Anaheim United Methodist Church

"Outreach" Opportunities

This page describes many programs which offer us the opportunity to serve our community and beyond.  After reading this page, check out the links below for more specific information:

If you would like to help with these and other endeavors, you may make a specific donation to "Missions / Outreach":


Serving Opportunity:
AIDS Foundation of Orange County

Description: Host dinners for persons/families living with HIV/AIDS, contribute to holiday baskets and support the “Strength for the Journey” camp.

Time Commitment: As little as 1 hour to as many hours as you would like to donate.

Special Abilities: Hospitality, serving nature

Contact:  Holly Martens, 714-776-5144

Serving Opportunity: Angel Tree

Description: Sponsor a low-income senior at Christmas by purchasing small items the senior has requested.

Time Commitment: 2 hours one time per year (early December)

Special Abilities: Hospitable spirit, willingness to serve.

Contact: 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Boxes for the Troops

Description: Collect donations for troops in Afghanistan, and help pack the boxes.

Time Commitment: As long as you can be there during the Connection Hour, 3rd Sunday of the month, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Special Abilities: None required. Click here for more information.

Contact: Church office (leave a message for Diane Cawood) 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Brown Bag Packer

Description: Pack bags of food for low-income seniors in Anaheim.

Time Commitment: 2 hours, 2 times per month; 8:30 am, 1st and 3rd Fridays

Special Abilities: Ability to stand for a long period of time, interest in working with seniors.

Contact: Margaret Heuler, 714-535-5720 

Click here for a newspaper article about the program.

Serving Opportunity: Casserole Ministry

Description: Make frozen casserole suppers to be kept in the church freezer and delivered to members of the congregation for meals when an emergency arises. (Each casserole should feed four, and be clearly labeled with the name of the casserole and cooking directions.)

Time Commitment: As you are able

Special Abilities: Good Cook! Click here for more information.

Contact: Diane Garrison or Sherry Hanberg, 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Childtime Volunteer

Description: Volunteer 1 day/week in the Childtime preschool reading stories to children or helping with homework.

Time Commitment: 1 ½ hours a week, M, T, W, 3:30-5:00 pm

Special Abilities: Ability and interest in working with children, consistent weekly presence, clear background check.

Contact: Diane Garrison, or 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Food Boxes - Packing the Boxes

Description: Pack food boxes for low-income/homeless individuals in Anaheim.

Time Commitment: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Special Abilities: No special ability required.   Click here for more information.

Contact: Sherry Hanberg, or 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Food Boxes - Delivering the Boxes

Description: Deliver food boxes to Salvation Army and Downtown Community Center.

Time Commitment: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, at your convenience during the recipient agency’s business hours (1 hour)

Special Abilities: Ability to carry 10 pound boxes, deliver with personal car.

Contact: Sherry Hanberg, or 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity:  Heaven Scent Ministries Food Donations for Mary's Kitchen

Description:   Heaven Scent Ministries of Brea, CA, has an 18 year relationship with Orange County Food Bank, and is able to help AUMC procure large quantities of uncooked food to be transferred to Mary’s Kitchen in Orange. Heaven Scent’s Administrator, Patrick Singleton, helps AUMC obtain up to 500 lbs. of uncooked food per month for the hungry in our community. 
Time Commitment:   2 hours per month.
Special Abilities:   Ability to drive and to lift boxes of food. Vehicle with capacity to carry large boxes of food.
Contact:   Pastor James Dollins at the Church Office  (714) 776-5710

Click here for more information.

Serving Opportunity: Via Esperanza   (formerly Halcyon Family Transitional Home)

Description: Provide items requested during the year including food, furniture and dry goods. These items go to Halcyon, a local homeless shelter for families. AUMC sponsors two apartments during the year.

Time Commitment: As little as 1 hour per month to as much time as you would like to donate.

Special Abilities: Willingness to serve.

Contact: Church Office, 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Paint Your Heart Out

Description: Painting homes of low-income Anaheim residents.

Time Commitment: Two weekends (usually in March and April)

Special Abilities: Willingness to serve, some painting experience is a help, but not required, must be over age 14.

Contact: Church Office, 714-776-5710

Serving Opportunity: Prayer Shawl Knitter / Crocheter

Description: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for the AUMC prayer shawl ministry. The shawls are given to people in the AUMC community and beyond who are dealing with loss, illness or other difficulty. Shawls are also given to newborn babies. Over 600 prayer shawls have been made, blessed, and presented since the program started.

Time Commitment: You can make 1 shawl or 50 shawls – the number is up to you. Be present for a prayer with the shawl at 10:30 am the Sunday it is blessed.

Special Abilities: Ability to knit or crochet.  Click here for more information.        Click here to request a prayer shawl for a loved one.

Contact: Evelyn Runion, 714-772-8866

Serving Opportunity: Sandwich Making for the Homeless

Description: Volunteers make sandwiches at AUMC which are distributed to the homeless in Anaheim.

Time Commitment: First Monday of the month, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Special Abilities: None required.

Contact: Ann McKown, 714-774-6735