Ministries We Support
Through support from a memorial fund, individual pledges and fund-raising activities, our UMW unit touches the lives of many women and children with our charitable giving. Among the programs our unit supports:
The Ballet Studio – provides dance instruction to low-income children at Brightwood Educational Campus in Washington, D.C.
Bread for the City – provides food, clothing, medical care, and other support to low-income individuals in Washington, D.C.
Bokamoso Youth Foundation – provides assistance, training, and empowerment to young people in South Africa through development in the arts.
Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church – provides group living and community-based programs in Baltimore and Washington
Bright Beginnings – a child-care center for homeless families in Washington, D.C.
Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network – a non-profit coalition of religious and community organizations serving homeless families in Washington, DC.
Centro Nia – a multicultural learning community helping youth in Washington with bilingual literacy skills.
Epworth House Mission Project. An ongoing project of the United Methodist Women of the Baltimore Washington Conference which supports a female student from overseas while studying at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Fairfield Orphanage and Sponsorship Association. Provides for the needs of orphaned children in the area surrounding the Old Mutare Mission in southeastern Zimbabwe.
Health in Harmony – provides affordable healthcare and advocates for responsible care of the environment in Indonesia.
Just Neighbors – provides immigration services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths in the Washington area.
Lifting Voices – conducts writing workshops, gathers oral history, and provides youth perspectives to policy makers and the larger Washington, D.C. community.
Lovely Lane Museum and Archives – a historical site for the Methodist Church in Baltimore
Mabel Jones School, Sitapur – this school in India was founded by the Methodist Board of Missions in the late 1800's. Metropolitan member Eunice Mathews' mother was assigned as the first female principal of the school in the early 1900's and pioneered the concept of using female teachers to teach young Indian boys. It is now a co-educational institution that helps to educate poor children in the region of Sitapur, India.
The Methodist Home – a retirement home and health care facility for the elderly in northwest Washington.
Poor Children of Haiti – provides assistance to a school and orphanage to help children in need in Haiti.
SEED Foundation – operates college-preparatory, public boarding schools in Washington, D. C. and Baltimore that provide low-income children with a nurturing environment to succeed.
Sierra Leone Theological College and Church Training Center. Located in Freetown, Sierra Leone, this college offers biblical studies and other courses to develop leaders in this war-torn, west African nation.
Talitha Koum Institute – a therapeutic pre-school in Waco, Texas.
Wesley Scholarship Fund – supports a seminary student at the Wesley Theological Seminary
Women and Community – This project of United Methodist missionaries Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena, facilitates community-based health, education and economic development for women, youth, and children in Nicaragua.
Great Day of Service – Every year, the UMW at Metropolitan hosts this church-wide, Saturday event. We coordinate activities to help the larger community—such as, making sandwiches and stuffing Bags of Grace for homeless people—as well as put teams to work to improve the church building and grounds—cleaning the sanctuary and Sunday school rooms.
Sources of Funding for UMW
Monies raised to support these organizations come from a few sources:
UMW Bazaar: This annual event, the UMW’s biggest fund-raiser, occurs the first week of November and raises approximately $15,000.
The Margaret Rich Staats Memorial Fund: Established by Elmer B. Staats in 1992 to honor his wife after her death, the memorial fund generates income that is distributed to charities. A special UMW committee determines how those funds will be allocated. Last year, the Staats Fund donated $6,500 to worthy organizations thanks to this generous gift.
Annual Pledges: Members of the UMW are asked to make a “pledge to mission” each year. The average pledge is about $100 but any donation is gratefully accepted.