First United Methodist Church of Ventura
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Local Outreach

Project Understanding
     Project Understanding is a community faith-based agency, which addresses the community needs of hunger, housing, clothing and education through volunteer services and financial support.  FUMC volunteers assist with the Saturday morning food pantry and tutoring. To help with this critical need, contact the church office or Project Understanding.  For more information about Project Understanding, visit
Habitat for Humanity
     Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people with low income  to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to low income families at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and Habitat for Humanity Ventura County raises funds through tax-deductible donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, faith based organizations and grants to build the houses. Working alongside volunteers, partner Families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor, called 'sweat equity,' into building their home and the homes of others. FUMC provides volunteers for home construction, family partners, and other needs.  For more information, visit
CROP Hunger Walk
     CROP Hunger Walks are "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty"-- neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting.  Over 25 faith communities and organizations and lots of individuals participate in the local CROP walk each March. Funds raised go to international hunger relief organizations as well as local organizations.  FUMC helps coordinate this event each year, as well as providing walkers and sponsors. 
FOOD Share
     As Ventura County’s only regional foodbank, FOOD Share has collected and distributed food to people in need for over two decades.  FOOD Share feeds 38,000 people monthly through 240 charitable agencies—children, families in crisis, low-income seniors, homeless, handicapped, disabled, and many others.   FOOD Share is also the major food lifeline during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and fires.  FUMC provides financial donations and volunteers to FOOD Share.  For more information, visit
Family to Family
     Family to Family is a city-wide program begun in 1983 to provide a meal for those who are hungry. Numerous churches and organizations in Ventura take one day each month to prepare and serve a lunch (on weekdays) and breakfast (on weekends) at the Family to Family site at 303 N. Ventura Avenue. Anyone who stops by there is served, no questions asked. Our church along with College United Methodist team together to prepare a noon lunch on the fourth Friday of each month.
    Our meal consists of hot dogs, pork and beans, a bun, salad, doughnuts, and coffee, punch and milk. Donations of hot dogs or pork and beans are always appreciated. Bring this to the church office. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Write checks to First UMC marking them “Family to Family.”
    Volunteers are needed each month to prepare and serve the meal on the Avenue. To volunteer call the church office (643-8621).
Good Sam Cupboard
     The church office provides single serving, pop-top cans of food to individuals who stop by the office and are hungry. The United Methodist Women and other congregation members help keep a supply of foods to give out.
Narcotics Anonymous
     Narcotics Anonymous: NA is a 12-step program, designed to help those suffering from drug addiction. The fellowship of men and women are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. The NA program is not affiliated with this church; however, they use our facility for meetings which are held Sunday through Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (Tues. 8:00 p.m.) upstairs in the Christian Education building.
     This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs; there is only one requirement for membership, a desire to stop using. The Thursday night candle light meeting has met in the same place for over 25 years-the longest consecutively held meeting in the world! This program offers direction and support to start life anew. All meetings are open to addicts, family and friends. We at First United Methodist Church honor their traditions which include:
    An NA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
    Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

    For additional information, please visit the NA Web site:

Boy Scouts
    Boy Scout Troop 102, the oldest troop in the city of Ventura, has been sponsored by FUMC since December of 1921. It is open to anyone within the community that wishes to participate in its outdoor and character building program.  It is the only troop serving the West end of Ventura. It meets most Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 in the church basement across the parking lot from Cabrillo Middle School. 
For more information, please see

Alternative Christmas Faire
     This event is held one Sunday in December and provides an opportunity for churchgoers to donate to the various charitable organizations that the church supports as a gift to a loved one. Cards are provided by each organization so that givers may let their loved ones know of their alternative gift. This is also a good opportunity to learn more about the local, national, and international organizations supported by First United Methodist Church.