Service and giving are cornerstones of our United Methodist faith. We believe that we are called to share the Grace from God that we’ve each received. Through our financial support and service, lives are transformed and the world becomes a kinder place.
Many community groups benefit from our church members’ financial gifts and support through volunteering their time in service. Browse the list of our local partners to learn more about how you can serve or financially support these vital organizations. Your generous support through time and treasure shares God’s love for each of us and transforms lives of both the giver and receiver. Many of these organizations host SRVUMC mission teams periodically through the year and on our all-church Mission Saturday each fall, their clients receive gifts as part of our Angel Tree at Christmastime, and are the beneficiaries of your financial gifts on designated Communion Sundays and other times during the year.
Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Family Services (BAAYFS), Concord
BAAYFS provides quality educational, residential and support services for adolescent girls who are removed from their family homes due to abuse and neglect. Its mission is to provide a caring and supportive community that endeavors to instill in each girl who comes through its doors of either the Concord or Pittsburg group homes, a sense of meaning, significance, purpose and vision. Visit BAAYFS website
Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Concord
The Bay Area Crisis Nursery provides a strong voice and cost-effective program for referred families in Contra Costa County. This organization provides a warm, loving, safe home environment for the children of families who are in crisis. They also work to support and provide a network of resources for families with the goal of preventing the abuse and neglect of the children under their care. Visit BACN website
The Souper Center of Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
The Souper Center provides free, nutritious hot lunches to all hungry individuals and families and provides shelter residents with three meals a day, every day. Join a group of volunteers from SRVUMC who serve lunch at GRIP on the 3rd Thursday each month. We carpool from the church parking lot at 10 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Contact program coordinator Lee Rust to volunteer. Visit GRIP website
Habitat for Humanity, Oakland
This international organization is chartered with bringing hope and the gift of a new home to people around the world. SRVUMC has been a long-time supporter of our local East Bay/Silicon Valley Habitat chapter. During the year and on our all-church Mission Saturday, mission teams work in the ReStore Habitat building supply store and build “green” homes in Walnut Creek and at the Muir Ridge development in Martinez. Visit Habitat website
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH), Pleasant Hill
CCIH provides permanent, affordable housing and support services for homeless and at-risk individuals and families through the apartment complexes in Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Pittsburg and Concord. The organization also helps vulnerable county residents find housing through their housing advocacy program. The GPA complex features fully-furnished 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and on-site services to support residents of the complex. Volunteer mission teams from SRVUMC have helped landscape the GPA grounds. Visit CCIH website
The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties, Concord
Throughout the year, SRVUMC sponsors food bank volunteer teams who go to the food bank to sort food and produce, as well as through our financial gifts throughout the year. Each fall, we send a team to the food bank as part of our all-church Mission Saturday. To join a volunteer team, contact program coordinator Lee Rust. Visit Food Bank website
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (Winter Nights Shelter), Walnut Creek
Each winter, SRVUMC hosts the ICCCC’s Winter Nights Program in Wesley Center. This program provides homeless families with children a clean, safe, and warm facility at night. From October to May, congregations throughout the county, take turn hosting these families and providing evening meals, and volunteers. Visit ICCC website
SRVUMC Recycling Program, Alamo
Spearheaded by SRVUMC members, Boyd Hasik and Brian Roberts, this grass-roots recycling program takes in recyclable materials – such as metal, plastic, cardboard and paper – and raises money to fund various improvement projects at the church. Proceeds from this program most recently funded the reupholstering of the Sanctuary pews. To make a recycling donation or arrange for a large recycling pick up, contact Boyd or Brian.
Trinity Center, Walnut Creek
Trinity Center provides meals, shower and laundry facilities and support services such as a phone and mailing address for the homeless and working-poor in our county. SRVUMC has supported Trinity through financial giving and by sending volunteer mission teams. SRVUMC developed and hosts the weekly Food for Thought program, which takes place at Trinity each Friday. Teams from SRVUMC gather each Friday morning in the Wesley Kitchen to prepare a hot lunch for those served by the Trinity Center. The meal is brought to and served at Trinity, and is followed by a spiritual discussion. To volunteer, contact program coordinators Horace Crawford or Dick Lam. Visit Trinity website