What We're Doing
The needs in our community, state, nation and the world are many! We attempt to do as much as we can each month. These are the organizations with whom we are currently partnering.
Special Collection for Middle and/or High School Students
This is traditionally the month when our Missions' Team focuses on back-to-school needs, particularly through this month's Special Offering designated for our neighbor to the north, Zuni Elementary. But there are many older students throughout our area with basically the same needs. We are expanding our focus to collect snack items and non-food school items for middle school and/or high school students in our broader community.
During the months of July and August, we are collecting the following snack items (all single-serve sizes; no nut-related items): granola bars, cheese-and-crackers, protein bars, cereal bars, fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, cheez-its, dried fruit, popcorn, and cup-of-noodles. In addition, we are collecting non-food items (please be mindful of the sizes and types that would be preferred by middle and high school students): general school supplies, art supplies, backpacks, and reusable water bottles.
Please place your donations in the wire bins in the Hospitality Center. We so appreciate your generosity.
Mobile Food Pantry
St. John's UMC, in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank, offers a monthly food distribution for 50 needy families on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center (FLC); first come, first served. Currently we are using a drive-through process where boxes are assembled in the FLC and then loaded into families' cars. Once the pandemic recedes, we will once again host the families in the FLC. Volunteers spend about two hours assisting with distribution.
Silver Horizons assists low-income seniors (50 years and older), many of whom are raising grandchildren and existing on as low as $700 per month, meet their basic needs and maintain a quality standard of living. Silver Horizons does not receive funding from the State of New Mexico, the County of Bernalillo, or from the City of Albuquerque. Silver Horizons exists because of donations from individuals, local businesses, and private foundations. They do receive some FEMA funds from the Federal Government.
For more information about Silver Horizons or for someone who might be in need of their services, click here to visit their website.
Weekend Meal Bags for Zuni Elementary
We delivered the final set of weekend meal bags for the school year, 2021-2022, and are looking forward to supplying these bags again in August when school resumes. We won't be asking for any specific items for these bags this summer but would be delighted to accept any donations in preparation for the fall. For a complete list of the pop-top, single-serve items we put in the weekend meal bags, click here.