In addition to making donations to various organizations on a yearly basis, the Church and Society committee provides opportunities for almost everyone at Christ Church to volunteer to serve the community. These include (person on this committee who is responsible in parentheses):
- Food donations to the Crossroads Pantry
Non-perishable food of all types is collected in donation bins within the building, and delivered to Crossroads Urban Center's pantry weekly. Donations are always needed; someone to pick up donations and deliver them to 347 S. 400 E, Salt Lake City is a weekly need. Contact: Sherry Scott, Email. The Food of the Month and Thrift Store Item of the Month can be found in the weekly bulletin and in the monthy Connection. The Golden Celery Challenge is a summertime, friendly contest amongarea churches to give the 'most' by weight. Summer 2011 CUMC won third place by donating and delivering 6,379.4 lbs of food of the 19,114 lbs total donation. July 2012 we came in fourth among the donating churches with a total donation of 5054 pounds. Total pounds of food collected during this drive was 18,845.6. That is about 300 less than last year but a FABULOUS amount of food – almost nine and one half tons!! Of that over 7200 pounds was delivered the last official day of the contest.
- Donations to the Crossroads Thrift Store
Used clothes, shoes, hats, gloves and coats and new underwear for all sizes and ages & for all seasons are collected in the "Donations" closet which is located behind, but across the hall from the gym and near the elevator & stairs on main floor, North Entrance. Contacts: Anne and Dean Carr, Email.
- On the second Saturday of each month, we make and serve over 500 sandwiches for the Sandwich Service Project. Contact: Lynne Barrett Email.
A willing heart, clean hands and being at the church kitchen is all you need to help support this most worthy cause. Larry Montgomery's photos of a sandwich making group in the Church Kitchen May 14, 2011 - Photos on Picasaweb
- Each weekday we deliver meals to 12- 15 people through the County's Meals-on-Wheels program.
Volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels to recipients within about a 3.5 mile area near the church. Each person typically delivers meals to about 10 homes the same day each week with 2-3 substitutes on-call to the group for covering schedule conflicts that arise. You must apply to the County Meals on Wheels organization through our contact person and be approved. You will drive your own car. Many smaller women do these deliveries alone – you do not have to be strong. Meals are delivered by the county program to the CUMC kitchen where you pick them up and return the hot pack and cool chest. Alone or with a buddy, you will enjoy this involvement. Contact Nona Bressler, 801-261-1561, or Email .
- We host Family Promise Guests four weeks a year as part of Family Promise, www.familypromise.org.
Volunteers help in various ways while the families are staying at Christ Church.
- We deliver supplies to help the Homeless Youth Resource Center (HYRC). Contact: Coni Hampton, Email, 801-272-5988
These donations are collected throughout the year for homeless youth 16 through 20 yrs of age. They have a daytime shelter but are on the streets at night and on weekends. The bad news is that Salt Lake's homeless youth population continues to grow. The great news is that some new services have been added to help these at risk youth and YOU CAN HELP by making a financial contribution, by giving an item donation from the HYRC current Wish List, or by volunteering your time at the HYRC in a variety of ways.
- Once a year, we organize a work day to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity.
- Families Anonymous is a world wide support group for those who have a friend or family member who suffers from substance abuse or related emotional problems. The group is grateful to be meeting at CUMC every Wednesday at 7 pm in room 209. A second FA group is now meeting at Mountain Vista United Methodist Church. The church is located at 8931 So. 3200 West. Meetings are Thursdays at 7 pm in the Rainbow Room. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Bonnie at 801 581-0180 or 801 664-1020 or Email .
- Twice a year, we pick up litter along a two-mile section of Wasatch Boulevard just north of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The adult Sunday school classes have done this for many years. (Jim Elmslie)
We always welcome those who wish to participate in this outdoor community activity.
- We contribute to the Utah Interfaith Power & Light. They would like to have someone from CUMC on their Board. Contact: Doug Hattery Email .
- We have established a Social Justice Subcommittee to provide an opportunity for Church members to advocate for causes of concern to them. You may contact Terry Haven, Email , 801-554-6570 or Brenda Moland, Email ,
- The Utah Ulster Project works toward religious peace in Northern Ireland. 12 Northern Irish teens are brought to Utah for the month of July. During daily summer activities throughout the month of July, 12 Northern Irish teens and 12 Utah teens develop leadership skills and friendship while helping the community. The Ulster Project’s goal is to allow a safe environment for Northern Irish Protestant and Catholic teens to learn, discuss and grow together to understand each other’s differences. We are currently seeking applicants for the 2013 summer program. We would love to have freshmen and sophomores join our successful traditions that have created lasting relationships, memories and peace for over 26 years by hosting a Northern Irish teen for the month of July. The commitment would be to house a Northern Irish teen for 1 month and to attend all of the fun activities !Please see www.utahulsterproject.org for an application or check our Facebook page Ulster Project Utah. Prefer a human? Call Jana Csicsery at 801-560-6661.
- We support Voices for Utah Children, and invite you to sign up to get action alerts on legislative issue affecting kids. You may do so at the bottom of their website under “Get involved” at www.utahchildren.org