Founded by the United Methodist Church, the mission of Africa University is to provide quality education within a Pan-African context through which persons can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, and develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.
Avon Education Foundation
This mission of AEF is to encourage, recognize and support creativity, innovation and excellence by enhancing educational opportunities in the Avon School Corporation. AEF also provides a structured mechanism for active support by corporate and private partners so that funds raised can be connected to the educational needs of students and teachers.
Avon UMC Sunday School Mission Education The Mission Education fund provides financial support to AUMC Sunday School classes for supplies and materials used to teach our children about the importance of missions both locally and around the world.
Is a week-long camp for special needs youth ages 15 and up. For the past two years Beth and Andy Patton of AUMC have directed the camp, held at a camp facility in Lawrence County, which is owned by the Indiana UMC Conference. The camp provides a great experience for the campers and a break for their parents. They are always in need of counselors for the camp.
Supported by Avon United Methodist Church missions by the collection of new twin sheets, pillow cases, towels and washcloths in the month of September. Dayspring Center, located in central Indianapolis, provides emergency shelter for homeless families. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to emergency shelter and food, they provide families with the tools and resources need to become an independent family again. Dayspring Center staff works with each family to develop a plan to address the underlying issues of their homelessness.
Franklin United Methodist Community
A retirement community that was founded for retired pastors by the Methodist Church. The original FUMC was made possible by many individual, church, and business contributions. The cornerstone of the central building, the Wesley Center, was laid in 1955. The close ties of the community to the church provide security in knowing that board members, administration, staff, residents, and volunteers are committed to continuing the tradition of quality service at FUMC.
Habitat for Humanity (Hendricks County)
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build or repair over 600,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than 3 million people worldwide. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County is a local mission that builds houses around the Hendricks County area.
Helping Hands Fund
Funds disseminated by the pastor and office staff to help individuals or families in the Avon community who have urgent, short-term financial needs.
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home (Lebanon)
The mission of the Indiana UM Children’s Home is to meet the special need of each child and family served in order to help improve their quality of life. The Home’s multi-faceted treatment program aids children who cannot cope with everyday responsibilities of family living.
Heifer International, a nonprofit organization, works to end hunger and care for the earth by providing farm animals and training in sustainable community development. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 4 million families in 125 countries become self-reliant for food an income. Those who receive animals then “pass on the gift” of the first female offspring to another member of their community, empowering individuals to transform their neighborhoods, their nations, and our world. AUMC supports Heifer International through our mission giving.
Light and Life Food Pantry
Located at 264 E. County Rd. 100 South in Avon, and has been in operation since 2003 serving residents of Hendricks County who are struggling to provide food for their families. The pantry is open each Monday and typically serves fifty or more families each time, with 35% of the clients being children, 55% adults, and 10% over the age of 65 yrs. Avon UMC supports this pantry through our collection of food donations, and also with a monetary monthly donation which helps with the purchase of discounted meat to distribute along with canned goods.
Meals on Wheels
A non-profit, tat provides over 100 meals weekly, primarily for the home bound who are unable to prepare proper diets. All recipients must have a doctor’s approval to receive this benefit.
Metro Ministries – Brightwood
Brightwood Community Center is a local mission within Central Indiana located at 2410 North Station Street in the Martindale-Brightwood neigbhorhood. Metro Ministries, Inc. has been partnering with the Community Ministry for more than 40 years. Metro Ministries provides support with the building and advocating the mission and ministries of the center through Indiana. The Brightwood Community Center website shares the details of their ministries.
On the website there are opportunities to sign up to serve as a mentor, tutor and volunteer at Brightwood Community Center.
There are opportunities for individuals and churches to partner together with Brightwood Community. If you have never heard of the Brightwood Community Center, or been to visit our location, we encourage you to drop on by! We ask that you keep us lifted up as we embark upon new horizons with courage and build upon the legacies of all those who have poured their spirit into this place. Blessings!
Metro Ministries – E. 10th St. Youth Ctr.
A ministry out of East 10th street UMC, primarily provides programs for children in the area. Provide significant teaching to educate children about the world. About 120 children per day receive services. The mission is to provide a safe place where the spiritual, emotional, education and physical needs of children, youth, and their families are responded to in a holistic approach.
Metro Ministries – Fletcher Place
“Breaking the cycle of poverty through the compassion of Jesus Christ,” is the guiding spirit of Fletcher Place Community Center. Extensive help to children of all ages gives those coming up in poverty the chance to have a better view of life and therefore a better chance to escape the poverty into which they were born. For those mired in poverty, meals and clothing are freely given. Education in life skills helps those who can to receive their GED and learn basic life skills such as managing a checking account. A hands-up program gives employment to people who would otherwise not be able to find a job for different reasons such as release from prison. An art program called “Art in the City” gives youth a hands on introduction to making various kinds of artistic works.
Metro Ministries – Roberts Park UMC
This ministry is in its second decade of service to the Indianapolis community. Since 1999, Soup’s On has prepared and served nearly 150,000 meals to their neighbors in need. Each Sunday a hot meal is prepared in their kitchen, and served to 250 guests after their 10:30 am worship service. Churches and organizations from across the Indianapolis metropolitan area participate in this ministry, and each week a different team supervises and shares in the preparation and serving of the meal. This effort takes a crew of 20 volunteers each week, and nearly 1000 each year. AUMC is responsible for cooking and serving the meal at Soup;s On every fifth Sunday in the months that have five Sundays (approximately 4 times per year). http://www.robertsparkumc.org/outreach/soup%E2%80%99s
Metro. Ministries – General Fund
Metro Ministries, Inc. partners and collaborates with Central District connecting resources to ministries and ministries to resources through United Methodist Churches and community ministries. The Central District is one of ten districts in Indiana Conference and is made up of local churches in Marion County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County, Shelby County and Morgan County. http://www.indymetroumc.org/
Metro Ministries – Vida Nueva UMC
This is a very active Latino ministry of the United Methodist Church. It serves in the Spanish language instruction in such areas as life skills, bible study and also provides Spanish language worship services.
During the past eleven years located at 2801 West Washington Street, the congregation has increased their ministries to include compassionate ministries: http://www.indymetroumc.org/ministries
- English as a Second Language classes
- GED Preparatory Classes
- Food Pantry and Clothing Store
- Kids Club – literacy, cooking, reading, computer, art, soccer
- Neighborhood Christian Clinic is a partner each week
- Adult keyboarding and basic computing
- Descubriendo Indy – Summer Youth – Discover Indianapolis
Missionary to Guatemala – Tom Heaton
Tom, a UM pastor from the Indiana Conference, was appointed in the fall of 2008 to work with the poor of Guatemala. He formed Mission Guatemala in the Spring of 2009 which is a United Methodist related ministry that operates a medical cinic and preschool feeding program. Avon UMC has supported Tom through Global Ministries of the UMC.
Missionary to Malawi – Karen Ujereh
Karen Ujereh is a commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She has served for 22 years in locations such as Lubumbashi, Congo; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Dakar, Senegal. Karen’s new and challenging position is on the mission field in Malawi, Africa. This opportunity will allow Karen to serve as a trainer in the Micro Finance Program that has proven to be so successful in helping others to overcome poverty. This program will contribute to the betterment of families, empower the underserved, and sustainably strengthen the local church.
Mission Trip Scholarships
AUMC parishioners who volunteer for a faith-based mission trip outside the U.S. can qualify for A $500 scholarship to help with expenses. Volunteers for a faith-based mission trip in the U.S. can qualify for a $100 scholarship. Contact the AUMC Missions Team for more information.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Midwest Mission Distribution Center is a disaster relief facility located on an 8 acre campus, 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. Construction began in October of 1999 and opened for ministry in the year 2000. Midwest Mission Distribution Center’s mission statement reads, ”To compassionately help God’s people in need locally, nationally, and around the world, and to offer a center to fulfill the call for service to our neighbors in Christ’s name.”
MMDC distributes its kits, resources and supplies after a request for items has come in and has gone through the appropriate channels for approval. MMDC makes a point to connect with local organizations as well, to provide aid particularly with those items that are taken in that do not quite meet all of the size restrictions for the kits. Midwest Mission Distribution Center as well is part of the UMCOR Relief Supply Network, and often gives UMCOR supplies to respond to disasters both within the United States and abroad as they see fit.
MMDC provides that “hands on” mission experience. When volunteers come, there are a number of projects that they may be involved in. Volunteers pack kits, sort items, sew school bags, hospitals gowns, and quilts. Volunteers box goods, help with mailings, build crates and desks, repair bicycles and sewing machines, help unload items, fill shipping containers, organize materials, and whatever the needs are at any given time. There are opportunities for those with special skills, trades, and those at peak abilities, and opportunities for individuals who may be more limited. No matter what your abilities, there is an important job that needs you! http://www.midwestmissiondc.org/
New Life Riders
New Life Riders is a non-profit, member driven group of Christian Motorcyclists serving God and the community. The organization’s main purpose is to lead and guide motorcyclists in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Its members are encouraged to join and participate in their local churches and become missionaries through this ministry. Our church supports Bob and Kathy Dillon as they seek to introduce fellow bikers to Jesus.
This is a United Methodist Charity based in Northern Indiana that is dedicated to provide the opportunity for children in Liberia and Sierra Leone the opportunity for a quality education. During the last part of August and early September we collect school supplies for this great cause, which are then shipped to Liberia and Sierra Leone by these dedicated individuals. The AUMC Mission Team also donates $2000 annually to this cause to provide work-study grants (16) or help fund special projects such as the construction of a new school or dormitory.
Project A.N.G.E.L. (Area Neighbors Giving Extra Love) is the largest provider of Christmas to needy families in Hendricks County and has been active for over 30 years. In 2006 Project A.N.G.E.L. was incorporated as a not for profit organization, and has received 501(c)3 status. It is dependent solely on donations from businesses, and individuals. The purpose of this organization is to assist families within the Hendricks County community in obtaining basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. During the Christmas season, our church collects new toys and gifts for donation to this cause, members help sort canned food for distribution, and a monetary donation is given from the Mission’s budget.
This is an organization based in Indianapolis that rescues prepared and perishable food. This food is then prepared into nutritious meals and distributed to over 60 social service organizations that feed hungry people. Second Helping also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field. Over 480 adults have graduated from this program.
Seminary Students/Student Ministries Scholarships
Seminary students associated with the AUMC congregation are eligible to qualify for scholarship funds by applying to the AUMC Missions Team. Contact the Senior Pastor for more information.
Senegal – Women’s Skills Center
Women in Senegal are marginalized to a certain degree culturally and also because of religion. The United Methodist Church in Senegal set up programs that could give women economic skills so that they could educate and feed their children. Education for girls is not a priority; the literacy rate is only 25% among women, with a high divorce rate and the practice of polygamy, life is difficult for women in Senegal.
Today the program is open to young women ages 16 and up who either never went to school or were forced to drop out and marry at a young age. The program is for three years and they are taught sewing, knitting, embroidery by hand and machine, tie-dye, batik design, painting on cloth, French literacy and cooking. When a student completes the three year program they are given a free Singer treadle sewing machine with the hope that they will go into business.
Senior Services of Hendricks County
SSHC provides numerous services to seniors including transportation, health screenings, light housekeeping, caregiver workshops and support groups, and information and assistance for Social Security, Medicare, and other governmental programs.
Provides 24 hours safe emergency housing for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Their mission is to build stable and independent lives through essential programs offered in a supportive and Christ-centered environment. http://www.shelteringwings.org/
Tabitha USA – Cambodia
Tabitha Cambodia is a non-profit organization working to better the lives of Cambodian people by encouraging and enabling self-sufficiency. A cornerstone of Tabitha’s work is theSavings Program. Beyond the emphasis on savings, Tabitha runs an extensive cottage industry program that provides income to families throughout the country. Tabitha also raises funds to augment families’ contributions toward house building, and the digging ofwater wells and village ponds. In recent years, Tabitha has initiated the construction ofschools in areas where no classrooms are available to children. To read more, see Tabitha’s website. http://www.tabithausa.org/Tabitha_USA/Home.html
The Path Home, Veterans Assistance
THE PATH HOME is a not for profit, 501(c)3 organization that helps veterans and their families in many ways. Our mission is to be there as our fellow veterans and their families find their path home. Don’t just stand on the sideline, get involved and let our veterans know that their sacrifices will not be forgotten. http://www.thepathhome.net/
AUMC women cut and sew beautiful, functional turbans for women going through cancer chemotherapy treatment. Material for the turbans is purchased through mission funds.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not for profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission, grounded in the teaching of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering – whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Every dollar you give to UMCOR goes to the program you designate. UMCOR is 100% efficient. http://www.umcor.org/
United Methodist Youth Home (Evansville)
Established in 1979, the United Methodist Youth Home is a faith-based organization that serves abused, troubled, and neglected young men and women. Our residents are referred to us by caseworkers and probation officers from counties throughout the state of Indiana. We provide assistance to youth that might be overlooked or even forgotten without our services. We are always open, ready to welcome them, offer healing and prepare them for a fresh start in life. http://www.umyh.com/
Veterans Hospital Assistance
Blinded Veterans fund, $800, yearly to purchase bus tickets for blinded Vets to get to the hospital. Also funding for various individual projects that come up from time to time at the hospital
Over the course of the year the AUMC Missions Teams donates $100 each to several Walkathons each year. Our goal is to sponsor those causes that have both specific interest to our congregation such as the Mitochondrial Walk (in honor of Gabby Hanlon) and other more broad and nationally focused causes such as Relay for Life which touches many in our congregation. If you have questions or would like to have a cause considered for sponsorship, please contact Dave Levstek at firstname.lastname@example.org