In The Community

In addition to volunteering for one of Aldersgate's Ministries, you can also be involved in Christ's work in the Evansville Community. The following are organizations Aldersgate has supported financially and with volunteer service during the past several years.

Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE)

Aldersgate has been a member congregation of Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) since 2007. CAJE is comprised of 19 area congregations answering the biblical call to do justice. Our participation in CAJE provides us with the opportunity to be advocates for powerless people in our community in ways that we could not do on our own.

Through an annual pattern of listening, researching, and dialogue with community leaders as we move toward action, CAJE has been successful in changing the course of numerous systemic injustices over the course of the past decade. These successes have benefited thousands of people in our community who would otherwise have no vehicle for improving their circumstances. 

Our 19 congregations are presently working to address the gaps in mental healthcare, as well as the ongoing problem of decent affordable housing in our community. Thanks to all of you who have participated in our justice ministry in any way over the years. If you’d like to get further involved, contact Karin Heinicke at heinicke@earthlink.net. 

More information about this organization can be found on CAJE's website.


Gilda's Club

Gilda's Club

 

Thank you Aldersgate, for your generous donations for Ann's Kitchen at Gilda's Club Evansville!

We are always in need of the following items:

  • Coffee Supplies: Mini Moos, coffee mate, flavorings (small individual ones, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, etc.)
  • Coffee (Keurig, or regular)
  • Artificial Sweetener (Trivia, Splenda)
  • Zip Lock Baggies – Sandwich and Quart size
  • Plastic utensils (fork, knife, spoon)
  • Coffee Filters (size smaller than 12 cup)

Place items in the cooler located on the table in the hallway near the office. Questions, contact Pat Miller at 812-471-8440. 

 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Evansville builds houses in partnership with people in need and then sells the houses to homeowner partners. Aldersgate has worked with the local Habitat office for many years to create affordable housing opportunities for sponsor families. We join with other Methodist churches on “Methodist Build” projects and participate both financially and physically. We are planning our next build in 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities are available with:

  • Framing                                        
  • Fundraising
  • Landscaping
  • General Construction
  • Office Support
  • Painting
  • Photography/Videography
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Social Media
  • Committees
  • Food/Snack Provider
  • Special Events

For more information, please see www.evansvillehabitat.org

AUMC contact:

Bryan Lynch  
bl22@evansville.edu


Patchwork Central

 

Patchwork Central

We have been partners with Patchwork Central for about 30 years. Marilyn Haley began a book club that continues today on Thursday afternoons after school during the school year. You may be interested in volunteering to read to a child or have them read to you. We also volunteer to bring healthy snacks for the children on the same afternoon. Click here for the Patchwork Central for their website and here for their Facebook page. This summer finds the following programming:

Patchwork Central Arts & Smarts Summer 2018

Art Garden Week I: June 4-7 9:30 am - 11:45 am

Bike Repair Week I: June 11-14 9:30 am 0 11:30 am

Bike Repair Week II: June 18-21 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Dance Week: June 25-28 9:30 - 11:30 am

Art Garden Week II: July 9-12 9:30 am - 11:45 am

Garden Feast: July 12, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please call Patchwork at 812-424-2735 for more information about volunteering.


                         

 


United Caring Services

United Caring Services

Aldersgate has been serving meals at UCS for almost 15 years. The evening meals are on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays and also on the 2nd and 4th Fridays for virtually the same amount of time. 

It has been calculated that Aldersgate has served a minimum of 81,000 individual meals over the past 15 years- generally 100 or so individuals each time a team goes to this site. These individuals reside at the shelter (men), Ruth’s House (women), or from the surrounding neighborhood. 

In the past 2-3 years, Aldersgate has been taking brand new socks, underwear, and T-shirts to the shelter for distribution when needed. This last Fall, our church collected 108 new sweatshirts for distribution to residents of the shelter. We plan to do this again this coming fall. The residents of the shelter always look forward to seeing us and welcome us with open arms.

If any member would like to participate in this mission endeavor, we can add their name to the list of prospective participants. We will call on these individuals as the need arises. Also, if anyone would like to purchase NEW men’s socks and/or T-shirts for us to distribute, this would be very much appreciated. Please bring these items to the church and place them in the grocery cart just outside of the food pantry. Other items we distribute on a regular basis are toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, soap, and lotions.

To learn more about United Caring Services, click on the following links:

United Caring Services Website
United Caring Services Facebook

AUMC Contact:
Jennie Hiam
JHiam@usi.edu


United Methodist Youth Home
 

United Methodist Youth Home

Aldersgate currently has members serving on the Board of Directors and as volunteers. There are opportunities for serving in many ways, sharing your talents and expertise, assisting with various UMYH projects, providing financial and in-kind support, and serving on the board or committees.

UMYH helps at-risk youth become responsible and prodcutive members of the community through the following programs:

  • Residential Services: group homes with individualized services for boys and girls ages 10 to 21
  • Day Treatment: for high-risk youth ages 14 to 19 years old
  • Truancy Intervention: for any truant or high-risk youth

For more information, please see www.umyh.com

AUMC Contact:
Jack Barner
jpbarner2000@gmail.com