Alternative Christmas allows you to take a break from giving “things” and instead support a charity represented by the outreach ministries and other church groups. Visit Collins Hall during Coffee Hour on Sundays, December 10 & 17.
This year, the charities you can give to are:
Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center.
SMYRC provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more. With the goals of increasing academic success and access to jobs, reducing poverty and school drop-out, SMYRC honors, empowers, and supports LGBTQ youth to be their best selves and become leaders in their communities.
…brought to you by Reconciling Ministries
Honoring Mary: Maternal & Child Health Initiative.
United Methodist Women support midwife training in Africa where giving birth is often dangerous. Example: The School of Midwifery at the United Methodist Hospital in Nyadire, Zimbabwe, was started with a grant from UMW and now graduates 100 midwives per year trained in emergency obstetrics and newborn care. We believe it is the right of every woman to a safe and clean delivery. Please share our belief.
…brought to you by United Methodist Women
Unalaska United Methodist Church
Unalaska is a remote community in Alaska’s Aleutian Island Chain and is home to the Port of Dutch Harbor (as seen on TV’s “The Deadliest Catch”). It is a community affected by long winters and isolation, especially during fishing seasons where many people work 12+ shifts, 7 days a week, straining families, relationships, homes, schools and more. UUMC provides worship and a pastoral presence to a community with no other mainline denominational support.
…brought to you by Global Missions
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
The Eagle Creek fire ravaged the natural treasure that we call the Columbia River Gorge, and created economic hardship for many who live in those communities. The Gorge is a resilient place, but there are things that should be done now to protect it and enhance its future. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is dedicated to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge, and will be working harder than ever to ensure that community voices and opinions are taken into account when the debates and discussions on next steps begin. There is already legislation in Congress to allow salvage logging, which could undo over 100 years of protection, resulting in road building and logging in areas that are extremely sensitive, and setting a dangerous national precedent for undermining wilderness protections.
…brought to you by Planet Church
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Portland Homeless Family Solutions works toward ending family homelessness. Every night of the year families with children have a warm and safe place to sleep thanks to the kindness and compassion of a generous donation in your honor.
…brought to you by Goose Hollow Family Shelter
Embrace Oregon connects caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services. Right now, thousands of children in our community are in foster care, but we lack homes to make sure children are placed with the most strategic family. The work of Embrace Oregon has created a pathway for volunteers to get involved in the foster care system and they are working to create a more accurate narrative of the work that DHS does in our community. Examples of ways you can get involved is to become a foster parent, be an office buddy for children waiting for appointments and placements, donate items, and give to creative projects like improving the aesthetics of family waiting rooms.
…brought to you by Church & Society