summer reading programs etc.)
2. Helping to meet the Basic Needs of students (food, clothing, supplies etc.)
3. Helping to increase Parental Involvement and interactions with positive adult role models (i.e. Watch DOGS, lunch buddies etc.)
4. Increasing awareness of child poverty
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Studies have shown that children/youth who lack father involvement and interactions with positive male adult role models have an increased risk of being involved in negative/destructive behaviors , criminal activity and poverty. For more info click on http://nccc4c.org/watch-dogs/ or contact Pat Litzinger at email@example.com
The two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program:
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide extra sets of eyes and ears which helps to enhance school security and reduce negative behavior issues (i.e. bullying, etc.)
Phoenix HOMTOWN Hires brings employment opportunities, training, and hope to men and women in need of employment throughout Wilmington and the surrounding Cape Fear area. Individuals in the program participate in training related to topics such as: conducting a job search; networking and interview preparation. Participants also receive coaching on the enhancement of essential “life skills “ which assist them with achieving success and stability in both their personal and professional lives. For more information on how you, your church or your company can support PHH call Executive Director Will Rikard at 202-957-4298 or visit: www.phoenixhometownhires.org
The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) was formed in 2008 to address growing concerns about youth violence in New Hanover County. The BRC is an unprecedented collaborative of various elected, faith-based and other community leaders, as well as individuals with extensive knowledge of the ongoing problems associated with youth violence. This summer, the BRC is launching the VOYAGE summer jobs program. VOYAGE provides real world job experiences for at risk teens. In addition to providing the teens an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a part of the work force, teens also receive job and life skills training . The BRC is seeking local companies who would be interested in serving as a host site or providing other types of support to the program. For more information on how you, your church or your company can help call Executive Director Jana Jones Halls on 910-508-2838 or visit www.brcyez.org
The “Mission of Hope” is a Harbor District led mission partnership between the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. MOH is focused on providing quality healthcare to the impoverished people of Sierra Leone, Africa – with a focus on those living in and around the town of Rotifunk. Efforts include the refurbishment and upgrading of the Rotifunk hospital – a key healthcare facility serving 145,000 very poor people in the Rotifunk area. There will be a fund raising dinner for MOH at Wrightsville UMC on May 24. MOH is a registered 501c3. For more information on how you, your church or your company can help, call MOH Chair Dale Smith on 910-617-0277 or visit www.rotifunk.org
Communities In Schools (aka CIS) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to “surround its students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” CIS has become the nation’s most effective and widely respected community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. www.communitiesinschools.org Because of the overlapping interests of C4C and CIS, the UMC encourages churches to support CIS whenever possible. CIS often needs volunteers to staff various projects. Supporting CIS can be a meaningful piece of your church’s C4C efforts. In New Hanover or Pender Counties, please consider supporting CIS of Cape Fear www.ciscapefear.org – Executive Director, Louise Hicks, can be reached on 910-343-1901 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Brunswick County area, please consider supporting CIS of Brunswick County www.cisbrunswick.org – Executive Director, Nancy Lamb, can be reached on 910-457-3494 or by email at email@example.com
WARM, Inc. organizes volunteers and raises funds to complete safety-related urgent home repairs and accessibility upgrades for low-income homeowners in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties. By preventing home accidents and illnesses, WARM helps people age in place safely – preserving their dignity and independence. Lack of affordable housing is a critical problem in Harbor District and supporting WARM is one way that you, your company and/or your church can help to address this important issue. For more information go to: www.warmnc.org Executive Director, JC Skane can be reached on 910-540-5326 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org