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Our outreach programs support our Methodist vision of service. They provide a way for people of all ages with different interests and capabilities to participate in service. Nearly all of our outreach programs are open to the local community.

Jan-April

Christmas Tree Pickup
Camp Aldersgate
Rise Against Hunger
Boston Marathon
City Reach

May-August

Walk for Hunger
Family Promise
Patch Scholarships
Mission Trips

Sep-December

Ride for Food
Pumpkins with a Purpose
DCF Foster Children

Year Round

Rosie’s Place
Bread of Life
JFON

JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL

Christmas Tree Pickup:  Each January, we pick up Christmas trees from Needham residents for recycling.   This is a free service, but we accept donations which are passed on to service and charitable organizations.   Over the past five years, we have distributed over $60,000 to organizations such as Imagine No Malaria, the Needham Community Council, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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Camp Aldersgate:   This is a Methodist-sponsored camp which provides camping and retreat experiences for all ages.  This year, we had a service and fellowship weekend at the camp.

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Rise Against Hunger provides millions of nutritious meals annually to school lunch and other community programs overseas.    Each year, we have a meal-packing event to prepare meals to be distributed through Rise Against Hunger.   At our 2018 event, we packed over 12,000 meals to be distributed to the needy in Africa.

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Boston Marathon:  Through our Wellesley campus, located near the halfway point of the Marathon, we supported the Marathon’s medical team to assist runners who were suffering in the cold and rainy conditions.

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City Reach is an overnight urban outreach program for youth and young adults.   It is a program of Common Cathedral, an outdoor church for the homeless.   Our youth group participated in this program in April.

MAY/JUNE/JULY/AUGUST

Family Promise provides shelter and comprehensive support to the homeless.   Our team provides and serves meals to homeless families participating in this program.

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The Walk for Hunger provides support for over 250 community-based food programs.  In 2018, our team of 18 walkers raised over $10,000 for these programs.

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Each year, we offer Pumpkin Patch Scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the congregation and local communities.   The scholarships are awarded based on community service.

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Our weeklong Summer Mission Trips are designed to help people in need in the United States and abroad.   This summer, from July 7 to July 14, our team of about 30 people will be travelling to Houston, TX to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery.    

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Ride for Food:  This ride is a fundraiser that supports food pantries and food rescue organizations.  For this year’s ride, on September 23, 2018, we will be fielding a team to support the Needham Community Council’s food pantry.

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Pumpkins with a Purpose:   Each October, we operate a Pumpkin Patch on the church lawn.   The Patch is designed to provide a fun place for visitors and to raise funds for service and charitable organizations.  The pumpkins come from a farm located on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and provide employment and financial support to the Navajo in an area where employment opportunities are very scarce.  We distribute 100% of the remaining proceeds to other local, national, and international service and charitable organizations.  Over the last five years, we have distributed over $250,000 to the recipient organizations.

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DCF Foster Children:    Each December, we provide holiday presents for foster children in the Massachusetts state system.   Last year we provided holiday presents for 50 foster children.

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YEAR ROUND

Rosie’s Place provides a variety of services to over 12,000 women in Boston.  Our team of 40 people provides a monthly delivery of healthy food ingredients (meat, rice, fresh fruit and vegetables) for Rosie’s meal programs.   We also help in serving meals and supporting other programs.

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Bread of Life is our community meal program at Carter.   Twice each month, we provide a free fresh-cooked meal and fellowship to all-comers.   The meal is cooked and served by volunteers from the congregation and local community.

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Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) is a Methodist ministry which provides legal and other services to immigrants.   We provide volunteers, participate in their events, and provide financial support.

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Donation Programs.   We provide volunteers, donations and financial support to a number of other charitable and service organizations.   Examples include Generic Ministry (helping the homeless on the street), Dignity Matters (feminine hygiene products), and Circle of Hope (clothing).