Our Community Partnerships
We believe our individual work of Loving Well and Living Differently is best accomplished when we partner with groups and agencies already doing great work, even if they are not religious. Connect with one below.
We are all called to Live Sent — to use our every day lives as opportunities to serve in the places we live, work and play. I believe the best way to do this is by helping you partner up with members of our church Family who have already have relationships established. Each option below has a contact that would love to have you serve with them, or connect you to the work they do.Laurie Stella
Organization: Read and Feed
Contact: Katie Mullan
Campus: Fiesta Christiana
Read and Feed is a non-profit corporation founded in 2006. Our concept is to combine an atmosphere with books, food, and tutors to motivate and empower children to have confidence in their academic skills, so that they have the opportunity to succeed in adult life.
Campus: Fiesta Christiana
Motheread, along with Apex UMC, offers English as a Second Language classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Classes are free and offered at the beginner and advanced levels. Students receive classes to work on writing, reading, conversation, and understanding of the English language in a relaxed environment. The church offers child care to students registered in the class.
Organization: Ministry of Bridges
Contact: Sandi Velez
Phone Number: 919-441-7588
Campus: Fiesta Christiana
Bridges seeks to serve individuals in the triangle that are in prison through studies, classes, workshops, and special events. It also seeks to help people to reintegrate into society.
Organization: Bikes for the World
Contact: Sage Smith
Campus: The Peak
At The Peak, we have a team that gathers on a regular basis to wash, repair and distribute bicycles to those who need a simple form of transportation. This ministry has enabled recipients to get and hold a job despite not having a car. Also, we have been able to give kids their own bike for the first time. We give away over 100 bicycles each year! Bike Donations accepted on Bikes for the World bike donation drive.
Contact: Sheryl Pollard
The Peak has partnered with for a number of years with All God’s Children UMC in Aulander, NC. Aulander is in the second poorest county in North Carolina. We do several food drives each year including a snack food drive for their after school program. At Christmas, we purchase gifts for people in their community.
Organization: Zoe Ministries
Contact: Lee Riddick
The ZOE Ministry’s Giving Hope Empowerment Project is about community-building, empowering lives, and God-sized dreams. The core focus of Giving Hope is to empower orphans and child-headed families in Africa to become self-sufficient in 2-3 years so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. The program brings them back into both their local communities and into the loving, nurturing body of Christ.
While they learn and grow in the Giving Hope program, an annual investment of about $300 per family for 2-3 years yields life-giving change for generations to come. By the end of 2014, ZOE hopes to have 28,000 children active in a ZOE empowerment program in Africa, India and Guatemala. Apex UMC has the opportunity to change lives and futures of thousands of suffering children. Please consider linking hearts and resources with ZOE Ministry as we all work together to care for some of the most vulnerable children on the face of the earth.
Organization: Youth Engaged in Service (YES)
Contact: Mandy Wilkins
Campus: All Campuses
YES (Youth Engaged in Service) is a mission weekend developed specifically for the middle school youth of our faith communities. It is designed to be an introduction to mission work – why we do it, for whom we do it and how we do it. Participants will experience the same things they can expect to encounter during more intense, week-long projects like AOSP and ASP, but in a condensed timeframe. All 6th-8th grade youth are eligible. Work projects will range from landscaping to childcare to working at a local food pantry.
Organization: Western Wake Crisis Ministry
Contact: Vicki Versprille
Western Wake Crisis Ministry provides help to Apex and Holly Springs residents. Families may visit once every 30 days for food assistance and once every 12 months for financial aid due to an emergency situation. Information, advocacy and referral assistance is also available as needed. WWCM is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and typically sees about 20 families in need each day.
Food Donations: WWCM serves approximately 300 families per month, so food is always needed. Apex UMC sends different food items each month – see the weekly worship bulletin for the month’s donations. You can drop off food in the WWCM bins in the CLC lobby.
Become a Volunteer: During office hours, volunteers weigh and sort food, pack grocery bags, interview clients, help clean up and run errands. Opportunities for after-hours assistance include picking up food from local grocery stores and organizing special projects.
Organization: Family Promise (WIHN)
Contact: Pam Keenan
Family Promise (formerly Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network) is a nonprofit corporation that responds to the needs of homeless families in Wake County. The specific purpose of Family Promise is to provide temporary stability to homeless families as they work toward permanent independence. Apex UMC hosts up to five families in the CLC four times a year, for a week each time. In order to have successful host weeks, we need to have approximately 50 volunteers to help in the following areas: setup/takedown, overnight host, evening host, van drivers, laundry crew and dinner host.
Organization: Simple Gifts Community Garden
Contact: Fred D’Ignazio
The Simple Gifts Community Garden was started in 2009 as a community mission of Apex United Methodist Church. From the start, this effort has been inclusive of the entire community. Membership is not dependendent on one’s address, faith, church, gardening ability or even ability to pay the $10.00 annual family fee (full and partial scholarships are available). Members of the garden share all the efforts and bounty of the garden. Through a communal approach, we work the soil, fight with the weeds, plant, harvest and share in the bounty and beauty of the garden. Food from the garden is shared with Western Wake Crisis Ministry.
Organization: Prom Shoppe
Contact: Stacy Kivett
The Prom Shoppe, an outreach ministry of the Apex UMC Family of Faith Communities, works to alleviate the financial burden of a prom dress during difficult economic times. The shop provides prom dresses — as well as shoes, jewelry and accessories — to area teens. It serves the entire Wake and Chatham County areas.
Organization: Paper with a Purpose
Contact: Lori Fahs
Paper with a Purpose gathers monthly in the Fellowship Hall to make cards to be used by prison ministries such as MATCH and Pardoned by Christ (and other organizations). No card making experience necessary.
Organization: Panera Bread
Contact: Suzannah Holland Harris
Volunteers pick up donations each Monday from Panera at Beaver Creek and deliver them to Western Wake Crisis Ministry.
Organization: Mat Makers – in partnership with Raleigh Rescue Mission
Contact: Sandy Dukeman
In partnership with Raleigh Rescue Mission, volunteers make mats for individuals in need to weather the elements by using plastic yarn made from plastic grocery bags.
Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Jack Rosk
Campus: Apex, Fiesta
Imagine not having a home to return to each night. Habitat for Humanity offers safe, affordable homes for God’s people in need to help end the cycle of poverty for generations. No special skills are required. Crew members provide on-the-job training. Serve one time, every month, or on a weekly basis.
Organization: Habitat for Humanity – El Salvador
Contact: Bob Lempp
AUMC volunteers travel to El Salvador to build homes with Volunteers in Missions or Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Those on the mission work as part of an international team to help build homes for the poor. El Salvador is far away, but it is a place of great poverty and great need. A typical income is $4 per day. Many jobs can be seasonal and there is a great lack of opportunity. Between 1980 and 1992, a civil war killed 60,000 people; left thousands of children orphaned and further hurt the fragile economy. The economic conditions are further complicated by natural disasters. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused extensive flood damage and in 2001, a series of devastating earthquakes caused widespread destruction of housing. Right now, there is a need for 500,000 homes.
Organization: Christmas Store
Contact: Marry Morris
The Christmas Store exists to provide new toys at Christmas to children in low-income families by engaging volunteers in meaningful community service. The store is hosted by New Horizons Fellowship in Apex. Each client receives an appointment time upon registration and has an opportunity to “shop” at the store on that day and time. Free childcare is provided for clients who bring their children. The children will visit with Santa’s helpers, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy crafts, snacks or games. Meanwhile, the parents will speak with a volunteer, and are then given an opportunity to select 2-3 gifts for each child registered. When clients have finished shopping, the gifts will be wrapped.
Opportunities to help exist in every part of the Christmas Store – you can purchase toys, make a donation, or volunteer to work in the store.
We will have tags to purchase toys in the DC and CLC in December. Purchase a gift for that gender and age, then bring it back by the date specified.
Organization: Apex Outreach Service Project
Contact: Mandy Wilkins
The Apex Outreach Service Project (AOSP) provides the opportunity for youth and adult volunteers to serve God by serving others. For one week each summer, youth and adults from our family of faith communities make repairs on the homes of seniors in Apex and surrounding areas. Those who participate should be prepared to work hard and examine their Christian response to the needs of others. Typical work includes: painting, replacing siding, flooring, building ramps, etc. Volunteers stay at the Apex UMC Discipleship Center.
Organization: American Red Cross
Contact: Becki Leeland
Support our local community in response to emergencies and disasters with humanitarian care through the American Red Cross (ARC). Our campus was recently certified as an American Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelter. Volunteers are certified by an American Red Cross Trainer in Mass Care Overview and Shelter Simulation with training available through Apex UMC or directly through ARC.
Organization: Appalachian Service Project
Contact: Jack Rosko
While your home probably shelters you and your family from cold and wet weather, many Central Appalachian families experience fall’s damp chill, winter’s ice and snow, and spring’s showers quite differently. Help make their homes warmer, safer, and drier by volunteering in the fall, winter or spring at an Appalachia Service Project Center in Kentucky, Virginia or West Virginia.
Organization: Adopt a Highway
Contact: Chris Finch
Clean up a stretch of Salem Street from the water tower to the Hwy. 64 overpass. Work days are announced in the bulletin and Crosspoints. This project is sponsored by the United Methodist Men, and our church as worked on this stretch of highway for over 25 years.
Organization: Methodist Home for Children
Based in Raleigh, the Methodist Home for Children works to ensure safe, nurturing homes for children while working to eradicate the social and family problems that lead to abuse, neglect, family disruption and abandonment. The Methodist Home for Children works with both residential and community-based services to provide some of the most vulnerable children in North Carolina with nurturing and safe homes in which they can imagine a future in which they’re equipped to succeed.
Organization: Family Health Ministries
Contact: David Green
As a church, we partner with Family Health Ministries and their Voltaire Women’s Health Center through both this trip and our Hearts for Haiti Race. In 2017, we sent a volunteer team from our church including medical and non-medical professionals to partner with the Women’s Health Center. We are thrilled to continue this ongoing partnership by sending a team again next year!Our hope is to build ongoing relationships with our brothers and sisters in Haiti as we partner in ministry with them.
Organization: Hearts for Haiti Race
Contact: David Shaw
Each fall we host a 5K race and 1 mile fun run to support the work of Family Health Ministries’ and their Women’s Hospital in Fondwa, Haiti. Recruit your family and friends to run or volunteer with you!
Organization: Feed the Kids
Contact: Susan Alvey
Feed the Kids was born out of a desire to leverage the work of local parents who were already invested in feeding kids in our area. The movement was started by some local parents when they recognized that a few students in their children’s classroom, who had free and reduced food available during the week, had nothing on the weekends. We continue to work together to provide nutritious food and other basic necessities to disadvantaged students in Western Wake and Chatham County.
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Long ago Jesus called his followers to stop judging and start forgiving, to stop living selfishly and start serving others. He called them to love well, and he’s calling us to do the same. As we do, we begin living differently. Our daily priorities and actions change. We begin to invest in our community, love our neighbors and serve one another. Jesus started a movement and 519 invites you to join us as we ourselves love well and live differently.
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