FUMC Serves Locally with Community Partners
Quail Valley Christmas Donations
FUMC's annual Family Christmas Dinner for our neighbors in the Quail Valley neighborhood will be 3:00-5:00 PM on Sunday, December 17. We are expecting to serve 200 children this year. Donations of new board games, blankets, and backpacks can be dropped off in donation bins in the main building and MCMC. Please see Bob or Kelly Kalka with any questions.
A group of FUMC volunteers who provide minor home maintenance and repair services with a key focus on safety issues in the home. Typical repairs are the type that can be completed in three hours over one or two work sessions. The group provides help to senior adults and others with special needs in the Georgetown community. For assistance or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-508-8640. While there is no charge for the services we provide, we do accept donations to offset the cost of materials and to help others who are are in need. Georgetown Helpers is self-funded by these donations. Donations can be sent to Georgetown Helpers at 410 E. University Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626 or given at https://bit.ly/GTHelpersDonation. Choose "Georgetown Helpers" from the drop-down "fund" menu.
Education Connection (Reading Buddies)
Our Mission is simple, straightforward, and achievable…every child reading by the end of 3rd grade. Join us as we combat childhood literacy, one of the largest problems in our community, by equipping volunteers to read one-on-one with students at Annie Purl Elementary School, while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow. Volunteers meet with one child once a week to help them improve their reading skills. Please consider giving 30 minutes per week to help us reach our goal—to have every child reading by the end of third grade. You just need a willing heart, a background check, and a video or in person training.
Project Transformation (PT)
Project Transformation envisions a world that is rooted in love, pursues the equity of all people, and amplifies God’s call on every life. PT’s mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships. PT’s program goal is to empower children, through relationships, to discover and live their God-given potential in mind, body, and spirit for future success.
Getsemani Community Garden
Founded in 2012, Getsemani Community Garden grows food for those in need, offers neighbors a place to garden, and provides lessons on how to garden. Garden volunteers meet Tuesday and Friday mornings at Getsemani Community Garden, 412 E. 19th St, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM.
Friends of Quail Valley
The Quail Valley Neighborhood mission work, which is a partnership between FUMC Georgetown and The Salvation Army Georgetown Service Center, is focused on providing meaningful recreation and social opportunities for kids and families within the greatest area of need in the Annie Purl Elementary attendance zone. All events are located at the corner of Quail Valley and Katy Lane unless noted.
The Backpack Buddies Program is a volunteer organization that provides food each weekend to food-insecure students. In collaboration with the GISD administration, counselors at each elementary, middle, and high school campus determine which students are in need of food on the weekends and invite them to participate in the program. Over 47% of the Georgetown ISD students are eligible for the free or reduced-price school breakfast/lunch program and are therefore eligible for the Backpack Buddies Program. FUMC volunteers pack food bags each week for Wagner Middle School. There are approximately 110 volunteers from ten Georgetown area churches that pack food bags for all the Georgetown ISD schools—currently over 900 bags per week.